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6918th RSM/SS Hakata Japan

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This page was last accessed on 2019-12-06


Message Number: 514 - Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:27:21 EDT
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Name:  Richard Minor
Service Branch:  Air Force
Years at Hakata:  70-72
Flight or Trick:  Able
Highest Rank at Hakata:  SSgt
Comments:

Wife and i just watched Hakuho win the Kyushu Basho. He takes the tournament with one night to go with a 13-1 record. This is his 43rd title win. I'm sure he will finish up tomorrow night and end up 14-1.


Message Number: 513 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 03:04:49 EDT
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Name:  Carol A Farr
Highest Rank at Hakata:  Gower
Comments:

Hi Jim,

It was so nice that you were able to attend the Last Big One. And you are so right - Mini Reunions are great too. Many prefer them. However we find the minis are more personal. Be it 4 or 10 or 50 pople.

I will be available to any one who needs help in locating flight members using the "Final Roster".

And to you my new friend. Stay in touch buddy.


Message Number: 512 - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 21:34:16 EDT
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Name:  Jim "Butter" Johnson
Service Branch:  USAF
Years at Hakata:  62-65
Flight or Trick:  Daze (Det 1, 6143rd SptSq)
Highest Rank at Hakata:  E4
Comments:

Back in Virgina after a very enjoyable, and emotional, FINAL REUNION in Jacksonville. Rekindled old friendships and made new ones. Too bad the Reunions will no longer be held on such a grand scale. However, mini-reunions will suffice to allow members the opportunity to stay close. I regret I was never able to attend earlier gatherings; nonetheless, attending the FINAL did wonders for my state of mind. I will forever have these memories in my heart.


Message Number: 511 - Friday, November 15, 2019 06:32:05 EDT
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Name:  Ernest Woods
Service Branch:  USAF
Years at Hakata:  64-66, 67-70
Flight or Trick:  Dog 1st tour, Baker 2nd tour
Highest Rank at Hakata:  SSGT
Comments:

So many memories from both tours. Great people, great times. A great assignment.


Message Number: 510 - Sunday, November 10, 2019 20:52:42 EDT
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Name:  Les Snyder
Service Branch:  USAFSS
Years at Hakata:  70-72
Flight or Trick:  Dawg
Comments:

Just got back from the Jax reunion... thank you Carol, Miller, Dave, Stan and all the rest... I wanted to make a comment at the end of the program, but we ran out of time... I'd like to thank the MB203's, 292's and all the support folks that made my job as a 202 easy...it was an exceptional training opportunity for a new 202 straight from Goodfellow.. if we screwed up, no one got killed

a special belated thank you for the Dawg Flight room 8 operators for your performance early in the morning of New Year's Day 1972... Railroad, Smitty, and all the rest... Thank You


Les


Message Number: 509 - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 19:15:28 EDT
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Name:  Joe Oliver
Service Branch:  Army
Years at Hakata:  1967 thru 1969
Highest Rank at Hakata:  SP5
Comments:

Hakata was a wonderful memory of my military service. I lived in Gonasue with my wife and had a daughter born there. I have often thought about going back but think I would be disapoinged with all the changes.


Message Number: 508 - Monday, October 21, 2019 20:05:54 EDT
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Name:  Ralph Finch
Service Branch:  Army
Years at Hakata:  1959-61
Highest Rank at Hakata:  PFC
Comments:

What a wonderful, amazng time. How fortunate we were to be there, to learn the country, and to be treated so well by the Japanese ...

I have wonderufl memories, and wrote a diary after returning to the area in 2000, and will send a copy to anyone interested. Actuaally, it was a sad time and, I'll admit, I shed tears. 90 percent of what I experienced — and loved — was gone. Such is life ...

But I will always have my memories.

Best, Ralph










Message Number: 507 - Saturday, June 8, 2019 13:15:14 EDT
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Name:  Jerry Meley
Service Branch:  air force
Years at Hakata:  20 months, cut short for 2-T (Turkey, ugh)
Flight or Trick:  a
Highest Rank at Hakata:  a1c
Comments:

Was at Brady in 63-65. Would have extended but the AF came up with the 2T program, which cut my tour short and was sent to Samsun Turkey. Loved the work at both places and lovedJapan but not Turkey. Ironically, I just spent a day in Kushadasi Turkey (a port on our cruise).

I was a 202. Promoted to SSGT in Turkey. Bought a Lambretta scooter from an airman who was leaving. My boss and friend was Rex Stucker, who also had a scooter, so we explored a bit on those.

While at Brady I and two buds (John Waldrip and Bill Bietsch) rented a house on the beach at Saitozaki. $20 a month. Oh what fun we had.


Message Number: 506 - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:16:48 EDT
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Name:  Kim Copeland
Service Branch:  USAF
Years at Hakata:  1963 - 1967
Comments:

My father was an airman stationed at Hakata. I attended the elementary school for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. Mom was a life guard at the beach. I have wonderful memories of Hakata and the surrounding area and hope to get back there someday. My brother was born at the base in Tokyo...not sure why they sent mom there. So glad that this site exists.


Message Number: 505 - Monday, April 1, 2019 14:07:44 EDT
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Name:  Dave Bethard
Service Branch:  USAF
Years at Hakata:  67-71
Flight or Trick:  Dawg
Highest Rank at Hakata:  E-4
Comments:

OOOOOOOOPS!!! We try very hard to make sure all of our info is up to date and accurate—but now and then we get fooled or miss something too. Sorry!!

Such is the case with this message board. Until a few years ago, this message board was cared for by others. That said, it takes time for anyone to keep it up to date. When new messages are received (now, at least) they are first read and screened, to be sure it’s not spam or not a proper message for this site, etc. You’d be surprised at the stuff people try to post anywhere/anytime they can on the internet—so we’re careful about proofing all messages before posting them. Sometimes, depending on our schedules, that takes a few days—and in the case of spam, or something improper—it never gets posted at all, and members and the public never see it.

Last week, while looking at something unrelated, we discovered that there were NUMEROUS messages from both members and guests, dating from between 2008 and 2012, that had NEVER been cleared for public viewing. That means, until now they were hidden away, waiting for authorization to be viewed publicly.

Since their original submittal, some of the members are no longer active, e-mails or messages may have evolved, etc., but we wanted to post them anyway, so that you could view them now—if you wanted to.

So….message numbers 40, 45, 60, 93, 106, 113, 129, 134, 150, 154, 180, 186, 192, 195, 226, 235, 242, 244, 254, 281, 295, 309, and 321 have all now been approved, and can be viewed by members and the public!!

We apologize for the mix up, but all of these messages should have been cleared well before we began overseeing this—but we also should have been more careful to check our history, to ensure we kept current!

So….without further delay….enjoy reading some additional hysterical historical 6918th stuff!!

Dave