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6981st Security Group – Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Aug 1969 to Nov 1970

6981st Security Group
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

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237 comments for “6981st Security Group – Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Aug 1969 to Nov 1970”

  1. Was stationed at Elmendorf from 67-70. Can’t say I remember your dad, but I have slept since then. Could be we were on different flights. I was on Baker Flight.

    Posted by Jerry Evans MSgt (ret) | August 9, 2009, 4:22 pm
  2. I was on Charlie Flight from July 1969 until January 1972

    Posted by Gary Zurn | December 8, 2009, 3:37 pm
  3. Nov. 1967-69 then on to Kelly 6993rd until Jan. 1971.

    Hopefully your site will jog my memory.

    Posted by Jim Quinn | February 2, 2010, 10:01 pm
  4. I certainly remember your father. I was in Alaska at the 6981st from 1968-70. I worked on Dog Flight and lived in the barracks. Your father was my immediate supervisor for a time along with SSGT. Imperial. Your father, as I remember him, was just a regular guy, more concerned with doing the job than with all the military stuffiness. He was easy to talk to and had a great sense of humor. My memory is that he was always in motion. He was a good influence on all the young guys. You should be very proud of him.

    Posted by Terry Post | February 5, 2010, 3:39 pm
  5. Tried to post this earlier, but it didn’t appear. I knew your father pretty well. I worked under him and SSgt. Imperial in the MSD section. Your father was someone who did his job well, without all the military stuffiness. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always seemed to be on the go (though I have an image of him getting “stressed” when “hot” items came up). He was fair to all and was a great influence on the younger guys like me. You should be very proud of your father.

    Posted by Terry Post | February 5, 2010, 4:09 pm
  6. Was stationed at the 6981st in 64 &65. Some of the names I recall were, Major Applegate, Squadron Commander, and Sgt. Griner, Squadron 1st Sgt. Worked with a Master Sgt Hampton, Staff Sgt Woody Woodworth, Tech Sgt Wargo, and a couple of ditty bops, Sgt Cooper and Sgt Griffin. Cooper, Griffin, and Hampton formed a bluegrass band, the Chugach Mountain Boys. Does that strike a chord with anyone? Am looking for Sgt. Woodworth in particular.

    Posted by Charley O'Shields | April 2, 2010, 7:26 pm
  7. Stationed at Lackland, Keesler, Goodfellow, Corry Field, NSA, and Elmendorf between 63 and 65. Early out when rotated back to the states. Honorable Discharge, Maelstrom AFB. Have contact with a few, but looking for others, particularly Sgt Woody Woodworth who was stationed at Elmendorf in 64 & 65. Any help appreciated.

    Posted by Charley O'Shields | April 2, 2010, 7:33 pm
  8. Correction. Elmendorf in 64 – 66. It has been a long time. (-:

    Posted by Charley O'Shields | April 2, 2010, 7:35 pm
  9. Seeking info on a 6981st reunion.
    Anyone please reply to me.
    Thanks much.

    Posted by Bill Tayman | June 13, 2010, 8:18 pm
  10. Assigned from July, 1964 to 1968: and 1974 to 1979. Radio Maint. shop.

    Posted by Bill Tayman | June 13, 2010, 8:20 pm
  11. 6981st 1963 – 1967, MSD analyst. Remember Jerry P. Harris, William Berkley looking for others.

    Posted by Arthur Harris | August 4, 2010, 6:23 am
  12. I think Jerry Harris was in the Navy Group and down one floor from us

    Posted by Gary Zurn | August 18, 2010, 8:41 pm
  13. I did a lot of administrative work for Lt. Smith on Charlie Flight as well as Voice

    Posted by Gary Zurn | August 18, 2010, 8:42 pm
  14. what flight were you on and were you voice or ditti boppers

    Posted by Gary Zurn | August 18, 2010, 8:43 pm
  15. Radio Maint 67′-69′ A wonderful part of the journey. learned a lot about radio’s and life.

    Posted by Gary O'Day A1C | August 28, 2010, 9:32 pm
  16. I was on charlie Flight from Nov. ’70 to Dec. ’72. Diti bopper

    Posted by Jim Reisweber | October 11, 2010, 11:24 am
  17. Was at ElMendorf 11/68 – 9/71, lived off base. I do not remember the flight but it was either A or B. Worked in DF, TSGT. Williams (really a fat guy) and TSGT Winters later on).
    Tall African American three striper

    Posted by Andrew (Andy) Hollimon | December 9, 2010, 10:24 pm
  18. 81st,SSGT, Able Flt, ditty-bop-67-70. Sgts Hicks, July, Williams, nice guys all. Everybody smoked. In S&W when the Pueblo critic came through

    Posted by Tim Morrissey | January 18, 2011, 1:54 pm
  19. Was at Elmendorf in 6981st from 1970-1972. Was a ditty bop and then in the DF shop.

    Mike Griffin

    Posted by Mike Griffin | January 20, 2011, 6:48 am
  20. I was at the 6981st from 1973 to 1977. Some names I remember were Merlin (Andy) Anderson, Larry kelley, Bill wallace, Jim Back and Jackie Blair. The 81st was by far my best assignment. I’ll always have fond memories of that place and time.

    Posted by Bill Copeland | January 20, 2011, 4:59 pm
  21. I was in USAFSS from Sept 1966 until July 1972. Trained as an Analyst (202X0)at Goodfellow, graduating in spring 1967. First assignment was the 6910th Sec Wing in Darmstadt. Worked in the area called the Surveillance and Warning Center (SWC)on Able Flt. Rotated to the 6981st in July 1969. Assigned to the SWC, Charlie Flt under SMSGT Douglas and MSGT Budge. I remember your Dad’s name but that’s about all. I joined the Air Force hoping to get in the Weather Service. I never regretted being assigned to USAFSS. It was an exciting and challenging field for a young man.

    Posted by Dan Petersen | January 28, 2011, 4:24 pm
  22. I was in 6981st from May 1966 to October 1969

    Posted by Tom Hayes | February 5, 2011, 1:07 pm
  23. I was in the 6981st as a 203 from March 1969 to Aug. 1970. Worked on Able flight. Was married, lived in Government Hill apartments, just off base. Returned to 6981st fall 1971 and was there until discharged in 1974, that time with a “day lady” job working for a SMSgt named Pat Glidden. Worked mostly with 202’s that time.

    Posted by Larry Rosier | February 7, 2011, 6:13 pm
  24. I was in the 6981st from March ’69 to April ’71 as a 29251 bopper in A Flight on B Console along with Andy Hollimon and Tim Morrissey. After AK, went to Ramasun Station, Thailand, with 6924th Sec Sqdn May 71-May 72.

    Posted by John O'Connell | February 16, 2011, 6:34 pm
  25. Tim Morrissey,

    I suspect you do not remember me but we sat across form each other on Able Flt. I did not remember the flt until you stated it. I was across the floor in Tsgt Cross’s team. I remember the Pueblo evening very well. You guys tracked on your fancy machines…we tracked with frigging typewriters. I eventually moved to DF.

    DO you remember that tall skinny black guy in the team across from you? You had a guy on your team from Detroit. I forget his name..tall skinny white guy.

    I remember your Sgts. as they had a country western band!!!!

    I do believe you were from Wisconsin of some place up North.

    Did you stay in Alaska…that was once your intent.

    I can be found on Facebook and Abh1171@aol.com

    Posted by Andrew (Andy) Hollimon | February 21, 2011, 10:36 am
  26. John O’Connell,

    I remember you well John……IT is good to see some of us hold fond memories of our time in the 6981. I do not remember my console but Sgt. Cross was the boso and I went to DF after a time.

    Posted by Andrew (Andy) Hollimon | February 21, 2011, 10:59 am
  27. At 6981st from January 1968 until September 1969. Ditty Bop on D flight. Lived in the barracks with Mike Laughner (Language analyst). I noted that Terry Post has posted on this site. Terry, you Mike and I were on the same flight. I remember SSGT Imperial, also Senior Master Sargent Ray Allor. I worked for his cleaning company on my time off in Anchorage. Went to 6924th Security Squadron, DaNang, South Vietnam down from the DMV.

    Posted by Bill Spears | February 22, 2011, 9:29 am
  28. Was with 6981st from 11/67-06/70. Was a “20351,” Voice Intercept Processing Specialist (Russian), on “Baker” flight. Do not recall your father, but am very familiar with MSGT (ret) Jerry Evans, who was the first to post an e-mail to your page. Our controller was TSGT Virgil Wethington, one great guy. Have kept up with Larry Sherwood, who was there at the same time and on the same flight.

    Posted by Otis R. "Reg" Parker | February 23, 2011, 6:00 am
  29. If anyone comes to this site and cares to hook-up with a group that is trying to pull back some great memories…please email me at Abh1171@aol.com. The group is a bunch of ‘A” flt guys but non-the-less some of us at least spoke as we turned over our shifts.

    I can also be found via this name on FACEBOOK.

    Posted by Andrew (Andy) Hollimon | February 25, 2011, 12:03 pm
  30. All right you fellow ditty boppers!
    Good to see someone is finally getting busy and trying to locate each other. I was at 6981st from Nov 66 to Mar 70. Worked on the same shift with Curt Cross, Jerry Richardson, Mike White, Dan Barbero,Dave Hejnal to name just a few. Went down to DF and worked for Tsgt James Williams until discharge. Can’t forget to mention Jesse Allen and Don “Pup” Verell. My e-mail is jboehmke@up.net
    I remember all night poker games with coffee cans of change and listening to country music all night.

    Posted by Jerry "Bouncy" Boehmke | March 4, 2011, 1:56 pm
  31. Was with 6981st from September, 1972 to May, 1974. Names I recall are Frank Rodriguez, Don MacNamara, Brad Riechart, Bill Goerhing.

    Posted by Mike Herner | March 6, 2011, 12:06 am
  32. was on dog flight 1966 to 1968. remember the pueblo incident well.started on ruusian civil air and then went to s and d. eventually to chinese weather net.i do recall the loss of bobby kennedy while stationed there,was at a sgt ishms home. we usede to ride what was called the blue goose(bus). I was a ditty bopper to. many of the names of the men i served with elude me now, but the nicknames were, tree,because he was so big. mine was secret squirrel. also had a guy named c.t.rogers. percy abbot was my roommate for awhile,believe he was from new hampshire. would like to hear from some of the men i ewas stationed with there still have the jacket for dog flight with snoopy and headsets he was wearing. remember this 73 and 88.

