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The following are old, original Shemya "Guestworld" Guestbook archived records. Don't forget to view the CURRENT Shemya Guestbook entries as well.

ARCHIVED RECORDS AS OF
28 August 2000

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Name: Owen Smith
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Henderson Ky.
Time: 2000-08-28 12:35:00
Comments: Stationed on Shemya while in the U S A F from Febuary 1952 to Febuary 1953. It was an adventure that I really had not thought about much over the years since I don't recall much positive about it. As I've grown older though I've I've come to see that year as an important part of growing up. Thanks for a good job well done. Would appreciate contact with any one who was there in 52 and 53 as wll as any others who wish to compare notes. Owen Smith
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Name: GENE N IVES
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: WISCONSIN
Time: 2000-08-25 19:14:00
Comments: USAF RET WAS NCOIC OF THE POWER PLANT 1978-79
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Name: Jon Crawford
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Navarre FL
Time: 2000-08-25 16:06:00
Comments: I was stationed on Shemya 2/93 - 12/94. I was assigned to the 673rd SPTS as NCOIC of Base Communications/Switchboard. I was Operator #13. I have many good memories of my time there, especially all the peolple I had the chance to meet. There were many exciting things happen there; Chinese MD11 emergency landing, Big Al Y. calling from Elmendorf when they took the serious injured out first, running channel 4 and all the movie requests, moving the BCC from Cobra Dane and then moving the other BCC to the new comm facility, Major Paynes pin on, the plays and our version f the musical "Fantastiks". As for my friends there, Jerry Boutelier, Renee D., Bear, MSgt Dan Martin, Bull Robinson (who is now at Macdill), Denna Abbott (where you at girl), all my kids who worked for me in the BCC (Sheri, Al, Pete Flatten, etc.) I remember the mid night chow runs running from the dorm thru the winds and snow. The late night poker and nucs games. Midnight basketball and raquetball. Club 365 with AJ at the bar (AJ - do you still like country music??) Anyone know where Father Pete is at??? There are many I have left off and I apoligize for that. Someone mentioned Pops and my sentiment is the same "God Bless him and watch over him".
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Name: Rick Campbell
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Indianapolis/Texas originally
Time: 2000-08-25 15:47:00
Comments: Spent 73-74 on Shemya as medic in USAF Clinic. Enjoyed the year I spent on the Rock.
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Name: Tim Keister
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Warner Robins Georgia
Time: 2000-08-25 09:21:00
Comments: I am an Air Force veteran, stationed at "The Rock" from December 91 to December 92. I was attached to the Detachment 1, 6th Strat Wing as RC-135 Crew Chief. I have many good memories from there. I have to say, it was one of my best assignments.
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Name: Charles E. Sims
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Covina, CA
Time: 2000-08-25 04:26:00
Comments: I know that this is my second time to enter information into the guest book, but here is somethings I remember from my time on the rock from September 1958-59: This is Charles E. Sims, and I signed the guest book on Tuesday night, August 22, 2000. I was on Shemya from September 1958 to December 1959. After signing in, I had a guy, Tom Green, call me the next morning. He was out on Shemya at the same time I was, and we both knew the same people who had been out there with us. I do not find Tom's entry in the Guest book however. I have looked at all the entries, and I have looked at the six pages of pictures from Post W.W.II Shemya, and all I can say is that the people who were out on Shemya after I was had it much easier. We didn't have walkways with rails to help us walk in the strong winds. I remember going to the PX one day and having the wind behind me cause me to start running to the point that I was going so fast I fell over! I remember guys coming back from our NCO Club so drunk that they gave it up and slept in old quonset huts with the dogs. My first three months on Shemya were spent in an old WWII quonset hut with nine other guys before we were allowed to move into the Army H Building. I will send a picture of that hut later. I worked at the 10 Watt AFRS Radio Station in my spare time and got my AFRS Certificate. I trained with a guy from Boston named Harnish, and my first night by myself had a problem. I was supposed to tune the shortwave radio to a U.S. News broadcast, and there were several frequencies I could choose. My first night operating alone, the reception was terrible. I was starting to panic when I couldn't find a news station in English. Just seconds before I was to send out the news I found an English language news broadcast and beamed it out to the island ("This is Charlie the DJ serving Shemya coast to coast on 10,000 milliwatts!") I was suddenly horrified to realize that I was beaming out Radio Moscow to a U.S. Military Installation! I never did hear the end of that! A couple of years ago I was surprised to find a paperback novel on the news stand titled "Cobra Dane" by John Campbell. It concerns "a final battle is raging at the top of the world..."The story takes place on Shemya, and in the front of the book they have a map of Shemya. I was amazed and pleased to find this book. It's a neat story, and I recommend it. I have read a lot of the entries in the guest book, and I got a big kick out of the female entries. Of course we didn't have female Army or Air Force personnel when I was on the rock. I only got to see Stews once, when we got to go to the Northwest Orient hanger on detail. I had read a story in the newspaper years ago that said that a famous Congressman had taken a fact-finding trip to Shemya, and when his plane landed, there was a band and lots of military troops to greet the arrival. He thought that they were all there to see him, and it turned out that the first female military personnel to arrive on Shemya was on the same flight. In the Army 281st USASA group I was in, we had a CO who was a Major. He reputedly had crashed his B-26 years before, and he had lost his higher rank because of it. He used to get drunk and come into the inlisted quarters and tell us 26 years in the Army and he had been sent to Shemya for one little accident! While I was on the Island, an Air Force General and his wife were supposed to land on Shemya to check out our living conditions. It was stated that his wife was very interested in talking to the troops. Our Major had our company clerk type up a notice for the bullitin boards that read as follows: "If Mrs. Blake asks you how you like Shemya, please refrain from using the expression, 'I hate this f--king place!' "I took a copy of one of the notices, and I still have it somewhere. There was a group on the island that everyone called "The LTV Gang", and they generally performed mischief of one type or another. It was generally thought that the LTV meant "Liberty Through Violence", and they broke into buildings, left signs, and stuff like that that was generally knocking the military. There were a group of guys that went to the dump and spent months rebuilding one of the jeeps that had been dumped when it was thought that the island would capsize a few years before. They had just gotten the jeep to working when the Air Force Base Commander took it over and gave it to a VIP out there. While the jeep was stored in a hanger, the guys broke in and totally trashed it, putting sugar in the gas tank, crankcase, etc. It appears from the pictures that they people who were out there years after I was had more to do in their off-duty time than we did. It was very boring after/before work in the 1958-59 period. One night on mids, I came outside my building work site and noticed a lot of snails. The next night I brought salt with me from the mess hall, and during the middle of the night went out and poured salt on the snails and watched them melt. Several guys noticed this, and the next night there must have been 10 or 12 guys out there with their own salt melting snails. In 1958 we found our fun where we could. I was a Countermeasures Equipment Repair Specialist and most of our electronic equipment contained lots of vacuum tubes. I remember one tube in particular, the 6AK5 that was used mostly for I.F. Strips in the equipment. It seems that most of the 6AK5s, if not all the tubes, were left over from WWII out on Shemya, as they were all extremely gassy. You had to try several tubes before you could find one that would work properly. They didn't have Beano in those days. I have lots of stories about my time on Shemya, and I will write more later. Regards to all, Charles E. Sims, Shemya Island, 1958-1959
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Name: Charles E. Sims
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Covina, California
Time: 2000-08-23 04:06:00
Comments: I was on Shemya from September 1958 until December 1959 after extending for 3 months to get an early out. I was with the 281st USASA Company (Army), and had some interesting times out there (but wouldn't want to do it again). I remember the "Tundra Rats", and peanut butter placed on a guy's bunk sheets as treasures left by them; also Boozer. You didn't want to get anywhere near Boozer with a CO2 bottle! I lived in the H Building first and then up on the hill in the new civilian construction motel-like building. I was a Trick Chief for awhile. Anyone remember Sgt.Pelletier? My friends were Kent Jefferies, Chapman, Slayton of the Air Force, and lots of other guys. This site really brings back the memories, but I didn't locate any names that I remembered. Bummer! Hello to all; we share a unique experience. We used to say that Shemya wasn't the end of the world but you could see it from there. Remember the "End of the World Hotel"? Best regards, Charles (Shemya, 1958-59)
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Name: Charles E. Sims
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Covina, California
Time: 2000-08-23 04:33:00
Comments: I was on Shemya from September 1958 until December 1959 after extending for 3 months to get an early out. I was with the 281st USASA Company (Army), and had some interesting times out there (but wouldn't want to do it again). I remember the "Tundra Rats", and peanut butter placed on a guy's bunk sheets as treasures left by them; also Boozer. You didn't want to get anywhere near Boozer with a CO2 bottle! I lived in the H Building first and then up on the hill in the new civilian construction motel-like building. I was a Trick Chief for awhile. Anyone remember Sgt.Pelletier? My friends were Kent Jefferies, Chapman, Slayton of the Air Force, and lots of other guys. This site really brings back the memories, but I didn't locate any names that I remembered. Bummer! Hello to all; we share a unique experience. We used to say that Shemya wasn't the end of the world but you could see it from there. Remember the "End of the World Hotel"? Best regards, Charles (Shemya, 1958-59)
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Name: Gus Ruprecht
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Mt. Clemens Mi.
Time: 2000-08-10 16:30:00
Comments: My grandfather was stationed in the Aluetions from 1941 to 1945 and was a master sergant with the 18th f.s. He says that the 18th was the first fighters on the islands as soon as the steel mat runways were down. He also tells of sleeping under the wingtips of the p-40's on Attu because there were no buildings on the island yet.His name is Wilbur Eschenburg he is 88 years old and he is telling me more stories as I'm writing this plus I've been hearing them for 30 years.I have lots of pictures if i get a chance i will send them with a brief note. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or more information at AGR33@hotmail.com. Great site and stories by for now will write again with more stories and hopefully some photos.
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Name: Craig M McCormick
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Parkesburg, WV 26104
Time: 2000-08-09 22:37:00
Comments: I was station at Shemya in the USAF Fire Protection Aug 81-Jul 82. Would not give up that part of my life for nothing.
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Name: Carl I. Fitts
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Montgomery Alabama
Time: 2000-08-09 20:36:00
Comments: I was assigned to Shemya from Aug 71 to Aug 72. Base Education Officer
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Name: Sheri Enelow
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Lubbock, Texas
Time: 2000-08-09 05:27:00
Comments: I was stationed at Sheyma from Oct. 93 - Apr. 94 I got to leave early becase they were downsizing. I worked in at the 673 Comm. Squadron. I was one of the switchboard - operator #16. Would love to hear from anyone that knew me. My biggest memory was arrivng on the ROCK on my birthday. Still I enjoyed my time there.
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Name: Todd Lincolm
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Wilton,Iowa
Time: 2000-08-09 02:41:00
Comments: I flew to Shemya when I left Adak in Dec.89 after three and a half years on the island. I would like to go back but I heard it closed in '89. I am wondering about job opportunities on Shemya. If you know anything about this please e-mail me. THANKS!
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Name: Bob Cunningham
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Dayton, OH
Time: 2000-08-08 16:25:00
Comments: Saw ABC News report about the rock last night and thought I would see what I could find on the Net. I enjoyed June/July '75 at Shemya AFS as a TDY while at Elmendorf from 'Oct. '74 to July '76. Served in AWS as an observer and I was told I set a record for most observations during an 8 hour shift. Funny, but weather was always above minimums when the mail plane was ready to land! Place doesn't look too different, from what I could see, except for the tunnels between buildings. I would go back!
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Name: Michael Canestrare
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Syracuse NY
Time: 2000-08-08 14:58:00
Comments: Hi I was stationed there in 1961/62 as a GE scope dope and have a ton of pictures of the rock and aircraft from that period.
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Name: Michael Canestrare
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Syracuse NY
Time: 2000-08-08 15:03:00
Comments: Hi I was stationed there in 1961/62 as a GE scope dope and have a ton of pictures of the rock and aircraft from that period.
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Name: Sherry K Freeman
Website:
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Tyler, Tx
Time: 2000-08-08 05:04:00
Comments: I was wondering what kind of work/life goes on there.
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Name: L. Kirk Kauder
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego Originally
Time: 2000-08-08 01:21:00
Comments: I was so happy to come across your site. I was USAF on Shemya from '73 to '74 and have lost or misplaced most of my photos from my stay. To find your site was an absolute surprise and a real unexpected joy! Thanks so very much for helping bring back the memories!
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Name: L. Kirk Kauder
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego Originally
Time: 2000-08-08 01:28:00
Comments: I was so happy to come across your site. I was USAF on Shemya from '73 to '74 and have lost or misplaced most of my photos from my stay. To find your site was an absolute surprise and a real unexpected joy! Thanks so very much for helping bring back the memories!
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Name: Lt Robert T. Pearse
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Corona del Mar, Ca
Time: 2000-08-06 21:34:00
Comments: Spent a life time in Adak and Shemya, summer and fall of 1966 with the US Navy.....flying the P-3 on patrol. The islands are cold and nasty and difficult for flight operations. We made the best of the 6 months we were there and it really made you into an excellent instrument pilot. My most memorable event in Shemya was an approach to the runway in zero zero visibility...no where to go, low fuel and Adak was zero zero as well. We touched down and stopped safely, the ground people had to find us on foot. It would stay foggy for days like this. There was one little tree in the supposed national park. Pretty exciting stuff for a 25 year old plane commander. RTP
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Name: Doug
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 2000-08-03 19:14:00
Comments: I arrived at Shemya via a cancelled assignment to Turkey. Updated my dreamsheet preference to 'Alaska', thinking that I'd go to Elmendorf, and completely forgot that the 'Black Pearl' was also included in that requested area. The scruffies, the phase I winds on the day my mid tour leave was SUPPOSE to start, the crowds that would hit the BX when word of a new CD shipment came in (wonder if they ever sold those Village Peoples greatest hits?)....wouldn'ta missed it for the world!! WHen someone asks me to describe the island, the closest I can come is the planet that they found the original 'Alien' on. I was assigned to the PMEL, and was there from Aug 90- Aug 91. Kinda ironic how I found this website on my 10 yr anniversary. Anyone who was there at the same time, or is in PMEL, look me up.
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Name: Henry K. Frese Sr.
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Crosswicks, NJ
Time: 2000-08-01 15:52:00
Comments: I have no comments.
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Name: Patrick Randall
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Panama City Fla.
Time: 2000-07-27 09:59:00
Comments: Summer of 98 worked on the Island. It was an experience of a lifetime. You can't help but to admire and respect the folks who served there.
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Name: Bob Harris
Website: Charlottesville Real Estate Wizard
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Clearwater Florida
Time: 2000-07-24 19:05:00
Comments: ASA June 64 to June 65. Just loved the earthquake. Enjoyed the culinary cuisine especially the powdered milk. I still get all jittery when I think of the movie we saw "Viva Las Vagas" with Ann Margaret and some guy. Still remember the continuous buzz in all stereo equipment from that big blasted radar thing-a-ma-jig. Proud member of the elite 70% dear john/divorce club. Did my stint as a non-morse intercept (diddy bop flunk out). Anybody remember a lady named Julie? I remember an indian dude named Harvey Swann. He was the envy of all with his blow up bikini clad babe. She developed a leak and poor Harv had to blow her up every 15 minutes. But it was worth it. She was beautiful and very quiet. But most of all I remember the time the sun came out. Wow, that was a day. It was scarey. A few of the Air Force guys went blind. They didn't get the orders about not staring at the bright thing.
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Name: DON TIMMONS
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: HERMISTON, OREGON
Time: 2000-07-23 05:03:00
Comments: I HAVE READ A FEW OF THE ENTRIES FROM PEOPLE WHO WERE STATIONED ON SHEMYA AND HAVE HEARD THAT THERE IS NOTHING THERE NOW. I WAS THERE IN 1963 WITH ABOUT 1000 OTHER MEN,AND AGAIN IN 1998. THINGS HAD CHANGED SOME, CLEANED UP A BIT, BUT IT WAS STILL SHEMYA WITH ABOUT 300 MEN AND WOMEN, PLENTY OF NEW CONSTRUCTION, I WAS ALLOWED TO ROAM FREELY , AND I TOOK A LOT OF PICTURES. IT WAS MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE TO WALLK THE ROCK AGAIN. SHEMYA STILL EXISTS
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Name: Ted Laurin
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kirkwood, MO
Time: 2000-07-21 06:15:00
Comments: Stationed on Shemya AFS Feb 1961 thru Feb 1962 with USAF Security Service, as electronics intercept operator. Have some pleasant memories of my experiences there, looking back on that place almost 40 years ago. Kind of hard to get in trouble on a 2 by 4 mile rock island for 11 months. I understand it's been shut down, disassembled and salvaged out. How sad, but they can't take away the memories and friendships that developed there.
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Name: Steven Reedy
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Michigan
Time: 2000-07-20 01:48:00
Comments: I worked in AGE on Shemya from Dec 1985 to Dec 1986
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Name: ANSLEY BROWN
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: CALHOUN GA
Time: 2000-07-16 19:24:00
Comments: I WAS ON SHEMYA FROM 8/60 TO 8/61 WITH ARMY ASA. A DITTY BOP. MEMORIES INCLUDE BOOZER, BURYING BEER CANS IN THE SNOW THROUGH THE WINDOWS IN THE OLD BARRACKS- GOOD FRIENDS JERRY TUCKER- PORTLAND OR AND BASHER- BATON ROUGE LA. WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM ANYONE WHO WAS THERE AND WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT TUCKER AND BASHER.
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Name: Roy Pavuk
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cheyenne, WY
Time: 2000-07-14 22:53:00
Comments: I was the machinist at the Power Plant on Shemya from 1991 to 1994. Was really surprised to find your web site. Had some interesting times on Shemya and really interesting times trying to get off.
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Name: Gregg Elliott
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Eaton Rapids, MI
Time: 2000-07-13 22:07:00
Comments: Served in Shemya April '88 to May '99. Air traffic control radar maintenance. Many, many memories. Originator of the "Surfin' Shemya" video! Best regards.
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Name: Derek E. Deason
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Rancho Cucamonga Calif
Time: 2000-07-10 05:21:00
Comments: I really enjoyed the site. It brought back memories of my time on "The Rock" I hated it then but now It was not so bad. Derek Jun82-83
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Name: Dave Mills
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Austin, TX
Time: 2000-07-03 18:46:00
Comments: I was on the rock in '93. Had some good times there, I wouldn't have missed the experience for the world. I worked in the PMEL Lab at the 'Dane. I met two of my best friends there - Mooch and Charlie Brown. We had some good laughs.
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Name: Dave Mills
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Austin, TX
Time: 2000-07-03 19:01:00
Comments: I was on the rock in '93. Had some good times there, I wouldn't have missed the experience for the world. I worked in the PMEL Lab at the 'Dane. I met two of my best friends there - Mooch and Charlie Brown. We had some good laughs.
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Name: Page C Cline
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sacramento, CA
Time: 2000-06-27 21:09:00
Comments: Spent my year on the "Pearl" without an R&R from Jul69 to Jul70. Was the Maintenance Tech at Detachment 205. I wonder if that building is still standing? It was a good year there, but wouldn't want to repeat it!!! I'm going to do a scenery file for Flightsim 2000 (as I did for FS98) of Shemya.
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Name: Diane Cardoso
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Originally New Joisey
Time: 2000-06-26 22:06:00
Comments: Oct '86-'87. Great site, thanks - it brought back some memories. Almost all good. Worked in the Comm Center. Remember double-dipping, "G" Spot Bar & Grill w/ those $1 beers on credit (although, sadly, we females were rarely "allowed" to buy our own drink), the BABOONS, Sq. sports in the freezing wind, BBQs in the freezing wind, pleasant walks in the freez...uh, never mind. Thanks for bringing it all back - enjoyed the pictures, too! Would be interesting to hear from anybody who was there then!!
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Name: Greg Hood (Major, USAF, Retired)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Antonio, TX
Time: 2000-06-26 15:43:00
Comments: Assigned to 16SURS as the Chief, Operations Training, from July 1982-83 and the Deputy Team Chief for the Cobra Dane Tiger Team to repair the radar in 1985 from HQ SPACECMD/DOMW. Enjoyed my year at "The Rock". Would look forward to hearing from other 16SURS types. You'll take care and don't work too hard !! Greg Hood sends
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Name: Walter H. Knight
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: originallyTenn., now Warren, Mi.
Time: 2000-06-23 04:39:00
Comments: Landed on Shemya in June 1943 via troop-ship, spent the next winter there in tents with sleeping bags and a small cot, a pot bellied stove to provide heat, when we could get coal, as it was rationed and we picked it up at the hq. tent. We walked about 200 yards to the tent that served as the mess tent, picked up our food in a mess kit and headed back to our tents before it got cold and full of sand. Mail was delivered in large bunches ever three or four wks. We lined up in a blinding snow storm to get one bottle of beer, the first to appear on the island. Cigarettes were rationed, at a cost of .05 per pk. A tent was erected to serve as a movie theater and mess hall,a storm came and blew it away, had to be re-built. We finally got to see an old movie, which was repeated night after night, attended by all, as there was nothing else to do. I was fortunate in that I got a radio and a football from home, needless to say they got a lot of use. Tokyo Rose played Big Band music from Japan along with all of the additional discouraging comments she threw in to cause us to feel even worse than we did . Armed Forces radio played music also, I think it came from Adak. We signed up at the orderly room, once a wk. to go down to the creek, where a shower shack was rigged up to shower and do the laundry. The laundry tub consisted of a 5 gal. powdered milk pail! Bathroom facilities consisted of a tent with 50 gal. drums sunk into the ground with boards laid across the top of them and holes cut into them. To dispose of the contents, when they got full, they were burned out with the aid of gasoline and covered with tundra. MODERN FACILITIES!
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Name: John L. Harris
Website:
Referred by: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button
From: Decatur, Georgia
Time: 2000-06-22 16:06:00
Comments: I was stationed at Shemya 1972 as an engineer for AFRTS. Just heard the island is in the news; for anti-missile system. I wouldn't mind visiting the island again. A very unusual place to be stationed. Thanks John L.
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Name: Lee Olson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Time: 2000-06-19 23:46:00
Comments: I was in 6 CAMS in Fairbanks from 86-90 spent alot of time there. I remember many burns at the G spot, climbing driving every inch of the island, a really good pig roast, playing volley ball, playing broom ball. Playing cards and really bad movies. I turned 21 on shemya. It is good to look at the pictures but it wouldn't be good to go back. What a time!!!
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Name: Danny Baca
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ventura then - Ontario Calif Now
Time: 2000-06-18 18:54:00
Comments: Updating my email address. Shemya '55-'56 Det#9, 6926RSM. "T" Bldg-"K" Bldg memories. Sinking WWII bldgs in the tundra. Catching ugly fish off the short pier. C-124 - C-119 mode of travel. "Sky Hooks". Where are you.."Hap" Taylor, "Ronnie" Goodwin, "Perry" Lloyd, all ditty boppers. Thanks Smitty.
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Name: WAYNE E. LEWIS
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: DILLSBURG PA
Time: 2000-06-16 20:44:00
Comments: was lucky enough to spend a year on shemya from jun-68 to jul-69 chasin ditties with the 6984th. what a great place. will always remember the day i was out walking and saw 3 tu-95 bears flying right over the island. i waved. guess im on an old photo somewhere in moscow! great site many thanks sure brought back a lot of fond memories. wayne lewis
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Name: Thomas R. Luck
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Time: 2000-06-16 04:14:00
Comments: I visited the "Rock" twice both as a civilian with GE on the RADAR systems. First as a FPS-80 Tranmitter Tech from Jan 1975 to 1976 and then as an Area Leader on the FPS-17 Jan 1977 to Sep 1977 when both the FPS-80 and FPS-17 were replaced by Cobra Dane. Operated KL7FBI the base Ham station also.
