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McKenzie, RM2, Main Comm Controller
HHHHeeeeeellllllllPPPPPPPP!!!!!! Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a young strapping Lieutenant from around lets say???? 1965 or 1967. I don't know where just exactly in the Main Comm building he worked but we know it was there somewhere. He was a LTjg at the time. He was slight of build, not a tall fellow, wore glasses and had kinda (if memory serves) kinda sandy hair. I think his name, but not sure, Lt John R. Grady. If any of you old salts have run across this young man, it sure would make me happy to find and talk with him. Thanks in advance.
Jeff Cash, YNC (Ret), Nov 1979 - July 1983
Hello my name is Jeff Cash, YNC (Ret), I was stationed at Fleet Coordinating Group, San Miguel, Phillipines from November 1979 - July 1983 - I came there as a YN2 and made YN1 during my tour. Lot of fond memories, 2 of my 3 kids were born there (two daughters), one was born in Cubi point and the other at Clark AB. I saw a few people I might remember not sure, I wonder if Chief Goins was a YNC? Anyway, wonder if any FLTCOORDGRU folks are out there.
David Tasker, EN1(SW), USN RET. Dependant In San Miguel, 1969 - 1974
My father Then CTMC H. Tasker, a crypto guy at C-site. I grew up at San MIguel, went to the school there and then at the High School at Subic. I remember the races at the dirt track, diving at the capoonies, geting drunk at a party at the teen club, the swim team, people coming home from Viet-Nam, the Murder at the base housing not far from where we lived. Later joined the NAVY and was in SUBIC many times and went to San Miguel on several occasions. Dinnis, I miss you. You were my first true friend. Lyle Monroe, his brother, Id like to here from you. I remember they said he had passed to a better place. A place were he was just like every one else. I would like to here from anybody who remembers me (except Daily). Lots of good memorys, some sad, but all worth remembering.
LT David Kimball, USN (Ret), 1986 - 1990
Would like to know if anyone can help me locate a local national that was a secretary at the COMSTA while I was stationed there. Her name is Linda Torres. Believe she lives (or lived) in San Marcelino which if I remember correctly was a small town which the road went through on the trip from the COMSTA to NAVSTA Subic. I was stationed at the COMSTA from 8/86 to 9/90 as the Admin Officer. Thanks
Does anyone know how to contact Howard Throngard who attended the Defence Language Institute from 1966-1967?
Paul Brazell, RM3, Fleet Center, Nov 68 - Jun 70
San Miguel was a great place for a green kid! Like another message I read, I put out grass fires when I first arrived. After a month I was assigned to the Fleet Center at the terminal building and worked my first shift, a mid on Christmas night of 68. I was burnt to a crisp having spent too much time on the beach and I was freezing. I got robbed in Angeles City just outside of Clark, along with a couple buddies by a gang with a lot of butterfly knives. Made plenty of trips to Subic and Olongopo. I remember, Robert Volling, Jack Rager, Roger Knod, Chief Eckman, Lt Gardner, Capt Burke Cmdr Klar, Guy Smith, Debaradino, Sutterfield, Harold Drexel, RM1 Dallas MacDonald, Minyon, Larry Albritton. I rolled so much paper tape that I wore the finger prints off a couple of fingers. I can still remember how to read it to this day. I got orders to the USS San Jose and made it back to San Miguel for a visit. Its not quite the same as being stationed there.
Edgar Lawrence, CTSN-CT3, 1968-69, YN3 1974-75
The reason for the change in rating is broken service. I have many memories of San Miguel, and more than a few photos. Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about being stationed in the Philippines. My memories would probably be more positive if I hadn't been excessively fond of San Miguel beer, Tanduay rum, White Castle whiskey, etc. It's rather like a line from an old song by the Animals: "When I think of all the good time that I wasted having good times..." Anybody who remembers me from those days may be relieved to hear that I quit drinking in 1976. Hi to C.J., LT F., and others.
Frank Tripi, RM3, Navcomsta Phil, 1964 - 1965
Been checking for any tape apes who want info about the San Miguel Reunion being organized by George Scott...Vegas - June 3/4. Or anyone who just want to chat about the really good old days..2-2-2 and 72 off. We really didn't know how good we had it. The island, Olongapo, Crossroads, rabbit to Manila, all night pinochle games, geedunk, happy hour at the EMC - can you believe you could get stinking drunk on about $2 bucks.. I live in Boston and going to see the JFK USN 67 tomorrow as it makes it last port call before being retired... Cheers, Frank
Nick Farmer, RM3, 1966 - 1968
Yanked from a ship in the harbor, Subic Bay, the USS Hector AR-7 and given a walking chit to the bus for San Miguel. A bus ride from hell, I might add, narrow roads with pot holes that could swallow a man and a bus driver that thought he was Mario Andretti!
Posted to the Comm. center, message relay, working live operation nets straight from Viet Nam. Got the hang of all the different processes and was transfered to Traffic Analysis, as the junior petty officer, and went to work for Master Chief McClaran, the second most "gun-ho" CPO in the Navy, also the second most senior! He had us going to the small arms range on our lunch hour to shoot the military issue 45 caliber side arm. "Old Mac" could empty a clip at 25 yards and put every one in the bullseye. The rest of us got be pretty proficient in the process.
I really liked the liberty and R & R at the Crossroads, Olongapo and Manila. Got real fond of that San Miguel Beer (except the green ones!). Did allot of weight lifting. Spent hours on the week-ends snorkeling in a protected harbor thirty minutes from the beach off the base and got there and back by "bonka boat".
Enough said, for now, anyone out there want to share some other memories drop me an email.
Jim Brooks, 1959 - 1961
I was at NAVCOMFACPHIL during 59-61. What a great assignment. My name is Jim Brooks and I was an RM3. I spent most of my working time at the Terminal Building, working in the Comm Center. At some point they made me a courier and I got to drive the duty pickup truck all around the base and to the receiver site. I remember Padilla, Bill Rowland, Shorty Crowson and Charlie Dillard from Texas, Larry Lovel and Keither Maddox, Hoss Brown, also from Texas and Chief Art Baldwin. I also remember a dependent wife who lived in base houseing that drove a Pontiac convertible. She was drop dead gorgeous and turned every head she encountered as she drove around the base. I spent a lot of time at the crossroads and in Olongapo. Also remember Stan Longshore and Larry Lukehart. Anybody who might remember me, drop me a line.
CTT3, Mike McDonald, 1970 - 1971
Fort Apache (Close the Plippin Roads Joe) I would like to say Hi and say I've remembered with great fondness the time I spent at San Miguel. I setteled back home in Indiana and finished a career with the United States Postal Service in Nov of 2004. I raised 3 children and am raising a grandson and loving every minute of it. If any one knows the where abouts of Jack Weisman (from Oshkosh, Wisconsin) or Max Whickham (Texas boy) I would be very greatful to know. Thanks and hope to see ya at the reunions.
Rudy Cole, 1971
My name is Rudy Cole, I was a CT2 I branch/Viet linguist home based in San Miguel all of 1971, however the majority of my time was tdy/ tad to Detachment 843 in DaNang. I did get breaks between those assignments to relax in San Miguel. It was a great place, especially when you are young, drink the inexpensive San Miguel beer which varied in potency, sometimes sneak some mojo in a beer bottle too, always tried to have a drink in each bar on both sides of the street but never quite accomplished that goal. I remember the Flamingo or Flaming O bar, also another place owned by a former sailor who got out discharged there and married a local girl. Favorite place was the Sampagnita bar, spelling is approximate. Recall riding jeepneys and nice local people, sometimes played majong with local ladies of the bars during daylight hours. Because I was between tads we had few work assignments or perhaps it was the 2-2-2-80s shift we worked; so it was play golf (badly), go to the base theater which sometimes had a long run of second rate movies or worse, watch baseball or was it softball games on base, hang out in the EM club with friends to have some/a lot of drinks and eat tacos, a lot of those too. In the local town the lights used to go out like clockwork every evening as they changed from electricity supplied from some plant further away and went on local power or vice a versa. What was that stuff (monkey meat) cooked on sticks outdoors? Dont think I was ever so impaired as to try some. No baloots either! Did eat pancit whenever hungry in town. Never took a trip to Bagio, only once did I go to Olongapo, didnt care for that place at all, San Miguel was so much nicer. Much nicer too than Angeles City and Clark AFB where we would depart from to fly to DaNang. Surprisingly I never went to the beach. I didnt even know there was a gate on base leading to that area. Recently, here where I live in Tucson, Arizona I met a Phillipino man named Bob Sabardos who taught sailing there at San Miguel, maybe some of you knew him. I ran into Bob while waiting for my grand daughter to finish her guitar lesson, Bob who is a Christian minister was waiting for his wife who teaches piano. I saw him reading his bible and we struck up a conversation. Only after talking awhile did I learn about the beach. Wish I had known then instead of sitting in the theater watching a Rock Hudson & Doris Day movie which I did once to kill the afternoon. Thanks for allowing me to reminence with you folks. GOD bless all of you.
