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select from rrbook order by date desc Date: 07/18/2018 Name: Mitch Bronson Email: City/State/Country: Port St John, FL, United States Comments: Started with RCA at PAFB in 1975. Traveled to
most of the downrange stations and ships as a
comm tech over the years working for Bill
Brashear and Bob Boska. Sailed on a very rough
trip on the Arnold from Hawaii to dry dock near
San Francisco. Worked in Field Ops for George
Jones and at Comm Control at the XY building.
Took over as SME for TV Ops from Leon Lacy and
then went to the SME position at the ROCC.
Worked at Progress Telecom in St Pete for a
couple of years, did 10 years at Harris, mostly
on GOES-R and now finishing out my Eastern
Range career doing AutoCad drawings for Phacil
of range equipment on the LTRS MEN contract,
retiring next month. Would love to continue to
get emails from old friends. Site URL: http://
Date: 07/13/2018 Name: David C. Zuckerman Email: City/State/Country: Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA Comments: During the early 70's. I was stationed at the Eastern Test Range,Cape Canaveral Out Port Service, Pan American World Airways Inc.

My function was to do the Purchasing of all food Products items and specialty products,consumables and dry goods for the Eastern Test Range through out the Bahamas,Antigua, Ascension Island and Mahe in the Seychelle Islands.

Mr. Jerry Ledford my Supervisor actually presented me with a certificate called Range Rats International as I was responsible to manage all the purchasing at the commissary out port and strategic purchasing at Patrick Airforce Base,Florida.

Shipments were sent by air and sea. for the many workers stationed at these posts.
I would travel to these bases and outposts every six weeks and also get take part in operating the food services operations

One of my functions was to develop equipment or food items that could be used on these island to reduce costs and still maintain excellent food quality standard for the feeding of the employees and contractors at these venues.

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Date: 07/08/2018 Name: Paul Reid Email: City/State/Country: Cantonment, FL, USA Comments: Moved to Patrick AFB in 1964 assigned to 2862
GEEIA Squardon as part of "Rilley's Range
Runners". As a Ground Radio technician I helped
install the HF receiver site at the Cape as well
as the HF transmitter site at Ascension. Last
trip to Ascension in 1968 was to replace TACAN so
that 4 aircraft loaded with mercenaries could fly
to and back from the Belgian Congo to rescue US
Embassy personnel.Left USAF & worked for North
American Rockwell at KSC. Was on launch team for
Apollo 11. Site URL:
Date: 06/21/2018 Name: Bob Wynn Email: City/State/Country: Panama City, Florida, USA Comments: My first job after four years in the Air Force was with RCA Missile Test Project.
February 1961: My first assignment was Carter Cay in the newly opened Comm
September 1962: RCA transferred me to Trinidad where I worked in the Comm
July 1963: Transferred to San Salvador as Comm Center Leader.
July 1964: Transferred to Cape Canaveral and worked in the Mercury Control Center
until it was shut down. Then transferred to the Cape Comm Center for a few months
then to the Real Time Computer Facility at the Cape as a Computer Operator.
September 1967 RCA transferred me from the Missile Test Project to Project Boresite
working out of Camden, NJ.
December 1968 RCA sent me to Goddard Space Flight Center where I worked on the
OGO Project as a Computer Programmer until I left RCA in August 1969. Site URL:
Date: 06/20/2018 Name: Bernard Eugene Wright Email: City/State/Country: Anna, TX, United States Comments: Communications tech on GBI,ASCENSION AND TRINIDAD
from 1960 to 1964. Left to hire into PAA picket
Don Drake, Norm Cheney,Paul Pannier, Jesse James
and Jack Schell names I remember. Any info? Site URL:
Date: 06/18/2018 Name: Dennis Sustare Email: City/State/Country: Round Rock, TX, USA Comments: I worked in Supply for Panam as a teenager, first
for a summer at Antigua, and then for a year at
San Salvador. I worked indoors at Antigua, but was
in Shipping and Receiving at San Sal, driving a
truck and forklift, mostly loading and unloading
C-54s, but also delivering ballistic cameras to
and from their setup sites. I loved the work.
Before PanAm, I worked a short time for RCA at
Patrick AFB. Site URL:
Date: 06/14/2018 Name: Ed Buryn Email: City/State/Country: Nevada City, CA, United States Comments: I served at Eleuthera AAFB for about 6 months during late
1956, as radar operator/tech. Participated in 1st successful
guided shoot of Snark missile from Patrick AFB to Ascension
Island and back. Loved my duty here but moved back to the
mainland to get married. Site URL:
Date: 06/02/2018 Name: David A. Jones, usaf. Det 215 1045th City/State/Country: Pleasant View, Utah, USA Comments: Stationed there from dec 72
to dec 73 with special
operations of 1035th. Site URL:
Date: 05/25/2018 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, United States Comments: I am sorry to report that Wayne Witham RCA
Communications passed away....I believe it was on
May 22, 2018. I worked for Wayne at STA89 Mahe, he
was the Comm Leader. RIP Wayne. Site URL:
Date: 04/26/2018 Name: John "Jack" Holton Email: City/State/Country: Lancaster, PA, USA Comments: Worked at Trinidad site, from 1962 til 1965. Enjoyed the work
and many friendships formed there. Would enjoy hearing from
anyone that was there at that time to share memories and
what they are doing now. Wow, that was a long time ago. Site URL:
Date: 04/23/2018 Name: Sebastian "Sam" Calanni Email: City/State/Country: Guffey, Colorado, USA Comments: Wor4ked for RCA from July 1956 to July 1960 at Mayaguez, then Turk and ended up at GBI. Went to work for Pan Am in 1960 at the Yuma Proving Grounds then in 1965, still with Pan Am, at the Nuclear Rocket Development Station at Jackass Flats NV. When that project ended in the Early 70's and still with Pan Am I went to work at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Transferred with Pan Am to Los Alamos National Lab in 1986 until 1996 when I relocated back to the Cape as a Johnson Controls employee. Retired at the Cape in 1998.

I remember the "never go Navajo" and the "run a way Snark", so any of you?

