Welcome to Graz-Web.com and The Home Page of MOTU Seven
I'm going to use the same Guest Book for Graz-web and MOTU Seven to keep it simple. Anyone having pictures of Yokosuka, Sasebo or MOTU Seven shipmates, please email them to me. I'd greatly appreciated it and will buy you a beer next time I see you. Thanks----graz
I am a retired BMC(SW) as of June 2002. Served on USS El-Paso (LKA-117), USS Nashville (LPD-13), USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) and USS Comte-de-Grasse (DD-974). Had shore duty at AFSC in Norfolk, Pushed Boots for 9 months, did 2 years with the Sea-Bees in Little Creek and 1 year at NAVOSHENVTRACEN. Never did a WESTPAC though. I was in Beirut in '83 and helped dig out what was left. Also did 2 tours in the Gulf and 1 in Somalia.
Graz, I was just thinking about how cool it would be to have a Parsons Reunion in Yokosuka. The next best thing is to do it in San Diego where the Midway is now a museum at the foot of Broadway. Great website that brings back many memories. - Irv Trinkle. -
Graz, Great start to a website that I'm sure will be enjoyed by many. I wish my bandwidth underway was better so I could move around the site quicker. Bob Green John.Green@kitty-hawk.navy.mil Dukefanatic1959@yahoo.com
Graz, Great to have a central point of contact. Thanks for taking on the task. Greg King firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Graz, Hope all is going well for you and the family on the other side of the world. John Carter (FTSCPAC Bremerton)
Graz, Got the site from Mac....can see you are up to your old tricks of doing anything except what your paid for....hope all is well and I get the chance to get in the area soon...noticed from the recent picture, Tom has his best face forward as always... regards, Randy Blankenship
Great site, Graz. I am glad you have some of the old MOTU pictures on your site - they bring back memories. I look forward to getting back over there soon for a visit. Jack Thomas
HEY GRAZ, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU PUT TOGETHER A PRETTY NICE WEB SITE. IF ANYONE WANTS TO CONTACT ME, MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS: CHARLIE KNOWLTON, email@example.com. WE'LL BE CHECKING YOUR WEBSITE AS IT PROGRESSES ALONG. CHARLIE KNOWLTON
Graz, Upgraded my computer skills enough to check into your site. Mr. Mac
I like it, Jim! I will put a link on mine the next time I get in to update it. Ed Crean
Nice Job Jim, See you around the Goatlocker. Rick Skorupski ATC Retired '93 Now in South Dakota
Congrats Shipmate on your new site! Nice layout and graphics. May you and yours enjoy life and the fruits of your efforts...Warm regards, Steady Eddy [Commander Ed Bookhardt, USN, Retired]
Nice Site Graz. I spent almost two years in Yokosuka, 1958-1959, at METU-7. METU-7 was under Commander Task Force 73.1.5 Some of the people there at the time: LT J.G. English, ETC Sammy Walker, ET1 Coogle, ET1 Bradford, ET2 Foran. Civilians were Philco Tech Reps, Fred Bybee, Neil Humphries and Bobby Rhodes. I was and ETR3 and was a gopher to the Philco Reps. MOTU-7 was in the same big steel Bldg at SRF, but I don't remember the Bldg Number. The local yard birds built a giant oven inside the bldg to bake a giant rotor from a submarine there at the time (1959). DSCS Ray W. Stein USN Ret. firstname.lastname@example.org
Graz, Your site looks great, Keep up the good work! Jerry Rausch
I was stationed at METU/MOTU-7 from 60 to 63 and have quite a few memories. I remember quite a few names that don't seem to be on your list. ETC Paul Bublitz USN 1957 - 1969
Beautiful job, Graz. Got the site from Dale Paige when visiting in San Diego. Brian Oppelt
GREAT SITE GRAZ. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT REMEMBERS ME, GERE SPRAGUE BMC/RET. E=MAIL email@example.com
Terry Gallant (Tango Lima Golf) Looks great Graz are you going to be coming to the pacnw for Elk hunting this yr will be muzzle loading.
Graz, great site shipmate. Only an ETCM could put together a quality page like this. John Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Graz I think we served together at NCS Japan. I was there from 71-75. Frank Conroy and I then went to Diego Garcia. We still correspond and I saw him at Mayport about a year ago. He still has pics from our Bangkok R&R in 76. Blackmail material. Bill Petrie RMCS 2319/2304 (retired)
Nice site Jim. I just stumbled across it. Dave Callahan
Graz: You need a Haircut. Where did John and Kay go? Gunner
Hey Graz, just went through the guest book, there were a couple I now have email's for. I saw Bill Petrie a couple of times when I was living in Florida but I see he didn't include his email. Please forward if you have it. GMCS T. Prevatt (ret 92) email@example.com
Great web page for an ET. Just talked to Jack Thomas and he gave me the link. I miss the CPO club there in Yoko many great friends and good times. Bob Reynolds RMC(SW) retired.
Hey Graz, nice web site - Big Daddy
Hey Gras... Good to see your site, Sure do miss Yoko! Boy did we have fun! Cheers, Hippey
This will be the third time I have tried to log in on your guest book. Test and guess!
John L. Fodor
Ya old salty dog, not sure if you remember me, I served with you onboard the USS Elliot in the early 80's and met you first in ET school in San Diego. Ring any bells? Just happened to run across your web site and thought I would drop you a line and say hi. Nice web site by the way. Retired huh. Seems my military career only lasted 8 years. Drop me a line when you get a chance. PS - Congrats on your retirement.
Hey you old lifer dog. I served with you through'84 as an EW1. I was looking through some Navy websites and came across our old ship and then this site. Congratulations on your retirement-Now get a real job:>
NICE SITE WAY TO GO GRAZ YOU DONE GOOD
Great site Graz. Looking forward to seeing you and Ritsuko next month for the big wedding blowout. It will be good for our families to be together and I am looking forward to you guys meeting my family and our friends. See you in about a month. DD
Looking forward to seeing you and Ritsuko at the wedding shindig next month. Should be a great party with plenty to drink, eat and great music. Looking forward to our family and friends getting to meet each other. Great site by the way. Talk to you soon. DD
Hey Graz, just wanted to say thanks for all your efforts with Blue Ridge. You keep it communicating. Great site and thanks again for all your help. Jon Roush. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey dad, just thought I'd stop in and sign the G-book, guess I never signed here. Good site, looks like I passed on my web skills to you =0P Can't wait to see you and mom next month. twistedhope.servebeer.com
Steven Cleland ETCM Ret
Jim, What a great home page you have. I can see you have put a lot of time and work into it. It sure has brought back a lot of fond memories of Yokosuka. I was in Yoko from Jul 74 to Nov 81 on the Gurke, Francis Hammond, White Plains and at SRF. Also at MOTU-13 from Dec 85-Apr 90. Thanks for a great stroll down memory lane. I hope to go back to Yoko sometime for a visit. Thanks again for the great web site.
Robert Whapeles, CWO3, USN(Ret)
Jim, Your site was brought to my attention by Steve Cleland. We served together on the USS White Plain, and SRF Yoko. I also did a stunt on the USS Towers. Back then I was an ETCS(SW). Your site brought back many memories. I saw Jack Thomas in your pictures. He was my first Master Chief that took me under his wing. It is good to see he is still kicking. Hope you are doing well there. If there is anyone who would like to contact me feel free to email me. Fair Winds and Following Seas to All.
Ray Howe MMC Retired
Hi Graz, Nice site! Anyone who remembers me might drop an e-mail. Japan duty stations: CLG-5, CV-41, CFAY, LCC-19, LPD-8. Retired in Sasebo 1995, Now in NY with wife Kimiko and a beer drinking pug named Momo.
RMCM SW P.A. TILTON ret
Graz-great web site. Met you briefly when CDS 25 embarked Elliot in early 80s. Aloha Phil
Clayton C. Colyer
Graz. Please limit your trips to the Carolinas to once a year. It took me 4 days to recover from your last trip. Clay
John T. Shepherd
Hi Graz, Sorry I missed ya, you weren't too far from me. However; Tommy and Kayoko made it and spent Wednesday and Thursday nite with me and Setsuko. We had a great time, didn't do anything but shoot the shit in the garage while our brides caught up with all the Yoko happenings. Enjoyed it immensely. They left for Bama Friday morning and then on to Pensacola for Thanksgiving. What a life. NE?
Nice site Graz! I had a couple (maybe more) beers with Tommy, JD Mowl, and Tim Moon this weekend and he gave me your site. Sure miss the good ole days at the CPO Club. Looks like you guys are doing well. Say hello to Mac, Jim F., Jack Bove and the rest. Hope to make a visit to Yoko in the next two years. Dan
John Dill, CWO4 USN (Ret.)
Great site, Jim - I swear I know most of the guys pictured in it! I was at SRF Yoko 71-75 as an ET1, first in the crypto vault & then in A-46 as a Ship Sup. Knew all the MOTU 7 people. I was in ELLIOT 75-81 as ET1 & ETC, and was the last Plankowner to transfer off, July '81. Danielson, Rodenkirch & I were running mates. Again, good site - thanks.
George Mickus RMCM Ret
Just surfed in to Yokosuka then and now. You did a wonderful job getting all those photos. Viewing them brought back lots of very good memories. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John T. Shepherd
Heard from Tommy today, 12/19/2004. He is getting ready to hit Bourbon Street, then off to TX, AZ, Vegas, tour the Grand Canyon, come about 180, and head back towards P'cola/JAX, GA, WVA, and OH. On to Tokyo for Donnie's kid's launching. He is trying to get his web back up and running to post some pics of his cruise. Check it out from time to time.
Jim, You old fart. What's going on?? I'm going to punch out early 2006. I'll be looking for work. Drop me a line. Later The Bald Man
TO ALL WHO SEE THIS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM FELIX AND MYRNA, GOD BLESS
CW03 Bill Dufford USN Ret
Great site graz, I never saw it before. Great to see the pics of yourself, Jack Thomas, and Scotty Kneiss, I remember Boats Sprague, I think he was Rich's friend. Great pictures of Yoko and Sasebo; brings back many memories. Anybody out there ever gets in the Cincinnati area; stop and see me at Duff's Sports Bar & Cafe, we serve Japanese and American food. Probably the only Japanese Sports Bar for miles and miles!!!
