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Saturday, October 26, 2002 9:49 AM
Bob Ackley
Plattsmouth, Nebraska.
Apr 12, 1965 ~ Apr 12, 1971
E-3 (20330) E-5 (20270)
browsing
COMMENTS:  Arrived JSPC Apr 12, 1965, from Clark AB, departed Apr 12, 1971 for Nakhon Phanom, Thailand via schools in CONUS.  Worked in JSPC-37, JSPC-35 and JSPC's Watch Office under Earl Bateman (GS-15).  Arrived as an E-3 20330 and left as an E-5 20270. 
    Was very briefly in charge of AF's C flight just prior to leaving.  Knew some of the folks at CRS-Sobe and some of the computer people - and retired Navy Chief Blankenship, a super guy who was then a GS-11 working in J-2.  Retired from the AF as an E-7 on Nov 30, 1983.

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Sun 20 Oct 2002 23:50:43
Tom Shirley
Altus, Arkansas
home.supernet.com/~tshirley/okinawa_jun_73_-_dec_76.htm
June 73 - Dec 76
CTR1
surfing
Working in the Hanza 'Bullring.'  Taking my kids to the beaches.  Water rationing.  Binjo ditches.  Expo 75.  Those big bottles of Orion Beer.
COMMENTS:  Excellent site!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 7:16 PM
Gerald Mueller
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
June '57 to June '59
U. S. Army
(Virtual Okinawa web site-obsolete in 2013)
COMMENTS:  Ben, Was stationed old Sobe Camp from June '57 to June '59 as a morse code radio interceptor.  They renamed Sobe Camp to Torii Station just before I left.  Have a friend here in Sheboygan whom I met at Fort Devens in Mass. during school names Ken Greger.  Mine is Gerald Mueller, worked in the operations building under Sgt. West and then Sgt. Thompson.  You know about the ASA Okinawa reunions?  Later

PS:  and I have messages posted just under yours (May 30, 2002) on the Virtual Okinawa web site (obsolete in 2013) on May 25th, 2002.  (Search on surnames to find them.)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 12:42 PM
Don Boyle
Sep 1959 - Feb 1961
COMMENTS:  Hi, Looks like we were both on "The Keystone Of The Pacific" at about the same time. I was there from September of 59 until Feb. of 61.  I was in the Army at Camp Sukiran in the 30th Artillery Brigade Air Defense (Nike Hercules).  It was a nice place to pull my duty.      Don

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Saturday, June 15, 2002 10:00 AM
Glenn Eckfeld
Dublin, OH
1965-1966
SSG E-6
Google
Many
COMMENTS:  Started off in JSPC's Commcenter and was a cryptographer for Chief JSPC.  Left and went next door to CRS Okinawa.  CT Don Gaylord came in from Meade and was the Chief's Cryptographer.  Worked for a chief Neuman while at JSPC.  Hung with Grant Fleming, Paul Foster, Dave Long, Stu Stout, Dave Martin, Ken "Header" Johnson, Hank Witmer, Pitman & many others.  What a great tour.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2002 3:57 PM
Lewis Williams
Hernando, FL, USA
Jan 50 to May 53
CPL, SSG, SFC
(Virtual Okinawa web site-obsolete in 2013)
Many.  Birth of first daughter most notable.
COMMENTS:  I was assigned to the 111th Signal Service Company, which thru several name changes, became the present Torii Station.  The unit was located on the south edge of a deep ravine near the town of Futenma.  The remnants of this station apparently are the billets where Ben lived in 1961.  An old buddy who was there at that time has a website with photos and stories of some of our "misdeeds".  See it at:  http://www.geocities.com/debeasley_99/ASA/index.html Regards to all fellow escapees from The Rock.  Lew

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 10:15 PM
Norman Reefer
Orange Park, FL
July 63-Dec 65
ADR2
surfing around
COMMENTS:  My wife Dixie and myself were at Naha.  We had a pretty fair softball team and I was fortunate enough to be one of about 4 players from the Naha team to play on the interservice team in 64 or 65.  I found one team picture which has my best friend, now deceased, Larry Nytz and myself listed as Scheemer or something like that.  I had a lot of fun playing on the team that summer.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2002 10:45 AM
M. S. Kapinski
Brook Park, OH USA
July '69 to Dec '70
Search engine
COMMENTS:  Somehow I knocked myself off before completing the entry.  I was on "the rock" from July'69 to Dec '70 with the USAFSS.  Our daughter was born at Camp Kue Army Hospital in December of 1969.  Left the USAF in 1972 as an E5 discharged at Ft. Meade, MD.  I served with lots of good people which led me to your site through a search engine.  Just wanted to see if I recognized any of the entries.  Thanks for the opportunity.