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Date: 04/03/2018 Name: Wayne Thomas Email: City/State/Country: Newark, Delaware, Usa Comments: I was at The Devil's Ashpit Tracking
Station on Ascension Island from 1975
until 1979.I was with and remember Dan
Kovalchuk.Gene Bergeron was the manager of
PanAm services. It was an exciting time
for me. Site URL:
Date: 03/28/2018 Name: Don Halter Email: City/State/Country: HOUSTON, Texas, USA Comments: Just checking in to see what I have been missing the last couple of years.
Catching up on old memories from Turk, Antigua and Carter Cay. Site URL:
Date: 01/12/2018 Name: Dale Simonaitis Email: City/State/Country: Lewisburg , TN 37091, USA Comments: Checking on past Range Rats ! Site URL:
Date: 12/17/2017 Name: Art DeLoach Email: City/State/Country: Lewisville, NC, United States Comments: Nice to see so many Range Rats still around. Brings
back a lot memories. Site URL:
Date: 11/16/2017 Name: Cam Poirier Email: City/State/Country: SCS, MI, USA Comments: Civ Contractor, Raytheon (CSC), Radar Technician and operations,AN/TPQ 12.15 & 12.17, Ascension Isle 1998-2000 & 2001-2003. PAFB, Technician and casual hire 2005-2010 Site URL:
Date: 11/09/2017 Name: Bernard Eugene Wright Email: City/State/Country: ANNA, TX, United States Comments: RCA employee 1960-1964
Grand Bahama, Ascension, Trinidad
Transmitter and receiver sites Site URL:
OUT! Site URL:
Date: 10/21/2017 Name: Bobby Csaszar Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: Frank Csaszar who worked for RCA,GE AND CSR,
PASSED AWAY FEB,22,2012 after a long fight with
lung and brain cancer. He would always love to
talk about the island and the good people he met. Site URL:
Date: 10/13/2017 Name: Donald Mc Cormick Email: City/State/Country: Indian Land, SC, Usa Comments: I served at NAvfac 103 in 1960-61 in Radio. Roy Sutton and I
were from Jersey. Site URL:
Date: 10/13/2017 Name: Alan Jones City/State/Country: Miilledgeville, Georgia, USA Comments: Fernando de Noronha - 1959
Ascension - 1960 Site URL:
Date: 09/21/2017 Name: Tony Ledbetter Email: City/State/Country: Garland, Texas, US Comments: My dad Jack Ledbetter worked for ITT (I think) around 1966 on the Vanguard.
I am looking for any information about my dad during this period. I believe he was part of the 205 missions on the Vanguard. Don't have a lot of information about his job but he was fresh out of the Air Force where he was a cryptographer. Not sure this relates to his Vanguard job Site URL:
Date: 09/13/2017 Name: Karen Turner Email: City/State/Country: Loomis, CA, United States Comments: I was a RM2, Radioman 2nd class, stationed at
NAVFAC Grand Turk in 1977. I was 1 of 5 women
stationed there at the time. After my duty there,
I became a Range Rat for RCA, and operated and
then supervised the radar tracking watches on
Antigua and Ascension Islands. 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. 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.

Many many stories I can tell and I have some
photos... wish I had more. 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?) with the infrequent tour
groups, helped build a diver's catamaran/diving
platform to accomodate a large group (paint was
wet when the arrived), played beer ball at the
southern Air Force base (you get a beer at first
base and your run does not count if it is not
empty at home plate), participated in the land
crab race (Coast Guard entry requested a forklift
to meet the plane to offload their crab),
frequented the very small Enlisted Man's bar way
too much, learned tennis on the adjacent court,
Capt Atkins taught sailing classes on Sunfishes
(which gave me confidence to own 3 Hobie cast and
then a 38' Morgan sailboat that I lived on in S.F.
Bay)... I could go on, but I am currently planning
a 2 or 3 month trip in early 2018 to go back and
explore more. Would love to hear from others in
the late 70's.

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Date: 09/06/2017 Name: HOWARD L TYLER JR Email: City/State/Country: WETUMKA, OKLAHOMA, United States Comments: Was communications/crypto specialist stationed at
6th ASAFS Homestead. Sent temp assignment to
Eleuthra in July 1965. Site URL:
Date: 08/27/2017 Name: Gordon Clarke Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, FL, United States Comments: Down Range 1956 to 1970 Site URL:
Date: 08/19/2017 Name: John Gentry Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers, FL, United States Comments: I am changing my Comcast E-mail to
effective immediately. I
will also keep the Comcast E-mail address for a
few weeks to ensure a I do not lose any E-mail.

Thanks, John

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Date: 08/02/2017 Name: John Christensen Email: City/State/Country: Brinnon, Washington, USA Comments: I have tried to reply to "" that he used on 12/27/16 and all I get is an ATT site telling me that bellsouth.net no longer exists. Can any one help?
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Date: 08/02/2017 Name: John Christensen Email: City/State/Country: Brinnon, Washington, USA Comments: I was trying to find my (much) earlier entry to the RR book. No luck. Sorry to read that Wally Tubell? has passed on. He hired me in 1957. Found a note from Benny Juhl, I worked with him on ORV's. I will try his Email next. Wish I could come to the next RR get together but the commute from WA is more than I can handle. Site URL:
Date: 07/12/2017 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, FL, USA Comments: Hello Mick Rowe. Hope all is well, it has been a
few years. Site URL:
Date: 07/03/2017 Name: Gary Chapman Email: City/State/Country: Brockton, Mass., USA Comments: Worked on the range 1962 thru 1966.
Went to FPS-16 radar school on San Salvador.
Assigned to Carter Cay MPS-25 radar.
When radar was removed from Carter Cay Spent time on GBI.
Adventurally got assigned to Trinidad, where I worked in Receiver CMF radar .
Would be interested in hearing from anybody who had passed by my way in the past. 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 29 Jan 2017 by misteak, and I'm moving it over to the Range Rat Sign-In Book where it really belongs. Site URL:
Date: 07/03/2017 Name: Mick Rowe City/State/Country: Titusville, Florida, USA Comments: ETR Jan. 52 thru Aug. 72. Trinidad, Fernando De Noronha, Antigua, Grand Turk, Eleuthera, Ascension, Mahe, Pretoria.