SKCM(SW/AW) DANNY J. SCHNEIDER
Graz, Thanks for putting my pics on your EXCELLENT WEB site. It gets pretty hairy in Camp Al Taqaddum "TQ", IRAQ at times. Surviving and still alive and counting the days until I get out of here. Last day of 2004. Hopefully we will all have a great NEW YEAR for 2005. Take care always............
Living in DFW. Home phone 817-473-2141.
great page graz, need some elliot pictures. when are you coming to san diego again? would be great to see you. jerry
Have a drink for me.
Irv Trinkle, ETCS, USN Retired
Lots of water has passed under the hull since retirement but I consider one and all as shipmates. Feel free to contact me, especially if you are in the Southern California area. - Irv T -
Warren Willis CWO4, USN (Retired)
Frank Sedlacek referred me to your site. Great site! It brings back old memories of Japan - especially the photo of the old Alliance Club. The Sailor B.S. picture cracked me up! If that picture isn't the truth! Good luck in your retirement. I added your site to my Links page (oldbluejacket.com) - I hope you don't mind.
mark stout EW2
hey chief it's been a few days, don't know if you remember this old steamer. I'll never forget closing down a bar in Sasebo with you back in 83.
Nice site. I really enjoyed looking at the then and now pictures. It's amazing how things can change. That place looked completely different in the 60s. Now it just looks like any city. Thieves Ally looked like a place you wouldn't want to mess around. Now it's a city street.. It looks like it's gone a little more legit also. I bet you can still get anything you want from those massage places ;)
I just want to say hello. My son, Chris Milne, forwarded your address to me. I understand that you are a retired Master Chief ET and that you are his immediate civilian boss. Chris speaks highly of you. My thanks to you for all that you have done during your career in the Navy and all that you are doing now.
Graz, You really do have a nice site here, Shipmate. See ya' soon. Should be in for the next Sumo tourney. Sked to arrive the 12th of March. Rick
I was an EWC at MOTU 7 from May 1991 to June 1994.
Mike Sproull Winchester VA
Great page Graz. Nice to see. Wish we could have saved the Legacy. Now even the FTSCs are going away. Say hello to your better 7/8s for me. I'm now building future ships. LCS and DDX. Anyone coming to DC you have a bed. Possible trick or drink also. Mike
Great site,appreciate pics of Yokosuka then& now. I was homeported in yoko on USS DeHaven DD727 (1961- 1963).Good memories of Yokosuka. Thanks Eddie Throckmorton ex-MM3
William E. Remy
Jim, Thanks for the memories. Sorry to hear that even the FTSC's are gone. Great website. I'm "retired" in Cleveland, Ohio. I still get to travel the world as an engineer for Joslyn HiVoltage. Say Hey to the rest of the gang for me. Regards, Bill Remy
Wild Bill Cloonan
Your site is well done Graz. I have not had a chance to view all of it yet. Need to have a sober moment in order to do so buddy. Anxious to see new pix from Shooter's. See you later.
Wayne Yarroll ETCS (RET)
Frank steered me on to this site. Fine looking WEB site. Rember the days of F-27 and CFAY Operations Dept. I still think of Abe, Muramatsu and Seki periodicaly along with a host of others who worked on the base.
JOE M. MILAN
GREAT SITE GRAZ REALLY ENJOYED LOOKING THROUGH IN . KEEP UP THE WORK.
Graz, Came across your site when I happened to find Tommy's new site. It looks great. All is well in Hawaii and trust all is well with you. I'll be in Tokyo the week of 13 June for a conf. May come down your way on the 11th for a few pops. Take care, Craig
Dan Stiff, SMCM(SW/AW)USN, RET
Jim Hope all is well with you. I'm holding down the fort in Seabeck. Had Bob Green's brother in one of my classes last quarter at OC. Later Dan
Fine looking WEB site. I am working at NSWC Crane Indiana
Charles R. Fulkerson (MMCM MDV Ret)
Great web site
Hey, Jim. Stumbled across this place and thought I'd drop a line. How's everything?
Steve "FUOM" Morgan
Since I am the owner of Shooters Bar in Beautiful Downtown Sasebo I felt I should let everyone know that Miki is for sure the best all around bartender. But George is firmly in 2nd place. And then we have Umi & Miko--what more is there to say. Take care Graz-see you next time. More pictures coming soon. Steve
good website graz,
CTRC(ret) Bill Stevens
Hey Jim, Saw Dale Paige on one of our DGSITs and he gave me you web site. I was stationed on FIFE with Seth and Beloy. Tried to keep both of them out of trouble but that turned into a full time job, especially in Pattaya. Take care..Bill
Rusty Franklin, CTOCRET USS Independence (CV62) '93-'95
Graz, Got your web site from Bill Stevens. Trying to get hold of Kirk McKnight ETCMRET, also John & Kay Desormeaux. Please pass on to Mac, Toomey and the rest I said my best. Your site sure brings back some memories, all good. All the best! Rusty
Looking for E-address for John Easy (FTC-Retired) Believe he's in Subic. Info requested by George Shaefer, FTC-Retired, former OKie City shipmate. George is at: email@example.com Tnx Jim
Randy C. Andrew
Served in MOTU-5 in San Diego towards the end when we merged into FTSCPAC. Still with the Combat Systems Alignment/Magazine Sprinkler Inspector side at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) here in SD. Nice web page!
Graz, I really appreciate the work that you have put into preserving Yoko, MOTU and FTSCPAC history--loved the fact that you got it right that FTSCPAC was absorbed. Got your link from Tim Grahmn and spent half the day looking through it.
Nina Wash (Kewish)
Love the Site certainly makes me homesick for the place I spent 9 years!!!!! I was the waitress in the cove bar at the CPO Club from 1993 to 1999. Was Married to Chief Jerry Kewish (FTG/ATG (with Gary Beckwith), ATSG) Miss you guys! Nina
YN1 MIKE GALINDO, USN, P.D.R.L.
YO, Senior Chief: How's it goin? Discovered your website while surfin. Take care young man, "The YN1" Michael T. Galindo San Diego, California
Douglas P. deSilvey
Great Web Page. I was a 1200 LB steam plant sailor, (MM) assigned on to the USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 at Charles Naval Station in 1966. Now Civil Service at SupShip Pascagoula, writing Repair Spec. for CG47 Class Cruisers. Keep up the good info. Doug
Hello guys, I am going to retire to PI on 8 October of this year. I will be living in ST Ana. just North of Tarlac. more to follow when I get there. felix...
OSCS (SW/AW) TIMOTHY DIXON
Graz, This WEB site is excellent, thanks for sharing....
BOBBIE BUDEAU RMCS(SS) RET USN
was stationed at ncs yoko 63-65 (totsuka) transmitter site. 70-75 comsubflot seven married japanese lady in 72. love japan. sorry i wasn't able to retire there.
B.K. McKlusky IV
Just found you page. It brought make memories for both me and my father. I come from four generations who have served this country and defended it. Although I never had the chance to go in harms way. My father tells me that is one chance that is not worth the take. Please keep of the fantastic work.
William M. Greed Jr.(RMC,USN,ret)
served at kami seya..(1961-1963) served at NavCommStaJapn..(1967-1970)
John I. Parichuk
Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your website. I spent a little over 10 years in Japan (1970-1981).
DSCM(SW) Rick Ward
Hey, Jim; Can I be an associate member or something. It seems like I spent enough time with you guys to have been one of you. BTW, got an email for George Quinata? I seem to have lost touch with him (for several years now). I haven't been in touch since '97 or '98 at least. Good luck to all of you. Rick
Just wanted to say hello. My son wanted me to see some pics that he took and that you posted on your site. I am visiting here on the base for a couple of weeks. My best to you.
Nancy O'Bryhim RMC/Ret USN
This was so great looking back at so many memories. I was station at NCSJ from 73-75 and in Fleet center than as first female in Tech Control. So many great memories of my shipmates, the country, ppl, parties, liberty call LOL yeah I'm sure there are a few that still remember OB at least the Skipper ROFL.........
Stephen L. Heald
Hey Graz, Great site!!! YAALL come visit us sometime. Thailand is fine. What a retirement!!!!! Stay Safe. As Always Boats (Steve) Heald Nong Mak, Thailand.
CWO Spears. I was wondering if that is the same Spears that was an instructor at Skaggs Island Ca around 1983. Can you help me?
Terry D. Burnes
Wonderful site. Please visit my site for the Navy Ship and crew of the USS Cavalier APA 37 located at http://usscavalierpa37.homestead.com Thanks. I will add a link to your site from mine. Great work. Terry
Hey Graz, Hope all is going well for you over there. Hope to see you at elk Camp Timbucktwo next year!!!
Retired E8 with two tours in Yokosuka: 1955-57, and 1970-74. You have a wonderful site, and it's easy to see that you've put a lot of work into it. My family and I are having a great time exploring and reminiscing. Our son, Lance was born at Yokosuka NavHosp in 1956, worked at Club Alliance in the 70s, and retired from the Navy in 1995. I'm starting to feel 'old'. We're all having fun with your web site. Many thanks.
MOTU-1 graduate/retread. Was the Univac/Unisys rep from 1980 to 1994. Spent much time at MOTU-7. Looking for any old MOTU-1 folks. Nice to see that someone has a sense of tradition. I wish all of the x-MOTU folks FAIR WINDS and FOLLOWING SEAS.
Hi Jim, Your Dad just gave me the address for this site. Just checking it out, looks like you have a lot of good stuff.
Ken E Pintar, CWO3, USN, ret.
Got your website yesterday from the Brog in Sasebo. Fully retired now here in Orlando, Fl. Stationed in Yokosuka from '76-'82 at SPHQ, FTG and CV41. Additionally, sailed on the Mispillion TAO-105 out of Subic '75-'76. Good to see some familiar China Coaster faces.
Thank you so much for featuring my music page, VI Corps Music, on your great site. I am very honored. Please note that as of today, I have upgraded the site with a WWII Jukebox that plays just like a radio. I've also added more songs bringing the total to approximately 100 great tunes. I hope you will continue to enjoy my page. God bless all our vets. Marion Chard Proud daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek 540th Combat Engineer WWII http://www.6thcorpsmusic.us
A terrific site!!! Lucked out and found this site in a browser search for maps of Yokosuka and Sasebo Japan... LOL Jim.... I noted a picture made in "Shooter's Bar" in Sasebo and noticed a long ago familiar face... from 1967. If you can verify this for me, I believe that the lady pictured in the shot named Sachi is one and the same as "Sachiko".... an "old flame" of many years past in Sasebo! If you have any connections to the people listed in the photos from Shooters.... please email me! Great Site... keep up the good work! Jim Baird
Finally, After being in the Navy and working for the navy I am retired. Grass grows and can be detected once you get the hang of it. Yokosuka has been my second home since my first trip there on the USS Coontz (DLG 9) in December 1962. I will always come back health permitting.
