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John Wood from Punta Gorda, FL wrote on May 31, 2020 at 12:35 pm
Going through some old files I came across the name of someone I lost track of.
Does anyone know or remember Don Franklin? We trained on the same launch crew in Orlando in 1961 but he didn't ship out to Kadena with us. I was under the impression that he would arrive with the next group but he never did.
I would appreciate any information you might have.
Thanks,
John Wood
Richard W Serfass from Hainesport wrote on April 25, 2020 at 4:06 pm
Arrived at Kadena Air Base assigned to the 498TMG in January 1965 with the Mace B. (the Mace A was in Bitberg Germany, where I really wanted to go!!) Stayed 18 months leaving June 1966. I was a young second lieutenant as the Launch Control Officer on a 7 man crew.. My training out of OTS was at Lowry AFB and Orlando AFB. How was that for training sites.
Lived in a Quonset Hut with two fellow officers, Dave Parker and Chuck Prince. Came across this site looking for a model of the Mace Missile to hang in my room along site the Minuteman Missile, which was my next assignment.
I need it quick before I leave this earth and then I can leave it to my daughters who will probably throw it away.
I have a few pictures to post. How do you do that?
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Hi Richard, If you have photos that you'd like added to the website, send them to me - webmaster@TacMissileers.org

Regards, Russ Reston

ps - The Revell Mace Model is currently available on Amazon and eBay. Here's the Amazon URL.

https://www.amazon.com/Revell-32-Teracruzer-Missile/dp/B007JQ8II4
Mike Mulligan from Pahrump NV wrote on April 8, 2020 at 5:25 am
498 MMS Okinawa Kadina 1962 1965
Harry F.Anderson, Jr. from Zellwood, Fl and Whittier, NC wrote on January 25, 2020 at 3:03 pm
Assigned to 498th MMS from 9/1961 to 6/1965. I was assigned to the GEMS Shop,responsile for setting up the test modules and checking out the guidance system boxes. Some of those working for me were Armand Roux, Richard Sully, Jim Jackson,Terry Acree. After checking out the boxes, we sent them to the GSC Section, withDon Moody in charge. Some oh the people working out there were Henry P. La Montagne, Gil Lomax Mac McKay,George Bennet. They would install the black boxes into the nose cone and assembled the missile. Flight Controls, run by Pete Samples would do their thing and then to the silos. Floyd Clark was also one of group that was there. We all trained at Lowery AFB, then went to Orlando AFB and on to Okinawa as a group. Most staled on until 65 or 66 before before returning to the states. These were some of the best times in my USAF Career. I went to McCoy AFB Fla as a radar tech with the 966th AEW&C until I retired in 1973. Would enjoy hearing from anyone having like memories
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Pls check 6/1/2020 entry by Guy Vanderman.
Fanita Maxwell from Houston wrote on January 2, 2020 at 7:29 pm
It is with great sadness that I inform you my father, MSgt. Norris J. Maxwell (Bitburg Steinborn '57-'60) passed away on December 21, 2019.  The Denver, Colorado reunion we attended together was one of his fondest memories. Services to be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Houston, Texas on Friday January 10th, 2020. Family & Friends Gathering will be from 1100- 1215, Military service will start promptly at 1230.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
My condolences. His name has been added to the website Honor Roll.
https://www.tacmissileers.org/honor-roll-of-deceased-missileers/
Edward T Nangle, Jr from Manheim wrote on December 1, 2019 at 9:18 am
Thanks to our new President Guy for his article about his early days in the "MACE" family. Much of what he relates to was a later version of my experiences before deploying. Although I was Nuclear Weapons Specialist on the early TM-76A Mace 1956-1962 assigned to Sembach AFB Germany my basic training , and Missile school in Denver was similar.

Thanks
Ed
Ronald Baertsch from Brookville, Ohio wrote on November 20, 2019 at 9:16 am
I went to school on the TM76-A at Lowry during 1958-1959. I worked on the TM61C Matador at the 310th TMS at Osan during 1959-1960. Also at the 71st TMS in Bitburg during 1960-1962. Would like to here from anyone that served at these locations at the same times. Ron Baertsch
Larry Emerson from Wichita wrote on November 6, 2019 at 9:33 pm
Found this on internet tonight. Chuck was at Bitburg for at least two tours once with Matadore (?) or Mace A(?) and with Mace B - Job Control.