Jim McGowan, RMCM, 1975 - 1977
I was MCPOC at NCS Phil from 1975 to 1977. Where in the hell are all the guys from those years? Searched the entire site and only found two! Will blog my good memories of the PI later. My wife Susie (still) and I would love to hear from you!
RM3 Jim Scott, 1966 - 1967
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Was at San Miguel NAVCOMSTA from Jan 66 to Sept 67...Spent all my duty time in the Message Center. Will always remember my time in the PI. We were living the good life! would love to go back some day. Hung out a little at the Crossroads, but spent much time in Po Town and some in Manila. Would love to hear from anyone who was there at the same time I was.
Richard Herbstruth, ET1, 1968 - 1969
I am Richard Herbstruth, ET1, San Miguel 1968-1969, Crypto Technician. Orders sent me to San Miguel in early 1968. The USS Pueblo had been captured by the North Koreans. After reporting, I was told not to unpack my sea bag. A crypto tech. was needed in South Korea and I was the one. Immediately, I was sent to join Navy ATCU-100A SER 9 (Air Transportable Communication Unit) in Seoul on the Yongson Army Compound. I was the only crypto tech. with a van full of KW-26C equipment. There were only 14 of us handling all of the COMNAVFORKOREA communications with COMNAVSTAPHIL. Land lines with ARMY STRATCOM proved to be almost impossible. The unit was made of vans, transmitters, receivers, teletype, air conditioning, generators, etc. (a repair nightmare) We were guarded by US Army and Korean Marines. I stayed until my discharge in January 1969. The Korean people were most grateful for our presence in their country. If any of my comrades read this, please e-mail me. I'm especially interested in ET3 James Devine and LT Stroud, my CO.
John W. Aldis, M.D. (LT,MC,USNR)
Medical Officer assigned to the NavCommStaPhil Clinic, 1972 - 1974
San Miguel was a place with warm and wonderful memories. We arrived in the Philippines (just after completing my medical internship in the Canal Zone) with my wife 8+ months pregnant with the roads and fields flooded in the worst flood in 80 years and the nation recently placed under martial law. We flew by a little propeller plane from the runway in Manila to Subic, and then took a helicopter to San Miguel on a commissary supply run. When Pheny went into labor three weeks later (during dinner at our pastors home -- Richard and Marcia MacCullagh), we made our way in the old cracker box ambulance to the hospital in Subic. It took over 3 hours late at night, with several stops by armed Philippine soldiers (what were they called PC Philippine Constabulary?). After that ride, Phenys labor was relatively uneventful.
The next two years were just as exciting and incredible. I followed that tour with another ~30 years of overseas duty with the Navy and the Foreign Service, but our time in San Miguel was the best.
"Jonsey" IT1(SW) Retired, 1988 - 1990
Thnx for the memories, just wanted to say by far, hands down San Miguel was the best Duty station of my Navy career. Not because it was the "PI" but all the good people that I met: "Watty" watkins I remember you BIG RED. Gabler, Dixson, The Loveless' Brian Smith, the Pittmans (BIG/LITTLE), Guidry, Crawford (tech controllers), Fleet Center: Harrison, Whitehead, Pitt, Orrison, Diane, Vandevander, Pam, Julie..cant forget Senior Chief Thompson .to name a few..tks for the memories and life time friendship im out
Pat Murray, 1961 - 1963
HI, Pat Murray----station 61/63 RMSN to RM3rd..control room. Eschback-NY Ernie-Ok. Etc.Pennsylvania here.
J. A. Cook, 1970
For 2 years the late 1970s, I was an ET1 and the DAPA for NavCommStaPhilippines. That job put me in the Human Goals Division, with the Command Master Chief Petty Officer (the boss), the Equal Opportunity Representative, and the Command Career Counselor. We went to the Transmitter Facility at Capas on a scheduled visit about every three months to present the Navy Equal Opportunity, Military Rights & Responsibilities, Drug Awareness, and Overseas Diplomacy training required by the Navy at the time. Anybody remember Big Nancy?
Michael Hansard, RM2, 1987 - 1989
I was searching the web one day and found this board. I remember some of the names here and have definitely been a part of some of that history. I remember the afternoons when we would all head down to Subic City for lunch and never really make it back until the next morning. I used to scuba dive back in those days and would remember seeing guys on the islands out there partying and having a good time. One such individual used to be quite famous for his "Downed Aviator on a deserted island" movie.
The guys out at the Receiver site were awesome and always threw the best parties. The first party I ever went to was at Dave Weed's house. It was sort of an introduction to the group and I instantly knew I was at home. I go back on occasion to the Philippines (mostly to Angeles) but recently I headed down to the old areas to check out what has been going on since Pinatubo. It was interesting to see how much had changed while at the same time amazed at how much has stayed the same.
William (Bill) Salzmann CTSN on arrival (1963) CT3 on departure
Worked DF at Fort Apache and also at the Base Radio Station where I had a Midnight to 0200 hrs. "Country Time" radio show. Later became station manager. I remember the civilian radio tech Mario. Spent most of my time at the Crossroads "Quarter Deck" or in Oolongapo at the Zan Za Bar, Miami Club, D-Cave there were a couple of others but can't remember the names. Great bands and a lot of girls. Wish I knew then what I know now, but then don't all of us wish that? I read a couple of postings here and some mentioned KW26's and SP390's. I remember them well trying to keep them in sync and changing the cards and doing the calabrations. I was on duty the night the Turner Joy and Maddox were attached in the Gulf of Tonkin and we listened to the entire attack real time. Back then we worked a four section Eve, Day, Mid. More time than I had money. I guess the job I hated the most was taking the Burn bags from Ft. Apache to the incinerator. Stunk like hell when we were done, couldn't wait to take a shower. Did we really spend 60 centavos for a beer? One peso if you were with a bar girl. I think that was .20 cents US. Man they were the good ole days. I could go on and on as most of us can but I will stop here. God bless all of you and thanks for your service. WELCOME HOME
Kent W. Johnson, EM2, SS, lived on San Miguel, Aug '59 through Aug '61
This message was in response to the post by Mr. Turnquist. I tried his e-mail but it was not active. Hi Mr. Turnquist, I lived with my folks CTC Wayne W. Johnson (Rocky) and Marie (Dad called her Morrie) in San Miguel from '59 - '61. I was there from age 9 to age 12. We lived on Preble Court as I recall, just a few feet from the south fence. There was a large mango tree opposite our court, between the road and the bowling alley/PX. Besides Mangos, it also had army ants (ouch), but the mangos were worth it. Dad drove a Lambretta motor scooter and a green 1960 Beetle that he bought there. One day, his "friends" carried it around the building, so that when he left work he wouldn't see it. I delivered the POD to the homes. Had to go pick them up at the Admin Bldg every day to get my stack. That paid for my bike. They built the base pool while we were there. Remember the shifting sand bar at the beach. You could go pretty far out and only be knee deep. The big difference between the Chief's Club movies and the enlisted men's outdoor theater, was that the Chief's Club had a canopy over the seats. Much better when it rained. Once, Dad took the family to spend a few days on Grande Island in the middle of Subic Bay. Saw a 5 foot lizard one day, and a small shark another. Mom made us kids come out of the water. My sister called a Marine a "Jarhead" one day. She found out that was not an appropriate name for a Marine. Dad said something about how hot the XO was when he spoke to him. Was he kidding? I joined the Boy Scouts there at the base. My patrol leader was Craig Reynolds. We had a camp ground down the road to the beach. There were three boys in his family, Craig, Brian, and Chris. Can't remember Chief Reynolds first name, but I think it was Frank. Chief Morris (that's all we ever called him) was our little league coach (he was really a super guy to us kids). We were the Electrons, and we had a super winning season. I was the catcher, Chief Morris' son was our pitcher (he was very good). Met Joltin' Joe DiMaggio down in Subic Bay when he came to meet the troops that year. I recall when you and your wife were attacked. My recollection is that I saw your car afterwards, and was shocked by the blood and broken glass on the seat and floor. I heard the story that it was the Hucs. Other than that event, the base was paradise for a kid. I attended Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School there on base (actually fairly near the Turnquist home). There is an excellent satellite shot of the base at: http://www.subicbaypi.com/sub_pho_sate004.htm We left on short orders and had to leave our Dachshund "Greta" with the Toomeys. I knew the Onstotts. When we left the PI, our MTS ship stopped in Agana, Guam. The Onstotts married twin brother and twin sister lived there. I swear that two of their children were the same ones I went to school with at San Miguel (very weird experience). We went out to see our old Quanset Hut home (lived there from '50 to '53), but it had been torn down. All that was left was our outdoor water spout. My family also served in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico, Winter Harbor, ME, Kami Seya (?) Japan, and Ft. Meade, MD. Rocky (my dad) passed away December 4, 2005 at age 83. Marie still lives in Tampa, FL at University Village. The dePeysters (Bob and Gladys) also live there.
