6931st Security Group
Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece
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I was in Crete from 1968 – 1972 as a linguist.
Greg, that’s about the time we were there. I remember living offbase close to a bakery and a woodshop.
I was station on Crete for 6 years,1963 to 65 and 1966 to 70.Been back 3 times.Loved it back then and still do now.
Served as PMEL support outside the compound at IAS Crete. 1975 to 1976 only in the compound twice to work on electronic equipment. It was not until joining the cretestock group on Yahoo.com that I became aware of how much information was gleaned from our Silent Warriors. Great web site!
My dad, the SSgt Jimmy A Coley was stationed at Irakilion from 1970-72 in the 6931st SS.. We lived off base for ayear and then moved into the “new” base housing. I attended the elementary school onbase (Kearns) for 3rd and 4th grades. My dad retired out of Keesler in 1982 to Georgia. I am just now finding out about what it was my dad REALLY did all those years in the USAFSS
Teri, sounds like you and I had similiar circumstances. My dad, MSgt Edward Kephart was stationed at Iraklion AS from 1970-1972 in the 6931st SS. We also lived off base in Iraklion for a few months prior to moving into the new base housing. We lived in quarters 812C. I attended Kearns for the 2nd & 3rd grades, seems like my teachers name was Ms. Forsythe. So we were classmates! The main things I remember was living close to the beach, eating coffee ice cream, the bowling alley, playing baseball, going to the movies, eating souvlaki’s in downtown Iraklion, and picking fresh grapes from the locals. I also remember visiting the ruins of Knossus palace. It was the best place to live, and I hope to go back someday and visit.
At the 6931st from Feb. of 1964 to Aug. of 1965. Anybody remember SSGT Edward G. Frankenstein? No joke, his real name! Or TSGT Thuot or TSGT Herridge?
I was a 292×1 stationed there from Feb 67 to Aug 68. I really enjoyed by time there. Especially the two summers. Went back in April 08 with my wife, son & daughter-inlaw. Was a thrill to be back again. Wow, have things ever changed. Most of the old buildings have been trashed since the closing in 93. Malia was almost recognizable. St. Nick’s has really grown, but the little beach we used to visit is virtually the same. I would love to hear from some old friends from those times. Would love reunion.
Hi! I just wanted you to know that I am on Crete at this very moment (Aug. 6, 2009). I arrived here on Aug. 2, 2009, and will be here until Oct. 31, 2009! Can you tell that I love Crete? I stayed here last year for 3 months as well – for all of May, June and July. I already have plans in the making to return here next year for another 3 months! I think I am addicted to Crete! Well, at least that isn’t against the law! Vist my blog at http://www.bobscretanadventure.blogspot.com to see what I am up to! Take care and stay well.
My father, Lou Hansen, was stationed there in 1964-1966ish. 6931st SG. He is still alive and well. Anyone work with him?
CPT Niels Hansen
Last comment was from my son Niels. I was at Iraklion from June 65 to Dec 66. Linguist. Anyone there around66 remember the phrase Allison Wonderland, (Base cmdr Herbert Allison)? Aerial photos of Crete sure make it seem like a changed place. Lou Hansen USAFSS
I was stationed on Crete from Aug 67 to April 69. I was a “ditty-bop” on Able Flt. Great place to be. I envy Bob Armistead’s 3 month visit and enjoy reading his blog posts. Check it out.
Was assigned to Crete beginning in 1971, played a whole of softball, volleyball,etc.. Compared to Clark AFB, Crete was a Country Club. Had a terrific time there, met a great deal of really good people that had a lot of fun after our work was done. Greece is a special place on this earth, and lately it’s been on my mind due to John Payne’s passing and all of the correspondence surrounding it, starting with Arthur Sharon.
Anyone reading this, hope you are well and enjoying life. Me, I’m in the Pacific NW, amidst weather that’s bordering on winter conditions, wet and windy, no snow yet.
I was stationed on Crete from may 1967 until October 1968. I believe I do remember Butch Kuykendall. Does anyone remember james Prince from Louisana. He owned a new MGB convertible. I coached little league baseball and also played on the softball and basketball team. Colonel Kozina was our base commander and I remember playing basketball with Captain Gunkel and Mike Halterman. I would love to hear from anyone who was there at the same time.
I was stationed at the 6931st from December 1968 through March of 1973 as a 292 on Baker Flt.We had several flt commanders during that time. I remember Lt. Leveque, Lt. Jeffrey Blair and Lt. Charlie Jordan.It was a great assignment!
My wife, daughter, and I were there from 1963-1964 (our son was born while we were there, but they shipped his mamma down to Tripoli to giver birth). I was a 702×0 on Baker Flight (an eternal E4).
I’m very interested in contacting other people we might know from there – particularly a Stanley Gilliett or family.
I was stationed at the 6931st from July 4,1963 until Sept 30,1964. I was a 29252 on Baker flt living in Barracks 304. I have placed many pix on various sites in the hopes that someone will see some people they know and contact me. Any ifo you have would be appreciated. I will never forget the work, the people, and the beauty of Crete.
Was on Crete (the rock) 1966 – 68
Worked on D and E flights as a ditty chaser – have alot of fond memories of Crete – hard to believe it is no longer there – I remember riding around in a 1961 rambler with a rag for a gas cap. OYZO and apples went well together.
MY father was Tech-sgt Jesse Miller. We lived on Crete from March 1967 to July 1969. I admit I was the cause for our transferring back to Ft. Meade, MD. I was going into 9th grade and my parents didn’t think I would have survived Ankara. We all loved that place. I still have a copy of the little black and white getting to know Iraklion AFB booklet. Very cool to look through.
Stumbling on this site brought back a lot of fond memories. I was an X1 on baker flight 1971-74. Married my lovely wife 39 years ago there (can honestly say my marriage license is all Greek to me)and my first born (a son) arrived a few months before my discharge. Still use the high speed rack skills I acquired for ham radio cw contests. Our closest friends are still those we developed during our 3+ year stay. Haven’t been back but I sure would like to some day.
Butch and I were room mates. I was the one with the White Triumph TR4A that I purchased from an officer on the base. Served Feb 67 to Aug 68 same as Butch. Went back last week. Sad condition of the base. Have some great pictures of 42 years ago and now of the base. Will see if I can add them to the Wikipedia site for Iraklion Air Station.
I was a 202 on Able flight from March 1978 until March 1980. Wanting to hear from anyone that remembers me or was just stationed there at the same time I was. Things about me that might jog your memory: Blond, Blue eyes, Glasses. Had 650 Yamaha motorcyle, traded for VW Bug. Crashed Bug into olive tree about 100 yards from front gate. Fell off 40 foot cliff while holding Conan King. Roy King’s son. Spent about nine days in the clinic. Worked in the S&W center with George Larson, Karan Hamel, Dave Hussey, Rayfo Smith, and others that I can’t remember the names of but I do remember them and their faces.
We were in Crete from 1970-72. My dad was SMSGT Floyd DeLashmit on the base. We lived in base housing, it was fairly new at that time. And Iraklion had no high school, they made the kids go over to Istanbul, Turkey. What a great time, and what a great place!!! I will go back someday!!
My family was on Crete from 1972 to 1976. My father, TSGT Ronald S. Gooch was in the 6931st Security Squadron (SS). Loved my time there. The ocean, the history, the whole package was so big and awesome as a child.
My father passed away a few years back and i am wondering if anyone knew him.
I was a 29251 stationed on Crete from October 1965 to August 1967. I can still copy code and recently googled the R390 and SP600 radios. They are being restored by many people around the country. If I were a “ham operator” I would love to have one. Married a girl from Crete, have been many times, and would have loved to have retired there.
I was a SSgt 292×1 on Crete, Charlie Flt. in 71-72. Some names I remember Art Sharon, John & Kathy Payne, “Hair” Simmons, “Johnny Jeep”, Ken Paling, and other faces I can picture but can’t remember the names. Greece was and is a wonderful place and I have very fond memories of being there.
I would like to hear from any of you that I worked with at that time.
I was stationed on crete 1976-1979
I was the star basketball player
for the security police as well as
the base team. If any one can
remmemeber me please send me a
e-mail. I am particulary trying to
hook up with my recking crew members fluff, dirty harry, uncle
birney, reverened leroy and last
but not least brother love.
This is robert bb black jr please
send me a e-mail or call me at
Whether u were a wrecking crew
member or not any one who could
remmember me Robert Black please
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HJ, I remember you, I was a X1 down the asile from DF (Brantley “you tired a@@”) Later on I married Kathi Tirrapelli.
I was stationed on Crete from May 1976 Until May 1977 on Able Flight
Just had a really fine conversation with Robert Black and
reminised on good time
I was a Charlie flight Arab linguist from 1987 to 1990
I was an X-2 on Baker Flight from Sept. 71 to Dec.74. Looking back it was the best times of my life, met a lot of great people. I saw Ray Linke and Eric Gunderson listed above. Ray was on my flight and Eric was a cather for Charlie flight. I played short for Baker.
Looking for Sgt. James who taught a martial arts class called Motobu Ryu in 1976-77
I was also stationed on the rock in 1976 – 78, supply. Lived on and off base, roomed with Robert Blackwell and Fred Gatto. Lived off base in Chersonosis. Hung with George Kapros and partied like a mug at Elicos.
Black I think we worked together in Supply, you may have been my sup.
Security Police from 1974-1976.
I was a 202 on Baker and Charlie Flight 1969-1971. Went to Elmendorf AFB AK in fall of 1971–100 the day I left Crete and a month later it was 15 and blizzard–and me in my summer tans.
I was at Iraklion 1979-1981. Lived in the dorm and had a place off base for awhile.
Hi, I was on IAS from 71-74 as an Arabic Linguist on Baker Flt. My nickname was Moodus, and most of my friends and aquaintances called me that. Would love to hear from anyone. Jim Bell sounder familiar.
I was on Crete 1963 – 1967 as NCOIC of Det 3, 2140 comm sq. Provided communications for the base. Was a 292×1 and cross trained to 307×0 tech controller. Worked in the pound as well as the office on the hill. Started the NCOA in 1963 or 4 and was the first commander. “Lefty” the greek bartender was a great friend of mine. He also had a bar in Herrsonnissis before u got to Malia. Went to visit him about 6 years ago and he was in the hospital in Athens. Talked to him on the phone and stayed with his sister and nephew. That was Oct and at xmas I rec’d a call that he passed away. I remember Steve who owned the butcher shop in Iraklion and where we bought our steaks and lamb chops. Want to make another trip soon./doc
I remember Eric. We played softball and football together. Also, remember John who was a cool lifer. Hated to hear about the passing of John Payne. Other friends were Hawk, Rosie, Steve Gregory, Rosie, and lots more. Also, remember Ray Linke had an oldies radio show we would listen to on one of the receivers while coping dits/dahs on the other.
I was on Crete from 1961 to 1963. I was a ditty bopper on Charlie Trick, played on the trick and base basketball teams. Would like to hear from anyone who was there from that era.
was station with 6931st transportation from 1973-1975. Bowled and played softball for the base teams. was back to greece in 2006. Looking to retire o crete in the next year.
My husband, Michael E. Brown, and I were stationed on Crete from 1972 to 1975. I remember friends by the name of Earl and Paulette Biddy from North or South Carolina and a gal named Sherry that loved cats as i did. I worked in the ceramic shop for a year or so. I lived in a new apt in Chersonosis. Does anyone remember the names of the English bands that played at the NCO club? I was good friends with them but lost touch with them over the years. I remember one lead singer was Kenny and his wife was Greek and named Rula. Another bands lead singer was Shawn. I think one of the bands was named Pandoras Box. IF anyone remembers me or my husband please write back!! Kris
This is for Ron Gooch, Jr. I was stationed with your dad at the 6910th in Darmstadt in the mid-60’s and I remember him well. I was there from Sept ’63 until Aug ’65 as the Block 5 NCOIC on D flight. I was a SSgt at the time and I think your dad was an A1C. As I remember it, our times there pretty much overlapped. He and his best friend, Ciraco (sp?), had a great time in Germany and were always up to something.
Ron Gooch, Jr.
I have a picture of your dad with his graduating class at Keesler. If you would like it, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was married to Bill Harkins, X-1 on Baker Flt 69-72. I was the youth center director on the base. I am still best friends with Maureen (Bosa) Orr. Her husband was Gordon (Buffalo) Bosa.
Hey Sandy, Pants here. Enjoyed Crete and times at the club. Hope things have been good for you.
Hi Pants! good to hear from you. Things are good, just getting old…wasn’t crete a blast????
Sandy, Crete was a blast. Seems like there was always a ballgame or a party to attend. Hey remember when you had Artie dance with my date (Cathy’s sister) because I was being an ass. lol
I was stationed at the 6931st from Sept 68-Jan72. Worked in the “POUND” as well as HQ and finished as NCOIC of PUBS/Dist. Been back several times 1985,1992 and 2003 on my my to Iraq.”Souda Bay” I sure miss the life style and all good times to be had. I have been blessed to have spent my tour there.
My first AF assignment was to Crete in 1964-1966. Best times of my life. Was on Charlie flight as a 202 in search, working for TSGT W. W. “Old Watashi” Johnson. Bought a surplus 4WD field ambulance from the NCO club and went everywhere on the island. Hung out with Al “Runt” Everette, Steve “Fearless” Leader, Rick “RO” Ott, “Beep” Bruce, and lots of other great guys. Now retired in Southern California, fooling around with old cars. Best wishes to all my old friends, hope you are doing well.
My first overseas assignment was in Crete during the 1964-66 timeframe. 29252 was my AFSC. I was selected for the 2-T Program and later assigned to Brindisi. On Crete, I was privileged to serve with Calvin Joslin, Richard ViVarito, Chuck Colley, Fred Rendon, Phillip Ramos, Chuck Varney, Fred Dinar, Foy Yocum, Wayne Dominowski and many more wonderful people. I believe Sergeant Braun was our NCOIC.
Just found this site. Was at IAS from 1962-1964 on Baker Flight as a morse intercept op. Bob Meade and Jim Lynch were two of my best buds. Bob and I both married Greek girls. I have been married now for 48 years and go back to Crete every year. Still love it after all this time. After Crete, went to SAC Hq, then to CINCPAC, Hawaii. Anyone remember them or me? tks,
looking for security service (logo) shield to transfer to a baseball hat. Statiuoned on Crete 60 to 61. We were intercept operators. My jacket says 6930 R G M. My buddy was ED MASHMAN,making the hats up for a roast at my 70th birthday party
PLEASE E MAIL SECURITY LOGO (COLOR) TO B MYERS email@example.com,
i was stationed at IAS from 1966-1968….i was in supply…..surely somebody there in that timeframe should remember barry beamer.he was in construction
i thought i knew almost everybody when i was there. guess i didnt. i played flag football for supply. remember they had a floorshow at the club….the woman selected me to go onstage….she took my shirt off and the management quickly stopped the show….man only place i ever went that i despised but fell in love with in short order..how time flys…i remember seeing the old army ambulance jim siegmund had. usta wish we had it…..if anyony thinks they remember me email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
ahhhh…memories…the 2 in house bands…1 country and a pop/rock.. 1 guy in the rock band we called him cooch…wish i could remember names. there was always a war tween the airman’s, nco and officers clubs to book them. both of them was really good. they would really rock singing…help me rhonda.i said in prior post i was in supply…..but it was really commercial transportation an arm of supply…i worked for msgt roberson great guy …made srmsgt before i left.
I was in the 6930th Dec 1960 – Nov 1962. I worked in the Com-center, I was in Able Flt. Names I remeber are: Bill Scheller, Sgt Harrison, Jim Gardner, There are more they just come to mind at this time.
I remember going in to town at nite and the base boat we had to use on diving trips,,,
Just found this site. Was at the 6931 from aug. 71 thru nov 72 as a 292×1 on Able Flight.To Kris Gutsall – Shawn was the lead singer for Pandora’s Box. Also Cathy was the female lead. The other English band was called Art Neavou I belive. don’t remember any of the bandmembers names.
I was stationed on Crete from 75-77. Ets’d there and returned to the states with a dog and girlfriend followed a few months later. Through Bobby Armistead I reconnected with John Cocuzzi who was a brief roommate of mine. If anybody remembers Maj Norman Notdurft, his wife just past away in a town a few miles from me in Oregon. I tried contacting him through the funeral home but I think he is quite caught up in grief.
Carlos we must have known each other from Elico, I still have a mug from new years ’76 party there.
I was on Crete from Jan 1963 til Jul 1966. Worked days and was a linguist-French. Wife is Sally and we lived on base and off base. Our sons were with us-Dick and Larry. Crete was one of our favorite bases in 20 yrs career. Served with many good people.
Old USAFSS sent me on many assignments; Japan, Darmstadt, Turkey and finally Berlin, but my wife, Bobbie, and I always consider our time at Iraklion AS (1962-1965)as our ‘best’. I use to go to the beach from the ‘Pound’ to meet Bobbie for lunch. One of those huge Cretan oranges was a meal.
X-1 on Able Flight(1971-1972). Played football and softball. Lived off base across the street from PB and May. Great tour of duty as well as PI.
I was stationed on Crete as a 203 from June 77 to December 78. Worked on Charlie Flight with Cal Dexter, Reggie Weems, Jim Bannigan, and others. Cal, Mike Mathis, Tom and Kris O’Dea and I studied at DLI together. Baron Brock was in our class; he was airborne and assigned to Athens. Lt. Koziol was our flight commander. Really liked the assignment to Crete, and am dismayed at its current condition.
In the pound, Dog Flight, 6931ss, morse systems operator. from jan 76 to jun 77. had good time for days like a mug. rotating shifts every three days and drinking on the beach. exploring the island. except for the crazy woman I was married to at the time….it was pretty cool times.
Like others, just found site. At IAS 72-74 in 6931 Transportation Squandron. On 2/20/11 Larry Estep posted his comment. I believe I remember him. I think Larry worked with a guy nicknamed Minos. I worked with Warick Abrams, Norm Strickland, who married a Greek girl and planned to retire to Crete after his 20. Also worked with Ed Kelley, Russ Amat. Fond memories. Lived off base all two years in Iraklion not far from that souvlaki joint. Enjoyed beaches east of base and going to St Nicks.