    Posted by danny riggle | March 15, 2011, 2:59 pm
  33. my father msgt. Edward j. Hallbach senior was stationed at elmendorf at this time as a matter of fact this was our second tour of duty there we were in the 64 earth quake and lived in I believe hollywood vista any way we lived in the hospital housing area we were the very first family to move in to this brand new housing area at the time. My father worked for supply at the time. He is still alive and living in coosbay oregon.

    Posted by diane hallbach | March 26, 2011, 11:12 pm
  34. I was at the 6981st from December ’67 til March ’71. Worked on Charlie Flight. I worked several different sections. Started out in the barracks but got married and then lived in Richardson Vista on Govt. Hill.

    Posted by Jerry Van Dyken | April 10, 2011, 8:37 pm
  35. Was at 81st from Aug 69 to Jun 71
    as a 202

    Posted by Larry Cahill | June 3, 2011, 9:29 am
  36. Was at 81st April 66 to Feb 68. Worked on Able flight as a 203. SSgt Les Williams was our supervisor. Was also on duty the night the Puebo was captured.

    Posted by Tom Ellis | July 3, 2011, 12:31 am
  37. Would like to know if anyone remembers Pete Lawson who was a 202 or knows his current status. I think he arrived there in July ’68 after training at Goodfellow ended in June ’68 and likely served until around Aug ’71. We were in analyst class together and I was assigned to the 6912th in Berlin.

    Posted by Richard Galloway | July 18, 2011, 11:01 am
  38. Looking for doug erickson good bowler known as rookie
    He was oringinally from MN

    Posted by Joe yonkman | September 3, 2011, 9:02 pm
  39. I was a 29150 communications spec. at the 6981st from June 1967 to June 1969. Was working the night of the Pueblo. It was a great learning experience for a 21 year old. Been a long time, but would love to hear from some of the communications guys.

    Posted by Bill Papenhausen | September 4, 2011, 12:52 pm
  40. I was on “A” flt between Dec, 69-Jun, 71. I remember our flight supervisor was a fellow nicknamed “Coach.” Lt. Fortner, I think was the flt OIC. I’ve forgotten a lot of names but I sort of remember Holliman, Weidemeyer, Andrews, Walsh, Tancredi, Max Jones?, and I’m sure my memory will improve as I talk to some of you guys.
    Eddie Flinchum–Winchester, Ky.

    Posted by William E. Flinchum(Eddie) | September 5, 2011, 9:46 pm
  41. Richard, I wish I had seen your message sooner. The information came from Joe Martin, who was at the 6981st. Joe is originally from Western North Carolina and ran into Pete Lawson a number of years ago. Pete was the editor of a newspaper in Bryson, NC. Joe told me last March that he went back to Bryson a couple of years ago to see Pete, and found out that he had retired and that he died in August 2009. I remember Pete at work with a pipe in his mouth and a bemused look on his face.

    Posted by John O'Connell | September 12, 2011, 8:47 pm
  42. Jerry Van Dyken, John Horvath here… I remember you from “C” flt… July 67 to May 69. I am still in touch with Will Ellis, others I have lost contact with. Hope all is well and good to see a name from long ago.

    Posted by john c. horvath | October 12, 2011, 3:51 pm
  43. I was at 6981st from 4-64 to 3-66.
    Worked day shift as 202 in RT.

    Remember names like, John Drost,
    Deberensa, Ed Lang, James Clapper,
    James Dupree, Jerome J Hammond, Rodney A Corrity, Jerry Kowal and Dave Olson.

    Then on to Kelly for my last 13 months.

    Anyone out there who wants to get updated.

    Posted by Reginald Blackman | October 27, 2011, 3:35 pm
  44. Regie you were my best man when I got married in san antonio 1967.I remember Debreensa clapper Hammond Kowal,and Dave Olson was my roomie at elmendorf.

    Posted by Edward Lang | November 7, 2011, 7:36 pm
  45. Looking for Rob Martin from Louisiana or Texas, and Ralph Lane from Michigan. Both served at the 6981st on A Flight within the 1968-1971 time frame. Rob went to the 6924th, Ramasun Station, Thailand. Not sure where Ralph went after AK.

    Posted by John O'Connell | November 9, 2011, 3:21 pm
  46. Hey Ed Lang. I was on A flt but I remember your name for some reason. We just had a reunion in Raleigh, NC and REGGIE came over to it. He looks really good, dresses impeccably, and sounds the exact same. In fact, he does not appear to have aged very much at all. We are A Flt guys but he was an early contact as we pulled ourselves together. We are seeking names, numbers, pics and whatever for our work. We have a Facebook page ….http://www.facebook.com/groups/169889279725602/257903140924215/?notif_t=group_activity (It is private you will have to send us a note for admission.and feel free to email me at Abh1171@aol.com, if you wanna see some real FB Alaska pics and stories. Have u stayed in contact with any guys on other Flts (especially A FLT)? We are seeking, Rob Martin,Kowlaski, Petersen, Max Jones, Ralph Lane and a few other guys.

    Posted by Andrew (Andy) Hollimon | November 9, 2011, 3:52 pm
  47. ROB MARTIN, RAPLH LANE, BRUCE LOCKHART. Wake the hell up and call HOME, dudes!!!!!! We even found Al Koch

    Posted by Andrew (Andy) Hollimon | November 9, 2011, 3:53 pm
  48. Served in Pakistan 1967-68, then Elmendorf 1968-70 as a 29251. Also worked part time for Ray Allor at Xcel Janitorial. Played short field for our Able Flight 1970 softball team. 15 & 3 record.

    Posted by Jerry Schill | November 11, 2011, 6:37 pm
  49. Some of the guys I remember on Charlie flight between 1970 and 1972 were Ross Blue, Lou Sartori, Jim Blitch, Sgt Douglas, Don Border, Mike Holwagner, Jim Towne, Sgt Miller,
    I will try to remember more but memory fails me now


    Posted by Mike Griffin | January 19, 2012, 10:40 pm
  50. just thought i would stick a line in to see if anyone from the 6981st had been at the 6980th rsm, st lawrence island in 1962-1963. ife you were drop me a line and we can reminise

    Posted by jay darling | January 27, 2012, 11:24 pm
  51. Served at 6981st from June 1959 to June 1961 would like to get in touch with any one who served at this time was on “A” flight for a year was a Y 20250 Non-mores raido printer anayalsis

    Posted by Roinald J. Kelly | February 13, 2012, 3:57 pm
  52. Served at 6981st Jan 1960 to Jan 1962. Was on “D” flight. Great basketball team! This flight had several outstanding athletes. As I recall Master Sqt Yeoman in charge, Sgt’s Hogg, Clary, Cooper, Lane, Jackson, and Anderson served under him. I was a diddy-bop.

    Posted by Chuck Haley | February 18, 2012, 6:46 pm
  53. Arrived at the 6981st either in June or July of 1959. Roommates were Jay Hayter and Clay Barbee. Cannot remember which flt. we were on but I do remember we were in the third room in from the end of the barracks on the ground floor. Somewhere along the way I came into possession of an aerial photo of the entire base and can actually see the window of my old room. Lots of great memories. Left there in ’61 assigned to Luke AFB in the base command post. Discharged in Oct. 62. Have a lot of good memories of Alaska, and a few bad ones. CMS Louis D. Yoemans Jr. comes under the latter heading. Anybody remember him? He and I butted heads from the moment we saw each other. He was the most unpleasant individual I ran across during my entire enlistment. Am retired now from Praxair Corp. and living the good life in St. George, Ut. Lots of fishing, golfing and atv’ing among other things. Like most of you, I can’t get the code out of my head. I still occassionaly find myself doing the dit, dah, spelling of words that I see. The 6981st was a great experience, one I’ll never forget.

    Posted by Bruce Coltrin | February 18, 2012, 9:39 pm
  54. Was assigned from 1973-77. Best assignment we ever had. Some of the people I remember: Bill Alley,
    Jim Back, Jim Nix, Steve Nicholson,Larry Kelley, Bill Copeland, Bob Alberti, Doug Scott,
    Merlin Anderson and many others.
    Fishing on Willow Creek and down on the Kenai was fun.

    Posted by Bill Wallace | February 23, 2012, 2:45 pm
  55. John Horvath, I remember you, too. I believe we worked together on A console. I spoke with Mike Orndorff a few months ago. He was my room mate and then my best man when I got married.

    Posted by Jerry Van Dyken | February 23, 2012, 8:50 pm
  56. Jerry Van Dyken, good to hear back. Guys I remember from the barracks. Will Ellis, whom I am still in touch with, Mike Holwanger, George Messer, Mike Paraska, Pat De Luca, Bob Brickl… also remember Eli Weiss from C flight & msgt archie ouzts. I was in San Antonio in the fall, many basic grads on town leave, I could not have possibly looked that young!

    Posted by john c. horvath | March 22, 2012, 2:47 pm
  57. charlie flight sept 71 to july 73

    Posted by anton p blume | April 18, 2012, 10:11 pm
  58. I was stationed with the 6981st from 1961 to 1964. Did a lot of bowling at the anchor bowl and the lanes going out to the international airport. My roomie was George Valentine from Tampa, Fla.also knew a guy named John Burrell from Georgia..Lots of good memories and one horrific one:the 1964 earthquake!!!Now living in florida .All of us went to IU then on to Goodfellow Afb.

    Posted by peter a barger | April 30, 2012, 7:06 pm
  59. I was stationed at the 6981st from
    1959-64 and 1969-72. The last three years as S&W on C-Flight. Great memories of Alaska. Visited that great state six times in the past 20 years. After AF retirement, I worked for the State of Oklahoma, Director of Recruitment, civilian workforce. Living in the Oklahoma City area.

    Posted by Bill Douglas | May 28, 2012, 9:07 pm
  60. I was on charlie flight from Nov 66 through dec 1970. I applied for an extension while there. Thus the 3year tour at elmendorf. I remember Jerry Vandyken and Mike Orandorf. Does anyone know the whereabouts of harley Carter or Joe O’Rourke?

    my email is topcatoh@lycos.com

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | June 5, 2012, 7:18 pm
  61. Just found this link.

    Anyone remember the commercial jet that went down on the road between the barracks and the listening station. Was a morse intercept analyst (201 ?) at the 81st. Lived in the barracks and worked at a used car lot next to the drive ( The Bun ?) across the road from Sears. Some of the names do ring a bell, but heck we are all getting old.

    Posted by Ronald Hain | July 18, 2012, 9:52 am
  62. I remember the crash. i just got off of a mid night shift. the bus to the baracks wasnt showing up on time. some of us decided to walk down the hill… we were stopped by the AP. we hitched a ride in the back of a pickup truck that took us the long way around through the center of the base. i was one frozen popcicle at the end of that ride.

