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Welcome to the Online Air Defense Radar Museum. We hope you enjoy your visit, and that we have contributed a little something in the name of those who served.  Gene.

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02/26/2004 00:00:00

Name: Philip S. Sharpe
Email: Pssharpe4 AT

I was stationed at the 785th AC&W Squadron outside of Finley, N.D. from Feb 1954 till June 1955. If anyone remembers me, send me an e-mail.

02/25/2004 00:00:00

Name: Herschell Spears
Email: herschells AT

I have been trying to find some info on the 657th ac&w site at Houma La. I was there from Jan 1958 till July 1961. I was a scope dope and left there for Goose Bay 641st ac&w. Like to hear from anyone that was stationed at Houma during this time.

02/24/2004 00:00:00

Name: Herschell Spears
Email: herschells AT

I was stationed at Keesler as a student then Instructor, Then K53 Korea, 786th Ac&w Minot ND, Houma La, Goose Bay, and last Sage Center Beal afb from 1954 to 1963 would like to hearfrom any who were there

02/24/2004 00:00:00

Name: John R Cobb
Email: CO9602 AT

718 ACWRON, Unalaklett AFS, 1/62 -1/63 745 ACWRON, Duncanville AFS, 1/63 -8/64 745 ACWRON, Perrin AFB, 8/64 - 7/65

02/24/2004 00:00:00



02/24/2004 00:00:00

Name: Joe Harkum
Email: joeharkum AT

Looking for anyone assigned to 719 ACWS Sparevohn AFS and SE ROCC at Tyndal AFB

02/24/2004 00:00:00

Name: Raymond A White
Email: Nocturnes60 AT

Raymond A. White 2431 Ridgemark Drive Santa Maria, CA. 93455 Phone 805-348-1039 My E-mail address GENERAL BACKGROUND; I am a Retired Physician’s Assistant, with many years experience both academically and on-the-job-training. In those assignments where the service of Physician were unattainable, often I was required to perform emergency task while attending patients in a life- threatening situation, such as heart attacks, stabbing wounds, seizures, anaphylactic shock, pulmonary disease etc. I was required to examine, treat and prescribe until the Physician arrived. My duties included, but were not limited to, such task as suturing lacerations, initiating intravenous fluids, venipuncture, nasogastric intubation, gastric lavage, bladder catherization, CPR, during cardiac arrest, applied plaster cast and set up various orthopedic equipment. I was required to be certified in audiometer equipment, electrocardiograph, and spirometry with the ability to calculate pulmonary function test if computer is inoperative. Knowledge of patient triaging and transportation methods and techniques for casualties was essential. I was required to interview patients, establish diagnostic impression, record symptoms and vital signs, request appropriate laboratory procedures, and provide comprehensive nursing care to patients. PERSONAL DATA I was born in Cumberland, Kentucky on 6 December 1930, Marie and I were married for 48 Years when she died on January 10 2000; I am married Mary E Bunker on 31 July 2003 Mary’s spouse died Sept 99, after 38 Years of marriage EDUCATION High school completed in Cumberland, Kentucky (GED) 26th May 1958. The following medical courses during my air force career; Advance independent duty medical 1957 Air University Occupational health (course #9100) USAF medical service technician (course #9091) The study of water (course #9331) COLLEGE 70 Units complected in El Reno Oklahoma under GI. Bill FEDERAL BREAU OF PRISONS Physician Assistant program diploma issued by the U.S. department of justice WORK EXPERIENCE 07/20/85 to 07/01/86 Occupational Health Program U.S. Navy Required in support the U.S. Navy occupational Health Program, by ensuring a safe and healthful work environment for all Navy employees. My duties included but were not limited to Asbestos Surveillance, Shop Inspections and reports made on potential safety hazards, and describing the reason for patients visit to the Health Unit, including significant factors and /or hazardous exposures, taking occupational histories when appropriate. I was required to request appropriate laboratory and other medical test needed for the hazardous exposures. I was certified in electrocardiograms, pulmonary function test, and audiograms, CPR; I did visual screening routine urinalysis, tuberculin and histoplasmin. I took careful and accurate medical histories, repaired and ordered safety glasses, and assisted the industrial hygienist, and other members of the occupational health team both civilian and military. 07/01/70 to 07/02/85 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE; I was a Physician’s Assistant for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, GS.11, My duties was to conduct the daily sick call for Inmates interview patients, establish diagnostic impressions, record symptoms and vital signs, request appropriate laboratory and X-ray procedures, prescribe and treat for routine illness and assist the prison physician in performing more exhaustive diagnosis and treatments. I was required to provide emergency medical care to the inmates after normal duty hours, and perform many surgical procedures such as suturing lacerations. Removing of cyst, removal and repair of in-grown toenails, etc. I was required to take a comprehensive medical history and prepare patient summaries on discharge from the hospital. 07/01/70 to 07/15/73 CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION I was employed as a Medical Technical Assistant in Tehachapi, Prison. My duties were to provide emergency medical care to the assigned inmates, and subject to call back after normal duty and on weekends, and holidays, to provide medical care in the absence of the prison physician or until the physician arrived to take over. I served as scrub or circulating nurse for a wide variety of surgical procedures, set up operating room with needed supplies and materials as required by the contract surgeon. Provided preoperative and post-operative patient care. In general provided comprehensive nursing care and administered prescribed medication and treatments. I exercised training judgment before calling for assistance by the off duty medical officer See page one for more information on duties. 09/29/48/ to 06/30/70 AIR FORCE RETIRMENT EDWARDS AFB. CA. Independent Duty Medical Technician for 13 years. Assigned to various isolated Radar Squadrons both in U.S. and overseas, those duties were unique since the service of a Licensed Physician was unattainable. My most educational duty was while assigned to a full time Civic Action Program in South East Asia. I traveled into remote area to reach the various villages. I was required to live under conditions of extreme privations while treating the native population in their most dangerous diseases since there were no physicians available. This was done in effort to improve the socio-economic conditions of the rule people by teaching and assisting the government officials with those skills of public health necessary to improve the environmental situation and standard of living. I was also taught to be aware of my limitation and obligations and how not to exceed them in a legal and safe manner. During My Air Force Career; the Following awards received; (1) Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. (2) Good Conduct Medal with three Bronze Loops. (3) National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star. (4) Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star. (5) Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (6) Air Force Longevity Service awards with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. (7) Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (8) Medical Service Technicians course 57-D Diploma from the Air University Gunner AFB. Alabama.

