Morse Intercept Operator
6927th Radio Squadron Mobile
Onna Point, Okinawa
Aug 1959 to Feb 1963
Below are images and military documents for this period of time:
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I never had the urge to trash a Royal typewriter but Underwood was a whole new story.
I didn’t get there until January ’61. so, I must have just missed you. I was in aisle 3 the whole time I was there. From assigned copy to GS. After I made controller of the section. I worked with the analysts quite often. Seems like I can see some of their features, but I can’t remember any names back there.
Does anyone remember the disparity we faced while at the 6927th RSM as I do. We were ineligible for proficiency pay while Army, Navy, and Marine ditty boppers received it while on Okinawa. We were labeled as part of the Communications service of the USAF. I thought each payday of what I could do with an extra $30 bucks. Also remember having to line up (sit in) the movie theater while being paid in cash once each month in alphabetic order. By the time my name came up, some of the guys were already broke from having to pay off ‘payday loans’ with extra incentive included. Some would be outside trying to get new loans just to be able to survive til the next payday. Boy oh boy, funny how some memories come flooding back!!!
Take a look at web site 6927.53merc.com. It is a brief history of 6927th from a Detachment in 1953 to its deactivation in March 1071. Along the way it was upgraded into a Group designation in 1965. It also has connections to other web sites of possible interest.
Sorry, To maintain political correctness I should have addressed my previous comment to People!!! Later on in the USAFSS life span, women were allowed to be assigned to the security service.
OH HOW WELL I REMEMBER STANDING IN LINE OUTSIDE IN THE HEAT OF THE NOON TIME SUN. I WAS ALWAYS PAID IN U.S. DOLLARS. SCRIPT HAD BEEN IN EFFECT WAY BEFORE I ARRIVED IN MARCH OF ’59 !!
THE FACT ABOUT US NOT RECEIVING “PRO-PAY” CHAPPED MY BUNS. NOT ONLY THAT; THE AIR FORCE OVERALL DID NOT PROMOTE US NEARLY AS FAST AS MY U.S. NAVY PARTNERS THAT HELD THE EXACT SAME TYPE OF WORK. I WORKED IN THE COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALTY WHILE SERVING 4 YEARS ON-BOARD OF THE SSN SARDA, SUBMARINE FROM ’56 TIL ’58
D Flight, 6927th, 1965
D Flight, 6927th, 1965
“Dog” Flight at 6927th, Onna Point, Okinawa. List of names shown in the comments section shown beneath the photo.
Place Taken: Onna Point
Date Taken: late summer 1965
Owner: Stanley Strope
over 3 years ago by Stanley Strope Feb64-Oct68 292, Okinawa, Goodfellow, Offut
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Names for picture of 6927th Onna Point personnel
First row, left to right: Mike Stellato, Jim Stenger, SSgt Hank Smalls,
SSgt Glennon or Glendon Wilson, Tsgt Wayne Hoyle Manke, Lt. Christie, Tsgt Tom Ryan, Tsgt Charles Brooks, SSgt Roosevelt Henderson, Bill Barnett, Milton Perkins.
Second Row: Pete Rodriguez, Bill Helms, “Muff” Marten, ____ Perry, _____ ____, Stan Strope, Tim Finn, David Miller, Roger Parrish, Bill Guidry.
Third row: Warren Mason, Robert Hall, “Dunc” Duncan, Alfred Peele, David Florea, Robert Kitwell Adams (R.K. Adams), Ronald Noble, Art Campbell, James T. Bailey.
Fourth row: Ron Bryant, Percy Edward Dorsey, Bill Coberly, ____ Haines,
Curtis “Barney” Thorkelsen, Hiram G. “Gil” Waddy, Gene Ringette, Bob Makoid
Fifth row: Dick Loker, William Dean “Dean” Brand, Daniel L. Smith, Dave Harthcock, Robert W. “Bob” Barnes, _____ Luschbaugh, _____ Vanderburg,
Michael L. “Mike” Roberson, Donald V. Anderson
Sixth row: Jim Laverty, James J. (“Jim” or J.J.) Litwin, William Tuell, Rodney Varner, Henry Gurley, James “Stew” Stewart, Lou Betts, Robert Swayne.