Michael R. Erickson
I was on the OK City from 1970-1972 and 1976-1979. I now live in Vancouver, WA and the weather is the same, but the people are very different. I miss Yokosuka and the honch, but I am probably too old for that now. Hope all is well.
What a fantastic website! I'm in awe of the Yokosuka Then and Now! I was there in 1956, 57 & 58, so the photos mean a lot to me. And I especially enjoyed reading the article from Our Navy on "Yokosuka City of Sin." I came across a reference to the article a while back but was unable to locate it. So thank you for making it available. I served aboard the USS Spangler DE-696 and the USS Prairie AD-15. I would love to get the web pages for both ship's added to your Ships Homeported in Yokosuka links page. For some reason I'm unable to get your email links to work. Please contact me!
John D Huckabee
A great web sight. It brought back a lot of memories.I was homeported in Yokosuka in the 60's and 70's.loved it.
Thanks for all the great memories - particularly of Yokosuka. What a kick to see some of the old bar signs. I served aboard the USS Hancock from 1964-66 and had many enjoyable times in this town.
Fred Buckley III
Great site. Smiled a lot while looking at the pictures and remembering the guys and the good times. Using this opportunity to write for the first time .... Fred Buckley III LCDR, USN(ret)
Fantastic site USS Oklahoma City CLG-5 Yoko 1960-1961
John M. Andresen
I liked the entry for Jim Cottingham.
GEORGE AMACKER (RETIRED ETCM)
I HAVE BEEN RETIRED SINCE 85 AFTER PUTTING IN OVER THIRTY FIVE YEARS. I REMEMBER SEEING THE OLE OKLAHOMA CITY IN OAKLAND CALIFORNIA IN EITHER 60 OR 61 FOR THE FIRST TIME GETTING NEWLY EQUIPPED. ALWAYS WANTED TO SAIL ON THAT OLE GAL. HOPE THIS NOTE FINDS YOU AND YOUR IN THE BEST OF HEALTH AND SPIRITS SHIPMATE, AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS. MY SELF AND WIFE ARE REAL JAPANESE FANS. ALMOST EVERY THING IN OUR HOME IS JAPANESE. WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL CULTURE. YOUR SHIPMATE, GEORGE
Ed Collins ETCS ret. USS Saratoga, et al.
Great site. I enjoyed reading about the crypto equipments as I was an ETN2 crypto tech myself.
Great sites, lots of hard work, looks grand, makes me jealous of your ability. Will change e address next week or so, will change and let your web know. Joe McGrievy, PNP SubVetsWW II, USN from August 1936 to October 1966, Made 11 patrols during the big one, in the best boats in the world. U.S Submarines. Joe
I stumbled across your site while surfing. Very cool. Brings back some memories. I'm a former ET off the USS Midway, 82-85.
Looks like Mac is the only attendee!! Or was it his camera at the 05 Christmas party? Just pulin yer chain, Mac & All
Caught your web site link from the USS Hancock CVA-19 web page. I don't know the last time I laughed this much as when viewing your Thematic Junk section. This is a very entertaining site and I congratulate you on a job well done. I noticed some guest book entries referring to the USS Oklahoma City. I believe she was our flag ship on Yankee Station, China Sea in 1972. We kicked some big time ass during that campaign. I also believe the Oklahoma City was hit by cannon fire in the bridge from two MIGS on their way out to get us on the Hancock. I believe the destroyer Sterrett(?) got off two surface to air missiles and got them both. Not sure though. I was huddled down in my engine room during that GQ. Maybe someone could enlighten me as to the actual chain of events? Good talking to you.
ABHAN SUTHERLAND, AARON, C. USN
JUST WANTED TO COMMEND YOU ON YOUR WEB SITE. MADE ME LAUGH MY ASS OFF. TRY TO FIND MORE OF THE FRUITCAKE LADY IF YOU COULD. SMOOTH SAILING... ABHAN SUTHERLAND
Jim Hampton BTCM-USN-RET
I post as Coach on the Goatlocker. I enjoy your Japan history stuff as an old Yoko warrior. Sorry to hear about Lee Brogden. He was an old friend.
Interesting site. Lot's of memories from a very fun time in my life. I lived in Yoko from 73-79. Yo-Hi class of 79'. Saddened me to see some names of lost shipmates (and old friends) Jerry Kahn, Dave Kerlin, Blackie Haynes, Went to school with and still keep in touch with their kids. Still see some of the old guys from Yoko (Bob Carlson, Jake Mahlik, Bill Redd). Thanks
USS Hancock CVA19---AB3---V-2 arresting gear 1958-1960. wonderful site. Great liberty
Graz, hey what a sight and I could spend days going through it, thank you for time for putting this together. Tell all Hi for me at the club! Andy
Great site. Brings back a lot of memories of my homesteading days in Nippon. FleetActs Sasebo 1964 - 1967. Vernon County LST-1161 1969-1973, Oklahoma City CLG-5 1973-1978
Jim, It is always fun to surf your site and see what is happening back in Yoko. Talked to JD the other day, he is prep'ing for retirement. Give my best to all the guys back there. I wish all the great Sailors of the FDNF all the best. Tim
A.C. SCHAEFER, LCDR, USN (RET)
Stationed in Yokosuka City by the Sea from Nov 57 thru Dec 60 at the HEDSUPPACT Receiving Barracks located on Briggs Bay and later behind the Benny Decker theater. The staff was berthed on a WWII LST (forget the hull number). Advanced from SA to PN2 during my stay and had a hell of a good time there. Your website is great; it must have taken a lot of research and work. Arigato gozaimashita.
Hi Graz, Hope your family and yourself of course are doing well and in good health. It's raining here in the Northwest.
Noticed in 22 Mar photo post that Mac spilled a little pea soup. (former CLG5 & LCC19 shipmate)
I was stationed at USMC Barracks Yokosuka from 1970/71. Would love to see any photos of the barracks from that time and beyond. Great web site thank you. Was in Viet Nam 1968/69 B 1/1 combat 0311.
Heidi Shields (hydrolycous)
I think this sight is great it gives me something to do at work and its fun you make my day thanks.
Hi Graz, I just stumbled upon your website while I was typing "Yokosuka Japan" in the search engine. I must admit your website brought a lot of great memories while serving duty in the Navy with COMSEVENTHFLT embarked on USS blue Ridge LCC 19 Yokosuka Japan. I have fond memories of "Club Alliance" and other memories as well of Japan. Gosh I would give anything to go back in time. Although I'm not of the "Old School" Navy but I was there from 1987-1991 and than served in San Diego, HS-8, COMDESRON 7 and HSL-41. Thank you so much for you sharing your experiences and bringing wonderful memories back to life. Sincerely, Jim (Orange, California)
Hello GRAZ and Fred. Fair Winds and Following Seas. JD
Jerry Travis SM1(SW)(RET)
Hi Jim, I accidentally stumbled across your great website. It looks great, and, brings back memories when I was there at CFAY back in 87. I seen you a few times through Herb Maier BMCS SW when I was there. Take care Jerry
Herbert G. Roach, ETCS, Ret.
Served in MOTU-7 from Mid 1963 to Mid 1966. Remember Jack Bailey. He taught me how to shoot skeet. We formed a skeet club and shot all over the western Pacific. Lived on base above what used to be the Pistol Range. Some names I didn't see: Jerry Barden, RCA Rep., Skip Lanter, ETCM, Jack Beauchamp, ET1, ET1 named Ski, The gunners were in another bldg near the CPO Club. I will be in Yokosuka for a couple of days about June 18,19 or 20. Plan to take a lot of pictures, I sure didn't the first time around.
Elliot DD 967 from 1982-1986.........looking for snipes who where on board Elliot from 82-86. miss the old girl, and my shipmates, so feel free to email me and let's catch up.
Timothy A. Pitts, ETCS (SW/AW)
Don Czarnecki (Ski)
Great Web Site! I found it while searching for NAVCOMSTA Yokosuka as I served there in 1967/1968. Half of my Radioman Class "A" class were assigned there. Many great memories and always hoped to return for a visit. Still haven't ruled it out but the years are flying by.
ETCM(SS) retired Jim Kinsey passed your website to me. We were talking over a few beers after a meeting in Corona CA and found out we know a lot of the same people. I was stationed with Tom Mills at CRF Subic when he was an E6, was there when he made chief and when he was commissioned. My wife Delly and his wife Yoko were good friends. Both Felix Ballard and I worked for Dyncorp. I was in the PI last May and meant to look him up, but got trapped in Subic. I also knew a lot of the MOTU 13 people from 77 through 80. Plan on moving to PI for my real retirement. Keep up the great work and say hi to Tom and Yoko for me. Bill
One quick addition to my last comment. I am the ETCM(SS) retired, not Jim Kinsey. Sorry for any confusion, but nothing a San Miguel will not fix. Bill
Eugene 'Gene' Assante
Hi Chief! Bob Whapeles and I work together, and he shared your site with me. I did one tour in the Navy, (YN2), and I remember it and my shipmates fondly. My wife says I should have stayed in and done at least 20. Your site is a credit to all who have served our country in peace and war. I was overwhelmed reviewing it! Thank you for your service! Gene
Gary (Sam) Smith, RMCM (SW), Ret
Graz, Great www site and photos. My regards and best wishes to all back in Yokosuka. Gary NCSJ 70-74 - COMFAIRWESTPAC 77-80 - USS White Plains 81-84 - NCSJ 84-87 - NCTSFE 92-95 - USS Independence 95-97
John K. Lowe Jr. HMCM, USN, RET
Enjoyed the trip down memory lane. I was stationed at the Naval Hospital Yokosuka in 1956, 1957. To say it was an enjoyable experience would be an understatement. I enjoyed every moment of my time in Yokosuka. Later was on a ship in and out of Yokohama (1957-1959. Liberty was about the same, much later (1969-1972) was in and out of Sasebo. Lots of cultural changes by then. John
Anyone out there have any idea where /or/ if copies of "Baby-San" paperback series may be located? Like most other things we all enjoyed in the 50/60's, we failed to keep them.