Charles Rondall Sisson
Copperhill, Tennessee
Aug 18, 1936 – Aug 30, 2019
Atkins Funeral Home - Blue Ridge - Blue Ridge Obituary
Charles was born on August 18, 1936 and passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019. Mr. Sisson retired from the United States Air Force after nearly twenty-three years. A private interment followed at the Sisson Family Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge, 907 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 or The Gideons International.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
I've added his name to the Honor Roll.
Julian (Zito) Esposito from Levittown wrote on October 9, 2019 at 8:38 am
Thank you Carolyn & Max for the terrific 2019 reunion pictures on our site. Great memories of our Tac Missileer friends preserved forever !
Guy Vanderman from Deatsville wrote on September 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm
I was honored to volunteer to be the president of the association for the next period. Hats off to Max and Jerry for all they do. I had a great time at the reunion, the fourth one I have attended. I don't (didn't) know too many of you as I was not married and only 18 when I went on the Mace B. Did not socialize too much other than with my fellow Guidance techs, none of which are part of the association as far as I can notice. I will try and capture my thoughts on the Mace and what it did for me in later entries. Suffice it to say it got me started off on the right foot for a 35 year Air Force career.
Julian (Zito) Esposito from Levittown wrote on September 18, 2019 at 10:21 am
Happy Birthday U.S.A.F
Congratulations to Max Butler and all Tac Missileers on another terrific reunion!
Bill Rinker from Highlands Ranch, CO wrote on September 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm
My TM71A career began at Lowry during 1961-62 where I met and married my present wife. Then on to Orlando 1962 and Hahn 1962-66. I spent my entire time in Germany as a Maintenance Mech 1 (TM76A ATRAN guidance) at Hahn Site IV (Wuscheim). We lived a few miles from Site IV in a little village named Reckershausen. The town folks took us right in and we became part of their community (no one spoke English so we learned German)! We wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world! Left USAF in 1966 and went to work for Telco companies as a datecomm/telcomm engineer for 39 years. Retired in 2005. We sure have a lot of great memories of the folks we met in the USAF!
Ann Fairchild from The Mariners' Museum wrote on September 11, 2019 at 9:37 pm
I hope you enjoyed your tour at the Mariners' Museum today, as I certainly enjoyed being one of the Navigators. To the guys asking about the steering wheel on the Miss Belle Isle, the 1923 Chris-Craft Runabout, we were both right. One stick was the throttle, and the other was the spark adjustment.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
We had a great visit to the museum. Thanks for the hospitality!!!
Julian P Esposito from Levittown wrote on September 9, 2019 at 3:36 pm
I received a recent call from the daughter of Jim and Marge Harrison asking that I give Marge a call. Marge told me that Jim Harrison, Hahn site VI weapons tech. 1964-1966, had passed away.
Jim Marge and their young daughters lived in Kirchberg and would always invite a few of us; me, Jim Schmaltz, John Ray and others, to their apartment for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dinner and sometimes Sunday meals. We last saw Jim at the Denver reunion. Both Jim and Marge were both special people, making the holidays so much better for some young, single airmen! Bless you both !
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
I've added his name to the website Honor Roll.

Russ
Tony Aluknavich from The Woodlands, Texas wrote on August 31, 2019 at 6:02 pm
I was at Hahn from 1965 to 1966 in the 89th TMS. I'm not sure what site I was at but it had sheds over the missiles. I was there until the shutdown in 1966 and then got orders to Whiteman AFB in the Minuteman system. I would like to hear from some of my old mates that were with me during my stay at Hahn.
Robert Bolton from Gainesville, GA wrote on June 29, 2019 at 11:35 am
Lance Moorman Nuclear Weapons Launch Technician at Sembach & 887th TMS Grünstadt passed away earlier this week. The link to his obituary is:

https://www.armeshuntfuneralhome.com/notices/Lance-Moorman
Bernard McMahon from Bellaire wrote on June 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm
I was stationed at Sembach AB from 1978-1980. I returned to Germany in 1988 as a member of the 38th TMMS at Wueschheim AS living on Hahn AB in the NCO dorm. I also was a member of the crew who refurbished the Matador missile as a static display on Wueschheim.
Pat Vetter from Pittsburgh wrote on April 5, 2019 at 8:59 pm
I was stationed at Bitburg, from January 1968 until it closed in 1969. I was a tech 4 can't remember the team #
I do remember some of the other team members. I may spell their name wrong but here goes.
CCC Cpt. Al Myers
CCC Wilber Holt(s)
Tech 1 Battin(spelled that wrong)
Smith
Harris
Al Glosser
and myself Pat Vetter
Great people to serve with after Bitburg I went to Wheelus AFB in Libya. and then to England (Bentwaters)
Eckhard Roeske from Hochspeyer wrote on March 27, 2019 at 7:48 am
Hallo, ich bin in Hochspeyer 1954 auf diese Erde geboren worden. Ich bin Deutscher. Hier war im Wald eine Matador/ Mace Stellung. Das Commando war auf der Air Base Sembach stationiert. Zu den Raketenstellung gehörte auch ein Munitiondepot und eine Feuerwache mit einem C 530 Fire Truck.
So war meine Familie Augenzeuge dieser Aktionen dieser Einheiten.
Sehr tolle Zeit für mich. Seitdem bin ich ein Freund der Amerikaner und der USA.