Cleve Cushing, CTO, 73 75
I am Cleve Cushing, CTO 73 75 and just found this board. Thanks for keeping it up and running. I remember arriving right out of Tech School as an E2, working the rotations and finding the Files on the USS Pueblo late one late night shift. It was great reading, was able to read all 5-6 rolls of TTY as well as all of the books by the CO & Crew and then attending a ribbon ceremony in Subic to honor several of the Crew & Officers in late 74. Would love to hear from Lt Kellogg, CTO Robert Cook (who I went to boot camp and tech school with) or any of the 73 75 gang. Spent the summer of 74 assigned to Adm. McCauleys staff as part of Operation End Sweep in Haiphong Harbor, 55 miles from Hanoi where the team negotiated for the release of POWs and sweep the harbor for mines.
My best memory is being able to type & send the Last message for the Secure Site securing the classified stuff and turning it over to the Radiomen to pack up and close down the site. That same day I got on a Victory Liner to Clark and headed back to the States.
Joe Jordan, CT3, 6/56-12/58
Hello to all. I opened the base in 1956. I drove contractors and officials from Subic to San Miguel, over a nasty road. After the base opened, I was a CT in the Maintenance Dept for Teletype and Crypto. After the service I worked as a Techrep for Burroughs, training AF people. One of the people who was with me was Tom Zanoli, who ran the Special Services area. I'd love to hear from anyone from that era.
Mike Crittenden USAF Retired
Played many softball tournaments at San Miguel. Was stationed at Clark 75-76 and 81-89. Used to eat downtown San Miguel at a retired navy guys restaurant that had great beans and corn bread. Took many trips to the Capony Islands out the back gate and dove for the first and last time there also. Jeff Denight ran your rec division and sponsored the huge softball tournaments. Teams from all branch's and countries came to play on and off the field. I played in 7 I think. All memories of the PI are wonderful and it's great to see these sites. Another is the Clark AB K-9 handlers of the 70's and 80's. Wish there were more. Take care to all. Nice to have memories of such a wonderful place with entertainments we could enjoy.
Dave Cole, 1965 - 1967
My name is dave cole. I arrived as a CTSN in November of '65 and left as a CT2 in May of '67. I was mainly an R-brancher, but also worked with I-branchers (one of the two guys i worked directly with was named Paul, who I played my first real golf with once). I remember the 3-section watches early on, but ended up in D-watch section. Staff Sergeant Tharpe was one of my supervisors, but Chief D.J. Sprenkle took over, I think. I liked both and met the Chief later at Cheltenham.
As most of you agree, this was the absolute best duty a young man could have! I knew a lot of Radiomen and Marines. I played on the base basketball team with Sidney Johnson, Ron Lowman and others. also football on a CT team. Most of you will remember Sid as the QB who led radiomen to the base championship in football. I later saw Ron at Gitmo. I played a lotta poker in the barracks break rooms when not in Olongapo. Freddie Johns, Russ, and many others would pass a little cash between ourselves. Freddie was a helluva player. I tripped to Angeles and Manila several times each, and also visited Lake Taal, South of Manila.
I was mainly stranded in the jungle on liberty, and mostly frequented the Harlem, Zebra, Moonlight and several other bars. also was a frequent overnight guest at the Shangri-La hotel. met many girls, spent most time with Rebecca Malvar, and later, got to know "Big" Chris from the Harlem. never visited the local clubs outside the gate after seeing olongapo. guess it was the 'city' in me.
I remember lotsa guys including my running mate was RM Edgar 'Buddy' Rhodes from Atlantic City, NJ. he is still married to Sally. We saw each other off and on over these years, but I last lost him in DC. RM? _?_ Harris from Harrisburg, PA (met him at Corry Field, San Miguel, he was later assigned to a ship, possibly because he didn't get his clearance). ? Lonnie Yates from Chicago (left shortly after I arrived). RM Sidney l Johnson from Houston. RM Edgar Jones from Opelika, Alabama. David Dorsey from Detroit (you were right about Paul Wms vs David Ruffin: my bad). CT _James?_ Lee from NYC (same watch section, then TAD to Danang or Phu Bai and left). Corporal Harry Turner from Philly was among the many Marines I knew. Ct freddie johns from Washington State (met @ corry; he was wounded on the liberty. in addition to poker, Freddie was one of the best chess players I've ever met). CT Russ __?__ loud FUN guy who had flaming curly red hair (from Wisconsin?). CT Ron Lowman from Elmira, NY. CT Steve Sylvester (I sat at his seat when he went TAD). YN Al _?_ from ?. Recently connected with Jon O'Hara, who was in my class at Corry, and Herb Washington, who arrived not long after i did. Many guys from Texas, Florida, elsewhere in the south, farms and cities in the north and midwest, Cali... it was a helluva experience and one of the best times in my life. BTW: the other guy in the picture with Buddy was a Marine (can't remember his name). PEACE and prosperity to all of you all who I was friends or acquaintances with.
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Tim Smith - SN/PO3 NAVCOMSTAPHIL, 66 - 68
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Stan Longshore, 1958 - 1960
I was a Radioman serving at San Miguel from 1958 to 1960. My name is Stan Longshore and I would like to know if anyone knows where I can find patches or caps from the NavComFacPhil era. I look back at my tour there as some of the finest days of my life. I would like to return someday and check out some of the old stomping grounds. I hung out in Olongapo a lot at the Club Rio and others. Drank enough San Miguel beer to float a battleship. Went on R and R to Hong Kong. Where else can you travel like that on someone else's dime? Worked both at the message center and tape relay center. Sari Sari stores, rice paddies, Jeepneys and Victory liners, what a good time.
Jim Brooks, Rm3, 1959 - 1961
Worked in the Message Center
I flew in from San Francisco (where it was cold) and got to San Miguel about midnight (where it was hot). What a great two-year assignment. I worked in the message center most of my tour. I had a great time at the Crossroads frequenting the Quarterdeck and other haunts. I remember the old lady who ran the Quarterdeck. I think she had a wart on her nose and always carried a rather largish can with which to exchange scrip for pesos. I went to Olongapo as often as possible. It always seemed to take so long to get there but a short time to get back (because we slept most of the way home). I remember an RM1 who lived in base housing - I think his name was Holmes - who had a drop-dead gorgeous wife. The wife had a red Pontiac convertible and when she drove around the base in her skimpy shorts and halter, all activity stopped. At the Terminal Building I remember Bill Roland, Padilla, Shorty Crowson, McJunkins, Bickelhoff, Chief Art Baldwin, Charlie Dillard, Larry Lovell, Keith Maddox. My friend, Bill Roland, and I went to Manila and picked up two hot, gorgeous chicks who, to our surprise, turned out to be Benny Boys! Would love to hear from anyone who served during that time.
Rick Pence, July 1986 - July, 1987, July 1989 - 1990
Assistant Fire Chief San Miguel
What a great place to live and play golf, dive great clubs and people.
Pat Curley, CTO 3, May 1967 - Nov 1968
My name is Pat Curley. I was a CTO 3 at San Miguel from May 1967 to Nov 1968. I remember all the bars at the crossroads, namely the Grand Nautulis, Sampugita, Cory's, Joe Dan's, Mona's . and the RRB. I also distinctly remember the Red Rooster in Manila. I am trying to search the net to find out what happened to the base. I know it was turned over to the Phillipine Navy in the early 90's, after we pulled out of Subic and Clark. I was able to access the Google maps of the base and remember the road layout. I went to Cyprus after that. We weren't supposed to have a military base there. Our cover story was that we were attached to the U S Embassy Radio Relay Station. I left the Navy after my 4 years were up, then spend another 33 years as an IRS collector before retiring 5 years ago last January.
