The Aleutians Opinion Page

Archived Entries, 12 Jul 2002 - 2 May 2005


LastName:
O'Connor
FirstName:
Christopher
Email:
jkemc@hotmail.com
Date:
12 Jul 2002
Time:
23:11:30

Comments

first stop for those looking for info on ww2 vets is National personnel records center 9700 page blvd st louis mo 63132. send them your vet's name date of birth home address(in 1941) and you can get service record, unit numbers,etc.


LastName:
Falany
FirstName:
Bernadette
Email:
birdmfj@hotmail.com
Date:
18 Jul 2002
Time:
15:42:49

Comments

To whom it may concern: Someone asked if any one knows a Pastor Henry Falany? I do! If you have any questions please e-mail me!


LastName:
Young
FirstName:
Angela
Email:
gafarmin@hotmail.com
Date:
25 Jul 2002
Time:
14:36:08

Comments

I went on this page to find out more info on where my grandfather was stationed during WWII. He will celebrate his 90th birthday this year and he loves telling me stories of his time spent in the Aleutians. The web site is very imformative. Thanks!


LastName:
Lucena
FirstName:
Irish
Email:
irish_sikat@yahoo.com
Date:
19 Aug 2002
Time:
21:06:08

Comments

please include aleutian's weather and climate.. not about airforce thing..but the temperature at aleutian islands..and their climate..hot or cold...or something like that..please?tnx..


LastName:
Cook
FirstName:
Steve
Email:
swaco@net direct.net
Date:
02 Jan 2003
Time:
20:56:54

Comments

Very nice site!! My dad Clifford Cook served in the US army 138th inf, radio and code operator . I'm thinking Adak and Amchitka before and after battle of Attu. Cliff died in 87. Also a friend , Marion Richwine was with the 404th Bmb. Sq. Marion lives in Anderson In. Dale Wiltrout of Warsaw In. , my wifes cousin served , in the Alu. Islands too. We have more to sharebut need to get organized let me know if you know any of these folks and i'll pass it along. Keep up the good work and have a Happy New Year . Lets remember to keep all our GI's in our thoughts and prayers!! Cookie


LastName:
Barnas
FirstName:
John J.
Email:
Barnas1@juno.com
Date:
14 Jan 2003
Time:
09:30:56

Comments

I was General Electric Company's First Shift Bubble Shemya Space Tarcker Supervisor July 1965-July 1966. I have pictures and memories of the Shemya Space Tracking Site.


LastName:
reynolds
FirstName:
vern
Email:
ellynvern@att.net
Date:
11 Feb 2003
Time:
13:51:25

Comments

our co l 37th inf batl. served in the aleutians from 1942 to1944 dutchharbor,adak,attu, shemya,and back to the states.


LastName:
Heineke
FirstName:
Howard
Email:
heineke@juno.com
Date:
13 Feb 2003
Time:
16:48:13

Comments

Very nice site. User friendly for navigating to various links. My ship stopped at Attu, Adak, and Kodiak circa March or April 1946 as we dropped of some personnel from Guam on Attu and picked up a few soldiers and sailors as passengers back to San Francisco. Anyone remember being transported on the USS Casa Grande, LSD 13?


LastName:
Oke
FirstName:
Kenneth L.
Email:
koke@northland,lib.mi.us
Date:
22 Mar 2003
Time:
18:37:12

Comments

Spent 15 months on Attu 45-46, with 359 Army Marine Ship Repair Company. Would like to find a map of the roads and buildings used at that time.


LastName:
Strong
FirstName:
Ron
Email:
ronstrong@juno.com
Date:
15 May 2003
Time:
18:18:16

Comments

While I was at Shemya from Sep 66 to Apr 67 I took a lot of 8 mm movie film of the place: two 8 inch reels full. They included Shemya itself, the Lisa Ann crew, 2 of whom are deceased, and various airplanes such as RC-135E, RC-135S, Tell Two, Reeve Aleutian Airlines, etc. In the late 70s I loaned them to someone who was going, or maybe going, PCS to Shemya as an ops officer. Had to be either a pilot or EWO. Whoever borrowed the reels never returned them. Now, I'm trying to write some memoirs of Lisa Ann-Rivet Amber for my sons and grandchildren. Almost needless to say, I REALLY would like to get them back, even if no memoirs were being done. Would anyone have ANY idea who might have them?