This is for Tom Dickson(TD) I think i remember you. I was an x1 on Able flight also. I think your first tour was in the Phillipines? You can email me at email@example.com
I was stationed on Iraklion from July 1978 to July 1980. I was assigned to CE with SSgt Anderson working for LtCol Adams. I worked part time at the gym and played alot of racquetball. Those were the days of Jeff Cullars, Abdul (the cop), Clarence Pughsley, Yvonne Bedford and others. Please drop me a line or two.
Still looking for someone who was assigned to the 6931st from Jul 78 to Jul 80. Col Luse was the Base Commander at the time.
Crete was my 1st assignment in USAFSS. I worked in the Radio Maintenance shop. Can still see those R390, R390A,and PT-6’s when I close my eyes.Discovered the Libary and spent many hours there. The day I arrived and the first quarter I put into a slot machine hit the 37.50 jackpot. Sept. 1960 to Feb 1963. Retired from Goodfellow AFB 1980. USAFSS was my home.
would love to hear from folks we knew back then. (married at that time to Donna)..surely some of you guys knew her..she loved to dance….
I didn’t serve in Crete, but flew over the area in July 1967 and then again in September 1968 on a Lockheed C-141 Starlifter enroute to the 6937th Comm Group in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Stationed on Crete from 62-63 as a 292 on Able Flt. I remember in 63 we had Bob Hope and his entire Christmas show with Anita Bryant and Tuesday Weld. Some of the guys I remember: Stan Colson, Charlie Rienisch, Jerry Schaaf, Phillip Thomas, Dave Birchill, Ralph Canastero. Departed IAS in early 64 for Det#3 Orlando AFB. Great times at both bases.
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I hope the remainder of your holidays are filled with love, peace, and joy. Still trying to find someone who were on Crete from Jul 78 to Jul 80.
Served on Crete from July 2, 1963 until December 27, 1964. Worked days at the Pound, first for SSgt Roberts and then TSgt Burt Kahn. Great tour, lots of fun and exciting work. Best friend was and still is Ron Valasek, he worked days also.
Stationed at 6930th from November 61 to November 62. Worked as a 202 in techsum prep and married a Greek girl on 14-10-62. We will celebrate our 50th next October. She was Mando and worked for a short time as a waitress in the airman’s club. Loved Crete and we have been back many times since then.
I beginning to wonder if only old-timers visit this site. That is also a good thing to know so many are still around. Congrats on your 50th wedding anniversary Tim.
Hi, I just discovered this site and was surprised to find out the many changes that took place since I left Iraklion, Crete. I was a 29251 from June/60 – Dec/61. Prior to that, I was in Trabzon, Turkey (Det 3-1). I remember going to town, and after a few drinks in the square, making acquaintance with the “girls”. I also remember “The Glass House” restaurant and singing there a few times… I can say that I had the same good experience that I see many of you had in Iraklion, Crete. I was with the 6930th.
Hope you all had a happy Christmas Season.
Hi again, It seems that the system incorrectly listed my time in Crete.It should read 1960 to 1961.
Looking for Ralph L. Bennett. He was at the 31st from 67-69. Can anyone help?
Now I am really beginning to believe that this site is for oldies back in the 50’s and 60’s at Crete. Somebody has to see this was at Iraklion from 1978-1980.
Stationed o0n Crete from July 62 until July 64. Worked on Baker in the high speed numbers section next to the deep 6(29251) Married in April 64. Ran around with Bob Stenzel, Danny Sims and Bob Neubert.Take care all you Createns.
Dear Friends, It has been a little while since I was here last. I have enjoyed catching up by reading the many entries that have been posted since the last time I was here. I am in the process of planning my 5th trip back to Crete in as many years. I hope that all of you will continue re-connecting with each other, and searching for old friends whom you have mis-placed. And, if any of you should happen to venture back to Crete during the months of July, August or September in 2012, please look me up in the little seaside village of Amoudara. Your Friend and Fellow “Silent Warrior”, Bob Armistead
I was part of the 6931st from Jan 75 to Jun 76 as part of Charlie Flt working in the compound. Had the best time of my life there and worked and played with some of the best friends I’ve ever had – Les Hager, Deb Monin, Rick Johnston, Dan Sellers, Garry Gilliam.
Hope all is well. One day I will be surprised to see a comment from someone during my tenure on Crete. It was indeed a great two years for me. I know the 78-80 crew is out there some where. Colonel Charles Luse was the Base Commander while I was there.
Still looking for Ralph L. Bennett. He was on Crete from 67 to 69.
I was a 202 assigned to Dog flight 1975-1977. I saw Richard Munson’s post above, you were an X2 right? I was thinking of some of some the people we were stationed with, Diane Jorgensen, Bob Lowrey, Don Matta, Jim Houle, Randy Endsley and Ken Colchin.
I lived on base 66-68.Looking for Ernest Lehmann ,science teacher.
I had a lingering feeling back then… that I would remember my experience on ‘the Rock’ the rest of my life. It turned out to be true. I even tried writing a book about it, but gave up in frustration. (It would have been a great movie.) A number of great people, two of whom I still write.
Those were different times, and I’ll bet many of us wish we could return to them.
Best wishes to all
I was stationed in Crete with Det 3, 2140 Comm SQ. Our commanders were Captain Patrick Ryan and after him was Captain Luther Shields one of the poorest excuses for an Air Force officer I ever met in my 20 year career in the USAF!
Crete was defintely one of the finest assignment I had during my Air Force career. Sadly I have not been able to locate anyone who was there with me. Work in C.E. for Lt Col Adams from Jul 78 – Jul 80. Clarence Pughsley, Abdul the cop, George Anthenos, Yvonne Bedford, Michael Ellis, Earnie Lee, were a few folks during my tenure. If anyone know of these people please let me know.
stationed on crete from aug 15 1968 till Dec 15 1969, comm center..grew up there, lived in hersonnisis, not been back but want to go back, its in my blood..
Has anyone heard of or know where Ernie Lee is? Who remembers the AFN scandal?
Magical place! I was with AFRTS from 1974 to 1976, returned with the Med Clinic in 1983-85. Spent many an hour (& paycheck) at Ellicos Disco (remember Zach?) in Chersonnissous as a bachelor, met my wife on the beach in 1975 and married her in the base chapel in 1976. We’ve been back several times over the years, and sadly, time & politics have not treated the area too well. Worked with fellow DJs Jack Lott & Bob Garcia.
I too, spent many nights at Ellicos, drinking wine and having plenty of fun. I was saddened when they close Iraklion. Probably two of the best years of my glorious Air Force Career.
imy first assigment overseas was crete, what a shocker getting on the island the day after thanksgiving and wondering what in the world was i getting into to, i was a x2 on baker flight, worked for bill raneo and billie grau, two great guys this was 68m to 70. went back to crete in 74 to n76 with my wife linda, was on dawg flight. two of the best tours of my career, sorry to hear how much it has changed, but the memories are always there…
Hi Charles “C.T.” Wells
I was stationed on Crete from 1979 -1981 and worked as a security police. I remember Ernie Lee and have often wondered what happened to him and so many other. Do you remember Snowy, he worked in CE but might have gotten there after you left. My ex-wife worked in with the 6930th, Frances Mitchell (Cassandra). My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Always good to hear from someone that was at Crete during my tenure. Hopefully more will sign on and tell me what’s been going on in their lives. Be well and please let reconnect after so many years.
Hey Grejda, how the hell are you? Long time since Baker Flight in 68 & 69. I’ve stayed in touch with Bill Panuska since Ft. Meade. You’re the first one I’ve had a shot at getting hold of. I’ve googled the Rock and it looks pretty commercialized. My email is email@example.com. Drop a line. I’ve got a lot of fond memories…..I just wish I could remember them.
I was there Nov 76 to Apr 78 with Security Police. Had a great time there. Sorry to the pound guys who got the treatment for not keeping their badges on at all times. Still good friends with another fellow SP Steve Harris. I went on to Kirtland AFB in NM to guard nukes.
I am a retired ditty-bopper turned analyst–never been to Crete but it sounds like a great place. I am trying to make contact with an “Ops” type–202 203 292–that was at 6931st in June 1967. I would very much appreciate any assistance. My e- mail address is Kb0jo@sbcglobal.net.
I was stationed on Crete 9/1964 – 9/1966. Was on charlie as a 292. Would love to hear from Conrad Freeling, Dennis Paulson, family members of CMSGT Campbell (flight leader). Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
I arrived on Crete in Dec 1969 and was discharged in Dec 1971–Charlie Flight. I spent the winter of 1969-1970 on the beach in front of Lefty’s Taverna–hated that base, was determined to spend as much time as possible in Hersonissos. Eventually moved into the 2nd floor apartment, over the Kalifornia Grocery Store. The building was located at what was then the edge of town toward St Nich’s. Lived with Fiona across from Rosie and Hawk. I was best friends with PB.
I still live with Fiona, still best friends with PB and saw Rosie about a year ago. Hersonissos was magical and investors realized it, have you seen it lately? Looks like Seaside Heights, NJ.
I was a 2Lt and 1Lt flight commander from 1973-75. I have fond memories of Crete.
I wold like to get the first picture to build a USAFSS shadow box–the one of the USAFSS compound.
I retired from the Air Force at NSA in 2004.
meant to sign Mike Grebb
Worked as a 202 URC’r on charlie flt from 74-76. I really miss the times I had as well as the times I had with the european girls down for holiday. Worked with a great bunch of guys cosby, ken anglin, “pickle” dillard, “archie” brunker. Had a great flt commander Lt. Yastishock. I was saddened when I saw pics of the base but I still have the great memories. Thanks USAF for sending me to Crete.
I was at Iraklion in 62 and 63 with my father Jerry Arons who was the morning radio host. If you knew him, you would never forget him. We lived off base in the Iraklion subdivision of Porous. My mother was Rosemary and anyone there at that time would remember the talent show when Penny Talty and my brother Kevin and I sang “Breaking up is hard to do”. My father designed and built the golf course on base. Base Commander was Col. Leet. Some of the greatest memories of my life.
Wayne Miller, I was NCOIC PDO/Print Shop, 1966-68. Was Terpsis Manoura still working there with you? Haven’t heard of her in 46 years. Time does fly.
Lynn, I am a former Charlie Flight, “toy” operator from 70 and 71. Took it over from Ron “Swede” Miller who took it from Tommy Williams.
worked with Lynn “elmo” elkins. Love driving around in his VW. Loved the rock. Yes…he did love the euros. girls that is.
Stationed from 1977 – 1979. My favorite watering hole was Elico ??? if I remember the name. But I cannot remember the name of the village it was located in. I will probably retire in Crete in about 4 years.
I put down a lot of Metaxa and coke at the bars in Hersonissos. All my boys with SP’s could party with the best of them. I’m sure we tossed some back with many pound guys. 76-78 so long ago. WOW. Glad I went to Crete. Funny thing is I am Greek and was not happy about it at Lackland when I got orders. Fun times great people. Even now when I see the tall red and white antennas of a radio station I think of Crete.
Hi Patti Arons. I do remember your dad on the radio along with Nick Moran also on the air at the time. I was so glad when that golf course with the sand greens opened. Thanks to your dad.
It was called Elicos and it was in Iraklion. I was there Jul 78-Jul 80. Had a great time there and would love to hook-up with some folks from our tenure. Don’t know if Bob Malone or Gus Morris remembers me but I played alot of sports, and hung out with Abdul, the Cop, Jeff Cullars, Clarence Anderson, Yvonne Bedford, Mike Ellis, etc.
First overseas assignment(X1) 1961-63; back 1979-1981; final career assignment there 1984-1987 working half my tour running DOF and the other half as Ops Supt. Enjoyed all my assignments there! No one could have asked for a better place to spend 7 years of their military career! Still keep in touch with Joel Gussman (Gus) and hope to get back to Kriti to visit him and his wonderful family…..Mike Rooney Yasoo……………..
I must admit after leaving Korea Crete was quite different. I had a blast my entire tour. It would be nice to find some of the crew from 78-80. Whatever happened to Col Luse the base commander and his wife Joy. Then there was the civilian Doc at the hospital who became very popular. Clarence Pughsley work Customs and Turner ran the post office. It was definitely a Peyton Place to say the least. Best wishes to all!!
For those of you who are interested in more stories/pictures from Iraklion Air Station, Gary Mcpherson has a website that is very enjoyable and you can contribute to it as well. the site is http://papoumac.shutterfly.com
You will enjoy it
I am interested in contacting anyone who was at Iraklion Air Station from 1967-1968/69. my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I was on baker flight and was a ditty bopper but also worked on the automatic morse position. I was there for the 6 day war between Israel and Egypt and also there when the Greek government was had a military coup.
76 to 78, copied dits for Baker flight. Lived in Chersonosis with Jeff Moyer and then later with C K “Tex” Durrett. Drank too much,rode my bike too fast, and generally lived every day to the fullest
My dad Frank was stationed at Iraklion and I was born to him and his wife Gerry at Wheelus in Jun 1965. Looking for anyone who may have served with him. Would love to surprise my parents with some “blasts from the past” . I have seen photos of Crete and I know they enjoyed their time over there. Please email me at email@example.com Thanks!
I am beginning to wonder if 78-80 was a time span of Crete’s history that everyone is trying to forget. If there is anyone that was there doing Jul 78 – Jul 80 time frame please dial in. Have a great day!
Just missed you C.T. I left Crete in March 78. I have a lot of pictures from Crete fun to pull out and go through the memories. Also played on the Support football team. We won base championship in 77. Then the team got to play team from Athens but I was on TDY to Athens at the time and Support lost. I guess they really needed me HA !!
Thanks Gus for your comment. It is good to hear a response to one of your many entries. Crete was great for me and it would have been nice to visit again before the base closure. If it is anyway you could send me a site to view your old pictures that would be grand. Take care and please keep in touch.
worked with elmo daddy on the URC-53 from 74 to 77. my wife, Heather, worked in the four seasons shop. we lived in a small village off base and really enjoyed the environment with my two kids, Kim and Michael
Does anyone know Ralph L. Bennett? He was on Crete from 67 to 69. He was there with his wife. Most likely lived off base. He was an X1. If you know of him my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello again C.T. Regarding photos they are old school prints and slides and do not have a web site to post them on as I too am old school. I’m just now getting used to this iPhone and iPad thing. Don’t forget I was an SP not a smart Pound guy HA. I’ll ask a computer savey friend how to do it. I would like to share them.
hi Pants, |Len cappa, sorry to hear about John Payne.
please drop me a line.
was in Crete 70-72 and 72-74
played softball and basketball with Pants Pearce, Johnny etc.
i think i was on Charlie flight, used to live in and love the village and the hammers passing through.
Was on crete ’84_’87, first baker flt df then dayshop as df and iats coordinator. Loved my time there. Names I remember: ron rapoza (jeeped me in when I got therefrom misawa), june banwart (now living in tx), terry clapper, john nash, rick __ (worked at base hq), elaine kohler, rose garcia (post office), bonnie lewis, jim flynn. If you are trying to find other usafss people, check the site usafssinmisawa.com. Huge roster of people.
I am not computer literate enough to do all those things as well. I depend on my middle son when I can hold him down long enough. I still think of Crete alot and would love to visit again even though Iraklion is a memory now. It would also be nice if more people would use this site as a way to reunite with us old foggies. Take care and be well. Stay in touch.
Hawk, we have been trying to get in touch with you for years. Send me an email. email@example.com
Man we had a blast over there. Some of the best times of my life. Wild parties!!
I was in the 6931st ESS, DAWG Flight from April 1988 – May 1990 as a Morse Op. Iraklion was my first duty station right out of tech school so it’s very special to me. It breaks my heart seeing the pictures of all the buildings in ruins. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time, but since that seems highly unlikely, I hope to re-visit as a tourist some day. :o)
I was stationed on crete from sept 1971 til feb.1973…really have missed being there … lived off base in malia..hung out at Yanni’s
I was a member of th minotaur’s motorcycle club
Hawk,it’s great we have located you. Charlie Flight has had a couple of reunions over the past few years and have one scheduled next year in Austin, Texas. Artie is in charge. A lot of the guys will be there. I know you live in South Africa, but if you cannot attend in person maybe we can arrange a skype. There is also a website dedicated to those stationed at the 6931st in the early 70’s. Contact Pants or me and we can provide more information. Rosie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hey guys, Frank Mitchell, Dawg Flight from 1978-80. Anyone here from those years?
Hello Frank, I was stationed on Crete from Jul 78 to Jul 80. Work in Civil Engineering for Lt Col Adams, also played sports.
For those who have not seen my web site on the Photo history of IAS please check it out.It starts in 1955 and goes to Oct 2012.I was just there in Sept/Oct 2012 along with Bobby Armistead.There are over 3,000 photos of IAS and Crete from many former members of the base.You may even find a lost friend.If anyone wishes to join my site just let me know and I will add you.Just give me the dates you were stationed there and where you worked.Anything else you wish to add is fine.
Thank you Danny Williams for the site plug.Still looking for more photos and members.Add new ones almost daily.Have 5 videos of my trip back there last Sept.
I would like to let everyone know that I have a special album on my web site just for those Silent Warriors who have passed on.I would be more then happy to post any one who was stationed on IAS and to honor them on this album.All I need is as much info on the person you may have.I will post what ever is sent to me.Great if a photo was added also.Please check it out at http://www.papoumac.shutterfly.com/6038 .They will not be forgotten.
To Phillip Lancaster: I was in supply from 1963-1970.From 65 to 70 I was in Research downstairs.Married a Greek in 1966.Your name rings a bell but can’t put a face to you.,I remember a couple Greek guys from the warehouse.Bill and Bobby.Bobby later went to the SPs and Bill passed away a few years ago.Contact me if you can.Did you know Butch Baker from Bemo?