Tom Lizotte, CPL. USMC, CT, Jan. 60 - June 61
First duty station out of school. Sent to Morocco in July of 61. Discharged in Dec. 62. Played lots of sports while at San Miguel. I was the only Marine on the station softball team. Dont remember many names of team mates but the pitchers name was a first class named Dick Castle. San Miguel was a great place to be stationed compared to Morocco. Lots of good memories but cant remember many names. I was part of Bravo Co. and competed in sports there as well. Spent time at a bar called Cinderella. Also at one owned by a Mrs. Brown. And one called The Playboy.
George Scott, 1963 - 1966
My name is George Scott and I was a radioman stationed at San Miguel from Nov. of 63 till April of 66 working in the relay center. Three years ago we began looking for others from that time period and found about 45 guys. We have had two reunions and our third will be next Spring. We are still looking for some of our shipmates. If anyone knows the following guys please contact me with any clues you may have on where they were from or where they are now. Jim Ryan, John Karl, Don Schneider, Art Dodge, Eddie Canterra, Smoky Stover, Bruce Peterson, Jim ODonnell,Ted Fee, Charlie Brown, Keith Clark, and Dave Schwartz.
Gary Essary, CT(R)-3, 3/1966 5/1967
dets: USS Chicago, USS Long Beach, Da Nang Reading this message board brought back so many memories. At least all the good ones. The beach, snorkeling, bonka boats, jitneys to San Antonio, busses to Olongopo. It was kind of spooky going there on Google Earth - everything still exactly where I left it 42 years ago. I dont see others writing about detachments on ships or at Da Nang. I don't remember many names (lots of faces). If anybody remembers, drop me a line.
Robert Coffee, RMSN, Dec. 71 - Feb 72
I was there Dec 71 out of A school to about March 72. I was RMSN. I was in the Message Center at a terminal for a while sending tty to the Connie. I got moved upstairs to files and had my office wall posted with playboy pinups. I got to go to the chow hall (Best Food in the Navy) occasionally and bring the soup and sandwiches to everyone else. I got to work 0800 to 1700 the rest of my stay. I remember when a Marine at the door to the Msg Ctr cracked off a round in the shooting tube. He wasn't even supposed to have a round chambered. I raced motorcycles. I had a stupid Honda 90 street bike that I had some Pino's strip down for me for the race. I sold it to the son of the local Navy Criminal Investigator before I left. It had very loud pipes. I actually won third place once and still have the trophy. Me and a buddy John Lane or Lanehouse moved off base into San Miguel. John rode a red Kawasaki 175 he paid with cash he dug out of his dirty laundry in his locker in the barracks. He quit digging when he had enough. He also had a black and white 1957 he found and put a 3 speed floor shift that worked backwards in it. It was fun. We had a house boy. He and his wife at my dog's food. I bought them a big bag of rice. I think they sold it at the market because our rice from the exchange was a better quality. It came from Houston, Texas. They couldn't believe. I was there when they tore down the old barracks for new one and got to move into some E-4 spaces. A guy that was with us got stoned smoking O and couldn't get on his rack so he crashed on mine and left his crabs behind. What memories. I wish I could remember every ones names. I think I will collect more memories and post a msg again. I'll posting again. ZZO ZWH. INT WHAT THE F--- Over.
Stan Longshore, RMSN, July 1958 - Sept. 1960
Worked in the Message center and Tape Relay Center both while I was there. As we get older, I find it harder to find people I used to serve with. I am actively trying to find patches and insignias from the Navcomfacphil as it was known when I was there. It was later changed to Navcomstaphil. If anyone knows where I can find them to purchase, I would appreciate it very much, or maybe a former sailor does not want his anymore and will sell them to me. I remember San Miguel with great fondness. I arrived there right out of "A" school as an 18 year old from a small town in Minnesota. I thought I died and went to heaven. The bars, the girls, the trips to Manila and the brewery, the R & R trips to Hong Kong, the outside movie theatre. Some of the most memorable time in my life. The EM club was in one bottom section of our barracks when I first went there, before they built the new one. I am now 69 years old, and sometimes I wished I would have stayed in the Navy until retirement. I was surprised when they did not call me back in for Vietnam, but they didn't. Again, if someone out there does have patches and insignias, please contact me. Thanks from an old tar. Stan Longshore Mesa, Arizona
Bill Gemmill, CTT2/3, July 1967 - Jan 1969
T Branch in CTTC Bodiford's section with CTT1 Denison. Great place for a single 20 year old. Worked Eve, Day, Mid, then Olongapo. Occasionally missed the bus and got restricted. It was like Dodge City, Tombstone, and Deadwood all rolled into one. I was there when the Philippine Army killed the floor show at Pauline's and a couple a weeks later got into a gun battle with the Olongapo Police and captured the police station. I also got caught in a hotel fire, and dammn near didn't get out. Since no signed their real name, the casualty list the next day listed...Roy Rodgers, Lash Larue, Bob Hope, etc...funny stuff Attended san Miguel Petty Officer Academy and got to keep my Liberty card and not turn it in every night. It was stamped POA for Petty Officer Academy but we told the Marine Guards in Subic that it meant "Permanent Overnights Authorized.
Bob Stanton, 1972 - 1977
Shouting out a hello to all who were stationed at NCSP. I was there from Oct 72 thru Jan 77. I am Bob Stanton, a RM1 when there. I was also the EM Club manager, Editor of the base newspaper, Customs Coordinator, BOQ manager and Varsity basketball coach. What great duty station. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. My email address is above. Use NCSP in subject line.
Frederick H. Forschler RM2, 1970 - 1973
My name is Frederick H. Forschler. I was an RM3 when first stationed in the PI. I was sent first to San Miguel in Nov 70. Processed and sent to NTCC Subic Bay from Dec 70 to Feb 71. Reassigned to NTCC Cubi Pt from Feb 71 to Mar 73. I'm looking for information on what awards and citations that NAVCOMMSTA, NTCC's may have earned during the period of Nov 70 to Mar 73. I am trying to update my service record. I am aware that while there, my various duty stations did earn the Navy Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation and Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. I believe on the NUC and MUC there where a few citations. Would appreciate any information that any one has on specific dates and any other awards the units may have earned. Thank You All.
David Straub, CT(R)-3, Sept 1966 - Jan 1968
What a great way for flash backs. I've been researching my TAD to NAVCOMSTAPHIL Da Nang and the USS Tripoli for a year and just today - thought about Google-ing "NAVCOMSTAPHIL." Thus, great reading from all the guys through all the years. Only recognized one name to be certain and his email address is no longer active. DAVID GASPAR from Scaggs Island CTR school......please email me. Just looking at old photos of us on liberty in San Fran. Anyone out there remember the two greatest bands in Olongopo in the mid-to-late 60's: The Gaytoppers and the Electromaniacs. Wow....could they rock (or maybe it was just the San Miguel's remembering). All the best to everyone who ever wound up at sick bay after a long hard liberty at the Crossroads or Olongapo. I always had TWO liberty cards to ensure a safe getaway at the gate.
Ben Brynildsen, CYN3, 1967 - 1969
When I first got to San Miguel, I was waiting for my clearance. Was picking up paper, got to play fireman, than went out to the receiving station, working in the CW shack. Took the dead man list off the hospital ships. That was a little hard. Went to operations after that and worked for all the time there working the resending desk. Does anyone remember the time when about 300 of us were sent the Marine barracks to get NEGDEF training. We didn't have enough Marines to protect the base. We also got combat first aid, still use that training today. Have raised four kids. It was good duty. Learned a lot real quickly from all the big brothers I had, Po town was a mind blower for a farm kid from Washington State. We're getting old shipmates.
Bob Stanton, RM1, Oct '72 - Jan '77
My name is Bob Stanton, RM1, stationed at NCSP from Oct '72 - Jan '77. I relieved four people when I got there and was relieved by four when I left. I was Editor of the Sentinal, Wayne D. May Club Manager, BAQ/BOQ manager, Customs Coordinator, and Varsity Basketball Coach. People I remember there are Captain George Canon, Cdr Bill Hand, Jim Tiessen, Mike Eisenbraun, Mark Harski, Jim Whittle, Joe Vigil, Manny, Curt White, the 2 Nancys, Ron Trienen, Ron Miller, Big Al, David Marshall, and so many more whose names escape me. I would love to hear from anyone stationed there during my time. I had most fun managing the em club. I wrote a book that is published and part of it deals with my time in the PI.