LastName:
Brown
FirstName:
Steven M
Email:
steveb@schoollink.net
Date:
23 May 2003
Time:
12:11:44

Comments

Would like to hear from anyone who was a pallbearer or was part of the honorguard at Booze's funeral detail on Jan 1 1969.Also anyone who worked at the HF Transmitter site 1968-1970 in support of the SAC missions.


LastName:
Blumm
FirstName:
Charles
Email:
Bakercb@aol.com
Date:
01 Jun 2003
Time:
19:20:49

Comments

Spent 16 months on Shemya and about 3 weeks on Attu,from Aug 46 to Dec 47.Was the CO of the 478 Truck Co.


LastName:
Blumm
FirstName:
Charles
Email:
Bakercb@aol.com
Date:
01 Jun 2003
Time:
19:21:16

Comments

Spent 16 months on Shemya and about 3 weeks on Attu,from Aug 46 to Dec 47.Was the CO of the 478 Truck Co.


LastName:
sidorski
FirstName:
edward
Email:
sidorski@nep.net
Date:
30 Jun 2003
Time:
18:06:17

Comments

Dear George, Yeah I know about crashing my computer because I do it a lot of the time and that is why I don't have an email list stored in the computer I just keep my email addresses in a book this way I don't lose them. Ed


LastName:
sidorski
FirstName:
edward
Email:
sidorski@nep.net
Date:
11 Jul 2003
Time:
16:51:07

Comments

Is this site dead or what?


LastName:
sidorski
FirstName:
edward
Email:
sidorski@nep.net
Date:
11 Jul 2003
Time:
16:51:36

Comments

Is this site dead or what?


LastName:
sidorski
FirstName:
edward
Email:
sidorski@nep.net
Date:
28 Aug 2003
Time:
18:00:40

Comments

I was very pleased to see a site like hlswilliwaw because I am searching for some of the men that served with me at both Kettle Cape and Nikolski, I used to buddy around with a Bob Basford and I can't seem to find him, the reason for this is because while I was at Drew Field one of the boys commited suicide at Nikolski and I'd like to know who it was. While searching on the internet I saw an article that said that someone was buried on umnak, and I wonder if it was this man, no I don't know his name. Ed


LastName:
Fiorello
FirstName:
Robert
Email:
BoJoFi1@aol.com
Date:
06 Sep 2003
Time:
11:15:32

Comments

From June 70 to June 71, I lived on the Rock. But to my surprise I met an old friend, Page C. Cline. We were stationed in Zapata, Texas many years ago. When we met briefly on the Island, we didn't have time to exchange permanent addresses, so if anyone knows of his whereabouts, please let me know, I would be greatly appreciative. I believe he is into writing background sceneries for FlightSim. By the way, this site is fantastic. My hats off to Smitty.


LastName:
Hicks
FirstName:
Terry
Email:
t_hicks1@hotmail.com
Date:
06 Oct 2003
Time:
14:39:08

Comments

It is really neat that you have a web page about Shemya. I am not a WWII vet, but was stationed on Shemya from July 1967 through June 1968 while in the Army Security Agency. Did joint-Intel stuff at AFJOG with the Navy and of course, the Air Force - since it was their base at the time. That year was tough, but I saw a lot of WWII stuff remaining there Terry Hicks CW3 retired, USA


LastName:
Hayes
FirstName:
Douglas
Email:
cdhayes1@verizon.net
Date:
16 Oct 2003
Time:
12:37:05

Comments

Just curious if anyone reads this from the early 70's when I served with the Air Force along side Army in the bubble. I know the Island has a lot of WWII significance but also quite important to many of the baby boomers that served there in solitude there.


