Morse Intercept Operator with Mission Control
6910th Security Wing
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Was stationed at 6910th from ’65-67. From South Carolina. Would love to hear from guys that I served with. Can’t remember flight. Was a “ditty bopper”. Having trouble remembering names….can see the faces, but memory about shot on names. Also, wnet to 6937th in Pakistan after. Have located several guys that served with over there. If you remember me, please say hello.
Just found this site. I don’t remember your dad, but I was at Darmstadt from Mar 64-Mar 66. I was voice intercept–czech.
It was fun reading the orders you have posted. Found several friends on them.
I was a cold warrior in the 6910th at Darmstadt from ’63-’66. I was a morse intercept operator. My main memory is of being exhausted all the time because of the constant shift changes.
I was in the 6910th from September ’63 until August ’66 and was the Block 5 supervisor on D flight. It was a great assignment. Our first apartment was in Griesheim, and then we lived in temporary quarters and regular housing in Lincoln Village. Our oldest daughter was born in Wiesbaden. At the time, my brother was in the AF at Ramstein, so we had great times being with family. Good friends there were TSgt Tom Hickey, TSgt Bobby Holloway, A1C Don Whitworth, SSgt Chuck Purcell. MSgt John Parham was our flight NCOIC. I was there at the same time as Bethel Hendrix, but he must have been on a different flight because we did not work together. However, my wife remembers him and his wife from the NCO Club. They loved to dance, and really enjoyed the Air Force. He told us that he had the ideal life–good travel, a steady job, and a lot of friends. Thanks for putting up this website to bring back the old memories.
I was also an X1 on D flight. Lived in Griesheim, I remember Don Whitworth, Chuck Purcell and Sgt Parham. I sat position until I was moved back with Joe Kessler DF section and worked the antenna patch panel.
For Frank Price, Roger Boss (voice) and I were roomies on Dog Flight. Hope this will bring a few more memories. You had to leave for home early due to death in family. That was a hard night.
Lived there as a brat from 60-63 and 66-69. Dad (SMsgt Billy Morris) was a 202 if I remember correctly and was on Able & Baker flights. Dad passed away several years ago and am still finding things from his days at the 6910th and Memory Field supporting his beloved Comets.
Trying to find Mike Beeby…
I was stationed in Darmstadt from Jan ’63 to Dec ’64 and was transferred to the 6924 in Danang.
I was in Darmstadt on Charlie Flt from 1964-65 as a Russian 203. I remember 292’s Charlie Langer, Bernie, Tiny and those guys. We had fun with them on trips to Amsterdam. Great times !
I was in teletype maint 64 -65 (Butch) Great memories
I was stationed in Darmstadt from 1964 to 1966 until I married a German women and lost my SSIR clearance. I worked in the comm center transmitting intell teletype messages to DIRNSA and other places. Love’d our trips to Amsterdam
God Bless Us All
I was a 203 from 1964 to 1967. I recognize Tom Person’s name. Seems to me his roommate was named Larkin. Not sure about any of the other names listed above. Three years ago 3 of us who served together (Bob Melvin,aka Mel, Tom Sullivan, and Dave Blume) and a german buddy we hung out with while stationed in the 6910th got together for a weekend to reminise and reconnect. It was great. Am also in touch with John Williams, aka Der Willie and Schnurrbart who was also in the 6910th.
6910’th in 1963-64 as a Morse Intercept Operator. Looking for some old buddies. Hank Pfeifer from Brooklyn, New York. Mike O’Dea and Ken Hassenbank who re-enlisted as Tech Sgt’s in 1966 from the 6937’th. Still have friends in Darmstadt. Have visited a few times. All has changed. Life is good.
To: Frank Price We went to Keesler together and then to Darmstadt. You were buddies with Hicks. another redneck. lol
to FRANK PRICE forgot to mention my email is email@example.com. trying to remember names after all these years. bill lobo, jim kooksey, olan hassenfuss, ralph bobb, bob rex, sgt. moore. I was there for 39 mos. 65-68. longest of any enlisted.