BMEWS Thule, Greenland
Alaska, Dew Line
Andros Island, AUTEC
Alaska, AC&W Project, Cape Romanzof, Kotzebue, King Salmon
Andros (again}
Cudjoe Key, Fl. RCA Aerostats
Cape Canaveral, Fl. RCA Aerostat
Mick put this in the Guest Book by misteak on 04 May 2017 and I am finally moving it over to the Range Rat Sign In Book where it really belongs....

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Date: 07/02/2017 Name: Joe Frasketi, Jr. City/State/Country: Fort Myers, FL, USA Comments: ANOTHER RANGE RAT PASSES:
Maurice D. Sweetin
June 28, 1935 - June 29, 2017
I received this emal from Don Akerberg yesterday saying:
"I received a phone call from Angela Sweetin that Maury passed away on Thursday evening June 29th. Services that will be held at the Bealls Funeral Home in Bowie Md. on the 6th and 7th of July. Maury was a great man and may he rest in peace and may his peace be eternal."
There is an obituary link but it does not include any info. about Maury.
When an obit is published I will post it.
Maury wrote this in my Range Rat Sign-In Book way back in Jan, 2006:
"I arrived at MTP in Feb 1959 as a B-TEch in the Radar Shop, aptly led by Ira Runyan. The hottest thing going was the MOD II, but the Nike MOD IV came shortly thereafter. Shopmates included George Jones, George Alban,and many others whom I can't recall. However,I do recall Narvea Gardner, a black man who taught me much about dignity and perseverance. I transferred (briefly) to the Radar Engineering Dept. but then was Shanghied by Wally to go on the Twin Falls tracking ship. Then went to Red Dotson's ARIS ships. Left RCA in '78 from the MADOS contract in Maryland, and worked for OAO Corp for 25 years, retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2004. My memories of MTP could fill a large book. Thanks for the site."
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Date: 06/23/2017 Name: Mary Lynn Thorne Email: City/State/Country: McKenzie, TN, USA Comments: I WENT to work in 1955. I would still be working if
things were the same. Those were the best years of my life. Met my husband, John Thorne, Leader of Firing. I worked in CC until I went to AZUSA MK II. All the stories will be with me forever. I'm 80. Site URL:
Date: 05/23/2017 Name: jim edwards Email: City/State/Country: melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: Antigua. Site URL:
Date: 04/28/2017 Name: CHARLIE WRIGHT Email: City/State/Country: MICCO, FLORIDA, USA Comments: A DRIVE UP A1A YESTERDAY. FOR THOSE FAR AWAY;
Date: 04/25/2017 Name: Pasquale DeFilippis Email: City/State/Country: MASSAPEQUA, NY, United States 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.H. Arnold and I was on it from 1965 to 1967
when I transfer to Grand Turk.
I was a Radar tech. on the USNS H.H. Arnold from
1965 - 1967, and in Grand Turk 1967 - 1970. My son
was born in Grand Turk. Site URL:
Date: 04/23/2017 Name: Jim Hagan Email: City/State/Country: Malabar, Florida, USA Comments: Was on the Range from December 1956 - June 1972. Served on St Lucia, San Salvador, Rose Knot, Cape Telemetry 2 and 3, Mercury / Gemini Control, Mistram in Valkaria. TDY duty: GBI, pad 17, Timing Shop, Twin Falls Victory, Coastal Sentry, Antigua. Site URL:
Date: 04/20/2017 Name: Bob Calderwood Email: City/State/Country: Parrish, FL, USA Comments: Worked as the SCO on Redstone May 1967 to May 1969. Took leave of absence from FAA to join Redstone in Quincy, MA. We sailed to Cape Canaveral first stopping in NJ for work on the ship. Supported off Florida , moved to Miami Beach, supported off Bermuca and the Sargasso Sea. Moved to Oxnard, CA and then to Honolulu to support in the Pacific. I went back to Air Traffic Control in Oxnard, Ca in 1969. Retired in SC in 1987. Best two years of my life. Site URL:
Date: 04/18/2017 Name: Roger Willis City/State/Country: Las Vegas, NV, usa Comments: just visiting
walking down memory lane Site URL:
Date: 04/12/2017 Name: Richard Anthony Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Fl, USA Comments: To keep in touch with old friends. Site URL:
Date: 04/08/2017 Name: Robert Magne Email: City/State/Country: Blue River, Oregon, USA Comments: I was a wx tech (Pan Am)on the USNS Gen. H.S.
Vandenberg from Feb. 1967 to August 1972. Discovered
the Pacific Northwest when the Vandy had an extended
port period in Portland, Oregon. Met a NW lady and
we are still together. I retired from the US Army
Corps of Engineers in 2001. I was a fisheries
Biologist and ran research programs on the Columbia
R. utilizing Hydroacoustic Techniques to evaluate
juvenile salmon passage at multiple Corps Dams. We
live on 30 acres on the McKenzie River about 50
miles east of Eugene, Oregon. It would be great to
hear from old friends! Site URL:
Date: 04/08/2017 Name: John Gentry Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers, FL, United States Comments: Ships/Range Rats party on Sunday, April 23
starting at 12 noon at Baja Seafood and Chowder in
Port Canaveral. All Ship Troops and Range Rats
are welcome. Last year we had over 70 people.
Discount food and drinks with name tag that you
get when you sign in. I am looking forward to
seeing everyone. Site URL:
Date: 02/16/2017 Name: Alan Bartlett Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, FL, USA Comments: I worked on Ascension from January 1979 to around
July 1990. Site URL:
Date: 02/15/2017 Name: Richard (Dick) Handy Email: City/State/Country: Oakland, California, United States Comments: Viewing the RR Sign in book, noticed I have an
old email address. Current email is:
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. Site URL:
Date: 01/27/2017 Name: Kimberly Gore Email: City/State/Country: Emmitsburg, MD, United States Comments: I worked in Antigua and Grand Turk back in the early 80's.my
family will be visiting Grand Turk soon for vacation. Very much
looking forward to seeing a most beautiful place. Site URL:
Date: 01/21/2017 Name: Toby Norris Email: City/State/Country: Huntsville, AL, USA Comments:
I lived in Antigua from 1966 to 1972 while my dad worked at the tracking station there. His name was Verlin Steve Norris and he worked for RCA. He was definitely an Eastern Test Range rat for most of his life. After Antigua he went to Jupiter, then Grand Bahama and after that closed, he went back Jupiter at the Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex (JDMTA). He finally retired from JDMTA in 2008. He was working for CSC Raytheon when he retired. After he retired he moved to Huntsville, Alabama.
Unfortunately, he passed away in 2014 at the age of 73. We had many incredible adventures on land and sea during the 6 years of my childhood that I spent on Antigua. My dad really enjoyed the work and the people he worked with on the islands up
and down the Eastern Test Range. Range rats are definitely a special breed. Site Title: Antigua BWI Tracking Station Site URL:
Date: 01/21/2017 Name: Harry Baldus Email: City/State/Country: Newington, Ct, USA Comments: Ascension Is Mod II radar 1959-1962 Site URL:
Date: 01/12/2017 Name: Ray Kington Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, United States Comments: It was fifty years this month when my new bride
of 6 month that we packed all of our belongings
in the rear seat of our 1957 Ford and headed for
Cocoa, Florida. Two days before I reported to go
to work for RCA (on Jan 14, 1956) we checked into
the Brevard Hotel until we could get settled into
anew "home". I feel very fortunate to have been
part of many historical events there; some very
pllease and some not so very pleasant. My most
memorable one was the loss of the Challenger. I
ws working one of the consoles in what was then
Central Control, and witnessed the explosion on
closed circuit TV. I am still haunted at times
by those memories.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since
then. I would not trade my experiences and that
career for anything, plus still happily married
to the same wonderful love of my life. My best
to al the "old range rats" that are still around.
Many I knew or worked with have passed away.
Sure makes me fell much older than I am. Best to
everyone still there.