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | July 19, 2012, 11:54 am
  63. Ralph,
    Your name rings a bell. Were you an analyst? Can’t really recall many names of the guys I worked with, but here are the cars that I drove while I was stationed at Elmendorf. Pontiac Lemans, Rambler station wagon, Red Buick Electra convertible and finally a Silver GTO. I used to hang around with a guy who was an aircraft mechanic. Never really stayed on base that much. Tried to take advantage of the summer by always going to Goose Lake, and winters were all about partying.
    Ring any bells.

    Posted by Ronald Hain | July 19, 2012, 6:48 pm
  64. If anyone else happens to read this thread, here are some of the stunts I pulled while stationed at Elmendorf. As I used to tell folks, “just there to do my job and time and do my service to the country”
    Refused to do UGT, was not worried that I couldn’t go past E3 or 4.
    Constantly complained about the plugs on the parking lot for our cars. The only ones that seemed to work were the ones for the Officers. If you had a car, they were needed for the tank heater on your car in the winter, so your car would start.
    Left my duty post early one shift ( all my cuts had been pulled and punched in ) after approval from my duty supervisor. They came for me, and wanted to award me a Beaver Award, remember them, and I wasn’t there. Can’t remember who got in touch with me, but I was informed that the MP’s were looking for me. Met with our commanding officer the next day and lost my stripes. Rotated out shortly after. Went to NSA at FT. Meade.

    Posted by Ronald Hain | July 19, 2012, 7:19 pm
  65. Ron, I was a ditty bopper… My station was back by the restrooms and lockers. you guys were on the back wall right? My boss was tech sgt Harley Carter. One of the analysts I remember was George Leskovansky. We went to the same college after discharge. I don’t remember any of the other analysts on my flight (C flight). I remember the beaver awards. I even got one. whoopie…. i was the barracks chief on c flight for a little over a year. didn’t want it but the first sgt volunteered me. I am sorry ron, i don’t remember you. you’re right. it’s been a long time. It’s still good to know alot of us from the 81st are still around. Take Care

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | July 20, 2012, 6:12 am
  66. Ralph, I do remember that our machines were against a wall. By the way, do you remember that the different flights had colored baseball caps. The more I think about it, I was probably was on D flight, green ball cap.
    I do remember that we were allowed to eat breakfast at the SAC chow hall after our mid shift, my imagination ??? Appreciate the time to reminisce.

    Posted by Ronald Hain | July 20, 2012, 7:51 am
  67. c flight cap was maroon. sac chow hall?? there was a chow hall in the 6981st building the opposite side of the admin wing of the building. do you remember an air police named cruze? they used to sit inbetween the 2 sets of stairs leading up to ops. anyway…. some of us went down to the vending area near the chow hall and barber shop.. on our way back to ops we found him asleep….. the guy was an AH….always giving the “jeeps” grief. do you remember major moffett? i cant remember the name of the full col. who was incharge of the 81st. no problem on bringing up old times.

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | July 20, 2012, 7:16 pm
  68. Major Moffett sure brings up fond memories, he was the officer that took my stripes in the beaver fiasco. Not that I didn’t deserve it. Cruze doesn’t ring any bells. Most of the MPs I knew were happy to be at Elmendorf and not in Nam. Only ate at the SAC chow hall after mids, was located at the airstrip.

    Posted by Ronald Hain | July 21, 2012, 9:59 am
  69. moffett was riffed out for not making next rank. he was pissed at everyone i think. i wish i could get in contact with a few that have posted here. i was stationed with them and remember them. i posted here thinking they would revisit this site and contact me. Maybe they did revist and dont want to contact me…. lol..

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | July 25, 2012, 11:10 am
  70. My name is Aurora Johnson im trying to contact an airman who was serving at the Elmendorf Airforce base in 1970 who went by the nickname “Dino” first name is Richard but not too sure. If you knew him or have any inforamtion of him please contact me. Thank you!

    Posted by Aurora Johnson | July 27, 2012, 11:49 pm
  71. Wish I could help you on locating “Dino”

    Ralph, I was hoping for the same thing, that someone on my flight would respond my post. Well at least we jog some of our old memories, even from different flights. Hoping some other guys find this sight.

    Posted by Ronald Hain | July 30, 2012, 11:38 pm
  72. Hey Ron,
    are you talking about Dean Dunlap or Dean Parker…. they were both on c fligh. I just wish some of the guys that have posted here in the past come back…. Jerry Vandyken was on my flight and I remember him. I was hoping he could provide Mike Orandorff’s email and maybe a few others. I’ll keep checking……

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | August 1, 2012, 6:22 am
  73. Ralph,
    Sorry about the delay in responding. Went to see our son and daughter in law in Portland Oregon. My wife likes to get out of the heat in Florida once in a while.
    I wish I could say that those names ring any bells, but no luck. I do remember that the guy I roomed with was always trying to get me to convert and become new born, his name eludes me. As for the guys I worked with, not a glimmer of hope in any name recognition. I agree, here is hoping someone else finds this site.
    Talk at you later.

    Posted by Ronald Hain | August 7, 2012, 4:27 pm
  74. 29251 on Charlie Flt. 1963/65. Worked for SSgt Taylor in ’63 then SSgt Crow. Member of the 8.7 club. Falvie Ledet and I just got off the bus when the earthquake hit. Tremors for a year after. 2T’d to Pakistan. I guess to defrost!

    Posted by Roy Ertz | August 14, 2012, 6:13 pm
  75. I was stationed at the 6981st from May 1969 to June 1972. I served as Flt. Commander of Charlie Flight from 1969-1971, then served in Tactical and Systems Ops until I separated honorably in 1972. In the years since I’ve worked as government planner in Alberta, taught college classes at three universities, did a bit of natural resource consulting and finished with a stint as a college administrator. I’ve been retired since 2008, but this site brought back some memories and names, like SMSGT William Douglas, Col. Tyler B. Hunnicut, Major Philips, Lt. Col. Naylor, CMSGT Cecil Turner, Capt. Philip Verna, and others I haven’t thought of in 40 years. Man, the time has gone by fast!

    Posted by Dave Traweek | August 31, 2012, 11:48 pm
  76. Hello Dave,
    Great to read your post. Yes, we served together on old Charlie Flight. I left the 81st for a 3 and 1/2 year tour at NSA as a
    S&w Supervisor. Retired from the AF in Dec 75 and returned to Oklahoma. Worked for the State and left as Dir of Recruitment, Civilian Work Force, OPM. Been online since 1995, trading stock options. Active in the local Church and doing well. Take Care.

    Posted by William (Bill) Douglas | September 17, 2012, 8:10 pm
  77. Just found this site. I was stationed at the 81st from 1959-1962. Started on Dawg Flt (I remember Whispering Lou Yeomans). Ended up on “A” Flt. Some of the people I remember: Carl Woods, Lowell Farmer, Larry Little, Clark Hall, Wilfred Jackson, Ricardo Moncrief, Ed Moncrief, Steve Salmonson, Mike Hayes, Steve Howell, Don Strong, Gary Wild, Brian Debuc, John Cameron, Alton Graves a TSgt Bill Schneider who screwed up my military career. I sing with a group of guys. We called ourselves “The Voltaires”. It was my first USAFSS assignment.

    Posted by John C. Christian | September 18, 2012, 1:55 am
  78. Dave Traweek….. was your degree in forestry? i remember a second lt. came on flight the year before i dischrged. remember him as a recent grad from the air force acadamy… could that be you? i remember sgt turner…. skinny hard ass…. lol…. and col hunnicut. if i remember he had a sports car and was friendly with dean dunlop. i dont remember the others. anyway… good to see others from c flight here. tks ralph

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | September 19, 2012, 7:11 pm
  79. I was a 202 on St. Lawrence Island (The Rock) 6980th RSM in 1960 for one year then spent the next two years at 6981st Elmendorf. Any of my buddies still out there still alive?

    Posted by Winston Wilder | November 14, 2012, 6:22 pm
  80. I was an analyst with the 6981st from January 1972 to December 1973. I recall Capt Phil Verna, good guy. John Allgood a ditty bopper from Georgia. Mike Hirtes from South Dakota and “Texas” John Slaughter both ditty boppers. Did a lot of bowling and fishing. Earth quakes rocked us and the Israeli war kept us alert. Mao’s little red book was common copy. I always wondered what happened to them. The big map was always active. I think I was Charlie Flight. What was that guys name? “Skeets” Bob Eule or something like that. He was from Texas, had been ditty bopping for 20 years. Been a long time ago!

    Posted by Ken Stinson | December 5, 2012, 10:07 pm
  81. I was there on Able flt from late 68 to 70. Was a 202 and worked between the fishbowl and the first double row.
    Just heard about a face book page but can’t find it . . . . Anybody know how to get on that?

    Posted by Bob Meeker | December 12, 2012, 2:23 pm
  82. Hey jerry van dyken……. do you have mike orndorff’s contact information?

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | December 13, 2012, 7:25 am
  83. at 6981st from jan. 1968 to april 1971. i was ditty bop on d flight. hello bill spears.

    Posted by maxie murphy | December 16, 2012, 9:15 am
  84. I am currently assigned to the 381 IS and was looking for any old pictures of the unit that people would be willing to send me to display in the unit today. Thanks.
    Does anyone know the person that the softball field is named after?

    Posted by MSgt KOM | January 11, 2013, 11:40 pm
  85. Was in the 81st at Elmendorph for one month pulling KP then they decided to send me to Det 1(st lawrence)Then I did a consec back to Elmendorph and was in the Cripto ananlyst area (201). Was supposed to get married but fell through. So I volunteered to go back to St. Lawrence again. Then to HQ, Korea twice plus TDY, to Clark twice to Kelly (RIRAK), command post, and CSOC. Back to Clark and then to NSA again and retired in 1978.

    Posted by Stanley Krause | January 22, 2013, 2:53 am
  86. Read a post the Jonh C Christian. If you read this drop me a line. Was on A flight 59-61

    Posted by Steve Transue | February 21, 2013, 10:07 pm
  87. Was at 6981st on Charlie Flight from June 72 to June 75 working in DF section. I remember working with Steve Transue, Bob Linindoll, Larry Branch and Ed Kelly. Capt Verna was our flight commander for the last year or so. Just found this site today. Would like to know if anyone has photos from back then.

    Posted by Dale Shields | February 23, 2013, 11:03 am
  88. I was stationed at Elmendorf 1962-1964. Still remember the earthquake of 1964. I am looking for a friend I was stationed with by the name of Tommy Fugate and he had a twin named Joe. If anyone knows him let me know.