A guy I served with in Darmstadt just gave me this web site. I was there from 1964 to 1967. My MOS was 29252. I also went to Kessler and then Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo. Happy to hear from anyone I knew over there.
Chuck, we were on either Baker or Dawg flight together. I was also there from 1964 to 1967 and never left. I still live in Darmstadt.
Was a ditty bopper on Charlie from Jun 64 to Oct 66. Went 2T to 6937th to finish my tour.
From 1959 to 1961 was in Sembach, Then in 61 the 6910th moved to Darmstadt. If there is anyone that was there on “DOG” trick, why, I would like to hear from you….
X1 on dawg flight from March 64 to Feb 66 when I went 2T to Pakistan. Roomed with Tom Kocurek, Fred and Duffy. Friends with Bill Lobo, Paul Hicks, Ken Beyers and others whose names have been forgotten. Am on 6910th MyFamily web site.
I was stationed at the 6910th from Feb 61 to Nov 62 and I was assigned to Able Flight (Able Aces).
Hi, I am writing in the name of a girlfriend. She is now 54, her father was Eugene Urby (Uerby ??). He was in Darmstadt around 1958-1960 . Does somebody know how I can start my serach to help her find her rooth ??. Any comment and idea is appreciated. thank you. Martina
“google” 6910 Security Wing Darmstadt,Germany. He was at the Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne. There should be other web sites where vets can search for each other. Good Luck.
Hey let me join the crowd. I was also in Darmstadt with the 6910th from Mar 64-Jun 66 and Jul 67-Jul 70. These pictures are a great reminder of my two wonderful tours of duty in Darmstadt!
Rummelbrau, Klapperhof, Suicide Alley, The Russian Church,and the list goes on and on!!!!Bill Lobo, retired from ESC in Feb 1991
Hi, Stationed 6910th Sec. Wg. from Oct 1965 to Nov 1967. Then to Taipei Taiwan. Morse intercept opr. MOS 29231. Unable to remember which flight. Can only remember first names, Gutz, Pat, Jose, and Don.
Are any of you guys still alive?
in 6910th from 1953 to1956. people I knew Jim Swope, Woody Wood, Pulmar in motor pool.
Frank Price–U ole stump jumper from South Carolina—I worked right next to you on radios in Darmstadt—U & I were good friends with Jim Rollins from Tennessee
Mike Beeby—I was Rich Smith’s roommate when u and he rode cycles—those BMW and Hirex cycles
I was stationed at CFK in Darmstadt from march ’65 to March ’68
Went to keesler from Sept. ’64 to Feb. ’65
Some names I remember right now were:
Ralph Woods—great catcher for Johnny Ross (Pitcher from Kentucky) on the Comets championship baseball teams
Jim Rollins—another really good ballplayer
Rich Smith…my first roommate—married German gal “Trudy”
Paul Hipsley–another roomie from Baltimore
Wayne Shovelin-roomie later on—he had been at Edinburgh before base closed there
Barry Hodgson—another roomie later—he was from Calif.
Both Wayne & Barry had Porsche’s which we’d go to Ops & leave after the bus & beat the bus to work
Tom Layne from hilton, NY
Charlie Napinski—played as a punter on Rhein main football team
Charlie Reynolds (I think his name was Charlie)
Sgt. Jimmy Vincent
Ron Neurenberg—not sure of spelling last name
Jim Cooksey (or Kooksey–from around Canandaigua NY
These are only some of the guys—cain’t remember a lot of names right now but some more may come later
Any of U guys reading this from that timeframe—feel free to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t fergit the dots after jim and after the s otherwise the e-mail will come back at ya
I forgot to put in that I was in “DOG” Flight when I was at CFK from ’65-’68
Some more names I can recall:
Sgt. Smith worked in our bay under Sgt. Lee
Ernie Reynolds, not Charlie as stated earlier
Les Binkley (a pretty good lefty pitcher)
Mark Peschmann (I think that’s his last name)
Was a Morse Intercept Operator from Mar 66 thru May 68 then on to Osan Korea to the 6922nd Det. Lived at CFK in “C” flight if memory serves.