Speaking of old books (previous email) how about the old Burns Bannion books, Kill me in Yokosuka, Kill me in Shimbashi, etc.?
Yes Jack, I do recall those books too.
Old books (Previous posts) Jack, Amazon has a used "Kill me in Yokosuka" for $100.00.
Gregg W. Allan
Good info Graz
I was their in 1960 & 1963
I have been a lurker for awhile and wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your website and think you have done a great job! The reason I come here is to see my grandfather, Jack Bove, when I am missing him (the photos are great!!). I appreciate all you have posted about him and enjoy the other areas of this site. If anyone would care to email anything regarding Jack or my father, Andrew (Andy) Schneller, U.S.S. Independence; I would love to put your comments, etc. in my scrapbook. All the best from Brookville, Indiana, USA!! :)
I enjoyed the Windjammer/CPO club pix, managed to remember the 60's menu. At 1300 every table in the stag bar was littered with cheese sandwiches.
Can't begin to tell you how absolutely exciting it was to discover your site. You brought me back 44 years--and I felt young and adventurous again. My history in Yokosuka is quite extensive. but what I find absolutely mind boggling that you were able to find these photos and compare them to current look. I never had the presence of mind to take a photo of anything. I kicked myself a many a day for not doing so. Now I can stop. You have provided relief with these Honcho pictures and those of Sasebo. One photo you posted was up in The Hole as it was called by the Air Force in the 50s, and where this Crown Bar is located was once a tunnel all the way up to Tachikawa that the Japanese used for transporting supplies. The photo next to it is the same updated. I clearly remember that mountain that the Crown Bar is built into. I rolled down it in the winter of 1962. I truly appreciate that photo of the old EM Club. I have a special connection with it. In 1971 I put on a big stage at the Theater there. One of the kids in my stage show was a soon to be "Luke Skywalker." One thing I'm not familiar with and that is Sub Alley. I don't remember the Honcho being called Sub Alley??? Anyway, thanks a million for putting up this site. I owe you a beer when I get back.
Graz: I was stationed at Yokosuka 1969-1971 and took quite a few color and B&W photos of the base, Honcho, and surrounding area. If you are interested, I can scan them and send them to you on a disk. Email me with your mailing address.
Jim, I work with Gary Beckwith at FISC Yokosuka and he turned me on to your site. It's very nice. I have to admit however, a lot of emotion was drug up seeing the picture of Ed and Judy Krueger. They were both friends and Ed kept myself and many of my shipmates (all who are still in Japan) very wide-eyed with his stories of Yokosuka in the 70s. Although saddened, I'm also happy to see his picture and to pass along this message. Thank you for this site and for including a great sea-daddy like Ed. Very Respectfully, Tim Shannon
Bob & Jenny McClellan, HMCS (SW, DV) USN (RET)
Great site. Was hoping I would see a name I remembered. Sadly, did not. I loved the pics! brought back so many memories. Was at the NavHosp, Oct. 70, Nov. 73. Anyone remember the name, please drop me an e-mail.
Great site, brings back lots of good memories from my time in the Royal Australian Navy 1966-1986 & the times that I had the pleasure of working with the USN, Peter Cucilovic A happily retired Aussie Chief
I was a Hospital Corpsman at the Naval Hospital in Yokosuka from 1967 through 1969. It was the time of my life. Your photos of Yokosuka back then brought back some terrific memories. Thanks for your efforts.
Graz, Ran across your website today while I was sending out the news that the company I started here in Charleston, SC last year, Innovative Multimedia Services (IMS) and our teaming partners, have just been awarded a 24.1 Million Dollar Contract to support SPAWAR System Center Charleston Code 71 over the next 5-years. That's what I've been doing for the past couple of years, trying to make it on my own...any Finally! IMS is a Multimedia Company specializing in IETM, CBT, ICW, EPSS, Design and Development, and Legacy Document Migration IAW the Navy's XML Initiative. (I authored the XML DTD for based on MIL-STD-38784 in 2004). So if you could use our services, please contact us at http://www.innovativemultimediaservices.com or SEPORT-e DOD contractors. I hope this email finds you all well and prepared for the Holidays. Have a bowl of Ramen and a few glasses of HOT SAKE for me. I really do miss Japan. P.S. Marcy is doing just fine too. Cheers
BZ on your site. I found it while surfing for old photos; what a treasure trove it is! I was stationed in Yokosuka from 81-86 and did my twilight tour from 91-95. We lived in Nagai-cho by the beach (and a block down the road from Gary Beckwith) from 81-86 and in Zushi (Ikego before Navy housing got there) on my last tour. It's funny how life comes full circle. My daughter and son-in-law (USS McCain) are living on the economy in Zushi in the same neighborhood where we lived from 91-95. We're planning a big trip back for Christmas in 2007 and I look forward to seeing all the stuff that's not there any longer. I still have dreams of being an ex-pat!
Bill Horton, ITC (SW), RET.
Excellent website, keep Rusty F. goin over there!
Hey Graz, I'm in Del Rio, TX and introduced your site to a bunch of pilots and illegals. They love it!
John Ross RMCS RET USCG
INTERESTING SITE. GOOD JOB
Thanks, as a WWII veteran I believe your web site is one of the best.
Hi Jim. I just ran into a guy that just left Yokosuka and was working for you there in Japan. Kind of odd being in southwest Texas border town and have a sailor come into this store that knows you also. Not sure if you remember me from the Parsons. I was on of those EW guys that were on the other side of the compartment lol. But I do wish all is going great for you. OH you have a good website also.. Take care James
Ex-sub sailor, both pigboats and nuke. Do they still have QM2(ss)'s anymore? Very fine site, enjoyed it.
Frank D. Trutton, PRCS USN (Ret.)
Job well done.
Great web site. Keep it up. I wish I was back in Japan.
As I have lots of friends serving the US Military based on Japan Area, I want to know much better of them through this site.
i just want to say THANK YOU ..to you and all the soldiers who fight to keep America free....my dad was a first sgt in the army and served in Vietnam. and he is my hero....
great web site!!!!!! RMC USN Ret
Mgysgt Rick Dougherty (USMC RET.)
I like your web page
Graz, came across this site on a whim. I was a Tugmaster fm 1987 t0 90 . Put the hat on in Yoko and miss it still. Thanks BMCS (SW) Ret
Jack D. Walker
In November 1953 I shipped out of Yokosuka on the Cape Esperance, a CVE going home after the Korean War with a boat load of Army troops . I was in the first group of draftees for the Korean War, spending 3 years, 2 months and 6 days in the US Infantry . I do not know how your web site popped up on my computer. Glad to see that you are a proud Navy veteran. I served with the Korean Military Advisory Group in Korea that worked with the South Korean troops. Will be having a reunion in Omaha in May. Here in the Nashville area we have a local chapter of the national organization Korean War Veterans Association, about 17,000 members. Do you belong? I work with the Nashville Korean Association when they have event s to honor veterans . You must have been stationed in Japan . What type of ship were you on? When were you there ? What is your E-mail address? Best, Jack
Robert Allen Maddox
Enjoyed photos of Jack Bove's 86th b-day was stationed with him at SP Yokosuka from 68 to 70, I was a hospital corpsman with SP---is he still kicking--and where is he??
This site is without a doubt the best ever for those of us who traveled these waters in the 60s. I just love the way the photos of bars are arranged side by side, emphasizing the Past and the Present. It's especially meaningful to me because Yokosuka is the first Port over my overseas travel in 1962, so I have a special fond loving memory of the Honcho and the Hole and the base sites. But I'm sure I'm the only fool who "never" took any photos of all the places I traveled overseas. Thanks God you guys did. It's been oh, so difficult trying to explain what a Honcho Alley is. More, what a beautiful place is Japan and it's people. If I ever make it back, I plan to become a Japanese Citizen. And when I get back, I make certain to come shake you guys hand personally for bringing back and helping me preserve treasured memories of the best time of my life. Until then, Fair Winds & Following Seas Domo Arigato gozaimasu!
Mike (McLain) Toungette
Love this site and loved Japan. I was lucky enough have been there for two years.
Enjoyed your Yokosuka, Japan web pages. I was aboard CVA-41 from '74 to '76. I recall the great tasting soba and other foods on the ginza as well as the frequent trips away from Yokosuka. Nice job.
Bill Caffrey CWO4 RET
Was stationed with Chet Myrick, Larry Hosterman, Fat Jack Woolsey and your name is familiar. Do you know the email address of the other former shipmates.
Edwin Lea McGehee
Fantastic site Gras, I was stationed in the Navy in Tokyo in 1952 and moved to Yokosuka until 1956. What memories your site has brought back. Thanks
Great site mate and keep up the great work. Could put this link on your site please.. ARMY AIRBORNE ASSAULT (MACVSOG) http://www.geocities.com/veteransadvocate Cheers Paul
I wanted to say I like your Heroes web site but I have noticed a few broken links and was hoping you could look into that as it is a wonderful website that pays tribute to all American Soldiers. Whooo Ahhhh on a job well done!!!! SPC Richard Vreeland Washington Army National Guard
Kelly J. McManus
The photos you got posted of Yokosuka Japan are my favorite. I was on the Midway CV-41 for five years from August 1986 until July 1991. Perhaps different years in time, yet the nostalgic feeling remains the same.
Robert V Cawthon
What a wonderful site !!! Every liberal panzy in Washington should be made to view and listen to this Site and maybe ---just maybe they recognize what America once was---and how far it has deteriorated because of them. Please keep this site going---GOD BLESS AMERICA
Great stuff very impressed with some that hit home. I was stationed in Yokosuka 50-53 Hecp. Also boot camp 12-50.
I was the ICC assigned to MOTU-7 from March 89 to May 93. I retired at MOTU-12 Mayport, Fl in Oct 94. I currently live in Ft Lauderdale, Fl with my wife of 11 years.
