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 Record Number: 8088 Posted: September 10, 2011, 9:37 pm 
Name: Hugh Sloan
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Oxford MS
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Spring1965 thru Fall 1966 (Months are somewhere on orders)
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
MCPA Processing Organization / Day Analyst
Your AFSC in Misawa?
20371
Comments:
'We' came to Misawa as a SSgt in the Joint Services unit (MCPA) processing Yokota airborne material (at Misawa - no room at 6988th/Yokota). Arrived with a wife and 1 year old daughter. We lived in B-Battery D-305, near a laundry and a small store. I was not 'permitted' to run the Machi - too bad, so sad! But I do well remember well many pleasant visits to restaurants, much Saki, many 'big bottle' beers (esp. Kirin and Sapporo), and more rice and fish than I ever ate before or since. There were many long, hard days 'on the hill.' One interesting moment there was not checking the NCOD roster one fine Friday, though I usually did, and getting fined $25 by the Hill CC for not showing up Sunday. That experience was overshadowed of course when large parts of Misawa City and some environs (though luckily NOT our rickety D-305) burned down. (Given those amazing kerosene-fueled living room heaters we had, I'm surprised I never burned down Misawa myself). I must say THAT was an exciting day and night. I was never able to adequately thank Ken Churchill for 'rescuing' wife Donna and daughter Kathy that really terrifying evening; we 'day lady troops' were confined to base, as the fire was between the base and B-Battery anyhow - scary! I do regret not getting to know any T1-T4 folks very well, except for Jim Fisher who was there for regular ops (203) and not the airborne stuff. Jim I knew from Russian school. But I have come to know and appreciate many of you through too few reunions. After about 18 months they seem to have found room for MCPA down at Yokota in the 6988th. When at Misawa I was a 'family guy' and we really enjoyed the lake and Hachinoe and Aomori City and such.
I have really been off the radar for several years lately, only going to the Peshawar Air Sta reunions mainly because of my time constraints. I am retired USAF but am still a full-time prof here at Ole Miss - I do love it so, this 5th career as a teacher. 1955-1960 I was employed every non-school moment at Stapleton Office Supply in Portsmouth OH due to necessity; we were poor when I was a teen. 1960-1968 I was a 203 USAFSS type. Got a 2-mo early out at Yokota and went to Miami (Ohio) in August 1968. I really enjoyed my three years there in Japan, half the time up there and half down near Tokyo. The PhD I sought at Miami I abandoned when I found out what Political Science profs made; I was making more as a staff with all the housing and subsistence stuff. You'd think I would have investigated, but NOOOOO. Went with AT&T from 1969-1985, a great 16 years! I had joined the Ohio ANG (tactical fighters) in 1973, so worked up to Master then OCS and retired in 1990 as a major - Sq Intel Officer. Meantime dad died and I ran his active fiberglass fender production operation for 11 years to keep my mom supported - busy time on top of all the rest!
I miss contact with you folks. I am a little late to this, though was on an earlier blog. I have daughter Kathy, 2 grandkids, and now two greatgrandkids. From second marriage of almost 30 years have a 20-year old son, John, who is an engineering student here, and he's a pilot (USAF will out, in this case Civil Air Patrol - I'm in too, nearing 20 year retirement).
I think the best of the best wore blue. I am pleased to know many of you. I been gone away, but am feeling great joy to 'be back.' God speed. God bless you all, and the USA.

 Record Number: 8087 Posted: September 5, 2011, 7:27 am 
Name: Douglas Guido Madaleno
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Howell, Michigan U.S.A.
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1961 to Dec. 1964
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Intercept Operator -=-- T-4
Your AFSC in Misawa?
292X1 (?)
Comments:
Enjoyed my tour of duty @ Misawa, Japan. Met a lot of great guys. I somewhat learned the language and travel extensivly throughout Japan with my friends on T-4. I can only remember a few: Andy Schaefer (Brooklyn N.Y.), Lou Vymola (Chicago), lost contact with all. Sorry to say!

