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(Not drinking and driving)I miss the place but no way I will ever be back.
Not too many of us left - I will have a beer in honor of those who are still alive this evening. Comments: Still here as one of The Originals." Would like to know if the decayed cenotaph on Ascension Island for Jack Bowen was ever repaired or replaced.
He went on to Ascension and GBI before coming up-range to the Tech Lab.
He had an Ercoupe air plane in Melbourne that I learned to fly. My first big poker loss, sinking a LCM6 at Walkers Cay delivering a truck crane.
Comments: My dad Jack Ledbetter worked for ITT (I think) around 1966 on the Vanguard. THE OLD PAN AM MAILROOM STILL THERE, THO LOOKING UNUSED.
On Antigua, I worked with the computer programmer Preston Mullen who piqued my interest in Computer Science and I ended up using the GI Bill to get a BS and MS in Computer Science, later working in Silicon Valley for IBM and HP. I definitely enjoyed the people and work that I was involved in with RCA, Pan Am.===============================Gary originally put this in the Guest Book on by misteak, and I'm moving it over to the Range Rat Sign-In Book where it really belongs. Shopmates included George Jones, George Alban,and many others whom I can't recall. HEY, AIN'T TOO EARLY TO BE MAKING PLANS FOR ATTENDING IRBY'S RR BASH. Comments: I was hired by RCA for the Apollo project and assigned to the Vanguard; but when RCA lost the Apollo project I was transferred to the ARIS ship USNS H. Arnold and I was on it from 1965 to 1967 when I transfer to Grand Turk. TDY duty: GBI, pad 17, Timing Shop, Twin Falls Victory, Coastal Sentry, Antigua. Discovered the Pacific Northwest when the Vandy had an extended port period in Portland, Oregon. I retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2001.
I have since returned only once (in 2005)and was so saddened by the condition not only of the base but also Hatchet Bay. from Doe Beadle, the wife of Dale Beadle that Dale has passed away...---------------so sorry to say my beloved husband, Dale Beadle, of 41 years died October 16, 2016. He would want all of his RANGE RAT friends to know.
A GOOD CROWD OF OLD RATS, LOTS OF PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS, LOTS OF TALL TALES, LOTS OF GOOD FOOD AND COMPANIONSHIP. RANGE MANAGER RUSS REED WAS THERE - 97 YEARS YOUNG AND AS SHARP AS EVER. I believe he was part of the 205 missions on the Vanguard. When radar was removed from Carter Cay Spent time on GBI. FOR THOSE FAR AWAY; PAFB MUCH CHANGED AND THEN NOT CHANGED. ALL THOSE HOUSES, INCLUDING BEACHFRONT, EMPTY, STILL MAINTAINED. DOUG ROGERS JUST RETURNED FROM A MONTH LONG TREK AROUND ASCENSION. ANYONE INTERESTED CAN CONTACT VIA E ADDRESS LISTED ELSEWHERE ON THIS SITE.
On Ascension, I was there when we were the last station to track SKYLAB - it should have been a visual as it burned up but all my pictures just show the clouds it was behind. However, I do recall Narvea Gardner, a black man who taught me much about dignity and perseverance. Comments: Worked as the SCO on Redstone May 1967 to May 1969. I was a fisheries Biologist and ran research programs on the Columbia R.
Many many stories I can tell and I have some photos... I believe I was the first/only woman on the softball team on Grand Turk, I lived in town rather than in barracks, I witnessed a tropical storm and could barely make it walking to work, helped a local master diver Paul (Hendrickson? I could go on, but I am currently planning a 2 or 3 month trip in early 2018 to go back and explore more. Comments: I was trying to find my (much) earlier entry to the RR book. I transferred (briefly) to the Radar Engineering Dept. Took leave of absence from FAA to join Redstone in Quincy, MA. utilizing Hydroacoustic Techniques to evaluate juvenile salmon passage at multiple Corps Dams. Discount food and drinks with name tag that you get when you sign in. Comments: Viewing the RR Sign in book, noticed I have an old email address. Thanks to Lee Barn for his email (RE: King Halikman) which got me back into interest in the RR history and Joe's great accomplishment with this site.
My best to al the "old range rats" that are still around. The dedication, creativity, adventures, and camaraderie of the pioneers that built the range. Comments: I lived on the Hatchet Bay plantation, Eleuthera in 1961 - 1962.
My father, Major Raymond Ohlhues was the base commander then.
Staying in Georgetown this visit and hope to have Wi Fi conn. Doug Comments: My good friend and old range rat Jim Velia passed this week.