Jim, Where do I start...???? I miss the Elliot like I miss an old girlfriend. She's gone, and I don't quite know how to act. I am torn between being a callous prick and a real person. the callous prick in me says fine--I'm glad she's at the bottom; the real person in me says "oh, my, god, She's gone". The Elliot was something special to me. It was where I became a man. I learned a lot about myself, and about how to trust the people around me. I miss her. The Navy, the Elliot, the companionship, the life that she gave me, and most importantly, the friends that I made. I will never forget any of you. From our "KALE 007 trip" to our "ride on the syncrotilift" you are my shipmates past and present. You are my soulmates like it or not. For those of you who may read this with no true understanding of real connection, I feel sorry. Like it or not, old timer bullshit aside, it never used to be that way. We hated and loved each other, flatcock or snipe alike. We were one. We were the Elliott. Graz, I miss you. Ozzy, I miss you. Andy, I miss you. Buck, I miss you. Waggie, I miss you. Mark, I miss you. To everyone I served with on Elliott, I miss you, too. Fair winds and following seas to you all. I look forward to hearing from all of you, and I hope you have the time. Your Shipmate, Ski
Really enjoyed your site. Thanks for sharing.
Jim, Good job. Retired 1994 in Pensacola Fl. Ron
I would like to say thanks to all our service personnel overseas....
Kim Stone, FCCS Ret.
Good Day Jim, Well I was surprised to see this page. Nice to see all of the team. All is well here in Washington State. Give us a call or e-mail if you are ever in the area. I am working at the Naval Hospital Bremerton, IT Dept. Later, Kim and Kimberly, and now my wife Lani and Matt. /Kim
GEORGE R. FEARS
STATIONED AT NAVY FINANCE OFFICE YOKOSUKA 6/69-6/72 HAVE
MANY FOND MEMORIES OF THE CPO CLUB.
OS2 Creighton Nelson
Hello, Nice site. I Stumbled across it while i was looking to see if Ike was still alive. I miss stopping their after work and just hanging out. If any of you were able to meet him feel lucky. I do not know how many times we picked him up and laid him down in his booths next to his 2 broken juke boxes because he had too much black nikka and coke and closed the doors for him. I will always remember one thing about him. I would let him sit at the bar and serve him drinks all night and every time he would say "Black nikka and a little coke, coke too damn expensive". What a legend he is. If any of you have any stories about him please post them or you can email me. Thanks again for this website you made my night. One other thing he would say when he would want to pick up women. He was never the smoothest though. "I'm looking for nice young lady on god damn street"
Just wanted to update my email address. Still looking for any x-MOTU-1 folks.
I was stationed in Yokosuka, on the USS Independence back in the 90's. I found your site by Google Search on "Honch". I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of Yokosuka over the years. It's a shame so much of the neon has gone away... Thanks again for the hard work putting this site together.
Love your site--Just got off the phone with Tommy Schrader. He had open heart surgery a couple weeks ago but is now doing fine. He said to tell everyone, he will see them in Singapore.
A retired navy buddy emailed your site to me. He got it from a mutual friend who is a retired ETCM living in Subic. What a shock it was to see the name GRAZ on the site, I instantly knew who this was. I still remember the time I made chief on the ELLIOT and started hanging out at "PETE'S Cocktails" after work with the CPO mess led there by Graz. Spend many an evening there. I still remember the time the ship was being moved to Southwest Marine shipyard early in the morning and me and Graz spent the morning in "Port-of-Call" bar eating biscuits and gravy with beer. After I left the ship I taught at the gun school at FTC, just a stones throw away from Pete's. I was a loyal customer. After gun school I transferred to the CUSHING and in a true tin can sailor tradition I led the Cushing CPO mess to Pete's Cocktails. Finally retired in '92' as a GMC and now work as foreman at Ft Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. Your site brings back memories. Thanks
Old shipmate, great to see someone from the past!
Great web site . Loved looking at the old photos of Yokosuka and the LST sections . Brought back a flood of memories of my time in the USN. Keep up the good work on the web sites.
STGCS(SW/IUSS) Michael Rose
Looking at the 1991 crew of MOTU 7 I recognized a good friend and supervisor. STGC James McCoy currently retired and is the Senior Sonar Rep at Code 210 @ Pearl Harbor NSY&IMF. Great site brought back alot of good times in Yoko!
LT (LDO Retired) Richard D Flores
Jim i met you several times as Pat Wiltgen's guest at the CPO club.....i retired in 1998 and have since lost touch with Pat.....can you bring me up to date????...maybe an email address to him.....its been a million years....looking at the pics sure brought back some fond memories.....hope to hear from you....Rich Flores. I live in Albuquerque NM now, work at Los Alamos national lab, Safety Engineer.
I was on the Oklahoma city from 1971 to 1975 FTGC Streeter I thought moved from the Oklahoma City to MOTU7 about 1974. Anyone know anything about him. Also John Getz, Bob Reynolds FTG3 in the 1970's Paul Nakiama FTG1 in the 70's.
YNCS Edward T. Stamer, USN, (Ret)
First time viewer, enjoyed the site.
Thanks for a most interesting web site. I am a retired YNCS having spent 17 years in Japan with the USS WESTCHESTER CTY (LST 1167), US Forces, Japan, COMNAVFORJAPAN, NISOJ and the last 7 years at SRF Yokosuka. I knew Jack Bove. He may not remember me but tell him I said hi. Also, you may know a Mr. Gene Compton, retired DK1, who was the Manager of not only the POC, EMC but also the O'Club. He lives in Hawaii and I will forward this link to him for his info. Thanks.
George Borrelli, ISCS, USN Ret.
After 2 tours in Yokosuka (65-68 and 70-73) with, COMFLEACT, NAVFORJAPAN, NISOJ, your site brings back a flood of memories. Worked at the old Club Alliance, and spent more than my fair share of hours out in "The Alley". Was initiated at the old CPO Club (1970) and sad to hear that it was destroyed by fire. It was a "holy" place. Big Bravo Zulu for all of your work.....Gambate.
Betty and Jun Pablo (SKCS Retired Aug 93-CPO Club)
Betty and I enjoyed your website big time. Sure brought back a lot of fun memories with original homesteaders. Of course, Betty remembers (by name) all her drinking buddies and she was really ecstatic viewing all the pictures. By the way, it is the best personal website I have ever seen. You must be retired-retired to have this much time. Betty is just sitting right next to me and keep on bugging me to ask about her best bud "Junior". She is worried because she had been calling him for quite sometime and no answer on that end. They usually call each other at least every month or when Junior is wasted coming home. Will surely give my okusan a peace of mind If you can provide an update on his well-being/. All is well. Our oldest Tina is 32 and have a boy (2) and a girl (1) and living in Oregon. Yes, we are grandparents like most of you guys. Our youngest Julie is 29, single, but engage and still live with us in Hawaii. We are both (Julie) Federal employees at the Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe. I am in Safety Department (14 yrs) and she is an IT (2yrs/GS-9). She got out of the Air Force after 8 years to help us deal with my battle lung cancer. Doc gave me 1-3 year and I am passed 4 months already from the high 3. Everyday is a blessing and take each day as special. Still working just like 40 years ago and hoping to get a piece of my social security check. If not, oh well, shit happens and don't intend to gripe a bit because at 60, I sure have some good fun. This is all for now and hoping we can further communicate somehow, sometime. Will send pix when all in place. Take good care, say hi to all, and God Bless. Jun and Betty Pablo
GEORGE R. FEARS DKCS USN (RET)
STATIONED AT NAVY FINANCE OFFICE YOKOSUKA AND TEMADD AT DISBURSING OFFICE ATSUGI FROM JUNE 69 TO JUNE 72. MANY MANY HAPPY TIMES AT THE CPO CLUB. LIVED IN YOKOHAMA FOR AWHILE AND THEN TO THE QUONSET HUTS AT YOKOSUKA.
Stumbled onto this while looking for an old shipmate (Doug Buer, former FC1) who was last working in Yoko. Saw that Bill Kaulen, my former DIVO on Midway 84-87 is still in Yoko. Will have to look him up. Thanks for putting this online. (recognize several others from my time on USS Midway and then later on USS Guardian. All you MOTU 7 guys were a great help back in the day. ET1(SW) Ret, currently working for CACI Systems, DVS VE/SME at Theater Netops Center, Bahrain.
Great Web Page. Was stationed at NCSJ 76 - 79. Miss playing ball for the Seahawks and Grayhawks. Remember a lot of old friends from those days, Jerry Kahn, Scottie Kniess, Jack Thomas, Kenny Wilson, Hap, Bill Red, Braz and many others. Our old coach Kent Baur is now Def Coach at Washington Huskies. Keep up the good work. Have many pictures from those day. Tony Herman, RMCM, USN (Ret)
I 'stumbled' on your site today and it really took me back to my first WESTPAC in 1957 as a worldly 17 year old on the USS Henrico (APA-45). I 'kinda' remember the 'lectures' we got while enroute. Some of the more memorable remarks were that the cab drivers were washed out "Kamikaze Pilots" that wanted a new career and the Japanese practiced the old custom of if you commit a robbery etc you would lose a hand. By the time I got home ported in Yokosuka in 1960 (USS Terrell County (LST-1157) I was a salty, worldly chap of 21 (or close to it) with a few 'WESTPACS' under my belt. The Navy was good to us youngsters, by the time I was 21 I had visited more World Cities than the average civilian would see in a lifetime...Did two years on the "Gator" runs between Japan/Okinawa and the Philippines with an occasional trip into Hong Kong, a memorable trip to Bangkok in 1961 (my 2nd) but was always anxious to get 'home' to Yokosuka. The pictures from 2004 were a 'shock' when compared to the pictures from the late 50's.. Thanks for a great site. If you don't mind, I will link your site to our web page (lst1157.com)..the Terrell County stayed in Westpac until 1970 when she went back to the 'bone yard' in Bremerton Wash where she remained until 1977 when the Greek Navy purchased her....she retired from the Hellenic Navy in 2003, after 50 years of service. George R. O'Connell RM2/P1 USN 1956-64
Mark P. Phillips
Mr. Jim Graslie and MOTU Seven, Sirs, Ma'am, I just wanted to tell you that your website is totally amazing, Honorable, and a Blessing to come to and view. Thank you.. for all that didn't come home.. for all that did.. and for all that Serve! Mark P. Phillips ex U.S.N., E-4, MMS, USS AMERICA, CVA-66
THANK YOU AND HOLYDAY WISHES FROM NORWAY
Jim, Thank you for creating the website. I enjoyed looking through all of the then and now pix. I was amazed to see how dramatically things have changed since I was in Yokosuka from 1977 - 1979. The only area that seems to have retained much of the same appearance is the Honcho. I was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma City CG-5, C7F staff as an RM in CR Div. Crossed decks to the Blue Ridge LCC-19, then transferred to Norfolk, VA to Big Blue's twin sister and C2F flagship the USS Mount Whitney LCC-20. Left the Navy in 1982 as an RM2 and now living in Mount Airy, MD.
a good friend of mine, Raymond (butch) Howe turned me on to your site. excellent. I'm still laughing
Howdy Shipmates! Just wanted to remind you all that June 2008 will mark the "golden anniversary" of the "super chiefs"! It was June 1958 when the US Navy was authorized to promote our first SCPO's and MCPO's! Congratulations to all who have achieved this milestone! All the best, the weather is fine here in south Texas! Come on down! Check out my website at River City Ramblers to see what the new band is doing! Gary
Hello shipmates, 1st posting in a while, I check this page almost daily and continue to find o'l folks I've known. Have not traveled back to Yokosuka in 6 yrs. For those former OkCity mates, we're having our 2008 Reunion on the Norwegian Jewel out of Miami. A lot of us will need our sea legs revived, some of our association members have been land-locked since leaving CL91 in '44.