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Fri 08 Feb 2002 00:48:49
Darrell Bridges
Maryville/TN
Sept. '66 - Oct. '67
CT3
Grace of God (actually USNCVA)
Too Many-Great Navy, Marine, Army and AF Friends
COMMENTS:  Usually down at the weight room, or Kadena Circle, or Koza.  JSPC paper tape and keypunch.  Anyone remember USAF Travis Burkhart?  Send an email if you think you know me.

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4:08 pm Mon 21 Jan 2002
steven f. rothert
1/68 to 7/69
COMMENTS:  Steve Rothert, ASA stationed at Torii station (JSPC-98B20) from 1/68 thru 7/69.  Remember good friends, beach parties, and great times in the Ville (Gate 2 and BC street).  Torii was the best of duty stations.  Also was stationed in Korea (7/69 thru 11/70) at Camp Humpries 177th ASA.

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8/15/2001 12:01 am
Jim Moran
Pascoag, RI
Sept 1962 to May1964
PFC/SP5
web surfing
The people and the island's beauty.
COMMENTS:  Have often wanted to revisit Okinawa.  May do so yet.

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8/10/2001 7:28 pm
Tony Novak
Mason, Ohio
3/66 - 9/66
CTO2
Browse Joe's web page regularly and bingo!
That the two retaurants across the street from Torii were off limits.  Made great friends with the owners. Would go into the pawn shop, where I learned to play go.  Suko and I would go up to Moon Beach about once a week in his red toyota.  Out the back door to the restaurants where I learned to cook stir fry.
COMMENTS:  Seemed to spend a lot of time in off limits places.  Once I got the pigeon version of Japanese down.  Who else has a key to the "Club 007"?  I took the Com Officer one evening.  He was scared to death being there.  How do I explain to the Captain that I was cought in an this place.  One you need a key and the MP's don't have one.  2nd the owner is a Marine Major.  Watching tyfoon weather reports to get off base so that we would be locked off.  Typhoon parties at various homes.  Pat Fleming was a great host.

Memories of a fried rice breakfast at the club after getting back off break and only a chit book for money.  Chief Cox moving my room down by the door at the end of the barracks to make it easier to have visitors.  A room mate who was a dirt biker and would leave mud caked boots and jeans standing in the hall for the house boy to clean (the jeans were so stiff with mud they stood!)  Jere Robinson showing me the little upstairs bar that had a massive tape library and a complete Hank Williams RCA 78 library in a paper album.  No girls just 6 or 8 stools and great music.  The mamasan's sister operated the "Club 007." Hours spent wandering the back alleyways of the market.  Some of the best food.  Many aftenoon hours of playing GO with old old men.  The "secret" doors of the afterhours clubs.  One had a stairway that went out through a small Buddist temple.  Gee, Okinawa was dull.

  City, State, Country Email address URL
7/10/2001 8:41 am
michio
Okinawa
go.to/michio
COMMENTS:  Great work!  Stop by at my HP, especially my Okinawa site!  Have fun...keep it up http://go.to/michio

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5/8/2001 8:57 pm
Dick Sorensen
Aberdeen, SD
Sept.  '61 to Mar.  '64
Arrived as CTR3, Departed CTT2
Ed Marciniak
Moving from Futenma to Torii Station
COMMENTS:  Member of Island Softball Team.
You guys upstairs in JSPC, were like guests.  I had just come back into the Navy, after my first hitch, so I didn't have a clearance when the first group came to start up JSPC, so I drove the bus from Futenma to Torii Station, and shuttled the start up crew back and forth.  Lot of memories of Okinawa.  My second daughter Lana was born at Camp Kue.