My stepfather was SSGTT Robert O.Hodges and my mothers name was Connie Hodges.For hopes of finding some long lost friends and “alums”( from our tour at Iraklion AFB..July 1968 to Dec 22,1972)I’ll try to relate some info,and hope to hear back from some of ya’ll..Well,dad worked at the tower compound,and like everyone knows they would not ever discuss those duties.But he also worked nights at the NCO club (in the cashiers cage).Yes,remember the slot machines?Some of you may remember my mothe,Connie, who ran the base bookstore for a while and then managed the base daycare nursery.My sister,April,and I had great teachers at school(Mrs.Jones,Helen Angelos,Ms.Albrecht,Ms.Forsyth,Mr.Kearns(who helped w/my”volcano “project,Mrs.Vardakis and all the great adults that I knew from the girl scouts and youth center..From Crete dad retired at Homestead AFB…mom went on to career and her own busines in landscaping/lawn maintenance at Ocean Reef Club,Key Largo and dad workedfor Honeywell and Radio Shack Security.If anyone remembers my baby brother,Christopher,(“Bubba”)He fought and lost ahard struggle with Leukemia and passed on Dec.31,1999,age 33..Would love to hear from ANY old friends of ours to reminisce about “paradise”..it was that to me as a child!:)email@example.com or find me on Facebook!
Looking for a dear friend of mine….I was on Crete from 77-79 Joel Gussman .. anyone know where he is and if he is okay…married a cretan girl and has two children…..from Mass……
Stationed at Iraklion from 1986-1988 . Worked as an analyst (202)….loved it. Would love to return for a visit!
I was stationed on Crete From Jul 78 to Jul 80. Worked in C.E. for Lt Col Adams. Played racquetball, hung out with Yvonne Bedford, Mike Ellis, Abul, etc. Would love to reunite with other during our tenure. Contact by email if you where any others are. I am living in Augusta, Ga. working at the VA Hospital.
I was stationed on Crete – X1 – 1968 – 1971 and again in 1973 – 1976 REally loved it. If anyone remembers me say so. Was on A flight and B flight Also worked in Base Plans for a few months.
I was an X2 stationed Crete 74-76. Lot of good memories. Hey Elmo where you at now.
was stationed in crete straight from goodfellow tech school. 71-73. 207×2 and worked flexcop. i remember ray linke and his wife and still have a photo of them i believe at one of the beach parties. jimmy bell was the one that introduced me to southern comfort lol. have heard from some people over the years. ran into the “chief” (sorry cant remember last name) at a local bar in vegas. also remember and had contact with eric gunderson over the years and freddie gabler, who used to play at the nco club once in a while.
guess i will have to go through all my old pictures and see what memories come up. barbara nachman, her friend jenny, pat henry, drak drakopolis, joe williams “tiny” big red headed guy, lt jimmy cook, and thats without looking at any pictures yet.lol
I was at Iraklion Air Station from about Oct 1965 until early Aug 1970 and again from Oct 1972 to Oct 1974 as a 202.
I worked Dawg flight first and was MSD Coordinator in the Day Shop for a long time my first tour. Worked on Able Flight my 2nd tour.
I recognize quite a few names here.
Retired out of RAf Chicksands in 1986.
I was stationed on Crete 76-78, Charlie Flight. Would love to hear from folks.
Does anyone remember anyone from the AFRTS (radio and tv station)? My husband was the station manager and we lived there from 1968 until 1972. Would like to hear from those that have memories of AFRTS and anyone who might remember us. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. When the new dining hall opened on base I was commissioned to paint a portrait of the colonel it was named after (a former base commander – don’t remember his name, but I still have a photo of the picture I painted). Col. Stark was the base commander part of the time we were there. Fond memories of that beautiful country.
I was stationed at IAS from 71-73 worked on Baker flt as an 207X2.
Worked up the asile from flexcop on the Multi channel and voice positions remember Jim Bell Tom Brown Eric Gunderson the Bosa’s Bill Harkins Fred Cabler Mark Palen Lee Genova and a whole lot more Chicken Charlies was the place to go on “swing-mid break”
Those were the days !!!
Hey Mick. Living north of Ft Worth now. I still get a kick out of listening to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette remembering you playing the upright base. You back in Oklahoma?
Looking for any Team members on the 1981 Men’s Softball Team, we won the Med that year.
Still looking for the rowdy crew from July 78 to July 80.
I was there in 1970 in 1st grade. My father was Bruce Des Camp. Some of my best childhood memories of Crete. Our housing was right off the beach. I remember Pandora’s Box playing at the club. My mother was a member of the scuba club and on the dive the Apollo 13 after they came back and spent time on Crete to relax.
I was stationed in Crete two different times – Late 1964-late 1967 and again 1971-August 1974. I was a ditty bopper. I remember Hawk Dickson and several others, Dave Williford, and Dave;s buddy Gene. Lived in Iraklion the first tour and on base the second one. I got married during my first tour and brought my wife Chris back to Crete in early 1966. Am looking to return on a visit to Crete and would like some tips on travel and places to stay, restaurants etc, Contact me at email@example.com We have great memories of Crete.
Hawk – I remember playing softball with you and attending your wedding on Crete.
If Bruce Des Camp was in radio maintenance in the compound, I used to work with him. Always had a wad of keys on his belt. We lived off base in Poros for 9 mo before moving into the new housing. Seems like it was 810A. Put 60 lbs of fertilizer on the back yard to sweeten the dirt from all the salt. Could look out and see Dia.
Steve Gardner and I were roommates for a short period of time and Tom Brown was nuts but loved the sunflower seeds his mom sent. Westbrook and hawk and a bunch of other names I recognize.
Hey guys! does anybody remember me? I worked in Transportation Office, Passenger Section, from 1972 to 1990. I must have helped you with your TDYs or PCSs. Then – “Transportation Office, George speaking”!!!! – Now – “Pensioner George longing for the past remembering”…
I arrived on Crete in Oct 65 until April 67. I stumbled onto this site an enjoyed reading the post. One of the post was from a Paul Smith who arrived on Crete the same time I did. He mentioned that he had married a Greek woman. I remember attending a Greek wedding while there. It took place in a small church not far from the base. Was that your wedding?
Dec. 1963-April 1965, 202 Intel Analyst on Dog Flight. Have many fond memories of the island. We used to go to Chania and spend a 3-day weekend. On May 17, 2013, my wife Kaye and I were on a Med cruise that stopped in Chania. I wanted to show her how beautiful Crete was. I still keep in touch with a few Iraklion AS guys who were there when I lived there. Dawg Flight head was Sgt. Eddie Nalepka. My roommate was Sam Rayburn III. If you were there when I was, drop me an email. I have lotsa photo slides of the base and island. Bob “Carp” Carpenter, Port Charlotte, Florida.
I forgot, please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Adio
Please add me to your website so I can view the photos. My personal email is now: email@example.com. I was stationed Cret Jul 78 – to Jul 80. I work in CE for Lt Col Gerald Adams; Sgt Anderson also worked in CE.
I was on Crete Oct 67-April 69 Charlie Flt
Too much partying got me in trouble at ellicos one night in 76′. Landed me a tour to Chania prison. Since then I have tried to forget all about Crete. This is the first time that I have been back to memory lane there.
I was a 702×1 (I believe) in the pound. I would like to hear from my ol roomy.
Hey Luis , are you one of the dopes that stole the Greek flags from town ??
IAS, Feb. 1970 to Nov 1972 – dittie bop — Baker Flight — great times they were — with Ken Palese, Tom Palzer, Jim Lazarin, Bill & Sandy Harkins, Fred Miguel, Bill Pennewell,Marv Wells,Mike Neary,Ferd McFarland, Buffalo Bosa,Don Dillin, Rooney,Al Gries, Willie Jones, Sgt.Abrell…..many, many others
Iraklion AS was my fourth overseas tour as a Ditty Bop and my family and I were on this base from Jun 70-Jun72. we lived 1 year at “5 Points”and the second year in the brand new housing area on the beach, …absolute paradise! Fabulous tour for all of us
Many fond memories of this tour which was cut short for a “remote” assignment to Osan AB in Jul 72. Bill Lobo, SMSgt retired in Feb ’91
I was on Crete from 1958 to 1961 then went to Mt home AFB Idaho I WAS With the Security Police, I married a Greek girl but we are divorced mow.
I was stationed there Aug 1963-Aug 1965, Ran the NCO
Club, NCO Annex and Officers club with Capt. Clifford B. Davis.
Again Aug 1967-Aug 1969, Secretary Custodian of the NCO Club.
The 6931st was my first assignment. I arrived in Crete in June 1966 and departed in December 1967. I was a 202 and worked in the Exploitation Dept.(i.e., “a day weeny”)providing various analyst services to all of the operations groups. The June 67 war enabled most of us to truly observe how valuable our work was to the community(ies) in which we worked. I also coached little league baseball and played shortstop on “Able” Flight’s softball team. From the 6931st, I was re-assigned to the 6987th in Taiwan, after which I was honorably discharged from the USAF. I loved the work in both assignments and miss the great times and experiences at both duty stations. Has anyone heard from Merle Meckley (x2), Brian “Marty” Martinez (x2), Ron Zielinski (202); or Carl and Bonnie Norris BEMO)? I would love to hear from anyone who was there at the same time. My very best to all…
Stationed on Crete from Jan 1973-Jul 1974 as a 202 on Baker Flt., great time, most of it.
Crete 70-72 Anyone remember Lt Levesque, first female flight commander. The didn’t have a bathroom in the compound for women so the ‘created’ one, It had a formal grand opening and a plaque on the door “Levesque’s Latrine”.
I was on Crete from Feb 1970 through Nov 1972. I wasn’t on Lt. Levesque’s flight but at the time I was told a story about her and the hard time she got the night that someone mentioned that a guy named “Carew” was down in Malia. I guess Levesque had been in an earlier conversation about a rumor that a potential terrorist group might have landed by boat on Crete when she over heard the comment about Carew being in Malia — she thought she had heard that “the crew” [instead of Carew] was down in Malia Apparently, she was ready to take gung-ho action, call up the troops, and head for the beaches near Malia to take on “the crew”. I hope I got the story right after 40 years.
Ron Mundwiller, I was at IAS from 1966 – oct 1968. I also coached Little League Baseball and worked out with the base softball team. I was a ditty bopper on Baker flt and Sgt Fred Long was my NCOIC. I also used to play basketball with Captain Granat and others in the gym. I have some photos on the website of Gary McPherson. I believe he has posted the website on this site. my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
For Gus Morris. The guys who stole the flags were TDY down from Europe somewhere. The US made a deal with the greek authorities and they were sent back and told never to return. I was in the Postal Unit from 70-72. Had a great time. Too bad the station is closed down.
Hey Reggie Davis – I was wondering if you might remember my dad John Haines from Michigan. He was on Crete in the early sixties and did (maybe) some code interception. He also headed back to Offut afterwards. Would love to connect and borrow some of your memories of him. You can email me at pelijenn (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks!
probable no one will remember me but hey’s OK my wife Joyce and i had
three teen sons dar. nick and gray
we now live in San Anronio. run into
a great guy i know all you daddy bopters wk.will remember %Rufus Turner
talk to me,
Hi to Doc Hallada and Joe Annunziata…My dad. MSgt Clinton Stokes was stationed in Crete from Nov. 64 thru June 67. I remember the culture shock for a teenager, but loved the beaches. Dad worked for the base commander. We lived in town next door to Sam & Pat Poole (Able Co.)Friends I remember Joy Green, Ken Clark, Debbie Dearth, Charlie Partridge, John Jones. I remember Lefty the bartender and his family and Steve the butcher (best steaks ever). I have many great memories of the rock. I am on Facebook so look me up. My dad passed away in 1999.
I also have fond memories of the Rock; Lefty the bartender i forgot about but also remember “Pork chop hill” and alot of the taverna’s. I was with the Postal Detachment from early ’70 thru ’72 and then i went to Athenai Airport! Good times on the Rock! It’s too bad that they closed that – alot of memories!
I was stationed on Crete from June 64 to Dec 65. Roomed with a guy named Norm Koons. Worked in the pound on Dawg Flt. Was a 29252. What fond memories of the island of Crete.
My dad was stationed on the base from 1968-1970 and I love reading all these posts. We lived in Hersonis until the base housing was complete then we moved there. I was hoping to find some friends on here
Was your father tall and slender and in the maintenance shop? Do you have a sister Ruthie?
I was a 202 on Charlie flight 75-76. My roommate was “Elmo “Elkins. Hung out with Jeff “Archie” Brunker and Gary Delamrter. Had one wild ride there. ETSd in June 78. Commissioned in the Army in 81 and served in US Army Special Forces until retirement in Aug 1998.
Beautiful island. Enjoyed the tour as a 202 on Dog flight from 1965 to summer of 1966. Spent a lot of time at the airmen’s club, downtown Iraklion and in the waters around the island. Hung around with Bob Bolles from California. Wish, as does the rest of us, to repeat the adventure…….
I was on Crete with my wife Shirley from 74-76 as a 208. Lived in Chersonisus. Some of the fondest memories of my life. We never knew how good we had it and it can never be repeated. Shirley passed away four years ago after 36 years of marriage. I wish all of our old friends the best.
Jerry Maher … Just saw your post re: base basketball team. I was 6930th from Aug. ’60 to Feb.’62. Knew John P. (Smiley) Miles. He and I roomed with Jack Hays from Mew Harmony, IN. Were you from Indiana as well Also knew George Hodo and Roger Emery. You guys were a kick-ass BB team Hays, Miles and I were “B” flight. Haven’t heard from anybody since the late 60’s. Yeah, I’m 76 now. Where did it go? Any body else out there know us, ’60,’61 and ’62? Be well!!
X1 on Dawg Flight April 72 to June 73. Curtailed and sent to ‘Vito. 1st assignment, a great one.
Hey George Mavroudis. I just saw your post of 5/18/2013. I remember you. I worked in Transportation – Freight Section from Jun 72 – Jun 74. Others in the office were Warrick Abrams (Abe), MSGT Michas, Capt Watson, Bob Cormier, Larry Estep, ‘Minos’, Nick (Greek), Terry (Greek), and others who I can’t remember their names. I lived near 5 corner, Agios Nicholas Street, not far from a favorite souflaki place. Like everyone else, really enjoyed my two years on Crete. Can’t believe it’s already forty years since I left.
They called me Joe. I was station at Iraklion Air Base from Oct 1973 to June 1975. I played in a sold band at the NCO Club. I do remember Larry Estep, Ernist Lee and others.
I was there from Jan-73 to July-74 on Baker Flight. My friend John Crump used to play cards at the NCO club on each big break for his family’s Christmas money.
Larry Estep … Saw your post from February 20, 2011. Did you work for Chessie RR after Air Force? I was at 6930th from Aug. 1960 to Feb. 1962. Was at Coors Brewing in Golden, CO, for 27 years. Do we know each other? Would like to know. Thanks!
I was a ditty bopper from 68-71 and served with Hawk, PB, Stevie and Pants, Bobbie, Rosie and Artie and the rest of Charlie Flight. I lived in both Iraklion and Chersonosis with my ex wife Mary. I would do just about anything to go back to the Crete we left. I have given up on it now due to the lack of affordability. I, like most Greeks, wish they never would have joined the EU. Now retired and looking for an alternative that will somehow FEEL like Crete.
I was station at IAS from May 1972 to November 1973. I was E4 in the
accounting & finance office. I handled the travel vouchers and military payroll. Also, I conducted all of the in-processing for arriving personnel. I lived just west of Palace of Knossos for a while then moved downtown in an upstairs apartment overlooking the town. Wonderful memories of the island, beaches, people, NCO club,driving to Chania,Rethymnon, and Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicks). My buddies were Larry Hartshorn, Ted McLauchlin, Bob Stegall (Kuma), and many others. I will always cherish my 18 months there.
To Earl Brown and Larry Batey. I’ve read your recent posts wherein you mention Larry Estep. You all were 10 years later at 6931st than I was in early 60’s. We were 6930th then, and were beginning to “pick-up” a few troops from Tripoli (Wheelus)as it was closing down. Crete tour was an experience I will cherish forever. Estep? In my time at Coors Brewing Co. in Colordo, I knew a Larry Estep. By phone only, however. He was in operations for the Norfolk Soutern Railroad, and frequently talked to folks in my shop. I was Director of Transportation at Coors 1967-1994. If this is Larry Estep that we all knew and appreciated then, I would apprecate someone “pushing” him my way via this blog, or e-mail to email@example.com. Thanks to all for your sevice way back then, and be well.
Stationed at IAS 1963 to 65 .Able Flight 29252. Remember Jerry Newton. John Covey, Walt Mikula, Rick Nelson. Never returned to visit but always wish I had.
I was a Staff Announcer with AFRTS from May ’68 – Nov ’69 and also played 2b on the Base Softball Team. This was the start of a long career in broadcasting (NOT softball) and was saddened to recently learn of the base closing. Would still love to go back and visit the area …. ‘coast to coast’
Served on Crete from about April 1967 – October 1968; next duty station was the 6987th, Taiwan. I remember Ron Mundwiller from Crete and Taiwan. He’s a great guy. I worked as an X2 on Able Flt. on Crete; and Baker at the 6987th after several months working RFP/DF. Crete and the 6931st were grand; we didn’t realize how fortunate we were.
Ron, if you’re out there, my best to you, my friend. I’d really like to hear from the guys I knew on Crete.
So nice to hear from you… I currently live in La Mirada, California just 20 miles south of the city of Los Angeles (and about 7 miles north of Disneyland). My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my cell phone number is 562-713-0196… Give me a call and let’s catchup on old times and the time between then and now.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Hey there, Fellow 6931st alums.
Arrived Jan 69 PCS July 71. Assigned to Charlie Flight. The Rock was a great tour then and in my memory !! I remember some of you guys who have posted comments. Bob Armistead for one :)Chuck Cook, the AFRTS radio personality, for another. I probably missed some others, too. Please pardon me. Nice touching base with ya’ll.
