Submitted by Name: Bob Gannon From: St Petersburg FL E-mail: Contact
Comments: Wakkanai Japan -- 6921 RGM Det 2 > 6986 RSM -- 1958 to 1961 -- "ditty bop" & D/F operator -- arrived as A2C and left as SSgt, NCOIC of the D/F Unit -- LOVED the place, altho I was too young to appreciate it at the time :-) Just finished reading Larry's Vol III and enjoyed it immensely -- I was actually never aware of the history and lineage of the units which spawned all their successors, and which will now fade (mostly unheralded) into history. More's the pity!
Added: August 1, 2015
Submitted by Name: Chuck Maki From: rock island, illinois E-mail: Contact
Comments: hi larry, I tried the guestbook but it did not work well for me so maybe this willl. 1. TUSLOG = THE United States Logistics Group. not Turkish-United States etc....a mistake easily made but no big deal. 2. I got to Karamursel, Det 1 in fall of 1957. we called it mudsite instead of mainsite 3. After Det 1 was closed, many were sent away while others were given jobs all over the place so I with another guy was 'personal affairs' and Ed Watts actually sent me a copy of the 6933 rgm clearance form with my initials on it cgm it was a 6933RGM form 31 of 5 SEP 58. 4. After leaving that place, I went too 6910 RGM at Sembach in Germany. I did a TDY to Hof where I did pass an ops room and heard a guy say, 'he's changing frequency' or some such.
5. I finished your book and it is an amazing amount of work you guys did...and here I was across from Armenia where it occurred. I do not recall it being in Air Force Times. Chuck Maki, A2c 73250 personnel spec. thanks for the book - I passed on to a relative who will read it.
Added: June 22, 2015
Submitted by Name: Dan Schaffer From: Pompano Beach, Fl E-mail: Contact
Comments: Are there any other old IFEL/PY-Do boys still around?
Added: June 13, 2015
Submitted by Name: chris From: kirknewton E-mail: Contact
Comments: My unknown father archie vonnanne worked with usafss or a pilot of sorts, he is from Washington dc and my mother fell pregnant in 65 and he left for somewhere else not knowing, anyone with any info at all would be appreciated. Chris.
Added: May 13, 2015
Submitted by Name: Mike O'Connell From: Hertford, NC E-mail: Contact
Comments: I became a part of USAFSS in 1971 and remained a part of the family thru its many iterations up to and including AIA. I served as an MK and an MF in numerous functions both airborne and ground and retired at the end of 2000. From my first operational assignment at Offutt (OL-AA 6948th SS but flying 14+ hour "Beaner" missions with the 6949th) to NAS Key West (OL-BB (later Det 1) 6947th SS) to Hellenikon AB (6916th ESS), to Kelly AFB (HQ ESC), to Iraklion AS (6931st ESS), to Souda Bay (OL-RS 6988th (later 488th) ESS), to my last assignment at WPAFB (HQ NAIC), nothing compared to flying operational missions. Especially memorable are those out of Hellenikon flying along side the likes of Les Baney, Mike Powell, Gary Kehl, Sam Watson, Wally Knox and a host of other superb, highly talented technicians. Those really were the days...some truly unique and interesting missions, and the TDYs to such vacation spots as Khartoum (Operation Arid Farmer) and Riyadh were just icing on the cake. Thanks for providing the forum and allowing and old linguist to reminisce and share a few memories.
Added: March 16, 2015
Submitted by Name: Les Baney From: PA originally E-mail: Contact
Comments: I worked with Larry and often was part of his crew while stationed at the 6916th ESS in Athens, Greece. He was a guest at my wedding in Ano Glyfada and our 41st wedding anniversary is coming up in June. I have been able to maintain my linguistic expertise due to several civilian jobs over the years. I will be 66 this April and am contemplating early retirement at that time. I'll never forget the hard work and good times we had at the 6916th.
Added: February 28, 2015
Submitted by Name: Jeff Duvall From: Tallahassee, Florida E-mail: Contact
Comments: I was a Russian linguist at Syracuse 1961-62. Trabzon, Det.3-2 from 9/62-12/63 (arrived just in time for the Cuban Missile Crisis), 6913th RSM, Bremerhaven from 12/63-10/64. Great times.
Added: February 12, 2015
Submitted by Name: Clyde D. Johnson From: Oakland California E-mail: Contact
Comments: Served in the USAFSS from May 1968 to June 1972. Kelley AFB in 1969 and Shemya ( 6984th Scgty Sq) 1970 to 1971.
Added: January 23, 2015
Submitted by Name: Frank (Boodie) Budelman From: Brentwood, New Hampshire E-mail: Contact
Comments: Served from 1955 to 1965 in Alaska, UK with USAFSS Thanks Larry for this literary effort. 6981st before Alaska was a State and 6950th through Cuban Crisis and French Algerian "War" Lots of good stories about our service during those years. 2014
Added: December 17, 2014
Submitted by Name: Michael Brunn From: Penrose, CO E-mail: Contact
Comments: Just found this site. It's marvelous. I'm still looking for guys who served in the 6985th at Eielson AFB 1968-1970. I've found a few names, but cannot get their contact info. Basic training Lackland 1966, Russian language at Indiana University 1966-1967, Airborne training at Goodfellow 1967, Eielson AFB 6985th 1968-1970. I was supposed to be on the RC135 that was lost coming back from Shemya, but was grounded by the flight surgeon. We looked for those guys for many weeks. Lost some good friends on the plane. The SAC crew was awesome, especially the guys who landed us safely with only two engines still turning, blew seven tires skidding down the runway!!