Was in Darmstadt 1962-1964. 6910th Radio group Mobile. memory not gthat great anymore. Lived off base with wife and son Mark born in Frankfort.
I was a dependent in Darmstadt from 1960 to 1963, and again from 1968 to 1969. I was in grades 1-4 and then 9th grade during those times. My father was Oliver Wickey, who was attached to 6910th, Dog Flight. He was a supervisor and I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or my parents. We lived in Lincoln Village just down the hill from CFK. DW
65-68, and I’m thinking it was baker flt, but comments from couple I know on here, Dugger and Beddis, are saying it was dog flt.
Some I remember in addition to those 2 guys
Louie Crow(just found out he died)
Married pregnant Girlfriend and Shepard still fightn WWII so lost clearance and got out after 8.
LOVED our work/our mission.
Retired, married to young Filipino, andwe have little boy, living in Cebu Philippines for last 4 years.
Lots of Germans in this area, but no food like the Klapperkerhoff(?)
Would love to hear from anyone.
re: Ed Cabaniss’ comment above, I was on Dog 6/62-9/63 then Easy Flight ’til 6/64 then 2T Shemya.
I worked for Ernie Gould, until I didn’t – long story.
Went to 202 tech school with Harold
About four years ago (2010) I heard Ernie was alive and well in San Antonio, no word on Harold.
was a morse intercept operator in Darmstadt from 1962-1965
Station 6910th from 62-65 was on Charlie Flt.
Worked in Comm Center. Played baseball for comets under Johnny Ross. Work with one of people on your comment list(Jim Farris)
i was stationed at 6910th feb 64 till may 1966 on charlie flight.played quarterback for charlie flight on flag football team and softball and volleyball team. also bowled on the bowling team. my sup was ssgt perris great guy. love to hear from any the guys on charlie flight. now living in north carolina, retired but working at a golf course 3 days a week.
Sam Hargrave, and Jim Scheid I know several of the names both of you mentioned. I played for the Comets in 1961 and 1962. Johnny Ross arrived a few days shy of being legal to play in the GSD and USAFE playofs in 1962.
I am in contact with Johnny Ross and Jim Rollins, I have a cd on the Comets from 1950’s to 1970’s many photos and many articles from the Stars and Stripes clippings that Johnny Ross’s scrapbooks had in it.
Johnny Ross, and Jim Rollins both live in San Angelo, Tx.
Charlie Church Able flight 1960 to 1963.
Hey guys, I went to Keesler in 1960 and then to Darmstadt. Came back to states in April 1963. I was a 202. Sure would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Thanks Allen (Micky)
Hey Guys, I went to Keesler in March 1960 and then to Darmstadt. I was a 202 in Able Flight. Came back to states in April 1963. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Thanks, Allen
Actually went to Keesler in Sept. 1959 and then to Sembach Air Base near Kaizerslaughtern, and then to Darmstadt in 1961. I was a 202. Able flight 6910th. Would enjoy hearing from anyone who remembers me. thanks, Allen
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Was stationed with the 6910th Security Wing in Darmstadt from 1966-1969, Baker Flight (Baker Burds.) Great place, great time and a great group of guys. Czech linquist.
What’s up, always i used to check web site posts here
early in the morning, because i enjoy to find out more and more.
Looking for Mike Rivers 1963/66. Mechanic at Darmstadt 6910th.
I still have your beer steins.
After language training at Syracuse, I was in Darmstadt from Feb 1961 until Aug 1964. Served as a Russian 20331 on Able Flight. Spent some of my time helping to build the huge shelter at the picnic field (?south of ops?).Send me a note if any of this rings a bell…..
I didn’t include my e-mail address in my comment:
HI, I WAS 29251 AT DARMSTADT FROM APRIL 1960 TO APRIL 1963–ABLE FLIGHT.
Morse Intercept operator, Charlie flight from mid 1965 to 1967. Got married, lost clearance but have gone back to Germany several times. The operations site is still there being used for something out of Wesbaden.
Follow-up — not really sure about the Charlie Flight.