02/21/2004 00:00:00

Name: Dave Auvil
Email: Timingdva AT

SMSgt (Ret) Al Derganz, Radar Maintenance Technician and 1St Sgt passed away Thursday night in Biloxi Mississippi. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Rest in Peace Al.

02/19/2004 00:00:00

Name: Jim Presley
Email: jimpresley1939 AT

642nd AC&W Sq, Red Cliff Air Force Station, St Johns, Newfoundland 1958-1961. Need info on officer and enlisted personnel stationed there. HELP. Anyone know Lt. Robert Owens? How can I locate him?

02/19/2004 00:00:00

Name: ron pope
Email: calvin AT

trying to locate one (1) Dan Welch with whom I was stationed with at Sweetwater AC&W 683nd 1966-1967...should anyone happen upon this site that may know of him ...I would appreciate you emailing me ....last known station for Welch was either Clark P.I or Wallace P.I. he hails from Vallejo, California.. he may or may not be in the Vallejo area .......again anyone that visits this site regular know of him ...let me know.........thanks , also to all of you who served overseas `Welcom Home`

02/17/2004 00:00:00

Name: parley hayes
Email: pehay1938 AT

great site. i spent 20 yrs on the radar sites, including kalispell, opheim, neah bay, klamath ca, west mess nm. if bob johnson happens to read this i sure would like to hear from him about his dad and mother, john and betty reeves.

02/12/2004 00:00:00

Name: Susan
Email: coolariz AT

Does anyone remeber my Dad Carl Buddemeyer Jr. If so i`d like to her from you.

02/11/2004 00:00:00

Name: Steve Weatherly
Email: lweatherly4 AT

Feb 04 issue of the Air Force Magazine has an interesting article about the DEW LINE and general radar and communications systems during the `Cold War`. Photos include that of an ops room plot board. Some comments also at the end about Congressional legislation to establish `Cold War` commemorative sites. Altogether a good read.