Seventh row: Bill Collins, Joe Cassell, Bill Hardesty, Ed Thurman,
Thomas “T.K.” Swartz, John Jolly, Barry Dow
Picture taken late summer 1965
I tried to post the picture and the list of names but the picture didnt post. I sent this to Billy Drake via email. If you want a copy via email, just let me know. I am at firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems I can’t recognize any of the names. Based on the time frame, all came much after i left in June ’63.
I also remember being outside in paylines during the heat. At least until they completed the movie theater. Then we were allowed to sit in there while waiting. After awhile, they would even turn the air conditioner on but not initially.
DEAR BROTHER JIM WILKERSON, DO YOU RE-CALL THE 1st SGT CONDUCTING HIS LITTLE “BITCH SESSION” ONCE WE HAD THE THEATER BEING PAID THEN ALL OF US WOULD SIT DOWN AND EXPRESS OUR LIKES & DISLIKES? WELL IT WAS IN ONE OF THE FIRST OF THOSE SESSIONS THAT I STOOD UP AND USED A LOT OF FOUL LANGUAGE ABOUT A FEW THINGS THAT I DIDN’T LIKE. HE LET ME RAMBLE ON UNTIL I WAS FINISHED. IT WAS AT THAT POINT HE SPOKE DIRECTLY TO ME TO GO TO HIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY. I DID JUST THAT AND WHEN HE CAME IN AND SHUT THE DOOR, I GOT ONE OF THE WORST ASS-CHEWING EVER IN MY LIFE, CERTAINLY ONE THAT I HONESTLY DESERVED BUT EVEN AT THIS POINT IN MY POST-CAREER LIFE & EXPERIENCES SERVING 99% AS A LEADER ON ANY PROJECTS THAT I WORKED ON RIGHT UP UNTIL I RETIRED MEDICALLY IN 1998. THINKS FOR ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS AND OTHER BROTHER THAN HAVE RESPONDED TO ME ON ALL OF MY POSTINGS.
It seems I do remember some kind of ‘bitch session’ though not as fresh as you. I was probably so new, I just kept my mouth shut so as not to let anyone know I was there. Seems ‘chicken’ now but not then. Keep on keeping on, brother.
Time at Ona Point 9/57 to 3/60 Morse Intercept Op. There were reunions in New Orleans 15 years ago, but never made one.
I was in onna point from Jan. 3 1963 to may 27 1964. I was a ditty bopper and I think I was in baker squad. I am not sure of that.
Also spent 52 days in taiwan on tdy assignment just before returning to usa.
Was stationed at Onna Point ’58 0r “59. Been along time ago. Was Comm. Construction with not much to do so out of boredom ask and was given a xfer to AACS at Kadena AFB. Great duty for a FO but couldn’t stand the boredom and besides that it was a long way from town. Airmen Pop and Bender were my entire crew and they were like herding cats. Don’t even remember the name of the T/Sgt I worked for. worked for.
I arrived at Onna Point in July of 1962 as a ditty bopper on “A” Flight and left in January of 1964 to go 2T to Crete. I guess you were at Kadena by the time I got to Onna Point.
I was at kessler afb with a james wilkerson. Are you from beaumont,tx?
Looks like we are getting old and dropping out or off. Haven’t seen any new comments except for Johnny Robinson (sorry, that is how I remember U). Most of what I hear lately is that the locals want all military removed from the island to get their property back. Phiul Huilton, you still out there. Haven’t heard from U in awhile. Keep on keeping on people (political version of guys).
Yes, John, if you are from China, TX. U also were on Able trick while I was sent to Dog. Where are U? I’m living in Arlington, Tx. It’s great to hear from U. Please respond. Sending same message as it appears the original one did not go through all the way.
I arrived at the 6927th in May of 1957 and left in Jan of 1959, took me a month to get a seat going back to the land of the big PX. From there I went to the 6952nd in Scotland to finish my enlistment. In Aug 1956 to Aug 1960..Fun times really…Sully
I forgot, we played a lot of football on the Island in interservice teams, came in 2nd..Used the old duce and a half to get down to Kadina..All pay was in script at that time…..Sully
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