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13 entries were found in Feb_Mar_1998.
Date: 1998-03-30 00:00:00
Name: P. Dooley
Remarks: Was drafted Mar 1968--After Basic, orders to Redstone for an 18 month Nike Missile repair & maint school. That didn't fly because as a draftee US 52858494 I had a term of 24 mos. Got a basic electronics class (6th ETC at Redstone)and then spent the balance of service at Ft. Knox, 30th Ordnance Detachment repair & maint. to the Sheridan Shillelagh Missile Sys. (27B20) 30years ago.
Date: 1998-03-22 00:00:00
Name: Paul Mandeville
Remarks: What a surprise to find a site on nike missiles, spend 10 of my 20 years in nike sites and support units. DSP 5/6 in Germany, B/3/51 at Ft Tilden, NY, C/3/5 in Bristol RI and B/2/52 in Miami along with a brief stay at a Hawk battery in Miami also.A/3/68. Live in NY state and have been to a few old nike sites on long island and in the pittsburgh area took some pictures and will take more when I visit the areas again in the future.
Date: 1998-03-21 00:00:00
Name: Charles Rudicil
Remarks: What a great idea you have here, Doyle. It is wonderful to browse through the guest book and remember some of the times and places, but most of all, the people! This has brushed off some cobwebs, and who knows what might fall out?
I'll look for some folks I knew and let them know of the site. I may even remember some people that you youngsters won't!!
Keep up the good work, Doyle. If there is any way that I can help don't hesitate to let me know.
Date: 1998-03-04 00:00:00
Name: James A. Bryant
Remarks: I enjoy looking back in the past at a great life I had in Nike. I made a lot of friends and some enemies but when times got rough you always had someone in Nike to fall back on, even you enemies. Yes we were one large family and no matter where in the world you were assigned you would always find a fimiliar face and a helping hand to get you settled in you new surroundings. I went to 23N school at RED ROCK U. and had a fantactic time. Great instructors like Wes Manship, Bob Cothran, Don Dunlap, Ray Meyers, Millard Bates at the Hardstand, and many others to help drag me through the courses after a hard night of partying. After Redstone I departed for Korea (75-76) and was assigned to DSD 2/44 ADA. What a time we had there. People like Country Jack Rawlins (Deceased), John Hamlin, Tom Calloway (Deceased) , Ken Birk, Roger Hogle, Don Thorpe, Dave Emmerson. What a great crew to work with. If you didn't have experience on the system when you arrived you sure had it when you left. After Korea it was homeward bound to DSP 4/62 ADA (76-78) at McGregor Range. Isolated but a great shop run by CW4 Donald Booth. After 4/62 I was assigned to DSP 2/56 ADA (78-81) in Pirmasens. I had section chief's there like Tom Orosco, Alan Phinney, John Mills to name a few. After I returned to RRU (81-81) I taught soldering for 4 months and reuped to return to Germany where I was assigned to DSP 2/1 ADA (81-83) where my Nike career ended. That was the Best Nike Unit I had ever been assigned to. Commanded by Lt. Knutilla. A real Great guy. Section Chief Ben Potts later reassigned to Platoon Sgt. It was a great time for me in that world. I now live in Tallulah, La. and work for the Corp of Engineers in The Electronics Shop. I will never forget the life and times I had in Nike and the people who helped shape my life, knowledge, and memories.
Date: 1998-03-03 00:00:00
Name: Donald R. Dunlap
Remarks: Here here! Great to be recognized for all those long hours behind the front.
There are still a few of us around that remember those good 'ol days and the great people we served with.
Date: 1998-02-27 00:00:00
Name: Dale E. Chubin
Remarks: I was a Military Police Sentry Dog Handler at "A" Btry 1/43rd ADA in Alaska from 1977 until the unit shut down in 1979. Still have a good friend up here with whom I served with. Have a few good pics of us.....I would like to see something about us MP's and our great K9 companions....
Date: 1998-02-26 00:00:00
Name: Gene A. Hodges
Remarks: Served on Nike/Herc sites in Texas and Alaska. (From May 1964 to Sep 1965 in Texas at "B" Btry, 5th Msl Bn, 517th Arty and from Sep 1965 to Mar 1967 in Alaska at "D" Btry, 2nd Msl Bn, 562 Arty.)
Date: 1998-02-24 00:00:00
Name: Mark Berhow
Remarks: Another nice Nike site! Thanks for all your work. Anyone interested in Nike might want to take a look at our Los Angeles Nike information a few pages into the www.ftmac.org site. We also have a catalog that features some books for sale on Nike as well.