After language training at Syracuse I was a 203 on Baker Flight from 1970 – 1972. I lived in Griesheim. Other 203s I knew were Bob Dolark, Mike Watson, Dennis Nevile, Dennis Reimer, Bruce Richardson, John Tyndall, Larry Passarini, Lou Shilaki, and Ron Demkowski. Can’t remember anyone else right now. If any of you guys are still around, give me a holler.
My husband, Bruce Goins, was in Darmstadt from 1960 to about 1963. He was in the USAFSS with the 6910th and also played baseball with the Darmstadt Comets. He died early last year, but always so fondly of his time there and all of the guys. Recently my granddaughter wrote a paper about his time in the military. I was the one that had to be interviewed. It brought back some great memories for me.
203 Baker flight 64-67. Ken Kolhmeier already mentioned some of us that ran around together. Remember Gerald Kidder, Don Withworth and a few other that I would like to locate. Ed Savage and George Butler both 203’s. Don Withworth happened to have married a girl that I went to school with. He later became the Editor of the Lakeland Ledger in Lakeland Florida. Should have known Ralph Ferguson, but don’t remember the name. There was Sterbanz that was the Polish 203.
I was on Dawg from 5/68 to 11/69 when I got orders for flight status Vietnam. I wasn’t supposed to go, but Randy (I think his last name is Steele) got orders and freaked because his wife had just become pregnant. We went to Col. Davidson and he let us switch.
Names I remember
Paul Paiva (we’re still in touch)
CB “Crazy Brady”
Milo K Sanders (this idiot got me busted a week before I left for Vietnam for not getting a haircut on a Monday, when barbers are closed. I don’t know why, but he didn’t like me)
Dave Pizarz or Pisarz (from New York; enjoyed Scotch and Fresca)
Jim Paul from North or South Carolina or Virginia. He may have married a local girl around ’70 or so)
Marty Roush from San Diego area
“Hungry” Henry Fowler from New England
Tom Leyden from Chicago
Andrew “Andy” Anderson, or “en” ending
Ron Boaz, married and lived off base
Roland Curtis, from Grant’s Pass, Oregon, as I recall
Wayne “Oink” Johnson
“Pops” Peterson. The “Pops” stood for “Pass Out Peterson.” He transferred to the 6910 from Pakistan.
Of course, Jim Trozzo, who I usually see at the 6994th Security Squadron’s annual reunions and we trade names
The AP at the gate was usually Steve Michalucheck, or something like that
Larry Giles, he was also at the 6994th. I swear he was at the 6910 on Dawg.
Mike Conner, of course, how could I forget Mike. I visited his grave. He’s is interred at Woodhaven Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee. I’ll always miss you, Mike.
Nick the Greek, always wore black and dark glasses and boasted of having over 52 hours of Frank Sinatra on his reel to reel tape deck.
We also had a mission supe with the rank of Msgt. He was a tall African-American. I can’t remember his name, but all the time someone had a question, we would have to ask him and he’d reply, “Hmmm, let’s see what da MIP say.” Gosh, he was funny.
I would really like to get in touch with Randy (Steele?) whose orders I got for flight status Vietnam (6994th Scty Sq.) so he could stay in Germany with his pregnant wife.
We were in Darmstadt 61-64, dad was NCOIC Charlie flight “Big Ed”. I married Paul Bellerose who was 202 61- 63. Fond memories reading these posts…
Judy Goins, I have a baseball signed by your husband & teammates- we kids used shank foul balls at all the games. I would love to get it to you. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I was a member of Delta flight from November 1963 until August 1966. I worked as a radio intercept analyst and am looking for members of this unit.
I was stationed at Sembach with the 6910th RGM from Oct 1958 to July 1961. I would be interested to hear from anybody that I might have worked with during that time.
Judy Goins, I was very good friends with Bruce. We were on same flight at Sembach as well as Darmstadt.we both played sports, me basketball and softball.. bruce was a wonderful friend and i was so sorry to hear of his passing. I was from Ky and currently live in Ga. I even have a picture of Bruce and friends in barracks at Sembach. I can be reached at
Was stationed with the 10th for 2 tours, ’62-’66 and ’69-’74. Moved with the 10th to Augsburg, from there to Karamursel. Had 18yrs overseas duty with USAFSS. Enjoyed it all, retired @ George AFB, Calif in ’80. Moved to San Diego, 2nd career with U.of Cal. S.D. and retired 2nd time in ’99.