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Name: Dan Evans
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Atlanta, Ga
Time: 2000-06-15 23:01:00
Comments: Excellent web page! I was on the Rock Oct 81-82, 2064CS/Satcom. Reading these posts has been a real trip down memory lane. Anybody else do any fox fishing while they were there? Can't believe I'd actually like to go back to a place that I couldn't wait to get away from!
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Name: tim bukovac
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: indep. mo.
Time: 2000-06-14 03:38:00
Comments: I seen some familiar pictures on the evening news tonight about the radar installation;it brought back memories of a year long tour 1970 thru 1971 with the Air Force.
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Name: Thomas Litts
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Clifton Springs, NY
Time: 2000-06-14 01:04:00
Comments: Great Page Smitty. I spent a life time one year (Apr 86-87) on the Rock working full time as a Cop in Pass and Id; part time in the Credit Union. Fantastic assignment, could have used a better location though. I missed the island people more than anything. Working, eating, sleeping, and living in the same Bldg 600, you became more of a family than co-workers. Enjoyed the experience, never wish to go back. Best memories, the Pie in the Eye contest in May 86 put togather by Rex of the Cops. Services Squadron donated towards a very large pizza pie given to the Service Squadron Commander; served outside. Have the photos if you need them.
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Name: Dennis Doyle
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Laguna Niguel, Calif
Time: 2000-06-10 05:29:00
Comments: Nice site, certainly brings back memories. I was there 10/72 to 10/73. Came in from Mt Home AFB where I was known as "Desert Dog" and that followed me to Shemya. In the Fire Dept. Was there when Bob Hope visited the island with Lola Falanna. As a matter of fact I was in the front row and one of the USO tour crew came out pre show and asked if Mr. Hope could use my hat. It was the old style artic hat and would look better for TV. Like Rick Woolson, who signed in earlier, I was also there when Capt Armour, commander of CES, torched the old school house and it quickly spread to the tundra. If memory serves me correctly it took almost 10 hours to control the tundra fire. Some of my fellow Fireman were Ray Minor, Paul Postel, Jim Graves (Pops), Andy Towner, Smitherman, Reeseman, Sgt Byram, Tippedoux, are a few I can come up with off the top of my head. Would like to hear from any of you. Dennis
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Name: pierre scott
Website:
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From: san antonio tx
Time: 2000-06-10 00:07:00
Comments: Somewhere around here I have a few pictures from shemya. Where would you like me to send copies? In your " How did you find us block" you should allow for written entries in your pull down tab. I just happen to go to askjeeves.com. Will be getting a DSL line shortly and will send you my new address.
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Name: Pierre Scott
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Antonio Tx
Time: 2000-06-09 23:35:00
Comments: I was stationed at Shemya Jan 77-78 as a member of the 2064 Comm Sq. Would like to hear from anyone who was there around that time. Also would like any information on what happen to POP (Vern Higgins).
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Name: Lewis Klaus
Website:
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From: Dover, DE
Time: 2000-06-08 08:29:00
Comments: Was stationed in the 2064th Comm Squadron from Jul '87 - Jul '88 as their Materiel Controller (Supply Guy). Would like to hear from anyone there at the same time from the same squadron.
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Name: C. Frank Dennis
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Branford, CT USA
Time: 2000-06-01 00:30:00
Comments: Shemya was mentioned on the evening news, and I had never heard of it, so I looked.
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Name: Deirdre McAdams
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Chattanooga, TN
Time: 2000-05-14 06:31:00
Comments: My brother is headed that way on business and I wanted to see where he is going. I'm sure it is beautiful.
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Name: Jim Smith
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 2000-05-13 03:51:00
Comments: 98J at AAFJOG/E-Ops Apr 71 - Apr 72
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Name: Doug Presley
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tennessee
Time: 2000-05-12 23:26:00
Comments: I won't say it was hell... but I've spent my time in Purgatory. I was stationed at Shemya from Jan 77 to Jan 78... and have relived it in dreams ever since. I couldn't wait to get off it, and in a lot of ways I'm still there. I was a weather observer and can remember the white outs and dense fog that lasted for days... i can remember swimming in the Bering Sea and playing softball with clouds so low that high popups disappeared... the old cold movie house and the 4 lane bowling alley... but most of all i can remember the great guys i worked with everyday. If any of you are out there and see this... drop me a line.
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Name: John Heisey
Website:
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From: Marion Heights, Pennsylvania
Time: 2000-05-12 18:32:00
Comments: 673rd Security Police December 92-93
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Name: Jim Nation, Capt USAF Ret.
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Arvada, CO
Time: 2000-05-11 19:40:00
Comments: As a buck sergeant (AF) I put up a temporary HF site on shemya in June of 62. I was on TDY from the 2127 Comm at Yokota to the Electronic Engineering and Installation Group at Tachikawa.
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Name: Walt Obremski
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Meriden, CT
Time: 2000-05-09 15:58:00
Comments: Nice site. Brings back many old memories. I was with the Army Security Agency (ASA) as a computer tech around February to June 1969.
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Name: Sam Vaughan
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sept 75-76 and Aug 90- 91
Time: 2000-05-08 07:14:00
Comments: I was in CES both times, the second time around worked part time in the BX for Mary Loveless. Does anybody know Ssgt Hopkins, who was there in CE in 90 or Mary?
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Name: Rick Williams
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sacramento CA
Time: 2000-05-04 20:06:00
Comments: Served as 059 on Shemya 10/63--11/64 aka 'the Lowell Thomas of Shemya' Lots of thoughts of Shemya over the years, including a Shemya haika Whisle up the dogs! do the foxes still play tab along the Shemya bluffs?
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Name: Walter H. Knight
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Mich.(now) Tennessee (originally)
Time: 2000-04-27 02:00:00
Comments: I landed on Shemya in June '43 at the 400 base headquarters-11th. airforce. Lived in tents the first winter, got Quonset huts the second winter. Left there mid-summer '44, went to Attu, Alexi Pt. was there until April '45, when I returned to the states. Discharged in Oct. '45 from Ft. George Wright, Spokane, Wash.
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Name: Brian Forbes
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Flint, Michigan
Time: 2000-04-24 14:33:00
Comments: Spent 3 one-year tours "On the Rock" (72-Dec-73, 75-Jun-76, 80-Jun-81), U.S. Air Force, Communications; as well as a two year tour @ Elmendorf AFB, AK.
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Name: bill purola
Website:
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From: ohio
Time: 2000-04-22 22:46:00
Comments: firedawg april 89-90
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Name: Craig Valentine
Website: Attu picture of Japanese gravestone
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Anchorage AK
Time: 2000-04-19 17:41:00
Comments: I couldn't refind it but in the Attu pictures of a Japanese gravestone was a request for translation. I contacted a friend in Okinawa. here is his reply: "Translation of Stone writing. 1st line " Repose of Soul" 2nd. line " July 1978" 3rd. line- Indistinguishable. Craig, If you can give me a clearer picture of the last line, we maybe able to translate it for you."
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Name: Rick Batchelor
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Flora, Illinois
Time: 2000-04-18 21:03:00
Comments: I was on Shemya from Oct. 75 to Oct. 76. I was in the communications Sq. and worked on Cobra Dane prior to its coming online.
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Name: Emile Poirier
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: connecticut
Time: 2000-04-16 16:27:00
Comments: To all the blue fox .I was stationed on the rock from june 66 to 67.Recall boozer at the main entrance at composite bldg,Gerald Tharp five star general,Charles nye Penn Hillbilly and Tom Tableriou The big "T" of shemya.Waiting payment on the $5.00 bet,although I did make Staff under 4.Signing off Order Of The Oats-A-Meal Heavy Heavy Shop.Email me.would love to hear from you guys.
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Name: Bill
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: West ( by God ) Virginia
Time: 2000-04-12 18:17:00
Comments: Only here 6 months TDY '74-'75 from 1833 EIS at McClellan AFB ( Sacramento, California ). We never found the woman who was said to be under every tree. We never even found the tree . . . The first night we were there the window blew out of one of the transient barracks' rooms and .....shotly after we left there were earthquakes there- anyone know about thesse?
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Name: Herb(Smitty) Smith
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New England
Time: 2000-04-08 06:28:00
Comments: Spent 1966 on the Rock in the Fire Dept. Had a great time and learned alot. Anyone remember the I.O.O.B., crank on and lets here from those 66 Rock Climbers. What happened to the paintings on the Fire Dept. day room walls. Great Site!!!!! TKS Herb
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Name: Herb (Smitty) Smith
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Rhode Island
Time: 2000-04-06 10:31:00
Comments: Spent 1966 on the Rock in the Fire Dept, trying to locate the members of the I.O.O.B. Shemya Chapter. Eagle, Melfi, Hoffman, Ellis, Freely, McQuade, Stone, Jordan, Powers, Peck, Hart, Spurlock, Sexton, Mosely, Keister, K House Mgt. or anyone who knew the guy who painted the water color pictures on the Fire Dept day room walls. How about it Art Hill! Feedback from the Rock Climbers of 66. TKS Smitty
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Name: Roger Erdman
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Spokane, WA
Time: 2000-04-02 07:50:00
Comments: Hi, I served a tour on Shemya, from October 1979 to October 1980. I was the "Paymaster of Shemya", being the only Finance type assigned to the site. Got to meet everyone, coming and going! Like most everyone who served there, I have fond memories, and often find my mind wandering back to that time. You've done a damned good job!
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Name: Jim
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: North Dakota
Time: 2000-03-31 04:34:00
Comments: I was stationed at Shemya AFB from October 1991 - 92 ( SNOWTEAM ). I have a story to tell about Shemya and how small this world is. I was stationed in Saudi Arabia and I was at a local gold market. I was with a buddy named Jeff who was in the Fire Dept also at Shemya with me at the same time. We were shopping and a gentleman walked up and told us our names and what we did in the USAF. I was quite surprised seeing this guy had long hair and a non GI mustache. He asked us if we reconized him ,and we did not. I will make a long story short ,he was our mailman at Shemya. ( DOES ANY BODY REMEMBER TRAVIS THE MAILMAN ,HE WAS A MSGT ) Well Travis got a job working for a airline company out of England after his retirment from the Air Force. As for Shemya I had alot of fun ,lost a wife a truck and a few dogs ,sounds like a country song. Jeff or Travis are out there drop me a note.
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Name: Richard Carignan
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Atlanta, GA
Time: 2000-03-29 19:43:00
Comments: I was stationed on the Rock from Jan 79 till Dec 79. I was assigned to the Fire Department. Thanks for your work on this page, it allowed me to show my daughter this part of my life. Thanks, Richard
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Name: JOHN DEL VALLE
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: PHILADELPHIA PA
Time: 2000-03-28 06:43:00
Comments: READING THIS WEBSITE IS LIKE MEETING OLD FRIENDS. I WAS STATIONED ON SHEMYA AUG 63-AUG 64 WITH 1931ST DET2. I WAS THE ONLY CUBAN ON THE ISLAND AND I WAS NOT SENT THERE BY CASTRO ! LOOKING FOR COPIES OF ANY PICTURES AS MINE WERE DESTROYED.CONDITION DOESN'T MATTER. IF THEN CAPT. HERR SEES THIS , AN OVERDUE THANKS. ALSO ZIGGY, SGT SMITH ANYONE OUT THERE THAT REMEMBERS ME. IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE, BUT ONE THAT ME MENTALLY STRONGER FOR THE TURMOILS OF LIFE. NO WOMEN WHEN I WAS THERE, ONLY BOOZER. WE DID PUT IN THE 'PLUG OF SHEMYA' AND DID SOME VERY CRAZY ANTICS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. I'VE TOLD THE STORIES TO MY KIDS AND THEY JUST CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT THAT PLACE WAS LIKE. LET ME HEAR FROM YOU AND GODSPEED TO ALL SHEMYA VETS.
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Name: Herb (Smitty) Smith Jr.
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Rhode Island
Time: 2000-03-26 04:24:00
Comments: Hey Gang, a great page: Was on the Rock in 66, put my time in the Fire Dept; was the guy who painted the wildlife pix on the walls (last 30 days). How about that exercise on the laundry(when it burnt to ****. Looking for Harold E. Eagle, Robert Jordan,Melfie,Keister, and the gang that went to Attu in Oct 66, with big JUNE. Howbout it Stoney, are you out there? Steaks on Sunday at the club, real choc milk from the guys at SAC, lemom salt and T in the smoke house, balls on the beach, and the unforgetable Dozer, Gypsy, Skinny and Thomas Cattis. Worked at the K House maintaing the stewdie quarters. Lots of fun their. Come On you willy Coyote fireemans of 66, sign on and drop a line. Howabout, the International Order of Old B s?
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Name: Bruce McKinney
Website: Sportster's Page
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Texas, USA
Time: 2000-03-26 00:07:00
Comments: Stationed at DoD Anders on Shemya 1987-88 as station chief with Bendix Field Engineering as the contractor. Anchorage subsequently and trips to the Rock until closure. Thanks for the page!
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Name: John
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: North Pole AK
Time: 2000-03-25 03:51:00
Comments: What a great site !! I was there fri Aug 83 to Aug 84 in PMEL. Afer reading all these messages not much more can be said. After I got my orders for Shemya, my boss said," In my entire Air Force career,Shemya was ine of the best assignsments I ever had, I am glad I went, enjoyed it while I was ther, but Iwould never, never, never go back" He was 100% correct!! Left Shemya, and went to Eielson until I retired in '92. Still here after all these years. Any one from tjat time frame, or any PMEL folks...drop me a note!!
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Name: Steve French
Website: John Stephen French
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Carefree, AZ
Time: 2000-03-23 17:01:00
Comments: Hello all -- Thanks for the site, Smitty. Great pics everybody, they bring back a lot of memories. Spent my year Jan 5 '68 - Dec 24 '68 (ASA), working as a 98J - (trick 3? USAF Sgt Powers?) in the E-Ops bldg. Roommates were "Young" Walt Woods and "Joe de Bowler". I remember the midnight sun, winter darkness, the wind, midnight chow, reconstituted milk, a Coca Cola bottle mountain/pile, qualifying with the M-14 on a perfect summertime off-day, Lake Stupid, the bubble truck, steaks in the smoke house - Sgt Hawkings (the Hawk) and the thereafter sober NCOIC policy, a four (?) lane bowling alley, ping-pong, MARS phone calls back to the real world (oh yeah,over!), and a LOT of movies in the base theater (who the *&%#* WAS that guy, anyway?). Thx again. Steve
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Name: Charles Mack Collings
Website:
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From: California (Utah)
Time: 2000-03-20 00:59:00
Comments: I was on the islands from Dec42 to nov 43.I was on every island in the chain. I hope some one heared the 4th infantry Band playing for them for that was me and 28 other soilders.
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Name: Jim Schmidt
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Walnut Creek, California
Time: 2000-03-13 22:12:00
Comments: Anybody who was on Shemya from May, 1969 to May, 1970, I probably showed you a movie. I have been in contact with Col. Slesinger in Florida and a few others. Anybody doing anything fun? What about a reunion on "The Rock"? They could make a TV show out of it...Who Wants to Marry Non-Millionaires". We'll all be rich!!!
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Name: Todd
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Boise, Idaho
Time: 2000-03-10 06:05:00
Comments: I was stationed at Shemya from April 92-93. Upon my return home, I found out just how many relatives have been stationed at Shemya. I had a lot of fun during my tour and met lots of new friends. I do not plan on returning, but it was a neat place to visit. Please feel free to write. I am interested in hearing from past or present "Shemyites."
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Name: JOHN O. SCHOLL
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: KANSAS CITY MISSOURI
Time: 2000-03-08 03:15:00
Comments: WAS AT KARAMURSEL, TURKEY, FROM JULY, 1961 TO DECEMBER,1962. ROOMED WITH A JOHN HORN WHO WENT 2-T TO SHEMYA. ANYONE KNOW OF HIM. HE WAS FROM CLEVELAND. OUTSTANDING WEBSITE!!!
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Name: Dean Enderle
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seattle Washington
Time: 2000-03-05 19:44:00
Comments: Just finished reading through the archives, great stuff!! So many memories, I was on the "Rock" March 1958 to April 1959, 292Xo with the at that time Det 3, 6981st RGM. Just wondering if any of the great people who were there at the same time have tuned in to this site, I haven't as yet seen anyone from that time frame having any input? Anyway if there are any of the old crew from either the USAFSS OR ASA reading this drop me a line or leave a message on this great web site. Just remembered, we even had our own tabloid newspaper when I was there, we called it the "Shemya Informer" lots of gossip and innuendo about everyone just for laughs, think I still have a couple of copies somewhere in my junk in the attic, a lot of the stuff was of the sort that you just would have had to have been there to appreciate it, I'm sure most of you know what I mean. Anyway hope all you Ex-Black Pearl inhabitants are hanging in there and enjoying life, take care and keep the memories.

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Name: Tammy Courtney (Robinson)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Switz City Indiana
Time: 2000-03-03 21:03:00
Comments: Great Web site! I was stationed on the Rock from Dec 86 to Dec 87. Worked in the post office with Fish and Buckwheat. Had a great time there, but wouldn't want to do it again. If anyone remembers me, drop me a line.
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Name: Lisa Gamache
Website:
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From: NH
Time: 2000-02-29 04:19:00
Comments: 2nd time posting. May 1987-88. Crazy Mark used to visit me at my shop and bring me flowers. I thought he was so cute. I helped him wash his windows to his room cuz he flunked room inspection. He had a B-day party in his room and all the top dogs were there. I have a videotape of the island. The firefighters were the best. Lisa
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Name: larry deboard
Website:
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From: louisiana
Time: 2000-02-28 18:49:00
Comments: was stationed on shemya sept.1993 to sept.1994.was a baker and cooked and served midnight chow.remember mushrooms in the s.o.s.would like to know if construction on the shemya seattle bridge is complete? tim lavin where are you? brother deere are you still there? carl yancy praise the lord any.the spirit of the lord,is what draws your thoughts and harts back to shemya. he visits and searches harts there because of the saints who have been there.
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Name: Don
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Lewes, Delaware
Time: 2000-02-28 12:05:00
Comments: I am searching for a USAFSS friend who served with me in the 6981st RGM as a 203 at Elmendorf in 1957 and then was sent to SHEMYA. (I "lucked out" and was sent to St. Lawrence Island from 1957-58!) His name is Richard L. Gage, Jr. I believe there is a chance that he went to Japan after his tour was up on SHEMYA in 1958. Would appreciate it if any SHEMYA alumni knew him and and have any idea of his present whereabouts. (Many searches on the 'net have been to no avail.) Many thanks for your help. Don "Ernie" Ernakovich Lewes, Delaware
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Name: Brooks Hollern
Website:
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From: Port Angeles, Washington
Time: 2000-02-27 05:11:00
Comments: Naming longline boat "Shemya". Would appreciate information on origin of the name.
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Name: Kevin R. Marlin
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Pryor, Oklahoma
Time: 2000-02-26 22:30:00
Comments: Very Impressive Web page!!! I was stationed there from March 88-89. I was part of the 5073 ABG/SP. I knew David "Goob" Williamson, Daniel "Slim" Whitham, Randy Combs, Jake Christiansen, Carlos Whooten, Tony from Tennessee, Flohouse, and many more faces than names. I was known as "Merle" As my buddy Randy has said it was the best of times and the worst of times!! How about that wave that smashed the hood of the Flight Chief's truck as we sat on the dock?? I can't remember who it was...but some one helped me dig out the Hummvee, because the standing rule was whoever got it stuck and needed pulled out bought the flight a case of beer the next morning!! Ten miles around the beach road, how many times did we run that lap? Queen's Match seemed like a big bottle rocket. Caught Japanese Perch in the Bering Sea to use as bait to catch Flounder in the Pacific. Work a part-time job (Reeve Aleutian Airlines) just to pay for the beer. I can go on and on and on... What memories!! Thanks for the site!
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Name: james r. murphy
Website:
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From: harrisburg, pa
Time: 2000-02-25 16:07:00
Comments: I was there from 62-63. Was a crypto operator in USAFSS. I remember the cuban crisis when flash messages where hot and heavy. I have a vivid recollection during that time of the army guys being issued weapons out of the armory and forced to march up to the site. The air force guys just laughed as we continued to ride the bus up to the site. Since this was a hardship tour I was supposed to get my choice of reassignment. Not. Originally was scheduled to go to japan and two weeks before my rotate date my orders were changed to go the Westover AFB, Mass., another desolate place. All in all it was not a bad assignment. I was 19 at the time. Only young boys could do it. The old guys became drunks. Left the service just as vietnam was heating up. I have pictures of the rock and will stream them in when i learn how.
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Name: Rick Alekna
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Opelika, AL
Time: 2000-02-24 04:46:00
Comments: I was on the rock 70-71 as a 203 in the 6984 of USAFSS. Was an interesting place to be....some interesting work, made some good friends. Was pleasantly surprised to find this site.
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Name: Jerry Bentz
Website:
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From: Cincinnati, OH
Time: 2000-02-24 01:50:00
Comments: USAFSS 6984th RSM Oct, 1960 to Oct, 1961 Looking for roommates: Ron Osaki Mark Hawkins
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Name: Richard (Dick) Tsuda
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Roseville, CA
Time: 2000-02-23 23:48:00
Comments: Our crew was stationed out of Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, but we used to deploy to Shemya (61-63). Our first deployment was on 31 Dec 61, flying in on Nancy Rae before it became Wanda Belle, then Rivet Ball, and finally, Cobra Ball. The upside of our TDYs -- we were able to fly home to our families after 90 days. The downside -- having to return to The Rock in 90 days (crew change). I'll never forget the dismal feeling as we made our final approach into The Rock after each return trip. We staged out of Hangar 2 and kept mostly to ourselves because our mission was so classified, plus we were on constant alert status. Many a times were we called out from the mess hall, BX, theater, or the club. I would guess I spent approx 8 to 9 months on The Rock, with no credit towards a remote. I remember the midnight chows, midnight movies, feeding Boozer, lousy weather, having to stop our taxiing out one flight to take away someone's camera - expose his film - then return the camera (yes, we were that classified). The Russians called us "White Top" due to our paint job. It was sad to learn that our beloved aircraft (Rivet Ball by then) had skidded off the runway, but even sadder to learn that later, lives were lost on Cobra Ball and Rivet Amber. One of our technician built a mini radio station whose reception was limited within Hangar 2 because we preferred "softer" music than those played by the base station -- sorry, no offense intended. Often wondered what happened to the naked lady in my second floor room (a painting on the wall) in Hangar 2. A belated thanks to all of the permanent party who supported us with fire protection, food, movies, etal. And to the then base chaplain who won the dance contest at the USO show in the base theater. His prize? His face being pushed into the ample breasts of one of the show girls by the emcee, who didn't realize he was the chaplain. The chaplain's remarks were, "I've been blessed by God!" That was funny! What memories this website has brought back! Richard M. Tsuda, CMSgt, USAF (ret).
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Name: Randy Combs
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Deerfield Kansas
Time: 2000-02-22 21:08:00
Comments:  Hey This is Great!! I was at Shemya AFB From March 1988 to March 1989 with the 5073 ABG/SP (Security Police). It was the best of times and the worst of times for lack of a good way to think of it. Some of the people I met there I feel were my best friends. I have some good Pictures and the means to download on the e-net if you would like some of them. If you were there during my time on the "ROCK" e-mail me. I knew Kevin Marlin Dan Whittam. WE SHOULD HAVE A REUNION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember the Cobra Dane,Cobra Eye, Cobra Ball!!!!!!!!!, Scruffs(grey foxes) I also Worked at the Chow hall on my Off time and worked for Reeve Aleutian airlines. Would Like to hear from anybody there when I was
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Name: Randy Combs
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Deerfield Kansas
Time: 2000-02-22 21:04:00
Comments:  Hey This is Great!! I was at Shemya AFB From March 1988 to March 1989 with the 5073 ABG/SP (Security Police). It was the best of times and the worst of times for lack of a good way to think of it. Some of the people I met there I feel were my best friends. I have some good Pictures and the means to download on the e-net if you would like some of them. If you were there during my time on the "ROCK" e-mail me. I knew Kevin Marlin Dan Whittam. WE SHOULD HAVE A REUNION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember the Cobra Dane,Cobra Eye, Cobra Ball!!!!!!!!!, Scruffs(grey foxes) I also Worked at the Chow hall on my Off time and worked for Reeve Aleutian airlines. Would Like to hear from anybody there when I was
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Name: V. Boyd Selby, D.D.S.