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Date: 01/12/2017 Name: Cheryll-Lee Emard Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, FL, 32955 Comments: Hi all. I am one of Buddy Emard's daughters, following (somewhat) in my father's footsteps. I have worked at Ascension Radars (1990-1992), Antigua Radar (2006-2010), Patrick Radar (2010-2014), Radar/Command Planner (2014-present). What a privilege to follow after the trail-blazers of the ER space program! The dedication, creativity, adventures, and camaraderie of the pioneers that built the range. Thanks for your hard work. The job continues...the memories are the best rewards. Hope the future generations make you as proud of us as we are of you. Site URL:
Date: 12/30/2016 Name: Jan Allen Email: City/State/Country: Canton,, GA, USA Comments: I lived on the Hatchet Bay plantation, Eleuthera in 1961 - 1962.
My father, Major Raymond Ohlhues was the base commander then. I have since returned only once (in 2005)and was so saddened by the condition not only of the base but also Hatchet Bay. When I was there in '05 the infrastructure was tenuous at best. Perhaps it has improved in the past 12 years. I love Eleuthera and hope to go back again Someday. Site URL:
Date: 12/27/2016 Name: Benny Juhl Email: City/State/Country: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Happy new year to all.
Still alive and kicking . 84 in Jan. Site URL:
Date: 12/20/2016 Name: Clem savaikie Email: City/State/Country: Federal way, Wa, Usa Comments: I worked at GBI Telemetry n tended bar...
I also went to Walker Cay to track the launches... Site URL:
Date: 11/29/2016 Name: Joseph Frasketi, Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers , FL, USA Comments: ANOTHER RANGE RAT PASSES....
I received this email 26 Nov. 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. His family misses him dearly. He would want all of his RANGE RAT friends to know. We met on GBI and Dale & I were on Grand Turk from 75 to 77.
Webmaster Note:
Dale wrote this in the Range Rat sign-in Book back in May 2006 about his work downrange:
I was an Air Traffic Controller for PA AM from Jan 1974-April 1977. I worked on GBI, Eleuthera, Grand Turk, and Ascension I had a dune buggy and a motorcycle.
And he further wrote this comment in Oct. 2015:
Just got back from Grand Turk, the island is a lot different from 1977. More new cars, cruise ships, and a Margaritaville Café on the south end. Pan Am base bldgs. still there, they are now Gov bldgs. Navy base is a Community College.
(see the link for his obituary) Site Title: Obituary of Dale Beadle Site URL:
Date: 11/29/2016 Name: Joseph Loewy Email: City/State/Country: franklin, NC, USA Comments: GTK Sta 7.0 in 1960 and 61. Data Tech, Radar
Tech, and Minitrack Tech
Date: 11/25/2016 Name: Willie Clem Troy Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: Just checking in to see how things have changed
since 1967 Site URL:
Date: 10/21/2016 Name: Ken Crowley Email: City/State/Country: Steubenville, Ohio, USA Comments: I worked in the comm center on San Sal from
Feb '62 until the summer of '63 and then Eleuthera
until May of '64 Site URL:
Date: 10/17/2016 Name: jim edwards City/State/Country: melbourne, florida, usa Comments: A former Range Troop , Gerry Mulligan , died Oct
11th. Gerry worked for me at the GBI Weather Station
late fifties ,early sixties . He later worked at
the Cape . He went on to get a college degree , then
returned to this area and coached high school
football for many years .He was a first class guy. Site URL:
Date: 09/16/2016 Name: Dan lindamood Email: City/State/Country: Atlanta, Ga, Usa Comments: I was with Bendix Nasa on ascension 1966
1967. Ray deely was my roommate. MR
Wainwright was island admin and had a
lovely daughter Deborah. She worked as the
scy for for our Nasa director. IS she the
same Deborah now in SC? Site Title: Dannymatt1938 Site URL:
Date: 09/10/2016 Name: Douglas S. Rogers Email: City/State/Country: Auburn, Maine, United States Comments: ASCENSION off to revisit the rock 11 Sept for
three weeks. Celebrating my 50th Ann of arrival
and establishment of Ascension Hist Soc and Ft.
Hayes Museum. Was Pan-Am supply 66-71. Had one
week visit there in 97 stayed at base VIP by
USAF Base Comm. RAF now has base, BBC contracted out, C&W foreign owned, Ascension Is Government operational a coupe of years and
yes,Ascension now has it's own flag would you
believe. Staying in
Georgetown this visit and hope to have WiFi
Well remember those good-old-days on the range.
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Date: 08/26/2016 Name: Bill Bailey Email: City/State/Country: Crestview , Florida, USA Comments: My good friend and old range rat Jim Velia passed this week. Knew him from San Sal FPS 16 radar in 1959 when Joe Petrone was Radar manager. 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. Eventually went back to school for an engineering degree and ended up working for Lockheed in California.
I hadn't had many friends for that long.