Would be nice to hear from anyone who might remember me.
I found this site about a month ago. I was stationed in Darmstadt from 63 to 65 and then 2T to Pakistan until October of 1966. I was on dog flt. In Germany and on Charlie in Pakistan and was a morse intercept Opre…And now for the good part, Joe Ferrara, I was one of your roommates for those two years, and boy that was hellava two years with the things we did!! 50years is a long time,but hey,they were good times. Till later, Rich Thomas….
This comment is for Jerry Henley,….. Did you receive pewter lid steins for your company? I went to a garage sale and bought a stein with Jerry on the front. If you hold up to the light there’s a lady that shines through the bottom. Just curious if you want it back?????
To Joe Ferrara. I came in May of 65 and you trained me on the nav desk. You were one crazy guy as I remember
I was a ditty-bopper at the 6910th from July 65-August 67. My nickname was Bop and I hung-out a lot at the EM club on the kasern. I’m looking for Mike Styles, Emery Yawn, Dennis Terriault, John Quinnones, Nick Poupodoupolis or any of those guys from Able Flight. e-mail: email@example.com
I was an x2 on Dawg Flight at the 6910th from Dec. ’68 thru Feb. ’72. 2 weeks after I got married, I got orders to go, unaccompanied, to the 6922 — but Sgt. Rudy Gyngard helped me to stay in Darmstadt for my full 39 months. My flight commander was Capt. John Berry, I’m pretty sure. And Beau Cheatem (sp?), an analyst, arranged great holiday parties, financed by ‘company store’ profits. (My position was 20 pounds too close to the store.) We also had someone (Brady?) who arranged trips to Paris and Keukenhof (sp?)
Probably don’t know any of you unless you were stationed with the 6910th. again between 1970 & 1973. We were in Darmstadt my first year or two in Germany then the unit was tranferred to Augsburgh, near Munich, Germany. We were in Augsburgh during the 1972 Munich summer olympics, and the olympic kayak races were held in Augsburgh. In Darmstadt I was a regular customer of “Relais 63” & a member of the Darmstadt rod & gun club.
Joe Ferrara—-I think I remember you—-were you a rehead guy?
Some more names I think I can place faces (just from reading some of these posts:
Nick “the Greek” who wore black & sunglasses–I think his last name was “Zeckos” & I think he was from NYC–not sure
Andy Anderson..I think he played shortstop on the Comets ball team & if this is him, he went to berlin on a ball game trip & stood on top of THE WALL
Crash Carter now I think I remember—he got the nickname “Crash” cuz he smashed up his VW (I think)
Thanks to Tom Hutchings for the list of names so I could remember some of them—I left Darmstadt before you got there
Charlie Church: Thanx for the info re: Johnny Ross & Jim Rollins…..as best as I can remember, Jim was from Tennessee and his wife was from San Angelo & Jim was stationed in Japan (Misawa, I think) before coming to Darmstadt. If ya want to, contact Jim Rollins & see if he remembers me & let him know of this site. Johnny Ross probably would not know me as he was on Easy ofr fox flight
I was never a redhead. “Toehead” as a kid and hair gradually changed from, blond, to dirty blonde, to sandy, lt brown, brown, gray & now white (what’s left of it). Had a short, blond haired devout Mormon as a boss on Dawg flight, think his first name was Paul. My memory was never very good and it’s getting worse all the time. Can’t remember which names are from the 6921st. & which from the 6910th. Do remember one guy I knew from both places, Denny Zamzow. He got lucky & was able to get a transfer back to Misawa when there was an X2 shortage there. I wanted to go back to Misawa, but couldn’t because I’d traded an assignment to Turkey with a guy I worked with. Col. Kelly?/Kelley? was group commander when I left Germany. My buddy from Japan, Jerry Yeager was a 702 in Germany as well. I spent a short time working in the Sports Equipment section, but can’t remember the name of my boss. A thin, short haired married guy who wore glasses, think he owned a VW camper. I had a red car made in England. Can’t remember the brand name but think it was made by the English Chrysler Co. Everyone who saw my car thought it was a Barracuda, but it wasn’t.