I was at IAS on Dawg flt. Promoted to SSG after 20250 testing from early ’70 to mid ’72 when Tricky Dick let a lot of people out. This was my second assignment; was at Kadena, Okinawa, but bussed out to JSPC, Joint Sobe Processing Center on an Army post. This is what I remember: Souvlaki’s down town, the meat and bread were fabulous. And the street-side guys near busy corners like bus stops with a little hibachi grilling lamb kabobs. We always went to NCO club for a big breakfast after mids, all we had to drink for the longest time were the little stubby bottles of Carlings Black Label – someone in procurement must have got them really cheap; and when we were off at night, the band Lilly and the Cavelleri’s from Italy were there most of the time. A bunch of Navy guys came in one time, all drunked up, and somebody bet one guy if he could drink a whole bottle of that hot sauce on the table for a buck, and of course, he did. Puked his guts out once they left the club.
Ron Mundwiller: If you were a day lady, you must have worked with TSG Dave Naab? One of the smartest men I’ll ever know when it comes to codes and military knowledge.He was married to a Japanese woman, but she worked in Japan’s rocket project (or similiar) and had a Top Secret clearance, so he was able to marry a foreign national and still keep his clearance. Dawg’s barracks was top floor right next door to WAF’s barracks. I remember steaks at Gianni’s in Hersonisus, salads that never had any lettuce, the beach at Malia (always bring a can of solvent or gas to get tar off feet) and minos shakes – half minos wine and the other half was kizoza like Greek 7UP. Waiter brings half a bottle of wine, pulls out a funnel, adds the kizoza, puts his thumb over the end of the bottle and shakes, hence minos shake. Average was about three or four bottles a night. You were a god during the tourist season, to aussies and brits, if you had a jar of peanut butter. I worked the racks for traffic and the crypto desk if the analyst or linguist was out. Dawg flight had a 1st LT., some general’s kid as its commander, with a big red birthmark on his face. He couldn’t go the bathroom without asking the NCOIC, Senior MSG, a grizzled old veteran who really ran it all. He had a 20 year old daughter that I dated for awhile, which was rather uncomfortable, but I had the most fun with a Greek girl whose father owned a shipping company (shudda, cudda, wudda married her…) and we were the first flight to get WAF ditty-bops in late ’71, early ’72. I worked for a TSG James Taylor; we all called him sweet baby James. A lot of people smoked at work mostly due to boredom, but sweet baby James smoked those little cigars with the wooden mouthpiece. My co-analyst, Ken Hara (aka Nabba) re-upped to go back to the Philippines to marry a 17 y.o. girl. They’re still married and live in San Francisco (I live down the road on the mid-peninsula). Anyhow, sorry for the long message, but had to do a memory dump before my memory dumps me. I would go back and live there on the beach somewhere between Hersonisus and Malia. Sorry for the spelling on some of the Greek words, but I don’t remember knowing how to spell them back then either.
Best regards and hope everyone is well. Ron Bourquin.
Ron, I overlapped your tour a bit, I think. I arrived in May ’72. X1, worked the front half of the aisle. Worked mostly the area to the south. Actually scooped AP & API on a disaster there.
Looking for those who were stationed at IAS in Crete. I got their Dec. 1963 until Apr. 1965. Was 202/Intelligence Analyst on Dog Flight.
Hi, Gary: Did you serve 2 tours in IAS, because there appears to be 2 bits of information: (1) you were in IAS from Jul 67 to 69 and (2) your narrative states that you arrived in May of 72. Just wondering. However, if you did arrive in July 67, you missed the experience of a lifetime: the 6 Day War Arab/Israeli conflict. What an experience to see the USAFSS working at its best. I remember General Coira visiting the our operations right in the middle of the activities. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of activity I bumped into the General and told him to “get the hell out of my way” to which he responded (I will never forget it) “excuse me sergeant, I am in “your” way.” Like many of us, I will always cherish my time in the USAFSS and especially in Crete. Keep in touch from time to time…
I only had the one tour on Crete, May 72 to June 73. Was interesting mission all around us. Kind of spooky with the Black September Group just to the east of the base.
Had my tour there Jan 73 to Jul 74 – what a great place. Sure looks different now on Google earth. Love to go back someday, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be the same without the other GI’s.
I was a Dawg Flight Russian linguist at Iraklion AS from Mar 66 to Sep 67. Spent a whole lot of time in Malia. Great years – Great memories. Anyone out there who was there during that time period? Dan
Ron Bourquin, I was at Kadena, worked at JSPC and then was in Crete on Dog flight too. I do remember you, think you had a Volkwagen. We were both 202s. I remember Mikes Light House, Gazoza and Minos shakes. I live in Anaheim CA now. Great to see your post. Would like to catch up with you.
Ron Bourquin, I was at Kadena, worked at JSPC too. And, we were both on Dog flight in Crete. I was an analyst back in the back, worked with Al Gray, you were in the front. I think you had a VW, I had a Triumph TR6 motorcycle (still have it). Spent some good times there and at Mikes Light House drinking Minos Shakes (yes Minos wine and Gazoza) remember the back of the label said “Wine makes everybody hopeful – Aristotle” and listening to Greek bands play American songs on the juke box.
I think I remember – you – weren’t you from the south – I seem to remember you had a southern accent. You were on the ‘fast’ racks in the back on Crete? TSgt Jim Taylor was who I worked for – short guy with a flat-topped haircut and smoked those wooden mouth piece little cigars- used to call him ‘Sweet
Baby James’ behind his back. I did have a VW I bought from Ken Hara (aka Naba) and sold to Wayne Fetter – kind of a real straight laced guy. I removed a front and back label from a Minos wine bottle and still have it! Steak with lemon squeezed on it and salads that never had tomatoes. I also remember Ole Master in the dorm and when the WAF ditty bops started. I was working for a company in Sunnyvale around 1995 near San Jose and we had hired an admin assistant gal who was a ditty bopper at IAS – I don’t remember when sometime after us. We should catch up soon. I’m semi retired and have a little travel trailer I just purchased recently. I have been divorced almost almost nine years and was married for over 29 years. Now it’s just me and my dog; but I’m pretty busy with a small house and getting familiarized with the trailer to get ready ready for doing some traveling. Thanks for writing and let’s keep in touch. Ron
I worked for Dave Naab at JSPC.
Hey Ron, great to hear back from you. I was downstairs at JSPC and I expect you were upstairs. I worked for Capt. Wilbur Linton. Yes, I was from Texas, and as much as I tried not to, definitely had a southern accent. I remember Naba too, I think he set up a tour of Crete for a bunch of us once (still have the slides), and also ordered coffee cups – I still have that too. I remember the first 3 WAF dittybops were on our flight. Later, wile I was working for Hyatt Hotels in San Antonio, a Corporate Trainee came through that was a WAF on Crete. She was a linguist and was there after us. Was amazing to me to run into someone with that experience, so I expect you had the same feeling. I think I remember Taylor too, didn’t he have a yellow Old’s convertable that fell off the shipping platform when he was shipped off Crete? I worked for SMSgt Al Gray, he sat next to Taylor. Would like to catch up with you too. I had some good times in Crete. Dog lover here too, what kind do you have? Don’t have one now, had a Dobie, but she died about 10 years ago.
Hi everyone . .
i served at Crete June 1967 – January 1969. I think the middle east 6 day war had just started, we were soooooo busy. I think originally i was on Able flight ?? Not long after I arrived there, I went on what was then called EASY FLIGHT . . we didn’t work mids and we worked with all of the flights. I sat the very very high speed diplomatic stuff – yikes, that is why my hearing is so so bad. I worked with Joel Gussman, Richard Sachetti, John T. Allen, Barry Boughner, Norm Trent. Retired after 20 years and have been selling residential real estate in San Antonio for over 30 years.
I was stationed at IAS from June 1966 through December 1967 and yes, I remember working and experiencing how well the USAFSS performed during that 6 day war. I was a day weeny, 20230 (at the time), but I played shortstop on Able flight.
I have a number of really nice “black n white” photos of Able flight during one of our many intramural games, but I have (I hate to admit it) no recollection of the names of the Able flight people with whom I played softball. I do remember, however, a fella by the name of Chuck who pitched for Able flight and was a 200+ bowler…
If you can provide the names of as many of the Able flight guys or provide a website that might have an IAS roster, that would be so very helpful and greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide…
After Crete, I was stationed at Shu Linkou Air Station in Taiwan; was promoted to SSgt and departed the Air Force after 6 years of service. Loved it all… Great bunch of guys in the USAFSS all around the world… my gratitude, honor, respect and thanks goes to all of our guys…
Sgt (at IAS), Exploitation Dept.
June 1966 – December 1967
I was stationed on Crete as an X1 from January 1973 to November 1975. Loved it there. My son was born while stationed as IAS. Names I recognize in the posts: Tom Pearson, Tom Sparrow, Ron Gooch, Lt. Gregg. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Nickname was Buck.
Prior to Crete, I was an instructor at Keesler. I joined in Fevruary 1970. They were short of instructors, so several of us went to instructor school right out of tech school. Some of the guys were John Grignon, Larry Huskins, John Rubeski, Larry Mines, Gary Jones. Others I remember from Crete were Milton Stoltzfus, James Talbot, Rich Salvucci, Dan Geer, Lori Buttchko, Bud Williams, Larry Swanson(Swanny).
Able Flight 292X2 Jun 64-Dec 65, went 2T to San Vito, then to Chix, then to the real AF. I retired Dec 85. I saw Joe Story, Jim Desjardins, and Dennis Chick on this site. Also saw Joe East (I don’t remember you, but you knew a lot of my colleagues). Great assignment — of course they always close the best ones. Best wishes to anyone who remembers me… Drop a line if you want to.
I can’t seem to recall you Rich and you were on my flight and same AFC as mine. An old picture would help this old memory.. Not too many from the years I was there one here.Retired from the Post Office as a postmaster . Worked for 38 years.
Hi Jim. You worked the antenna patch panel in the area by Swamp. I worked with Walt Mikula and Cecil Hale. In fact I was at the position directly across the aisle from you. I got there in June 64 and was in that section the whole time. If you have ever been on Harris Parkell’s “Men from Able” website there are a couple of pictures of me with the flag football team. TSgt Fitzpatrick and SSgt Gary Waddell were the X2 supervisors. I’ll see if I can find some pictures off the CD I have. If you can contact me via email Jerseybounce69@yahoo.com it will be easier to pass them along. I retired AF in 1985 but still work for a major defense company.
Jim, try this link. It is the videos from Harris Parkells’ “Men from Able” site/CD. There is a roster and pictures of all from 64-66. I am on #2, you should be on #1 if a picture existed. The other videos/etc are really amazing. He also has pictures of what it looks like now. Hope this helps
I was station 1985-1987, was NCOIC of Dental Services. I spent a lot of time at The Highland Laddy, and Manolie the Jeweler. Transfer to Izmir, and then to Athens. Retired with 24 years in 1996. I think of Crete often and hope to return one day!!
I WAS STATIONED IN CRETE NOV 67 JUNE 70. WORKED IN SUPPLY, WITH STONEBURNER, HALL CASTRO. THURBER,AND THINK IT WAS CAPT ROSC? Played softball with Doug Jones, Butler ? Lived downtown for a year then to the trailers on base, remember the earthquake I think it was 69. Great times and my older girls remember it.
Its a shame to look at the place now, all growed up!!! I had some of the best times of my life, and they are true Greek’s that live on that Island…
I was a 202xx at Heraklion Air Station 1963-65. One of the best times of my life. My wife and I took a Med cruise in May 2013 after I retired. We went to Chania and had a wonderful time. Wish we had been docked in Heraklion. The old base is in total disrepair since USAF pulled out and it is falling down with lots of vandalism. Got to GOOGLE EARTH and zero in on the base. Behind the theater is a huge Crete Aquarium, a big tourist attraction. I was on DOG Flight when stationed there during the Cyprus conflict.
Hey, Henry (Hank) Ward. I was assigned to Charlie Flight in Ops. My wife and I were friends with SSgt Carl Norris and his family. Carl worked in Supply, I think (long time ago, huh ) Wondered if you know Carl. Regards, Tom
I was station on Crete from June 64 to Dec 65. Was a 292xx on Dawg Fligt. Was Single and live in the “New Barracks”. Many fond memories of Crete.
Joe Story….I was a 202 but my roomy was Sam Rayburn and Dave Allen who were 292’s. We lived in the new barracks for Dawg Flight when you were there. Can’t believe it was almost 45 years ago. Crete was a wonderful experience.
Yes Crete was a powerful experience for a 19 year old kid. I roomed on the 3rd floor with a guy from Lawrenceburg Indiana…Norm Koons. Our next door neighbors were Joe Waldrip from Belk AL and Charles Vivareto(?) from Chicago. The other guy I remember was a 1LT Raleigh. He was something else.
Tom Barbee: This is Ron Mundwiller, a day weeny 20250 and worked for Capt. John Lynch and Lt. Bill Corbin in the Exploitation Dept. Was stationed at IAS from June 1966 to December 1967. Played intramural softball at shortstop for Able flight. I used to visit Carl and Bonnie Norris often and read stories to their wonderful kids. Carl and Bonnie were assigned to Taiwan after departing Crete, so I got to see them during my tour in Taiwan, too… I think they are from Zanesville, Ohio. Great family and I only have wonderful memories of them. My roommate was Ron Zielinski! Had a great time in Crete, too. I really want to take my wife there and enjoy a few beers and souflakis in Lion’s Square. Keep in touch!
Joe Story: You were in my X2 class at Goodbuddy (or maybe one week behind me?). I was on Able flight – worked in the swamp right next to the “Monster” (I think you worked there?). Rich Vivirito passed away several years ago. I remember Joe Waldrip as well. Hope you are well – best to you and yours. Rich
Hey, Ron Mundwiller. In 69-71 we Ops shift workers called them “day ladies.” No disrespect intended to either those workers or to women. I knew a couple of those folks fortunate enough to have 0730-1600 M-F jobs. Good people, all. Thanks for your post regarding SSgt Carl and Bonnie Norris. They truly were great folks and befriended my wife and I who left our families way back in the States. They did have great kids. Way back in 1982 or so one of their sons, Brian or Bruce (memory ain’t what it used to be), came to our house in NC to visit. Turns out he had enlisted in the USMC!! He was stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. We lived at the time about 25 miles from that base. He had matured into a fine upstanding young man. But, knowing his family, it was what we would have expected wasn’t it. Kind regards, Ron. Tom Barbee
Rich Haycook…..now there is a name out of the past…Sorry to hear about Vivirito. He was a good guy…very funny. I have several photos from my days on Crete. I will figure out how to post them here. Maybe somone will recognize some of the in the picture. Nice to hear from you. I am doing well.
Hi, I was a 292 from 67-68 on abel flt. I roomed with phil breen listed earlier. I remember some staff sargents norm trent and phil gussman. Been so long ago i have forgotten so many names. Was there for the 6 day war event. We got an outstanding unit award i think. Those hi speed guys worked their tails off. Got to go up to Athens and three of us went on a trip up thru europe. When i think back on my four years in the air force, I always remember crete the most fondly. I remember some of the guys i hung out with. Terry Kersey, Tom Tullo, Ernie Tomita, Chuck Mallard, Curt Smith. There were good times and bad times on the rock, but I a sure glad I got to experience it. Best wishes to all of you. Tom
Hey Joe Batey (Larry Batey). What’s up? I was just googling names from Crete; like Ernest Lee, Lee Wilson and came across this site. I was at Iraklion from 73 – 75. We has a ball. Remember the fight at the discoteque downtown, when the guy pushed Joyce over the table? It was on then. Remember when they threw mea a birthday party up at Pork Chop Hill and you forgot to tell me until you saw me walking aroung base?
Was at IAS 69-71, Charlie flight. 202. Went to msd school in Germany and thereafter on flight. Lived in Iraklion the first half of the tour then lived in the village the last half (across the street from PB and May). I believe we sold all of our furniture to Tom Dickson.
Hey, Ron Mahugh!! Haven’t seen you since the June 07 Charlie Flt reunion in St Louis. Hope all is well with you. Tom Barbee
I was station from 77-81 and worked in the communication squadron as the supply guy. Lived in the barracks, which we named the “Swamp”. Came back to Crete from 87-91 and worked in supply.