YNC Peggy (Cook) Martini, USNR(ret)
Fantastic website! As a reservist, I spent a lot of tours at SRF Yokosuka...sometimes twice a year. I was there on 9-11; it was my last visit. I retired in 2004. I was saddened to learn of the passing of Ed Krueger. Didn't he have a website himself...theendofthebar...or something? Noriko Matsuda emailed me, when her husband Al Suyatt passed away. I notice that you don't have a photo of him; I believe I do...I'll look for it. I didn't know Bubba got his own place. I thought he was attached to the VFW at the hip. I also lost information on Tommy's Bar. The website is gone, but I believe Tommy went back to the States and sold it some time ago. Gary Beckwith and the Yokosuka Knights also dropped off the face of the Earth. I hope he is well. Again, this website is fantastic. I'm glad I found it. Peggy (Cook) Martini, Cadillac, MI
Master Chief, Hi. My name is Dawn (Noethe) Gallant. I served in the Navy from 1995-1999. During my time in the Navy, I spent about 2 years on USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 in Yokosuka, Japan. I loved Yokosuka! I want to go back there to visit someday. I was goofing around on the computer today and did a search on Yokosuka, Japan. This website was one of the results, so I checked it out. I love your page! Awesome. Thank you so much for starting up this page. It was neat to see the old and new pics of the base and ships. It definitely brought back some memories for me. Again, thank you for what you do and keep up the good work.
Thanks for the memories of when we were young. Looking at Yokosuka brought a flood of memories of guys and times and fun and work and war but it was good to have that flood. It seems that it has been so kept under wraps for so long and I would not let my thought linger for long. You seem to have adjusted to life in Japan and "Hats off to you" for following your heart. Again thanks for the website .
Looking for any info regarding an old shipmate back in 62 - 64 era, Bob Curry, RMC/CWO...and I were in Beachmaster Unit One in Yokosuka. Our offices/bks were F79 thru F83 (long since gone), and our work space was a water-front warehouse the Shelly Building, across the street from the Brig (originally YWS trash collection area). Bob's daughter is attempting to collect BIO on her fathers career, and I am passing on any info I can get my fat little fingers on. Tnx for any help shipmates. Jim
Thanks to everyone that made our (wife and I) visit so very enjoyable. The Sumo trip was the high light but the hours spent at the End Of The Bar with old shipmates sipping(?) beer was great. We will be back!
Hey Graz, Heard about your web site here in Hawaii and thought I'd check it out. Take care, Gary
michael e gallant ewcs sw
high guys just to let you know some MOTU thirteen guys are still here in the p i. apart from myself j.b. bryson, jim harman, sam houston, of course iron mike
Saw posting on OKC home page re passing of RMCS Ron Medler...Ron passed away 26 May '08 in Lancaster, CA, and was buried 4 Jun in Monterey, CA. Ron had been a long time resident of Yokosuka during his navy career and as a retiree.
DAVID (BUDDHA) MIZUKAMI
Hey Graz, what's up? How's Mack and the chief's Club?
Shipmate, I have a warrant for your arrest due to a unpaid parking ticket dated 1986. Take care, Gary
John E. Welch
Great job on the MOTU 7 Website, great to see and hear about a great group of people and station. My father (FTCM John D. Welch, Died 11 Jan 91) enjoyed this station and country a great deal as well as his entire family. I hope to find some great pictures to share with you, for I always had a camera around my neck. I know I have a large selection from the office to the repair stations. Again, thanks and keep up the great work, I know my father would have loved to see this page and would have contributed to it, good luck in the future. John
Delighted to find your web site. Great memories surfaced as I rummaged through your pages. Thank you so much for keeping our MOTU alive.
Graz, I don't know how we haven't crossed paths over the last 20 years but I guess it happens. Your website is fantastic, I check it quite frequently. It was a great pleasure to see pics of TJ DePalma, who was a CPO at FTGWP when I was a YNSN back in 1987. I often wonder what happened to Ed Krueger, then an FCCS at FTGWP, and his wife from the bar Judy's. I also noticed one of Lance Coverdell who was on the BLUE RIDGE with me in 1996. I never would have guessed I would have made the Navy a career and retire as a LCDR this year. Keep up the good work, I will continue to be a constant visitor to the best Yoko website I have ever seen. Sherrill Stamey
STGC(SW) Ret John Fondren
Jimmy boy how you doin? Was with Mike Malone last weekend for a few pops and talking about old friends. He turned me on to your we site. Very nice. Are you still in Japan? The more I look at your picture's especially of you the more you look japanese.. LOL Hey drop me a line at yahoo .com or Butch.Beltran@usmc.mil. I am still in Iwakuni for at least another year. Not sure what I am going to do from there.
What a surprise to find this website. Brought back many memories. I was stationed at MOTU-7 from 1970 to 1975.
Nice web page Graz. Enjoyed the pictures.
Along with over 75 other OKC shipmates, some were War II plank owners, went on a 5 day 16th reunion cruise out of Miami, visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel, MX...the Norwegian Cruise Line's "Jewel" was one good feeder and the liberty wasn't too bad either. We're looking forward to Chicago next year followed by DC, then another cruise out of a Left Coast.
MOTU Seven provided me a wealth of knowledge back in the early 80's. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all.
Graz, big fan of your site. Would love to see a "Problem Solver - PACFLT" reunion, preferably at the T-Rose in Bo. Barretto, but San Diego would do also. I learned the AN/URC-32 from Jack Bailey in 1976 on the USS Bausell and all it cost me was a 20 lb can of coffee from the mess decks. Sailors go to jail for that stuff now. Anyway, thanks for the trip down memory lane. Dan
ETCM Sam Cross
Alive and well and living in Iowa. Happy to find this web site.
John Carter (JD)
Hi Graz. Thought I'd pay you a visit and say Hi. Was going to be in Yoko at the end of the month (MAR 09) but am loaded up here in Everett with work. Maybe another time. Take care, JD
ABCS John P. Hackett (BOOMER)
Charlie Knowlton tuned me on . What a site. Have mixed feelings, a lot of shipmates got underway. Will pass ur site on to Powers and Thompson. Need a favor find info on ABCM Herb Hooper, MACM Steve Moore, Jack Cavness. I am in Pahrump NV. in the book. Keep in touch. LOVED UR WEB SITE READ MOST OF COMMENTS WITH TEARS IN MY EYES. BOOMER.
Good site Graz. Like what I see. Maybe add some pictures of SOPA in Phuket. Al
Kenneth R. Jackson ETC USN Ret.
Hello Jim, It's been a real long time! And I see a lot of people who I served with or for, and some who have passed on who meant a great deal to me. Larry Boyette was a true friend and a brother. He was a great Chief and I for one, am proud to have known and had the chance to serve with him more than once. To, Brother Jack Thomas, whom I knew from A school, got stationed with in CommSta Yokosuka, and worked alongside when he was with X-67 and I was at Motu7. At present I am in the State of Orygun, but am leaving for home and my family in French Polynesia. Damn, Dave Margettes, Charlie Green, Kent Warhol, John Fraser, Jack Bailey... Motu 7 and the techs who were there in the 50's inspired me to the point of setting my sights high enough to become one of the MOTU select few, and to this day, I owe a debt of gratitude to those old plank owners who paved the way for all of us who wanted to do just a little more.... I was pointed to this site by a ex Motu1 yeoman whom I just managed to get back in contact with. I would like to point any of you who might have known me or might like to see what I am up to at present, please visit my photo site at http://mah.smugmug.com feel free to leave a comment or email me.. Also, any photo you might like click on it and do a save as... Don't go payin' for them, I am not a pro (yet), besides it's more fun giving it away.. Haere Maru
Dave Buber ENCM (ret)
Graz, Long time no hear. Got your web page from a shipmate in Arizona. We both got a little bigger and grayer since or days at the Senior Enlisted Academy. Gunbaremasu...
I just about fell off the chair when I opened the link for MOTU-7. Looking at the photos and reading some of the e-mails brought back some great memories. Right now I'm working with Bill Holloway in China Lake for NAVAIR. Bill told me that Gras had a web page up but I never thought it would be this great. I should of known that MOTU Tech could do anything and fix anything:-)))) Good to see great shipmates and friends. It's been a long time. I think I read an e-mail about a MOTU reunion. Let me know, I would love to attend and see and visit with everyone. V/R, Tom Brown LCDR, USN (Ret) AOIC, MOTU-7 1985-1989
T.C. Lamson - Historian USS Oklahoma City Assn.
Does anyone have any recollection of a Richard (Doc) Dyer RMC USN(ret.)? His brother-in-law, Art Balfour (ET onboard the USS OK City in the mid-70's), of Chula Vista, Ca. reports that Chief Dyer passed away recently in Oklahoma. His family is seeking anyone that may have known him during his Navy career. He reportedly may have had a couple tours of duty @ NavCommSta Yokosuka. Chief Dyer retired from the Navy onboard USS David R. Ray DD-971 in 1978 or '79...