Bill Bailey

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Date: 08/25/2016 Name: CHARLIE WRIGHT Email: City/State/Country: MICCO, FL, USA Comments: IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO BEGIN PLANNING FOR THE RR
Date: 08/08/2016 Name: Robert E Greer II Email: City/State/Country: Lufkin, TX, US Comments: I worked on GBI and Walkers Cay in the late 50's. I was 17 yrs old. My dad (Gen USAF, same name)had lied about my age and gotten me a summer job on the range.

I'm working on my story (8-5-2016)starting now. It involves some interesting memories. My first big poker loss, sinking a LCM6 at Walkers Cay delivering a truck crane. I worked for some time for a contractor who delivered supplies to various tracking stations.

After sinking went to for work for Pan Am as a security guard. After my 45 went off by accident, was assigned to parts supply (GBI), I think the only air conditioned facility on the range. I'm going to write a story for my web page specifically on the sinking incident. Bob

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Date: 08/07/2016 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: Sorry to report. A couple of weeks ago Tom McCall RCA/GE/CSR Communications Downrange and Cape Canaveral AFS, Communications Test Operations Analyst passed away. This past Thursday Ron Burke RCA/GE/CSR Communication Ships and Cape Canaveral AFS, Communications Network Operations passed away. RIP. Site URL:
Date: 07/31/2016 Name: James (Jim) Ketchum Email: City/State/Country: San Dimas, California, USA Comments: I worked on Ascension two times. In the comm center where we ran Morse code traffic to other station and ships, did some air traffic control, handled some classified documents and played with Sammy the meanest tom cat that ever lived.

My closest friends were Ellis Berger, Ray Kuhlman and Sonny Settles.

When we weren't at work we were drinking and diving. (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.

I was there in 62 and 63.

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Date: 07/20/2016 Name: George D McCoy Email: City/State/Country: Carencro, La, USA Comments: I was stationed on Grand Turk from 1963 to 1964. I was an Engineman 3rd class. I worked and performed maintenance on the diesel generators. Site URL:
Date: 07/04/2016 Name: jim cook Email: City/State/Country: rochester, NY, USA Comments: Just heard recently that Jack Tolman had passed from L L Smith and Bill Redman. I did not know Jack well but we were on Asc at the same time in early 70s. Also I believe Jack was an early RR Site URL:
Date: 06/29/2016 Name: Charles Elgas City/State/Country: los angeles, ca, usa 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. It was located near the weather rocket launch site and just above where Jack was last seen. I made the marker, but the sea took its tole years later. Someone attempted to reconstruct the wording, but got the wrong name from the fragments. Site URL:
Date: 05/28/2016 Name: Dale Beadle Email: City/State/Country: Louisville, KY, USA Comments: Happy Memorial Day to all the RANGE RAT VETS and thanks for your service. Site URL:
Date: 05/11/2016 Name: David Meyer Email: City/State/Country: Loudon, Tennessee, U.S. Comments: Worked aboard the Vandenberg from mid 1965 to mid 1967. My station was the navigation section working on the SINS Mk IV and associated equipment. I was aboard during the Aleutian cruises, the Japan resupply stop, the Kwajalein area stop over and of course the Midway Island refuel stop. I fondly remember my time aboard. Site URL:
Date: 05/08/2016 Name: Joe Frasketi, Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers , FL, USA Comments: Range Rat Wallace J. "Wally" Tubell has passed away, May 5, 2016,
Below is an excerpt from his obituary.
"In the mid 1950's Wally was hired by RCA's Missile Test Project at Cape Canaveral. He was a technician, leader and Instrumentation Manager (IM) on the down range islands, "B Shift" manager for the Cape's night launches, then Ship's IM during the Gemini and Apollo programs. He was an original space pioneer supporting the earliest days of America's space program."
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Date: 04/13/2016 Name: Joe Frasketi Jr. Email: City/State/Country: fort myers, Florida, USA Comments: RANGE RAT ROBERT "BOB" JOHNSTON PASSES....
His daughter, Denise Johnston Wallet, announced this on Bobs FB page:
"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, Robert Johnston. He passed away peacefully with Mom and I by his side Saturday night (09 April 2016), and we are so thankful he is no longer suffering. He lived a long and full life with no regrets, and will be missed by many."
I knew and worked with Bob at GBI Telemetry in the 1960s, he also worked at Antigua and Mahe Seychelles. He and his wife "Sammy" visited me at my home in 1999, we have always tried to keep in touch, even if just with a Christmas card or a email from time to time.
He will be missed. Site Title: Range Rat Introduction Page Site URL:
Date: 04/06/2016 Name: Larry (Norm) Grudem Email: City/State/Country: Pahrump, Nevada, USA Comments: Ah, the memories come flooding back. Mostly about Ascension. Was there when John Glenn made his three orbits, and we listened in (on two of the passes)as he spoke with the CapComm guys. Also have many memories of Rebel, and had several pictures of him. One was a classic of him right outside the side door, with his feet up on that concrete step, waiting for someone to give him a beer. If he was ignored too long, he would step into the bar and nip whoever was sitting on a bar stool, to get their attention. Charlie Elgas told me he was killed by an irate male donkey when Rebel was making advances of the other guy's honey. Site URL:
Date: 04/06/2016 Name: Larry (Norm) Grudem Email: City/State/Country: Pahrump, Nevada, USA Comments: Worked for RCA Service Company from 7 July 1960 till September 7 1962 on Carter Cay and Ascension. On Carter Cay, we supported a system known as UDOP, a tracking system that recorded UHF Doppler flight data as the missiles passed overhead downrange. In April 1961, I transferred to Ascension Telemetry, and stayed there until I left the range to go to school at Cal Poly- Pomona. On Ascension guys I knew were Charlie Elgas, Bob McCann, Herb "60 cycles" Esler, Ron Rosin, and Jack Tolman. Since that all happened about 55 years ago, memories have faded. Site URL:
Date: 03/31/2016 Name: John Gentry Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers, Florida, USA Comments: We will have a Ship Troops Reunion at the Baja Chowder and Seafood in Port Canaveral on Sunday, May 1st starting a 12:00 PM. All Range Rats are welcome. All that you need to do is show up.