LastName:
sidorski (aka shedosky) T/3
FirstName:
edward
Email:
sidorski@nep.net
Date:
18 Nov 2003
Time:
18:34:50

Comments

Wasn't anyone except me on Umnak Island, I never see anything about the three radar sites that were on Umnak at Kettle Cape, Nikolski and Tanak. I used to communicate with Jim Smith who was at Tanak and he was supposed to join us at our reunion 2 years ago but he got sick and has now passed away last year, darn we are dissappearing fast so lets make as many reunions as we can Ed


LastName:
sidorski (aka shedosky) T/3
FirstName:
edward
Email:
sidorski@nep.net
Date:
18 Nov 2003
Time:
18:34:59

Comments

Wasn't anyone except me on Umnak Island, I never see anything about the three radar sites that were on Umnak at Kettle Cape, Nikolski and Tanak. I used to communicate with Jim Smith who was at Tanak and he was supposed to join us at our reunion 2 years ago but he got sick and has now passed away last year, darn we are dissappearing fast so lets make as many reunions as we can Ed


LastName:
Heineke
FirstName:
Howard
Email:
hheineke@juno.com
Date:
19 Nov 2003
Time:
22:35:17

Comments

Last time I viewed this opinion page I listed an incorrect address. The correct one is listed here. Maybe that's why I had no responses about anyone we transported stateside aboard the USS Casa Grande LSD 13.


LastName:
Hicks
FirstName:
Terry
Email:
warrant263@hotmail.com & asa-retiree,com
Date:
18 Dec 2003
Time:
12:06:17

Comments

I was on Shemya from mid-'67 to mid-'68 in Army ASA -05K-20. I have a new web site if interested, mostly for Army types: asa-retiree-com. Will be updating this site with new image-content every other month or so. Submitted 18 Dec '03.


LastName:
Young
FirstName:
Arthur
Email:
AYoung1425@aol.com
Date:
22 Jan 2004
Time:
12:11:00

Comments

I served in the 802nd Aviation Engineers from October 1941 through October 1945, and the battalion arrived on UImnak in April 1942 where a landing strip was created. Your history of Umnak is incorrect , referring to the 807th Engineers.It was the 802nd Aviation Engineers which was the principal engineering group obn Umnak Thank you for yopur correction.


LastName:
Young
FirstName:
Arthur
Email:
AYoung1425@aol.com
Date:
22 Jan 2004
Time:
12:12:28

Comments

I served in the 802nd Aviation Engineers from October 1941 through October 1945, and the battalion arrived on UImnak in April 1942 where a landing strip was created. Your history of Umnak is incorrect , referring to the 807th Engineers.It was the 802nd Aviation Engineers which was the principal engineering group obn Umnak Thank you for yopur correction.


LastName:
Young
FirstName:
Arthur
Email:
AYoung1425@aol.com
Date:
22 Jan 2004
Time:
12:12:31

Comments

I served in the 802nd Aviation Engineers from October 1941 through October 1945, and the battalion arrived on UImnak in April 1942 where a landing strip was created. Your history of Umnak is incorrect , referring to the 807th Engineers.It was the 802nd Aviation Engineers which was the principal engineering group obn Umnak Thank you for yopur correction.


LastName:
leibe
FirstName:
bud
Email:
budnmarleibe@snet.net
Date:
30 Jan 2004
Time:
22:03:31

Comments

as a air force firefighter was at shemya 1968-1969 and have many fond memories about the people i worked with not the place. can someone tell me are there ever reunions for those who were there, are visitors allowed on shemya?


LastName:
Kimball
FirstName:
Dana
Email:
go@danalee.us
Date:
16 May 2004
Time:
02:10:45

Comments

Hi folks, I was a contractor for GE Aug-65 thru Aug-66. I was a Space Object Identification Analyst. I have very strong memoriess of Shemya and it was years before the nighmares stopped. I enjoyed the place from Glass Balls, million dollar junk pile to discovering hidden bunkers. I have lots of movies of the place. Also the Blue Foxes and the flowers which came one day and were gone in a few days. Being on the middle of the runway and have snow falling and the sun shinning on your head. The mystery of fog 1 foot high, the totem poles and taking off in zero visibility. So many memories... Dana Lee


LastName:
Mlinar
FirstName:
Tom
Email:
tmlinar@wi.rr.com
Date:
22 May 2004
Time:
19:06:42

