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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...
Tom Gosnell from Moraga, CA wrote on November 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm
I arrived at Hahn a week before the assassination of President Kennedy, a depressing way to begin a new assignment. I was trained extensively on the AANC at Orlando, so I was naturally assigned to the MPT in the periodic maintenance area. Became MPT crew chief. A SMSGT showed up from USAFE Hq and was looking for guidance system guy and took me with him to Wiesbaden for a change of pace in my last year.
Gene Henderson from Mesa, Az wrote on September 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm
If I remember correctly we had a display TM 76 Mace Missile at Hahn AB. I was with the 586th Missile Maint Sqdn at Hahn from Dec 62 to Dec 66 and remember one there. I could be wrong tho, my memory is fading.
Edward T Nangle Jr from Lititz, PA wrote on September 6, 2018 at 8:13 am
I happened to be reading one of our postings in 2012 when the TM-76B Mace Display was completed in Indiana.
FYI- in 1959 when we first inserted the TM-76A Mace into Sembach to replace the Matador, we had a display that we took to Paris LeBourget Airfield to display in the International Air Show in June 1959. We also took the MM-1 Terracruzer. This Mace display was painted White like the one in Indiana. I also posted a picture of the display at that time June 1959 FYI.
Tim Barlow from San Antonio wrote on August 31, 2018 at 3:44 am
I was stationed at Hahn from 83-86. I've been researching the aircraft and histories of all the aircraft that were part of the 38th and 50th. If anyone has any information on the final disposition of tail numbers let me know.
Edward T Nangle, Jr from Lititz, Pa wrote on August 26, 2018 at 9:15 pm
Recently assembled model of TM-76 Mace and Terracruiser Launcher. Picture attached

A1C, Edward T Nangle, Jr, 46350B, Nuclear Weapons Mechanical Specialist, 38th TMW, 587th TMG, 822nd TMS, Sembach AB TM-76A Mace Flight A, April 1959, 822nd TMS Standardization Board Member April 1959-1960. Completed the model in August 2018.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
I've attached your photo to your guestbook entry. Regards...
Brian McCornick from Casselberry, fl. wrote on August 12, 2018 at 11:21 pm
Lowry 1960, Orlando 1960-61, Kadena Sep 61 to Jul 64, 498 MMS, back to Orlando as instructor (443) 64-67, Bitburg, eval team 67-69. Retired as E-8 Aug 1986.
Gene Henderson from Mesa, Az wrote on July 16, 2018 at 12:21 pm
I was at Hahn A B last week and it is about gone. Went to the housing unit I lived in and its still standing but in bad shape. Could not access the building. There is a big tree growing in front of the entrance and the building is locked. Went out to the maintenance area and it is now a recycle plant. Stunk like hell. There were people working but would not let us in. They had the gate locked. The old buildings are there and they added one bldg where we parked the MM-1"s. Sad
john Alfieri from West Henrietta wrote on June 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm
Like old times. Was assigned to the 585th Support Squadron 1957-1960, Special Weapons AFSC. Is this Gary Renfrew from the old E-Bay, worked for Capt Rheinhardt??
Gary Renfrew from Albuquerque wrote on May 28, 2018 at 12:43 pm
Does anyone have a picture of the 1st PBS patch, or an original patch? I would love to obtain one or two...or to get decals made. Also the 1st TMS patch.
Thanks for the response.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Fred Partington from Mount Vernon wrote on May 19, 2018 at 8:25 pm
I was a missile instructor for the TM-76A & B from 1959 thru 1964 in the big hanger at Lowry AFB, Denver, Colorado. I enjoyed driving the big FWD Translauncher.
Ed Valentine from Severna Park , MD wrote on April 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm
I was at Bitburg from May 56- May 59 spent 2 years on a launch crew. I was a nuclear weapon specialist, I went to Wheelus once.
Gary Renfrew from Albuquerque, NM wrote on March 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm
Saw John Gibbs' entry. I was also on the 1st PBS, then 1st TMS.
Bitburg AFB '54 to '57, was going to make a career, but TBI at Bitburg made me get Hon. Discharge in Aug '57. VA is taking excellent care of me in NM. Any others from 1st PBS out there?
Bob Shuping from Concord, NC wrote on January 20, 2018 at 2:59 pm
Haven't been on the site in a good while. Good to see all the postings.

585th Support Squadron
Bitburg Air Base, Germany
58-61,
gordon fisk from brooksville,fl wrote on January 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm
the B-61 story/launch was great,brings back some memories!
guy vanderman from deatsville, Al wrote on December 29, 2017 at 7:44 am
I have a document titled Project Sunset Lily Part A. Is there a Part B? I was part of that Project when I was an airman.
Jeff wrote on December 27, 2017 at 3:31 pm
Site IV was actually turned into a U.S. Army chaparral missile tac site which is where I served 75-78. Really cool to see it's previous history as a MACE missile site.
Were the warheads Nukes?
Eugene Bielinski from Delavan WI wrote on October 29, 2017 at 4:42 pm
Has anyone tried to sign up to the PX/BX online? I tried but they couldn't find my records. I was in the Air Force from July 1958 to July 1962.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Gene, I had the same problem... I called Vet Verify at 1-844-868-8672 and they 'walked' me through submitting (online) a copy of my DD-214. Within a few hours after the submission I received an email stating "Thank you for applying to participate in the Veterans online shopping benefit. Congratulations! You have been verified and can begin shopping on November 11, 2017. The exchanges will keep you updated with important developments."
Tom Sandman from Taneytown, Lmaryland wrote on September 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm
498th GEMS 1967 - 1969. Was there for shutdown of the 498th - disassembled the GEMS Shop, and cut up the big cables for scrap at the four launch sites. Left Oki in January 70 for AMMS Squadron at Fairchild AFB. Notified on arrival of acceptance to the AECP program. Commissioned in September 72. Retired from the AF in 82 as a Captain. Retired in 2010 as Manager of Telecommunications for the National Weather Service.