Dave Robinson, I work at the Dental Clinic. I left Crete in the fall of 87 and went to Izmir. Did you ever go to the Highland Laddy or Manoli The Jewerler. It was the best assignment I had in my 24 years of service…
This is my second post, and in this one I’m going to reach out to some of my old school friends and share a few more memories for anyone &everyone who may recognize or remember some people or good times..Like I said before, we came to Crete in 1967.My stepfather was SSGT Robert O.Hodges ( with 6931st Sec.Group) and my mom was Connie Hodges.I have a sister,April Counts, and our baby brother, Chris Hodges, turned 1 year old soon after we aarrived and living in a mediocre high rise hotel close to the beach and not far from downtown.Dad went often to a street side restaurant (for our supper)ethere that had a huge glass enclosed rotisserie room…and they filled the numerous rods (and rows of them!) With the tenderest and most delicious whole lemon seasoned chicken! Mom just ” knew” we were liable to become infested with exotic parasites, and nearly killed herself toting 5 gallon jigs of base water on the shuttle bus…and nearly blew her top when she found out we had been drinking it out of the tap.Dad also worked at nights at the NCO club in the cage, and if anyone remembers the legal slot machines..pop a smile! We had 2 lovely rent houses off base after leaving the hotel,one just past the “S” curve, & the other more towards Knossos Palace.When we started school again in Fall, my 3rd grade teacher was Mrs Vardakis, a beautiful rotund American lady married to a Greek man she was crazy about.She DAT at her desk mostly.. smoking cigarettes(Greek ones-in square boxes, and designing & drawing out clothing ideas for herself..( being a large woman!)My little “boyfriend ” was a handsome guy named Robert Horn, and our classroom was upstairs in the 301 Bldg.Our playground wsd the parking lot behind it.And does anyone remember the tall cinderblock walled cut thru path that led from there towards old base housing and Elementary school areas? We moved to the only base housing there was then…the old trailers with lean-to’s attached.My sister’s 1st grade teacher was a sweet older lady named Mrs.Jones..and she quickly became teacher’s pet! Mom had a part time, (then supervisor job) running the base bookstore in the ground floor location of the 301 bldg near the bank.In 4th grade my teacher was Mrs.Jean Forsyth.Friends were Susan and Kathy Brookswho lived a trailer lot away from ours, and Beth and Pam Babcock, the Jordan family that had a high rope attached to a tall tree we swung off of! Others I would love to connect with are Caroline Orr, Debbie Sabotnik, Debbie Pumphries, the Kelly girls, Mike and Jerry O’Brien, The Cote family, Robin & Zach Kimble( their dad had a civilian job)classmates Buck Wilson, Drew Vangelatos(her dad was our Elem. school principal) Jeff Mello,Steve and Donnie Modzelewski and so many others in Girl Scouts and on our many trips & hikes and Summer beach days..one trip was the day long hike through the fresh I’ve cold river flowing 20 mile gorge.You name it..we were taken by wonderful caring adults to see so many magnificent ancient places like Phaestos and the steep hike up the mountain to the cave where Zeus was supposedly born and hidden.We rented an apartment in the summer of ’69 in Chersonissos and hated the days of jellyfish infestation and we had to swim in sneakers to keep sea urchin spines out of our feet, But there were stretches of sandy beaches and hillsides to explore..not to mention the first water edge “Mikes” restaurant..that never ran out of fried potatoes, fried zucchini served with(heaven’s dip for your mouth) tsaziki dip on a saucer.And bottle after bottle of cold lemonadas,spoonfuls of clumps of “Gleeko” served on spoons in a glass of water.The next year my teacherfor 5th grade was Mr Broderick…who simultaneously taught our 5th and also a 6th grade class in a huge classroom upstairs in 301 bldg.He was a fine teacher and introduced art, literature and lots of “non school” related ideal to us such as compassion, empathy for others and actively promoted our learningof Greek culture, history and the awesomeness of living on this island paradise.The following summer of 1970 mom& dad borrowed the Modzelewskis pop up Volkswagen camper van and together with the Brooks family we spent every day in a new and amazing spot on the island..At 6th grade my teacher as the wonderful, great inspiration of my life, Miss Helen Angeles.My sister skipped 2nd grade to 4th..I don’t remember who she had then But for her 5th she had Miss Angelos’ best friend, Miss Albrecht.We both became very close to them as friends outside of school, and took them out to eat, making cookies at their house, and dad bbq’ing steaks for having them at our house.In the Summer of 1970….mom decided she had found, and was going to establish a camp there, in a smallish isolated high walled cliff of a beach.This is the very best time, and any of you servicemen who remember any of that summer at the” Vagabond Social Club” with was the next door single guys camp from ours …what fun times, good friends and great parties with our neighbors and the lovely young island travelling hippie female students who dropped by the G.I.’s camp and taught me to embroider flowers on my jeans and twist my braid my hair and make daisy chains and bead daisy necklaces..That summer I was perfectly safe and capable at 11, and stayed at our camp all week by myself while mom & dad worked.On the weekend my sister & I loaded into our inflatable rowboat and explored every inch of nearby coast and hillside.Not far from our Chersonnissosbeach camp to the left ..lay a finger of cliffy land mass jutting out a fair way into the sea.At the tip of it was built a small domed Greek Orthodox shrine.We had to check it out and it was filled with golden highlighted picture icons of The Saints and Holy Mother.A tiny cove of a beach just past ours was not beached with soft sand but millions of tiny sea shells Robert and I spent lots of fun days snorkeling for starfish! I’d love to hear from anyone who knew me or my family from 1967- 1971 on Crete.Sadly my baby brother lost his battle with leukemia on New years eve of 1999,after a super human year long battle.I’m a grandmother now , and Robert and mom have both passed in the past 4 years The teen dances on Sundays at the NCO club, with Pandoras box playing..(whose lead Beatle haircut singer crashed often on our sofa! The Summer USO show show by the 5th Dimension (1970?) And best if all the FANTASTIC time that the great Roy Orbison (how it came to be , I don’t know) but he played 2 or 3 nightly shows at the NCO club, which my mother felt was one of the greatest times of her life.She told us kids about seeing him live and it seemed to touch her in a way when she spoke of it that was almost overwhelmingly stunning to see such a gift and talent he had.I am not going to look of the old base on G Earth anymore, it is pretty much unrecognizable in that it has boomed more than I dreamed.I am blessed to have had six years of the joy in the Island d and people and culture of Crete..I’d love to hear from anyone who relates to things then. ..our friends or my parents’ & coworkers…Peace!
I knew your dad and mom; i was in the postal unit at ias. I knew alot of the teachers, like Annette Albrecht who ended up marrying Tony Edler who was the squadron commander for the 6931st. There was also, Helen Rae and Dayton Mcaloon who were teachers there at the time and they ended up getting married too. Annette and Tony ended up living on the east coast around Virginia Dayton & Helen ended up in Indiana. take care and good luck in the future. Joe Filak
I remember Bob. My family arrived in 1970 and left in 72. We worked together in the Radio Maintenance shop. His work bench was right next to DesCamp’s. In fact, his daughter left a message earlier. Besides the NCO Club cage, he also maintained the slot machines.
Paul Reed, Roy Couvion, Clyde Orr (I believe Cote came in after Orr left) Berlin Judy was in the teletype shop, had all silver hair and he wasn’t that old. We lived in Iraklion in Poros on the hill just off the main drag around the corner from the gas station. My oldest girl, Kelly, was in Mrs Jones class, probably with your sister. When the new base housing was done, we were 22 on the housing list so we got to move into one of the 4 plexes early. When my wife came back from Wiesbaden, W. GE with our 3rd daughter, the Greeks let me drive right out onto the runway apron with my car to pick them up. Now there is no W or E Germany.
While in Germany in 1981 I got to go back to Crete for a staff visit and our old house on base, and most others had been sprayed with orange foam, supposedly in an attempt to insulate them from the heat. May have worked, but looked terrible. The Ice Plant we planted in ’70 was still there, but there was no grass left in the backyard. Just before we left in 72, Melena Mercurie (Greek actress and communist supporter) was stirring up trouble and the big blue step van the Greek base employees used to get back and forth from town got blown up. Didn’t sit well with them and there was an increase in Minole cart traffic. Lots of happy memories of Crete
Hey – I Was Stationed At IAS Around 64-66. I Was The Chaplains Assistant, Played In The Rock Band Piano/Organ) With Tom Spears (Lead Guitar, Tommy Knight (Drums) And Priest Black Singer. Played Basketball For The Communications Squadron.
I Just Read Wayne Miller And Ed Augustine’s Comment About Terpsis Manoura. She Was There In The Print Shop When I Was There. There Was A SSgt And A1C Joe??? And A1C Chris??? In There Also I Believe. Had To Take The Sunday Bulletins There To Get Printed. She Was A Looker. Had A Sister Who Worked On Base Also Who Was Also A Looker And Very Educated. Great Times At IAS
Knew a Comm woman by the name of Donna, very lovely. Also, knew a chaplain assistant at Athenai Airport by the name of Thomas Hooker.
I was at IAS from June 64 to Dec 65. I was a 29252 and worked in the secured area. I was on DAWG flight. I do remember the band. I also remember having a good time at the club. I remember Joe Waltrip and Norm Koons and a Charles Vivarito(?) who was from Chicago. We had a lot of fun with the “Operation Bikini Watch”. Awwww those were the days!!!
I got there Dec. 1963 and was a 202 on Dawg Flight until April 1965. My roommate was Sam Jerry Rayburn also a 292. Other buddies that were 292s on Dawg were Dave Alle and a bunch of others that I’ll have to look at my orders to remember. My Sgt. Was Eddie Nalepka. I was a Turk analyst. My 202 buddy Rich “the Koz” Kozlowski and have been friends all these years until he passed away at his home near Chicago. My wife and I few up for his funeral Koz was a day shift 202. We now live in Port Charlotte a Florida.
Bob “Carp” Carpenter
I got to Crete mid ’65 and left Nov ’66. I most certainly remember “Doc” Halladay and the payday night poker games at the NCO club. It was he that they coined the expression “don’t eat at a place called MOM’s and never gamble with a guy named “Doc”. I also remember Lefty and when he opened his little bar. No one ever figured out how he got that juke box??? My “young” neighbors are from Crete,so I thought I’d google the old place. Sorry to see the place so beat up but a lot of memories. I was a 20250 on Baker, but my buddy was a day shifter named John Shenck from Tom River, NJ. Had an old red 50 Chev. All the best to you old SWAMP rats. (S/Sgt) Jim Hubert OCT 19, 2014
How this goes through. Jim Hubert
What a fun walk down memory lane !! I was the dental hygienist at IAS from Sept ’75-May ’77. This assignment was not only the highlight of my AF time but one of the best experiences of my life. I hung out with people from all areas of the base. John Laddomada (CBPO) ,Joe Bolden& Randy Blalock (cop shop),Cyndi Black-‘CB’ commissary,Carl and Dusty Scarpetti ,Gino Natale, Charlie Crum,and so many others from the Pound !! We hung out at Ellico’s and another disco in Chersonnosis. So many of the Greeks became great friends when I lived in the village.I remember awesome trips to Porkchop Hill,Agnoia,Agios Nikolas,Matala,Knossos. Then there was the Swedes from Fritids Resor travel company.OMG! Anyone remember Hickory Dickory Daquiri parties that lasted for days ? I dated Sue Egan from Dawg flt and Julie Smith in CES. Recall the TDY guys that hung the Turkish flag from the building in Iraklion getting smuggled off the island in mailbags on the Golden Eagle,some poor kid getting busted for a joint in the village and going to Chania prison for it. I still make Greek salad 2 or 3 times a week. I went to dental school after the AF and practice in Napa,CA. Would love to touch base with anyone from that time. Is the Creta Maris hotel still there? I HAVE to go back to the rock for a visit. So many great memories and fun times to re-visit. If you were there during my tour I probably cleaned your teeth once or twice and we probably had a drink or two at the NCO club.I recall big Don as the Master at Arms at the club and Tim Beasley stirring up stuff regularly. What a flash back this is. I have photos from that time of the re-model of the dental clinic and a few of my favorite people. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to connecting and reminiscing …..
Allan; I was also stationed at Crete, but at a different time. (1985-87) I was the NCOIC of Dental Services and its was by far my best assignment of 24 years. I hung out at a place called the highland laddie. It was a pub ran by a Scottish guy called Alex. We had three dentist and ten enlisted. I also hung out at Manolie the jewerler’s shop. My favorite spot was matala on the other side of the island, not a lot of clothes worn there!! I was also stationed two tours in Athens and a tour in Izmir. They closed the base and it looks horrible. I’ve not been back,but hope to visit again before I get to old!! Good to hear from an old Cretan. Take care, Dave R, Jefferson SC
Was there 66-68. It has been a lifetime ago but have many fond memories.
Still looking for anyhone at 6930th IAS August 1960 to February 1962. I was analyst Baker flight.
E-mail email@example.com Thanks!
Just so glad that someone set up this site! I enjoy the reading about everyone’s memories.
Was on Crete from 73-76 and just remembered some of my cohorts, Bob “Rookie” Schneider, Jerry Heiple, Bob Jones, Jim “Mondo” Markewiecz, Gary Humphrey, Al Christie, Andy Sablan, and Ron Gooch to name a few.
I was on Crete from early 1973 until mid 1974 – Baker flight 202. Great place, lots of good people and great memories.
to Roger Ferris. Roger. I remember you playing flag football. I worked Easy Flight but played for Dog Flight. Mike Pavlik was the QB I played wide out
I was a 202 on Charlie Flight from July 63 to Oct. 64 (got curtailed 90 days!)and went to the 6970th at Ft. Meade.
I’m looking for a picture of the old Nazi HQ in downtown Iraklion, the building that had the huge wrought iron gates with the swastika on it. I’m teaching a WWII class and would like the photo to fill a gap in the section on the battle for Crete in 1941. If you have one would you like to share it? I will of course give you full attribution.
Some of the guys I ran with were: Steve Leader (“Fearless”), Jim Sigmund (“Frisbee”), Israel Garcia (“Ike”), Jim (?) Everet (“Runt”)Rick Ott (“R.O.”), Paul (?) Jacobs (“Jake”), and Ron Debois (“R.G.”). Debois lives just up the street from me and we get together all the time but the rest have disappeared. It just dawned on me — that was 50 YEARS AGO! Wow. Am I really that old?
Dennis, I do remember those gates and I Have a picture of them “somewhere” but I don’t know if it is on a slide or a picture. Give me some time and I will let you know. Sorry but I have no idew where it ia
Dick; Were you at IAS in 1985-86 time frame as a retiree? Had a teacher for a girlfriend.
I was 292 on Dawg Flight from June 64 to Dec 65 I do believe I have a photo of those iron gates.
I had the good fortune to re-connect with a good friend from 6930th RGM from the early 60’s. Ed Mashman called me last evening. Others that I have found in recent months are Mel Cobb and Ellis Crabtree. If there are others who knew us, let me hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great Christmas!
TO: Joe Story….Saw your post. I was on Dawg Flight Dec. 63-Apr. 67 and was a 202. My roommate was 292 Jerry Rayburn of Burleson, Texas. I have tried everything to locate and communicate with him but to no avail. Maybe you or someone else who was at IAS/Crete have had contact. Thanks,
Bob “Carp” Carpenter
Port Charlotte, Florida
Sorry I have nothing for you.
sorry, can’t help you.
I was a 292×2 on Able flight from 72 to 74. Just trying to hook up with some of my old friends. I played basketball on the base team, ran track, and played football for Able Flt.
Kelly, I was on Baker for that time period and remember you from the basketball team. I do know that Larry Akers is an insurance agent for State Farm in Virginia Beach, VA and I was able to talk with him via internet. Good luck.
Kelly, I know that Larry Akers sells insurance for State Farm in Virginia Beach, Va. You can look him up under State Farm Ins. for that area.
I probably played against you on Baker Flight – I was a 202 on Baker from Jan 73-Jul 74
new email update.
IAS was my 1st assignment in the USAF from 76 to 78. I was a computer operator in the
compound. Worked for LT. Ross. My best friend was an SP named Jim Willey. We still keep in touch. I’ll post more names when the mind releases them.
P.S Gus, I was there when the flag incident happened. They when to prison but bought out their sentences after about six months and got sent back to the states.
I was at IAS June 64 to Dec 65. What is this flag incident that keep reading about?
I was on Dog Flight as a 202 from Dec. 1963 to April 1965. I think the flag incident happened after I left that caused a problem. Don’t know the details. Would like to hear from anyone at IAS while I was there. Thanks, Bob “Carp” Carpenter, Port Charlotte, Florida
Some guys were TDY down from Europe; the night before they left to go back they went out and partied! On the way back to IAS they so these flags flying at a hotel and decided to take them as a remembrance. They got caught and unfortunately for them – one of the flags was the Greece flag. Anyways, long story short – they were imprisoned, paid the price and were told to get out of Greece and never come back. That’s all I know.
I was stationed at IAS 17Dec64 to 16Dec66. Assigned to the Base Procurement Office (that collection of dallas huts just outside the base gate). Lived in the barracks (301 I think) until Oct 65 when I married and moved downtown. Roommates were Ronald Symes and Bob Maynard. (Bob and Barb shared a duplex residence with us in Crete from Jan 65 til Dec65.)
I was in charge of Construction Services in the BPO and had a hand in the new antenna field (1966), BEMO Warehouse (1965), Gym renovation (1965), Service Club Rehab (1966), Drains and Culverts (1965), and a few other projects. I also purchased fresh fruits and vegetables in the local market for the Mess and Commissary (had to learn Greek and loved it!)
Our first child was born at Wheelus AB, Libya in August 1965(MediVac, if you remember, was a Wednesday departure and Friday return.)
My wife and I loved Crete, traveled all over the island taking in the people and the history, sampling all the foods and the little towns.
We lived in a small section of Iraklion called Saint John (Agios Johnny), on the Knossos road about two miles from Knossos.
For me, Crete was one of the happiest times of my life, in spite of being A3 and A2, making just enough to pay the rent and travel. (Also worked as a waiter in the NCO club on Friday, Saturday & Sunday to make ends meet. Bob Maynard worked at the Bowling Alley for the same reason.)
The base was still there in 1987 when I visited and so were Jimmy Nickoliedes and Evangelos Vrentzos, both locals who had good positions on the base. The dallas huts were gone, replaced with a permanent structure.
Personally, I would love to retire there, but I understand there is a lot of economic turmoil.
More when I get another chance.
Yes Those we good times. I was there from 6/64 to 12/65. I am pretty sure I remember you from the club. I liked to go to Irakalion, sit in the town square, sip something called coffee and people watch. Yes there is a lot of history on the island.
to John Shenck,
If you are still around, I like to hear form you. Remember when you, “Tip” and I went to Athens on a long break. Great time.
Joe, there are only as few people I really remember from the base. The Procurement Office was isolated from the rest of the base, and those who worked in the ‘pound were hard to get to know. There were a few NCO’s who regularly played cards in the NCO club – on Friday nights as I remember. One NCO would start out every game winning and as the liquor flowed he got soused and lost everything. One night, he took me aside and told me to serve him tea on the rocks – instead of his usual bourbon. He left that night with full pockets and never played again, and went back to the states shortly afterward.
One story about the antenna field that I like to relate:
Regulations required that we use local labor as much as possible, so when it came time to update the old antenna field, we advertised for a two-step installation, the first step being the installation of the concrete bases. We awarded the contract to a company called Theodorakis. Their resident engineer came to the office and asked permission to perform his own survey, and we had him certified to enter the antenna field and take his measurements.
Next day he was back with his survey map, telling me we had a problem. Seems that our survey map had one base in the Mediterrean and one in the ‘pound. The Base Engineer came up to our office yelling and screaming that “no Greek so-called engineer” was going to embarrass him. (The Greek was standing next to me.) Calmly, our Greek so-called engineer invited the Base Engineer to dinner that evening at the Glass Palace downtown.(The Base Engineer just happened to be Greek himself.) The engineer whose survey was wrong would pay for dinner. You know the rest. It was the only time I was treated to dinner by anyone who worked on the base.
Hey Alan Coggeshal , I was there exactly the same time and I remember Willey , I was an SP also. We may have met sometime. Loved it there.
If you’re interested send me your email and I’ll send a few pictures , even have one of Willey Say hello to him for me he was a good guy.