Looking forward to seeing many of you again.


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Date: 03/28/2016 Name: Brenda Heyward Email: City/State/Country: Port Saint John, Florida, USA Comments: I started working at KSC in 1980 as a draftsman for ITT and then Boeing. Got to do go on the crawler, on CX39A before the shuttle ever got off the ground. Went on to become a designer and redesigned the CPOCC bldg on CCAFS which became the LOCC for Martin Marietta (before them became Lockheed Martin). I was there when Challenger was lost, it was my birthday as well. I remember being on the top of the O&C at KSC to view the 7 black Hearses that drove down KSC parkway. I went on to work for CSC at Edwards as a Engineer on the B-2 program and eventually came back to the ER to work for CSR as a Comm Engineer from 1990-2000. I also worked in Facility Engineering and renovated alot of facilities on Antigua and Ascension. 2015- Syi-Antigua Station is no longer a US assett.I continued to work for CSR from 2001 to 2015 in the Integration Dept.., and got to do alot of interesting stuff; install new telescopes, watch the ISS flew right over my head on a beautiful night at Patrick Doams, Do acceptance testing of the SATCOM dishes, Core system, Navy systems, support Atlas V, Delta IV, Navy, Falcon, Shuttle launches and so much more. I made lots of wonderful friends and had a great career! Thank you for a good life ER and CSR! Site Title: brnd's blog Site URL:
Date: 03/15/2016 Name: bill bailey Email: City/State/Country: crestview, florida, okaloosa Comments: Dick Langley, the PAN AM clipper passed last week
2/8/16 at age 83. He would get on the range liner and fly down range to cut range rats hair.
I remember him from San Sal in the 50's and 60's
When I came up range I would go to his shop in Melbourne near the mall. He always talked about the range rats he knew. He fit right in and was a very good freind

bill bailey

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Date: 03/02/2016 Name: richard hoffman Email: City/State/Country: Medford , Oregon, United States Comments: Worked on the NASA tracking station on Ascension
from Nov 1966 to March 1968. Doing test equipment
Breaks my heart to see the latest pictures of the
gutted tracking station now.
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Date: 02/23/2016 Name: BarbaraEldred Hawkins City/State/Country: Lutz, FL, USA Comments: Now that I have seen some other posts I know that my dad,
Charlie Eldred, also worked at Ascension. He was at the Tech
Lab from 1958-1969. He passed away in October 1969, but
luckily got to celebrate the first manned lunar landing before
he left. Site URL:
Date: 02/23/2016 Name: Barbara Eldred Hawkins Email: City/State/Country: Lutz, FL, USA Comments: My dad worked for RCA, later turned to Techniciolor beginning
in 1957-58 at the Tech Lab.. He was an optical technician and
often went "down range." I know he went to Antigua a
number of times, but was also sent to other locations. He
brought a big piece of amethyst from Brazil, was there a
location in Brazil? He work on the tracking telescopes down
range. Site URL:
Date: 02/22/2016 Name: craig hawk Email: City/State/Country: apache junction, AZ, United States Comments: Worked for BFEC from 1967-1974.
Ascension 67-69. Bermuda 69-70 and
Canary Island 70-74 as Logistics
Asst. Site URL:
Date: 02/21/2016 Name: George D McCoy Email: City/State/Country: Carencro, Louisiana, USA Comments: I was stationed on Grand Turk from 1963 to 1964 then I was reassigned to the USS vermilion AKA 107 until my end of tour of duty. I was an Engineman and worked on the generators down the hill. Site URL:
Date: 02/20/2016 Name: Carol Adams Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, United States Comments: I started with RCA in July of 1978 in the
Drafting Dept. after my dad, Malcolm Moore, got
me the application. He worked for RCA since
1958 in Command, Comm, Computers, and the
tracking ships as an engineer. GE bought
RCA,and later, CSR won the contract but I
stayed on (37 yrs.)long after dad retired. I
got my electronics engineering degree and
worked in Engineering, following in dad's
footsteps. I've worked all the instrumentation
areas, but mostly Weather after 1993. Went into
Project Management later, and when we lost the
Engineering side of the contract in 2000,
worked as an Integration Lead and Analyst on
the Operations side until I retired last April. Site URL:
Date: 02/02/2016 Name: Jerry Lindsey Email: City/State/Country: Franklin, Indiana, USA Comments: Been awhile since I last signed-in. Just want to let those who knew us that my wife Venus of 54+ years died December,24, 2015. She had a very aggressive form of cancer that took her much too soon. We enjoyed going to Jim Irby's place every year for the Range Rat Reunion. We were unable to go to the last one due to her illness. I have had great support from my long time downrange friends since her passing. Looking forward to attend the 2016 Reunion. Site URL:
Date: 01/30/2016 Name: Jim cook City/State/Country: rochester, ny, usa Comments: Recently heard that Leo Obad had passed away. Leo was a RCA comm person in Pretoria Asc and Eleuthera that I know of Site URL:
Date: 12/23/2015 Name: Dale Beadle Email: City/State/Country: Louisville, KY, USA Comments: Merry Christmas to all RANGE RATS Site URL:
Date: 12/05/2015 Name: Dennis Wood Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, Florida, USA Comments: I have just learned of the passing of George Earnshaw. He passed away Sept 4, 2015. He was 79. Site URL:
Date: 12/03/2015 Name: Jim Ketchum Email: City/State/Country: San Dimas, CA, usa Comments: I was a Range Rate back in the 60's. I worked on
San Salvador and Ascension. Mostly in the Comm
Centers but ran a FPS 16 and Mod2 radar for
awhile. Great fun, wish it would of lasted for
way more time.
Was a welcome guest at Harry's House in Recife.

Time is flying, 77 now.
This appeared Sept 24,2015, in the Guest Book (which is for stamp and cover collectors). I've tried to make it e-z for signers to select either the RR book or the guest book but misteaks so happen.....so I moved it here (finally)...
The Webmaster.