Steve Noskowicz, CTM3, 8/63 - 9/66
San Miguel, 2/65 - 9/66, DF site
I see several from that time, but none I recognize - Most are RMs - but I hung with the CTs. I'd like to hear form anyone from that era that remembers me. Mike Current, Al Middleton, Randy Salmons, Phil High, Jacoby...memory fades. Worked Eve-Day-Mid except when manpower was short then 24 on, 24 off and slept in the office of "Fort Apache". Fixed mills in the receiver building because I wouldn't re-up for the full 6 active when DF moved to Clark in 66. Flew R/C and U-Control planes in the area between barracks and pool (now another barracks building). One R/C wound up ALL THE WAY in a rice field by San Antonio. By the end of the day two of us were waste deep in a creek along one of the fields and didn't find the plane. The farmer found it and had a brother working on base, so he presented it to us at this place. I have pix. However, I don't think I know where my copy of the3 Sentinel article about the "Orange Unidentified Flying Object Sighted Over San Miguel". I have a few copies of the Sentinel and some pix I may post. Anyone know where the DF building is in current satellite photos ?? On the Merchant Marine school grounds ? eft Navy 9/66. Does anyone remember the Air Force contingent at San Miguel. There were two guys there when I arrived in early '65, but they left pretty soon after that. I'm pretty sure they worked at Fort Apache where I did. As I remember they hade no on-base supervision, so they had a pretty easy duty...lots of 'pool duty'. Went to U of I BSEE 71, Retired from Motorola in 2006.
Bruce Dettloff, CTM2, 57-58 and 72
I was a dependant when we moved there from Sangly Point, back when the bas first opened. I remember seeing movies at the base theater, located outside on the beach area. I did 4th grade there and started 5th before moving to Okinawa. Was stationed there after getting out of crypto shcool in 1972. Was only there a couple of months before being deployed to Quic-Van support at Subic, under CTMC Jim Duncan. Can't believe no that I didn't think to visit the places I knew as a rug-rat. And took no pictures... what a waste of an opportunity...
Bill Miller RM1, August 1964 August 1966
Teletype Repair Shop Terminal Building
My wife Shirley and I arrived in San Miguel just days before the Gulf Of Tonkin incident. The first news we heard was that all dependents may be sent back to the States .what a shock for us, as this would be the first time we got to live together because for the first 4 years I was stationed aboard the USS Noble (APA-218), made 2 WestPac tours and a 3 month stint in the Caribbean during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. As is turned out, dependents were allowed to stay. Our tour at San Miguel was one of the best tours in my career. Our first child was born there in 1965. Shortly after her birth, I was sent TAD to DaNang with the ATCU unit. I think I spent 3 months there. That was a very interesting tour, living in the tents, eating C-rations and scrounging food and water from the Marines. We quickly made friends with the local Marines as some of the ATCU Vans had air conditioners and we could cool them down to around 65 degrees ..a great place to keep their beer.
We made many good friends while there, some we are still in contact with today. Here are some of the names we can recall: Jim & Barbara Rand, Bill & Marlene Krebs, John Trujillio, Don & Liz Sprenkle, Larry Mason, McElroy, RMC Warren. There are so many friends and I cannot recall them at this time. I see their faces and remember the good times we all had back then. We were very active with the Square Dance Club on base and made a couple of trips to Manila for Square Dance conventions. Of course we made several trips to Baguio. How can the wives ever forget the dear Dr. Dooley and Capt. Romanick? I recall one time we got some fresh milk in at the commissary and Romanick decided to give it away to the locals as a good ambassador gesture .the wives about tore the place down.
I remember all the good times at the EM Club and listening to the Esquires play their versions of good old Rock & Roll. The Navy was good for me and my family. It grew me up and taught me a skill which enabled me to get a good job when I got out in 1969. I worked in the Electronics repair industry and eventually in several large corporate data centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
I was a HAM Radio Operator before I joined the Navy and now that I am retired, I have more time to spend with my hobby. I am active with SKYWARN and assist several counties in my area with storm spotting with them and the National Weather Service. We live in a small rural town 60 miles NW of Fort Worth, TX.
This July my wife and I will celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary, we have 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. We are enjoying life now and are so thankful for our friends we met while in the Navy and especially the ones in San Miguel. I hope to hear from any of our friends who happen to read this.
John Alexander CTA3, Dec. 72 - Dec 73
Great to find this message board. Hope it is still up and running. I spent most of my off time playing basketball or traveling with Butch Swanberg and others. Remember being the only sailor on the Marines basketball team during the tournament...that was interesting. Really enjoyed traveling into the mountains and getting off the traveled path to talk to the locals. Sat down at one Sari-Sari store and once I said my dad had been there in WWII I could not buy a thing. The locals treated me like I was a king. That was a special day for me. Here's to us all. Married then and still am, 6 kids, one a Marine survived many close calls in Iraq. We are a lucky family. My best to all. Does anyone have any contact for CDR Eddie Benford? He was one of the best officers I served under.
Stan Longshore, 1958 - 1960
Stan Longshore, Radioman, was stationed at San Miguel from 1958 to 1960, and worked both in the message center and tape relay center. I would give anything if someone could sell to me a logo patch or patches from the base in San Miguel, or tell me where I can find them.
Bob Diederich, CT3\, 1966
To all... San Miguel Navel Base holds a lot of good memories for me and especially all my the guys I became friends with during my tour in the PI. The base was great and all of its personnel. The experience I gained will be with me forever. Everyone and everything was outstanding.
Dave Otis, CYNSA, CYNSN, CYN3/ Jun 67 - Dec 69
Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me from the days at NavComStaPhil, especially those that were in COMM Charlie! Had a great time playing basketball on the base team and with COMM "C" such as Lynn Murphy, Ike Chestnut, Wayne "Bucky" Buchanan, Bill Cordrey, and my best friend James "Jimmy" Robinson. What a great team and if you had to serve in wartime, the PI was not so bad. I remember going to Cavite Air Base to play and having rocks, etc., thrown at the bus. I think the coach's name was Pokryfka. Bob Stabler was the coach of Comm C. I left the PI in Dec of 1969 and lost touch with so many great guys. Hope to hear from the guys! Dave "Otey" Otis
Stan Longshore, Radioman, 1958 to 1960
Worked in the tape relay center and message center. I am now retired and living in Gilbert, Arizona. I think back a lot about the times I had, both in San Antonio and Olongapo. San Miguel beer by the gallons it seemed like. I guess I would not mind if somebody remembers me and contacts me to talk about the good old days.
Dennis Watkins CPL /RET, 1959 - 1960
PFC/LCPL Dennis Watkins here. Any of you jar heads(1959-1960) that were in the PI and remember this crusty old person. I'd love to hear from you. Loved the place even though I was rotting to death.
Greg Perry, RM1, Fleet Center Supervisor, 1980-1983
Another great PI duty station, nicknamed the country club. If you didnt have a car You could ride the base jeepneys or buy a 10 speed bike to get around the entire base. If you lived in the barracks you could walk to work thru the golf course to the Terminal Building (sign on golf course: watch out for low flying golf balls!) Spent a lot of time at the Wayne D. May (remember bingo/movie night?)The CO was Capt Feingersch, our Comm Officer was a LCDR Mirkin, Asst was a young Ltjg, he wore a beard, I cant remember the name right now. Worked with a lot of people there-RMCM Porter, RM1 Tom Parsons,RMC Jim Lane, Rm1 Winn, RM1 Bob Ranger, RMC Malott, Bob Curry,Steve Varner, Carl Stout, Rob Alley, Danny Kisor, Randy Astro Astrackon, Chuck Picoldi, Pat Drain,Gary Williams,Brian BT Temple; Wally Hale,Bill Dorsch,A.J. Sweat, Craig Reynolds,and many more. Not to forget the hard working ladies in the Fleet Center-Carol Williams, Rene Hinman, Mary Spoelstra, Jean Hazelwood, RMSN (was it Denise?) Adams , Beverly Freeman, Denise Mann, Beth Layao, Robin Yannatone,Vickie Simonetti,many more But cant get the names out of my head right now! Lots of great memories and fun to reminisce about San Miguel, I was 26 yrs old then wow Im up to 56 now! Anybody got a time machine!!!
John Alexander, CTA3, 1972-1973
Thanks for keeping this up and running. Has anyone seen the base area recently? Just wondering what has happened to it.