My email. G4airstrike@yahoo.com
The flag incident occured in March 1977. Like the majority of us on the Rock personnel involved got a tad inebriated and decided to go to the village and “borrow” 8 Greek flags from the post office and various businesses. Problem was it was Greek Independence Day and needless to say this caused a minor international incident. Flags mysteriously re-appeared couple mornings later in a barracks lobby. Flags were then ceremoniously returned to local government officials.
Hey “Beetle”, I think there was an earlier incident on stealing the flags say around early 70’s (70 or 71). Either that or it was some wild tale. I was @ ias from apr 70 to 72; and then athenai airport from 72 to nov 75. Both great tours.
Hey Beetle , how the heck are you ? I don’t know if you remember me I was an SP there same time as you. I’m still good friends with another SP from there Steve Harris , we both live in Calif. now
I have a picture of you and me so if you don’t remember the name you will. If you’re interested send me you email and I’ll send you a few photos from our time there. My email
I even managed to get in touch with our old flight chief George Gould when I came across his name in Security Forces magazine about a year ago. That was very cool.
Hope to hear from you.
SAT-1 to CSC take care , out.
I was stationed there from June 1970 through July (I think) of 1972 at which time we was reassigned to Shu Lin Ku AS, Taipai, Taiwan
I new Sgt Coley and I was on Baker Flight
I served on Crete from Aug63 to Sept67. I lived downtown overlooking the Knossos Ruins. I absolutely loved the Greek people and the Island of Crete. Does anyone remember Col. Ross Spence? He was the base commander. His son joined the AF after Ross was assigned at the Pentagon. I say him while I was being discharged at Goodfellow AFB. I would have stayed in the AF but could not get reassigned to Iraklion AS. They kept wanting me to go to Turkey.
Bill: I was a 202 on Dawg Flight from Dec. 63 to April 65. I took my wife back to Crete on a cruise in May 2013 which docked at Chania Wish it could have been Iraklion. Loved Crete with a passion. Had many great times there on and off base.
I know the feeling. Have always wanted to go back for a visit. It will not happen as I will be 71 in May and not in good health. My second Daughter was born at Wheelis in Libya. I have seen a lot of pictures of Iraklion and it looks nothing like it did in the 60’s. We lived in a two bedroom house overlooking the Knossos Ruins I got out of the AF after 8 years. Did you do the 20.
Hi, my name is Tim and my dad Jim, nicknamed ‘MONDO’ was in the 6931st. We lived on the island for @ 6 years total (3 2 year tours). I am looking for any of his friends that are still out there: Jeff Smith, Rick Earhart, Guy, Judy Lawhon, Stan Bishop. I am sure there are others, and I could be wrong on the spelling of last names too. Very fond memories, hope to hear back from someone.
Tim what years was at IAS??
Tim, I knew your father and mother back in the day both on Crete and at Ft Meade. My wife Shirley and I were at your house a couple of times playing the guitar and for holidays and I remember the kids well.
I was stationed on Crete from 11/1968 til 6/1970. I was on Dawg Flt. with these guys…Ron Samson, Charlie Doctor,Kenny Singleton, Bill Kepler, Boomer, and many others of that era.
I took a lot of movies, but 7 rolls got lost in the mail. The rest I put on video tape & later on dvds.
I only have one regret, and that is that I didn’t extend my tour on Crete.
I was there in 1971-1972 and the again in 1974-1976. I was a Security Policeman and als for 1 year assigned at AFRTs and pad two shows for midnight to 3am. One was the Rock Garden and the other Music for Your Head. Anyone remember me. I was also there for the conflict during the Turkish-Cypriot conflict. You may recall we called int eh 7th Fleet to evacuate the dependent and put cars around the baseball field for a landing zone. There wer 12 of us SP’s who formed our own dog squad at the gate when the protesters came. Please someone remember this as vivid as I as there is little documentation. Hope to hear from someone. The only folks to listen to jus shows were the Diddi-boppers and Lunguists.
Kepler was my room mate. I got there around 3/71 and was a 202. My 4 years was supposed to be until 9/72, but Nixon gave us a 3 month early out. So I was there until 6/72. The Dawgies were on the top floor of the main barracks and the Dorm Chief was a guy we called “Old Master” – I don’t remember his real name; he was a lifer 203, but still young enough to be cool. TSgt James Taylor, aka sweet baby james, was 202 Supervisor and he smoked those Cheroot little cigars with the wooden mouthpiece. He was a piece of work from the south somewhere. I also remember SMsgt Britt was like the NCOIC. He kept the OIC out of trouble. I remember the OIC had a big birthmark on his face. He was a true 90 day wonder, but his father was a Colonel or a General. I knew Ken Hara aka ‘Naba”. He trained me. He re-upped to go back to the Philippines and get married to his girlfriend. We were there when they brought in the 3 female ditty boppers. Almost everyone smoked cigarettes (I never did) and I remember getting fried bologna and cheese on mids and going out for steak at Mickali’s (Mike’s) I think it was Hersonisus (sp). I’ll try to find some pics and remember more folks.
Stationed at Iraklion 1973 to 75. I was as X2 in the compound. During the protest I was on the auxiliary fire team at the front gate with a hose to hit them with foam if tried to come over. If that didn’t stop them we were to fall back and go to the compound. The SPs were to take over.
I think “Kep” must have extended his tour on Crete, because we got to Crete at the same time. I left in July of 1970. We are both from Michigan and live about 115 miles from each other.I did manage to get an email from him about a year ago. Other guys I was there with …. Jerry Ross, Greg Ebert, Wayne Tallant, John Gornall, Chuck Spires, Bob Simmons, Doug Collie, Tom Wagner. Any of These ring a bell?
reading through this has been a trip down memory lane. I first went to Crete in 1966 and remained there until September 1969. Was stationed up at the Tropo site overlooking the base. Remember taking it “live”. A little after a year there I met Mily Athina Doridou whom later became my wife. We have been going back to Iraklion every year since then and are looking forward to returning this July. There have been many many changes over the last 48 years bit the Greek people are still some of the greatest I have had the opportunity of knowing. Along the way I have lost touch with my best man Mike Hatcher. I know he worked with the AF up through 2007 in GA. His name listed on their records shows W. Michael Hatcher. If anyone knows anything about Mike I would really appreciate an email. My memory of names is terrible so I can’t list everyone I met there, so if you remember my name I would love to hear from you. I can be reached anytime via email and most of the time by phone whether here or there. wishing everyone the best,
I was a 202 on Dog Flight from Aug 72 until Oct 73, got a 6 month early out. I do remember Bill Kepler, and Boomer. Worked in the back, reported to SMSGT Al Gray. I was there when the first WAFS were assigned also. I’ve talked with Ron Bourquin, he and I were both in Okinawa and Crete. Anyone know: Chris Hansen, Herman Franks, Jim Krug, Charles Williams, Mark Sumrak, Frenchy DeRosiers, Dave Walkenbach, James Studdard, Curt Macdonald?
Hey JT and all- I don’t know if Kepler extended his tour, but he had gotten divorced or his wife left him and he was pretty upset about that. When I got promoted to E-5, they let us move to single rooms, so I forget when, but I moved out and Kep was by himself. Gary, I’m getting to feel pretty old when I hear this names and some I remember, some I don’t. I remember JT because he and I were at Torii Station (but stationed at Kadena) and Iraklion too. I do remember Boomer, Franks, Krug, Sumrak and Curt MacDonald. We also had a Uribe, Buzz Wade and some other guy on the back racks that I don’t remember his name, but he was the fastest ditty bop we had, maybe the whole unit had. Franks, Boomer, Wade had been there awhile, and they left about the time the ladies came in. I had worked for Al Gray when he was on flight I think, because he invited us all to his house for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Also, Jim Verdieck was a 202 that went all the way back to Goodfellow with me, but he wasn’t at Okinawa. He got married there to Mary and they’re still together in CO, I think Grand Junction. A buddy of mine I met after discharge was a Marine and we kinda followed each other in JC and then Golden Gate University in SF. Ray Batenich stayed with us at my parent’s house when my dad, brother and I were planning a trip to a river outside of Yosemite, but didn’t stay there. I told Batenich he had to leave. Batenich had an aunt who lived less than two miles from us, but she and Batenich’s mother were on the outs, so they wouldn’t let him stay there. Batenich’s cousin introduced me to my wife of almost 30 years and now 10 years divorced. I also had Mike Bunger and Ron Puzon, both from Okinawa, stay at my folks house; Bunger was from KY; Puzon was MI. Bunger went to Misawa and Puzon to Ft. Meade. I don’t know what Bunger did, but Puzon came out to CA several times and had dinner at my folk’s house. My mom always got a Christmas card from him. Oh, last one I’ll mention was George Brinkmann, from Goodfellow and possibly Oki. Like I said, I’ve got some pics’, but this being retired is busy stuff!
Further to Verdieck part, the guy and I went to CO during break and stayed with Jim and Mary for a couple nights. Then we went on to see an uncle of mine in Colorado Springs and then to the Coors plant in Golden CO.
Was that called “Mickey Mountain” with the two big ear antennae?
I recall several comments about the Tropo site as Mickey Mountain
To Ron Bourquin: Your post caught my attention as I am a Colorado native. What really grabbed me was your visit to Coors Brewing Co. I worked there 1967 to 1993, and was Dircetor of Corporation Transportation/Logistics and Director of Aviation as well. I truly appreciated my time there. I was at IAS Crete when it was still 6930th RGM in 1960-1962. I was Y202 on Baker flight at the time. Went back to USAFSS Hqs. San Antonio, and left the Air Force in 1965. If you get back to Colorado, find me … I’m buyin’!. Be well! Kent Barr
Ron and all, The fast guy in the back was Kent Dickenson, and you’re right he was blazing fast. Remember James A. Ali? He worked days and was responsible for supplies, he had the bathroom remodeled and we named it “the James Ali memorial latrine”. I remember Ray Batenich, in fact he and I hiked to the top of that mountain near base with the cross on it. Still have slides of that. I remember Buzz Wade too, his position was close to my desk. Al invited us to his place for Thanksgiving, his wife Merle, was English, they had two kids. Al sent me to England to Bletchley for a course and I took her father some tobacco. Al retired from the Air Force and continued working at Ft Meade. Lets see, other names, Bill Lobo, Curt MacDonald had a buddy we called Weazel, have no clue what is name was. Guy Lent, some guy named Justice, Pratty. I’m sure there are more but that’s all I can think of.
JT, Kent and all ex-Cretians
I remembered Tom Usey on the rack right up front, George was our 203. Very nice guy; very quiet and level-headed. There was a guy short but very stocky was a 202 – blonde hair – Mike I think. He and his wife lived on base in a trailer. They had a bunch of us over for BBQ. JP Justice was a party guy who ripped some hair off of my chest because he said I had too much. John Hurliman from Altoona PA. Always at the gym and had to get a couple of screws put in his shoulder. He was the guy that stuttered when he was sober but not as bad as when he was drinking. What was OIC’s name for dawg?
Kent, on the way to CO, we stopped at Bonneville salt flats and watched Paul Newman race a modified stock car. When he stopped and got outta the car, someone handed him a Coors! He took a big slug smiled and waved.
And of course I’ll tip a cold one when I’m out there. Thanks for the invite. That’s it for now.
Last quicky – we were on days one time and down the aisle walks Dennis Ostrowski who had the bunk above me in basic! He was about 6’4″ and 225 lbs. His rack wasn’t too far from my 5’9″ 135 lbs. From Cleveland.
Ron and all. I think the OIC was Lt. Britt or Brill, something like that. I remember the name Tom Usey, but don’t remember him. I do remember a 203 that was married, had re-upped and we though he was “Old” because he was in his 30s. Was that George? There was another 203 that was married and lived in Hersonissos, tall thin guy with dark brown hair. And yes, J P Justice, that was his name, his wife’s name was Ellie, or was that his sister-in-law. The name John Hurliman sounds familiar too, but I can’t place him. Do you remember a guy on Baker flight making a super 8 movie that was supposed to be a murder mystery and had people in it from Dog and Baker. He even edited it like a movie and it was shown at the airmans club. Barb, one of the WAFs on Dog was in it.
Borquin … Hook me up anytime!
303.525.6083 Thanks! Barr
I was a Security Policeman at IAS in the 6931st SG from 1971-72 and remember running into a burning trailer in the housing area to spray down the bathroom with a fire extinguisher and pull out two children. I remember those tiny trailers were fire traps. I think it was in 1972. Does anyone know what happened to those two kids? They had a small dog too.
Does anyone remember the band “Pandora’s Box” who use to play at the club at IAS? I think they were from England. The female singer was Cathy, she did a great “these boots; i think Richard was the lead male singer. Just was wondering when the last time they played at the club?
I arrived at IAS Crete in about March 1971 and was discharged there in June of 72 (early out). The only band I remember being there for quite awhile was “Lilly and the Cavelleri’s”. They were from Italy and I think were going from base to base in the Med area. They did come back several times. They had trouble pronouncing “v’s” (…_ for ditty bops), so “Yellow River” by the band “Christie” became “Yellow Reber” here’s link to the real version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LWDBuGzYfg if you need to jog your memory. Two other things I remember about the club were: (1) after mids, about 4 to 6 of us would have breakfast there and someone started ordering a side of sauteed mushrooms, with over easy eggs, hash browns, bacon and a Steuben’s (sp) beer – or was it Carling’s Black Label or four. It’s “all” they could get on Crete for beer. I think the Base Exchange had Olympia or Hamm’s every once in awhile. (2) The other thing was very rarely did the Navy come into Iraklion, but when they did, it was like the Marines getting R & R on Okinawa. Fights, barfing, drunkenness; a generally good club experience. One night,Dawg flight and for some reason Charlie flight guys were in the club together and a Navy guy bet us he could chug the whole bottle of hot sauce. So I think we bet him a total of about $5 from a few of us and damned if he didn’t do it. Course, he starting barfing soon after and got kicked out of the club. OK, I’ll stop now…
JT – I think Britt was a Senior Msgt and NCOIC of Dawg flight. He sat up front and put Jimmy Taylor through his paces, so I still don’t remember the OIC – 1st or 2nd Lt.???
Was onCrete Dec 69 till may 1971 then went to 6987th as in Tawain. On Crete worked Swear and Tear till My clearance came in. Loved eating Lions Square and at Mikes Place.
I was there for 3 years starting January 1973. I remember that band playing during that period.
Does anyone know where Joe and Nora Sheppard might be? Theyy had two young sons Jonas and Jason.
Pandora’s Box was a group from England and also did a tour of the clubs. I was stationed at Athenai Airport and they came to that club for a month and from there went to AIS. They were really great fun. Thanks for the input.
Almost lived at Lions square but didn’t get to Mike’s place that much. Got to chicken charlies and pork chop hill quite abit. Fond memories.
i was stationed on crete, sep 78 – june 80. arabic linguist, hubby reassigned to crete may 79.
i think bill lobo was at sembach 86-90 the same time we were there. by that time i was out of AF, but hubby still in. before that we were on crete, see post by charles “ct” wells there at the same time. we were 208 arabic linguists. charlie flt. judy hamilton and jean rupert were the code breakers. chuck pierce was our nco. just decided to see if there was a group from crete. i see there’s a group on fb, so will check that out.
Was x1 Dawg flt July 67 – Jan 69. Lived on base till Apr 69. Wife joined me in Apr 69 & we moved to apt near Knossos. Hung out with Dick Carter & Ron Bonner & their wives. Other good friends john Everson, Joe Grahowski, Dean Schroeder, Scotty, Ron Parton. Wife Kathy $ I went back to Crete & nearby islands April 2014. WOW, how Iraklion has changed. Didn’t go to base cause told it was now an aquarium. Tried to find old house but area changed too much to be sure we found it. Miss those times.
Was there 1985-87, Dental Services. I hung out a lot at the Highland Laddy, (Alex) and Manolie the Jewerler’s. You said there was a group on Facebook?
Hello. I was onCrete Dec 69 thru May 70. Worked up at the housing office. Loved The Rock. Happiest time of my life. Went to Shu Lin KOu after Crete. Glad. You answered. Dotty
pandora’s box played there off and on through 1972 , probably way beyond. Sean (Fearon), Cathy, jimmy). I stayed in touch with Sean for years. I remember Roy Orbison, and the Sweet Inspirations (Whitney houston’s mom’s group), and the ‘Miss teen iraklion pageants!
To Ralph Benett Yes I remember you and Kathy. Bonner lives in San Antonio but we don’t keep in touch. where do you live. I am in Bay City, TX
yeah! that was the crew, i now remember Jimmy and Sean. I really liked them on and off the stage. thanks for the input. Joe
To Dick Carter. Good to hear from you. Kathy & I talk about Crete all the time & all the good memories from that time. We have lived several places since got out, but now retired living near Wilmington, NC. I exchanged couple emails with Bonner 6-7 years ago, but that was it. You still with Mary?
I am remarried. Mary died in a motorcycle accident that we were in in 2009. We ended up having 2 daughters. Text me your email address to 979-557-1986.
To dick carter. Sent txt. Did u get?
Yes I did.
Yea, Kep never said too much about when he was getting out. I think I mentioned, his wife left him or some such thing and he only talked much about it when he was blitzed.
Wayne Tallant – was he an E-6 Staff Sgt in charge of X1 racks toward the back? Never a hair out of place?
Ron, E-6 is a tech sgt(5 stripes); E-5 is a staff sgt(4 stripes).
Sorry, I should know, since I was an E-5 SSgt when I got out.
Thanks Joe! This old age shit is fun. I can remember phone numbers and license plates to all my houses and cars, but some things I do forget – of course everyone does…
Ranks, titles and insignias have changed, but were in place in 1972:
E-1 Airman Basic No stripes
E-2 Airman One ”
E-3 Airman 1st Class Two ”
E-4 Sgt Three ”
E-5 Staff Sgt Four ”
E-6 Tech Sgt Five ”
E-7 Master Sgt Six ”
E-8 Senior Master Sgt Seven ”
E-9 Chief Master Sgt Eight ”
If you look at today’s ranking system, they have changed titles, like Senior Airman as the E-4 now and mostly added to Chief Master Sgt.