    Posted by Ron Everly | April 25, 2013, 4:32 pm
  89. Correction of email

    Posted by Ron Everly | April 25, 2013, 4:35 pm
  90. I was a SSgt 207 at Elmendorf on D flight from June 67 – Jan 70. My tour was cut short when they sent me to Nam. Hung out with Tom Smith, Wayne Kendrick, Bob Byrd and Tom Imperial. Lots of hunting and fishing with those guys. One of our OICs was Jefferson J Jarvis III, straight our of the Academy. Bill Snyder was out Mission Sup. Knew Ray Allor and Don Hemmingway (202’s).

    Posted by Dave Seidl | May 3, 2013, 12:10 pm
  91. My dad was stationed at the 6981st from 1970 or 1971 for 6 years until he retired from the military. His name was Jim Berry. Would be curious if anyone knew him. I represented the 6981st in the Miss Elmendorf pagent I think in 1974 I believe. He passed away 13 years ago, but love to hear stories. Thank You

    Posted by Karen Ramirez | May 7, 2013, 3:31 pm
  92. I was a TSgt in 6981st -Baker Flight in “B” Console and worked under Lt. Few during 1969 – 1971. (a diddy bopper). I left the USAF, went to collage and was a Registered Nurse for almost 30 years. Now retired, a Ham Operator, call is -N4EAM. Still love morse code. I still have contact with a friend from 6981st, on Facebook, Tim DeVesser. Those were good times !

    Posted by David Alleman | May 19, 2013, 12:00 am
  93. My father was SMSGT John H. Greiner, 6981st Radio Mobile & his CO was Major Applegate. I would love to know what happened to Major Applegate. His family stayed with us after the earthquake.

    Posted by James M. Greiner | May 25, 2013, 8:27 pm
  94. “C” flt, 1965 – 1967

    Posted by Frank Trumble | July 2, 2013, 9:24 am
  95. Edward Lang – Contact me at rj545@bright.net

    Posted by Reg Blackman | July 5, 2013, 5:40 pm
  96. I was with the 6981st at Elmendorf from 68-71. was an analyst..looking for folks who were then that I may have known.

    Posted by Bob Stafford | July 17, 2013, 9:20 pm
  97. I served under SSgt Jack Williams and TSGT Sawyer

    Posted by Bob Stafford | July 17, 2013, 9:24 pm
  98. I was a 202 and would love to meet some ditty bops and others that were there from 68-71

    Posted by Bob Stafford | July 17, 2013, 9:28 pm
  99. Served under Col, Hunnicut and Lt.Col Naylor and SSGT Jack Williams (went Bootstrap and got his commission)

    Posted by Bob Stafford | July 17, 2013, 9:35 pm
  100. Bob Stafford–contact me @ Ba4947@aol.com—Living in Mississippi now

    Posted by Bob Stafford | July 17, 2013, 9:36 pm
  101. Hi Ralph Cucitrone,

    Yes I have a degree in Forestry from the Univ. of Idaho … was not an Academy grad. I remember CMSGT Cecil Turner very well … he was an outstanding NCO and quite a practical joker. He “got” me more than once. What a character he was back then. We got the job done and had some smiles along the way. Looking back from this remove I sure was a green shavetail. Wish I’d know then what I know now … oh well, water under the bridge.

    Posted by Dave Traweek | July 23, 2013, 2:38 am
  102. Hello Dave,
    I remember cmsgt Turner as a real hard ass…. at least that is what he looked like the first time i came on flight. Yes.we did get the job done and had lots of laughs on flight. I remember sending the new guys around flight after a mid night shift if anyone had EMHO. or cutting out their head sets by disconnecting the second pair of head sets. or blowing smoke through the back of the the radio receivers. do you remember tsgt harely carter? i tried finding him for a long time… no luck. Anyway… it was good to hear from you. Take care.

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | July 29, 2013, 7:58 am
  103. I remember SGT Bob Stafford. We served on Baker Flight from 68 – 71. I was an analyst in the cage with Bob and Larry Powers. My wife and I lived off base in a mobile home on Northern Lights Blvd.

    Hope to hear from anyone that served with me.

    Take care all..

    Ted Robison

    Posted by Ted Robison (Robbie) | August 4, 2013, 2:50 pm
  104. I was stationed at Elmendorf 4/64 -4/66 and assigned to the Hospital Sq. I am trying to locate (Airman First Class) Terry Johnson who was assigned to the 6981 Security Gp and was there at approx the same time as I. We played in a band called the “EMBERS.” Terry played keyboard. He was from the Seattle, WA area. If anyone has info regarding Terry it would be appreciated. Please e-mail messsage.

    Regards, Thank you all for your service.

    Vern Coghlan (SSGT, USAF)
    Cell: 615-636-3662

    Posted by Vern Coghlan | August 14, 2013, 4:26 pm
  105. Hi Ralph Cucitrone. Unbelievable that I would see your name after all these years. Great memories from the years at Elmendorf. I do remember a lot of the names here since I was there 1967-1970 as Voice Intercept Operator. Dave Traweek was my Flt. Cmdr. I do remember you a lot more from YSU. I graduated in 1972 in Computer Tech. and over the years went from a programmer/analyst at Armco Steel to a IT Director at Chiquita Brands. Had a great career. Retired 3 years ago. I remember you getting married while we were at YSU. Everthing going well?

    Posted by George Leskovac | August 30, 2013, 2:05 pm
  106. Hey George,
    damm its good to hear from you.
    i do remember us sitting in the cafeteria watching all the ladies.
    how have you been?
    I got married in 75. all is well with me. sounds like you had a good career. i retired last year from my IT job(s). i managed a couple of computer centers, then stepped down to software support. it got to be too much….. a lot of traveling involved. anyway… if you get a chance, drop me a line at topcatoh@lycos.com.

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | September 3, 2013, 5:30 pm
  107. I was in 6981st Radio Mobile Group
    until laster changed to 6981 Security Group. I was there Dec 62-Dec 64. I was in Comm Ctr and
    knew very few people, like 292’s, 202,others. I was a 291. A2c. I only went in the ops area when there was a CRITIC.
    I remember a SSgt Peterson, smoked a pipe all the time and gave me one. I also remember A2c Standifer now in North Carolina.
    I had fond days of Elemendorf, especially the ski trips and and flying with a 292 Ditty Bop that had a hugh antenna at end of building and stayed on his radio all the time. Great guy and good pilot. Memember of AERO Club.
    Glad to find this site.
    Last assigned to 6924th SS DaNang
    AB, Vn. There from 70-71. Other
    SG or SS asgmts. No windows, one door, one way in and out. Cypher lock with combination. My best to all of you wherever you served.
    Ed (Retired MSgt)

    Posted by Grady E. (ED) Ingram | September 9, 2013, 11:41 am
  108. I was with the 6981st in late ’72-73. Believe as one of the first WAF that were trained as ditty boppers. I believe I was part of B flight. Did not last long…too young, made wrong choices, and left the USAF. I remember that the old timers did not particularly like having women invade their MOS — but that for the most part, the guys were really kind, and I never felt left out – even though I was the only female for the first month or so, until a 2nd female joined the flight a couple months later.

    Posted by Suzanne Zablan | September 9, 2013, 6:37 pm
  109. I was in the 6981st in early Mar 64-Jan 66. I got there a couple weeks before the earthquake in ’64. worked up on top of the hill USAFSS 292 non morse intercept operator on rotating shift. ditty boppers were like 272s. Russian language guys were 203s. master sgt shephard was running our shifts and also smoked a pipe.

    We all got 8.6 cards for surviving the earthquake. Since then they have determined that it was actually 9.2. We had tremors in the 7s for days.

    I remember walking through the tunnel to the chow hall during the winter. Tires that were so low that it would take a mile or so to roll instead of going bump, bump, bump. Plugging in the headbolt or oil pan heater at nights.

    The guys I worked with were great, but I wouldn’t go back to Alaska for any amount of money.

    Posted by r k tarpley | October 17, 2013, 7:14 pm
  110. I was at Elmendorf from 1968-1971 in the 6981st, and served as a 202 (analyst) in the main operations area. Met some great folks there and would like to hear from anyone who was there at that time..

    Posted by Bobby Stafford | October 17, 2013, 9:46 pm
  111. I was in the 6981st C-flight from Sept 1970 to April, 1972. Lived in some apartments off-base with my wife. Worked with Mike Griffin, Lou Sartori, and some others. If anybody remembers this group, let me know!

    Posted by Michael McCluhan | October 28, 2013, 7:26 pm
  112. How do I reply to a specific post in this string? I’d like to get back to Mike Griffin.

    Posted by Michael McCluhan | October 28, 2013, 11:04 pm
  113. I was in the 6981st from Nov 65-Nov 67. Was the weather 202 on D flight. After leaving 6981st assigned to 6948th SSM Goodfellow and TDY to Osan Korea for 5 months when the Pueblo was captured. Anyone from that time period can contact me @ littlebaypirate@hotmail.com Served with great people..

    Posted by John Lesniak | November 23, 2013, 7:03 pm
  114. I was a 202 (analyst) from 1968-1971–and met some great folks at Elmendorf.

    Posted by Bobby Stafford | November 23, 2013, 8:56 pm
  115. I was with the 6981st. radio squadron mobile in 1955 stationed on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. From 1950 to 1970 the Russians shot down 20 American aircraft. One the month before I got to the island. I was seated on on a C-47 that was to fly to the island and was bumped off due to excessive weight. The plane went 75 miles and crashed killing all aboard. The crash victims were airman that attended Syracuse were we trained to be Russian linguists.

    Posted by Leonard S. Shapiro | November 27, 2013, 5:52 pm
  116. Was scheduled for Shemya in ’70. Ended up at Elmendorf AFB with 6981st doing admin for a while. Was 20351, Russian – attended Syracuse University ’68-’69, then on to Goodfellow, then to AK. Commander there was Rudolph (Rudy)Kostelny – anyone remember him?

    Posted by Frank Brough | December 6, 2013, 3:04 pm
  117. I am looking for Tommy or Tom Fugate who I was stationed with at Elmendorf AF Base from 1962-1964. He also had a brother Joe Fugate.

    Posted by Ron Everly | December 7, 2013, 8:50 am
  118. I WAS THERE FROM 1961 TO 1963

    Posted by JIM MACDONALD | December 14, 2013, 7:50 am
  119. Arrived Sep.55 left Sep.57. Spent a year at Elmendorph and a year on St. Lawrence Island as a Radio Traffic Analysis.

