Ordnance Bomb
Ordnance Corps
NIKE AJAX AND HERCULES
ORDNANCE SUPPORT UNIT
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 1999
GUEST LOG

Air Defense Artillery

Date: 9/2/1999
Name: Michele (Rauenzahn) Wallin
E-Mail: dmwall@prodigy.net

Looking for anyone that served with the unit 3/60th ADA out of Grafenwoehr, Germany. Help me find other members of our old unit.

Date: 9/2/1999
Name: HERBERT PEARSON
E-Mail: hepea@worldnet.att.net

Was at NIKE site near San Francisco, CA, from 58 to 60. Property now (1999) belongs to CA State Parks. Old barracks still there.

Webmaster's Note: Herbert served at Btry B, 2d Msl Bn, 51st Arty, Ft Cronkhite, CA (Marin Co.) (Near Presidio of SF) with an MOS of 357.10, Guid Msl Inst Elec with rank of SP4 from 09/58 to 12/60.

Date: 9/6/1999
Name: Louie Malkin
E-Mail: LouieTeach@aol.com

I'm happy to see links being established between the wild assortment of various characters who share so much in common despite all our differences. Would kill to hoist an e-beer or two with the likes of Chuck Schmeckpeper, Reggie Adams, Wade Motter, Larry Yocum, Fred Mitchum, Fred Bosch, Jim Murphy, Tommy McLain. Harry Stauffer, Harry Lieberman, Curtis Butler, Ronnie Grooms, Ray Henry, and the countless other personalities (including Hawkmen with whom I bunked for awhile) who made my sentence--that is, enlistment--more bearable, and proved for all time that truth is stranger, and better, than fiction. And, for any who dwelt in Bldg. 3434 (Redstone) in 1966, it WAS NOT me who tossed the Air Wicks in the urinals. The Saturday inspection was not my fault!

Webmaster's Note: Louie was at Redstone Arsenal, AL as a 23U20 Student in the 1st ETC, STC amd rank of Pvt from 4/66 to 11/66 and in the 6th ETC, STC with rank of PFC from 11/66 to 4/67. He states he also served at Fort Bliss, Texas in HQ Btry-->C Btry-->HQ Btry 4th/62nd Arty as a 23U20 Painter (1st Class), Weedcutter, Guard Duty Marcher with a rank of SP4 from 4/67 to 9/67 and at McGregor Range, NM with HQ Btry 4th/ 62nd Arty as a 23G20 Herc FC Mech and rank of SP4 from 9/67 to 2/68.

Date: 9/7/1999
Name: Curtis R. (Curt) Krieser
E-Mail: crk52@aol.com

Great to see a site dedicated to those that kept the radars "warm" and launchers "aired up".

Date: 9/10/1999
Name: Alan O. V. Hottel
E-Mail: alan13@mchsi.com

Your Pages are outstanding.
I am looking for GIs who were stationed at
the 1st MS BN Bat "C" at the Air Port area Gary,Ind,
Bat "D" at 35th and Grant in Glen Park,Ind
and the site in Naperville Ind. Period 1958 to 1961.
Looking for Allen, Willis, Wayne Coats, Martin who was
from Southern IL. (one was a WO, and his brother was a PFC)
Webmaster's Note: Alan served at HQ AD Command Colorado Springs, Colo with rank of PFC from MAY/1959 to July/1959 and at 'D'Bat 1st MS BN, Glen P as a PFC fro JULY/1959 to SEPT/1960.

Date: 9/13/1999
Name: Charlie Wagner
E-Mail: charlie@lcworkshop.com

Hi! Just found this site tonight and was very impressed. I am interested in finding anyone who served in the A Battery 2nd Battalion 1st ADA - Wackernheim, Germany from 1970 - 1977. Hope to hear from you soon.

Date: 9/15/1999
Name: Baccanelli Adriano
E-Mail: bacca70@hotmail.com

As I did military service at a Nike Hercules support in Italy I've really appreciated you site.

Webmaster's Note: Baccanelli served at Montichiari (BS), Italy - 65° Gruppo Intercettori Teleguidati as a Missile Operator with a rank of Corporal from 05/90 to 05/91.

Date: 9/17/1999
Name: CHARLIE WAGNER
E-Mail: charlie@workshop.com

I JUST FOUND THIS WEB SITE THE OTHER NIGHT' AND I THINK ITS GREAT. I FOUND A LOT OF MY FRIENDS THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER get to talk to again. there are a lot of good memories and a lot of bad memories of those cold dark nights seting down in the pit. But it was all worth it; MADE A LOT OF GOOD FRIENDS THAT I WISH I COULD SEE AGAIN.
THANKS

Webmaster's Note: Charlie served in Germany at Grosachsenhiem with B-3-71 from 1966 to 1969, at Wackernheim with A-2-1 from 1970 to 1977, and at Dichtalbach with D-2-1 from 1977 to 1981.

Date: 9/23/1999
Name: John R Carnell
E-Mail: john.carnell@amd.army.mil

Wonderful Web site. I am an ex-Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Technician, with most of my 19 years being responsible for the Warhead Section of the Nike Hercules Missile. Lots of time on site, the Dutch, Belgian, and German sites. Assigned in Italy when there were 6 active sites and spent many many days at each, warhead pressure checks, Modified Periodic Inspections and the like. Was also responsible for the disassembly of the "dangerous M97 WHS" at 5 host nation sites during the 1986-86 tie period - From Jever to Voerden (FRG).