Hello, I was born in Hochspeyer in 1954 to this earth. I'm German. Here was a Matador / Mace position in the forest. The commando was stationed at the Air Base Sembach. The rocket position also included a munitions depot and a fire station with a C 530 Fire Truck.
So my family was an eyewitness to these actions of these units.
Great time for me. Since then I am a friend of Americans and the USA.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Hello Eckhard, thanks for your guestbook entry.

If you want any photos to be attached to your entry, please send them to me and I will add them. Danke.

Best Regards,
Russ Reston
russ@SembachMissileers.org
Bob M Cornell from Bradenton wrote on March 5, 2019 at 10:12 am
To Joe Heeter, reading over old entries I ran across your 3/28/17 entry mentioned Agent Orange usage on Okinawa Missile sites and connection with Prostrate Cancer. Curious, I worked site #1 as a Mech 1, crew 5 from Sept '61 to March of '63. I suffered the consequences of Prostrate Cancer, surgery, radiation, etc. and have survived over 20 years since.
FYI
Chuck Reustle from Myrtle Beach wrote on February 10, 2019 at 11:38 pm
Denver 60 Orlando AFB 61 _ Kadena 61-63_Orlando 63-66_Bitburg 66-68 crosstrained. Retired 1986 E-9 Happy living in Myrtle Beach. 9 years with the Mace B were the best years of my career.
Robert Cornell from Bradenton wrote on January 6, 2019 at 10:33 am
Lackland 1959, Lowry 1959 60, Orlando & Cape 1960, 61. Okinawa 1961 to 63. AFC 31170 guidence systems control Mech 1. Crew 5 at Bolo with Capt. Klintworth.
Home base Kadina, 873TMS.
Gary Renfrew from Albuquerque wrote on December 16, 2018 at 11:26 am
To John Alfieri. Yes, this is the same Gary Renfrew from the 1st TMS in Bitburg and worked for Capt Reinhardt. My TBI at Bitburg was subtle for 60 years then reared it's head with explosive headaches and dizziness. The VA Hospital here in Albuquerque has been great in treating me. Now retired and enjoying travels with my wife.
Robert Garside from Taylorsville wrote on December 12, 2018 at 7:37 am
Spent my tour after Lowery and Orlando the city, not yet Disney World, at Bitburg 1962-Feb 1965 in the 71st TMS with Logan E. Wing III (Hi Logan), Steve Burguss, Edward Schmutzer(deceased), George Wolfe, Raymond Pageau, LCO. Lt. whats his name , Launch crew 8 @ Edenheim, TM76B underground site. I have pictures of site under construction by German builders. I can't recall everyone yet, the NCOIC and Mech 1 but I think I have it in my military records somewhere.

Ought to mention to Wolfe if he is still out there that I crashed his drunk 1954 VW on some black ice en-route to the sister base a few miles downstream.

When I returned home I made a phone call to Klarchen in Bitburg at her job, a big shock to her since I spent my last 30 days in Germany in the hospital for stomach problems and never had a chance to talk to her before I left. And no, she wasn't a bar girl, she worked in a factory job.

Last I heard from a guy who emailed me from Bitburg doing research on the 71st Missilers for the town, reported to me that he knew Klarchen and was still there. Lost her phone number by then but strange he would know her in such a small town.

Never found out what information Bitburg was able to find on the missile squadron, apparently the German people were not allowed to discuss or say anything about the base, German law. Never heard or found out if anyone knew the fate of the missile monument near the barracks, if anyone knows give us all a holler. After Bitburg I spent 2 months making Williams tractor trailers and dump trucks then went to Hill AFB for 36 years as civil service Aircraft Mechanic on F4, F101, F16, F18 navy blue angels birds which the navy has a whole new concept of aircraft maintenance by flying them to unusable and airworthy condition and dumps them in the ocean after removing any spare parts like engines sill running and actuators etc. Perfect jet for carriers, could be airborne before the end of flight deck. Then during the Vietnam era I was sent TDY to modify the F4 with major upgrades with ejection seats changes and EMT radar jammers blocking GLM missile attacks, very effective defense system still used today by all jet fighter and base organizatoins.

Logan and pageau and burgess I have a new email address and was out of service with no internet for a few years because Utah has been working on this new fiber optic service which seemed to take forever to get working.

I plan to attend the reunion this year with a lady companion yet to be found. If interested I would like to hear from anyone who was there new this little shit head. email tactech3@outlook.com. catchy name huh. I retired from civil service in 1998 and learned new trade in Electronic care systems and emission systems and that the global warming is hoax and fake compiled information they could be a million years out of sync with millennial who are fumbling through life as education dumb with ancient dark ages fears and ignorance of any scientific facts.
Robert L. Bolton from Gainesville wrote on November 19, 2018 at 11:30 am
USAF 310th TMS 1960/1961 Ring
Ring commemorating the 310th TMS in Korea found. If anyone has information on this ring or others like it please contact me.









Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Bob, I've attached the photos...