Comments

My brother was on attu from 11 may 43 to 28 oct 44, he was in the Hqs co 591st AAA AW Bn. been tryng to find info on this unit. I followed to Big Delta Alaska in May 1954 to April 1956. I too wore the alaska command patch polar bear. I am trying to find if I can buy a alaska command flag. Love your web thanks a million Tom


LastName:
combs
FirstName:
bednjamin f
Email:
starbuck 078
Date:
28 May 2004
Time:
10:01:52

Comments

some time ago the name shimya appeared on my screen and aol was provider i would like to have that wall paper again.my address is 2797 lamplighter dr sarasota florida, 24234 . what ever it costs i was up there in 1946 and its aplace i will never forget i remember the plane crash vividly thank you ben


LastName:
Fiorello
FirstName:
Robert J.
Email:
RJF7509R@aol.com
Date:
06 Jun 2004
Time:
19:37:55

Comments

This comment is a follow-up of my earlier submission dated in Sept 03. At that time I was inquiring about a friend of mine that I was stationed with many years ago. Well, I finally caught up with him and his family. We have exchanged e-mail messages many times and I am so grateful that your web site was totally responsible for us in getting together. But now I am looking for a lost photo album that I had a hand in maintaining while I was stationed at the Supply Unit on Shemya. It was an ablum which contained a photo of everyone that was assigned to the unit along with a brief history of each of us. This album had been faithfully maintained for many many years and I am anxious to find out just what happened to it. If anyone out there that has information regarding this album, I wish that they would contact me and let me know of it's whareabout. This album is part of history and should be preserved. Thanks.


LastName:
Fiorello
FirstName:
Robert J.
Email:
RJF7509R@aol.com
Date:
06 Jun 2004
Time:
19:38:24

Comments

This comment is a follow-up of my earlier submission dated in Sept 03. At that time I was inquiring about a friend of mine that I was stationed with many years ago. Well, I finally caught up with him and his family. We have exchanged e-mail messages many times and I am so grateful that your web site was totally responsible for us in getting together. But now I am looking for a lost photo album that I had a hand in maintaining while I was stationed at the Supply Unit on Shemya. It was an ablum which contained a photo of everyone that was assigned to the unit along with a brief history of each of us. This album had been faithfully maintained for many many years and I am anxious to find out just what happened to it. If anyone out there that has information regarding this album, I wish that they would contact me and let me know of it's whareabout. This album is part of history and should be preserved. Thanks.


LastName:
Fiorello
FirstName:
Robert J.
Email:
RJF7509R@aol.com
Date:
06 Jun 2004
Time:
19:39:01

Comments

This comment is a follow-up of my earlier submission dated in Sept 03. At that time I was inquiring about a friend of mine that I was stationed with many years ago. Well, I finally caught up with him and his family. We have exchanged e-mail messages many times and I am so grateful that your web site was totally responsible for us in getting together. But now I am looking for a lost photo album that I had a hand in maintaining while I was stationed at the Supply Unit on Shemya. It was an ablum which contained a photo of everyone that was assigned to the unit along with a brief history of each of us. This album had been faithfully maintained for many many years and I am anxious to find out just what happened to it. If anyone out there that has information regarding this album, I wish that they would contact me and let me know of it's whareabout. This album is part of history and should be preserved. Thanks.


LastName:
combs
FirstName:
benjamin
Email:
version starbuck 078
Date:
12 Jun 2004
Time:
14:48:20

Comments

a while ago wallpaper was on my screen wall paper shemya in large letters was on my .i would like to have again but i dont know how if any knows please let me know.


LastName:
Brooks
FirstName:
William
Email:
gtndevil22@aol.com
Date:
26 Jun 2004
Time:
04:06:37

Comments

My grandfather William Roach Brooks AKA, Bill served on shemya for over 2 years.


LastName:
Herold
FirstName:
George
Email:
GeorgeSS132@webtv.net
Date:
11 Jul 2004
Time:
22:49:07

Comments

My time in the Aleutian area was short, June thru August, 1942. Mostly at sea on two subs, USS S27 and USS FINBACK. Very little action, FINBACK scored one torpedo hit on Jap destroyer, and later bombed by a four engine MAVIS or EMILY. Sub Ops were useless in that area.