I was on Dog flight from 1963-1966. Our flight officer was Lt. Chuck Dobbins and our NCOIC was Master Sergeant William Morrell.
I worked with:
Bob Burns, William Clarence Guckert III, Bob Garrett, Eldon Manchester, Henry Carder, Al Gotto, Ed Frank Jr., and Jim Pechier. All 292X2’s.
I vividly remember my first day when Bob Burns snatched my brand-new, Delta Flight green baseball cap from my head, punched a hole in the bill and said, “Now, you’re no longer a Jeep” a new guy.
I hung out at the Grohe Brauerei on Nieder-Ramstädter Straße and got to know a lot of German friends. I took German lessons and got so that I could get around fairly well. I returned after my discharge and worked in Darmstadt and Frankfurt.
It was the best years of my life
I see the pictures and videos of the now abandoned Cambrai-Fritsch-Kaserne and it makes me sad.
Was at the 6910 1964 thru 1966. Was on both Carley and Baker flights. remember names like Roy Einer, Houdy Miller, Frank Bogus, Tom Miller Ear McCoy, Phungstadter Beer, sand lots of it. Was the best time of my life
Did you know Harvey Nakamira on Charlie flight? I was on Dog, and we used to cover for each other when we went on leave.
My brother Marty Roush was stationed with the 6910th Security Wing in the mid-late 1960s. Anyone that remembers him and would like to share what you remember, please contact me. He died in 1982.
Jerry Flynn, I think that I remember you from Goodfellow AFB. I remember your buddy Bogus also.
My time at Darmstadt remains the best years of my life.
I’ve been looking for Marty off and on over the past 15 or so years, since the Internet has been popular. Marty and I were at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS, from Oct ’67 to Mar ’68, and went to the 6910 together, arriving May ’68. We were roommates for awhile. There’s so much I can write, but it’s better if you email me at tsn_saltydog (at) yahoo.com. I look forward to your email.
I’m sorry to hear that Marty died in ’82. Please contact me.
Tom Hutchings and I first met at the recruitment center in Whittier, CA. We were then sent to the same locations and flights all the way until he went to Viet Nam. I remember Marty from Tech Training School at Keesler AFB, Miss. and then in Germany, he was Tom’s roommate. Marty and I became close, especially after Tom left. I owned a 1969 BSA 650cc Lightning. Tom owned a BSA Thunderbolt (I think) and Marty bought a BSA firebird. We all had some great times in Europe. I remember Marty as a very intelligent, very personable guy. He as a good friend and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to connect with him again. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jerry Flynn – If you can find the time, email me at email@example.com.
I have a question from our time at Goodfellow AFB, 51 years ago.
Hey Jerry Flynn, been looking for you for 48 years,where are you? my email is einer67 @gmail.com,
was on able fligth form aug 65 to june 67, than to vietanm, hope to hear from anyone on able flight
My dad, Lee (or Leroy) Bentz was stationed at Darmstadt from July 1966 to July 1977. I’m looking for any memories, pictures, anything really. He passed 20 years ago and I’m realizing how I knew little of his time in the AF and would love some stories to tell my girls. If you remember him, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
A few more things have come back to me. As mentioned before was an X2 on Dawg flight from 1970 to 1973. My Mormon boss on NMSD was Paul Blood. Think my NCOIC was TSgt Britt and later a MSgt Dixon. Was in the 6910th. in both Darmstadt and Augsburgh. My buddy, Jerry Yeager and his family lived on the economy in a city? named Pfungstadt outside Darmstsdt that produced Pfungstater Beer. Until I got to Germany I thought Lowenbrau was a German national beer like our U.S. Budweiser. Wasn’t till I moved to Augsburgh that I learned that Lowenbrau was a local Munchen (Munich) beer. Pfungstater, Lowenbrau, Spater all delicious German beers. Had a girlfriend in Darmstadt named Ushi ?? who I heard had been Sgt. Britt’s girlfriend before me. When I flew back to the U.S. for discharge I saw Ushi at Frankfurt Airport where she was employed at the time.