Website: Boyd's Home Page
Referred by: Net Search
From: Hot Springs, Ar
Time: 2000-02-21 21:40:00
Comments: I spent several hours there in 1977. The med-evac plane I was on landed there to off load passengers. I was guarded by the Air Force in there shiney boots and berets. On my way to another great place ADAK. Great web page.
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Name: Bob Leavitt
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Fresno,Ca.
Time: 2000-02-21 19:39:00
Comments: I was on Shemya in early 46 to early 47, was with the 66th ftr. sqd. I found it was time to go home when you finely get used to the island.
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Name: Dean Enderle
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seattle Washington
Time: 2000-02-19 21:19:00
Comments: I know this is the second one from me tonight but after reading through some of the other guestbook entries I thought of a couple of things. When I hit the Rock we lived in some pre-fab type arctic huts and later wound up in the old "T" building where we only had hot water for a couple of hours each morning and evening, used to be a race to the showers in order to get a hot one. We had no facilities on the island as far as recreation so we invented all sorts of things like playing tricks on the Army. We did have a AFRTS radio station and some of us took turns DJing, I even have a certificate of appreciation from AFRTS for taking part in the running of the station. I have some old photos of the place and some of the characters who I was fortunate enough to share the experience with. I remember the time I spent on Shemya mostly for the camaraderie that existed under what were very primitive conditions and I think it gave most of us who were there a good chance to really examine ourselves and what we were all about. When I left the island it was on a C124 and like all the good old shaky's it managed to lose one engine on the way back to Elmendorf, it was great fun but I am glad it was just one of those things!!!
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Name: Dean Enderle
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seattle Washington
Time: 2000-02-19 20:44:00
Comments: I served with the U.S. Air Force Security Service, Det 3 of the 6981st Radio Group for 13 months during 1958 -1959 on the "Rock" as we affectionately called it. As I remember there was also an Army Security Agency unit there the 281st ASA Company I think, we had a husky dog named "Boozer" for a mascot, he loved beer and Hershey bars. I was a "Ditty Bop" and anyone who was there will know what that was, would be great to hear from anyone who was there then.
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Name: Tom Chapin
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Time: 2000-02-18 23:04:00
Comments: Just surfed on. I was at Shemya l952 and have some good pictures of the buildings of that time as well as a crane that broke through the runway. Had some fun times there, but also had some stressful times. I guess everyone has the same story. Will send the pictures soom. Take care and thanks.
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Name: Reto Scherrer
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Zurich, Switzerland
Time: 2000-02-15 09:57:00
Comments: I'm writing a term project about WW2 in Alaska. Your page really helped me collecting some more information. Thanks.
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Name: Bill Harris
Website:
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From: Denver, originally Detroit
Time: 2000-02-13 03:46:00
Comments: Hi Fellow Former Residents of the Black Pearl. I already have a guestbook entry, but it is way at the beginning of the list. I'd like to hear from you if you were on Shemya anytime from June, 1970 to June, 1971, or if you worked for the AFRTS stations during that time or were affiliated with Detachment 205/461 anytime in its history there! Thanks!
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Name: Norman Brown (SP5-E5)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Decatur, Alabama
Time: 2000-02-08 07:33:00
Comments: On the rock only 3 months, March-June 1963 with ASA. The flyboys called us trained killers because we had carbines "locked" in an arms room. Korpinen was 1st Sgt. Will try to find a few photos to add to the collection.
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Name: Lon Schmidt
Website:
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From: Brainerd MN
Time: 2000-02-06 22:26:00
Comments: Spent a year longer than I wanted to on Shemya. 72-73 Looking for Jim Hacker (Hondo), Micky Share, Dennis Carroll, Scotty Allen.
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Name: Danny Baca
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ontario, California
Time: 2000-02-06 02:06:00
Comments: Reference my earlier postings, my corrected tour of duty dates on Shemya were 1955-1956. I recall the "Chugash Inn" at Elmendorf, and Xmas and New Years at the transient quarters, Elmendorf "nobody loves us". Somehow I don't think our little group had as much fun as some of the readers have posted in the post '56 years. I still tend to recall Shemya as "Nanook's Armpit", but then again, I did see myself as growing up while at Shemya. There was an old broken down short pier on the beach where we used to go fishing, we deep fried the catch in the chow hall. The sinking WWII hospital in the tundra was a choice attraction. Our morale booster were the females on the NorthWest Flights, they supplemented the "girl behind every tree". C-124's and C-119's were our mode of travel, weather permitting, what barges? As a radio operator, only, I enjoyed my assignment on Shemya the most. We did have one special fringe benefit found nowhere else, we were permitted to store up to three [3] cases of beer under our bunks, we would place some outside our windows, on the ground, and voila, we had cold beer. Thanks for the memories.......
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Name: Scott Strait
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Runnells, Iowa (currently stationed in Germany)
Time: 2000-02-05 16:11:00
Comments: I was stationed at Shemya from Oct 87 to Oct 88 and worked in the Vehicle Maintenance Flight. I have great memories of my time there and remember the great guys I served with. Last I heard, it was renamed Erickson (sp?) AB and then closed shortly thereafter.
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Name: George E. Conklin
Website: Pufferbelys Exploranetium
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Olympia, WA
Time: 2000-02-05 14:30:00
Comments: I was on Shemya for two and a half months in 1957. What I remember most is that long pier with hundreds of cases of old WW2 coke bottles.
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Name: Danny Baca
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Southern California
Time: 2000-02-05 06:07:00
Comments: Hail to The Rock, same song, second verse. Okay, so I am double dipping. As I read I also recalled from my days on Shemya. I was a Radio Operator, my assignment was the "Dog Fox" Hut, nothing but Class A Bearings from me. I was there '53'54. I recall we, 52 personnel, bunked in the "T" Building. My outfit was Det. #9, 6926RADRONMO USAFSS, I later transferrred to Hqs. 6926RADRONMO, Shiroi AB, Tokyo, Japan. We worked with the "Dollar One Nineteens" and their sky hooks, memories anyone?? Now, this is why I came back to double dip...What is the scoop on Private Message, one needs a password to read some Shemya Postings? C'mon. Anybody from the 6926RADRONMO USAFSS give me an email. Someone posted that there is a web ring for USAFSS on Yahoo, or elsewhere, please email me. Then, I was, A/1c Daniel C. Baca [Danny], couldn't play poker but I could drink beer. Smitty, I enjoy your work, its bookmarked, and all my hangover nightmares are alot better the second time around.
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Name: Danny Baca
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Southern California
Time: 2000-02-05 04:34:00
Comments: Hail to the Rock. I had the duty on Shemya back in '53-54, then as an A/1c Radio Operator, assisgned to Det. #9, 6926th Radio Sq Mobile, USAFSS. Initially we were a total of 52 assigned military personnel and 1 Contracted Comm Tech Rep, Motorola. We were all housed then in what we called the "T" Building. We all went looking for the fabled "a woman behind every tree", are you guys there still falling for that gag? That is the only place I know of where it snows sideways, comments? I note the fog and winds still persist. We used to go scavenging at the old WWII sinking buildings in the tundra, looking for souviniers. NorthWest AirLines began their North Pole Route to the Orient, using Shemya as the refueling stop, this while I was still assigned there. With the airlines came the favorite pastime of going down to the tarmac to ogle the female passengers on their way to/from the waiting room during the refueling period. We, the heathens, were not allowed inside the Chow Hall, the waiting room, while the passengers were eating and resting. Eventually myself, and buddies A/1c Ronald Goodwin and A/1c George F. Taylor were transferred to Shiroi AB USAFSS, Hqs. 6926th RADRONMO, Tokyo, Japan. Thank You Jesus!! We were each credited with double time on Shemya, that is, our 9 months counted as 18 months o/s when we arrived in Tokyo. I ended up serving 5 1/2 years on that hitch in Japan. I am interested in hearing from any personnel who served with Det. #9, 6926th Radio Sqdn Mobile USAFSS, or with its Hqs 6926th RSM USAFSS, Shiroi AB, Tokyo, Japan. I do recall that an A/1c Church won the meritorious award, a radio operator's hi speed sending key, known to operators as a "bug", for being selected as the outstanding Radio Operator for the mission. I regret not having taken any pictures while I was at Shemya, I seem to recall that on our days off we would spend the time learning to play poker, as no gambling was allowed, and indulging in beer. Again, I enjoyed my visit THIS TIME to Shemya, and look forward to my return visit and hopefully an email from someone I met and served with on Shemya. Thanks guys...............Daniel C. "Danny" Baca Former S/Sgt USAF 1952-1960
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Name: Dick Baker
Website: Knollcrest Subdivision
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Western NY
Time: 2000-02-02 22:51:00
Comments: USAFSS from basic in 49-50 most of service career retiring in 70. Used to "talk" a lot to Shemya people from Ft. Meade via teletype but never had the pleasure of visiting or being assigned there. You guys done well!
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Name: Ann Royle
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Omaha
Time: 2000-01-29 22:19:00
Comments: My father was stationed on the island of Attu. I am currently doing research to piece together those things I cannot decipher from his war diary which we found after his death in 1996. Does any one remember Paul Royle?
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Name: Robert R. Bailey
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Shreveport, LA (now)
Time: 2000-01-26 18:38:00
Comments: Seeing all of the people that have been to Shemya is amazing. They called me Beetle. I was there from Jan 90 to Jan 91. I remember Chris Lester, Sabra Miracle, Mike Donahue(toast), Jason Caswell(Caz), Jorge Hurtado, Sandra Bignell, Rob Siano, and especially Connie Risner. The times we had there were the best ever. Kind of ironic considering the cruddy conditions we lived in. I remeber Doug Koobs and the rest of the ATC Radar Repair troops. If anyone of you know anyone of them please drop me an email. The rock doesn't roll without any of them.
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Name: Loren Douthat
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kansas
Time: 2000-01-25 15:29:00
Comments: Jun 70 - Jun 71 ASA at AAFJOG (The Bubble) The loony on the bicycle
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Name: peter maier
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: hartly delaware
Time: 2000-01-24 01:38:00
Comments: I was on Shemya from jun 70 till Jun 71 usaf. great site'would like to here from old friends
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Name: Shemya Bryant
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Time: 2000-01-21 20:05:00
Comments: Just wanted you guys to know that you did a great job on this site. Keep up the good work. By the way my father was based on the island and that is how I got my first name.
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Name: Michael Donahue
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego
Time: 2000-01-19 05:48:00
Comments: I was NCOIC 2064 CS Ground Radio Nov. 90- Nov. 91, many knew me as "Toast" (my condition pretty much the whole time) Had a blast there & worked/partied with some great people, especially remember Doc, Cas, Mac, Geno, and wild Comm parties on the 3rd floor and "Wally World", tundra hopping, double dipping, flounder fishing, and intramurals (Wally ball, softball, hockey, indoor golf). Now retired and work for DOJ in San Diego, love to hear from anyone I knew.
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Name: Hank Grant
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hickory, NC
Time: 2000-01-17 22:27:00
Comments: Attn: Previous poster ED GRAHAM Just out of curiosity, where else were you stationed? Hank Grant, X1, 6984th Security Squadron 1967-68
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Name: Ed Graham
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tipton, Ok
Time: 2000-01-17 17:24:00
Comments: Toured the island from October, 1992 through November 1993, and never had a better assignment in my entire 23 year career. I worked in Transient Alert, so I met just about everyone who arrived or left the island during that time, and never met a better group than this. I never double dipped, but did make freinds with many "scruffies" I'm very glad a site like this was put up, and only wished it had been available when we were still being stationed there. Good background info, and lovely pictures that brought back many fond memories. Ed Graham
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Name: Wayne Canwell
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Keene, New Hampshire
Time: 2000-01-17 16:50:00
Comments: Served with Flight "B" of the 375th Reconnaissance Squadron V.L.R. (very long range) Weather from 1948 to 1949. I was an Aircraft Mechanic with this group and enjoyed every minute of it. Our Squadron consisted of WB-29's which flew weather missions over the North Pole and down into Japan. In April of '49 Flight "B" was transfered to Eielson AFB, where I served until 1950.
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Name: Rick Woolson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Lancaster, Pa
Time: 2000-01-15 20:52:00
Comments: 2nd entry in guestbook. Am wondering when the Firedawgs came about. I was there In Fire Dept and Training NCO/Asst. Chief from Oct 72 to Oct73. Don't remember all the good times, mostly all bad, guess that comes from dodging the draft by enlisting. Met some fine people but they were all like me, spending their year on the Rock. Spoiled perhaps a promising career in the Air Force. I think we had 20 fire calls and 1 in flight emergency in the whole year. Luckily no crashes. I do remember lighting a smoke house off for training and damn near burning out the whole Island, tundra burns like hell. I did make a career out of fire service and am currently a Federal Firefighter in Phila. Anybody out there in that time period give me a yell.
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Name: Stewart Hardy
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Alabama(origianlly) Washington DC area (now)
Time: 2000-01-14 13:50:00
Comments: Served on the "ROCK" in 1993-1994 as security policeman! Enjoyed my time on the "ROCK" Would like to hear form others who served in 93-94!
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Name: michael J. Smith
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Jacksonville, florida
Time: 2000-01-12 21:31:00
Comments: I was stationed on the ROCK as a firedawg from Feb. 1978 to Jan. 1979. I remember burning the old hanger and many more buildings on the island for training. I also remember watching the super bowl from a live feed to the Island for the first time. I played a lot of basketball and raquetball. I'll never forget being a short timer (couldnt see over the curb). As bad a place as it was I still have dreams of the place. I have photos of some of the firemen and the ROCK from this time period.
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Name: Hugh Link
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Statesville, NC
Time: 2000-01-08 03:40:00
Comments: I was a 203 on an ACRP flight out of Yokota AB Japan in March or April of 1959. We lost two engines on one side of our RB-50 and had to divert to Shemya as it was the only friendly base out there. We stayed there for 4 or 5 days before they could get us back to Japan. They only had beer to drink due to bad weather keeping the resupply barge away. We did not have any money so the commander gave each of us 20 bucks to buy beer with. We told everybody we were a weather plane. Later we visited ops and cleared that up.
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Name: Chip Runnels
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: HQ AMC/CEX, Scott AFB IL
Time: 2000-01-04 02:50:00
Comments: Was on the "Pearl" from Feb 78 - 79 as a firedawg - we burned several of the buildings, including the hanger off the old west runway (the AFRTS filmed it and set it to Ohio Players Burn Baby Burn). Also there, when we had to airevac three firefighters to Elmendorf after a north cliff rappelling accident. Was sent back from Dec 88 to Jun 90 as the chief of disaster preparedness - PACEX 89 when Shemya launched armed F-15s and intercepted seven Soviet aircraft. Also, helped Security Police team win the floor hockey championship as their goalie. Also, set up and managed the Combat Operations Center for Col Frushour. Did a total of 30 months and enjoy the memories.
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Name: Rex Rosenberg
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Kansas
Time: 2000-01-02 23:51:00
Comments: After spending six months on Adak I volunteered for duty on Shemya with a small detachment of Navy Communications Technicians. I was on Shemya from February through August, 1966. Seeing some of the messages in the guestbook motivated me to post some photos from that, and other time in the Navy. (Yes, Boozer is among those photos). They can be found at http://www.awav.net/wzeroall/navy.htm I'll post more as time permits. It was a long 13 months in the Aleutians. If we met while on Adak or Shemya, I'd like to hear from you.
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Name: Dave Matteson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Rhode Island
Time: 1999-12-31 00:21:00
Comments: Never was at Shemya. '60 - '61 was a 202 at Samsun, Turkey. Have been touring the USAFSS web and am pleasantly surprised by the dedication and esprit de corps. How we hated our sites and how much we would now like to return for a while. Good friends and strange places.
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Name: Mark Vaughn
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: FLORIDA
Time: 1999-12-29 01:43:00
Comments: Had a great time at Shemya. I was there from Sept 90 to Sept 91. The (ROCK) was one of the best kept secrets in the USAF. I am glad to had been a part of it. I was in FIRE PROTECTION there. The FIRE DAWGS ruled the ROCK then. thanks for the site.
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Name: Tom Wagner
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Wisconsin (originally) Texas (now)
Time: 1999-12-24 18:15:00
Comments: USAF. Served in the fire department June '70 to June '71.
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Name: FRANK ROWELL
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: RICHMOND,VA
Time: 1999-12-24 00:41:00
Comments: Served 2 tours, mar 79-80, and jan 89-90. 2064th com, radar maintenance. Had some great times, had some bad times , loved the fishing, the people were the best!!If you were ever stationed there , you are a friend of mine!
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Name: Ed Lewis
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Novato, CA
Time: 1999-12-20 17:09:00
Comments: I was TDY from Elmendorf for 90 days - 9/75 to 12/75. Was an A1C in DSTE Maintenance in the Comm Center. Was there when Cobra Dane went on-line. Mostly I remember the smokehouses and getting loaded in the Japanese bunkers. Was never so glad to see Anchorage (trees, women) when I got out of there.
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Name: Steven J. Cheney
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Manassas, VA
Time: 1999-12-15 17:33:00
Comments: December 71 - December 72? 98c in AAFJOG
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Name: Merritt (Red) Barthel
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Smyrna Beach Fl
Time: 1999-12-14 18:59:00
Comments: Served 20 years in USAFSS and checked you site to see if I could find any buddies that may have been stationed there. Good site. Red Barthel, MSGT, Retired
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Name: Bob Hayhurst
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Chester, Va
Time: 1999-12-14 16:56:00
Comments: Was Looking at Alaska on a map and in small red letters saw sheyma AFB wayyyyyyy on the left hand side;wondered who the devil was doing what out there;after reading some of the comments in the guestbook, seems like it was different things to different folks. Thanks for your service to our Country!!!
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Name: Lyndon Willms
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Woodbridge, VA
Time: 1999-12-13 17:41:00
Comments: Flew the Cobra Ball from 1984-1987. Lots of time enjoying the Eskimo Trade Winds and beacon riding!
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Name: David T. Alexander
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: San Marcos, Texas
Time: 1999-12-13 04:20:00
Comments: Great web site! I was stationed at Shemya from Sept. '76 to Sept. '77 with Det. 3, 11th Weather Squadron as a rawinsonde operator (launching weather balloons). I still have dreams about being back there. I worked at the weather station down near terminal on the flight line where the Reever would come in, and lived in a small house nearby (we called it "The Hooch") which had eight rooms and a dayroom, all occupied by us Weather Weenies. Understand that neither The Hooch nor the old weather station exists any more. I remember playing in the basketball leagues in the old gym, watching movies in the drafty old theater, and having dinner on Friday evenings at the NCO club. I remember midnight chow in the dining hall and the box lunches with the iridescent ham and green cheese sandwiches, much of which we fed to the foxes. I served with Capt. John Warburton, Tsgt. Ron Adams, A1C John Kenney, A1C Marty Martel, Ssgt. Doug Presley, Sgt. Will Dzuik, and a bunch of other great guys whose names I can't recall, but I remember their faces and their personalities. Shemya was an unforgettable experience; thanks for the memories!
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Name: Glenn A. Blacklock
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Albany, OREGON
Time: 1999-12-12 21:49:00
Comments: I am already signed in, but my son's E Mail address has changed. It is now tjblacklock@msn.com Please change it on the Shemya World War II page so that I can receive mail if someone clicks on the mail icon. Please verify.
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Name: MIKE PALMER
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: IOWA CITY,IOWA
Time: 1999-12-08 02:17:00
Comments: I WAS BASED ON SHEMYA FROM AUG OF 1977-78,I WAS IN THE FIRE DEPT AS A RESCUEMAN. SHEMYA WAS REALLY SOMETHING,I WILL NEVER FORGET. IT WAS A HELL OF A PLACE BUT,I WILL NEVER FORGET THE PEOPLE,MADE SOME REAL GOOD FRIENDS.ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO RICK GOSSMAN? WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO SERVED THERE, AND SWAP STORIES,OR JUST TALK ABOUT THE PLACE. TO ALL WHO SERVED THERE "ROCK ON"
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Name: MIKE PALMER
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: IOWA CITY,IOWA
Time: 1999-12-08 01:59:00
Comments: I WAS BASED ON SHEMYA FROM AUG OF 1977-78,I WAS IN THE FIRE DEPT AS A RESCUEMAN. SHEMYA WAS REALLY SOMETHING,I WILL NEVER FORGET. IT WAS A HELL OF A PLACE BUT,I WILL NEVER FORGET THE PEOPLE,MADE SOME REAL GOOD FRIENDS.ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO RICK GOSSMAN? WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO SERVED THERE, AND SWAP STORIES,OR JUST TALK ABOUT THE PLACE. TO ALL WHO SERVED THERE "ROCK ON"
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Name: Walter(Tom) Thompson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Boulder, CO
Time: 1999-12-07 06:33:00
Comments: I arrived on Shemya December 31, 1960, just in time for the first meal served by the Air Force after taking over from Northwest Airlines. We had Steak with all the fixings, including that good old sterlized milk in cans. I spent a year with the 6984th Radio SQ Mbl. I remember Boozer and Neal. They would roll in the snow while we were locked in the Composite Bldg during the Willywaws. The winds remind me of Boulder where it is blowing 70 to 80 MPH tonight. We call our winds Chinook winds. During 1961, I was a member of the Shemya AFS Chapel Choir, which won the Alaskan Command(all military forces) Choir contest. I also did a short stint as a DJ with AFRS Shemya. I have a female cousin who was in heavy construction on Shemya during the 80's. What we wouldn't have given to see a female that wasn't part of a USO show.
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Name: Kevin T. McLoughlin
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Columbus, Ohio
Time: 1999-12-02 03:10:00
Comments: WOW! The old addage "the more things change, the more they stay the same" proves to be true! It seems that everyone who ever served on "The Rock" could tell the same stories! I served from Jan '70 to Jan '71, worked on the flight-line as an Air Freight Specialist. Worked part-time in the mail room and also ran mail and other errands for the civilian contractors. Greeted and said goodbye to everyone who came and went for that year. Lived in a hanger close by(#5?) most of the year and was with the first residents of the "new" barracks across from the main building. I also celebrated my 21st birthday and promotion to Sgt. while there. Wondered if I would live thru that year but, dream of the place many time a year. I would love to go back and visit this "MAGICAL" place as i can't remember anywhere I've been where I met better "FRIENDS". Would love to hear from anyone whom remembers me.
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Name: CRASH 'Sad Sam'
Website: rostaw
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: TEXAS
Time: 1999-11-24 08:23:00
Comments: This is 'CRASH' from Kagnew. Ya'll remember me Ali-UT. I led the eskimo invasion against Capt. Rabbit and Gen Bonie Stockton. I See Capt Rabbit is still jumpin' after all these years. Great time 70-71. Any of my 'Gorilas' passing this way, hi guys. Remember making toast with a popcorn popper. Toast & Gallo Vin Rosae and the Monkie Missions, midnight rading parties on the mess hall. We survived! Fondest memory, Douthat riding his bicycle to Ops. in a blizzard.
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Name: CRASH 'Sad Sam'
Website: rostaw
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: TEXAS
Time: 1999-11-24 08:26:00
Comments: This is 'CRASH' from Kagnew. Ya'll remember me Ali-UT. I led the eskimo invasion against Capt. Rabbit and Gen Bonie Stockton. I See Capt Rabbit is still jumpin' after all these years. Great time 70-71. Any of my 'Gorilas' passing this way, hi guys. Remember making toast with a popcorn popper. Toast & Gallo Vin Rosae and the Monkie Missions, midnight rading parties on the mess hall. We survived! Fondest memory, Douthat riding his bicycle to Ops. in a blizzard.