 Record Number: 8086 Posted: September 5, 2011, 5:21 am 
Name: Dick Craig
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: New Castle Pa 16105 Lawrence County Pa
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Sept 1965 to Jan 1967
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 3
Your AFSC in Misawa?
203
Comments:
I wouldn't mind getting in touch with people. I was to be assigned there for two years, but got curtailed in Jan of 1967 and sent to the National Security Agency. I traveled a lot in northern Japan, drank a lot of beer and enjoyed my stint

Dick Craig

 Record Number: 8085 Posted: September 4, 2011, 1:51 am 
Name: Doug Woodford
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Los Angeles
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1/72 - 7-74
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921 SW Trick 1
Your AFSC in Misawa?
29251
Comments:
Thx Buck Buchanan for telling me about this site...

 Record Number: 8084 Posted: August 24, 2011, 5:06 pm 
Name: Henry Mihelcic
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Belleville, IL , USA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/50-09/52
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Team A, 1st RSM, Det 11, 1st RSM etc
Your AFSC in Misawa?
29352- 29370
Comments:
Among the very first personnel to go to Misawa from Johnson AB in fall of 1950 to establish monitoring posts. We were called Team A, 1st RSM, and operated the DF(direction finding) hut in addition to monitoring morse code transmissions.. Eventually we moved into the two houses north of Misawa and establised our facility in a Jamesway hut in the yard. Etc, etc......... I departed in Sept of 1952 just as the place was building up...

 Record Number: 8083 Posted: August 24, 2011, 8:21 am 
Name: James Ward
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Florence, SC
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
07/59-06/61
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Don't remember
Your AFSC in Misawa?
292
Comments:
The winter of 59 was the worst snow storm I've ever seen. Over 72 inches. Had to dig a tunnel to get into the operations building. Cars and motorcycles parked outside Static Club were completely covered. In the barracks,on first floor, we slid our window open and stuck our beer cans in the snow to keep cold. Thing I remember most: Our trick was on duty when Francis Gary Powers' U-2 was brought down over Russia. We coppied the radar transmissions. It was so secret, the ribbons on our typwritters were removed so we couldn't track the flight ourselves.

 Record Number: 8082 Posted: August 18, 2011, 11:34 am 
Name: Joanne Dubnicka
Found: Linked from another site
Location: Benton, Arkansas
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
07/73-10/76
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6920 Security Group - Charlie Flight
Comments:
Known as Dubs - would like to hear from anyone who was on Charlie Flight during 73-76!!

 Record Number: 8081 Posted: August 16, 2011, 9:15 pm 
Name: Michael Thomas
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
04/63-12/66
Comments:
I was there as a dependent and am trying to find old school mates of mine.

 Record Number: 8080 Posted: August 15, 2011, 5:13 pm 
Name: ROBIN YOUNG
Location: Bowie, MD, United States
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Dec/85 - Dec/88
Your AFSC in Misawa?
207X2
Comments:
I worked on Baker Flight and in Stan Eval

 Record Number: 8079 Posted: August 13, 2011, 6:35 pm 
Name: John Walker
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: San Antonio, TX
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1965-1968
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Aircraft Radio/Rader shop
Your AFSC in Misawa?
30170
Comments:
Arrived at Misawa from Myrtle Beach AFB with F-100 squadrons. Lived on base. It was a great three year tour. Spent a bit of time at Kunsan AB Korea. I remember the fire in downtown Misawa and the earthquake.

 Record Number: 8078 Posted: August 11, 2011, 7:40 am 
Name: Ernest Valdez
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Angleton, TX, USA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
07/66 -- 09/68
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 1, football
Your AFSC in Misawa?
29251
Comments:
Two-toured up from Karamursel, tomain wagon on mids was nice (?), changed from a 'bul runner to an alley cat when Ron Rutkowski wrote back to KAS to follow him to Misawa, I did that (he was actually drafting a football team.)