Larry L. Lukehart, RM3, 1959 - 1961
Worked in the Terminal Bldg. Message Center operating "Papa Romeo" and taught by Emanuel Padilla who was he ever nimble on a teletype !! I also married a Filipina and have a beautiful son and daughter,,, My beautiful daughter was homecomming queen in 12th grade in 81',,,, My son is a veteran policeman of 15 years in Des Moines Iowa about an hours drive from where I live,,, I divorced in 2004 after nearly 44 years of marriage and went back to the P.I. in 2007 and married a Filipina half my age "34" with a six year college and a Masters Degree,,, In 59 and 60 when I was 20 years old the heat didn't bother me that much I recall but when I went back at age 67 the heat and humidity bout' killed me,,, Hot here in Iowa is nothin' compared to the P.I even at it's hottest,,, I remember many names from San Miguel and still in touch with several,,, Ron Shaffer, RB Johnson, Jim Brooks, Cornell Bodensteiner, and Stan Longshore occasionally,,, Recently trying to get in touch with Larry Benfield and Dale Matsel from P.I. duty in the 60's,,,no answers yet on emails,,, And who could ever forget McJunkins ?? He was the biggest black man I ever saw !!! What a great guy,,, And he also married a Filipina girl,,, I think he was from St. Louis Mo. or K.C. Mo. somewhere just south of Iowa,,,lot's of other names I can remember as well,,, I really regret I didn't go back to the "Crossroads" and have a look at what used to be,,, It would have kindled many ol' memories such as this web site does,,, it's great reading the memories of others who served in San Miguel,,, Does anyone remember Chuck Burton, Leo Armstrong, Larry Black, 1st Class Vic Butler (the image of a sailor) and his big booby girl friend Rosie ?? Or Delany Clardy, CT Wiliams, Gene Woods from Georgia, "Cash" Register, Braswell, John Blevins from N. or S. Carolina, Ken Ingram, Larry Lovell and Ken Maddox and theirs more,,, How about RM Chief Marchand, and RM Chief Metz,,who was married to a Japanese girl,,,black guy Billy Williams, he had a cool little gold star imbeded in a front tooth,, Lots of memories of drinking beer in the "Quarterdeck, the Arreolas(sp) and maybe the Oasis, and how about the "Greenhouses" where many guys lived and shacked up,,,which was against Naval Regs. as you all remember,,, How about Dusky, Poland, Ote, Hawaiian nick named "Pineapple", Always enjoyed scuba diving off the Island with the light house on it,,, the water was unbelievabley clear and the colors vibrant to say the least,,, fish and coral was a sight to behold,,,outstanding memories of that,,,no picture ever captured what it looked like in person,,, we used to hire a Filipino who would take us there in his "Bonka" boat,,,outriggers and such,,, If anyone knows of the whereabouts of anyone I mentioned please get in touch,, were not gettin' any younger ya know!
Steve Crabtree, 1975 - 1976
Hey, just found this web site, my name is Steve Crabtree I was stationed at San Miguel from 1975 to 1976 as a RMSA the best duty station in the world. I was later stationed at NTCC Subic I retired in 1993 at NCTAMS Westpac Guam. I loved the Philippines and married my wife Brenda in 1976. hope to hear from someone from my era. thanks
Virgil (Rick) Walden, E-4, 1971-1973
I was in CTR Branch. On the memories. I really still miss San Miguel. I had some great times there as well as going TDY on the USS Reeves and the USS Chicago out of Subic. Seems I counted the bars in San Miguel at one time and there were 36. Use to try to have at least 1 or 2 beers in everyone. Of course Subic was a different story, 300 plus bars there. The Cinderella Liberty is what messed things up. I went to Clark AFB a couple of times and they had no Cinderella Liberty there. I wish I could hope in a time machine and beam myself to the Grand Nautilus or somewhere.
Stationed at San Miguel 65 to 67. Lots of time in Olongapo. Thanks for the memories.
James Poolee RMSA/RMSN (RMCS Retired
San Miguel Fleet Center, 1969 - 1970}
Worked in the fleet center. Worked mostly ship/shore. Rolled alot of tape of that 73victor. Great times and memories.
Please, I am looking for a gentleman or who served in the Navy at San Miguel in 1963 or earlier. All that I have is Thomas Melvin or Melvin Thomas Trout. My Mother who is ill does not have a lot of time left, has asked me to search for him. My Mother's maiden name was Elena Cordero Mission. If anyone has any information please contact me. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
GREGG OHARA, RM3. NAVCOMSTA. 1966 - 1967
Found this site and tried to email Sitty (POSTED 4-10) but email address was inactive. Strange to be remembered for V.D. but I guess it was true. I'd forgotten about that.....What a place to be for an 18 year old kid back then. Fond memories of Olangapo and diving on the islands and surfing in front of the nipa hut.
Sam Ramos Lcpl, C Co., 1985 1986
This is CHINO. Just saying I had a crazy time.
Larry Stokes, RM1(ret), 1966 - 1968
I have looked for years for Kenneth Holmes RMC who was at San Miguel back around 66-68. Anyone have info on him, email me. He should be about 80 now. Thanks
Dan Shirley, CTR3, 1970 - 1971
I arrived at San Miguel in October of '70....Lived in "Foxtrot" barracks, but played house on the sly off-base in "Padua compound"..Ernesto Padua was the mayor of San Antonio...Went TAD from San Miguel to the Gulf on several different ships, but was always homesick for the P.I....Had a hostess at the Grand Nautilus who lived w/me...Also saw a girl named "May" from the 7th Dawn club....I always wondered how long Felix continued to sell dogmeat barbeque on the streets of town after I left... (I made 2nd before I left San Miguel)...I left in Dec. '71 on ermergency leave, and got out of the Navy on a hardship discharge..(deaths in family...younger siblings to care for)....I missed the Navy, but I've visited many times with the girl I lived with there...She's married and lives about 9 hours from me in Missouri...(I'm from Indiana)......Later.
Don L. Reitmeyer, III L/Cpl
Co. "C" Marine Barracks/Detached Gaurd
New Wife and Two Young Kid's, a Boy, Donnie IV and a Girl, Rachel. They are 5 & 6 and they are my World. The wife that talked me into leaving the Corps, left me and I'll never forgive her for that. I'm Re-Married now, 6 years to my present wife, Teresa and living in Danville, PA. I've been disabled since a Work re-injury in 1993, a Failed Low Back and I live with Chronic Pain.....which totally Sucks! I miss the P.I.. I have a "Child" over there that would have been born in 1988 to Mirna ??? who worked at the Bigfoot Bar outside the Base at San Miguel. Anyone knowing her whereabouts, or my Son as I've been told, would be GREATLY Appreciated. I was told she'd moved to Manila, but the Man wanted $$$ and I figured it a Scam. I Loved the Philippines and the People, well most of them, and I miss being a Marine. I'd enjoy hearing from Anyone who remembers me. I blew out a knee and became "useless" and things got wierd ( Racism seemed directed at Whites from NCO's), so I was Honorably Discharged on 24 Aug. 1987 from San Diego.
Joe S Wesley, CTSN, 1958 - 1960
I was in San Miguel from Feb '58 thru June '60. Lots of memories of the play boy bar, Melrose, Jo Dan, Cinderella club and many more. Drank tons of San Miguel beer and Tanguway Rum. Lots of girls. Helen # 2 from the play boy club being a favorite. I was a communications tech. in "Able" company, stood four section watch. Would love to hear from anyone who was here during that time.
John "Pat" Pattenger, Feb.67 - Aug.68
Radioman in Torn Tape Relay Center
Did about everything from pulling receive banks..to ship-ship & ship-shore ckts and last six months or so was Ckt Coordinator. Got to sit way in back with a TTY that went next door to "Control" ..logging ckts in and out. Took a great boat trip with guys from Control down to the island of Corrigador..lots of history..tunnel in mountain where McArthurs headquarters were. Alot of great guys to work and play softball with. We used to have all night Charlie Sec parties and one of the PO's house that was married and lived in base housing. Great beach on the South China Sea...the capone islands..just a short banka boat ride away. Whatever happen to "Gomer" aka Jack Bullock from texan and "Reb" aka H.W. McCafferty from Atlanta. Lots of memories.
John W. Aldis, MD, LT(MC), 1972-1974
Assigned to NCSP as a GMO (General Medical Officer)
Wow. What a great site. Jeez! I thought I was the only person who loved the place!! (Just joking.) It was a real high-point in time overseas (1 year Canal Zone, 9 years Navy, and 18 years Foreign Service).