Graz- I am in Afghan now and a couple of my shop guys were stationed in Japan and were missing it, so i introduced them to your site. Tell C191 I said hi. Chris
Graz, Great to see everyone on your site, I retired last year and we live in Eau Claire Wis. Take care John
Charles "Mac" McHenry ex-CT1
I was stationed with CU35 from August 1950 to November, 1951. Is there any kind of roster of folks who served during that period? Very nice web page, thanks for creating it. "Mac" McHenry
Love your site. I found it because Ed Sugrue was my MC at my first duty station ('87 Yoko, Cmd Cave). I was doing a search on his name and came upon your site. Thanks for all the work you've done on this site! And God bless Ed!
David P Peelman FCC(SW) Retired
I was an Oki boat,CG-5 sailor Yokosuka 76-79,now retired with 22yrs, I'm back home again living in Yokosuka as of Jun 2009 with my wife Yoshiko.
Hi : I was googling my dad's name for fun and just so happened to find this site. My daddy is Felix Ballard <3 he has since retired and lives in PI but I haven't seen him in 5 years cause I haven't had the funds to make it down that way. Anyway, I found this site and even saw his little comments in the guestbook. Thank you.... the pictures of my dad and mother made my night. My father is alive and well... livin the good retired life and when I talk to him I'll let him know I found y'all. If you'd like me to relay a message, feel free to email me. Man I miss Japan!!!! Ha ha ha... but as much as I miss Japan, Because of my daddy, I'm a proud American and have such a passion for our good old U.S. of A. God Bless y'all!
i was googling my father's name, Ted Whitehouse, and your site was a hit for it. i am not sure how he was related to your unit and i would like to know more. if you have any info on ted, i would appreciate it. he passed away about 10 years ago. before that, he made it to pilot and after retiring lived in pensacola and then washington state for some time. regards, tyler whitehouse
CHARLES W HORTON JR
YOU HAVE REALLY A GREAT WEBSITE. RM2 CHARLES W HORTON JR. SON OF RMCM CHARLES W HORTON RETIRED
Mike Hall, ETC(SW) Ret
Glad to see the site up! I did 7 years at MOTU 6/FTSCLANT Det Naples. Thanks! -Mike
Good site Graz.
ETCS William Remy
Hi Jim, Great to see that all is well with the MOTU team. What a blast from the past. Say hey to Scotty, Dave F., Bob Green and George Quinatta for me! Heck, say hey to all I wish them all the best! Best Regards, Bill Remy
Hello chief I was on the USS Elliot from Dec. 81 till April 85 I remember your name. ( I think ) I have checked out your web site and it is pretty cool. I have been looking for some of my old friends from the Elliot and have had no luck maybe you can help. Thanks. GSM2 Hatchard USN.
For all that did not get my new address..
Jim, how are you doing?
Jimmy, I be back in Yoko fm 2-5 Sept. Hope to run into you Mac and the boyz. Dave
ET2 Keith Wayland
Just wanted to stop by and say hello, great site. I worked for LCDR Tom Mills on the Indy, also CDR Blankenship and ETCM Macknight.. After the Navy went to work for FTSCLANT I was a GS-12 working for Don Dolence and quit to go work for GE in 2003. I was a AN/SPN-41/43 tech. I quit because I was traveling constantly overseas to the gulf, but I regret it very much now I really miss the life of a sailor.
Robert H. Haley, PNC, USNR (Ret.)
Great web site, Master Chief. I especially liked the photos of Yokosuka then and now. I was stationed on the USS WASHTENAW COUNTY (LST-1166) homeported in Yokosuka from 1962 - 1963.
Brings back alot of past memories & forgotten 'good' times, as well as 'bad'.... THANKS!
Sammy Joe Stanford, SKCS, USN, Ret.
A fine trip down memory lane. Now I don't feel quite so bad about long ago losing all my old pictures from Sasebo in the late 60s and early 70s. The picture of Paradise Alley circa 1968 just blew me away. Thanks Graz! If we ever cross paths somewhere down the road someday I want to buy you a beer (or two).
AM1(AW) Kinder, Aaron
Nice site Master Chief.
I remember Graz, Jack T. Scotty, Frank, Ed K., Jimmy D., and some more when I was stationed on the Okie Boat, Midway, Lockwood, CFAY. those were my good ol' days.
I found your page while I was on military.com. Just shopping around, fair winds Chief.
Hi, shipmate how are you doing? Heard some scuttlebutt that MOTU (Joint) is thinking about having a Reunion here in P.I. Take care and have a good one. Larry.
Edward C. Sperl
I was stationed at NSD Yokosuka from 2/1967 through 5/69. Needless to say I really enjoyed the old pictures, and how it has changed after all these years, I loved my time in Japan, especially Y360=$1.00.
Douglas Shannon MR-1 SW Ret
Graz I was stationed at Yoko from 78-80 USS Hammond and USS Reeves 82-85. I enjoyed your web sites, and I reconized some names and people in pictures. I had a very good friend that I have lost track of and maybe you can help me reunite with him or some one may no of his where abouts. His name is RM1 Ret Chuck Brosnen, he retired in Yoko and worked for SRF as an Expediter at nights. also worked for special services during ski season and trips to Mt. Fuji. If you or any of your frinds can tell me if he is still in yoko and pass on my email address to him I would really thank you. Had a lot of good times at Mickey Bar before she died, drank a lot of beer at Korean Restruant and FRA. Any Help or information would be great. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks again Shannon
Bubba's Place will host the NFL Flayoff's and the Super Bowl 44 Be an angel and tell the population since I am Web-Site Dumb Ass Love you Jimmy Bubba
Lived in Yokosuka back in early 70's and 80-84. Family friend told me about the site.
Jerry Myers ET-2
Served the last three months of my enlistment at METU Seven in Yokosuka. Previous 20 months aboard the USS Castor AKS-1 homeported in Yokosuka. This was at the end of 1962.
Gere K. Sprague
How the hell u all doing !
This is a great site. I found it a couple of hours ago in the early morning hours while surfing around for things about Yokosuka. I served aboard the USS Washtenaw County, LST 1166 during 1962 and 1963. Homeport Yokosuka. Really a blast to my young past. I also remember that we went to Sasebo once or twice and what you call Jane Mansfield Hill we called Tit Mountain. The scuttlebut back then had it that there were a lot of blue eyed Japan locals in Sasebo that were descended from the German UBoat crews that would come into Sasebo during WW2. Thanks for the memories Chief.
Ahoy, working at MOTU-13 from 85-87 and working with MOTU-7 all those years. right now im looking for STGCM Quinata. Chief Monroe Seibel.
Just updating my email address. Thanks to you shipmates that have sent me an email in the past. Time sure does go by fast. I still own Innovative Multimedia Services-LLC, supporting SPAWAR System Center Charleston, MARFORSYSCOM and SOCOM US Army. Last month we became a 5-star Sub-Contractor to SAIC (AMTI and EMA). I've been too busy, need to back to YOKO with Marcy. Take care ya'll Rich
Hi Graz, Hope all is going well for you and family. Don't know if you've talked to Scooty lately, but Scotty says he's going to retire in September. Take care of yourself. JD
Nice web site Jim. My ship was stationed in Yoko 66-68. I was an ETN and the guys at MOTU saved our bacon several times. The only name I remember was ETCM Herbert but I didn't see him on the list. He was very good on UHF. Your web site brings back good memories. Bill
I love your website. I served in the U.S. Navy at Atsugi for two years, and spent a year aboard the USS Saratoga. I'm not a retiree, but I've lived in Yokohama for over 30 years. However, I feel like a newcomer when I see all the great information you provide. Yours is a job well done. Keep up the good work. Regards, Darryl Dudley
CMDCM(SW/AW) David Zegers
Hello shipmate. I remember the talk you gave me on board the Elliot and the future I would have. I guess it paid off as I retired in 2006 as a Command Master Chief. If I had known you were in the Yokosuka area when I was stationed with VAW-115 and CAG-5 (1998-2002) I would have looked you up. Thanks for all the help during my tour on board Elliot.
Stationed in Japan from May, 1972 to May, 1976 and worked at the Yokosuka Microwave Site. Would like to hear from those there during those times and maybe even share some photos. I've sent some photos to ETCM Graslie (retired) to post. Thanks.
Stationed at NCSJ Tech Control Div Sept 1973 - Feb 1977. I have a many low quality photo's I'm willing to share.
Jim, thanks for posting the info on Mac, Paul Antoon sent it to me. ABHCS(AW) CV-41 CV-62
Chuck Handley SMCM (ret)
Great site. Brings back memories and some of the good times had. Served aboard Midway, Indy and did a tour at FISC. Was a past member of VFW Post 1054. Say hello to MCPO (ret) McCormick if he still in the area. Worked with Mac at the fleet gym. Also looking for RMCM (ret) Steve Albritton. Last known working as a GS-12 in Okinawa. Any info would be appreciated. Again, great site. Continued smooth sailing. SMCM (ret) Chuck Handley
Shipmate thanks for the McCormick info, got it off the OKC Yahoo group page.... We hope the best for Mac & Junko. Jim
Jim, Still go back and look at your website. Run into many names I remember. I asked you about Jerry Hahn. Have a Lockwood Cruise Book with a couple of pictures of Jerry. Would you like me to send them to you. Sorry, none from the Midway or FTG. One hell of a MM.
09/26/2010 Thanks for the Memorial Service Video of "Mac." The wife and I just watched it, brought back old memories while serving with Mac on the OKcity and Blue Ridge.
Just finished watching the Tribute/Service for Mac! Brovo Zulu to you, Rick and Tommy. What a great tribute to our friend. Please let Junko know that Mac was a good person and he had many friends from all over the world who are missing him as well.
betty jun pablo
Jim it was a beautiful tribute to mac he would be really pleased i had tears in my eyes thinking about all the memories
Great job on both Mac's memorial pages. Looking through the pictures of McCormick reminded me of something my Mother told me when she visited us in Yokosuka in 1976. She told me that of all the pictures I sent home while I was in the Navy the first picture she remembers seeing me without a beer next to me was the portrait I had done when I made Chief. I didn't see many pictures of Mac without a beer and a shipmate in there.
Jim, thanks for providing such a valuable web page. I would be totally out of touch with Yokosuka happenings were it not for your web site. I know that the loss of the tow Macs and Jim Forsythe leaves a empty place especially at the end of the bar. May they all Rest in Peace knowing you have provided this info.
David T. Stevens ETC (Ret)
Jim, Thanks for the memories.