    Posted by Joe Barath | January 3, 2014, 9:16 pm
  120. Iwas at 6981st from April 65 to Sept 1st, 68. Lived in the barracks until Sept 65 when my wife drove up the Alcan by herself in our 59 chevy wagon 6-banger automatic. We lived in the S&S apartments on Medfra across from the private airfield. Started on A Flt I think and went to RFP under SSgt Johnson. Anyone remember Tommy Taylor who married a girl from Biloxi and lived in the apartments right off the main gate? Or Reginald Tibbs, tall, skinny black guy who drove a Karman Ghia?

    Posted by Tom Mc Dougall | January 22, 2014, 10:06 am
  121. I was a cross trained 203/202 on Able Flt. 1966-68. Like a couple of guys here I was on duty the night of the Pueblo. My boss was SMSGT Harold Hicks and I remember Sgt Melvin July.
    Had some good times in Alaska. Two of the guys on A flt were in my wedding.
    (Discharged Aug 68 Married Dec 69)

    Posted by jerry carter | January 25, 2014, 10:20 pm
  122. Ralph Cucitrone, I don’t have Mike Orndorff’s info any longer. I found it on whitepages.com and just took a chance. I remembered that he lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. Don’t know if you remember but we were roommates for a while. I got out in 71 and have lived in Florida ever since except for 3 years in school in Georgia.

    Posted by Jerry Van Dyken | January 28, 2014, 7:52 pm
  123. Hey Jerry,
    Thanks for your reply. Yes I do remember you and Mike were room mates. Would you happen to know any contact info for any of the other guys we were stationed with? I lost contact with everyone a long time ago. The last person i was in contact with was Tim Loden. He lived in Maryland up until a year ago. I think he is now in Fort Myers. If you get a minute, drop me a line. My email is topcatoh@lycos.com.
    It was good to hear from you. Please keep in touch.

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | January 29, 2014, 11:37 pm
  124. I remember Ross Blue due to the unusual name. I was 20351 and then did a lot of work for Lt. Smith and MSgt Taylor when we were not busy in the back right corner. Those were good times. We had a great softball team all the time we were there. We lived just off base on Ericksen Street. I remember SSgt Jenkins as well as Hank Povolny with whom I have maintained contact.

    Posted by Gary Zurn | February 17, 2014, 1:03 pm
  125. Was at 6981st from July 1969 to July 1972. Worked (?) in maint as a 702X0.

    Posted by Robert "Randy" Kling | February 24, 2014, 11:22 am
  126. Ditty Bopper there from 1970-1972-dont remember which flight I was on, but remember the following- Kurt Wedemeyer, Joe O’Leary, Rod Ulrich, Ed Flinchum, some guy w/ last name MacDonald who loved the Baltimore Orioles, David Begay who made bracelets out of beads, a guy nicknamed Woody from Washington State. Also remember some guy named Stuessie who killed some people at a club downtown

    Posted by Bob Bartlett | May 20, 2014, 9:48 am
  127. Also remember Phil Butts, Wayne Hibbard, Lawrence (Larry Kunz) from Elmendorf. Larry rebuilt a car engine in his dorm room. Supervisors remembered-Atkins (Adkins)-he was a jokester, Williams, and a guy nicknamed Nock (Enoch was his first name) 1970-72

    Posted by Bob Bartlett | May 20, 2014, 1:00 pm
  128. Hello Gary Zurn!

    Great to see you are still around after all this time. Sat on the same racks with you on Charlie Flight 1969-70.

    I remember you were going to U of Alaska and complaining about your physical chemistry course.

    George Leskovac ! Remember the poker sessions in your apartment ? Still have your baseball card collection ?

    Great to hear of you both again.

    Posted by Rich Williams | May 24, 2014, 10:22 pm
  129. Hi Rich, I remember you well You came to our apartment for dinner one time and we traded Christmas cards for awhile. I remember George also although I never played poker. I can’t remember first names but I think there was a Bob Reitz, Rich Campbell…hmmm Ron Jenkins…I know the first name is not correct. Hank Povolny we are still in contact with.

    Posted by Gary Zurn | May 26, 2014, 9:08 am
  130. You also got my camera for me from Chicago.

    Posted by Gary Zurn | May 26, 2014, 9:10 am
  131. Hello Gary:

    SSgt Jenkins’ first name was Paul, I believe. Remember Warren Dennis and Dennis Cooper ? Supervisor was Tsgt Klein. Long time ago now.

    Posted by Rich Williams | June 8, 2014, 1:51 am
  132. Yes it was Paul. TSgt Lein was replaced by TSgt ??? who came from Germany. I think there was a Rick Campbell from Boston area who was always worrying about his deviate septum nose.What do you do now?

    Posted by Gary Zurn | June 8, 2014, 7:45 pm
  133. Oh yes. I used to ride to work with Bob Reitz on day shift as my wife worked for Mobil Oil as Legal Secretary. I had a blue 1967 Volkswagen. I did graduate from Alaska Methodist University and worked for a couple of years for GAR in chemistry but I have been with IBM now for 40 years

    Posted by Gary Zurn | June 8, 2014, 7:46 pm
  134. Rich Williams, so good to hear from you after all these years. I think of you every time we travel to visit friends in Oskosh, Wi. Really enjoyed my time there with you and, to some extend Dennis Cooper. Anyone remember “Fat Jack”. He and I collected ball cards and I have kept up with it all these years. Since I retired I now sell/buy on multiple web sites. Warren Dennis got married and settled in San Antonio..saw him again back in the 90’s.
    Gary, we sure did have some great softball teams. I remember playing on one that played in a tournament for Alaska championship. Still have a picture of that team. Also played a lot of flag football. Great times. What’s up with you now Rich?

    Posted by George Leskovac | June 9, 2014, 3:34 pm
  135. Gary, Was Hank Povolny a blond that wore black rimmed glasses, a 203 from Long Island? If so, he and I were on the same flight.

    Posted by George Leskovac | June 9, 2014, 3:36 pm
  136. Yes we had great softball team. Post the picture of the team or send to me. I think he was from Ohio and a physics major and taught after Air Force days. He was on Charlie Flight and usually did the VHF work at the terminal nearest on C Flight.

    Posted by Gary Zurn | June 10, 2014, 9:38 am
  137. Hey George,
    I would like to see the pic of the ball team from C flight also. Anyway that can happen???

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | June 11, 2014, 8:57 am
  138. Hi Ralph, I don’t remember you but I was going to ask the same question.

    Posted by Gary Zurn | June 12, 2014, 9:55 am
  139. i was on the rock in 1955 to 1956. Anyone left?

    Posted by Leonard Shapiro | June 13, 2014, 9:26 am
  140. Hey gary,
    I was a ditty bopper RW and RC. i sat in the last row of flight back by the 202’s. i think i remember you. TSgt Carter was my supervisor.

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | June 13, 2014, 10:46 am
  141. Hi Ralph, I think I remember you. When I was not working the racks for voice, I was working as admin for Lt. Smith and MSgt Taylor.

    Posted by Gary Zurn | June 17, 2014, 3:04 pm
  142. I see a lot of postings from someone I knew at Elmendorf, Ron Hain. I wonder if you remember me Ron, Jack Durant. We used to go on double dates a lot in your GTO, also did some crazy things hanging out together. Unfortunately I didn’t see an email address to get hold of you.

    Posted by Jack Durant | June 26, 2014, 2:37 pm
  143. Ron, I see the email adresses do not come up on the postings. Mine is jaxwing2@verizon.net.

    Posted by Jack Durant | June 26, 2014, 2:38 pm
  144. I was a ditty bopper with the 6981st from 69 to 71, charlie flight. I worked for ssgt murphy, and tsgt harley carter. Anyone on my flight can get in touch with me at my email address zoonk@aol.com.

    Posted by Frank A Csonka | July 16, 2014, 11:36 am
  145. Frank,
    I remember you…. are you still living in Massilon? How have you been? By any chance do you know the where-abouts of harley or murphy?
    Keep in touch..

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | July 17, 2014, 7:11 am
  146. Frank,
    I tried sending you email at the address you have listed….. it came back undeliverable…..

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | July 17, 2014, 10:06 am
  147. Ralph, jim came to massillon twice and stayed with my wife and I for a week each time. He divorced linda and married another linda, he was living in maryland last I heard. Haven’t heard from him in 20 years, have know idea where he or harley are. I lost contact with harley after leaving from alaska. Try my email address again it should work. Take care Frank

    Posted by Frank Csonka | July 19, 2014, 3:41 pm
  148. Ralph, do you remember dave scoggins, or terry kaufman. Terry was from sandusky ohio. I looked him up, he was a police officer in sandusky.Keep; n touch.

    Posted by Frank A Csonka | July 23, 2014, 6:48 pm
  149. Got discharged from tricky dick from the 69 1st back in April 72, spent two winters up in Elmendorf played a lot of sports, b ball, foot ball and softball we won the Alaska championship. Had a 7 footer, forget his name, but remember a left hand guard named Dobby I for o . Worked as a ditty bopper on Charlie flight. Was there from Oct 70 got red lined heading to phi cat south Vietnam airborne.

    Posted by Ronnie sedlak | September 4, 2014, 3:22 pm
  150. I was in 6981st at St. Lawrence sometime around 1958/1959. Think I was on A crew I think, ditty bopper, not sure which flt. Was crew leader on my shift. Memory fading regarding names. Our C/O was a Captain Cover. Remember a guy named “Billy” something from Eufala, Ala or Miss. If anyone remembers me, please post here or to my email (catmanbj@yahoo.com) Would like to hear from some of the guys. Thanks

    Posted by William H (Bill) Jones | September 10, 2014, 7:29 pm
  151. I’m looking for Terry Johnson, stationed at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, who played keyboard with a band named The Embers in 1965. He, with the rest of the group, won the USAF Talent Contest.

    Any contact information would be appreciated.

    Posted by Rich Ligus | September 16, 2014, 11:55 am
  152. I was an A/1C crypto opr in the 6981st RGM comm center at Elmendorf from 12/57 till 2/59. Served with George Qualkenbush, Bill Magoteaux, Don Deaton, Willie Grant, S/Sgts Deloach and Crouch, SMS Setzer and SSGT Bob Rankin who went remote to DET 3 on Shemya, plus man more. It was an honor to serve with such a great group!! Would like to hear from anyone there during this time.

    Posted by Elzie J (Jack) Williams | October 29, 2014, 9:27 pm
  153. I was ditty bopper on Charlie flight from 71-74. I recognize a few names. Ron Sedlak, Mike Griffin and Tony Blume.