02/09/2004 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT AOL.COM

Oswald Villard Jr., a pioneer in the development of over-the-horizon radar, died Jan. 7 in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 87. He was also instrumental in the development of `stealth` technology. As a student, he worked with David Packard and William Hewett, among others, to develop the klystron tube`s radar use. (I saw the fruits of his labor in the FPS-26A transmitter.)

02/09/2004 00:00:00

Name: Bob Samuelson
Email: bdatacom AT

Radar Operator 04/58-10/58 687th AC&W-West Mesa, NM 11/58-11/59 915th AC&W-Sioux Lookout 11/59-11/61 647th SAGE-Manassas, VA

02/08/2004 00:00:00

Name: Lew Orcutt
Email: l.c.orcutt AT

Great work guys but will have to visit many times as there is so much stuff. Keep it up this great. Lew

02/08/2004 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT AOL.COM

President Bush on `Meet the Press` Feb. 8 mentions Air Defense Command, in passing: Russert: But you didn`t volunteer or enlist to go. President Bush: No, I didn`t. You`re right. I served. I flew fighters and enjoyed it, and we provided a service to our country. In those days we had what was called `Air Defense Command,` and it was part of the air defense command system. The thing about the Vietnam War that troubles me as I look back was it was a political war. We had politicians making military decisions, and it is lessons that any president must learn, and that is to the set the goal and the objective and allow the military to come up with the plans to achieve that objective. And those are essential lessons to be learned from the Vietnam War.

02/05/2004 00:00:00

Name: Arnold Hooper
Email: _hooru_ AT

Update. Looking for buddies from 666th Mt Tam,,,932nd Rockville Iceland,,,,964th McClellan AFB. Hoop

02/05/2004 00:00:00

Name: Joseph T. Fulghum
Email: jfulghum AT

Radar Operator - `58-72. E2-E7. Mt.Laguna, Ca: Redcliff, Nfld: Aiken, SC: Pruem, Germany: Fortuna, ND: Almaden, Ca: Okino, Japan: Eglin, Fl:

02/04/2004 00:00:00

Name: Bill Wheland
Email: william.wheland AT

Looking for a photo of a MPN-14 in Vetnam and the date it first started service with the AF. Thanks Bill

02/04/2004 00:00:00

Name: Donald Flickinger
Email: dflickinger AT

AF 14585675 1956 to 1960 A1C 867th AC&W `Velvet Lady` Lookout Mt. Flintstone AF Station,GA 4604th Support Sqdn TT#4 `Ablution` Otis AFB MA

02/03/2004 00:00:00

Name: ron(RoHo) pope
Email: calvin AT

still chasing after Dan Welch from California...hope someone out there will pick up and help this ole war dog out in trying to locate him....he served with the 683nd AC&W at sweetwater afs, texas and at Wallace or Clark in the P.I. thanks

02/03/2004 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT

The NY Times, 2/3/04,”Radar Brings Vision to Cars` Blind Spots” DETROIT -- Phased-array radar, a technology used by the military to guide missiles to their targets, is about to take on a civilian mission: alerting drivers to the presence of vehicles in the cars` `blind spots.` Miniaturized and drawing a small fraction of the power required to track targets like supersonic fighter jets, the automotive radar systems are designed to detect vehicles lurking in areas blocked from the driver`s view ... Each of the antenna units used in Valeo Raytheon`s blind-spot system is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and weighs less than 12 ounces. Two are used - one on each side of the car, tucked under the plastic rear-bumper cover - to broadcast the seven oval-shaped radar `nodes` that map the location of vehicles approaching from the rear. When a car or truck comes close enough to be a potential problem, the system alerts the driver by lighting a warning icon on the outside rearview mirror for that side of the vehicle. Valeo Raytheon expects the system to carry a retail price of about a $500, depending on configuration, Mr. Pyles, the company`s business development manager, said. …

02/01/2004 00:00:00

Name: Dennis Thompson
Email: cactusmri AT

Glad to see that the good old `eight, Nickel, Deuce` (852 ACWRON, Guam) has been added. I do not remember an emblem, official or unofficial. I was among the last to leave the organization when the site was taken over by the FAA. I departed Guam on Friday the 13th of January, 1961. There are some great stories from the Air Defense side of Guam. I would love to hear from the 1959-60 types who are out there.