Being a Galveston boy I had no idea what the multi-colored cane poles along the road to the hill were for; found out the next winter. I had a lot of people looking out for me, couldn't hold liquor, was one of the guys who had bar bills, tailor bills AND hotel bills (nice guys would point me to a room). I was affectionally called 'The Chief' there - have some Indian blood in me but not enough to be a Chief. I snapped the ball for the '67 base champs, somebody posted signs on the hill "come see trick 1 beat the ......checkers!" Still have my blue windbreaker with patches (trick one, rock club, 13-0 base champs) I was present at the start of the rock club, assigned #4--still have it. I never did mature to a normal adult there, loved chasing dits, found myself on several roll call piks. AA helped tremendously later.

I've seen many familiar names, others I remember are Big SMitty, Little Smitty, Charlie Artz, Sam Shindledecker, Steve Lambright, Ron Parham, 'The Snake' out of Chicago, Roy Lazarin (T2), Rick Roerig, Chisai, Tex, not many full names but many more.

In the past: lifting at the gym with Sam S, alley parties with T1, drinking combat jugs at the second show then rolling the empty bottles on the floor to the front, Toys, The Taxmen, clearing out my barracks ground floor during the earthquake, the Pueblo, learned all about beer ball-nice sport, I'm five months this side of being 66 years old. Nice job on the website--Regards, The Chief

 Record Number: 8077 Posted: August 9, 2011, 7:53 am 
Name: GARY NIX
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Brownfield, Texas
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
01/1972 - 06/1973
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
trick 3
Your AFSC in Misawa?
292x1
Comments:
Had a great time on the hill

 Record Number: 8076 Posted: August 3, 2011, 5:19 pm 
Name: Randy Hack
Found: Keith Kuttesch tracked me down
Location: Woodbridge, Virginia
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
05/72-11/73
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Dawg Flight
Your AFSC in Misawa?
20250
Comments:
Isn't the internet wonderful? THANK YOU Al for inventing it!!! Never thought I would tag up with any of you again. It's only been 39 years ...

 Record Number: 8075 Posted: July 29, 2011, 1:27 pm 
Name: Ronald Havener
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Burlington, New Jersey
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1967 to 1970
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Securty Wing, Trick 2 and Day Shop
Your AFSC in Misawa?
20250
Comments:
Looking for some of the guys from the day shop, I had a great tour of duty

 Record Number: 8074 Posted: July 29, 2011, 11:38 am 
Name: Kenneth Wright
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: East Tawas, MI
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
03/1956-10/1960
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
49TH Supply And 6139TH Supply
Your AFSC in Misawa?
64750
Comments:
Loved the area, the people and the food. Would love to go back for a reunion and make contact with lost friends. My wife is from there also.

 Record Number: 8073 Posted: July 25, 2011, 7:54 pm 
Name: Paul T Callender
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Concord CA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
05/62-11/63
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6989 RSM Flight???
Your AFSC in Misawa?
20250
Comments:
Landed at Yokota on my 21st birthday. Some present! Bowling after Swings, Softball after Mids when I wasn't "bleeding." Does anybody remember this phrase "gonna meeze, grease, grab a few ZZZZ's, then head on down to Machi with my Dachi so we can gink down on the Hammers." Remember, no moosing! Had a wonderful tour with a strange ending. Left Misawa in late November '63 for a TDY at Goodfellow AFB. Long story short...landed at Love Field in Dallas at around 1600hrs on November 22nd. Sure was glad I was in uniform...

 Record Number: 8072 Posted: July 25, 2011, 5:25 pm 
Name: Robert Guilfoyle
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Orlando, fl. usa
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
12/68-12/70
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 2 roll call club
Your AFSC in Misawa?
R29252
Comments:
First time away from home and what a growing up experence. Enough said/////. AP alley still is a memory.

 Record Number: 8071 Posted: July 23, 2011, 9:30 am 
Name: Fred Yager
Found: Linked from another site
Location: White Pigeon, MI
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
05/69-05/72
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Able Flight
Your AFSC in Misawa?
292X1
Comments:
Boy, it's been a long, long time! Good times. Good Friends.