Joe S Wesley, CT3, February 1958 - June 1960
Just found this message board. I was in San Miguel for over two years. I was a watch stander in "A" section. Had a lot of friends that I have lost touch with. Barney Moats, G. M. Hill, Dave Somers, Happy Whitmus, etc. The list goes on and on. Would love to hear from someone who was there during this time. I was one of the first at the new station, the EM club was in the basement when I got there. Let me hear from you.
Joe Hulst, RMC Ret
Never stationed at San Miguel but been there many times. I am looking for James Robertson (Robbie) Should have been there in the late 60's early 70's. If anyone knows his where abouts, contact me please.
Dave Schwartz, 1963 - 1965
My name is Dave Schwartz I was stationed at San Miguel from 1963 to 1965. My rank was RM3. I worked out at the receiver site. I remember taking the semi to work. I was a diversity operator (tuned in clear freqs to bring up ships) I enjoyed the tour and beers at the Nepa Hut. I would like to hear from anyone that might remember me.
Larry Wilson, RMSN, Mar 1963 - Nov 1964
Stayed in the Reserves until they kicked one out under the name of "high year tenure". Did make it to RMC and retired in 1992. Worked in Relay while in the P.I. and was on duty when President Kennedy was shot & killed. Also got in on the bags full of flash messages after the Maddox / Turner Joy incident. Played lots of Pinochle and poker with the likes of: Jack Opper, Frank Tripi, George Scott, Laddie Gail Hair, Kenneth Koch, Jack "Tiny" Lake, Lynn Perrin, Fred Steiner & many more. Was able to salve the wounds at the Crossroads or in Olongapo. We have found nearly 50 NavCommSta guys and have had 3 reunions. If you are interested in seeing our list of guys found, I am in charge of the San Miguel Roster. Would be happy to email you a copy, and if you see anyone you know, would be happy to add your name on the Roster. Personally, I'm still looking for R J Smith who was from Joplin MO. When you don't have a 1st name, it's hard to find. R J if ur out there, give me a shout. George Scott still has a pic of you with some young dolly sitting on your lap. Probably at the Quarterdeck in the Crossroads! Also looking for a RM1 Riley. Forgot his first name, but he took me and Kenneth Koch for a ride to Olongapo in his 1962 Chevy Impala. This was in 1963, so that was a nice ride at that time. Trouble was, he got us back to the main gate at 7 minutes past our midnight curfew, so Ken & I got to visit Captain Gaw for a Captain's Mast. Got restricted to the base for a week, but that wasn't bad because you could still go to the EM club on base. Got just as hammered there as in town. Ahhhhhhhh the good old days. Give me a shout if you are interest in our San Miguel Roster and our next reunion in Harrisburg PA in Sept. 2011.
Robert Bob Curry, RMSN, Fleet Center, 80-81
Just trying to touch base with some old friends. I got in a lot of trouble in San Magoo, but it was worth it..... I had just turned 18 and this was my first duty station. I left 18 months later and felt like I was 50 years old. I cant remember a day when I didnt party.... Great, great times..... I ended retiring in 2000. I would like to go back some day to visit my old stomping grounds......Looking for Pat Drain, 82 was an RMC in San Miguel. If anyone has any knowledge how I can contact him, please shoot me an email. Thanks!
CTO3 John (Steve) Allerding - Tech Control, Alpha Section, 1972 - 73
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Just wanted to update my e-mail since I haven't posted since 2005. Still serving as a COL in USAR and prepping for my 3rd trip to Afghanistan. Still doing Emergency Medicine and Primary Care in Ohio as a "semi-retired" doc. Hope to hear from any of you old timers who were in the P.I. "back in the day!" Stretch
Don Franklin RM2, 7/1967 - 7/1969
Assigned to Teletype Repair Ship-Terminal Building. Two great years in San Miguel. Worked with some great guys. Can't remember all the names because 40+ years are not kind to the memory. Made some great friends; Jim and Mila Teece, Ron and Norma Kusel, Pete and Jennie Plunkett, John and Anita Larsen. Too many to list. I also remember a CT friend named Larry Cool. He was transferred from San Miguel to the Destroyer USS Frank Evans and was killed when the Evans and HMAS Melbourne collided during multi-national drills. I think the best thing about San Miguel was San Miguel, if you know what I mean. It was a great beer that could be purchased for $1.00 per case. I assume their QC line was non-existent because you might get one bottle with 4% alcohol and another with 10%. But the ice cold ones were the great equalizer for the brutally hot climate. All in all, some great memories.
Royce Owens, CTO3, May 1970 thru June 1971
San Miguel Comets Football, hurt knee playing the hospital corpsmen team from Clark AFB. Spent a couple of months in the hospital at Clark AFB with Gordy Reeves (who also blew out his knee). Don Jenkins, Tom Treadway, Jerry Hinrikus, Mike Hogan, Chuck Rolls, Duke Snider (sp?), Phil Ivey, Ron (The Colonel) Sanders, Sam Smith were some I served, played and partied with. Left San Miguel and finished service working at Pentagon as a CTO2 for the DIA.
Ann (Kacy) Medlen nee: NCSP 1978 -1980 and again 1981 - 1984
(that 2nd tour cost me a year on Adak but was well worth the price) Would love to hear from anyone who was stationed there during that time, or the retirees from the Crossroads. (FRA/Patio Bar) Worked in the message center/fleet center briefly my first tour, then transferred to TCF. Chops: kay Especially looking for "Smitty", at the time, RM2 Edwin Smith. I believe originally from Alabama, but not sure about that. He worked at the receiver site then transferred to TCF. Was a great friend. Fair winds and following seas, Shipmates!
MCPO John D. Smith, USN RET 1973
U.S. Naval Communications Station San Miguel/ Radioman
From his Dependant
Hello everyone, I am just trying to find anyone that may have known my father, MCPO John D. Smith, all I know is that he retired there back in 73'. Unfortunately, my family lost him on Easter Morning, I would love to chat with anyone that may have known him. Thanks!!
Greg Harris RM1, USN(RET) NCS, 1985 - 1988
Message Center Hello to anyone who might remember me. NPO was a fine place.
David Straub, CT3, 1966 - 1967
Long live the Crossroads, the Nipa Hut, and Olongapo. Where did the four decades go? I have tons of photos scanned in and would love to share. I'm particularly looking for anyone who did TAD tours in Nam. I was sent to NAVCOMSTAPHIL, Detachment Delta at Camp Tien Sha, a short ride from the DaNang airfield. I keep seeing and hearing a lot about Detachment B (Bravo) and would like to know more about it. I may have been there and don't remember the designation. I was sent out on brief VQ-1 assignments from Detachment Delta to both DaNang and Phu Bai. One of the VQ-1 guys in my Quonset hut at San Miguel wound up with a Purple Heart. I think I remember the story of his plane getting hit. Loved the "Gaytoppers" band in Olongapo. The best. Also, the "Electromaniacs" that did a Beach Boys' Good Vibrations that Simon Cowel would have bragged about. Hope to hear from someone there. Dave Straub (Atlanta)
Kit Bonner, Dependent, 1957 - 1960
My name is Kit Bonner, and from 1957 - 1960, my parents and I lived at the San Miguel Radio Facility. We were there when the contractors and Seabees were building the facility, and my two sisters and I were the first students at the base school (actually, we were the only students). I am interested in writing an article about the base as I am a journalist with the USNI, Sea Classics and have written fourteen naval and maritime books. I can be reached at 209-274-4111 and live at 808 Vista Lane, Ione, California 95640. My father, who is still living, is Kermit H Bonner Sr, LCDR USN (Ret)
Cathy J May, RMSN-RM2, 1981-1984
All I'm seeing is menfolk on the msg board, and we all know how much u men enjoyed it. But as a women I enjoyed it just as much, the drinking, Olongapo, the dringking again, the partying,, and of course my wonderful tour of duty. I remember A person and Kennedy. Worked at both sites on and off the base.. Remember Jenny Cline and Dixie Hall, the girls rogue softball team. I am now in San Diego lovin it but would redo San Miguel anyday.
Wild, John L, CTR, 1957 and 1959
Morse Code. The amatuer radio station was in a trailer. KATKS. Stood for KIng Arthurs Two KIssing Sailors.
David Holland, January 1961 - August 1962
This is David Holland. I was at San Miguel January 1961 through August 1962 as an AG with NSG. I still have so many great memories of that assignment and the Philippines. I returned to the PI in 1990 aboard USS TRUXTUN before the pull out and the Pinatubo. Anybody remember?