    Posted by Mike Hirtes | November 7, 2014, 3:29 pm
  154. Kept going thru the comments and saw one from Ken Stinson mentioning my name along with John Allgood and Texas John Slaughter. Sure brings back the memories.

    Posted by Mike Hirtes | November 7, 2014, 3:46 pm
  155. I was on Charlie flight from 71 till 74. I recognize quite a few names. I saw a post by Ken Stinson with my name and Texas John Slaughter, John Allgood. Brings back many memories.

    Posted by Mike Hirtes | November 8, 2014, 9:15 am
  156. i have started a group on facebook. The name of the group is I WAS STATIONED AT ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE. It is an open group so please join so we can all keep in touch.

    Mike Griffin

    Posted by Mike Griffin | November 15, 2014, 12:25 pm
  157. Mike,
    I went to facebook to look for the group you created. i could not find it. can you send me the link?

    Posted by Ralph Cucitrone | November 16, 2014, 10:08 am
  158. I don’t use Facebook so I only have this forum with which to keep in contact with anyone on Charlie Flight from July 1969 to January 1972. Please continue to post here also.
    Gary Zurn

    Posted by Gary Zurn | November 17, 2014, 2:18 pm
  159. Mike,

    I have not been able to find the group you created on Facebook. Please continue posting here.

    Posted by Mike Hirtes | November 17, 2014, 9:30 pm
  160. Did anyone know Terry Johnson, who was with the 6981st at Elmendorf AFB in 1965?
    He was a pianist, and a member of the group The Embers, who won the 1965 World-wide Talent Contest. We have been trying to locate him unsuccessfully.

    We think he was originally from the Seattle/Tacoma area.

    Posted by Rich Ligus | November 22, 2014, 5:12 pm
  161. My father was stationed at the 81st in the mid sixties. Do any of you remember Bob Porterfield? We left Alaska and headed for San Antonio where Dad was stationed at Kelly. He then went to Viet Nam for a year and then back to Alaska in l970 where he retired as CMSgt. Sorry if dates are wrong – long time ago. Sadly we lost him in 2008 to multiple myeloma – probably from exposure to agent orange in Viet Nam. Look forward to hearing from anyone who knew him.

    Posted by Debbie Caraballo | December 1, 2014, 6:37 pm
  162. I seem to remember him. I worked on Charlie Flight from July 1969 to January 1972. CMSGT Taylor was on my flight as I remember.

    Posted by Gary Zurn | December 2, 2014, 12:06 pm
  163. At the 6981st from Nov 1971 till March 1976. Printer Systems Operator

    Posted by David Berlin | December 2, 2014, 4:46 pm
  164. Dad was from West by God Virginia. When he retired someone who was obviously quite talented drew a caricature of him and presented it to him. When he moved to North Carolina he finally got to farm, which to him was truly the good life. Miss him every day.

    Posted by Debbie Caraballo | December 3, 2014, 6:39 am
  165. Was at the 6981st. 1964 – 1966

    Chipped ice from September till May

    Ditty bopper of course.

    Hope to hear from anyone who hated those 3 shifts!

    Posted by John Miller | December 20, 2014, 7:29 pm
  166. John:
    Terry Johnson was at Elmendorf AFB, 1964-65. He was with the 6981st. Did you know him?

    Posted by Rich Ligus | December 21, 2014, 11:56 am
  167. 6981st dittybopper 1962-1964 anchorage.don’t remember what flt. looking for ron phillips from palto alto ca.

    Posted by forest drake | December 28, 2014, 7:22 am
  168. Hello, Does anyone remember my dad, Ron Perkins, he was at Northeast Cape AFS, St. Lawrence zisland, Alaska dates about 1964, 1965, 1966?

    Posted by Ron Perkins Northeast Cape, St. Lawrence Island '64'65'66 | January 19, 2015, 4:42 pm
  169. correct last post.in anchorage 1963-64. looking for ron phillips Sunnyvale,ca.

    Posted by forest drake | January 19, 2015, 9:23 pm
  170. I was on St. Lawrence in 1955. Am I the last man standing? I was seated on a C-47 that was on the way to the Island when I was bumped with 2 other linguists. The plane crashed near Skwenta and all were killed. Is there one left from that period?

    Posted by Leonard Shapiro | January 20, 2015, 9:35 am
  171. A Flight dec 58-may61

    Posted by Dell Husted | February 2, 2015, 11:16 am
  172. Was at the 6981st from 1973 to 1975, on “Dog” Flt. Sat Russian long range bomber rack and then MSD rack with SSgt. Tom Imperial before he left to go to work as a policeman with the city of Anchorage. Good friends on Dog Flt… Al King, Charlie Luedke, Harley Carter, Harry Borst, and CB Wright. Great memories of ditty-bopping in the wild north.

    Posted by Richard Booth | February 6, 2015, 5:47 pm
  173. rich,
    do you know where Harley carter is now? he was my supervisor on Charlie flight 1967 1970.anyinfoyou have for him would be appreciated. tks

    Posted by Ralph Cucitronee | February 8, 2015, 12:12 pm
  174. Just remembered a couple of good guys from 1973. Both were 292’s. TSGT Tennyson “Sneek” he would be in his 80s by now. Herb Hull did taxidermy to supplement his income. I still have some of his work. He would be getting close to 70. Both were on Charlie Flight.

    Posted by Ken Stinson | February 10, 2015, 7:33 pm
  175. Ken good to see your latest comment. I replied to one earlier about Texas John Slaughter, John Allgood. I remember the time You myself Allgood and Tsgt. Tennison went hunting. We had some good times. Email me, mhirtes@centurylink.net

    Posted by Mike Hirtes | February 11, 2015, 5:33 pm
  176. Would like to know if anyone remembers Terry Johnson, who was at Elmendorf in 1965, Terry was with the 6981st Security Group, and played piano with a group called “The Embers.” The Embers won the 1965 World-wide Talent Contest.

    I’m the sax player from the group, and all the other players are search for Terry. If you know of where he may be please let me know.


    Posted by Rich Ligus | March 9, 2015, 1:34 pm
  177. I was a ditty bopper at Elmendorf from 69-72, Dog Flt.
    I had the hottest 1968 yellow Chevelle on the base.
    Does anyone remember Sgt Rowe? (scar face). Pat Owens and myself use to write a paper for Dog Flt.
    Got in trouble a couple of times for what we wrote.
    Loved going to King Salmon fishing.
    I remember Bob Fox, &Sgt. Gonzoles. He saved my stipes one time.

    Posted by Bradford L. Snyder | March 11, 2015, 10:37 am
  178. Does anyone remember my father hank kowal.

    Posted by hank kowal | March 17, 2015, 9:50 am
  179. I am still looking for Tommy or Tom Fugate who was stationed at Elmendorf AF base in the early 1960’s-61-64. I believe he worked on the flight line. He was from Indiana.

    Posted by Ron Everly | March 18, 2015, 11:02 am
  180. Was 292 ditty bop..68 to 70, the mission soup was msgt jeremiah, sgt bernie, sgt bullock, our supevisors…remember 707 going down, also big earthquake, floor rippled, only names I remember, jeff enterline, ross coates, larry walters, dave mitchell, and larry broome….anyone know larry broome is, last saw him in saigon 1971 would like to find him

    Posted by larry baker | March 27, 2015, 8:24 pm
  181. I served with the 6981st from 1968-70 as a 202 analyst in the ops cage appreciating the excellent leadership of SMSgt Harold Hicks, Jim Krause, and Bill Barbero. I transferred to NSA with buddies Mike Wondrash, Marty Wilson, and Larry Griffin.
    I remember the “Moose Cage”, teletypes, burn bag detail, mail box chow line, week old TV, paycheck poker, Johnny Cash music, “”good grub at the Union Club”, and the great times we spent at the “Bird House Bar” enroute to fish the Russian River.
    Took GI bill for degree from San Jose State. Retired after 35 years with Idaho State DEQ. Wish I could remember all your names and faces.

    Posted by Pat O'Rorke | April 9, 2015, 5:11 pm
  182. I served with the 6981st from 1968-70 as a 202 in the ops cage appreciating the leadership of SMSgt Harold Hicks, SSgts Jim Krause, and Bill Barberro. Transferred to NSA with buddies Mike Wondrash, Marty Wilson, and Larry Griffin.
    I remember the “Moose Cage”, noisey teletypes, burn bag detail, mail box chow line, week old TV, paycheck poker, Johnny Cash music, “good grub at The Union Club”, The Monkey Bar, and always stoping by the tilted Bird House Bar enroute to fish the Russian River.
    Took the GI Bill for degree from San Jose State. Retired after 35 years with Idaho State DEQ.

    Posted by Pat O'Rorke | April 9, 2015, 6:51 pm
  183. JERRY CARTER. POSTED BACK IN 2012. Get in touch with me.

    There is a FB page, ‘6981st Security Group, USAFFSS. Its a ‘closed group’ so you have to ‘ask;’ to be let in. Please do.

    Posted by Tim Morrissey | April 10, 2015, 6:58 am
  184. JERRY CARTER. My email is <> We have put the band back together and need you to sing lead…Lumpy can sing backup….

    Posted by Tim Morrissey | April 10, 2015, 7:08 am
  185. Jack, just got back to the site. My email is ronhain@gmail.com Can’t place the name, but if you remember the GTO, would like to chat.

    Posted by Ron Hain | April 10, 2015, 7:52 pm
  186. JERRY CARTER, posted in Jan 2014. We have been looking for you for 4 years. There are a bunch of us together, reunions, Facebook etc. MAC, Bratton, Robbie. Rinderle, Inabnit, Joe Martin.


    Posted by Tim Morrissey | April 11, 2015, 6:21 am
  187. I was at 6981 from 1969-1971, a non-morse intercept operator. Sadly, I do not remember the flight we were on, but a TSGT Welch and Chris Benetti were supervisors. My wife and I lived in Panoramic View apts. I was first stationed at 6984 at Shemya right out of tech school….a wedding present from Uncle Sam. We drove up the Alcan from S. California.

    Posted by Terry Hardgrave | April 11, 2015, 11:15 pm
  188. Worked as a 203 with Jerry Evans, Gary Stoops, Sgt Wethington. Lived in Mountain View.

    Posted by Ken Spaulding | June 1, 2015, 7:25 pm
  189. I see several names I remember. I was at the 81st off and on for 17 yrs from 69-91. Worked on every flt at one time or another and in Training and also Plans. Have been with the Army as a civilian since 93 at Ft Jackson, SC. Wish everyone that ever served at Elmendorf Good health and a long life.