See this link for current ranks, pay grades and pay:
I think I got $80/month when I first joined, and the first payment was made in cash by the base paymaster at Lackland AFB who wore a 45 Auto pistol on his side. Most of that money was used for the shaving stuff and, if I’m not mistaken, we even had to pay 60 cents for the first haircut. Anyone else remember?
To Ralph Bennett: remember George “whiskey man” Gottschall?
I remember Wayne Tallant real well. I got an email a few years back, from him. He lives in San Antonio, last I heard. Anyone remember Charlie Doctor, Ken Singleton, Jerry Ross, Myron “Sam” Samson?
Ron, I don’t think I got paid at all until I got to Goodfellow, and then yes, that first time was in cash. I don’t remember the amount, but I know I bought a Sony digital clock radio with it.
I kind of remember the name Tallant
I had contact with George Gotschall a few years back he was living in Cleveland area
My dad was stationed on Crete from 1966-1868 and I went to 5th and de 6th grade on base. We lived in a double trailer with a room built in between as a living area and the commissary was at the end of our street. My mom was a cashier there and our house was two from the end so she basically walked across the street to work. We rode our bikes to the beach and learned to swim during summer swimming lessons there. When I tell people I learned to swim in the Mediterranean Sea, they don’t believe me! The Motor Pool backed right up to our backyard. Such a wonderful place to live part of my childhood.
Stationed at Crete from 81 – 83, was a cop and worked Information Security. Lived in the local economy (Kokini Hania next to a disco) for a year and then moved on base. Worked off hours as the night manager in the NCO and Airman’s club. I believe Hollis was the overall manager of the NCO club. Best time I ever had and I am planning a trip there as part of my bucket list within the year.
I arrived in Crete in March 67 and left Sept 68. I was part of Base Supply. Like many of you there are names I wish could remember. I have many fond memories of my time at IAS. During the two summers I was there, I was assigned to the base marina…really tuff duty. I remember many of the stories discussed earlier, like poker nights at the NCO club. I was there during the Greek uprising against the King. I pulled guard duty at night with an M1 and one bullet that I had to keep in my pocket…great security. I also participated in the base competition in track against the Greek Army ROTC in downtown Iraklion. I have fond memories also of weekend trips to the beach in Matala after raiding the base kitchen for bacon and eggs to cook on the beach. That really got the interest of tourist sleeping inthe caves and on the beach. I have very strong memories of the Greek Nationals I worked with in Supply. They were great individuals to work with. I do plan to go back one day. That is how I found this site. I have been trying to find one of my friends. If anyone knows Jim Foster from Ukiah CA, please let me know on email@example.com. Other fellow Supply friends were Tsgt Cary, Tsgt Burt Jones. If Gary McPherson can get me access to the picture site I would really like to see it. If I can find my slides, I know I have a few pictures you might want to add.
Thanks for the Memories…
I must “cast” again. I’m still hoping to connect with anyone at IAS 6930th RGM from July 1960 thru February 1962. I was (Y)202 on Baker flight. I roomed with Dale Miller (Iowa) and Jack Hays (Indiana) early, and with John “Smiley” Miles (Pennsylvania) and Hugh “Squirrel” Blackerby (Alabama) later on. I went back to SS Headquarters (Kelly AFB) San Antonio. Separated May 1963. Worked senior management at Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO, for 27 years. Now living in Arvada, CO, northwest Denver suburb. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
I was at IAS Dec. 1963 and was a 202 on Dawg Flight until April 1965. My roommate was Sam Jerry Rayburn, a 292. Other buddies that were 292s on Dawg were Dave Allen and a bunch of others that I’ll have to look at my orders to remember. My Sgt. Was Eddie Nalepka. I was a Turk analyst. My 202 buddy Rich “the Koz” Kozlowski (Day Ops) have been friends all these years until he passed away at his home near Chicago March 2014. His brother-in-law, Dick Wilson, Russian 203, was there at the same time. Recently another buddy, Dennis Maki, 202, found me on Facebook last month. We are getting together at the end of the month? We now live in Port Charlotte a Florida. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS ME OR MY BUDDIES, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT email@example.com.
Bob “Carp” Carpenter
I remember you. I was a 292 on dawg flight from June 64 to Dec 65. I roomed with Norm Koons.
I remember you. I was a 292 on dawg flight from June 64 to Dec 65. I roomed with Norm Koons.
Stationed @ Iraklion Air Station from 1972-1974. First duty assignment from Lackland AFB as 81150 security police. It was during this time alot of soldiers were returning from Vietnam. Had a great time there, probably the best assignment I had during my 33 years. Retired in 2008 from the Tennessee Army National Guard. Do miss the ocean and sites!
Robb Carpenter. I remember you. I was a 292 on Dawg Flight from June 64 to Dec 65. Left IAS went to Samsun Turkey.
I roomed with Norm Koons from Indiana.
I remember Joe Waldrip from Alabama. Charles Vivarito from Chicago. Iraklion was the best assignment in USAFSS.
Joe Story…thanks. Do younremember my 292 roomy Jerry “Sam” Rayburn? He was from Burleson, TX…no luck finding him. I’d have to see a photo of Norm to jiggle my memory. Anyone else you might be in touch with from Dawg Flight. BTW, 202 Dennis Maki is flying her to Florida from Nebraska for a 5-days on July 31…he found me on Facebook…haven’t seen him in 50 years.
Robb Carpenter….thanks for your update. I had one fantastic tour..you had three. One of the best times in my life.
While stationed at Iraklion Air Station from Apr. 1972 – Oct. 1973, I owned a 1966 white/green VW bus with Snoopy on the drivers door. Before I departed, I sold the bus to the NCO Open Mess for deliveries. Anyone remember that vehicle and what became of it? Curious!!!
Robb Carpenter, Retired Military
11 July 2015
I was a computer operator May 74 – May 76. Allan Coggeshell, you were probably my replacement. I also worked for LT Ross & Rich Simpson. Steve ? was also an operator while I was there.
TheI was at ias 74-76 on able flt.I was a 207×2.from goodfellow-corrie station fla. Flexcope. My supervisor s were Joe Gaime and John Clhota.I played fastpitch softball for Coach Joe Game-champions.football for Steve-champions.basketball for Paul Demaris.2nd place.volleyball-3rd place.my nickname was Likeum.Larry Esteep was our Nolan Rya
n type pitcher.
Where did you buy that VW van? I was an SP and left Iraklion in late June of 72. Did you buy it from me?
I don’t remember a name of the previous van owner. I remember buying the vehicle from one of the linquist’ stationed there. It was always different, there wasn’t another one like it. Seems like I bought it for around $300-400 dollars. Thanks for replying back to the email!
Looking at some old photos, the Snoopy VW bus had a original roof rack. Does this help?
16 July 2015
Doug Bryan, do you know where Lassy Estep is today. I knew a Larry Estep while working at Coors Brewing Co. The Estep that I knew was with the Norfolk Southern RR in Birmingham, AL. He was an Operations guru, and folks in my department talked tp Larry on a regular basis. If you have a line on him I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Looking for anyone who might have known my dad, Lee (Leroy) Bentz. He passed 20 years ago tomorrow and I’m just looking to connect with anyone who could share stories, pictures, etc, as I know very little about my dad’s life in the AF.
62-64: Non-Morse Intercept Operator, Wakkanai AS Japan
64-66: Transcriber, Wiesbaden Germany
66-77: Printer Systems Operator, Darmstadt Germany
67-69: Printer Systems Operator, Wakkanai Japan
69: Printer Systems Operator, Kelly AFB, Texas
70-74: AIT Coordinator, Misawa Japan
74-77: Tempest Cignal Analyst, Kelly AFB, Texas
77-78: Squadron Printer Controller, San Vito dei Normanni, Italy
78-81: Wing/Base Scheduling Supervisor, Langley AFB
81- Wing/Base NCOIC, Holloman ABF
From the little I have, it looks like he was well liked by his supervisors and subordinates…I have a letter that was written by Tina M Mayer and Gary C. Walker on June 30, 1978 requesting recognition for his efforts.
If anyone recalls my dad, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is for Ron Mundweiller and anyone else stationed on Crete from 1966-1968. Ron, I remember you played short stop on the softball team and the pitcher you mentioned was Chuck Lamb. He was a good friend and I would like to get in touch with him. I bowled with him and Pete Edens on a scratch league. They both were excellent bowlers and I got to bowl with them because I was not so good and there was a max that the 3 bowlers could average when there scores were added together.
Ron, I was also in Taiwan, and if memory serves, you received recognition for your actions when a plane crashed on the mountain near Shu Lin Kou!
My email is email@example.com and my phone number is 304-488-8269 and would like to hear from anyone stationed on Crete or Taiwan during the time I was there.
My father Richard “Mac” MacLeod was stationed there from 1966-1968. We lived on base in a double trailer. Do you remember him?
I was stationed on Crete, 6931st, from June 1964 – August 1965, when I returned to U.S. because of the death of my brother, who was also USAF in Illinois.
I loved being on Crete, but I was a terrible “analyst.”
I was in Baker Squadron, and played on their basketball team [base champs], and also played on the base team.
I remember you Jeff I was on Dawg Flight 292×2. Yes those were good days
I was at Iraklion Dec 69 thru May 71 Then went to Shu Lin Kou on Tawain. Loved Crete. I worked in the housing office. Dotty Ludington
Kent Barr, I cant find Larry Estep.There was a pitcher for our Able flt.fast pitch champion team I believe his name was TOM PEARSON.Reggie Grover was catcher.Gary Seibert 1ST BASE.PAUL DEMAIRS-2ND BASE.BOBBY RUPPERT SS.JOHN BIGAS-RF.PHIL HAMILTON CF.Danny martinez lf.I played 3Rd.base.
Kent Barr, I cant find Larry Estep.There was a pitcher for our Able flt.fast pitch champion team I believe his name was TOM PEARSON.Reggie Grover was catcher.Gary Seibert 1ST BASE.PAUL DEMAIRS-2ND BASE.BOBBY RUPPERT SS.JOHN BIGAS-RF.PHIL HAMILTON CF.Danny martinez lf.I played 3Rd.base.
I drove a 1960 yellow vw bug with flames painted on the rear engine hood.I loaned it to whomever.I bought it for 275 dollats from Gary Seibert.He ssaid it had sold for 275 dollars for many years.A tuneup for the new owner was courtesy on THE ROCK. I stayed.on the 2nd. Floor of the barracks across from the rec. Center.One night Jack Albert told me my bug “the yellow submarine” had been turned upside down by some mar8nes. All in fun of course.Many stories and photos , a ton of good times on the ROCK.Athens was really hip also.Matala and the Mermaid cafe was really cool.Had a greek friend named Vangielles.
For the good times,I was NCOIC Material Control in Mission Maontinece 1972 -73 did lots of coordination with PMEL ,OFFICATED DYA FOOTBALLcalled bingo at the NCO Club…
Doug Bryan, thanks for your response. I was at 6930th close to 10-12 years ahead of you and Estep. The guys you mentioned in your post were unkown to me. I left Crete February 1962, and finished active duty in May 1963. Think I read in an earlier post that Estep was planning/hoping to retire on the island. Certainly, it would be great to know if the Estep I knew at Norfolk Southern RR was the same guy you knew. Be well, my friend. Take care!
I remember you from the NCO club and bingo. I was stationed @ Iraklion from Apr 72-Oct 73 as Security Policeman. I also remember several calls I made to the NCO club when it was opened to the Navy during this time. There were quite alot of calls for fights and drinking out of control.
Hello Robb, I remember you played flag football, also Maculey was shift Ssgt w/SP.I pulled my hamstring and retired from flag football. Mac passed one year ago. I finished my twenty years working in Social Actions for 9 years. Good to hear from you. Iretired in md near JBAFB take care…..
Thanks for your encouraging email. You have a very sharp memory! Thank you for your service! I retired from the TN Army National Guard in 2009 with 33 total years, spent some vacation time in Afghanistan in 2007-2008. I did play some flag football. Do miss the local beach, clear ocean water and all that good, low priced food! Sorry to hear about Mac,I do remember him also. There were definitely some personalities that were hard to forget. At age 19, Crete was an eye opener for me back then. Good to hear from you, please stay in touch. Bless you.
Robb, I was there from Jan 73 until July 74 – your name sound familiar but I can’t place you. I was an analyst on Baker Flight and had plenty of fun at the NCO club, especially on break between swings-days. I also play flag-football for Baker flight. I remember one SP that had an old VW Bug, black I think with the wheels reversed on it.
Hello Mike. Seems like I hung out with folks mostly from Able Flt. during this time. There was a young lady who worked on Able that I got to know, Donna Mullensman? She was from Wisconsin. I had a 66 VW bug, but it was a chocolate brown, but there was a black VW owned by another SP that you remember. I think his last name was Daggle. I usually worked the security gate going into the compound. I handled out the badges for access and did it for so long that I remembered the number of the badge associated with the person! think I was only an A1C while stationed there (E3).
i was stationed at. 6931st from March 72 till October 73 as an SP I hung around with Richard White from NC and David “Diggs” Trengrove who drove a big Harley I had a roommate named Huckabe and remember a guy who had long hair off duty and would greece it up under his cap on duty I can’t remember his name. Anyone remember them? Anyone remember me? I am going to visit in September and stayin in Hersonisis any suggestions?
Larry I think I bought the van from you. Was it outfitted as a camper? If so I had a lot of fun with it. I remember a local Greek girl named Chris that I used to see. I think she married a GI she worked on base do your rember her?
Robb, if you haven’t been to Crete recently you will not recognize it at all. I was stationed here with the 2140th Comm Det from 1966-1969,arrived mo wife Mily and have been returning annually ever since. We are currently on the island til Sept. Hersonisos is a tourist Mecca now full of tourists from all over the world. If you would like I can get you in touch with my neighbor who has a neat hotel there, just drop me an email. Hope you have as much fun as we do.
Good morning Pete. You and I were there at the same time, hall mates in the billets across the street from the fire hall and mess hall. The first vehicle I brought was a orange/white yamaha motorcycle, then a white/green VW bus with snoopy on the driver’s door. I even roomed with Richard White downtown Iraklion when his wife moved backed to N.C. prior to his move. Its a small world.
Pete, it took me all day, but the SP you were thinking of with the long hair and grease was Stanfield at Iraklion. He was tall, about 6’2″. I remember he marched to a different drummer!
Rob we were stationed there at the same time right? Your name sounds familiar. I live in Ft Myers do you live in Port Charlotte? Do you remember Trengrove or Richard
Just read your reply it is all coming back to me now
Hey Pete. Good to hear from you. I do remember Diggs and Richard White, worked with both of them. Richard always rode on his motocross bike and diggs had his harley chopper shipped from california to greece, it was always catching on fire! My roomate was a guy named Chris Smith. You and I always worked different shifts while in greece. Do you remember the small hispanic SSGT who always worked the desk? There was also a young, very tall SP named Kevin Kerbs who lived in the barracks. I live in Murfreesboro, Tenn. I retired from the TN Army National Guard in 2009. I had an aunt and uncle who lived in Ft. Myers, a very pretty place, haven’t been there in over 20 years. Have a great day and stay in touch through this web site.
Pete and Robb
Yes my VW was set up for camping. I left Crete in June of 72. So you probably did by it.
Jim Stanfied was at Crete in 70 to 71 then went to Vietnam. After DaNang he came back to Iraklion and lived off base with his girl friend. He now lives in Folsom, California and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob good hearing from you I remember the Hispanic SSGT but can’t remember his name SSGT Miller was my Flifgt leader I am heading there next month it will be interesting to see how much the area has changed in 40 years have you had any contact with Richard or Diggs over the years?
I was a 202 Stationed in Crete from August 71 until October 72, on Dog flight. In January 72 I took a course at Bletchley Park in the UK. Did anyone else go there? Also, does anyone have any pictures of Mikes Light House? Spent many fun times there but never took a pic.
I was on Dog Flight May 72 – July 73, an X1. Worked the front half of the aisle.
Gary, I don’t recognize the name, but expect I knew you. Do you remember either David Walkenbach or James Studard? I think they got there about the same time as you and were both X1s.
I was on Dawg Flight, E-5 202 from March ’71 to July ’72.
Last da4e should be June ”72
Went to Crete Nov63 to Mar65. Was on
Charlie Flight with Steve (Fearless)
Leader and others. Was in on the
Dodge Ambulance that we rode all over the island. Stuck it one night
and had to get someone from the base
to pull us out. Played basketball,
softball and football. Knew a buddy
of Adrian Cronauer who was in Crete
then. Went to the P.I. in 65. Spent
a lot of time on the beach when we
weren’t in the pound. My roomie was
I vaguely remember Dave W.
HERC!! “Willard Balk” reporting for duty. Funny you should join the site because I just got off the phone after talking to Jim “Frisbee” Seigmund for the past hour after having read his comments from May 15, 2011 (way up above). We went over old times about Runt, R.O., Fearless, Jake, Ike and the many trips in the Roach Coach. Another Charlie flight guy Ron Debois,(“R.G.”) lives up the street and we often chat about the great times we had on Crete and the guys we ran with. Sent me a note at email@example.com and we can hook-up. It’s good to learn that most of the guys are still alive, even after 50 years!
I was stationed at IAS 76 to 78. I was on Able Flight but augmented often on the other flights. I had a slightly chopped Triumph 650 that I drove all over Crete and I really enjoyed my time there.
I was stationed at IAS 71 to 72 on Dog Flight and I had a Triumph 650 that I bought in London and had shipped to Crete. I drove it all over Crete too and also really enjoyed my time there.
I was stationed on Crete 1967-1968 and am trying to get in touch with Chuck Lamb. Please let me know if you know of any way to reach him. Thanks,
I was a Morse code operator working in the compound on “Able Flight”. We worked 4 swing shifts, 4 mid shifts and 4 day shifts before having a short break and starting it all over again. I previously attended the signal search and development school at RAF Chicksands (Ski was my instructor) so I worked in the SSD area of the compound.