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Date: 12/03/2015 Name: Melody Robinson Email: City/State/Country: St. Cloud, FL, usa Comments: Wife of Joseph "Joe" Robinson. On Vandenberg. ..Redstone...and Observation Island. Joe Passed away 1997. R.C.A./GE CSR. Communications.
This appeared Dec 01,2015, in the Guest Book (which is for stamp and cover collectors). I've tried to make it e-z for signers to select either the RR book or the guest book but misteaks so happen.....so I moved it here...
The Webmaster. Site URL:
Date: 11/19/2015 Name: Robert Birdsong Email: City/State/Country: Sharpsburg, GA, USA Comments: I worked for RCA at Carter Cay and Allan Cay from 1960-1962. I have posted here before with my website, but my old website host closed down. My new site address is http://lhs56.co/missilerange/missile_range_1960.htm
I am always glad to hear from Cays Range Rats! Site Title: Missile Range 1960-1962 Site URL:
Date: 11/05/2015 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Fl, USA Comments: Sad to say - received word today that Arthur "Art" Hensley passed away Wednesday morning. Art was in communications with RCA/GE/CSR. He had some "downrange" time and most of his 40+ years were spent at Cape Canaveral AFS. When he retired he was working in Operations Control as Communications Planner for Atlas and Navy operations. RIP Art. Site URL:
Date: 11/02/2015 Name: Bill Gasell Email: City/State/Country: Ocala, Fl, USA Comments: I'm still alive. Site URL:
Date: 10/29/2015 Name: Donny Griffin Email: City/State/Country: Lake City, FL, USA Comments: Flew as pilot on many C-141 flights Patrick,
Antigua, Ascension from 1972 until 1993. Site URL:
Date: 10/21/2015 Name: Dale Beadle City/State/Country: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Comments: Just got back from Grand Turk, the island is a lot different from 1977. More new cars, cruise ships, and a Margaritaville Café on the south end. Pan Am base bldgs. still there, they are now Gov bldgs. Navy base is a Community College.
If anyone remembers Ivy (bar maid @ Pan Am club) she is still there tending bar @ Ospreys Hotel (old Kitinas on Front St). People were great and had a good time. Site URL:
Date: 10/20/2015 Name: Robert Horrell Email: City/State/Country: Homosassa, Florida, U.S. Comments: GBI: 6/55-12/58; Cape: 1/59-?/60; Tech Lab:61 Site URL:
Date: 10/20/2015 Name: Douglas S. Rogers Email: City/State/Country: Auburn, Maine, United States Comments: Hi Joe,

Say, are you going to attend the 'range rat'
reunion this weekend??? Sure would like to meet
you. I am bringing a number of binders of down-
range material, plus photos, etc. This will be my
first and most likely only time I will be able to
attend the reunion, lots going on here in the
frozen tundra. I am planning my return visit to
Ascension for Sept. 2015. Was there in 97 for a
few days, hope to spend at least two weeks there
this visit. It will be my 50th anniversary of
arriving there in 66 in supply.
Regards, Doug Rogers

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Date: 10/01/2015 Name: Bill Kimmen Email: City/State/Country: Palm Bay, Florida, USA Comments: Worked at Antigua Air Station from 1993 to 2000. Site URL:
Date: 09/10/2015 Name: Fred Schaefer City/State/Country: Miami, FL, US/Bahamas Comments: Ken Waltz of RCA GBI Communications passed some time ago in
Eau Gallie or PAFB area. Site URL:
Date: 09/07/2015 Name: Fred Schaefer Email: City/State/Country: Miami, Florida, USA/Bahamas Comments: Friends, Dick Marchant went to the stars in August 2015.
Great friend and most honest man I have come across.
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Date: 08/20/2015 Name: Jim Edwards Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Fla, USA Comments: For those who might not have heard ,The Antigua base shut down 30 July Site URL:
Date: 08/14/2015 Name: John Boa Email: City/State/Country: Ruskin, FL, USA Comments: I remember you Ed. I remember when you and Sterling were sent to Asc. Great time in our lives and a great time to live in Ant.
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Date: 07/31/2015 Name: Ed Jackson Email: City/State/Country: Newark, Ohio, USA Comments: Worked telemetry, 1966-1972, on Antigua and Ascension. Some names I remember are Jim Halpape, Bob Johnston,Sterling Pieffer,John Boa,Joe Makeever,Scotty Lonie, Joel Conte(a real fisherman), and others whose names escape me at the moment. I have fond memories of the people and the work, but also the fishing, diving and the hiking on Ascension. I was laid off in '72 and have worked in Avionics ever since. Site URL:
Date: 07/29/2015 Name: Robyn Martin Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Fl, USA Comments: My father was James E Martin. He worked for Pan Am. He
was at the Cape from 1955-1961. We were in Antigua 1963-
1964 with Pan Am and in May of '64, we returned back to
Melbourne and Dad worked back at the Cape. I know at one
time he worked for RCA, and that is who he was working for in
1967 they lost the contract. Dad died in 2010. Site URL:
Date: 07/26/2015 Name: Mike Pruitt Email: City/State/Country: The Woodlands, TX, US Comments: I'm a range rat dependent. My Dad (Sam Pruitt) joined PAA-
ASD in 1956 and remained downrange with them and their
successor entities until his untimely death in1989. Dad was
stationed on Antigua (again) immediately prior to his quick
passing from fulminating lung cancer....no doubt precipitated
by decades of work in the asbestos-filled powerplants in use
the early days. At one time or another, Dad was stationed at
Mayaguana, Eleuthera, GBI, Antigua, Ascension, Grand Turk,
and was site super at Carter Cay. The family first moved
downrange to accompany him to Eleuthera when I was 6. We
followed that several years later with a move to Antigua. Dad
sent me back to the states to finish my last year of high school
and on to college, but throughout those later years in school,
the military and during later career years, I continued to travel
to the islands at every opportunity. Many fond memories of all
those stations and the invaluable lessons I learned from being
immersed in those diverse cultural experiences. Had an
absolute blast spending a long summer on Grand Turk where
the days were whiled away diving with Turks Turtles (thanks to
Frank Thompson and Leon Lacy for taking a teenager under
their respective wings), and learning how to fly that Cessna
150. Later, Carter Cay became a frequent diving and fishing
destination when Dad was there and I had the time to boat
over from West Palm to West End GBI and on to an overnight
at Walkers Cay ( when it was still alive) before making the final
run from Walkers to Carter.
Would love to connect with anyone who knew Dad or would
like to share anecdotes from those incredible golden days. Site URL:
Date: 07/23/2015 Name: Robert Lee Sisk Jr Email: City/State/Country: Chandler, Arizona, United States of America Comments: RCA hired me in Houston, Texas in late September or early October of 1965. A bunch of us trained at Patrick AFB in Florida until we were sent to Quincy, Massachusetts to train on the USNS Vanguard, T-AGM-19 while it was still in the construction stage. We arrived there just in time for the great northeast electrical blackout of November, 1965.