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Name: Eisenbahn Wilhelm
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Mongo
Time: 1999-11-22 18:43:00
Comments: Good site. Managed to dodge Shemya/St. Lawrence in '62; wound up at 6901 SCG, Swinebarfen, for 3 years. There is USAFSS club on Yahoo. Are you part of USAFSS web ring?
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Name: Mike Modrow
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cedar Rapids, IA
Time: 1999-11-18 16:27:00
Comments: Wow, talk about flashbacks! I was just swapping Air Force tall tales with a co-worker this morning, and after stunning him with my tales of life on Shemya, I decided to see if there where any good web sites that covered it. This site is fantastic!!! I served my one year sentence on "The Black Pearl" from 93-94, working in the PMEL. Had some great times, had some miserable times. The best part, of course, was the people. I really wish that I had kept in touch with some of the great friends that I made there. I felt especially to the fellow members of "The Aleutian Chain Gang". I would love to hear from any of you (or anybody else who remembers me, unless it's because I owe you money!). Take care, one and all!!!
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Name: Tom Horne
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Evanston, IL
Time: 1999-11-15 01:58:00
Comments: I served a year at Shemya in 1970, as a MARS operator, a telephone operator, and worked the desk outside the dittyboppers room. I was 20 years old. I actually put in for Alaska on my "dreamsheet" to hopefully avoid Vietnam. 18 of 21 guys in my radio operator class at Biloxi, MS went to Nam as forward air controllers, two us ended up in Shemya. I believe I saw 231 movies while I was there! And I actually skinny-dipped in the Bering Sea. Played a lot of basketball and handball, and couldn't wait for my tour to end. I do have some good memories of the place, and it was certainly better than the experience some of my Biloxi classmates had in Vietnam. I didn't realize it had closed. I remember it as an interesting place as far as the weather was concerned, and that there was a "woman behind every tree", (except there were not trees of course). I also have fond memories of the stewardesses of Reeves' Aluetian Airways walking into the NCO club. It was like the EF Hutton commercial...everyone would pause whatever they were doing to just watch something feminine walk through the place to a table. It also ment the mail had arrived. Anyway, I'm glad I found this site to remember it alittle.
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Name: Steven L. Ellis, DD
Website: Southern Maine Denture Associates
Referred by: Lycos
From: Saco, Maine
Time: 1999-11-14 01:38:00
Comments: Stationed at Shemya AFS, Alaska from May 1969 thru May 1970
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Name: Eric
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Alaska
Time: 1999-11-11 06:34:00
Comments: For what it is worth, Shemya is still alive and well!! I served as a linguist in ASA from 1967-1971 and was stationed in Panama and Florida. While stationed in Panama, I served with several people who had been stationed on Shemya at some time during their careers/enlistments. While I was never there while in the service, I have fished commercially in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands for the past 20+ years, and as recently as August was working near Shemya, although never close enough to see more than the lights on the horizon at night.
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Name: Fred Hinch
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Wausau, WI
Time: 1999-11-11 04:35:00
Comments: Like to hear from anybody from the rock. Was there from 71 to 72 in the ASA. Good and bad times involved. The hawk was awesome. Saw 200+ movies and wished I'd see the Packers played live. Gave my appreciation to trees and women at the time. Even the zoomies can contact me. God bless all the guys up there during any time. See ya.
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Name: Bill G. Honea
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Arizona
Time: 1999-11-10 02:16:00
Comments: Stationed at Shemya from July 1952 to Jan 1953. Was one of the power plant operaters for a while then transfered to motor pool as a mechanic. It was located in the old hanger #2 on the flight line. Never seen weather like that in the Arizona Desert. Would not take a million dollars for the experence, But would not go back for any amount of money. Bill Honea A/2c 19426127 USAF Oct 1951 to Oct 1955. I was 17 years old at the time, Now 64 years old and retiring on the 30th of nov. 1999 Bill
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Name: STEVE GARLAND
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: WAS FROM TWIN CITIES, NOW IN ROCHESTER HILLS, MI
Time: 1999-11-09 18:12:00
Comments: I SERVED WITH THE ARMY SECURITY AGENCY AS A TRAFFIC ANALYST FROM AUG '62 TO JULY '63 I, AS MANY OTHERS, WAS THERE WHEN PRES K WAS ASASSINATED. SHEMYA HAS MANY MEMORIES FOR ME. IT WAS WHERE I LOST MY FIRST WIFE, AND WHERE I FOUND FAITH IN GOD. I AM FILLED WITH EMOTIONS AS I READ AND REMEMBER ON THE NET. THANKS!
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Name: Dave Simcoe
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-11-06 01:48:00
Comments: Stationed on the Rock 1981. Arrived 1 week after the Crash on approach of C. Ball
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Name: Al Watters
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Diamond Bar, Ca
Time: 1999-11-04 06:38:00
Comments: Raytheon Engineer, Cobra Dane Radar. July 1977 to August 1980. Your Site is a great find, and well done.
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Name: Jerry Smith
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-10-31 17:55:00
Comments: Served time on the Rock from 93-94. Was one of the last large groups to leave the island before the contractors took over. Ringing the Chapel bell, cliffhouse parties, Cobra Den parties including the hot tub/baptistry. Fr Pete and the Aleutian Chain Gang. Pops farewell and memorial. Crazy Mark. Scruffy crap in the dorm entrances. Working for Reeve Aleutian Airways. Huge bonnfire on the beach. Club 365. No cable for 2 months. No cash in the BX. Coke and Pepsi shortage. Earthquakes. National Geographic idiots that about drown in the Bering Sea. Russian graves. Tickets for doing 6mph in a 5mph zone. Great friendships made. Great facilities. Black Peal Inn. Just to name a few. If anyone was there during this time or has questions please write me.
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Name: Doug Wetzel
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seattle, WA
Time: 1999-10-24 21:04:00
Comments: What a time trip! I was part of the 2064th CS Satcom crew from Dec 73 through Jul 74 (got off early!). As I read through the other guest book entries, it was just like being back there all of a sudden. I'd forgotten G bay, the plug of Shemya, and Cable Hill...but the memories came flooding back after 25 years. What an impact Shemya has made on so many lives for so long! Things I recall from my tour: Beginning construction of Cobra Dane FPS17 interference on TV Working in the Exchange and seeing the coasties from Attu coming over for "R&R" Operating KL7FBI, conducting ham classes at the clubhouse The yellow chev wagon with flashing light 'borrowed' from the FAA Feeding the foxes from the C-ration boxes The five girls from GE Cobra Ball/AAFJOG claxons in the mess hall Best to all my 'Rock brothers and sisters! Doug Wetzel K7IP, ex WA6VLM
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Name: Charles (Chuck) Wolfe
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Frankfort, KY
Time: 1999-10-22 03:58:00
Comments: I was at the Army Security Agency field station on Shemya from April '69 to April '70. Worked as S-2 clerk inside the E-Ops radome. Was assigned to hq platoon and lived on first floor of composite building. It was the longest year of my life, but I regret not being more cognizant of my surroundings at the time. Still, there is much to remember: awesome trout fishing ... MARS calls home, (usually patched through Gentile AFB in Ohio, in my case) ... foxes ... snow snakes ... the blue, 4-door pickups the officers were assigned ... the blue "bakery truck" step vans I logged many a mile on ... parties at the smokehouse ... crumbling remains of the old WWII field hospital ... steel-nerved (crazy?) Reeves pilots. Russian ships that would pop onto the horizon and circle the island. One day we mooned a ship from the catwalk that circled the outside of the radome. MIGs would buzz over head, our fighters would get scrambled at Elmendorf or Eilson or wherever and chase 'em back up the chain. War games, I guess. One of my roomies, Bob Vogt of Colorado Springs, was the son of a WW2 Shemya vet. Can confirm for some others who have posted, particularly Don Timmons below, that their beloved Boozer was in fact buried at the totem pole in front of the composite building. It was a few months before my arrival, but I saw pictures of the full honor guard. Boozer had rank of sergeant major, fyi. Great link. May post again later.
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Name: Ted Laurin
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kirkwood, Missouri
Time: 1999-10-21 04:01:00
Comments: My "remote" tour of duty in the USAF on Shemya was in 1961 with the USAF Security Service. After arriving there you started counting the days until you could leave, but looking back on it, after all these years, it was kind of peaceful; no responsibilities but the job you were sent there to do. I was there when the first Russian was launched into space and the black and white video recorder that recorded his image, covered a whole wall on the first floor of the "bubble". Hope some of my old buddies see this and write me.
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Name: Lester Hall (A2C USAF 1961-65
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Mineral, Virginia
Time: 1999-10-20 17:16:00
Comments: I was at Shemya form 1964 to 65 and yes I remember the quake and boozer. I was with the civil engineers under Maj. Uppinghouse and later Capt. McDaniels. I was the admin. clerk along with Dan Pradel. I also played bass for Glen Rogers and Mousie. I remember Mousie with that snare drum and the hi-hat. Later I was part of Rock group with George (singer) Lonnie (rythym) Kenny (lead guitar) Bill (Drums) and myself on bass. We had a good group. They even flew us over to Adak to play. I am still playing in a group (bass/gospel). Great site will visit often - looking forward to hearing from anyone who was there in 64-65.
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Name: Bud Wintcher aka Mr. Fixit
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Colorado Springs CO
Time: 1999-10-19 21:41:00
Comments: This is Great. Stationed there 1984-85 as Quality Assurance Eval for 16 SURS - FSI you sure made my year interesting. Mr Fixit was my local name. Did a lot of electronic repair for fellow "rockers". My office mate Willie Henderson and I did a lot of scrounging from CE, 2064 CS, and 5099 CES to support local "projects" such as remodeling the Cobra Den. Cobra Dane baseball caps were a hot trading commodity. Investigated feasibility of cooking hot dogs suspended from fishing line in front of Cobra Dane Array face. Did the "double dip" in 93. Anyone else out there from the 1984-85 timeframe? Love swapping stories. Had a great year on the Rock.
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Name: Russell Ryan
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cullman Al
Time: 1999-10-16 03:54:00
Comments: Great page!! i spent 7 or 8 tdy's to the rock between '85-88 from elemendorf. i worked with the 5099ceos civil engineers. we stayed in lower camp mostly if i remember. i have many great memories of my time on shemya. unloading the cool barge in less than ideal weather, leaving a truck or forklift door open for just a second and finding presents from the foxes, cookouts, the 3 channel tv system, memorial day weekend 1987 is still a blur-i remember going to the club friday afternoon, and waking up monday morning in my room, but nothing in between. i kept waiting for my 1st sgt. to bust my ass when i got back to anchorage but he never did. i spent quite a few tdy's at king salmon and galena as well. i would like to chat with any of the old 5099 gang. we had more civilians than gi's in our unit but we had a blast. i worked on the big bldg 600 renovation and repair in 86-87. i look back at those times as great learning times for me. i matured so much during my 4 years in the usaf.
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Name: Chip Crain
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tampa, Florida
Time: 1999-10-16 02:04:00
Comments: Smitty this a awesome web page. There was a day I laughed was at the postal school in Ft. Bejamin Harrison when I found out my buddies were heading to Turkey. Well when the Sgt. asked me do you know the state with the AK abvreviations. For some dumb reason I said Arkansas. Then a big laugh from the Sgt and a cold rush came across my body. Well I guess the cold rush was the right feeling. In July/92 I ended up on The Rock. Talking about from one extreme to another Florida - Shemya. I found myself in one of the must frustrating but better jobs on the base. Everyone knew who you were because they would say "Hey Chip, do I have mail in my box" I tell ya that got old, but looking back now and realizing how the mail was important to alot of people. Between working and trying to hang with the CE guys at 365 on a Saturday night was work within itself. You know who you are (Bum, Mike, Tequila Al, Soupy. One other thing I will not forget was the Shemya Volleyball Tournament. Hey Paul what a weekened. The battle Dane Vs. Fire Dogs. Well I have retired from volleyball and have taken up a new sport called rugby. (Thanks Mike for the information on the team at Whiteman AFB). The new sport is now taking me to a Aspen Colorado to play with a professional and one of the best teams in the nation. I want to thank eveyone that was on The Rock with me. It made holidays and my 19th birthday alot easier to go through. Well Smitty keep up the great work. Chip (Do I Have Mail) Crain E-Mail Rug1213@aol.com See Ya
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Name: Mary
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: southern Minnesota
Time: 1999-10-04 02:50:00
Comments: In the mid-eighties, my son was in Shemya as a worker to repair computers. He had purchased a sweatshirt with the Shemya name map and a saying "it's not the end of the world,but you can see it from here." The sweatshirt was taken out of the dryer. I thought it might be a cool gift to see if a similar shirt might be available. Can you give me any ideas of where to look, write or phone, or better yet e-mail. He flew in with the armed services. I'm wondering if someone might be interested in helping me? Thanks, Mary
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Name: Jim Barrett
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Syracuse NY
Time: 1999-10-02 13:40:00
Comments: Served at the 673rd Support Sq, Comm Flight, Shemya, from Jun93-Jun94. I was just and 18 year old Airman Basic when I was sent there for my first tour of duty in the Air Force. Definately had some wild times. Met some of the greatest people I've ever known in my entire life there...Major (now Lt Col) John D'Auria, MSgt Dan Martin, Deena, Bull, Roxanne, Renee Dalimore, & Shane. I'll never forget Club 365 Saturday nights, the cliff house, and the Cobra Den. I would never ever do it again but cherish the memories I have of Shemya and the crew that I was stationed with.
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Name: Jim Barrett
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Syracuse NY
Time: 1999-10-02 13:31:00
Comments: Served at the 673rd Support Sq, Shemya, from Jun93-Jun94.
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Name: Stephen Baker
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Greenville, TX
Time: 1999-09-28 12:59:00
Comments: I visited the rock for a year in in Oct.'78-'79 as a ground radio troop with the 2064 Comm Sq. Returned in Dec.'80 with E-Systems on the Cobra Ball mission. Spent some part of the next 6 years on the rock rotating approx. 3 months on, 3 months off. That's 9 years being associated with the "Black Pearl", not as many as Pops but alot of my life. Saw many good men, and yes, women in those years. We lived a differnt existence while we were there. Some good times, some bad, but all of it a part of our lifes. One of the worst of times was when we suffered total communications blackout caused a series of weather related failures. During the 'Cold War' this was a very serious matter as the Defense Dept. did not know what happened to us. You really feel the isolation when no one can contact you. One of the best of times was when we were remembered by a small city in Washington that sent the Cobra Ball team enough 'fixins' for a traditional Christmas meal. It was better than a USO show. Many thanks to that small town, it meant a great deal. To all of the folks who 'did time', be thankful you survived, for some did not. For those of you during the '60s-'70s-'80s, remember why we were there, we fought and won the 'Cold War' from places like Shemya AFB Alaska.
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Name: Bob Bowen
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Scranton, Pa.
Time: 1999-09-24 22:03:00
Comments: Served on Shemya in the '63 to '64 period.. Was a member of the 5073rd Air Police Squadron there, There during the Big Alaska Earthquake that devestated a lot of Anchorage... Also there when JFK was asasinated... Was a very interesting year in my life..
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Name: Nancy
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Maryland
Time: 1999-09-21 21:24:00
Comments: I "vacationed" on the rock Jan90-91. 2064th Comn. sq. material control. I met some great people and had some wild times. To anyone there after us, the holes and blood on the walls of the troll wing (bldg 599, 2nd floor) was from hallway football. Something I read earlier: the few, the proud, the women from Shemya!
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Name: Joe Supinsky
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Alaska
Time: 1999-09-21 20:46:00
Comments: 2064th Comn.sq. Oct79-80 & 88-89 Satcom trooper. 1990-1992 many visits to "the rock" as Satcom power and functional manager at Elmendorf.
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Name: John Post
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: NC
Time: 1999-09-21 19:35:00
Comments: Hi all; I was on Shemya June 1959 to June 1960, I was Electronic Equip. Repair. Fixed all of your 390s. Have some pixs, one From air of the Island from south. Some foxes. Have a good one !
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Name: John Post
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: NC
Time: 1999-09-21 19:35:00
Comments: Hi all; I was on Shemya June 1959 to June 1960, I was Electronic Equip. Repair. Fixed all of your 390s. Have some pixs, one From air of the Island from south. Some foxes. Have a good one !
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Name: Nancy
Website:
Referred by: From a Web Ring
From: Maryland
Time: 1999-09-21 19:27:00
Comments: 2064th Comn. Sq. Jan90-Jan91. We had some wild times. Met some of my best friends. It was interesting being a female on the island.
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Name: Nancy
Website:
Referred by: From a Web Ring
From: Maryland
Time: 1999-09-21 19:29:00
Comments: 2064th Comn. Sq. Jan90-Jan91. We had some wild times. Met some of my best friends. It was interesting being a female on the island.
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Name: Nancy
Website:
Referred by: From a Web Ring
From: Maryland
Time: 1999-09-21 19:31:00
Comments: 2064th Comn. Sq. Jan90-Jan91. We had some wild times. Met some of my best friends. It was interesting being a female on the island.
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Name: Nancy
Website:
Referred by: From a Web Ring
From: Maryland
Time: 1999-09-21 19:28:00
Comments: 2064th Comn. Sq. Jan90-Jan91. We had some wild times. Met some of my best friends. It was interesting being a female on the island.
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Name: Lloyd Fite
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Polson,Montana
Time: 1999-09-19 03:11:00
Comments: My step father is visiting and has been having great fun finding all about the wonders of the computer. (he is 80) He started talking about WWII and the Aleutian Islands and the 404th Bombardment Squardon...He was a flight engineer and has been trying to remember names and looking on the internet for someone to chat with about WWII and in particular his squardron He served in the early 40's I believe it was 43-44. ... Anyone around???? My name is Pat...My step father is Lloyd E. Fite. Thanks
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Name: David Anderson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Time: 1999-09-14 20:05:00
Comments: I am presently researching the RB-47H as it flew in Vietnam in 1966. I plan to build a plastic model of this aircraft, however there aren't many good photos showing all the details of the plane. please e-mail me if you have any photos or information covering RB-47Hs operating in Southeast Asia. Thanks By the way, I was never on the "Rock", but I am ver aware of its signifigance to the Cold War. I am an Air Force Historian assigned to the 115 FW, Wisconsin Air National Guard. Yes, the Air Force has a career field titled Historian 3HOX1. Long live the men and women who served with the 55SRW!
Name: Charles A. Graham
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Ocean Springs MS
Time: 1999-09-10 23:27:00
Comments: Enjoyed reading all of your comments. I was there as a radio operator, Sep 56 - Sep 57. Can remember many of the faces, but hardly any names of those few AF and Northwest members who were station on Shemya with me during that time.
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Name: Harold Tillman
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Foley, Alabama
Time: 1999-09-06 22:59:00
Comments: Arrived at Shemya in Aug. 1971, and spent the next 40 years there! Kidding aside, what a great tour. I was a family man, and it was lonely. My memories include the unceasing wind, walking the beach looking for glass balls, spending my breaks at the Smoke House, with "Twinky" at the piano. Steaks and wine at the NCO club, and movies, anymovies! Great site, keep up the great work.
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Name: Jenny Wonders (Eckes)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Rhinelander, WI
Time: 1999-09-06 22:31:00
Comments: My father was on the Rivet Amber. I was just going to be a year old when he was lost. I have never been able to have any closure. If there is anyone out there that has any information on the Rivet Amber, please e-mail me. My father, Donald F. Wonders, was very dedicated to the USAF. He was also one of the many that made the ultimate sacrifice. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Name: Ed Sasdelli
Website: N/A
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Newfield, New Jersey
Time: 1999-09-06 18:21:00
Comments: Several TDY trips to Shemya from 1986 to 1991 (Capt. USAF), Electronic Warfare Officer, RC-135S.
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Name: DON TIMMONS
Website: SNAIL MAIL
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: 541-567-4069
Time: 1999-09-04 02:01:00
Comments: JUST SURFING THE NET AND FOUND A REQUEST FOR A PICTURE OF THE PLAQUE THEY PUT UP ON THE COMPOSITE BUILDING. i REVISI-TED THE ISLAND IN 1998 AND TOOK A PICTURE OF IT. ITS NOT A GOOD PICTURE, BUT CAN BE READ. THE FIRST, OR "REAL" BOOZER IS THE ONE COMMEMORATED. HE DIED DEC 31 1968, 5 YEARS AFTER I LEFT. i AM TOLD HE IS BURIED NEAR THE FLAG POLE WHICH MADE SO MUCH NOISE, OR USED TO. IT FINALLY BROKE OFF AT THE BASE. DON TIMMONS 82628 C. ST. HERMISTON , OR
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Name: Jamey Fischer
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ohio originally( Indiana now)
Time: 1999-08-30 19:26:00
Comments: Was stationed on Shemya from Sep 93 to Sep 94. Worked as a Ground Radio Comm. Specialist the GATR site. Worked for the 673rd support Squadron. A lot of good times...a lot of bad times. One heck of a learning experience. You can't drink the island dry!
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Name: Robert Schulz
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Duluth, MN
Time: 1999-08-30 17:19:00
Comments: Was on Shemya as TDY USAF "Power Lineman Specialist" from 1980-1982 Had fun flying remote control gliders off the north cliffs in my spare time. Helped install the new sewer lines. Pushed a lot of paper for the OBCE shop.
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Name: Roberta Fongemie
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Fresno, California
Time: 1999-08-29 15:59:00
Comments: I was searching for the Adak Island web page and came across yours. I have found your information very interesting and sent your site address to my father. He was stationed on Shemya in WWII and has some pics of when he was there. Do you have any info on the plane that was named "Shemya Kid"? Im sure my dad (Bob Leavitt) will be in touch with you.
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Name: W. R.
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Vermont and now, Arlington, Tx
Time: 1999-08-27 22:43:00
Comments: I was at Shemya during 1958 for 6 month "remote" tour after year at Elmendorf. We we radio techs supplying communciation back to Elmendorf and Japan. We lived in WW II buildings, the "K" and "I" if I remember correctly. We used old 6x6 and weapons carrier to get to work. After awhile, we got a bus. We had four or five emergency landings, one which was a WB-50 with port side engines shot out. "Cold war" had gotten warmer. We also had Navy jet make emergency landings, it took him three to get it down and stopped. Reeves was flying old ex-military DC-3 and 4 without autopilot (Mr. Reeves wants his pilots to fly the airplane) and didn't use (didn't want to pay) GCA. Reeves would land when Air Force wouldn't with GCA. I'll look for old pictures. Nice site, brings back memories.
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Name: Jack Ducat
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Alexandria Bay, New York
Time: 1999-08-26 16:57:00
Comments: Looking for any old buddies from the 1584th Engineer Service Company during the 1945/46 era.
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Name: MIGUEL ONGAY
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: INDIANAPOLIS
Time: 1999-08-25 07:46:00
Comments: Spent a wonderful year at Shemya from Oct 87 till Oct 88 as a Firefighter. Great to know that someone still thinks about the "ROCK"
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Name: SGM H.M. HANSEN
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: PORTLAND OREGON
Time: 1999-08-25 00:59:00
Comments: I SERVED ON SHEMYA FOR 3 MONTHS IN 1948 Iwas NCOIC of a 21 man team checking all material left on SHEMYA to determine what to be returned or to be disposed of. I have many memories of SHEMYA and the material left there
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Name: W. R.
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Arlington, TX
Time: 1999-08-24 18:24:00
Comments: I had a six month all expense paid vacaction to Shemya in 1958. I was stationed at Elmendorf in 1931 AACS and went remote to Sheyma. We lived in WW II buildings and North West Orient Airways provided food. Just as I was rotating back to Elmemdorf, the construction started on the "new" all incluesive building. I'll see if I can dig some old pictures.
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Name: Bill Tolbert
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Michigan
Time: 1999-08-22 15:31:00
Comments: Was stationed at Shemya March 1974 to March 1975. Glad to see so much on the net about the end of the world.