    Posted by Dennis Brucker | June 10, 2015, 1:02 pm
  190. At 6981st 1964-1966. Replaced by Sgt Klein in 1966. Was a 202 by ojt replacing Tom Berlied who I took skiing in July 1965. Worked with Peter Komano and Bob Abduel on C? Flight

    Posted by Bill Youngs | July 9, 2015, 6:38 am
  191. Hello all, Have a strange question. My dad was Jim Scott who served with the 6981st in anchorage until 1968. He passed away in 2014. All I know is my dad was QB on the flag football team and was close friends with my uncle, John Drost. Would anyone have insights or memories of my dad they could share just so I could understand what kind of guy he was in his younger years ? Any thought would be great and thanks in advance, Jim Scott.

    Personal email address: JimScott111@Gmail.com

    Posted by Jim Scott | July 13, 2015, 4:47 pm
  192. As posted previously, I was stationed at the 6981st as a 203 on C flight from July 1967 to July 1970. I played a lot of sports while there, and some have asked if I had any pictures. I will post them to my facebook page (George Leskovac). One is of the team that placed 2nd in the 1968 Alaska state slow-pitch tournament(I am 2nd row, 2nd from right. Bottom left is Jack Hunter and Billy Payne.). One is of the 1969 flag football league champions. I am second row 2nd from right. Next is 1968 Vollyball Champs.(H.Povolny, K. Miller, B. Kretz, M. Kos, B. Haines, M. Fletcher, me, J. Burke, Major Nailer). Next is award ceremony for C flight 68 or 69. Last is picture of me catching td pass flag football. If you see anyone else you know, please comment here.

    Posted by George Leskovac | July 23, 2015, 11:44 am
  193. Hi George

    I remember you well. I played softball with you and became the pitcher when Dennis Day rotated out. Still friends with Hank Povolny. I remember Bob Reitz well as he picked me up at our apartment some days.

    Gary Zurn

    Posted by Gary Zurn | July 25, 2015, 8:31 am
  194. I am not sure how many times this post will be out here….. my pc screwed up… sorry if it is there more than once…… anyway.

    Tanks George for sharing the pics.
    Other than you, I recognize and remember only 2 other guys …. Billy Payne and Mike Kos. Mike and I played guard on the flag team.
    Thanks again for sharing.

    Posted by Ralph Cucitronre | July 25, 2015, 9:07 am
  195. Would you happen to know Terry Johnson? Terry was with the 6981st Security Group, and played piano with a group called “The Embers.” The Embers won the 1965 World-wide Talent Contest.

    If you know of where he might be please let me know.


    Posted by Rich Ligus | July 25, 2015, 11:45 am
  196. Gary and Ralph,
    Glad you got a chance to look at the photos. Gary, I remember the name, but are you in the softball picture, last row, 2nd from left?
    Good to hear from you both.

    Posted by George Leskovac | July 30, 2015, 4:56 pm
  197. I can’t see pics perhaps u can send to garYz2353@aol.com. I was on Carlie flight with Jenkins Reitz Campbell etc

    Posted by Gary Zurn | July 30, 2015, 6:45 pm
  198. I was at the 6981st from 54 – 58 good time

    Posted by Irving r casler | August 14, 2015, 9:59 pm
  199. I was on St.Lawrence 1955 1956 I was bumped off c 47 that crashed near Skwentna. All me friends from Syracuse were killed. Did you see the plaque at our HQ? You are the first response. I have ever had from that time period.

    Posted by Leonard Shapiro | August 17, 2015, 12:52 pm
  200. I remember the air crash
    I live in syracuse now
    Looking for some old friends
    Sgt jack Morris-set kay d crumby

    Posted by Irving r casler | August 17, 2015, 8:35 pm
  201. Thanks for your message. Were you stationed on the island? When I graduated from Syracuse our
    CO put the new duty stations in a hat and I got Alaska. My best friend got Scotland. After being on the Rock for a year, I got a message that said that his note will be short as he has to go to his piano lesson with a very pretty Scottish Lass. This week my wife and I visited Mcclellan Air Force Base. It is closed except for a Airplane museum. Kelly is closed as well. 50 years is a long time. Is the Brass Rail still in Syracuse?

    Posted by Leonard Shapiro | August 19, 2015, 2:23 pm
  202. I went to Sampson flt 3217 than to keesler afb Mississippi
    I was in alaska three years did a lot of fishing and hunting
    Want to go back some day
    The brass rail is gone
    Where do you live where did you go to basic
    I spent most of my time at elemendorf
    Yes 50 years is a long time sure went fast

    Posted by Irving casler | August 20, 2015, 6:24 pm
  203. I am looking for anyone who served with our Dad, Elmer E Piippo. He was in the 6981 Security Grp, early to mid 1960’s, he was from MN.

    Posted by Cheryl (Piippo)Rand | August 23, 2015, 4:24 pm
  204. Anyone at 3rd radio or 6981 rum from February 54 to
    Nov 58 like to hear from you

    Posted by Irving casler | August 29, 2015, 2:19 pm
  205. I lost your address so I failed to respond to your last message. Since I am now 80 and cannot remember what I had for breakfast this morning, please if you can remember what you sent, please resend. I think I asked you if you served on St. Lawrence. My wife and I took a cruise in June to Alaska. It was our 40th cruise and we had a great time. We spent 3 days in Seattle. When my time was up on the island, i could have flown back to the states but after my experience with the C-47, I took a MATs ship to Seattle. Cruise ships and troop ships are not the same. I belong to a Club in Las Angeles called the Jonathan Club. Today at our beach facility, we had a
    an school alumni day. I proudly wore my Syracuse cap. I trust that you are well and I look forward to hearing from you.


    Posted by Leonard Shapiro | August 30, 2015, 10:09 pm
  206. Ircing, I just discovered your previous message. In Syracuse, we lived on campus and ate all our meals in the Freshmen Womens Dorm. Not bad duty. I had my basic training in San Antonio Texas. Lackland Air Force Base. After basic i took a blue bus to Kelly where we had a month long pre language class. I don’t know what your MO was. If you were a linguist you know what this was all about. On Elmendorf, were you stationed at what we called the compound? Where you there when we had a pet Moose named Sam? He got into the kitchen and made a mess. After that, no more Sam

    Best wishes,


    Posted by Leonard Shapiro | August 30, 2015, 11:18 pm
  207. Leonard
    I remember Sam.he was around for quite a while.
    I spent most of my time at the compound.i was at barrow for a while. Didn’t care for it.did a lot of fishing
    Would like to go back some day
    I’m 78 in pretty good shape
    Like to hear from you

    Posted by Irving casler | September 7, 2015, 8:48 pm
  208. Irv,

    What was Barrow like? I had to send a 20330 to Barrow. I should have gone myself. I wonder if the compound still exists. We did very little fishing on the island. There was a disease called Hydatid so we couldn’t eat the fish if we caught any. We had a lot of contact with the Eskimos. They would travel 60 miles round trip to buy candy from our PX. We were not allowed to visit Savoonga for the protection of the natives. We might have done to the Eskimos what Columbus did to The Indians. Both of my sons are lawyers. My oldest son wanted to join the Air Force as a judge advocate but got married instead. My youngest son, also a lawyer but has been writing for TV for the last 11 years. He wrote on Boston Legal, The Practice. and Blacklist. He has a show coming out next year on Amazon. I am glad that you are well at 78. Since I am older than you, I should get some respect. My wife says I get the respect I deserve. It didn’t sound like a complement.Leonard

    Posted by Leonard Shapiro | September 7, 2015, 10:48 pm
  209. First things first. Reunion for 6981 st in June 2016 in Alaska. Jim Kaus is organizing. Email him at jim@floridajim.com. Website is http://www.floridajim.com/alaska/html. Hope I got those correct. I was at 6981 from 71-74 working for sgt Brewer, TB Smith, and Harley Carter. Harley was in NDakota last I heard, but cant remember town. He put up with a lot from me. I remember Dave Berlin, Bruce and Heather Bowers, Lonnie Adkins, Charlie Fenchak, HarryBorst, Nancy Bates, Gary Sauer, Schermerhorn or something like that, CC Ray, and many others that are currently eluding me. Dog flt, I think. 2jimwoelfel@gmail.com.

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 5, 2015, 3:27 pm
  210. Jim,

    I was at the 6981st from June 1973 till May 1975, and I knew a bunch of the people you listed, i.e., Harley Carter, Harry Borst, Bruce and Heather Bowers, Gary Sauer, Lonnie Adkins, etc. Lonnie was our leader in the RLBB group, what a crazy guy. I went hunting with Harley, Harry, and Gary, and had a great time, and have the pictures to prove it!!. Did you know Al King or Charlie Luedtke. We were all on Dog Flight.. a pretty irreverent bunch to say the least. I have lots of good memories of the 81st. I am a HAM radio operator and recently talked to a HAM at the Elmendorf radio club, their shack is on the hill that overlooks the Flare 9! Awesome…

    Posted by Richard Booth | October 5, 2015, 11:36 pm
  211. I could not make either link work for me. Are they correct?

    Posted by Gary Zurn | October 6, 2015, 6:04 am
  212. Hello Jim,
    I was at the 81st from 67 to 70 on Charlie Flight. Harley was my supervisor and I have been looking for him for a while now. I remembered he was from ND but like you I can not remember the city. if you come up with anymore info on him, could you let me know?

    Posted by ralph cucitrone | October 6, 2015, 7:35 am
  213. Yes for me, probably 1. Thanks. Jim Woelfel 1971-1974. Would it be possible to include years at the 6981st, since I can’t remember so very many names?

    On Oct 1, 2015, at 2:34 PM, Jim wrote:

    Old Friend,

    You may have heard from other sources that Jim Kaus is organizing a 6981st reunion at Elmendorf next summer. Its true!

    The Group and Squadron commander there are going to sponsor us, and if nothing else, enjoy a meal together at the Chalet at Six Mile Lake.

    Tentative dates are between 23 and 30 June, 2016.

    I’m working hard to find reasonable accommodations, and will share them with you.
    This is what I have and the link does work for me. Jim W.

    We have a Facebook page, Return to Elmendorf, and a website for you to check any time, at http://www.floridajim.com/alaska.html

    Won’t you give serious thought to this gathering. Boy it would be nice to spend some time with you up there.

    Please reply to this email with your attitude about such a trip. I really hope your attitude is positive and that you’ll start planning your trip today.

    Jim Kaus, Panama City FL

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 6, 2015, 10:17 am
  214. Richard,

    Still learning how this site works.