Presently assigned to the Warrant Officer Career center, responsible for all Warrant Officer candidate academic training.

GO ORDNANCE!! First to Fire!!

Date: 9/27/1999
Name: Joseph F. Zito
E-Mail: jzito35759@aol.com

Nice Site, Doyle!

Date: 9/29/1999
Name: James D. Young
E-Mail: EPIY@AOL.com

THIS IS ABOUT TIME!!!!

I was in the 502nd Ordnance Detachment supporting the 2/56 out of Pirmasens from 1959 to 1961. One of the BEST tours of duty I've had in my Army Career!

Date: 10/4/1999
Name: Arthur Charles Williamson
E-Mail: arthur.williamson@jhuapl.edu

After completing basic trainig at Fort Dix, radio and radar school at Ft. Monmouth, and Nike launcher repair school at Redstone Arsenal I was assigned to the Nike shop at Ft. Sheriden (7/55 to 9/56). I was attached to the 513 EOD for rations and quarters. Most of my time was spent installing Nike Ajax launching system in the Chicago and Milwaukee area sites on TDY from the shop.

Date: 10/11/1999
Name: Orin (Ted) West
E-Mail: D666D@world.att.net

Served in 2nd and 43rd missle battalion in Sylvester, Ga (near Albany, Ga) A Battery 1960-1963. Visited the old site recently and the launching area is now a automobile salvage yard. The IFC area is a retirement home for old soldiers. Don't know about B Battery. Will try to locate some pictures and put them out there for anyone to see. I am looking for some old army buddies that I have lost track of. If anyone runs across or knows where Eugene (Gene) Odell Bowman is or Lawrence Salvatore (could be Salvatore Lawrence) Sorrentino please let them know that West is looking for them. Gene was originally from Portland, Oregeon and Salvatore (Sal) from New York, NY. Gene re-enlisted but Sal didn't. Heard from another internet source that Gene was sent to Thule, Greenland. Don't know where he went from there. Did locate one buddy, Terry Tucker and visited him in 1998. He's in Boise, Idaho and his e-mail address is TTSRFR@AOL.COM

Thanks, Ted

Date: 10/12/1999
Name: Anthony J. Dardi
E-Mail: stdar12@bellsouth.net

I was a 2LT - CPT at 2-1 ADA in Wackernheim from 1979 - 1982. We were supported magnificently by the people at the DSU/DSP co-located there. Two of the guys I remember were Howard Harmatz and 2LT Knutilla.

At any rate, it is good to read about the Nike Herc days.

Thanks

Date: 10/13/1999
Name: Richard S. Johnson
E-Mail: dickj@concentric.net

Stationed at the Nike Site in Cleveland, Ohio (also Euclid Ohio) in 1959, 60 & 61. Interested in anyone else stationed in Cleveland around this time.

Date: 10/14/1999
Name: former sp/4 harold m. cocherell
E-Mail: wb0dky@lisco.net

i was formally a radar operator that served on four of the early warning radar sites around chicago, gary, and milwaukee. our equipment consisted of an operations building, generator building, and an an/fps-36 antenna pad. as you probably already know, there were ten sites for this mission. i served on the following.
wenona, il. cm55r
tisch mills, wis. cm01r
rossville, il. cm50r
ludington, mich. cm5?r i cannot remember the site no. on this one. maybe you could help me out. after 39 years i just can't remember it.

Date: 10/20/1999
Name: Michael R. Strickland
E-Mail: mstrickland@1.roman.net

Is this the only folks to know that were involve with Redstone and Korea.....

I am still in the reserve.....with many breaks in service...

I have had many comments about this web page with James Young who is our building manager at Fort Gordon.....

also looking for WO LC Steiger US Continent Command retired in 1964 I think....nickname was Molly.

thanks, Mike

Date: 10/25/1999
Name: Donald E. Bender
E-Mail: bender@alpha.fdu.edu

Looking for anyone who served at OAKDALE, PA, in the following units: 18th ADA GP -- 31st ARTY BDE -- HHB/5/3d. Also seeking anyone who served at the Bridgeville and Hickman, PA Nike-Ajax battery (PI-62). I need your input for a historical project documenting these sites. Thank you for your assistance!

Date: 10/29/1999
Name: John McNamara
E-Mail: TPR3870@AOL.com

1961 to 1964 Ft George G Meade Md, 35th Arty Bde HQ Btry ARADCOM

Date: 10/29/1999
Name: Carl R. Orndoff
E-Mail: sarge001@nauticom.net

I worked full time as a National Guard Technician at Pittsburgh PI-02 on Nike Ajax and PI-03 on Nike Hercules as Radar Repairman from 1962 until closing. I have several memories of the support personnel from Nevelle Island Support Detachment. They were really great people.

Date: 10/29/1999
Name: JAMES G. SMITH
E-Mail: JSMITH5BN6ADA@NETSCAPE.NET

JUST CHECKING IN AGAIN WITH A NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS. HAVE JUST OBTAINED SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF HISTORICAL DATA ON 5TH BN, 6TH ADA FROM CENTER FOR MILITARY HISTORY AND ARMY INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY AND WILL BE SHARING THIS ON THIS WEBSITE AS WELL AS ON 94TH ADA WEBSITE. ALL THE BEST TO MY FELLOW VETS FROM HOPPSTADTEN, WEST GERMANY 1969-1971.
JIM SMITH.

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