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Name: Jason Widerstrand
Website: Widerstrands/Christian
Referred by: Net Search
From: FL and ND
Time: 1999-08-20 07:59:00
Comments: You don't know how happy I am to find this site. I was a FIREDAWG, Nov 91-92. My first base. But not being married, I didn't dread it too much. HAD AN AWESOME TIME IN SHEMYA!! I know...most wouldn't say it. But the friends you make and the extreme difference from the 'real world' was kind of exciting. Yeah, things got boring, and sometimes suicidal, but a nice wind/rain/snow/sleet storm would cure that...just ride the wind between buildings. Several of my fellow firedawgs, and others, went on to Eglin AFB, FL. I have many pictures of Shemya (mainly shoreline). And will be adding more to my site as time permits. Visit my site and check out the pictures on the 'Widerstrand Family' link. If any others were there with me, especially if you remember me, let's keep in touch. And for those who don't know, Pops did pass away. God bless and keep you, Pops. Anyone remember 'Charlie' from BFI? How about Roger Mudd or Mark Brauneis or Clay Locklear?
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Name: Jim Kajpust
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Michigan
Time: 1999-08-20 05:59:00
Comments: Hi. I was at Shemya 77/78 as an equipment operator. I can remember our boss sinking a 'dozer in the tundra near one of the hangers. I can still remember it's last burp as it drowned. The SPs also managed to sink a snow cat in the quarry that winter.

One time while plowing snow on the runway I was doing 50+ mph and the wind tore off the truck hood and it passed me! And you can't forget the beep beep coming over the stereos. Lastly we lived in a little hut between the runway and the main buildings. Only about 5 of us equipment operators in it. Interesting place.

And geographically (not politically - they bent the date line) it will be one of the first places in the US to see 2000!

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Name: James M. Smith
Website:
Referred by: Lycos
From: Jonesboro Arkansas
Time: 1999-08-20 00:30:00
Comments: I think it is just great that someone has put up a web page detailing the "ROCK". I was one of the lucky campers that had the distinct pleasure of being a shemyaite. I arrived on the "ROCK" in April 1988, After spending a few weeks at Elmendorf learning my new job. I was briefed and schooled on my job and was shown wonderful pictures. One of the people that I had met in Seattle went on to Shemya before I did. He called me one evening and sounded kinda down. "What's wrong Bill?" I asked. He said "Jim you won't believe it." Then I replied "Com'on Bill it can't be that bad....I've seen pictures." I must admit that it was one of the most boring/interesting places I've ever been to. Sixty mile an hour FOG, Snow Snakes, and least we forget our little Fox friends. Again thanks for the page and the memories. James M. Smith, TSgt USAF (RET)
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Name: John Nowinski
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Walden NY
Time: 1999-08-18 15:33:00
Comments: Served as a power-plant operator on Shemya April 66 - 67,Then got a 100 day early out from Air Force and went back to the ROCK from June 67 - Jan 68.In Civil Service making a few bucks 12 on 12 off.Rember 5 cent nights at the NCO club,suffle board and steak and eggs on Sundy.Also the Civil Eng. smoke house ,which was a water tank,where we would feed the fire with bowling pins.Many a day with your eyes looking like piss holes in the snow....
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Name: Gary Godley
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Dallas,Tx
Time: 1999-08-17 14:25:00
Comments: I traded Udorn for Shemya!! Young and stupid,I was. Worked Baker trick as an 05K.Two card guts,raquetball,bad pizzia. Who remembers the MAC flight that sat down after swings and the mess hall was full of women and children? I remember desposed panty hose showing up at work the next day. See, there was a god. And the Reeves flight attendents were pregnant when we were there. Swinton,Turner,Harvey(strak trooper),Beach,Knight where did ya go?
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Name: Jim Moltion
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: LaFayette, NY 13084
Time: 1999-08-13 22:38:00
Comments: Was on the "ROCK", 1968 to 1972. GE Engineer, worked 17 and 80 areas. Was President and Chef, GE Smokehouse. Would like to talk to others who were there during those years...
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Name: RICHARD S. GUY
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: ERIE PENNA.
Time: 1999-08-11 00:09:00
Comments: IT'S A-OK
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Name: Preston Willson
Website: None
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Arcata Calif. 9552l
Time: 1999-08-09 03:45:00
Comments: I have looked through the whold list, and I am sure that I was on Shemya before any of you. I was Sgt. Major of 1st Bn. of 18th Engineers (c). We had completed 9 months of building a part of the Alcan highway- From Whitehorse to Alaska. Spent two months at kodak, two at Adak and two days at Attu-during the battle. I landed, from a small boat off a LST, on MAY 30,1943. The 1400 members of the 18th followed. We were on the Island 18 months building the first landing-mat stip and numerious buildings and facilities. From Shemya we went to Florida. There are lots of untold tales about life on the Rock. There are still a lot of the 18th engineers left-- Glad all of you enjoied the work we did. Preston
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Name: Rick Stewart
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Oregon
Time: 1999-08-08 23:10:00
Comments: Excellent page, good memories, thanks! I spent 11/75-11/76 on "The Rock." I was the first Administrative Specialist for Det 3, 11th Weather Squadron. I served under Capt. Arthur C. Kyle, Capt Leopold J. Andrioli and Capt John D. Warburton. Some of the men I served with were: Hank Oelez (roomie); Jerry (Hawkeye) Stark; Jim Tynes; Tim (TJ) Johnson; Will Dziuk; and Rick Paxton. Good assignment, good men and good times.
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Name: Ron Amadon
Website:
Referred by: Lycos
From: maryland
Time: 1999-08-05 01:32:00
Comments: Congrats on your home page. It brought back memories, but i'm not sure good ones. Was quite glad to leave the place in the 60's.. But nice job on the page. Did some radio and tv on the island.
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Name: Homer E. Copeland
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kansas
Time: 1999-08-04 03:49:00
Comments: I was on Shemya Jan.to Sept 1946-11th and 64th Fighter Sq.
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Name: Roger Ellingson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Herndon, Va
Time: 1999-08-04 02:37:00
Comments: Wow! What a trip down memory lane. USAFSS from Nov '63 to Oct '64. Remember the Earthquake, Mona Lisa Supply ship, smoke house and crawling around the caves. Never did find anything. Hi to all that spent time on the island!
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Name: Ron Thomas
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Baton Rouge, La.
Time: 1999-08-01 18:08:00
Comments: I served on Shemya Sept 1956 To Sept 1957 as a USAF security service radio operator. Less than thirty of us on the island during that time. One long year but have enjoyed this site as it brought back some memories.
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Name: dan lange
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: st. louis, mo.
Time: 1999-07-30 04:02:00
Comments: hi to all the shemya veterans young and old. a special hi to all former members of the 11th fighter squadron, the 344th fighter squadron and the 404th bomb squadron. may we all cherish the time we served our country on that tiny piece of tundra many, many miles from home. "HANG IN THERE"!!!!!! dan lange
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Name: Raymond Mathews
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Bossier City, Louisiana
Time: 1999-07-28 05:51:00
Comments: Just looking for stuff on Shemya. Was stationed out there Jan 93 to Jan 94 as a SP. Had a good time (didn't care for the weather much) and made some great friends and really enjoyed taking leave in Anchorage on occasion.
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Name: C.S. (Steve) Meyer
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hastings, Nebraska
Time: 1999-07-24 06:03:00
Comments: I was a 292 with the 6984th SS from September 1964 to September 1965. Boozer was quite a dog. I operated the MARS station (KL7FBI) and boozer liked to go over there with me so we were about as good friends as Boozer ever way with anyone. I also worked the island radio station. After Shemya, I brewed coffee for an O-6 at HQUSAFSS for a year then wound up in the 6994th on flying status. Am still hamming as K0MZV -- and still using CW.
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Name: Bill and Pearl Nye
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: San Antonio, TX
Time: 1999-07-24 01:01:00
Comments: I served with USAFSS on the island from Apr 62 to Apr 63. At that time, Boozer (the dog) was our mascot.
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Name: RON CONAE
Website: viamotion
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: california
Time: 1999-07-23 00:50:00
Comments: what a find. i served the pearl from march 69 thru dec 69. was a russian interpreter. favorite memory? penny dog. what fun it was. terrific guys, great parties. fabulous growing experience. hey, philpott, drop a line. did i mention i was usaf.
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Name: Michael J. Chapman
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Henderson, Texas
Time: 1999-07-04 13:43:00
Comments: I was assigned to USAFSS on Shemya in 1972 or 73. Was First Sergeant of the 6939th. Good unit, good people, bad assignment.
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Name: Ken Morris
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: St. Louis, MO
Time: 1999-07-02 21:15:00
Comments: I was stationed at "The Rock" from Jun82-Jun 83. I was in the 2064th Comm Sq. It's hard to believe that it's been 16 years since I've been there. And it was great to stumble onto this site. It's interesting to hear from others that had the pleasure to spend a part of their life at the end of the world!
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Name: Bill Crane
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Mountain Home
Time: 1999-06-21 17:09:00
Comments: Ran ATC radar maint, supporting Cobra Ball and the Reever(but he never used us). Pop always eyeballed it down. Was there May '77 - May '78. Addicted to Cable Hill and smokehouses. Anybody remember the great UFO scare right after "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" showed at the theatre. The "Rock" built huge imaginations. All us "Rockers" are an endangered species now.
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Name: Nolan W. Bailey, Sr.
Website: The Firebird Association
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-06-19 16:21:00
Comments: Been there! Done that! Seen that! My squadron, the 17th Troop Carrier Squadron, used to make flights down the chain to Shemya during the 1960's. The thing that I remember most was a huge "bath tub" plug with anchor chain attached. The sign said something like, "Don't pull this plug or you'll sink the whole damn Island?" What happened to that plug? Did someone finally pull it?
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Name: Tim Wesbecher
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sidney, Oh
Time: 1999-06-19 14:50:00
Comments: At the Rock 8-65 to 8-66. I have thought about that year many times and was surprised to come across your web site. I was in the Air Police while there. Having many pictures that will scan and e-mail to anyone. I have a picture of bozzer, the plug and pictures of persons that I can't even put names too. Would enjoy hearing from anyone that was stationed their. I will send pictures to anyone that wants them. Great job on the site.
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Name: ETC Tim Cardinal
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: XPO, Attu Island, 1/98 - 2/99
Time: 1999-06-18 15:13:00
Comments: Revisiting the area, found your site listed on the Yahoo search results. Take care
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Name: mark blumberg
Website:
Referred by: Lycos
From: Annapolis, Md
Time: 1999-06-08 14:29:00
Comments: Where the @#$%^& ?
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Name: CHRIS MCATEE
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: EASTON, PA 18042
Time: 1999-06-01 05:37:00
Comments: WILLWRITE LATER JUST WROTE MESSAGE AND I MESSED UP PUTTING WAS STATIONED ON SHEMYA FROM MAY78 TO MAY 79 WAS IN CIVIL ENGS. USAF. MET ALOT OF PEOPLE THERE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE WHO REMEMBER ME LIKE CONNIE FROM PLUMBING SHOP HOW WORKED WITH ME A FEW TIMES AND PARTIED TOGETHER. Baile na nGael CHRIS MCATEE
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Name: Hugh R.
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Lebanon, Tennessee
Time: 1999-05-31 13:31:00
Comments: Hello to all who have survived a tour on "The Rock". I spent Jan 91 - Jan 92 with the 2064th CS (673CS). I, and Pat Gray, setup the Units first computer customer service center in the basement of building 600. I remember the packs of scruffies (fox's) begging for food, dive bombing crows, some very heavy fog's and winds. I remember Shemya mostly for some very good people I worked with, who I would like to hear from any who was there and remembers me.
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Name: Theodore Woods
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Benton Louisiana
Time: 1999-05-31 03:39:00
Comments: Was stationed on Shemya,March 1978 to March 1979.NCOIC powered A.G.E. branch,also worked as agent for Reeve Aleutian Airline. 318-965-5486.
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Name: George Bruce McKinnon
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Bethany, Louisiana
Time: 1999-05-28 20:00:00
Comments: Served as a power-plant operator on Shemya Apr.51-52, we supplied electricity to the island. Enjoyed exploring caves finding artifacts from Aleuts as well as WW2 stuff. We found ammo for our M-1's and could target practice on the beach, staked out beer in the snow, had a jeep wreck , found fishing balls on beach, lots of memories, lots of fun!! Would like to hear from Powers, Flannagan, Lantz or any other with similar experiences.
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Name: George Bruce McKinnon
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Bethany, Louisiana
Time: 1999-05-28 19:57:00
Comments: Served as a power-plant operator on Shemya Apr.51-52, we supplied electricity to the island. Enjoyed exploring caves finding artifacts from Aleuts as well as WW2 stuff. We found ammo for our M-1's and could target practice on the beach, staked out beer in the snow, had a jeep wreck , found fishing balls on beach, lots of memories, lots of fun!!
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Name: Tom Dudones
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Saranac Lake, NY
Time: 1999-05-27 14:45:00
Comments: I was on Shemya about a dozen times, TDY, from Nov 1970 to Nov 1972, as an airborne 203 (Russian linguist), with the 6985th Security Squadron. We would rotate crews every week- on Wednesdays, I think. We always prayed that the weather would be good on Wednesdays, so we could get back to the "Real World" , Eielson. As we were always on alert for any launch of the Cobra Ball, we were restricted pretty much to the hanger. We lived, ate, and slept in that hanger, and consequently, had very little contact with "the locals". I think I managed to go to a movie one time, when weather conditions grounded us. I never got to see much of the island, and wish I'd had the chance to explore it some. For excersize, we would jog around the track in the hanger, doing laps around "the Ball". I remember there was an official-looking notice stenciled on the main hanger door, warning not to open the hanger doors if the wind was from such and such a quarter, and more than so many knots. Below the notice someone had scrawled " Why the hell not?!" . Some wit had printed in big block letters, " Because the f...ing roof will blow off the hanger, that's why!". I'd like to hear from anybody who was with the 6985th airborne crews during 1970-1972. Would I ever like to go back to "The Rock"? You bet! I've taken to the hobby of birding over the last 20 years, and the western Aleutians provide a chance to see some of the rarest birds in all of North America. I mentally kick myself, every time I read about some rare asian bird seen on Attu! If only I had been into birding back in 1970!
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Name: George Bruce McKinnon
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Bethany, Louisiana
Time: 1999-05-26 20:28:00
Comments: I was stationed on Shemya from Apr 51 to Apr 52. I was a power-plant operator, we supplied electricity for the island. We lived in private qtrs. down near the powerplant so that when the weather was bad we could still get to work. We enjoyed exploring around on our days off and scrounging stuff left from WW2. We served as a refueling stop for planes headed for Japan and Korea, guys from Korea didn't envy our assignment, said they would rather be in Korea!
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Name: J H
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hickory, NC
Time: 1999-05-20 14:49:00
Comments: I was an X1 in the 6984th Security Squadron 1967-68. Also was at Chicksands 68-71. Like most of you guys I cannot say that I enjoyed the experience, but I did enjoy the friendships and there were some good times. I have fond memories of SSgt. Meadows and MSgt. Grady Baggett, my roommate Ray White from Cleveland, Ben Anderson (Army Security Agency), Jimmy Chambers from Oneida, Tenn., Mike Shanahan, Jess Jesonowski, Larry Coleman, Bobby Money, and many others too numerous to list and some whose faces I remember but whose names I just can't recall. I remember walking the beaches, the bowling leagues, and midnight movies (I can't believe they actually sent Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs out to Shemya. Moreover, I can't believe we actually went to see it after a swing shift. You could hardly hear the movie for the beer cans rolling around on the floor.) The new NCO club was completed during my tour and the steaks and beer were cheap. I think a can of Oly was only a quarter. Boozer was alive and well when I left. I remember a pretty lonely Christmas when the mail plane couldn't get in. I will also never forget the day the North Koreans captured the USS Pueblo. I was working a Naval Security Group position at the time. Other not so fond memories include pulling a shift in the burn room and of course KP. I remember a guy named Fish who pulled other people's KP's for money. He was a real go getter-- probably a multi-millionaire today. Enough rambling. Thanks Smitty for the message board.
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Name: Slaughter, Dale
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Swannanoa, N. C.
Time: 1999-05-20 01:05:00
Comments: Jan. 72 - Dec. 72 Civil Eng. USAF
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Name: Butler, Gerald W.
Website:
Referred by: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button
From: Nahant, MA
Time: 1999-05-20 00:25:00
Comments: I may have signed on recently, i've been clicking on anything to do with Shemya and ASA. If I haven't, I was with the 79th ASA SOU from August, 1962 through August, 1963. Did a lot of cartoons for the Rag and pillow cases (stolen from AF). Still cartoon. Best to all.
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Name: Rick Woolson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Lancaster, Pa
Time: 1999-05-02 22:44:00
Comments: Was a "guest" from 72 to 73, Fire Dept., compliments of USAF, from Minot to Shemya, must have really got somebody mad. Not many good memories, a few USO tours and Bob Hope in Dec 72 (one of his last Vietnam tours). Did get to Japan for 11 days leave cause if I went home I never would have gone back. Only 3 women on base at that time and made it tough for a single man. Booze and more booze is what I remember most. Smoke houses, dirty movies, gambling and counting the days to freedom. Smog never smelled so good. Still shutter at the memories, but you know what, time heals and now I look on it as a learning experience. Would I like to go back, yes------ for 1 day only. Only regret is that it spoiled me on an AF career, but I still work for the DOD in Fire Service so all wasn't for naught. Great Site--- Keep it up --- if only for the memories, after all they are important.
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Name: Ed Thomas
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Appleton, WI
Time: 1999-04-29 16:22:00
Comments: This is the second message I've put on this site. Have contacted several people thanks to this site and Semichi Sam. We, the Shemya ASA old timers, (11/59-11/60) are still looking for the majority of lost souls who spent time on the rock. Sooner or later, we may have a decent sized group together. Ed thomas
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Name: Tom Valentine
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-04-28 21:57:00
Comments: I was on the island periodically in 1975 and 1976 in the SAC hanger. I've really enjoyed taking a look at the photos and stories. Does anyone remember Charlie Brown's famous chili?
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Name: Paul Burnet
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Springfield,Illinois
Time: 1999-04-28 21:21:00
Comments: Was stationed on Shemya, 6984th, March 1967 thru March 1968 not 68 thru 69.......
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Name: Paul Burnet
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Springfield, ILLinois
Time: 1999-04-23 19:21:00
Comments: was stationed on Shemya, 6984th, march 68 thru march 69. I also remember Boozer, amoung other things.
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Name: Kurt Burgess
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Crestview FL
Time: 1999-04-21 15:15:00
Comments: Sep 90-91: Assigned as SP Ops Supt. Earned the nickname "Nordic Hammer!" for "hall-ball" talents. Memories, memories! Epic fire hose battle of Thanksgiving eve between the cops and the officers, "Hall-Ball," convincing (then watching) Boone snort potpourri glade in a druken stupor, booby-trapping Wolfie's door (only to have him crawl out the window and thwart our plans!), mutual raids between SP bays, getting ejected from BBall, the "slide rule" in the old gym, The brand new barracks!, scruffies, watching Crazy Mark nearly kill himself in the incinerator when he forgot to open the flue, "Dutchess" our narc dog that we used to hide from "Gizmo", feeding her "Spang's" lemon drops while he was on leave (boy did the kennels smell different!), working for Norm at "the camp," beach-combing, spades, tunes, beer, surviving a near divorce, SHOBA (Shemya Home Boys Association) Blood brothers with DDay, Otter, Boone (only to hear Boone mutter during the 'ceremony', "None of you @#% better have AIDS!"), and my very best friend, Dave 410berry! Trying to find "Shoeless Shawn", "Bro-George," Bob Knowles, Dave Carnachan. Would love to hear from any and all SPs that did time on the rock!
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Name: Edwin H. Robnett
Website: n/a
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Wadsworth, Ohio
Time: 1999-04-15 02:22:00
Comments: Is it still cold and wet there? I plan to attend the reunion in Indiana in June. See you there!
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Name: Dan Perry
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Bow, Wa
Time: 1999-04-10 00:25:00
Comments: On the rock all of 66. Michael Coffey climbed up the tower behind the composite building and hung a mattress cover from the top inscribed "TPS" in red paint. It stayed up there until the wind shredded it and blew it down. The paint and mattress cover were for the boat we were building to get off the damned island. Someone discovered our "workshop" and took an ax to the boat. It was a most interesting year.
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Name: Timothy Drouillard
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Woodhave Michigan
Time: 1999-04-07 17:59:00
Comments: I spent several years 1973-1977 on Shemya courteousy of General Electric, working on both the FPS-17 and the FPS-80. I left when Cobra Dane became operational and the 17&80 were de-comissioned. I would actually love to return to Shemya!
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Name: Joe Hogg
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Mountain View Arkansas
Time: 1999-04-06 22:37:00
Comments: Good to read about about someone that you can ID with. I was assigned to det. 2, 6981st RGM at North East Cape, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska 1955 - 56 as a 292x1. I know the feeling of wind, snow, more wind, lot of cold, more wind and a bit more snow coupled with black clouds of bugs in the short summer. Best to all! May USAFSS LIVE FOREVER...
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Name: Robert D. Villyard
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Tyler, Texas
Time: 1999-04-06 06:52:00
Comments: Stationed on "The Rock" from 01JUN65 to 25MAY66 with the 6984th Security Squadron, E-5(USAFSS). Worked in the Bubble as a 29450 AFSC (EOP) and spent many an hour in the "Bubble Club" about 100' north of the Bubble at the edge of a cliff. Beautiful view of the Bering Sea !?!? And yes, I remember Boozer the Alaskan Huskie. Many thanks, George, for a great site for us Shemya veterans!!!
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Name: Sherrill B Clark
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Auburn, WA
Time: 1999-04-03 19:26:00
Comments: In March 1967, I was sent on TDY to Shemya for Rivet Amber for 45 days. That was long enough! I did get my whistle from the Cracker Jack box and retrieved two glass balls on my Sunday hikes around the perimeter of the island. Didn't get to see everything but have always wondered about the airstrip and hangers on the western side. I have also wondered about the SAC presence on the base and when we get to tell about it. TSgt Sherrill B Clark, USAF Ret
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Name: Jim Graff
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Dallas, Texas
Time: 1999-04-01 10:49:00
Comments: Stationed on "The Rock" from Feb 68 to Feb 69 with 6984th USAFSS. Any of the guys from Charlie Flt, please email me, would love to hash over old times.
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Name: Ken Gould
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: CT but stationed in OK (yes I'm still in)
Time: 1999-03-27 03:46:00
Comments: I was an A1C with the 5073rd Transportation Squadron "The Wheels of the Rock" from 3 Jan 1978 to 3 Jan 1979 (Yes the Reever came on time for me). A lot of people may remember me because I was their only transportation. Anyone remember Tsgt Lunsford putting the trackmaster in the lake? HA HA. I was really sorry to hear that Pop died. He should have been Mayor. Have a great day! P.S. How to you get rid of the Shemya wide eye?
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Name: Ron Bergh
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Fairbanks,Alaska
Time: 1999-03-19 06:36:00
Comments: Serviced the elevators on Shemya from 88 till 96 Great people. Interesting flights in and out. Reeves was the best. Heard Pops has passed away. And Mark went to Clear AFB, Alaksa Power Plant, that out to be a treat for them. Any body heard where Bear is, last I heard he was married and at Galena AFB , Alaska
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Name: JIM HINDS
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: COLUMBUS, INDIANA
Time: 1999-03-17 18:55:00
Comments: HAVE BEEN SCANNING OTHER NOTES AND ITEMS ON YOUR PAGE AND HAVE SEEN NO MENTION OF MY OLD UNIT'S DESIGNATION (AT THE TIME OF MY ARRIVAL): THE "79TH US ARMY SECURITY AGENCY SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT", OR 79TH USASASOU. ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT NAME WAS A HOOT. MY FAMILY WAS FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT I WAS SOME KIND OF "SUPER SPY" WHEN THEY SAW THAT! SPENT 11 MONTHS, 10 DAYS, AND ABOUT 7 HOURS ON THE ROCK. WAS AN 05K (NON-MORSE INTERCEPT OPERATOR), WORKING AT "C" OP'S, AND WAS THERE FROM JUNE 1967 - JUNE 1968.