LastName:
sidorski
FirstName:
edward
Email:
sidorski@nep.net
Date:
24 Aug 2004
Time:
15:32:28

Comments

When we left Umnak in 1945 it was on a tramp steamer of which I don't know the name, but there was a soldier on board who had a 8mm movie camera and he took my picture as well as some of the other men, I lost track of him and would like to see those movies as I never did. When I became a civilian again I remembered that man and decided to get me a 8 mm movie camera so I went to a big dept store to get one on credit but I didn't have a credit rating as I never bought anything on time Sears tho was a different story they gladly gave me credit to buy some furniture, so now I had the neccessary credit rating and got me that precious 8 mm movie camera. So if that man see's this please email me so we can get together again to hash over old times.


LastName:
sidorski
FirstName:
edward
Email:
sidorski@nep.net
Date:
24 Aug 2004
Time:
15:32:59

Comments

When we left Umnak in 1945 it was on a tramp steamer of which I don't know the name, but there was a soldier on board who had a 8mm movie camera and he took my picture as well as some of the other men, I lost track of him and would like to see those movies as I never did. When I became a civilian again I remembered that man and decided to get me a 8 mm movie camera so I went to a big dept store to get one on credit but I didn't have a credit rating as I never bought anything on time Sears tho was a different story they gladly gave me credit to buy some furniture, so now I had the neccessary credit rating and got me that precious 8 mm movie camera. So if that man see's this please email me so we can get together again to hash over old times.


LastName:
chilinski
FirstName:
ted
Email:
tedchilinski@cox.net
Date:
13 Sep 2004
Time:
21:01:35

Comments

i was in casul draft 2049 landed on adak for a couple of weeks then off to attu to join the 23rd seabees when they left attu transferred to the 68th when they left transferred to the 138th that was almost 2 years of attu worked on building docks in masacare bay lonched 0s92 planes built huts tents and other carpenter work


LastName:
ciderback
FirstName:
uhaul
Email:
noneofurbis@yahoo.com
Date:
17 Dec 2004
Time:
09:06:35

Comments

I need a project done so send me someone i can write about to my email please.


LastName:
Landt
FirstName:
Constantina
Email:
recheshnoi@yahoo.com
Date:
15 Feb 2005
Time:
18:03:00

Comments

I, as well as the entire Aleutian Chain is upset over the recent oil spill of the Selandang Ayu. What gets my goat even more is I haven't seen Magone Marine's name mentioned as a large part of the cleanup of that spill. As ususal the majority of the hiring is outside companies as opposed to local long-time companies such as Magone Marine. I think that Dutch Harbor and Unalaska should stand up for Dan Magone and support lcoal business!


LastName:
Steel
FirstName:
Warren
Email:
mudws@olemiss.edu
Date:
10 Mar 2005
Time:
22:55:57

Comments

Nice site. Shedoskey - Ed Sidorski - knows who I am, but I'll introduce myself for other readers. I'm the eldest son of Lt. Sanger B. Steel, who served on Umnak in the 736th SAW company from June 1943 to August 1945. He commanded the radar station at Kettle Cape, and later served at Ft. Glenn. As Ed reported, my father kept a diary of his time in the Aleutians. Ed also asked about a suicide and a body buried on Umnak. This may be that of Sgt. Leslie Shuler, an older man, WWI veteran, who shot himself on Apr. 7, 1944 at Ft. Glenn, in a latrine across the street from the Three Toppers Club. My father knew him well, and felt somehow responsible for not noticing Shuler's state of mind in the preceding days. My father was in charge of the LOD line of duty investigation into Shuler's death. Shuler's nephew later contacted me and sent me the entire LOD report. I suppose he was buried at Ft. Glenn. I don't know about Nikolski my father was not stationed there as far as I know. He was stranded there several nights when a barge was shipwrecked on Chuginadak in early 1944, and visited again on his way to conduct a week-long salvage operation. Great pictures!


LastName:
LARSEN
FirstName:
LINDA J
Email:
lindajshrln.com
Date:
02 May 2005
Time:
11:04:41

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