Brad Romine, Nov 71 to Apr 75
Hey alpha section off the mid skid to subic city. Brad Romine here, my tour at the fleet center was from Nov 71 to Apr 75. I arrived Rmsa and left RM2. From there I went to RMB school then to navcomsta San Diego Ca then to NTCC North Island Coronado Ca. From there I went to Assult Craft Unit One Cornado Ca and made RM1. I got out of the Navy in APR 79. I now live in Portland Indiana, I am retired. Phone 260-726-5402. Drop a line or call.... later!!!!!
Frank Giallonardo, CTR2, 1973
Don't remember much about those days. Enjoyed my tour. Seemed like every few weeks I was aboard ship in the 'Gulf'. Things I do remember were 'Ripple' wine and 'Tiny Tim' singing at the club, softball, Olongapo, and the Crossroads.
Ed Roy, CTR1, 1969
I was only at San Miguel for 3 weeks waiting for my clearance to go in country to Detachment Delta, Camp Tien Sha, DaNang, RVN. I was there from mid1969 until mid 1970. TAD to Vung Tau for 4 months and TAD all over the south half of Nam for weeks at a time as the second member of an advanced hear-ability and logistics team with CTR1 Dave Conley. I worked with CTR1 Bobby Wright, CTA1 Ted Parsons, CTM1 Tony Killinger(a writer now), CTR2 Terry Clark, CTR2 Mike Trelor, CTR2 Roland Ekstrom, CWO: Henry?, CMDR J.L. Jackson, CTR3 Brown(Brownie) and many others I cant remember any longer. Anyone with pictures and memories of Camp Tien Sha, Vung Tau, and in particular Det. Delta, would appr. contact me.
Porter Pollard, 1985 - 1986
My name is Porter Pollard, Rank:E-3, Duties: Radioman at Receivers Facility 1985-1986, member of Navy Emergency Ground Defense (NEGDEF). I see some names I recognize on this site and it really brings back the memories. NCSP was my first duty station out of RM "A" school and a place forged into my mind forever. The parties, the laughs, good times and bad (getting shot at sucked). This is where I met my current wife of 26 years (no she is not Filipina). Good freinds that I have not had contact with are: Tim Jacobs (ET), Mike Kennedy (RM), John Stetter (ET), Jason Burnett (ET), "The Lumox" and his little brother and so many more. Diving the capone islands at night was life changing and motivated me to dive many parts of the wolrd since. I remember a great guy we used to party with but can't recall his name. He was a Marine from Charlie Company and we called him spot because he had a big birth mark on his face. Mojo, San Miguel beer, ocasional fights, Captain's Mast, serious basketball games, diving, self administered shots of "Trobicin" YIKES!!!! It's amazing anyone got out alive. I am now 50 friggin years old, a tattooed biker, still drinking hard and raising as much hell as the ol lady will put up with. I no longer sport the flat top hair cut and in fact have more hair on my chin than my head. Oh well, it could be worse. To all my old shipmates, I sincerely hope life is good for you all and you continue to have "fair winds and following seas".
Bill Leppert, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967
My name is William Leppert and I was at San Miguel from Jul. of 1966 to Nov. of 1967 with 6 mos. TAD at DaNang in 67. I was a CT"O" brancher. I have many memories of my duty there both on and off base. I would like to hear from anyone who was at either place at approx. the same time. CUL AR, St. Jos. MO.
David Holland, 1961 - 1962
This is David Holland. I was at San Miguel January 1961 through August 1962 as an AG with NSG. I still have so many great memories of that assignment and the Philippines. I returned to the PI in 1990 aboard USS TRUXTUN before the pull out and the Pinatubo. Anybody remember?
HI, my name is Jimmy Pete and I left my girlfriend Liwayway (Lori) Balaba in July 1977. I was stationed at San Miguel Comm Station, a Corporal at the time, I eventually retired from the Marine Corps and now reside in Arizona. When I left she was pregnant with our child at the time. She later married a Navy Chap and moved to United States. If anyone knows of their whereabouts. Please contact me, I need closure in my life.
I went through Subic in '68 - stayed in the transit barracks while waiting to forward to the USS Jamestown. Sometime after midnight we were rousted - we had just been 'volunteered' to fight a fire in Olongapo. I recall that it consumed quite a bit of Potown - people trying to run in and either loot or get their belongings. Propane tanks would frequently explode. Nothing like running between burning buildings with a [heavy!] fire hose while wondering where the oxygen went. Quite a night, but I can't seem to find any info on that fire. I sometimes think I'm having senior moments, but I have a 'Certificate of Gratitude' and pictures of receiving said certificate, which had been forwarded to the Jamestown. Anybody remember that blaze? After my shipboard tour, I was stationed at the San Miguel Comm Station, so I took many trips to Olongapo while there. Great memories.
DT1 Art Eadie, 1970 - 1971
I was stationed at the Dental Clinic in '70-'71. I'd like to talk with anyone who was there during that time period. I was an dental equipment repairman and had to take care of Subic, Cubi, the ships, San Miguel, and Sangley Point. I had an interesting and fun 2 years in the PI and was sorry that everything closed down there. Anyone who wants to talk can email me.
Michael Beard, CTACS
Like to hear from any old shipmates that was stationed at NCS San Miguel.
RM1 Paul J Besitka, January 1966 - June 1968
Worked in OFF-LINE CRYPTO......Officiated basketball and flag football. Played softball. Renlisting in June 68 for RM "B" scol, the doc found a spot on my lung....called it TB....went to CUBI hosp for a week then air evac'd with my family to Balboa Hosp SDIEGO. I had thirteen of those TB tests on my arms....none positive.....returned to full duty in time to make my class in "B" scol.......made RMC while in scol. Now in Oxnard, Ca. ...on a sad note....RMCS Charlie Chase (CinC Message Cen 66-67) passed in Fremont Ca April this year.
Jerry Hinrikus, 71-72
Played on San Miguel Comets football team for 2 years. Trying to hook up with any players on team.
Charlie Samarrai, RM3/RM2, 72-75
Communications Bldg., Admin, and AFPN/AFRTS
Hey Now!! I just found this message board, and I'm shocked that I found more than a few people I worked alongside in San Miguel, PI. I had such a great time, and wish I had it to do all over again. Sooo many great friendships were made there...Fergie, Chief Joe Keevama, Ens. Gale, John Trent, Adams (from Wichita), Larry Gilstead, and I think the Capts name was Ruskin, Lt. Cmdr Whaley (not fond memories of THAT one...hahaha); way too many for this old foggy memory. I hope this message finds you all well & happy! So many roads since I first left home...what a long, strange trip it's been!! Write!!
Larry McGrail, CTR3 , 1968 - 1969
Spent time TDA on carriers Constellation, Hancock, Ticonderoga in between stays at San Miguel. Last 5 months at San Miguel, great memories. Names Ed Whitmore, Don Greene, Dennis Morrison, Charlie Williamson. Came to PI from Taiwan, Shu linko.
Dean Clark, CTI2, 1970 - 1971
I was mostly TAD to Det Bravo in DaNang, but I enjoyed the time I spent at San Miguel. I can't remember too many of the names, except for guys I went through language school with...Tim Barczak, Dave Johnson,Al Shogren, Rudy Cole, Sawicki, and Doyle to name a few. I spent a short det on the Chicago, about a month out at Receivers making coffee while waiting for a spot to open up in Danang - I still make a lousy cup of coffee, but I'm still trying. One of our guys got discharged and came back to open a bar in the Crossroads - The Fox and Dirty Lorenzo's. I've got tons of stories about the PI - and a few of them are true! Great to see this site - keep it going.
Mark Wright, Stationed at NCSP 1976
NMSU Co-Op Student
Worked in small office out at Message Center, I think. What a great place to be 20 yo. Was at Nancy O'Bryhim 21st birthday party at Stumpy & Gimpy's, among others. Played softball, took karate, swam and scuba dived a lot. Fond memories.
Bob Bascom, PO3, 1970 - 1971
I spent a year at San Miguel and a year at Subic. At both bases working on the air at AFPN (American Forces Philippines Network). In San Miguel the radio station was located in a quonset near Foxtrot barracks. So many great moments and friends I think of often over these 40 years. I was Robert W. Bascom on air with Chiefs Hugh Williams and Smokey Laird in charge. Still the "best" radio station I've ever worked for, and since that time it's many here in the northeast corridor. I could write a book about the crossroads as many here agree they could. I remember some fellow DJ's. Dave Schmidt, Russ Mertz, Terry Richards to name a few. Well, we were blessed to be stationed there, weren't we? take care always.
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