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5/7/2001 7:21 am
John W.  Gillis
Rochester, New York
January 1963 to January 1965
CT2(I) ~ CT2(I)
email
NavSecGru Softball Team
COMMENTS:  Retired Information Systems Manager Eastman Kodak Company
Great job.  Nice to see messages from ex-shipmates. Softball team had great athletes as well as great friends.  Hope someday to be able to see many of them again.

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5/5/2001 9:54 pm
David Doyle
Houston, TX
anzwers.org/free/jspcalumni/index.htm
Mar 63-Dec 64
CTI2 (Chinese-Mandarin) ~ CDR (1615)
email
Photographing the local sites, Kadena Circle, Okinawan culture
COMMENTS:  discharged after leaving Oki, but staying in NavSecGruRes until retirement in 1989
Thanks to John Farrall, Ed Marciniak, Ben Ciriacks, Joe Glockner and many other contributors, the memories of NSGA & JSPC Okinawa will live on.  Little did any of us know back in the early 60's that we'd all be connected via the worldwide internet and would still be reliving our experiences on that far away island.  Recent events have awakened many memories and we can all be proud (mostly, anyway) of the roles we played together so many years ago.

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5/5/2001 2:10 pm
Joseph A. (Joe) Glockner
Sherman, Texas 75090
www.anzwers.org/free/navyscpo/
Aug 1963 - Feb 1965
CTSN/CT3 (T-bird) ~ CTTCS
email
Good Friends!
COMMENTS:  Ben, Excellent!!  I received Ed's and your email about this Guestbook/website.  I thank you for linking my website from yours!  Okinawa was my "first" duty station out of A-school and was definitely a learning experience!  I started at Hanza with Ed Marciniak and Rusty Martin; but, a few months later was sent down to JSPC on Torii Station.  I stayed there at JSPC the rest of the time while on Okinawa.  I has been so good to find so many good friends from so LONG ago!  Thanks again Ben for your website!  Joe

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5/5/2001 12:36 am
John A. Farrall
Burke, Virginia 22015
Jan '63 - Dec '65
Sargeant - USMC ~ Sargeant
email
Kadena Circle, Koza BC Street, Orion Beer, Kobe Steaks and Omirice left the service and got my BA/MA at Arizona,
COMMENTS:  joined CIA and retired in '97.  Now working for Litton/TASC
Good Job!!!!  Nice to see "old" and "ole" names again.  Brings back fond memories of the "Rock".  We all had negative things to say about Oki, JSPC, and Torii Station, but in retrospect we all survived and had fun too!

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5/4/2001 10:23 am
Ed Marciniak
Pensacola, Fl
Dec 62 - Jan 65
CTT2/CTT1 ~ CPO (Data Processing)
email
Great bunch of people to work with, and great teammates on the championship softball team
COMMENTS:  Great duty station!!!  Hope the memory of Futenma/Torii/Hanza/JSPC and the people who served there in the early 60's never fades.

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5/4/2001 9:01 am
Ben Ciriacks
Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI
web site
Nov 61 ~ Dec 62
CTI3(ChineseMandarin) ~ CTI2 ~ PN2 (12/22/67)
David Doyle's OUTSTANDING Hanza, JSPC-2, Okinawa & Torii Station web site motivated me to create it!
Futenma City before the streets were paved; colorful buildings and signs; Yoko and the other bar girls who put up with us (while we sat with them NOT BUYING THEM many drinks).
COMMENTS:  Matriculated U.  of Hawaii ('66&67), College of Artesia (Jan~May'70), U.  of New Mexico (BUS Jun'70~Aug'71 MBA Jan'76~Dec'77)
Dec 61-Ben and fellow CTs at Fort Buckner Christmas party
Pettigrew Schmelzer Ciriacks Turi Bowman Nelson
at our Dec 1961 Fort Buckner Christmas party.

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Aug 2001 - Ben in Albuquerque
Aug 2001 - Ben and fellow alumni at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) after the College of Artesia reunion in Aubquerque, New Mexico.
(Ben was the first Business Manager of the IPCC when it was built in 1976.)


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