David T. Stevens
Jim, Was just looking at the list of those who have passed on. I noted the name Doug "Doc" Stanard. I would like to correct that. His first name was Dennis, not Doug. Doc and I were stationed on the Long Beach before he went to Japan. His daughter Tonya and my son Patrick married and have 2 children together. Doc was one of the finest individuals I have ever met. It was not pleasant watching him slowly deteriorate in the final years of his life.
I like your section on Jack Bove'. He was my first LPO in the Navy aboard the USS Henderson in '59-'61. Ken Pintar USN ret
Graz, came across your web page several years ago. Check into your site almost once a week. I was stationed in Yokosuka from 1990 to 1995 on the USS Hewitt and CFAY Security. I Recognize a few of the people in your pictures, i.e. Tommy Shrader former CMC on the Hewitt. Just thought I'd give you a shout out since I've been following your site for a while. Happy Holidays. Rob Gage (former STG2 87-95)
I live in Bloomington Indiana. I work at NSWC Crane. I am a Technical Writer on SLQ/32.
I thought to stop by and check out this page since my grandaughter, Danielle, is being assigned to a Yokosuka home-ported ship. Brings back memories. I was assigned to MOTU 7 by my company, Lockheed, and spent a couple of very interesting years there in the mid 60's. The CIC at the time was Paul Raftis.
Great website and collection of pictures. I was stationed at Yokosuka Navy base at the PWC from 1989 to 1992. After I left the Navy in 1997 I was lucky enough to get a job working for the Boeing Company and was transferred back to Japan and lived in Yokohama from 2001 to 2006. I love Japan, the culture, food and all my friends back there. Navigating your website brought back many great memories. Thanks!!!
MACM Jackie Cavness USN-RET
Hi Graz, got the address for the site from Bill Kullen. Brought back fond memories,Thanks shipmate.God bless.
Vince Ludlam RMCS (SW) USN RET
Great site. See lots of old shipmates from the OKC, Cochrane and NCSJ. Graduated from the RM morse code class at FTG in 1961. Would love to visit Yoko again but health problems prevent it. Anybody know if Paul Shapkowski (Ski) SM1 Ret is still around. Last saw him and Scotty Wilson about 5 years ago. They were working for special services at the time. Keep up the great photos. Its nice to see how old friends and the old home town has changed. Vince Ludlam RMCS (SW) USN RET
Hi Graz, have been to your website before, but its been awhile. It's good to be back in touch.
John (JJ) Johnson
Graz- Everything okay? Were you affected too much by the quake? JJ
Served as a Tech Controller from 1987 to 1989. Now a Retired Senior Chief.
To all left on the Kanto plains and other areas in Japan. I wish you the best in this crisis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope that this does not end like Pinatubo in the PI with the US pulling out.
While looking for info as to the effects of the big quake on Yokosuka Navy Base, I stumbled on your site. I was stationed there from 1970 thru 73. I was part of Com7th Fleet attached to the USS Oklahoma with a shore billet. I was 21 at the time and spent most of it on the base. I lived in the one of the 3 story barracks next to the base movie theater. As I seem to recall, there was a small hamburger joint across from the theater. It was built on a filled in portion of the bay as I recall. I remember being inside ordering something when the area was hit by a 5.2 earth quake. I rushed outside and watched as trucks and cars were bouncing up and down as were the telephone polls. It was very scary. I can't even begin to imagine what a 9.0 would be like. I also remember another rather large portion of the base was being filled into the sea to expand it's area. Before I left, I was offered a large (30" x 30") areal photo of the base to send home with me. It was and is mounted on a thick piece of plywood. I have compared it to the photo you have on your site and it appears to be a bit newer as it shows the beginnings of the fill in of Briggs Bay. It was probably taken in very early 70's.
I was on the uss hancock cva19. We went to the base many times in 58,59 and 60. Your site is the best. It brought back many good times thanks Bob KLine AB3
Enjoyed your website. I served on the Hammond and the Blue Ridge 1985-1989. I believe I met Ron Medler once if he was in Yokuska also. First time either of us had met a Medler who was not related.
RE Ron Medler. Ron was on C7F abd Okie city in the 70's, not sure when he retired but I do recall he was working at NRMC early 80's.
Jim Pope ENCM USN Ret.
Hello Master Chief,I seen a picture on your site of a Chief I served with in Subic Bay 79-80. He is Chief Alfred L. Carlson (Bones Carlson)If he is still around please pass on to him I said Hello and if he has e-mail to drop me a line sometime. Regards Jim Pope
David MAC McAllister
Just a howdy to all my shipmates from my many years in Yoko and Sasebo. Mac-OUT
Hi, Jim, I really enjoyed your pictures of the old Yokosuka. My dad was there in the early 50s and returned to Japan in 1960 after retiring from the USN to marry my mom, then me and my brother came along. So I was there from 1961 - 1979, and my parents stayed there until they died - my dad in 1988 and my mom in 2010. So I got to visit every so often. I have some pictures of my last visit in 2010, most of it has really changed. If you are on Facebook, you can friend me so you can look at them, otherwise I can send you the links. Anyway, thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Barclay "B" Moore
Hey Graz, thanks for a great site. Sure am glad you didn't have any pictures of me on it. (My wife was looking over my shoulder when I was visiting it.) Passed out in about every location you showed. Retiring again at the end of November from the USPS. Double dipper? NO, triple with the Social Security. So many names on the guest list, it brings back many great memories. Keep up the good work and I'll drop in now and then. B.B. Moore RMCS (RET)
Was stationed at NAVCOMSTA (T), Totsuka from June, 1962 to July, 1964. Tried to extend for a year, but was only an ETN3. They told me there were too many waiting in line for shore duty, so they turned me down. I showed them, I got out, and regretted it ever since. Thirteen years later I joined the Illinois National Guard. stuck that out for 22+ years , retired as 1SG/E-8. Enjoyed it,but it wasn't the NAVY. Good Web-site!!
Sean Mannion (FCCM Retired)
Nice site Graz :)
I love the Yokosuka then and now pics. I can even see my house in one of them! (I live in the honch) I have been in Japan since 2006, and only wish I had been here 20 years ago. :-)
Lonny Thompson QMCS Retired 1989
sure enjoyed your website. spent many yeats in Yoko departing from CG5 July 78.
YNCM H.B.(Sam)YOUNG, USN,Ret
Harbor Defense Unit Sasebo, mid 50's Good MOTU Friend was "Bones" Clark Excellent Web page. Thanks !
so sorry to hear junior died this morning he was a very good friend i just hope he did not suffer may god rest his sole love you junior rip betty jun and bartender i loved him so much
Your wbesite is great, I enjoyed viewing it and will revisit the site often. I was a BTC who retired out of Yokosuka in 1985 while attached to Tsurumi Fuel Depot, came of the White Plains , spent 7 months on Cochrane and then TAD for medical to Tsurumi where I retired from the Navy and returened to Stateside with family. Spent 17 years between Sasebo and Yokosuka, best time of my life.
Jerry A. Priebe
Absolutly GREAT site; so important for us to keep informed of our past friends/places! Thank you Jim and everyone involved in/on this site for allowing me to feel reconnected to my past. What a good way to "see where I've been" to know "where I'm going"! May God bless us all. Jerry.
Excellent site! Brought back great memories of my tour @ SPAWAR in Yokosuka, 1997-2000. Saw names of several shipmates: JJ Marold, Dave Mehan, Jim Forsyth, Fred Buckley, and more. Thanks for all your work on this site!
your web page was passed on to me by an old tomodachi and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I only spent 9 yrs in Yokosuka, but the trips down memory reminded me of long forgotten better times. Domo Gozaimasu .
betty jun pablo
email@example.com how are you and shigako
hi jerry long time no see how are you and shigako doing we are living in virginia beacg va please email us or give us your phone number so i can chat with you guys take care god bless betty jun pablo
Best wishes Graz on your retirement but I heard thru the grapevine you are thinking about continuing work in Washington. Good luck on that too.
YNCM(SW) Terry A. Snider
Love your web pages. Spent my first 20 of 30 on the Pacific Rim. Most of the time in Sasebo. Peacock MSC-198, ServRon 3. In Yoko in the yards for the 64 Olympics. Again, great job! Tas
Allen R. Fintzel, RMC(USN)Ret.
Website! I was stationed at Navcommsta Japan from June 1968-October
1969, then transferred to NavRadSta (T) Totsuka through January 1971.
Would like to hear from anyone stationed there during that period.
Also, am looking for a lighter with the old logo on it for my
collection. Your tribute to old shipmates is commendable.
Was also at NCSJ Yokosuka 6/68-9/60, msg center.
Termiated for LCC19...Ran into CWO4 Jake Malhek(sp), in Las Vegas 2003or04, not sure which.
Hello, I love your website it brought back so many memorys I was stationed at the Marine unit there with the MP's and base security 1953&1954. Do you have any pictures of our substation on ships landing? or of the Marine barracks I spent ten year in the corp after the Korean war.
Steve Marsee, MACM (Ret.)
Jim, For some reason I cant access your email. Please contact me as I would very much enjoy the chat! One burning question I have...do ya still have her apologize? Hope to hear back soon.
HI GRAZ,I RETIRED TMC 3/81 SERVED ON USS BUSHNELL(AS15)Key West,Fla.3/65--4/67 love your site keep up the good work.
Great site Jim. I served on USS Midway from 1982-87, USS Oldendorf from 1990-1991, USS Independence from 1991-1993, and USS Curts from 1993-1995. You might want to check your link for the Kyushu Military Retired Association, http://www.kmra.org/ it goes to a Muslim organization! Looks like the real KMRA moved to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KyushuMilitaryRetireeAssociation Take care.
Awesome website Master Chief. Al Iannacone LCDR/LDO (Retired)
Jim Davis EMC Ret.
Wanted to email you about JR Owens, BMC Ret., stationed in Yoko over 9 years, passed away 9 July 2013. I just found out the other day, as he was bad at communicating. I also have a good picture of him. I'm not real computer-savy, new computer, wasn't sure how to set up my mail to simply email you. Hope this works. Jim
Jon R. Benson
I was in Yokosuka, Japan in 1951 and 1953. I was on the LST 825 (with no Name). Spent a lot of time at the YBY and played with the House Band lots and lots of times. I would like to know if any like me is still around. Me a Joe Biega were buddies for life. I am alive and well living in Florida. Drop me a line. Miss the ol' girl and all my buddies. Benson Em3