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Name: Rick Young
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Originally Indiana...now Waldorf, MD near DC
Time: 1999-03-14 16:32:00
Comments: Was on the Black Pearl all of '72. Fixed teletype for the 2064th Comm Sq. I sold candy at the infamous Semichi Theater as well as running films at the TV station. I'm looking for (then) TSgt Edgar L. Simmons who went to Louisiana after his stint there. I remember so many bits and pieces but playing Blackjack was an interesting hobby. There were many who did their time and were better for it and I have to say it was a hell of a place to turn 21! I still have my Zippo lighter from the NCO club as well as a few other odds and ends. I'd like to go back for a day, but then again, once was enough!!!
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Name: William Danley
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Peoria,Illinois
Time: 1999-03-11 02:37:00
Comments: Was station here 74/75. I enjoyed the picture and stories and the rock as others has viewed being on Shemya. I still get the shakes on Feb1 from the 7.6 quake. Hearing the Shemya train for about 90 seconds and having water come up through the floor of the weather barracks. Having to dig out Fish the weather observer at the time.Just thinking about the next day and the ocean was calm and look like a sheet of glass.Remembering alot of table tennis being played
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Name: Gary A. Lefebvre
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Germany for now originally N.J
Time: 1999-03-10 21:24:00
Comments: I spent a year on the rock May 87 to May 88. A year that will forever live in my mind! It was great fun and sometimes sad, I'll never forget it.
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Name: Jim Moore
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Oregon
Time: 1999-03-10 03:42:00
Comments: Good stuff on the Rock. I was stationed there from Sep 73-Sep 74. Air Force, Chaplains Assistant. Worked for Father Dan Carboy and Chaplain Meredith Thomas. Anybody remember them? They were just what a place like Shemya needed, great moral boosters. I had some great times there, couldn't wait to get home. Now I think I'd like to go back sometime for a visit. It was truly an experience that will stick with me for a lifetime.
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Name: Don Blumenthal
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Porterville, Calif
Time: 1999-03-09 22:13:00
Comments: I was on Shemya late 43 and 44 for seven months then returned to Adak until May 45 when I returned to the states. I don't see anyone on your list from that period. I know they would all be somewhat old and perhaps have gone on.
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Name: Denney Gaines
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Indiana/Wisconsin
Time: 1999-03-07 00:15:00
Comments: Spent Jan 67-Jan 68 with USAF 6984th. I remember Boozer, the great 'plug of Shemya', Reeves Aleutian Arilines (God..I still love those guys), mail twice a week, glass floats, foxes, the dead whale on the beach and touring the ELINT plane just a few months before she disappeared. Would like to locate Joe Horton, 'Wiley' Wilcox, Larry Gardner..so many!
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Name: Dennis Jolissaint
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Baton Rouge, La.
Time: 1999-03-05 23:12:00
Comments: Det 1 6SRW Aug 1990-Aug 1991. Hello to all of you from WWII to today. Reading any of the messages makes me feel like I have known that person all my life. X-ray
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Name: Bill Kirk
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Winchester, MASS.
Time: 1999-03-03 01:14:00
Comments: Served with the Army on Shemya from May '62 to May '63. Met a lot of nice people there both from the Army and the Air Force. We lived in the Composite Building and enjoyed our off time at the NCO Club. Some of the people I still remember are Lou Casella from San Jose, CA, Jim Reid, who was stationed with me in Petaluma, CA., and Bill Brockway from Grundy Center, Iowa. I would like to hear from them again. I am grateful to John Wolfe, the custodian of the Shemya license KL7FBI, for informing me about this homepage.
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Name: Charlie Dunlap
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Southwick, Massachusetts
Time: 1999-03-01 03:08:00
Comments: Black Pearl fron Mar 1963 to Mar.1964 Served at Detachment 205 Also operated MARS station kl7fbi and operated amateur radio from underground quonset hut. Managed radio/electronics hobby shop. Long year.... AFTAC er.I volunteered and was surprised how long a year can be! k1ii
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Name: Charles M. Nowlin
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Vallejo, Ca. 94590-3402
Time: 1999-02-27 21:35:00
Comments: I was stationed on Shemya [APO 729] in 1943/44, I arrived with the 1910th QM Truck Co, later became part of the 32nd Air Service Sq. who supported the 404th Bomb Sq.
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Name: Bob Smith
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Sacramento Ca
Time: 1999-02-26 05:21:00
Comments: Brought back a lot of good and not so good memories of my year at the "northernmost Hawaian Island.
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Name: Bob Smith
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Sacramento Ca
Time: 1999-02-26 05:16:00
Comments: Brought back a lot of good and not so good memories of my year at the "northernmost Hawaian Island.
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Name: Tim Kozlowski
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Massachusettes
Time: 1999-02-24 04:54:00
Comments: Smitty, great web page. I spent a year out at Shemya from Sept 87 to Sept 88, working for the 2064CS, radar maintenance. I have a video of the island and many pictures that I go back to from time to time. I must say Shemya was my best assignment and my worst assignment. Those who have spent any time on the "rock" know what i mean. Here are a few items that come to mind: double-dipping (burrrr), fishing off the dock for halibut but only catching cabezons, scruffies, scruffies "presents" left in the doorwells, smokehouses, butt prints on the ceiling of the Cobra Den, waking up your roommate when he passed out talking on the phone to his wife, fishing for Japanese perch (the only fish I've seen with turquoise meat), trading 3 bottles of booze for 35 king crab, cooking 35 king crab for comm squadron folks, spelunking the caves, searching for jade, walking the shores, running between 599 and 600 so you don't fall because of the wind, watching people fall on their butts between 599 and 600, bon fires on the beach, bar-b-quing in the dead of winter, 4th of July fireworks at 0100 (and it still was light), freedom bird, poker games, 10,000' fiber optic cable pull (twice), Cobra Ball/Dane/Eye/Judy, the "G-Spot", $1 beers on the honor system, building "Wally World", A-10's flying through, fishing net floats, fire dawg's send off for their folks, snow tubing down the "grand canyon", Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 4-lane bowling alley, and listening to "Home Sweet Home" when you're short.
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Name: Ken Connelly
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-02-17 21:19:00
Comments: On the rock from 74 Feb. to 75 January....294(205) at AAFJOG...email me...buddies...would love to hear from the Moore twins...and others...
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Name: Kenny Mobley
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Indiana
Time: 1999-02-17 02:46:00
Comments: I was stationed there from apr. 87 to apr. 88. Worked in the security police field. This is a cool site.
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Name: Tom O'Donnell
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Bryan's Road, Maryland
Time: 1999-02-16 17:20:00
Comments: was in fire department from dec 65 to dec 66. SmokeHouse One. Viva!
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Name: Bob Padgett
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Fairfax, Virginia
Time: 1999-02-15 22:26:00
Comments: Served Shemya from Jan 1970 - Jan 1971 AFJOG
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Name: Jon Lowe
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: TX
Time: 1999-02-15 15:35:00
Comments: Army linguist "sentenced" to The Rock in June 70....Got a "JEEP whistle" from my first box of Cracker Jacks there...a good omen! "Reprieved" along with the remaining Army linguists in Nov 70....poor AF 208's had to remain behind....
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Name: Ken Connelly
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Time: 1999-02-11 21:17:00
Comments: Old Shemya AF 205 (294) person....one of the last operators before Bendix took over mission...there on the rock from Feb 74 to Jan 75. I would like to hear from people that were there during that time...It was a hell hole, but something to remember as the "good ole days" and I will always think of the good people that I met from the AF and Army. I was a member of 6984 th Security Squadron and we worked at the AAFJOG site. Harvey, write me...Soebels, write me....Bruce, write me.....
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Name: Dion H. Miller
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: oregon USA
Time: 1999-02-09 07:40:00
Comments: I served on shemya in 1963, a little boring. Have you ever had green chocklate icecream, the cooks got bored too. As I remember the only animal on the island was a small fox. The only girls were Reeves Aleution Airways stewerdeses.Who were immediately accomidated by the highest ranking officers. The weather was horrible, ropes between buildings, for wiliwahas, so not to get lost in 30 feet.
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Name: John Wolfe
Website: No title
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Wasilla, Alaska
Time: 1999-02-07 04:54:00
Comments: Maintenance Control Supervisor for the Comm Flight in the 673rd Support Squadron from 1 Feb 94 until closure, late March 95. Lots of ups and downs out there, from divorce (like 50% of the married population) to making lifetime friends. It seems that you make your best friends during the most adverse times, because that's when you have to depend on them. I kept busy by working out in the fantastic "new" gym complex, completing my Associate's degree (16 credit hours in 6 months) working part time for Alascom, the long distance company, ham radio, part time Land Mobile Radio Manager, vehicle NCO, stand-in base photographer and as with everyone else, drinking so much that I had to eventually get a Tupperware liver installed! Best regards to all who served, especially to those before me who had to endure worse conditions than myself.
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Name: Cliff Bragg
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: currently Anaheim Ca.
Time: 1999-02-03 22:40:00
Comments: I made 2 tours at Shemya, 1964-65 and 1974-76, both with Gen. Elec.... In 64-65 I was a Technician in the data processing area for FPS-17 and FPS-80 data and in 74-76 in the same area as Lead Eng'r, both times on the midnight to noon shift. I now work for Beoing in Anaheim Ca. My son David was on Shemya for a year compliments of USAF in about 85-86. Note: part of my e-mail address is my ham radio call KJ7YB
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Name: Dan
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Iowa
Time: 1999-01-30 05:51:00
Comments: I did my time at Shemya from Sept 88-89 as an SP. Reading through all the comments in the guestbook brought back a lot of memories or should I say nightmares of "The Rock".I was there for the shipwreck of the "OPTY". If anyone knows if it is still sitting there I would like to know. I would also like to hear from anyone who was there in the same time frame. Maybe we could swap horror stories.
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Name: Bruce Bowden
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-01-27 15:28:00
Comments: new e-mail address.
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Name: BYRON (ROBBY) ROBINSON
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Safford, AZ
Time: 1999-01-26 07:11:00
Comments: Hello veterans! I was here in Oct 1960 - Oct 1961 AND HAVE ONLY MET 1 PERSON IN THIS AFTERLIFE THAT'S BEEN TO SHEMYA. I WAS IN THE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE SHOP. ANYONE OUT THERE REMEMBER BOOZER? LIKE TO HEAR FROM U.
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Name: james w white
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: waterloo,iowa
Time: 1999-01-26 04:32:00
Comments: I was really surprised to see the web page for Shemya.No one knows it was there,unless they were.So by that,I was stationed on the"rock",from June-1975 to June-1976.I was working as a heavy equipment mechanic,as a sgt.The"rock"for me was pretty good,I met alot of people and I hope made some friends.Hope somebody else out there,that was stationed there during that time will e-mail me.
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Name: Todd Romain
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-01-23 15:12:00
Comments: Shemya, Aug 88-89 FIREDAWGS!
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Name: Steve Winzeler
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Nixa, Mo
Time: 1999-01-21 22:53:00
Comments: What a rock!!! 369 days, 5 hours and some odd minutes. It was a growing experience in all ways. Worked in the joint operations field station Shemya, ASA,69-70. I wish God speed to all that served there always.
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Name: Jim McMillan
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Pflugerville, Tx
Time: 1999-01-21 07:22:00
Comments: This site brings back many memories. I was there 1974-75.
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Name: Thomas 'Dutch' Wiest
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Ramon, California
Time: 1999-01-21 01:35:00
Comments: Stranded on the Rock July '63 to July '64, USAFSS Voice Intercept Op. Played bass fiddle with a Asa Glenn Rogers (guitar/vocals) and "Mouse" (drums) playing Country Western for free beers at the NCO club. Shemya's no place I'd care to return to for more than a day or so, but I've got some great memories. Like tundra-bouncing down tall, steep cliffs all the way to the beach (being extra careful to miss the jagged rocks that show through the tundra). I think the best record was crest-to-beach in just 3 bounces. And, hearing from Elmendorf in early '64 that they'd had a huge earthquake that sent a 200-foot tsunami out the Aleutian Chain towards us (Navy Recon was airborne and out o' there within minutes!). A sergeant that shipped out while I was there said it best, "I wouldn't want to do this again, but if I had to ... I'd want to do it with the same people."
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Name: Thomas
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Ramon, California
Time: 1999-01-19 05:57:00
Comments: Stranded on the Rock July '63 to July '64, USAFSS Voice Intercept Op. Played bass fiddle with a Asa Glenn Rogers (guitar/vocals) and "Mouse" (drums) playing Country Western for free beers at the NCO club. Shemya's no place I'd care to return to for more than a day or so, but I've got some great memories. Like tundra-bouncing down tall, steep cliffs all the way to the beach (being extra careful to miss the jagged rocks that show through the tundra). I think the best record was crest-to-beach in just 3 bounces. A sergeant that shipped out while I was there said it best, "I wouldn't want to do this again, but if I had to ... I'd want to do it with the same people."
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Name: Brant Pollard
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego, CA
Time: 1999-01-17 18:21:00
Comments: I was with the USASAFS from Nov.69- Dec 70, supporting the Army Transmitter site. My MOS was 32C20/40. It changed when I was promoted from E4 to E5. As a sideline, to retain my sanity, I worked voluntarily as the Unit Photographer. As such I worked on the Glass Ball (newspaper) staff. Sure I have stories to tell, and photos to share if I can ever scan them in. Best wishes to all.
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Name: Dave (HairBear) Caron
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Grew up: Peabody, MA, Now: Newport News, VA
Time: 1999-01-16 00:20:00
Comments: Hi; I was on "The Rock" from Jul 76 - Jul 77. I ran the MARS Radio Station for the 2064th Comm Sq,. I was "The Man from MARS". Everybody just called me The Hair Bear. I lived in G-Bay and used to start "instant parties" by making popcorn and leaving the door open. Pretty soon PARTY! Of course, we only drank to excess! I used to run the TV board as a volunteer down in the bowels of channel 13. I woke you up on Sunday mornings and also worked one night a week. I was the Base photographer and took most of the pictures shown during in-processing during my tour. I still have lots of pics, but most are slides. I will get some printed and pass them along for everybody to enjoy. Would love to hear from anybody who was there when I was, even if just to swap lies! Remember, There's no slack on the Rock!
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Name: Carl D. Glidden
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Niceville, Florida
Time: 1999-01-12 09:14:00
Comments: I served as the Director of Base Medical Services (DBMS) from Aug 1990 - Aug 1991. Would like to hear from anyone that's been to Shemya - especially medical types.
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Name: Bill
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tipton, Indiana
Time: 1999-01-06 17:16:00
Comments: Man, what a flashback!! I hope I don't get a hangover from it :) I was stationed at Eielson AFB from 88 - 91 and spent a fair amount of time on the Rock flying the Ball & Eye. Its been great remembering the good times out there. I can't believe no one said anything about the "burns" on the south beach. Great bonfires! Y'all take care & fly safe -- Z-Man
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Name: Ernest
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Newberry, SC
Time: 1999-01-05 06:04:00
Comments: Was stationed at Shemya from Nov 92 - Nov 93. I worked at the Aerial Port. The "Rock" was an awesome assignment. Did a lot of drinkin and chasing scruffies around.
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Name: Kevin Griffis
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Time: 1999-01-03 05:19:00
Comments: Was on Shemya from Jan-Dec 93. Worked in PMEL. Smitty, great page. It's good to see that there is one out there. I've been looking and wondering for a while.
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Name: Kevin Elmore
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Indiana
Time: 1999-01-03 03:50:00
Comments: I was there in 92 and 93 as the Deputy Fire Chief. Was there when the cliff house burned. We also had two serious water supply problems. Played host to a MD-11 with over 200 on board when it experienced an in-flight problem. They sure wondered where they were. Great site. Keep this one!
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Name: Patrick honea
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Fairbanks
Time: 1998-12-27 07:34:00
Comments: I was there in 1972 with GE working on the old RADAR.
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Name: John M. Gunter
Website: StJoGun's Pages
Referred by: Net Search
From: St. Joseph, MO. via East Tennessee
Time: 1998-12-25 01:57:00
Comments: On the rock 1969, Worked in the Supply Room(76U) at AAFJOG With Bob Voit, Mike Dube. USASAFS Shemya. some roomies: Ed Parker (karate kid), Mike Dube, Ed Horvat, Mike Korba. There were others can't remember right now. Remember the supply van that many of you hitched a ride on back and forth from the barracks to work?
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Name: Alan R. Broadbent
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Melbourne, Florida
Time: 1998-12-24 05:29:00
Comments: My father, Joseph W. Broadbent Jr., was a PBY pilot stationed in the Aleutians during WWII. Unfortunately, I never knew my father but was given his personal affects upon his death in 1998. His photo album was most interesting and historical showing, not only his fellow aircrew members but pictures of the buildings, landscape and aircraft (PBYs) that flew from the island he was assigned to. I would love to hear from any relatives or survivors of this historical time period. I would be happy to exchange photos with interested parties but will need email addresses accordingly. Hope to hear from someone soon! Alan R. Broadbent
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Name: Alan R. Broadbent
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Melbourne, Florida
Time: 1998-12-24 05:28:00
Comments: My father, Joseph W. Broadbent Jr., was a PBY pilot stationed in the Aleutians during WWII. Unfortunately, I never knew my father but was given his personal affects upon his death in 1998. His photo album was most interesting and historical showing, not only his fellow aircrew members but pictures of the buildings, landscape and aircraft (PBYs) that flew from the island he was assigned to. I would love to hear from any relatives or survivors of this historical time period. I would be happy to exchange photos with interested parties but will need email addresses accordingly. Hope to hear from someone soon! Alan R. Broadbent
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Name: Jackie Paison
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Altus, Ok
Time: 1998-12-21 15:24:00
Comments: My husband is stationed at Shemya now. He's been on the Rock since Nov. His name is Ken. He retired from the military 1 1/2 years ago and decided he would try this adventure for a while.
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Name: Steve Southiere
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tolland, MA
Time: 1998-12-21 13:21:00
Comments: I was on Attu May 69 - May 70. I took a few days R&R to Shemya. I was treated to some foggy nights at a few smoke houses. I remember some Shemya visitors on R&R to Attu also. We always had our "fishing camp" open to them. All you could drink!
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Name: Dave Harvey
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego
Time: 1998-12-16 01:12:00
Comments: Hi all...what a rush....you all ever have dreams...kind of flashbacks...a building here....a chow hall there...freaky....I was with the 6984th ASA // USAF group.. Went through "THE" quake....had night watch under the dome...thought I was a dead man. thank God Bendix came and saved us after "only 10 months"....but know what.....? we are ALL going to heaven, ...because we have already spent time in........God Bless all....
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Name: jerry ransohoff, former capt, us army air corps
Website:
Referred by: SimpleNet
From: Cincinnati, OH
Time: 1998-12-07 03:01:00
Comments: I was stationed on Adak 1942-1945 as Historical Officer, 11th AF. Left there in October, 1945 and spent six months in Washington completing the history which is now in file where old histories retire. I do know there is a copy in the Historical Officer's office at Elmendorf Field at Anchorage because I saw it when I visited Alaska aboiut five years ago. When I introduced to the historical office, then a civilian, he walked over to his book case and pulled out a volume: "You're the guy who wrote this!" He also xeroxed me a copy since I could not bring one out in 1946 when I was discharged. It was still TOP SECRET. As historical officer I was all over Alaska and visited Shemya many times. It was and I presume is, still no place for people.
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Name: John Yates
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kentucky
Time: 1998-12-02 02:17:00
Comments: I was there from Jan 69 until December of 69. Worked in the motor pool in the old wooden building that had half of it demolished from age and weather. I worked as the ceramics shop manager. Enjoyed the beachcombing, midnight chow runs, making reel to reel tapes, basketball. The sight of a stewardress in a parka was something more than I could have ever imagined. I was sitting in the rear of the dining hall when the ill fated crew of the RC 135 left from chow. Honestly as they passed my table the look on their faces was ghostly. Never will forget it. Did you ever hear that there were some WWII Harleys buried on the island in their original shipping crates? It was not a bad year. Made plenty of projects and had things to do. It is an experience many will only get to hear about.
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Name: Glen Mayer
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: ST. LOUIS MO.
Time: 1998-12-01 01:26:00
Comments: This is a return vist, just went though and read all the comments. It sound like everyone who ever set foot on the rock has the same feeling. From 44 to now it was where you made the best friends. Had the best parity. Spent the loneliest time. And have never been that cold sence Do you think the young jeep of today Air Force will ever know what a great place the missed. When I go back through these pages 1968 does not seam so long ago Thanks
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Name: dick dardine
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: springfield, pa
Time: 1998-11-29 19:05:00
Comments: I was the tv guy from Jan-Aug 1966. Does anyone remember the quonset hut full of beer? There must've been several million cans of Black Label, all on pallets, with most of the outside cans having curious, screwdriver-tip-shaped punctures near the bottoms.
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Name: Stu Clark
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Fair Oaks, California (Stockton in '63)
Time: 1998-11-22 05:25:00
Comments: Stationed with the 79th ASA Special Operations Unit from 1963-64. One of the few ham radio operators on the Island. Operated KL7FBI (USAF station) and KL7EFN (Army station). Was on air for 3 days after the 1964 Alaska earthquake/tidal wave. Member of the "220 Club." Looking for an old friend, Bob McDonough from Bakersfield. He was USAF Security Service. If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please e-mail me or call. Would like to hear from guys stationed there in 1963-65, and anyone else. Phone 916-967-8682. I was from Stockton when stationed at The Rock. Hope to hear something. Thanks. Stu
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Name: Bob Harris
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Charlottesville, Va
Time: 1998-11-18 19:58:00
Comments: June 64 to June 65..... USASA...Listened to alot of static and some girl named Julie. Was there for the brain rattling quake. The hallways swayed so much you couldn't see the end.... The only real damage was to our collective psyche.. When I was there it was loaded with guys doing what they could to stay away from Nam. I still have a soft place in my heart for "The Rock". Life stood still, but I've never yet had such good friendships...
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Name: John R Benthien
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Tacoma, Washington 98466
Time: 1998-11-06 03:38:00
Comments: Greetings, My brother has been to your home page as I have in the past looking for information. Most of the info deals with the subject I am nor researching. I have writen a book of the Miki Class tugboat of World War Two. These tugboats belonged to the U. S. Army and several moved supplies to the Aleutians. One of these tugboats sunk or was badly holes at Attu when she hit a reef. The hull number of this Army tug was LT 375 (Large Tug) It has been passed on that she was towed behind Alexia beached and scrapped out leaving her hull on the beach. This happened during November 1946. So far the pictures I have received from the Coast Guard (today) and the one from Reeny are the wrong tug.This tug was 126 feet long 28 foor beam and drafted 14 feet and of all wood construction. Hull number US Army LT 175 painted forward on the hull. Does anyone have any information on this tugboat. I am beginning to think that maybe she wasn'y scrapped in that area, but somewhere else. Would despertly like to know so I can complete the history of this one tugboat accuratly. Hoping someone can help me. I am a vet also but from the Vietnam area, two tours, 26 years in the Army, Infantry. John Benthien Mikimiki Class Tugboat Historian 1-253-565-3837 1044 Arleo Lane Tacoma, Washington 98466
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Name: BOB NEFF
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Buffalo, NY now in Irving, Texas
Time: 1998-11-01 20:55:00
Comments: Spent from Jan 63 to Dec 63 on the rock, stationed with the 6984th Security Squadron (USAFSS). Worked with a great bunch of guys. Some of the pictures sure brought back memories of "the Rock". I sure remember Boozer. I enjoyed reading the guest book. Keep up the good work. Would enjoy hearing from anybody that was there during this time.