 Record Number: 8070 Posted: July 22, 2011, 3:43 pm 
Name: Bob Ramsey
Found: A friend sent me
Location: London, England
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1980-83
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Baker Flt (80-82)--Block 8, Marburg Block 5; Able Flt--Marburg Block 5
Your AFSC in Misawa?
207X2
Comments:
One of the best assignments of my Air Force career. Started out in Block 8 working for Bill Peterson, then went to Marburg training in Jan 81 and worked for Jack Murphy until Feb 82; transferred to Able Flt and worked with Jeff Burch in Block 5. Coached the Baker Flt A softball team in 1981; the Able Flt B softball team in 1982; the Ops Women's Flag Football team in '82 and the 13-15 year old girls youth basketball team in 81-82 and 82-83.

 Record Number: 8069 Posted: July 20, 2011, 2:08 pm 
Name: Tom Clune
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Carrollton, Ga
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Oct '62-Nov 64
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6989th Trick 1
Comments:
I just finished reading Wayne Babb's Classic book Honto. I thought I knew a lot about Misawa, but I found out I didn't know a lot, or had forgotten a lot. A lot of fond memories were rekindled. I finished up my 20 in the USAF in The ANG, but my time in Misawa was the morst memorable. Both in friends and experiences. The one name I want to put out in front of everybody is SSGT Robert L. White, the finest NCO I knew in 20 years. He fell victime to the (marry a nationald and lose your clearance deal, that got cut out sometime afterwards. He planned all our skiing trips and activities and personally saved all my three stripes in two years at Misawa. We did some crazy stuff, but not malicious, just the result of too much Light Weight Oil.

There have been some great characters in the mach and I have run acroos many at the last two reunions. Glen Sellers is the main one in the book. He is from my hometown, Brunswick, Ga and a heckuva nice guy. Unfortunately there have not been enough stories from Trick 1 during "62-'64. We could write another book about our group, Lee, Cheeks, AA and a few dozen others.

We had one big save from the good SGT the time that a half dozen of us decided to stay up drinking light weight for three days and nights and showed up for our first Mid "completely oblivious." Sgt White saw our condition and assigned us to burn detail and to "roll in the snow until sober enought to return to DF." We would have all been bustedd for that.

We were there at a perfect time. Except for the fire of '64. We were inbetween blizzards, marches to swing shift, tennis shoes in the new compound and a lot of other craziness. Thanks again to Wayne and all the other contributers. This was a great part of our lives and my military career. Tom

 Record Number: 8068 Posted: July 17, 2011, 4:20 pm 
Name: Edward Monk
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Round Rock
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
6-66-6-68
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 2
Your AFSC in Misawa?
x1
Comments:
It been so long I do not have the same email and can not sign on

 Record Number: 8067 Posted: July 17, 2011, 12:36 pm 
Name: Robert Aguilar
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Lompoc CA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Apr 74/Oct 75 & Apr 80/Jun 85
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
First tourTrick 3, second tour Trick 2, Days Training, and Ladylove Trick 4
Your AFSC in Misawa?
207X2
Comments:
Retired from USAF after 26 years on 1 Dec 98. Now living on the Central Coast of California. I can be reached at email "aguilar545@gmail.com.