My roommate was Gino Natalie in the dorms. I can remember the air jams we had with Jack Albert on the ironing board keyboard, myself on bass guitar, Mack Bray on lead guitar and Albert Khonoyan on drums and Dido Didomenico filling in where necessary. Music was a big part of dorm life then and most everyone had huge stereo systems; turntables, receivers, deck to deck, reel to reel, equalizers and most of all, huge speakers that blasted out the great music. Almost at any time, you could hear someone’s music blasting from the dorms. But that didn’t stop our good Greek friends from taking their daily siesta in the dayrooms. They seemed to be able to tune out the loud music and commotion in the dorms.
I was involved with team sports and worked out at the gym a lot along with often taking a hot sauna. I played tackle football, softball, basketball, beer drinking, bowling and anything else that came along. Dan Ford coached our football team and I can remember some of our players including Gino, Denny Brown, Danny Martinez, Pete Abraham, Randy, Stan, Roger Simmons, Jack. We had a theme song we always played and cranked up the volume: “Get ready, cause here we come”, the Rare Earth version. We also played a lot of backgammon both on base and off base. The local Greeks played well and were very animated, slamming the checkers on the board and wanting us to speed up our play.
Yes, for many of us, beer drinking was a sport and we were very good at it. Actually, we threw in some Lambrusco, Raki, Ouzo and the crowd favorite, Metaxa. I favored a 3 or 5 star Metaxa mixed with a little Coke but once in Athens, I had some of Metaxa’s Grande Fine brandy in a heated brandy glass and man, was that good! The ferry trip to Athens was an experience in itself…not sure how I survived them. And the trips to Bobby’s Bar in Athens…whew!
We often got boats from the marina and skied along the clear coastal waters or boated over to Dia for some snorkeling. Once in a while we would catch an octopus and cook it up in the dorm kitchen. I can still remember all the antiquities we saw while snorkeling in certain areas but we were sternly told not to mess around with them – we could look but not touch. And who can forget the great Greek food? Grilled Souvlaki on the meat skewers with the side of Tzatziki; grilled Calamari; Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves); the best Gyros stuffed with fries and the Greek salad. Speaking of the salad, our local Greek salad consisted of feta cheese, cucumber, onion, tomato, black olives and olive oil, with a side of delicious bread. There was no lettuce on their salads. In fact, I don’t think there was any lettuce on the entire island. The best Moussaka was served just outside the base in Gournes. These meals were often finished with a little baklava or samali. I can also remember driving to Heraklion for some freshly made and hot potato chips and the frequent trips to Pork Chop hill. I don’t want to forget our Greek chefs who prepared meals for us in the dining hall. I mean, the food they prepared for us was pretty darn good. I can remember some of the fresh seafood and sometimes, they would even grill steaks for us.
I also met Kathy Ross there, a fellow X1, and we were later married in the states. I met Kathy when she was PCS’d to Iraklion after we had to close down the 6933rd Security Squadron in Karamursel, Turkey. We have two beautiful sons, Kyle and Will.
I guess Iraklion was a love or hate assignment for many people. I happened to love it but I had friends who hated it and some of them never left the base. I was one who loved everything about living on Crete. I rode my motorcycle all over Crete and I tell everyone that for me, Crete was a two year vacation, although I could get along just fine without the winter sand storms we had.
Most often I was in a couple of taverns in Hersonissos (Ellico’s and Zac) or Heraklion but I travelled often to Agios Nikolaos and Malia. I made a lot of friends there; Joe Robillard, Steve “Birdman” Anderson, Charlie Oshiro, Joe Gamboni, Zach Wheat, Mark Whitman, Josette, Chris and Viola Amble, Jim Houle, Bill McDaniel, the folks I mentioned above and the many others whose names escape me right now.
Oh, by the way, that was not me when someone penny locked the doors in Baker Flight’s dorm and then pulled the fire alarm…or was it?? I think each flight had this happen to them once in a while as a prank but thinking back on it, sometimes we could be such idiots. Good pranks were commonplace. How many of you were told early on to go downstairs and bring back some 7 level tape? How many of you ended up with carboned ears and faces? If you weren’t personally carboned up, how many of you saw it on a co-worker and had to hold back from busting out laughing? Anyway, your Facebook site sure brought back some great memories for me and I’m glad I’m still alive today. Regards,
Robert “Pip” Pipkins
I remember Chuck Lamb. I was bowling one afternoon and he came in to practice and rolled a 300.
I remember your bike. There were 2 bikes that were parked in the barracks right across from the Mess Hall. 1 was a black/silver triumph and 1 was a gold norton. I bought an orange/white 350 yamaha bike while there from April 1972 – October 1973. I was a security policeman. If you remember, there was another bike there, a lime green off road type. The owner worked in the compound, Mike was his name (?).
He was a terrific bowler. Do you have any idea how to contact him?
When I bought the Triumph 650, it wasn’t running. One of the guys in the dorm took it into his room and got it running for me. Yep, the black and silver bike was mine.
I just returned from a vacation on the Greek islands. I spent 3 days in Crete. I went by the old base. It is totally overgrown and abandoned. There is an aquarium where the club used to be. I went into our old barracks and actually found my old room. There are some Greeks living in some of the old base housing and I believe the Greek military has something going on there. Hersonisis and Malia can not be recognized. Huge towns with wall to wall traffic. Thre are resorts everywhere. St Nikolas was about the same. Brought back a lot of memories
Robb, I was in Crete from Aug of 71 until Oct of 72, so was there some months when you were there. Was on Dog flight and I had a Triumph 650 that I parked on the street in front of the Barracks. It was Blue & White, still have it. And Pete, I’ve watched youtube videos of Crete so knew the base looked pretty bad, I had heard Hersonisis had grown, and that Mikes Light House wasn’t there anymore. Still… would like to go back.
lucky to make that trip – but you go back to memories.
I have just spent the last few hours reading these posts of Airmen who where stationed at various times at Heraclion Airbase, Crete. Much to my dismay I have not found mention of my father, Sgt. Whitman (Mitch) Mitchem Jr. My father and his family of 4, Barbara (Babs), Whit III, Robert (me – a.k.a. Bob), Thomas and Rhonda lived in the quanset huts on base from ’70 through ’72. Actually, along with the other older kids, my brother Whit and I spent 1972 at the High School in Zaragosa, Spain. Dad, I learned many years later, was what you guys call a “ditty-bopper” assigned to the 6931st. His extra caricular activities included playing drums, drinking, sax, drinking and he taught fencing. You know — sword play. Dad died in San Antonio in 1974.
Anywho, I was wondering if this name rang any bells out there? I remember dad being a very social person so I’m hoping to learn a little of what he did for a living because we were always told it was a secret. Dad was one of the few black men in his career field so I’m hoping someone will remember something of him. Thanks.
I was only 5, 6 years old when we were in Crete.
My dad is now Ret. SMSgt Courtney Brown. He was definitely an Airman back then. He was Security Police and knowing him, he probably played basketball too.
I remember living in a green trailer. I also remember an earthquake!
I attended school there for K and 1st grade. 1975 to 1977.
I remember visiting the Greek ruins and playing with different friends but time has distorted specifics.
Hey pip I have photos of Gino Natalie, Danny Martinez, Jack ALBERT , Mark Whitman and several other Able flters.My nickname was “Likeum” I played all sports.Drove a yellow.vw bug named the “yellow submarine”.had many great experiences with those guys.Athens was a regular run.zthose places you named were all very cool.The mermaid cafe at Matala was really cool.I was a207x2 on Able flt.on the Rock ftom Sept.1974 tilFeb 1976.Didn’t know how good I had it at the time.Do you have contact with any of those guys?
I was stationed on Crete, 6931st, from April 1965 – October 1966 as a 292 “ditty bopper” on Baker Flight. Several of us were 2-T from the 6927th on Onna Point, Okinawa. Our flight leaders were TSGT Anthony (Tony)??? and SSGT Charles (Chuck)???
I don’t remember their last names. Tony was from N.J. and Chuck was from Tennessee. Both were married to Scottish girls and lived on base with their families in the Trailers.
I was from Alabama and still live here.
I played basketball, softball, and ran track. I played on the Baker flight team and on the Base team that won the (June 1966) International Basketball Championship with the Greeks. I remember that Col Ross E. Spence coached and played some on team. I ran on the 400 yard shuttle relay that won first place (June 1966) and ran the 60 yard dash and finished in 2nd place (June 1966).
Some of the Airman on my flight were William (Wally)Wetzel (my room mate) from Ohio and a staunch Cincinnati Reds baseball fan and got his nickname from Wally Post outfielder for the Reds. Others were Robert M.Coulter,Clyde C Kuhn Jr., William O. Kosanke, Robert J McGarry (the pool shark), James R. Deboard.
Is there anyone out there that remembers TSGT Tony or SSGT Chuck during this time or any of the other ones on Baker flight?
I came across some promotion orders dated 15 Mar, 1966 where several were promoted to the permanent grade of Staff Sergeant.
2 of the names on the list are William S Fulcer and James E. Hubert. Is this the same Jim Hubert and Bill Fulcer that has posted on the site.
Posted by Billy R Drake
October 8, 2016
Stationed with 6931st ESS 85-87 207X1 / ditty bop on Dawg Flt. Played & coached volleyball, flag football… shot a lot of darts on base & at the Highland Laddie off base (and backgammon). Live in northcentral WV today & work at a VA hospital. Feel free to reach out… Gordon.firstname.lastname@example.org
stationed at 6931st… Dawg Flt 85-87… 6949th ESS Offutt AFB flying on RC-135’s before that 83-85 and 6913th Augsburg, Germany Mobile from 81-83.
Hey Doug. Send me an email at email@example.com. Pip
I was Material Control NCOIC for the LG Maintenance inside the operations compound from 1980 to 1982. I had the very best supervisor of my entire career, Tsgt Dan Christian (retired as CMSGT). I retired in 1994 (MSGT) and live in San Antonio Tx. I ran and we won the base darts championship. I played racketball (B- player maybe). I’m 62 now and still working as inspector at Toyota plant. Will probably work 3 more years and would like to visit Crete after I’m totally retired from work. I’ve always rank Crete my best assignment. Lived at Hersonissos and then moved on base.
Hello Joede Brown,
I knew your dad. I was there 76 – 78 and also SP. Although
technically your dad was LE LAW Enforcement. He was a SSGT at the time , I was a young A1C right out of tech school. He was a good guy I hope he’s well. I live in California now and still good friends with another fellow SP from Crete Steve Harris, your dad probably remembers him.
He also lives in CA. Please give him my regards
P S. He wrote me up once after he told us to police the area of cigarette butts and he thought I wasn’t doing it.
Hell , I didn’t smoke , I never got over it. KIDDING !!
He was right. HA !! Wow , long time ago.
Hope you’re well , take care
Gus SAT 1. Out.
Gus…I was a 81150 security policeman on Crete from Apr 1972 – Oct 1973. I functioned both in security and law enforcement. We had 2 dodge trucks during my tour. During sometime in 1973, one of the SP’s used rubbing compound instead of using car wax, which caused the truck to turn white. We never did remove his bo-bo. Did it stay that way? Curious.
Hello Robb , that’s funny , no there were no white SP vehicles at the time I was there. Just AF blue and only one you’d ever want to drive on duty.
I read your post having to to respond to many fights at the NCO club involving Navy guys. That’s funny , I can definitely see that happening. We didn’t have any Navy guys there in my time in 76-78 but I did a TDY to Athens where I ran into a bunch at the bars in town and they were always fired up party animals.
Gad a great time on Crete.
Dear Kimberly (patton) ? Thank you for your entries I enjoyed reading them and so pleased to know so many of us are connected through our stay on Crete in the late 60’s and early 70’s. I began writing the other day and it seemed as if I would never stop! Please forgive my inability to condense it… just for how long… Hopefully not too long! until then, I wanted to tell you Thank You For your recollections your memories of Crete Thank You for sharing them!
I have enjoyed reading many of the descriptions about base housing on Crete. During my tour from April 1972-October 1973 as a SP, we were never allowed, except for an extreme emergency, to enter base housing. I never drove through it during duty hours or had any knowledge of the homes. Were they fairly nice? I do remember patrolling the trailers that were there at the time. If someone has any thoughts about their time in housing, I would like to hear about their memories. Thanks.
Robb did you go to SP training with me at Goodfellow AFB San Angelo Tx? Who was your Sgt. We wee obviously there at the same time
Hey Pete. Nope to your question to Goodfellow, went to tech school (SP) right across the base at Lackland in 1972. In fact, out of our basic training class, I was the only person to put in for Crete as my next duty assignment in 1972 and got it. I remember waiting on my security clearance longer than it took to complete the SP course!
I saw a couple of names here that brought back good memories…Eric Gunderson and Kelly Sharpe. I was a softball pitcher on Charlie Flight, and the base team back in 1972 and 73. I played a little basketball on the side. Iraklion holds a lot of good memories for me, and the people I met were the best. I was very fortunate back in those years to have shared time with the ones I did…thanks for the memories….
I was stationed on the 6931st from June 1971 until June 1974 on Baker as a manual morse operator. I first lived on base, then in an apartment between the Airport and Iraklion and later in an apartment near the Knossus Ruins. Two names I recognize from the postings are Ray Linke and Buffalo Bill Bosa. I remember car pooling with Ray and also remember he had a radio show on the AFRTS local station. Prior to this he was a DJ at WIXE in Monroe, NC which I was familiar with as I am from Charlotte. I remember Buffalo Bill as the director of a movie he made while stationed on Crete, and also the fact he kept a journal of unusual expressions and terms from different parts of the country. I still correspond with Gail Hennings from Charlie flight. He lived next door to me off base. Does anyone remember the Gas and Oil rationing we experienced and what we went through to obtain both? I still remember driving through the mountains hauling 30-40 gallons of kerosene in the back of my 1961 VW Van. Does anyone remember the Sunday afternoon gatherings at the restaurant we nicknamed Pork Chop Hill? I only wish I had traveled more. I did not realize at the time what an unusual opportunity living in that part of the world provided. I would like to hear from others who remember those days.
I was there on Dawg Flight in 72 & 73 as an X1. I remember Pork Chop Hill (chops by the kilo) and Minos wine. Wife & I lived just south of Knossos ruins in an area called St John’s – I just can’t remember exactly where. We did travel the island a bit, enjoyed our time until I was curtailed and sent to San Vito just before the riots closed Iraklion.
Hey Ed, enjoyed your post from Crete. I was stationed there as a security policeman from Apr 1972 – Oct 1973. I do remember many of the sites you spoke about; Pork chop hill, the fuel rationing, mid-night flicks at the theater. Don’t miss the work schedule we all worked: 3 swings, 3 mids, 3 days and 3 days off. Like you, as a 18 year old, I didn’t realize the beauty and the security of serving on Crete at that time. I have always thought about returning, but with the current world situation, never pursued it. I always hung out mostly with Able and Baker flight folks while there. Do you remember Mike’s restaurant? Have a super day my friend.
I remember “Pork Chop” and chicken charlies. I liked the hill better!
I was stationed on IAS, Dawg Flt, from October 1975-April 1978. A few names I can recall at Jack Murphy, Randy Endsley, Richard Munson, Bruckner, Rick Kelly, Don Maatta, Dogmeat, Randy Prince, Mac, Who & Boo, Jim Jones, Jim Stevens, Jim Houle, Jitterbug, to name a few. I was single at the time and my best memories during my 20 years were spent on the rock. I was again stationed on the rock from April 1981-april 1985. Married this time and my daughter was born during this tour. Hope to hear from some of you during these time frames that might remember me. Be nice to hear from you!!
Eddie, I remember you on Baker as I also was on Baker as an X2 from 71-74. You were married to a girl named Ellen, I think.
To J. Brown. This is robert black. I new your father well. We played toghether on the security police basketball team. He was one of our guards. Courtney invited me to thanksgiving at your house. I vaguely remember u and your moms. I still remember the great hospitality your parents provided me. I think he left before we won both the league and base championship. I was told we were the first team to do it. Bro brown was a good man. I seen a couple of names that I remember. I was captain of the base basketball team that went to the u safe championship at re in – main Germany in 1977. We lost to Rams tien and the eventual champions host team. Some names to conjure up. Dick bruckner, Pat wilson, Paul demaris, Billy collins, Dave ford. On the aforementioned security police team George gould, Frank love and a few others I can’t remember. Partied hard at elites disco with fellow wrecking crew cats fluff, dirty harry, uncle birney, Rev Leroy and brother love. Great memories of the rock 1976 to 1979. Now that I’ve please tell Courtney I said hi and I wish all of the brown family well.
To Jim Bell. I wish I could remember names and faces as well as you. Yes, my wife (at the time) was named Ellen. I’m trying hard to remember you, maybe if you could give me a hint where your “rack” was in the compound, what kind of car you drove, where you were from etc. that might shake something loose. I recall all the manual morse racks were along one long row. You entered the compound by the snack bar area and made a right turn about where the flight commander’s desk was, then you made a left down this long row. My rack was about one third the way down on the left. I think the racks were divided up according the the nationality of our “targets”. None of the comments say much about the actual work, which is not surprising. I did enjoy the technical aspects of the R-390, especially all the different tricks you could use to pull in a weak signal.
To Robb Carpenter. I don’t recall there being any restaurants right outside the base. I do remember one a few kilometers away from the base before the Airport on the right, was that Mike’s? I do remember all the nice sidewalk restaurants downtown where two people could have a really good meal for less than 100 drachma. Those of us working in the compound had a similar schedule to yours, only ours was 4 swings, 4 days, 4 mids, and 4 days off. I remember you could look at a schedule two years into the future and know whether or not you would be working on Christmas Day.
I was assigned to “Charlie Flight” from Dec. 1968 to Aug 1971 as a 292X1. I now live three months out of every year on Crete in the little seaside village of Amoudara, and I live five months of every year in the Canary Islands which are located just off the northwest coast of Africa. I am in my hometown for only about four months out of every year. I feel like about the luckiest man in the world!!!
Bob Armistesd. I don’t know but I was stationed in Crete from 1981 to 1983. I was just interested when you stated you spend 3 months in Amoudara. I as well will be going back to visit Crete and wanted to ask you what the approximate cost to stay maybe a month would run me. Thanking you in advance.
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