    I don’t remember Al King. Not surprising, since I CRS. That would be “crazy” Charlie Leudke, but I can’t rememner why we called him that now.

    Best, Jim W.

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 6, 2015, 10:25 am
  215. Ralph,

    After seeing your comment re:Harley, I got out the map and I’m pretty sure it was Hebron, ND? Very small place. Googling pretty much conformed that, but no address or phone #. I emailed the city to see if they could help. No property records either, at least under his or Helen’s name.
    I will email you direct if I learn more. I was a real PITA to him at times and he was the best of the best. Bruce Bowers and I were on a mission to break his smoking habit by loading up his cigs with exploding devices. Epic failure. I don’t know how we got away with that, in hindsight.

    Best, Jim W. 2jimwoelfel@gmail.com

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 6, 2015, 10:39 am
  216. Ralph,

    Harley and his wife Helen lived in Priest River, Idaho. As far as I know they are still there, but I do not know if either of them is still alive.

    Posted by Richard Booth | October 6, 2015, 11:19 am
  217. Would like to know if anyone remembers Terry Johnson, who was at Elmendorf in 1965, Terry was with the 6981st Security Group, and played piano with a group called “The Embers.” The Embers won the 1965 World-wide Talent Contest.

    I’m the sax player from the group, and all the other players are search for Terry. If you know of where he may be please let me know.

    We think he was originally from Seattle.

    We played at the Airmen’s Club and downtown at the Palomino Club


    Posted by Rich Ligus | October 6, 2015, 12:11 pm
  218. Jim,

    Me too, on learning the site, I just reply and let the chips fall wherever !!! I think Charlie was just crazy.. period! Al King actually went to work for NSA as a civilian OP, he’s retired now. I sat a Morse Search rack at the 81st, took over for Tom Imperial when he got out to become a cop with the Anchorage PD. Do you remember Dave Clemons, he was one of the analysts on Dog Flight, really a nice guy. He actually went to OCS and I think he retired as an officer, but not sure of his rank. Not sure whatever happened to Dave Schimmerhorn (sp?) Do you remember Ray Vajdos, or “Chickenman” (can’t remember his real name) who used to do all the DF work for Dog Flight. Ray was a really nice guy, so was Chickenman, but crazy. Oh well, back to work !!

    Posted by Richard Booth | October 6, 2015, 12:19 pm
  219. Jim W,

    thanks for the information. I will begin my search tonight. did you ever get him to give up the cigars? he seemed to have one in his hand most of the time.

    Posted by ralph cucitrone | October 6, 2015, 5:08 pm
  220. I remember Tom and Wiley Wayne Kendrick. I sat on Sgt. Roe’s row. I remember Bob Fox, Chuck Butell, Gary Rainy,lefty the bowling king, Pat Owens, Sgt Gonzalez. I can’t remember our 1st Lt but he had a 442 and was always trying to out run my chevell. Never did.

    Posted by Brad Snyder | October 6, 2015, 7:04 pm
  221. Richard,

    I can’t figure why I don’t remember you. Might if I saw an old picture. I seem to remember that someone left for APD and it was probably Tom, but can’t place the name. I retired from Anch Fire Dept and knew or knew of a lot of cops, but never ran into that name. A ton of cops left for pipeline wages before I was on AFD.

    Might remember Clemons. I have a picture in my mind but can’t put a name with it. Might be him.

    It was either Bowers or Sauer and I who placed his bed on top of Schermerhorn after he came home to the barracks about ten sheets to the wind. We thought it was funny as hell, and I have no idea what Dave did when he woke up. We didn’t really care as the fun was in the doing.

    I absolutely remember Ray Vajdos due to his name being odd, but can’t put a face on him. Chickenman seems real familiar also, but no face either.

    Thought of some more. How about Bob[I think] Duntley or something like that. I think he made Tech before I left. Chuck [loved Elvis] Butler, Rod [no last name, about 6-5 with red hair from Ohio], Bill Hobsen, ex teacher from Iowa, an Idaho rancher from S. Idaho, real bushy mustache, drove a green Ford pickup and I can’t even begin to remember his name. I might think of more, we’ll see.

    This has been a fun exercise.

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 6, 2015, 9:56 pm
  222. Ralph,

    You’re right, I’ forgoten that it was all or mostly cigars.

    The way I remember it, Bruce Bowers bought the loads and we both loaded him up, but I don’t think he knew who was doing it so I caught all the choice, and very well deserved, words. The last time, he was really hot so we figured we’d better lay off. Some nights it sounded like a war zone in our section with tobacco flying everywhere.

    Jim W.

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 6, 2015, 10:03 pm
  223. Brad,

    Glad to hear you’re on here, still. You won’t remember me, but you taught me everything I know. Tall doufuss looking kid. And I still blame you for that. I was in awe of how you could make heads or tails of that noise on the radio. Came there able to copy groups and 6 months later, all I could do was Russ weather. I can still sound out snow, wind, and maybe a few others without a second thought. Nobody could do better, but groups went all to hell. Think you left soon after that. Worked for SSGT Dick Brewer, but he left too. I can’t remember a single other person who was there when I got there, about 7/1971.

    Jim W.

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 6, 2015, 10:13 pm
  224. lol I can imagine him turning red and letting go on you. he was a great supervisor. he helped me get an extension to stay at the 81st when it was time for me to rotate out. really liked the guy. hunted and fished with him and bob frideger (assistant suoervisor). good memories

    Posted by ralph cucitrone | October 7, 2015, 8:40 am
  225. Jim,

    Yes I remember Bob Duntley, as I recall he was pretty quiet, but a nice guy. I do remember Rod, but can’t place his last name. Do you remember CB Wright? He was one of my best friends their. He passed away shortly after retirement, but we stayed in contact with his wife for a lot of years until she passed as well.

    I still have my Dog Flight hat and jacket patches. FYI, you can still see a really good image of the 6981st OPs bldg and the Flare 9 on Google Earth. The latest images are very nice.


    Posted by Richard Booth | October 7, 2015, 10:52 am
  226. Hello Jim: Yes I do remember you. Dick Brewer and I went elk hunting in Montana after I got out. He got a divorce and after that I never heard from him. Glad I was able to help someone. Since getting my PhD degree I guess I have helped a few others as a counseling PSY.

    Posted by Brad Snyder | October 7, 2015, 12:00 pm
  227. Rick,

    Finally came to me–Rod Livingston. It seems like I should remember CB Wright a lot, but he’s another one I can’t put a face on.

    Funny how that works.

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 8, 2015, 12:51 pm
  228. Brad,

    I’m surprised you remember me. Did the blond bowler work in our section too? I also remember a single black guy being there, or somewhere, but I can’t put a name on him either. Glad someone made something of himself. I retired from Anchorage Fire Dept in 96, then finally retired from The Bureau of Land Management in 2012. Been a govt whore all my life. Tripple dipper now and like it a lot. Where you at? I’m in Texas most winters and Alaska in the summer.

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | October 8, 2015, 12:58 pm
  229. Was with 6981st RGM in 63-64.

    Transferred there from Sac, Offutt AFB, Omaha.

    Worked in punch-card computer room for Tech Sgt Jerry Kinney. Roomed in barracks with another computer guy, Bob LeFever.

    Appreciated Peter Barger’s mention of Anchor Lanes and bowling in Anchorage. Spent too much money and threw my bowling bag in Ship Creek.

    Played softball with some good athletes. Do I correctly remember there was a well maintained, fenced ballpark?

    Got between mother and calf moose on a solitary stroll near the antenna field.

    Posted by Rick Chrisinger | October 10, 2015, 11:23 am
  230. 6981st Charly Company — 1968 – 1970 — TSGT Carter —
    Thanks to Ralph Cucitrone for sharing this link– seeing a few names from many, many years ago.

    Posted by Tim Loden | October 11, 2015, 7:00 am
  231. Doug Erickson was the blond bowler he visited me in IN about 30 years ago not sure what happened to him after that. I live on a lake in IN and deliver motor homes mostly to the west coast. Spent 16 years in Alaska pastoring a church in Soldotna and commercial fishing for halibut and cod.

    Posted by Brad Snyder | October 14, 2015, 3:58 pm
  232. I was among the first to serve in the new “data processing” unit at the 6981st RGM as it was known when I was there (1957 through 1959). Loved the duty and people I worked with: Sgt. Paul Sisk; Paul Worley; Jim Carmichael, Arthur Ragas, Russ Hughn, Steve Dvorcak, Bob Muse. Haven’t been in touch with anyone except Sgt. Sisk since discharge in 1959. Some of them probably made the AF a career.

    Posted by William (Bill) Eatmon | October 23, 2015, 12:46 pm
  233. Was a Navy guy at 6981st 6/66 – 12/67. Worked in crypto room with AFSS. Worked part time as cook at Airmen’s club (made good money). My barracks was right next to the club. Had great time with Air Force buddies (and my Navy pals too). Had an Air Force guy come up to me at the counter, and he knew me from home (I didn’t know him). We became great friends, and I became his best man at his wedding a few years later.

    Posted by Lynn Wiston | November 7, 2015, 2:59 pm
  234. I was a 292 on “C” Trick, 6981st ’59 – 61. Also spent a TDY to Gambell and NE Cape, in 1960. Trick NCOIC was Msgt Joe Winkle. Some of the Printer guys were: Bob Jezwinski, Jorge Colon, Ubence Quevedo, Bill Atwater, Ken Jensen, Larry Brookins, Tom Leszczynski, Huey Fincher was NCOIC in 60/61. We were part of the initial 292s that started up the new printer lab in ’59.

    Posted by Don Shipman | November 11, 2015, 10:23 pm
  235. 6891st 1964-1966 ditty bop

    Posted by Rich Brouillette | November 12, 2015, 5:31 pm
  236. Was with the 6981st from 1965 to 1969. Worked in Data Processing. Lived in the barracks next to the airman’s club…roommate was Gary Gribbler. Hung out with Jim Favor from New York.

    Data Processing supervisor was Sgt. Baluh and Sgt. Kenny. Shift supervisor was Gary Fellers. Worked with Bob ??, Jesse ?? and Jim ??….sorry cannot remember their last names.

    Lots of good memories….would like to hear from anyone from that era…

    Posted by John Jensen | November 19, 2015, 11:16 am
  237. Did anyone know Terry Johnson, who was with the 6981st at Elmendorf AFB in 1965?
    He was a pianist, and a member of the group The Embers, who won the 1965 World-wide Talent Contest. We have been trying to locate him unsuccessfully.

    We think he was originally from the Seattle/Tacoma area.

    Posted by Rich Ligus | November 19, 2015, 6:49 pm

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