Was stationed with the 6910th from Feb ’70 to Aug ’71. Humanitarian reassignment to Big Daddy because my Mom was real sick. A Baker Burd 202. Went by the name Griff, mostly..
I was a motorcyclist and Russian 203 from around April of 1963 through January of 1965 – got surplussed to TAC and was at the 497th RTS in Wiesbaden/Schierstein until July of 1965. Was separeted in Wiesbaden, moved back to Darmstadt, and returned to ZI in May of 1966.
I was a 203 on Baker Flt from 64 until April 67. There are two guys I would like to find. One was Ed Savage. He was a 203 and they put him on the tape punching machines. Don’t think he enjoyed his USAF time. The other is George Butler also a 203 that went 2T to Turkey. He was from GA. Came back to visit in Darmstadt on leave from Turkey and never heard from again. Don’t know if he stayed in or not. Both of these guys were on Baker Flt.
I was a 203 on Baker flight from 1970-1972.
I don’t know either guy, but glad us Burds are
Are still flying.
Hi, I am writing in the name of my mum. She is now 48, her father was Charles Hunt. He was in Darmstadt around 1967 – 1969. Does somebody know how I can start my serach to help her find her rooth ??. Any comment and idea is appreciated. thank you. – Marcel
I guess that is “Roots” that you want to find. Try Family Search.org.
Was stationed 6910th Security Wing 1964-1965 Air Police with Ray Berthelot . Had good times there.
I was stationed at the 6910 Security Wing in Darmstadt, Germany, from May ’68 to November ’69. I had taken another airman’s orders for flight status to the 6994th Security Squadron, Vietnam. At the time, the airman said his wife was pregnant and he was concerned about going. One night on a mid-shift when he said that, I told him, “I’ll go.” His name was Randy, but over the years, I couldn’t remember his last name. I always wondered how his life turned out.
I had a psychologist friend, a Doctor of Philosophy, who also does hypnosis, help me to remember Randy’s last name. After a session, I came up with the name “Steele.” I wasn’t quite 100% sure, but it was close and I felt nearly comfortable.
I had been looking for Randy for a long time. I found the Air Force Basic Military Training photos website and went through two full years of Lackland AFB and Amarillo AFB basic training flight photos. I didn’t have much luck. Then, around June 2015, I found the Morse Intercept Operator Course graduation photos dating back to the 1950s at http://www.mio-classpictures.com.
After trying to calculate when Randy would have graduated from Keesler, I started focusing on late 1966, going into Summer 1967. Finally, there was a face I recognized, as I had never forgotten what Randy looked like. I found the photo of class 17057, graduation date of 8/15/67, and he was far left, first row. However, I was disappointed because the photo was at a low resolution, and his name tag unreadable. Even with help from an expert, at magnification, the photo was pixelated.
Since I had already uploaded my class photo to Marritt “Red” Barthel, I contacted him to help. He was able to send me the email address of the photo’s contributor, Len Llapitan. Fortunately, Len replied within a couple of hours (I suppose it’s nice that most of us are now retired), and identified my “usual suspect” as Randy Stell of Oklahoma (Stell is close to the hypnotic result of Steele).
Now, like me, I’ve known others who have strayed far from their home of record in the ‘60s and are living in other states, or in some cases, sadly passed away years ago. I’m thinking specifically of Marty Roush who was in my MIO class and my roommate in Darmstadt, but passed away in 1982. There’s a good friend of mine in the 6994th who grew up in North Carolina, but went to Arizona after he left Vietnam. So, what would be the odds Randy would still be in Oklahoma? Pretty frickin’ good, I might say.
Over the Labor Day weekend of 2015, I called a phone number I was able to locate online in the Tulsa suburbs. A lady answered and said Randy wasn’t there, but she’d give him the message I called. I asked her if this was the same Randy Stell who served in the Air Force in Germany in the late 1960s. She said she thought so, but wasn’t sure.
On Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, Randy called. It was him!!! I was so elated at being able to hear his voice and reconnect with someone whose life had been intertwined with mine since that day I said, “I’ll go.”
We shared briefly the story of our lives and chatted for about 50 minutes. We’ve emailed back and forth since, and are trying to get together sometime. St. Louis, MO, is halfway for the two of us, so we’re going to try and meet there, if schedules permit.
So, here’s a happy ending to my queries I’ve been leaving like crumbs along a trail, hoping Randy would find them and contact me. Fortunately, older men’s memories are sometimes still pretty good, and I thank Len Llapitan for remembering Randy’s last name and his home of record state. I’m grateful for Red who maintains a website that helped with finding Randy. I’m also thankful for having a memory that retained Randy’s face when we were friends on Dog Flight at the 6910th Security Wing.
Len also had orders for Vietnam, but a guy named Joe Goerlach from Able Flight, 6910th Security Wing, took his orders. It’d be nice for them to get together.
Roger Fowler, whom I nicknamed “Hostile Henry” so many years ago, took the orders for Vietnam from Ron Boaz. Ron was also married and on Dog Flight.
I fantasize how nice it would be if all six (6) of us could get together and discuss the cause and effect of our decisions so many years ago. That would be a fascinating reunion.
You had a long and arduous search and in the end got lucky, congratulations to you.
During my time in the 6921st S.W. at Misawa, Japan I met a real “card” named Jerry Yeager. Jerry was single at the time and a real “boozer”. I was in Misawa from 1966 to 1970, don’t remember the years Jerry was there, but know he left before I did. I wanted to see Germany and Europe at govt. expense, so I took a GRA to Germany and was sent to Darmstadt and the 6910th S.G. Who should I bump into there but Jerry, married and with a beautiful stepdaughter. We traveled all over Germany together, castles were our thing. Jerry knew that I really wanted to get back to Japan and being originally from Kansas he suggested I go to KU (Kansas University) and study about things Japanese, which I did. In 1978 I went to Japan as a KU exchange student and in 1979 started living in Japan and teaching conversational English at a language school. A Japanese girlfriend and I went to Kansas to visit Jerry and his first wife Carol. Always thought Jerry regretted not traveling while he was stationed in Japan, so I used my FF miles to bring him to Sapporo, Japan where I was living, and we spent 10 days traveling in Hokkaido together. Carol died of a heart attack, JP remarried and moved to Utah and I went to Utah to visit JP and his new wife, Linda, in 2012. They insisted that I move back to the States and live with them, which I did in 2014. Because of some family issues I only lived with them from Feb. to May 2014 when I moved back to my hometown of Syracuse, NY, but we are still best friends. We talk on the phone, exchange e-mails and photos, etc. As one military lady once told me “A military bond of friendship is even stronger than family ties.”, and she was absolutely right. Whether you were stationed together in combat or non-combat you experienced things together that no one who has never been in the military can understand. I went to a “Misawa Reunion 2015” in Columbus, OH this June and seeing “old friends” from yesteryear brought tears to my eyes but a strong beat to my heart. Military friendships, no other relationships come even close!
Was Y203 — RadioPrinter at Darmstadt 1959-1961. Came there about same time as large group arrived from Shiroi, Japan. Only had to have short time left in service to make move. Many were there for only a few months before their enlistments ran out. Played basketball on Easy trick for SMS Barrens and on 6910th team in AF tourney. Short run.
To Mike Pirnat. I was a CZ 203 linguist in Darmstadt from 71-72, the sent to Rimbach. Ron Demkowski lives in FL and is my youngest son’s godfather. Hope you see this.
I was stationed in Darmstadt with the 6910th RGM from 1959-1963. I played basketball for the Comets. Pop D’ARCY was the coach.
I would love to get contact with all the team!
I WAS STATIONED 8TH RADIO SQD 1950
THEN WAS TRANSFERD TO 6910TH SEC SERVICE IN LANDSBURG GERMANY.CAME HOME 1953 WE WERE THERE AT THE BEST OF TIMES.VISITED 15 COUNTRY’S
WHILE IN EUROPE.
STAFF SGT JOSEPH SUNSERI
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