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Name: King Hawes
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Omaha NE
Time: 1998-10-26 00:53:00
Comments: Keep up the good work Smitty. I was a signal monitor (EWO) on Rivet Ball (64 missions) from Dec. 66 until she crashed in 69. It was our backend crew that was onboard when491 crashed ( I was grounded with the flu ). It was a devestating loss for all of us. Rivet Ball was SPECIAL. I've never worked with a more motivated and dedicated group in all my 25 years with the USAF. We loved it. The wives might have a little different reaction. One thing is for sure.....nobody will forget it.....where else can you have an experience like that. Those were the good old days.We worked hard and played hard. Anybody know what it means to play ZOTS,head for the smokehouse, scrounge through the million dollar dump, midnight chow at the mess hall, snowin and blowin & sunshine all at once,glass balls on the beach,steak dinner at the NCO club,deployments to Hawaii & Johnston Island, the block house, Rivet Amber, the Kamchatka Peninsula and last but not least.....GASLIGHT...GASLIGHT...GASLIGHT...........
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Name:
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: VA
Time: 1998-10-25 02:04:00
Comments: Arrived there late July, 1943....went home on RR June, '45, returned late August, '45, Home for discharge late Oct. '45. At one time my only nightmares were to be sent back to Shemya. Eng. & Opns. Clerk, 344th Fighter Squadron.
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Name: Joe Watson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Rome Georgia
Time: 1998-10-21 23:12:00
Comments: June 70 -- June 71. Time lost forever. I was a ground radio navigational aids equipment repairman TACAN, Low Freq Beacon, UHF/DF, VOR. Would enjoy hearing from all who were in the Comm Squadron during that period..
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Name: Mark E. Clesh
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Maryland
Time: 1998-10-05 23:10:00
Comments: Spent a year on Shemya, 1973-1974. USASA 98J. Went from there to DEFSMAC. Been there ever since.
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Name: Gene Willard
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Philadelphia, PA
Time: 1998-10-04 03:16:00
Comments: Enjoyed the site. Found it surfing at work (I'm a librarian). Especially enjoyed the picture of Wanda Belle (Rivet Ball) as I was the Airborne Mission Supervisor (AMS) on that fateful flight. I hadn't seen a picture of Ball post crash at all and that's been almost 30 years. I sent this site to Airlee Owens who has set up a site called "Silent Warriors", which is about SIGINT Airborne Programs. You should check it out.
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Name: Gene Willard
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Philadelphia, PA
Time: 1998-10-04 03:18:00
Comments: Enjoyed the site. Found it surfing at work (I'm a librarian). Especially enjoyed the picture of Wanda Belle (Rivet Ball) as I was the Airborne Mission Supervisor (AMS) on that fateful flight. I hadn't seen a picture of Ball post crash at all and that's been almost 30 years. I sent this site to Airlee Owens who has set up a site called "Silent Warriors", which is about SIGINT Airborne Programs. You should check it out.
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Name: A1C Kelly Frey
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Kentucky
Time: 1998-10-03 08:29:00
Comments: have new phone # 615-453-1626, there thru feb of 79 thru feb of 80. If anyone know anything about people in the mailroom during that time or the people who worked there or anyother source of contacting people in the Airforce we used to be with...please give me a shout or a call on the phone.......hope you get this randy...love all shemya buddies.....thanks smitty
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Name: Aaron Cook
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-09-26 07:27:00
Comments: 616 Aerial Port Squadron. Stationed at Shemya Sep 1989 - Sep 1990.
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Name: Michael A. Dube
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Raleigh, NC
Time: 1998-09-25 20:30:00
Comments: On the rock Jan 69 thru Jan 70. Worked in the Supply Room at AAFJOG. USASAFS Shemya. (76U4T9)
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Name: Tom Helmlinger
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cary, NC (now)
Time: 1998-09-20 18:27:00
Comments: On the "Rock" June68-June69. Voice intercept with USASA. After thirty years it's nice to find people who understand my preoccupation with some hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean. Looking for D.Mooney,B.D.Simpson, J.Fitzgerald,Bruce Nissen, Ted Brewster or Alan Yates. Thanks!
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Name: Dale Ekmark
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Silver Bay, Minnesota
Time: 1998-08-29 13:43:00
Comments: I was an RC-135 Cobra Ball and Cobra Eye EWO from 1984-1990. Having spent countless days on the "Rock" with the 24SRS, I was surfing looking for sites such as yours...Great site
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Name: Tom Rogers
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Plattsburgh NY
Time: 1998-08-25 20:46:00
Comments: Stationed there from Sep '75 - Sep '76 after THE quake. Comm squadron. May have some more pictures to scan in. I'll start lookin'
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Name: Andy Jones
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Parker, AZ
Time: 1998-08-23 19:17:00
Comments: Was at Shemya Jun 87 to Jun 88. Beleive it or not I loved it. Worked at Emergency Power. Met great people, worked and partied hard. I would love to go back. Had a part time job in the Dane. I remember the Cobra Ball and during one bad storm the Cobra Judy came to the island to drop off an injured guy. Was there for the Queen Match exploits!! hehe. Yep, Quite a place. Wouldn't have missed it. Pops, crazy Mark and my dear buddies, BURT, Al, BOB and all the rest. Yessir' just another day in paradise.
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Name: GENE (ozzie) OSTROWSKI
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: ILLINOIS & FLORIDA
Time: 1998-08-17 20:19:00
Comments: IN SCANNING OVER THE SEVERAL PAGES OF "SHEMYA",IT APPEARS THAT I AM THE ONLY EX RESIDENT OF THE "ROCK"THAT WAS EMPLOYED BY NORTWEST AIRLINES TO VISIT THIS SITE! I WAS THERE IN 1956-1957,AND RECALL THE MOSQUITOES WITH THE ELEPHANTS ON THEIR BACKS.NORTHWEST LEASED THE ISLAND FROMTHE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE FOR A FUEL STOP BETWEEN ANCHORAGEAND OR SEATTLE,TO TOKYO, PRIOR TO LONG RANGE JETS.I DIDN'T SEE ANY COMMENT ABOUT THERE BEING A NAKED WOMAN BEHIND EVERY TREE ON THE ISLAND OR THE FERRY BOAT TO TAKE YOU TO THE DANCES AT THE CANNING FACTORY AT AGATTU? (L).SO LONG AND GOOD LUCK
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Name: J. Rene Thibault
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Massachusetts
Time: 1998-08-17 20:05:00
Comments: Smitty -No need to post this message - I've already signed the guest book. I received your reply and started to respond to it when my computer crashed therefore losing everything. If you still have the original message please re-send. My computer is well again. I will reply and you will be surprised at what I have in store for you.What I really need is your E-mail addressThanks in advanceRene
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Name: Glenn Anderson
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Stanwood, WA
Time: 1998-08-13 01:50:00
Comments: Hi, I was on Shemya in 1970. I have some slides that I took there and on Attu while I was on R&R. Would you be interested in seeing them. I don't know how to convert them to go over the Internet.
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Name: Dwight Ringland
Website:
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From: San Bernardino, California
Time: 1998-08-12 21:37:00
Comments: I was in Shemya working for U.S. Corps of Engineers (as a G.I. draftsman T/4), from Jan. 1944 to March 1946. I have been to reunions of the 404th bomb squadron and I made many friends there. I don't have an e-mail address, but I can be reached at: 3479 Mt. View Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92405.
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Name: J. Rene Thibault
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Massachusetts
Time: 1998-08-12 05:28:00
Comments: Hi Smitty, Greetings from Massachusetts. How fortunate Shemya Vets are in having you put together such a great site. Although I have never been to Shemya - I was just a short distance away back in 1946 when I was stationed on Attu for almost a year. I was in the Marine Corps and stationed on Massacre Bay in the Marine area. I was 19 and to this day look at Attu as fondly as you feel about Shemya. I wish someone would put something together for Attu. I've seen Shemya from the top of Mt. Terrible also know as Gobbler's Knob on May 4, 1946. I have a friend who belongs to our Marine Corps League and he was on Shemya. I don't know when. He was there as a civilian. He doen't know I've located this site and printed most pages. I can't wait for our next meeting and surprise him with all this Shemya material. Keep up the good work. Your Shemya site is one of the best I've ever seen on the net. Sincerely JRT
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Name: L. A. 'Pat' Patteson
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: Danville, CA
Time: 1998-08-10 06:03:00
Comments: June, 1944, I made an emergency landing on Shemya because Attu was socked in. About six aircraft were caught by low fog on our return from a strike at Paramushiro and Shemya. We were part of a Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron which had been based on Attu shortly after retaking the island from the enemy. We flew Lockheed PV-1 Venturas, crew of 6. In rare instances Shemya served as a WX station and emergency landing strip... but was to eventually handle the B-29s and other larger aircraft preparatory to the assault on Japan.
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Name: Anna Maria Ruby
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Kennedy Space Center, FL
Time: 1998-08-04 20:23:00
Comments: My husband's going to Attu(8/05) on business. He flys into Shemya first. I just had to see what all these remote islands were like.
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Name: Danny Alexander
Website: NOne
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cincinnati, Ohio/Asheboro, NC
Time: 1998-08-04 15:37:00
Comments: I was stationed at Shemya fom October 1970 until September 1971. I was assigned to the fuels area of the 5073rd ABS. I arrived from LRAFB, Arkansas where I was in missile fuels. I would like to meet up with others who were stationed at LRAFB with me and were sent to Shemya at the same time..
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Name: Ron Shaw
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: North Bend, OR
Time: 1998-08-02 17:39:00
Comments: People don't believe me about Shemya. Nice to find some Info. I was 1st SAD & spent "summer" there '65,'66,&'67. Like your site.
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Name: Ralph Gunther
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-08-01 16:32:00
Comments: Hello George, glad you seem to enjoy the picture of Wanda Belle, however, in attempting to view your pictures I keep getting the following message: This program has performed and illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists contact the program vendor. I've been trying for the past two days and keep getting the same message. Hopefully it can and will be resolved. Sincverely, Ralph
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Name: Craig Valentine
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Anchorage,
Time: 1998-07-31 00:22:00
Comments: I go out to Shemya on a frequent basis. Anyone want specific pictures on a particular site I will try and accomodate.
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Name: Richard Crosley
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Phoenix, AZ
Time: 1998-07-28 18:56:00
Comments: This is a great websight. I was stationed at Shemya in 1992 as a weather observer. Seeing some of the photos brought back a lot of disturbing memories. Thanks. I'll be back often. Beware of the Rainman.
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Name: Ralph E. Gunther
Website: Wanda Belle or Rivet Amber
Referred by: SimpleNet
From: St. Augustine, FL
Time: 1998-07-28 02:56:00
Comments: I previously 'signed on' your guestbook sometime ago having been stunned seeing the wreckage of 'my' old aircraft. I wanted to send you a picture of it the way it looked in 1965, but I couldn't seem to connect by clicking in on your E-Mail position. Could you send me an E-Mail address wherby I might send a picture or two from inside our hanger and the aircraft as it was over thirty years ago.
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Name: Chris J. Mitchell
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Time: 1998-07-27 06:38:00
Comments: I was stationed at Shemya from Dec 1989 through Dec 1990 working as a Security Police Flight Sergeant and Training Instructor. Will always remember by days at "the Rock". Playing on agravel softball infield, intramural golf in a converted raquetball court using a giant computer simulation, the deformed Russian Blue Foxes, and the numerous docking of the fishing vessels with emergencies (We were also the islands Harbor Masters) which wasn't a good duty when the waves were crashing and the snow was flying.
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Name: Kevin Mallory
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: O'Fallon IL
Time: 1998-07-21 19:33:00
Comments: I was there dec 88 - 89
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Name: RAYMOND V SWINNEY
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: UNIVERSAL CITY TEXAS
Time: 1998-07-18 19:42:00
Comments: I was stationed on Shemya from Jan 17 1948- Sept 25 1948. I will give you my e-mail address in a few days. "Thanks for the memories."
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Name: john b. bowstead
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: san diego, ca
Time: 1998-07-17 17:39:00
Comments: Good Morning Shemya, As a former PMC employee at Wake Island I was interested enough to return to the PMC family as a employee. Sent a resume to the home office for a position out there. Some people would think I be a little daft for leaving Wake and then wanting to go to Shemya. Perhaps they are right, however I would love the opportunity.
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Name: M .Ruid
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Wisconsin
Time: 1998-07-16 23:29:00
Comments: I was stationed on Shemya 87-88 I knew i was in trouble the moment I saw the island out the window of the aircraft I had nightmares for acouple of months after leaving I kept thinking I was still there Well we have to go to heaven we did our time in hell I have alot of pictures from back then if anyone is interested e-mail me
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Name: Daniel A cameron,jr.
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: jesup,georgia
Time: 1998-07-12 21:28:00
Comments: I was a driver in motor pool 65-66.I really injoyed my experience there.I have lots of picture an will try to send some in. I would like to here from any one there at that time.
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Name: Bruce Bowden
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Altamonte Springs Florida
Time: 1998-07-12 16:03:00
Comments: During mail call at Amarillo AFB (tech school for POL) our OIC finally delivered my orders for PCS.He asked me had I ever heard of Shemya Alabama. Being born in Alabama and visiting over the years I could only come up with Selma,Alabama. Then the hardest words that an 18 year old could hear was "this isn't Alabama,there's an "R" behind the base. You're going REMOTE!!" Arriving in Elmendorf in August 65, we spent the first week moving furniture from the first floor to the third floor of some deserted barracks and then from the third down to the second and first. (Military management of idle troops). Upon departing EAFB we flew out on the Alaskan Airline "superconnie",and there was a fire (electical) in the belly of the old bird.The pilot came on the speaker and said don't worry we're extinguishing it and proceeded on to Shemya.I knew then that the venture I was embarking on was going to be a lulu. When we arrived at "The Rock" I was assigned to the POL section there on the tarmac by the tower. My barracks wa
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Name: Bruce Bowden
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Altamonte Springs Florida
Time: 1998-07-12 16:00:00
Comments: During mail call at Amarillo AFB (tech school for POL) our OIC finally delivered my orders for PCS.He asked me had I ever heard of Shemya Alabama. Being born in Alabama and visiting over the years I could only come up with Selma,Alabama. Then the hardest words that an 18 year old could hear was "this isn't Alabama,there's an "R" behind the base. You're going REMOTE!!" Arriving in Elmendorf in August 65, we spent the first week moving furniture from the first floor to the third floor of some deserted barracks and then from the third down to the second and first. (Military management of idle troops). Upon departing EAFB we flew out on the Alaskan Airline "superconnie",and there was a fire (electical) in the belly of the old bird.The pilot came on the speaker and said don't worry we're extinguishing it and proceeded on to Shemya.I knew then that the venture I was embarking on was going to be a lulu. When we arrived at "The Rock" I was assigned to the POL section there on the tarmac by the tower. My barracks wa
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Name: A1C Kelly R. Frey
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Kentucky
Time: 1998-07-10 10:01:00
Comments: Second time to return to this page...Outstanding...brings back memories from long ago. I loved Shemya...would love to return for a visit...and it is possible...if I can find the right folks to go back with. Never did I have more fun or meet such interesting people in all my life. We were all a group of folks with one thing in common...we were there. Stationed there sometime between 79 thru 80. I was the MailMan. Also the chow hall attendant....looking for old friends that where there when I was....mostly Ron Adkins...who worked in chowhall administration....and anyone esle who was in the mail room...., Stella Berial or something like that......thank you so much for having this page........kelly
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Name: John Rogers
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Irvine CA
Time: 1998-07-08 21:37:00
Comments: The memories come crashing back. I was on the rock from Sept 68 to Aug 69. 33c20 at the AFFJOG. Got my choice of next duty station so asked for someplace warm...next stop Asmara. My "fondest" memory was my 4 day R&R to Attu. We got stranded over there with the Coast Guardies for 11 days due to bad weather and were all scared s...less we'ed end up being extended on Shemya to make up the lost week. Anyone wanting to get in touch with me would be appreciated.
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Name: Cranston Christopher
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Maryland
Time: 1998-07-08 13:43:00
Comments: I was a member of the ASA stationed at the 79USASA SOU Shemya Nov 1963-Oct 64; position of Senior Traffic analyst. It was an experience that I never want to repeat. I remember walking around the entire perimeter of the island many times; fishing in the cold water. Got hold of some strange serpent like fish (with fangs) which was featured in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper. I am amazed at the interest this rock has. We used to have a volunteer that ran the local movie house. He created an old 1940's-50's movie house. Had the "Yeah and Boo" movies (serials) which you had to continue to go back each time to see what happened to the hero, dozen cartoons, news weather sports, selected short subjects and coming attractions. For a quarter you stayed in there for half a day. Found glass fishing floats, shell casings, hugh stacks of coke bottles to throw against the side of the old ship hull stuck in the sand. Oh well, that was all part of it.
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Name: Michael S. Welch
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Northford, CT
Time: 1998-07-07 23:12:00
Comments: On Shemya April 1960 through August 1961. 281st US ASA Company and later 79th Special Operations Unit of Army. Remember 6 days of sunshine in 15 months. Had largest collection of glass fishing balls and only known giant ball with original net intact. Lots of shell casings and other souveniers shipped back. Was NCOIC of Trick #1 in old "Operations Building. Went from quonsts to new "H" building. Knew the great "Boozer" and young Niel. Both followed me around the island on quests for trophies. Uncovered three large Aleut mounds and sent back quantities of spear points, carved artifacts and a few bones. I was a Russian linguist from Monterey's Army Language School following Yale University.. just turned 60 the site brings back so many memories Thanks for them....
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Name: Tim Harvey
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-07-07 22:48:00
Comments: My dad was stationed at Shemya in 1944-45 as a radioman/radar tech with the 404th Bombardment Squadron. I have many pictures taken at Shemya, Amchitka, and who knows where else. Pictures of many aircraft, including B-24's, P-38's, B-17's; pictures of crews, etc. Once I purchase a scanner, I will have these photos available for interested parties. Perhaps somebody served with or knew my dad (Owen Harvey). He never talked much to me about his experiences during the war, so any information anybody might have would be greatly appreciated (dad left this world January 11,1998) --------Tim Harvey
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Name: Jeff Ingraham
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: CT
Time: 1998-07-02 16:59:00
Comments: Thanks for the memories, smitty. I was there Jul 93-Jul 94. I was the Land Mobile Radio Manager there in the ground radio work center. Sure had some great and not so great times there. Sure had some wild parties there with guys like Mark H, John W, Curt M, Skip, Jamey F. Skid Row was a good time. One night I'll never forget is the 'Dodge in the Ditch'. Oh sure I can look back now and laugh, but then it wasn't too fun. But hey, my marriage survived!
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Name: Ray Gallardo
Website: Valley of the Geeks
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: California . originally from Texas
Time: 1998-06-29 23:21:00
Comments: Great site .. I was stationed there from Jan 93-94 . I worked in the Secure Comm/Crypto shop and I also augmented the Wire Branch in the phone shop Although the time there could be hard, I enjoyed my stay there. Drinking at Wally World and having to listen to the scruffies( the blue fox) all interesting memories of that place. I heard about this site from the Arctic Shmoo - LeeAnn Abrams. Definitely one of the coolest people on that Island at the Time.
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Name: Tom Shibe
Website:
Referred by: From LinkExchange
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Time: 1998-06-29 05:20:00
Comments: Great page! Arrived on the "Rock" the Summer(?) of 60 til mid 61. Got to move from the quonsit huts to the new composit building. Kinda missed the old buildings. Remember Boozer, Neal, the bus rides to work, the new ops building, crawling across the old runway to the old messhall (quite a sight for grown men), every concievable type of weather in 24 hrs and last but not least "your" plane sitting on the runway??? Thanks Reeves for delivering the mail no matter what the weather. (DC6-B's held together with bailing wire and bubble gum that never failed)Oh yes, who could forget Big June, one of Reeve's stewardess's. A very iteresting year to say the least. I was an 058 fresh out of school and this was probably the best assignment for a "Nug" Keep up the great sight!!
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Name: richard burton
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: kingston nova scotia canada
Time: 1998-06-29 02:07:00
Comments: superb web site from a canadian air force officer
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Name: Bill Davidson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Spring Valley,NY now Palm Bay,FL
Time: 1998-06-28 16:04:00
Comments: Great page. I was on the "Rock" from April'71 to April'72 as a 33C with ASA. Worked at E-Op's.
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Name: Mike Moreau
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Bridge City, Tx
Time: 1998-06-27 18:07:00
Comments: Imprisoned on the rock of Shemya 1964-65 AF. Communication service detachment out of Elmendorf
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Name: Tom Theobald
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Stacyville, Ia
Time: 1998-06-25 07:41:00
Comments: Did 4 tdy's from Eilson from 81 to 82 working on the ball. I have some great pictures of the island in different times of the year. Of course you could have all 4 seasons of weather there in 2 days. Did anyone ever succeed in planting a tree on that island? Take care. Tom Theobald
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Name: Brad Chambers
Website: KIDO Radio
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Currently, Boise, Idaho
Time: 1998-06-23 05:47:00
Comments: What a great page! Doing some reminiscing tonight, looked up Shemya and voila! Loved seeing the Reeves Air Aleutian plane on its rear...I arrived at Base Ops right after that happened...used to have a great color photo of it...but lost it in a house fire ten years or so ago...We were on The Rock at the same time! I worked at the Radio and TV station...Thanks for the great site! Any more photos? Best Regards, Brad Chambers Market Operations Manager Jacor Communications of Idaho brad@kido.net
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Name: Dick Wolf
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Time: 1998-06-20 06:54:00
Comments: Was the Comm Squadron Maintenance Control Supervisor 89-90, a long year but some good friends made the time worth while. Anyone know if Pop's is still out there?
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Name: Billy George Buckland
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Texas, but now in Shreveport, LA
Time: 1998-06-17 19:05:00
Comments: I was on Shemya 1 year, from Aug 1951 to Aug 1952, spent my 20th birthday there. It was definitely the longest year of my life. Here is how long it was: If the last year of my life is that long, I just might live forever. I was an air traffic controller, working primarily in the old WWII-constructed control tower, down on the south end of the island. We occasionaly manned the tower on the west side also. Boy, those creaky old towers surely shook in those high winds. My good friend Gerald Kirby Dale, also from Texas, was there at the same time. He and I arrived and left on the same flights. We lived in one of the bays of the old WWII-constructed hospital. The mess hall, the PX, the little movie bay, etc. was there also, in different bays. There was a fine bunch of fellows stationed there when I was there: John N Schwoerki III; Raymond Shouse; Grier Hoskins, Jr; Robert Brownlee; and James Kelley, to name but a few. Our tower NCOIC was M/Sgt Joseph Sheryak, and his assistant was T/Sgt Aloysius Mylnarski. Our base commander was Major Padgett. I wonder if there are any foxes still over on the west side. I also wonder if the quake knocked out the old control towers. At any rate, the old towers must be gone by now; they were pretty weather beaten when I was there about forty-six years ago. Thanks for the memories. Things could have been worse; at least I wasn't fightning or dying in Korea, the forgotten war. Hey, we tower guys had a great "perk." The refueling pit was right down below the control tower, and we sometimes--depending on how thick the snow or fog-- had an opportunity to glimpse the Northwest Airlines girls through our binoculars as they helped their passengers unload and reload. Pinochle! Pinochle! I must have played five hundred games, for it was our most often indulged in pasttime. I was AF18366379.
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Name: Steven P. Francis
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Hopkins, MN
Time: 1998-06-17 17:10:00
Comments: I am a former resident , having enjoyed/endured the Black Pearl of the Aleutians from 1987-1989, as an employee of Allied Signal. I would welcome any email from my former co-workers.
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Name: chuck donaghey
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: houston, texas
Time: 1998-06-12 20:56:00
Comments: I was on Shemya in the early 50's. At the time I thought it was the worst place on the face of the earth. But over the years I think back on some of those times, and it was one of the best years of my life. I would like to hear from anyone else who was there at the time. I was the AIO officer "Air Installations" and we were supposed to keep the place open.