 Record Number: 8066 Posted: July 7, 2011, 9:00 am 
Name: gerald (sparky)spaargaren
Found: update
Location: palm beach gardens,fl 33410
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
4/59 to 4/61
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6989th rsm trick 4
Your AFSC in Misawa?
29251
Comments:
this up date is to ask a question of all the guys that served on the hill during the same period i did, during one of our major snow storms for some reason i can't remember i had a swing shift off (t-4), at any rate there wasn,t much i could do as the bus was not running, about 9pm i heard a noise in the barracks that i should not have heard (female voices) i left my room and went down the hall and low and behold i fould to naked females from the stand bar in the barracks crying, i knew at that point that i had to get them out or either was my goose was cooked, i rushed over to the compound and found a friend that had a car and told him not to why i needed it and that i would get it back to him before the end of the shift, i went back to the barracks and got the females and stoles a couple of blankets for them as they did not know where there cloths were, i drove this car through a snow storm where some times you could not even see the road and took the girls close to the main gate a let them out, and drove back to the hill, don't know how i made it back, except comming from chicago i have had alot of experience driving in snow, got the car's keys back to the owner and went back to the barracks and went to bed, 2 days later after a mid-shift i was awakened midday and told to report to the commander asap. I reported like i was told tinking that maybe i screwed up somewhere along the line, the first thing i was asked was where did i get the car to drive the two females back down to the main gate, i respectfully declined to answer that question, then i was asked about the females, i told the commander exactly what happened and as the hill being a secure area was the reason i got them out of there, at this time i was told that the base ig was trying to make a rape case out of this, i told the commander that i did not touch either girl. He finally started to beleive me and let me go back to the barracks. on our 2nd dayshift i was told to report to the commanders office, i did and he advised me that all charges were dropped by the base ig as the girls confessed that i did nothing to them. I was then told that because i would answer the question as to whose car i had i was to report on our first day of break to the commander for extra duty, come dressed in fatiques, i reported and the command and our flight lt were in the office, the lt had been advised of my offense (he knew who had lent me the car) and that in order to satisfy the base ig i had to perform extra duty, so i was taken out front by the commander and the lt and the was a houseboy mowing the lawn out infront of the hq bldg, the commander stopped him and called me over and told me i was to finish mowing the area in front of the bldg, (maybe 2 feet wide by 20 ft long) i proceeded to mow the area and within 10 minutes at most i was done the commander had the lt inspect for any missed spots and if the job was acceptable, the lt reported that it was the commander called us both over and the wording went something like this (you did a good thing getting the females out of the area and he respected that i did not give up the person who had lent me the car although he was pretty sure he knew as my get away was not fast enough and the ap's spotted the car leaving after dropping off the females. ??????? the question that has been going through my mind for fifty years is whom among you almost got me in a whole bunch of trouble. I am not out for revenge as I'm to tired and old, and every once in a while i think about it and have to laugh at myself to riding in a car with 2 naked females and not touching either one. In fact the next time i went into the stand bar i was offered and received a very interesting night with two lovely ladies. so whomever did this please put my mind at rest.

thank you
JERRY (SPARKY)SPAARGAREN T-4 59 TO 61

Guestbook Administrator's Comment:
DutchNote: Sparky, Sparky, Sparky. That's quite a story, and this is the first I've heard it. I'm afraid I don't know who brought the josans to the Hill, fellow Dawg, but you can scratch my name off your list of possible culprits. That should shorten your list to about 200 to 250 or so. Good luck with your search, and I hope you'll share the outcome with us. :)


 Record Number: 8065 Posted: July 5, 2011, 12:50 pm 
Name: michelle wellner
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Texas
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Father ( deceased) Charles Chuck Wellner
Comments:
Record # 1248,
Dan Bormann

I am trying to email you information on my father's death Charles (Chuck) Wellner. Please check your email, you are over quota. Thanks. I hope my info helps you as it is healing for our family to offer.

Sincerely,
Michelle Wellner

Guestbook Administrator's Comment:
DutchNote: Hi, Michelle - I'm not sure who you're emailing, but apparently it's not me. My email is not "over quota". Please send any information regarding your father's passing to me (Dutch Wiest) at dutch@usafssmisawa.com

Thanks.


 Record Number: 8064 Posted: July 5, 2011, 9:32 am 
Name: Howard "Hank" Hankerson
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Aledo, TX
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/62 - 03/64
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921st Security Wing, Day Shop
Your AFSC in Misawa?
203x1
Comments:
Worked with Pat McCarthy, Jim Mahoney, Tom Redlon others producing 72 hour Recce Wrap-up reports. Screwed up and got my 5 level and was shipped 2T to Pakistan.

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