Date: 1998-02-22 00:00:00
Name: Kenneth D. Johnson
Remarks: Hi, Doyle!
Thanks for the very nice web site!
I had the pleasure to serve with you the last few months of my first tour in Germany. I left DSP 2/56 in November '76.
We sure had a great crew! I worked in the Ground Handling Section as a Sp5 22M20, Nike Missile Repairman (with a secondary of 22G20, Nike Launcher Repairman). You told it like it was--24-hours a day--all year long. What a job! I don't think we realized at the time just how important our jobs were and our contributions to our winning of the Cold War. As time passes, more and more accounts will be told!
I think back to my Nike days with many fond memories. The people we worked with were the greatest! We had a saying--"If we can't fix it, it ain't broke!" I had many opportunities to witness many of the Army's best technicians in action. Sometimes, it seemed like mission impossible, but, if we needed a part to fix a problem, and we didn't have it in stock, we would get one from a sister unit, or from a depot somewhere in the world (usually within hours).
As I recall, we had a really good baseball team in Pirmasens. I did not play, but I did go to the games to watch. We were like a small family. MSG Joe Sibley was our NCOIC when I arrived in '73 and later MSG Junior Herring. Those were a couple of the finest NCO's a young soldier could have had.
Well, I finished my Nike career as a 221B, Nike Missile Assembly Technician. It was hard to adjust for awhile going to a line battery as a new WO1. My DSP experience did pay off on many occasions. I also have a great respect for the line battery folks, having seen things from their point of view.
To all of those who worked with me in Nike, thanks! Those long hours you put in are still appreciated by myself and many others. Let's do our best to tell the story, so others will get an understanding.
Date: 1998-02-20 00:00:00
Name: Ed Thelen
Remarks: Greetings - I was an IFC mechanic at C-41 Jackson Park, Chicago, 1955-1957
We did our best to keep you guys busy - including an elevation pot with a "lump" at about 200 mils in its output.
Now run a Nike oriented web site http://ed-thelen.org with as many details as a failed memory can ?fake?. You are invited to "keep me honest".
Date: 1998-02-19 00:00:00
Name: Paul J. Crawford ( MOS: 23N30 Dec 1968-Jul 1976)
Remarks: Served in Guided Msl Maint Shop (DS/GS), Ft. Shafter, Hawaii (tough job but someone had to do it!), Jun 1969-Jun 1970. DSP 3/71 Karlsruhe and Kornwestheim, Feb 1972-Feb 1975 where I paid back all the free time I had in Hawaii. Also, served a couple of times in Redstone Arsenal Support Activity (RASA) supporting school equipment (mostly removing "bugs" instructors forgot to take out after a PE). In 1975 I left NIKE and became a 24N40, CHAPARRAL/FAAR Org Maint type and later a Warrant in C/V land. I still miss NIKE with its great schematics and many challenges and the freedom to repair down to the smallest widget to get a site "back on the air" at 0200 some morning in Germany with the help of fellow DSP techs like Mike Lenz, Benny Potts, Richard Vincell, Wesley Manship, SSG "Dinky" Dalton, and SSG Paul Espalin (deceased). I am now a faithful civil servant (Logistics Management Specialist) serving in the Aviation Directorate of the Integrated Materiel Management Center (IMMC) at AMCOM.
Date: 1998-02-17 00:00:00
Name: Ramon (Ray) Diaz, Jr.
Remarks: Doyle, Great start. Look forward to periodically peeking in to see who is signing in. Lots of memories flashed with your statement "support 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year". The Army and Herc were good to me coming from 20 years in the barrio and 25 good years maturing in Herc followed by retirement and 12 1/2 years out here as support to PATRIOT (Logistics). Best of all in Herc were all the fine people who prided themselves in repairing system components and sharing information with a fellow technician from any where in the world. I can be contacted at work (205) 895-8864 or email above.
Date: 1998-02-16 00:00:00
Name: C. D. Hancock
Remarks: Its good to see the Ordnance Support folks have a web page to recognize their contributions to the Nike Hercules history. Before there was ADA sites the Ordnance Corps was developing, testing, building and deploying the Nike missile systems. The Ordnance Corps continued to develop new missions for the Hercules missile sytem even to the systems last days. There are many stories that could be told about Nike such as the night in Okinawa a missile was pushed off the top side rails with the elevatior doors open, you couldn't get anyone to admit that they were on site that night. Or how about the time in Korea the village girls broke through "A" (Yoju) Battery gate. Or lets hear some of the stories you Ordnance guys experienced.