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Name: mike ravenstein (crow)
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Haysville, Kansas
Time: 1998-06-08 04:03:00
Comments: Thanks for the memories. I would like to hear from anyone from there from Apr 70 thur Apr 71
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Name: tony Ionni
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: trenton nj
Time: 1998-06-07 13:56:00
Comments: Greetings: What a place The Black Pearl was..I remember the flight there Reeves Aleutian Airlines, enough said..Anyone rember the smoke houses?? was stationed there from Mar 75 to Mar 76, as a operator in the 2064 comm sq comm center. Many a walks on the beach also the old theater..Remember?? I also would like to see the island one more time but only for a day...
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Name: Tom Meredith
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seymour Johnson AFB NC
Time: 1998-06-06 23:02:00
Comments: I was the Logistics Squadron Commander Jan 92-Jan 93. The Rock was a super place to take an Air Force Remote Tour, thanks to the people that all pitched in to make "Life Good" Memories will always remain of my first year of command. Too bad it went contractor support/caretaker status,,,had to be the renaiming ceremony.
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Name: Richard Rohrer
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Central Missouri
Time: 1998-05-30 18:11:00
Comments: Stationed there Feb 92 - Feb 93; just before those who decide such things decided to rename to Eareckson (no disrespect to Eareckson who did amazing things during WWII in the Aleutian theater). BTW: It seems the first step in closing an AFB is renaming it with an e name. Blytheville AFB ---> Eaker AFB ---> Closed. Shemya AFB ---> Eareckson ---> Closed/Caretaker. Oh well. No point.
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Name: Ed Thomas
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-05-29 13:42:00
Comments: Dec 59-Dec 60. Dates that rest in some sort of personal infamy. A good place to go home from.
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Name: John Gagnon
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Fullerton, California
Time: 1998-05-25 17:19:00
Comments: I was on Shemya for 1 1/2 years 1967-9. The experience was interesting, the guys I met, roomed with, talked to, shared the remote feelings with are what I hold the most dear. We were young and lonely but we all made the best of it by supporting each other. I miss you guys and hope the best for you all - you deserve it!
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Name: Al Blake
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Plano, TX
Time: 1998-05-24 17:52:00
Comments: I was on Shemya from mid May 1973 through September 1974. I was in the Army, worked in the AAFJOG E-Ops maintenance shop. My primary job was to keep the computer (Hal) running. At the time I hated the place but for some unknown reason, I find myself wishing I could go back for a visit (max 1 week this time). I left the Army 3 days after leaving Shemya. I remember the 1st Sgt. telling me to get a haircut if I wanted to get on the plane - seemed like a pretty good deal to me.
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Name: Dessie Stroud
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Atlanta, GA
Time: 1998-05-18 03:08:00
Comments: Stationed there with the ASA from Dec 10, l959 til Dec 07, l960.
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Name: Gary Karaff
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Omaha NE via Kansas City, MO
Time: 1998-05-11 02:58:00
Comments: Was on da Rock from June `71 - July `72 as a 98J with the ASA. Worked in AAFJOG E-OPs. i think your page is well done and am interested in the ICQ Shemya chat. Have you established dates and times? later Gary karaff
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Name: Rick(spike)Spaulding
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Michigan
Time: 1998-05-10 18:54:00
Comments: Was stationed on the rock from oct90-oct91, was the ncoic of the food service storeroom and warehouse. Great memories of the rock, one of the best yrs of my life in the service. Would like to hear from others at the rock during that time.Great site
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Name: Bill McAndrews
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Travis AFB
Time: 1998-05-02 21:09:00
Comments: Was stationed at the "ROCK" Oct 89-90. I was a electrician and had a good time fishing for "Irish lords" of the pier. The "Scruffes" were fun TOO!. Long Live "POP'S and CRAZY MARK!!!!!.
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Name: Jason Smith
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Oklahoma City
Time: 1998-04-28 01:02:00
Comments: Hey fellow veterans of Shemya! I was stationed out there from July 91 to July 92. It was my first duty assignment in the Air Force. I must have pissed off a recruiter or T.I. in Basic!! I worked in the Small Computers-Customer Service section of the 2064 Communications Squadron. Definitely remember "WallyWorld!" I had a blast, but don't think I could do it again!!
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Name: John Beard
Website: 326thASA/511th M.I. Bn.
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Houston
Time: 1998-04-26 09:05:00
Comments: I was stationed in Augsburg from 81-85. A few years after getting out while working for Crowley Maritime I wound up on Sheyma discharging a barge load of av gas. The old grounded barge was still there, rusting away. Someone had the idea to use kinetic energy to speed the process so a metal cable was strung around the barge. I made several trips into Sheyma for Crowley and ran into a few people from Augsburg. I never stayed more than 4 days and the AF pol people always took real good care of us. It was great to see the pictures.
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Name: Dave Ohnmacht
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Littleton, Colorado
Time: 1998-04-26 02:30:00
Comments: I was stationed at Shemya from June 86 to 87. I was the lab chief of the metrology (PMEL) bunch; we worked out of the Cobra Dane building. The best thing about my time there was the friendship I developed with some great guys. If anyone finds this message and wants to contact me, please do so.
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Name: Ralph Gunther
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-04-23 03:13:00
Comments: I forgot to add that--referring to picture #18--I flew with Jim Alspaugh during that period. There are quite a number of names I could add, but with respect to people's privacy this would not be appropriate here.
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Name: Ralph E. Gunther
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: St. Augustine, FL (55th SRW)
Time: 1998-04-23 02:51:00
Comments: Having been a crew member on 'Wanda Bell' from Dec. '65 thru Nov. '66 I was stunned when I saw the picture of the wreckage of the aircraft. The plane went down in July '69 and those of us in the 55th SRW suffered a tremen- dous loss as did those of other supporting outfits. This is quite a site . . .
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Name: Patrick Wickam
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-04-17 20:14:00
Comments: Was at Shemya 89-90. worked in supply. was in base service store/individual equipment for first 3 months then moved into the warehouse. Would like to find A TSgt John Yuhas. John, if your out there or if anyone knows where he is please let me know
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Name: Keith L. Bettag
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Indiana
Time: 1998-04-17 03:29:00
Comments: Man. what a page-brings back a lot of memories some good some bad but then life on the rock was good and bad. was stationed there April 75 April 76 Fire Dept though because of my lack of milatary bearing i did do some time with the Civil Enineers. Wasnt much on discipline---i figured what were they going to do to me i was already in the asshole of the earth But i did do the whole year no leave for me i stuck it out somehow Have been looking for Mark Hickman someone help me please. Mark worked in P.O.L he gassed the planes was at Ft. Cambell before the rock and maryland after{Andrews I belive} If anyone knows his whereabouts let me know please If u read this and remember me email me for some reason i think about the place all the time i think we probably all do from time to time Great page thanx a lot
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Name: Dick Schofield
Website:
Referred by: From LinkExchange
From: Boise, Idaho
Time: 1998-04-17 03:28:00
Comments: I did my time starting back in May'48 'til around winter '49. Worked at Base Weather. Remember living in the big hangar and then being moved to some Quonset huts over by the mess hall. Remember when the wind stopped and everyone almost fell over! The pix of the island, old gun emplacements, etc, brought back a few memories. Did they ever repeat that big beer blast we had in the hangar on that 3.2 Sicks select beer out of Seattle? Spent another couple of years working at Big Delta, Ladd, Mile 26, Cold Bay, Adak, EDF and finally with the Weather Bureau at Merrill Field @ ANC.
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Name: Steve Edwards
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NYC now Maryland
Time: 1998-04-06 13:46:00
Comments: USAFSS 1968-1969 at the AAFJOG and then back in 1975-1976 with the Bendix Field Engineering Corp. doing the same job for NSA. While with Bendix I ran the Bendix Smoke House right behind the AAFJOG. Have a few pictures, will dig them up, scan them in and get them over to this WWW. Grape soda in rusty cans for free, ring a bell.
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Name: Alan Young
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Arlington, Washington
Time: 1998-04-01 19:19:00
Comments: Saw more than I wanted to of the rock while stationed at McChord AFB from 9/66 to 11/68. Did many shuttles as a loadmaster on C124's between Elmendorf, Cold Bay, Amchitka, Adak, and Shemya. As a matter of fact, that's where I spent the night of my 21st birthday. What memories.
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Name: Scott Franks
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: AF Brat Turned Active Duty
Time: 1998-04-01 05:37:00
Comments: Oh No, The Rock - Spent Sept 88 - Sept 89 there. Got to help with the boat rescue - a first for us Fire Dawgs. Maybe I can go back - could use a little quiet time again.
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Name: Thomas M. Litts, Sr
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Western New York State
Time: 1998-04-01 02:17:00
Comments: I spend a lifetime one year at Shemya from April 1986 to April 1987.
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Name: noel t fernandez
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: texas
Time: 1998-03-30 20:22:00
Comments: i was stationed on the rock from march 1971 to march 1972
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Name: Eddie B Smith USAF
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Sweet Home, Oregon
Time: 1998-03-30 04:15:00
Comments: I spent 1 year aug 59-July60 on the Black Pearl, Still have my Black Pearl nco club card, After talking to some of the other x rockers we are going to have a REUNION AUG 5 2000 SOME WHERE IN MID USA. I f you are interested on working on this project with me Call or write Eddie Smtih Po Box 279 Eagle Creek, Or 97022 503 7961565 or E- Mail. Hope to see ya in 2 yrs.
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Name: Randy Meierdierks
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New York
Time: 1998-03-26 00:47:00
Comments: Looking for anyone who was there form 5/79-5/80. I was a cook working in the chow hall. I was probably the one who served you breakfast in the morning such as eggs and omelets. How about those card games? Haven't played in any games like that since. Looking for Ron Atkins, Dave"zeke" Zaludek, Cal Miller. The sad part is is that its closed down I hear. Would like to share memories.
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Name: Steven Najera
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Irvine Calif
Time: 1998-03-17 19:16:00
Comments: Worked at DoD Anders Station class of 1981-1983 & 85' One of the surviving Maggots "No Slack on the ROCK"
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Name: Ken Ross
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Brecksville,Ohio
Time: 1998-03-17 15:35:00
Comments: Spent from Aug 49 to Mar 51 on the rock with USAF as a weather observer and radiological technician. Was suppose to be there for a year but got extended because of the Korean War. Thought by now that the island had slipped off the beer can that was holding it up and had sunk. Article in Argosy magazine lauding the efforts of GCA crew we had handling the airlift was called "The World's Most Desolate Island".Thank God for Northwest Airlines that brought us the mail 4 times a week on their way to Japan.
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Name: Dan Linden
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Wisconsin
Time: 1998-03-16 02:24:00
Comments: Wow I haven't thought about shemya in awhile.I spent a year and a half (87-88) there as a DOD contractor. I have loads of photos if anyone is interested.
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Name: Ronald Saunders JR
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Arizona
Time: 1998-03-09 03:44:00
Comments: Hey guys! When I was in the Air Force one of my biggest fears was of being sent off to this desolate Island near the end of the Aleutian chain called "Shemya". It never happened. I was discharge from the AF in '92 and went on to work a variety of low paying dead end jobs. One day I was asked if I was interested in going to a remote site called Eareckson AS to maybe earn to "get ahead" money. I was indeed very interested. Imagine my shock when I found out this place was actually Shemya. I couldn't believe it! I feared being sent there as an airman yet I was volunteering to go there as a civilian. It turned out to be a great experience for me. I spent two years working as a cook for PMC. The peak population while I was there couldn't have been more than one hundred. I'll never forget the relentless wind in the winter or the smothering fog in the summer. It seemed like every attempt to get off the Island was an adventure. Recieving mail was also hit and miss. Despite all this I will always have fond memories of "The Rock". The place can really grow on you. My liver can attest to that.
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Name: A1C Kelly R. Frey
Website:
Referred by: From LinkExchange
From: kentuckey
Time: 1998-03-06 07:07:00
Comments: Thank you Smitty, what a wonderful thing for you to do for us folks who have been on the rock. I want to find some folks and hope they will see this...they are " Ron Adkins"..Kitchen Admin, any postal clerks, i.e.STELLA B., my old roomate who lived in Omaha NE, . I was stationed there from 77 thru 80. I was a postal clerk, who also did the sign in at the chow hall, cant remember that SOB's name who ran the thing..civilian. Must tell everyone..that it was the best time of my life...the three day parties, the black sand, the white-outs, the fog monster, doing the mail...the bar called the "Rocker"...its been along time, but would love to hear from anyone I used to know....thanks again Smitty for this page...hope to hear from someone soon...Kelly...phone...615-315-1626
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Name: A1C Kelly R. Frey
Website:
Referred by: From LinkExchange
From: kentuckey
Time: 1998-03-06 07:05:00
Comments: Thank you Smitty, what a wonderful thing for you to do for us folks who have been on the rock. I want to find some folks and hope they will see this...they are " Ron Adkins"..Kitchen Admin, any postal clerks, i.e.STELLA B., my old roomate who lived in Omaha NE, . I was stationed there from 77 thru 80. I was a postal clerk, who also did the sign in at the chow hall, cant remember that SOB's name who ran the thing..civilian. Must tell everyone..that it was the best time of my life...the three day parties, the black sand, the white-outs, the fog monster, doing the mail...the bar called the "Rocker"...its been along time, but would love to hear from anyone I used to know....thanks again Smitty for this page...hope to hear from someone soon...Kelly...phone...615-315-1626
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Name: A1C Kelly R. Frey
Website:
Referred by: From LinkExchange
From: kentuckey
Time: 1998-03-06 07:11:00
Comments: Thank you Smitty, what a wonderful thing for you to do for us folks who have been on the rock. I want to find some folks and hope they will see this...they are " Ron Adkins"..Kitchen Admin, any postal clerks, i.e.STELLA B., my old roomate who lived in Omaha NE, . I was stationed there from 77 thru 80. I was a postal clerk, who also did the sign in at the chow hall, cant remember that SOB's name who ran the thing..civilian. Must tell everyone..that it was the best time of my life...the three day parties, the black sand, the white-outs, the fog monster, doing the mail...the bar called the "Rocker"...its been along time, but would love to hear from anyone I used to know....thanks again Smitty for this page...hope to hear from someone soon...Kelly...phone...615-315-1626
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Name: Craig P. Rabb
Website: Craig Rabb's Home Page
Referred by: Net Search
From: 2LT/1LT US Army MI posted on Shemya 1970-1971
Time: 1998-03-05 02:41:00
Comments: XO, U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station Shemya 1970-1971. Best thing I did while there was to get a hop to Texas to view my new born Son. Thanks for refreshing some dim memories. BTW, folks from the Army element carved the totem pole that stood in front of bldg. 600; it did not have an eagle on the top when I left there. Does anyone know when, and by whom the eagle was added? Army Commander during my stay was LTC Bonny Stockman. Cheers. Craig P. Rabb, still in the Army after 34 years, Ft. Monmouth, NJ
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Name: Rollin B Ankeny (MKC USCG)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Ft. Pierce, Fla
Time: 1998-02-26 01:13:00
Comments: I was the Executive Petty Officer and Engineering Petty Officer on Attu Island 6/89 - 6/90. The boys from Shemya would come over via the c-130 log flight and spend the night on the island. Sure did enjoy seeing some different faces. And some of our boys would go over to shemya, cause our pilots didnt want to stay on OUR Island they flew back to shemya for the night. To my AIr Force Friends Good luck........
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Name: Rick Hughes
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Virginia Beach, VA (currently)
Time: 1998-02-25 20:43:00
Comments: I was out on that God forsaken rock in 1966-1967. I was a contractor with GE to provide technical support on the AN-FPS-17 radar transmitters. We worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week which kept us from being bored. The size of this equipment was quite impressive. 9 inch co-axial cables (pipes really) with 3 inch center conductors. Four foot wave guide switches. 20 foot pulse forming networks. If you were in to BIG this was the place to work.
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Name: Carl Cusimano
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Indiana
Time: 1998-02-23 16:04:00
Comments: My all expenses paid (care of USAF) vacation to Shemya was from November 1969 until November 1970. Worked at AAFJOG.
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Name: Glen Mayer
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: ST.Louis Mo.
Time: 1998-02-23 03:56:00
Comments: THANK YOU! What a memery rush.Was station on the arm pit of the world from Nov 67 to 68. Worked in moter pool.Heavy equipment repair. Your picture are great but I don't remember so much sun.Do you guy's know that ther is a Eleeventh Air Force Ass'n? Bet the would like to see this page.I have there address if any one is interrested
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Name: Donald Lindner
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: California
Time: 1998-02-21 23:14:00
Comments: I never expected to find all the sites for Shemya. It was interesting to look at the pictures and read the history. I was there from Feb 76 - March 77, and was the NCOIC of the new Cooper Bessemer Power Plant for the Cobra Dane radar. Like most people, I do not miss Shemya.
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Name: Bob Castle
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Lexington, KY
Time: 1998-02-21 06:03:00
Comments: I was on the Rock from July 86 thru July 87.....The longest year of my life..
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Name: wayne (headbutt) mashburn
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: living in new mexico
Time: 1998-02-20 16:09:00
Comments: performed quality assurance duties 16th surs (cobra dane) oct 90 oct 91 QACE. den manager headbutt champion glad to have left not so glad to be there only had two years to go till retirement, what a deal..
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Name: James Sobel
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From:
Time: 1998-02-17 20:15:00
Comments: Glad to see someone made a site for the Rock. I spent enough time there '67 - '69 and '73 - '74. Was a 98J at E-Ops. Good shots of the place. Will see if I can find some appropriate ones to send. Would welcome contact with any of my old "friends".
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Name: Ed Thomas
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From:
Time: 1998-02-17 02:53:00
Comments: Fabulous pictures of that miserable rock Things haven't changed much sinve my tour 11/59-11/60. Would like to know if anyone else on the net was there at the same time.
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Name: david schuster
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: new jersey
Time: 1998-02-12 18:51:00
Comments: TDY to the rock with the Cobra Ball 77 to 78. SAC DET1
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Name: Eldridge
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Tucson, AZ
Time: 1998-02-12 12:55:00
Comments: Army E-Ops Feb 72 to Feb 73. Nice page...it really brought back the memories!
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Name: Paul
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: St. Petersburg, Florida
Time: 1998-02-02 01:30:00
Comments: I was stationed on the "Rock"/"Alcatraz AFB" from Sep 92-93. It was a great time. I'm glad someone else remembers this place and made a web site about it. No one believes me. Thanks
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Name: Vern Greunke
Website: ASA Database Locator Input Form Page (and other ASA links)
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
Time: 1998-02-01 18:59:00
Comments: Great to find this Shemya page. I found it linked from another page which was linked from the new NASAA page. WOuld like to get more Shemya ASA vets in my database only have about 14 so far. Will supply my databae URL of 11,000 + asa vets to anyone signing in and verifying they were indeed ASA or INSCOM. Please pass the word ... sign in at: http://members.tripod.com/~vgreunke/
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Name: Fred Roth
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Bethlehem, PA
Time: 1998-01-28 16:47:00
Comments: C-54 I was riding in made a pit stop on Shemya in August, 1950 while enroute to Tokyo & ASAPAC HQ. Sure glad I didn't have to spend a year on Shemya. Enjoyed your web site.
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Name: Ron Smith
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From:
Time: 1998-01-20 02:25:00
Comments: Good work Smitty. I was on the Black Pearl from Dec 68 - Dec 69. Did anyone ever pull up the plug at the Composit Building entrance? USASAFS Shemya, Trick 3, C-Ops. Thanks for the memories. Ron Smith
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Name: Gary R Forney
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From:
Time: 1998-01-04 03:11:00
Comments: Stationed on the "Rock" from 06/65 - 06/66. Member of U S Army Security Agency. Worked at the bubble as electronic repair. Also at times pulled the ##@$#@ dish by hand until ampladynes got repaired.
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Name: Thom Leonard
Website: The Wellness Connection
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Mascotte, Fl (Orlando area)
Time: 1998-01-03 17:08:00
Comments: Great site. I'm looking for Alan Conway, who was stationed at Shemya sometime just after the quake in '65. I was stationed with him at Det 4, Sinop, Turkey: '66-'67. You can send info to: wellconn@juno.com Tnx, Thom NNNN
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Name: Jim Pestana
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Westminster, CO
Time: 1997-12-31 03:49:00
Comments: Shemya AFS May 1974 - May 1975
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Name: Jon Lohmer
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Denver, CO
Time: 1997-12-30 05:11:00
Comments: I'll have to come back when I have more time, George. .... Jon
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Name: Bill Harris
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Denver, Colorado
Time: 1997-12-16 11:59:00
Comments: I was on the Rock from June, 1970 to June, 1971 at Detachment 205 (now closed), part of an outfit called the Air Force Technical Applications Center, still operating in Florida. I was a 99125 Special Electronics Tech. Anyone out there a former '99? Bill Harris Denver Colorado
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Name: SemichiSam
Website: SemichiSam's Shemya Homepage
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Originally Lynn, MA; now Ashland, OR
Time: 1997-12-13 03:30:00
Comments: Smitty's doing great work here. How about the rest of you? I estimate that between 30 and 50 thousand American citizens have been stationed on Shemya. If you can't all put up a web page, you can at least sign this guestbook.
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Name: Michael Donahue
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: San Diego, CA
Time: 1997-12-12 06:03:00
Comments: I was on the "ROCK" from Nov. 90-91, with 2064 Comm Ground Radio. Nicknamed "TOAST" because I spent most of my time there that way. Remember wild dorm parties and all-nighters at Club 365. I'll never forget that place!!
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Name: Marty Gruber
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Atlanta Ga.
Time: 1997-12-11 03:57:00
Comments: I was there from nov.75 to april 77--Ihad to extend because the ol lady was with me-she came up late. Remember the 4'10" spanish Maria chick? that was my ol lady. I was in the com squadron. DSTE 306 type. If I was there with you I'm sure we saw each other! (I KNOW you saw the old lady) Had dirt radio friends--rube--can't hardly remember the names of any one else. Took a course in fortran and used the dane's 9600 to do my programs. WOW a flash from the past!
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Name: Rick Cole
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Cape Cod, MA
Time: 1997-12-10 00:32:00
Comments: Stationed Shemya, Aug 79 to AUG 80. Seems like yesterday. Drop a line if you were there. I worked in the PMEL Lab.
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Name: Lisa Gamache
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: NH
Time: 1997-12-08 16:39:00
Comments: I was one of the few, the proud, a female in Shemya during 87-88
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Name: Stephan Scott
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Martinez, California
Time: 1997-12-07 04:14:00
Comments: On Shemya, U.S, Army, June,1970-July 1971. I have pictures. i am looking for Raymond C. Mitzel, Owen Day, Paul Gujion, and all the rest, if anyone can be of help.
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Name: Paul Gallaher
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Brownsdale, MN
Time: 1997-12-06 15:34:00
Comments: Spent time at Shemya as a COBRA BALL Navigator from May 1991 up until it closed. On average, I was there about 2 out of every 8 weeks.
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Name: Bruce Rubin
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Then, Springfield (Del. Co.) PA, now, Pittsford, NY.
Time: 1997-12-03 05:14:00
Comments: Was on the "Rock" from January '74 until my "Xmas hit" set me free. I brought the ASA "short board" home with me. I'd like to make contact with Mike Greer and Mike Miller someday.
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Name: George Blood
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Arvada, CO
Time: 1997-11-30 19:52:00
Comments: Was there with USAF Metrology 78/79. Was the lab chief for awhile.
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Name: John Klinker
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From:
Time: 1997-11-30 09:46:00
Comments: Excellent home page...one of best I've seen. Did 51 TDYs to The Rock 1984-1992 flying Ball and Eye. Wish we would have had e-mail and internet back then. Good luck out there!!
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Name: Ron Lassonde
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: California
Time: 1997-11-30 01:52:00
Comments: Flew on the Ball out of the Rock from 81 to 85.
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Name: George L. Smith
Website: Smitty's Place
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Army Brat! From all over! Originally Manistique, Michigan, currently Lakewood,CO.
Time: 1997-11-28 16:34:00
Comments: OK, so I had to check it out!
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