Being an electronics technician, I was assigned to the transmitter room to maintain the HF transmitters and set up what was called an Audio and Keying Line Matrix to designate who used what transmitter based on voice or data transmission. The two other fellows assigned there were Frank Hood and Tom Revell. We divided responsibilities according to which systems each one felt the most comfortable dealing with if it failed. All of us finished our classroom training well before the construction crews finished assembling the ship enough for us to train on-board. So we spent a lot of time in the Quincy shipyard first aid facility doing whatever we could to pass the time. Many stories could be told about that experience.

Once we all got on board, the first thing was to iron out any problems in the systems. There were many. The first major problem was that the entire intercommunications network was wired wrong. Our wiring technicians were Frank Benedetto (sp) and Bo Moore. They had to re-wire the entire communications main frame. In the transmitter room our VHF equipment was well proven military gear, but the HF transmitters were a new design for the required 10KW output. Some problems involved things that we could correct, but we were constantly having to call out the manufacturer's field representative because other problems were things that only he could resolve. Then there were the antennas on the surface deck, five of them: two helicals and three log periodics (LP). The theory was, we could use the five antennas with five different transmitters and have the sixth transmitter for a spare. It was a different story at sea. First, just in the shipyard we had to set up warnings for people not to walk between the two helicals when they were operating. The energy from the 10KW output would heat up metal objects in a person's pockets and cabling strung around the deck. Also, the coils in those antennas were protected by a fiberglass cylinder that was sealed from outside air and filled with an inert gas. But when we went to sea the salt water spray would collect on the cylinders and would ionize enough to cause an electrical arc between the coils and the protective cylinder. The resulting hole made the antenna essentially useless. To make matters worse, the aft LP antenna was situated right above the exhaust stack for the ship's engines. The resulting carbon laden soot collected on the antenna elements so that whenever the transmitter was operating in the evening or at night you could see corona all over the antenna. Corona is electrical arcing between the antenna elements. It created so much noise in the transmitted signal that the antenna became useless. The bridge LP was not directly over the stack, but if the wind was in the right direction it was close enough to collect some of the soot too. It suffered the same fate as the aft one. So we were down to just the forward LP antenna. On the bright side, we had five spare transmitters. After a number of proposed solutions were tried, the final decision was to scrap the helicals and use the LPs as long as they would work. Then clean them when the ship was in port.

Meanwhile, Frank Hood and I had found two young women at church that were best friends. He married one of them and I married the other one a week later ... in June, of course.

Other areas had their problems too, but by the time we sailed for Florida there wasn't much left to fix. we were basically operational, except for the pesky antennas. But the reasoning was not to worry about it too much because the Redstone and Mercury were both being outfitted with satellite communications to replace the HF and the Vanguard would return for that upgrade too.

Then the Apollo part of the Eastern Test Range went up for re-bid. RCA lost the contract and Federal Electric took over the Vanguard. Frank went over to FE and after a short stint on the Sword Knot I took a leave-of-absence and my wife and went to Brigham Young University to finish a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.

RCA was unable to take me back when I finished school, so I went on to work for two aircraft engine manufacturers and retired in 2008.

My gosh, 50+ years goes by in a hurry.

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Date: 07/22/2015 Name: Walt Grace Email: City/State/Country: Greensboro, NC, USA Comments: I was at the Cape/ETR from 1960 thru January1974.
6/60 - 11/61: General Dynamics, ATLAS Systems "checkout".
2/62 - (approx) 8/63: San Salvador (Comm-Transmitters,
9/63 - ?/66: Eleuthera (Comm-Transmitters, RICS.)
66-67: Cape Comm (Sub Cable, Microwave)
67-1/74: Federal Electric, KSC. (Comm-Comm Controller. OIS
Leader, MSOB, CIF Bldgs.
68-8/73: Attended BJC & FTU (now UCF) found out I liked
Accounting, (go figure!) ended up working for the IRS as a
Revenue Agent/ International Examiner from 2/74 until
4/2004: RETIRED, enjoying this with my wife Bobbie in NC,
and, from November to April in North Fort Myers, FL.
(Joe F., E-mail me!)
Also, I knew Clyde Randolph, who has the last entry on the
Eleuthera "page". Site URL:
Date: 07/22/2015 Name: Patricia Saxton Email: City/State/Country: Grand Turk, n/a, Turks and Caicos Islands Comments: Hello again
I am trying to find any information on a Charlie
Wright who arrived on Grand Turk in June of 1964.
Mr. Wright sent the Museum a lovely framed photo
of a local he worked with. However I have not been
able to contact Mr. Wright to thank him and let
him know we are looking for Mr. Louis Williams,
the man in the photo.
I would appreciate any information on MR. Wright
so that I can let him know we received the package
and are locating the subject in the photo. There
was no return address on the package that had been
opened by Customs, so if there was a letter inside
it was "misplaced" by the customs department.
Thank you for any help.
Pat Site URL:
Date: 07/21/2015 Name: Patricia Saxton Email: City/State/Country: Grand Turk, N/A, Turks and Caicos Islands Comments: Hello
I am the Director of the Turks and Caicis National Museum,
located in Guinep House, Front Street-Grand Turk, Turks and
Caicos Islands. We have had quite a few ex-servicemen
come to visit Grand Turk over the last few years. They have
shared their stories and photos for which we are very thankful.
If anyone would like to contact me regarding their time on
Grand Turk, please do so! My father was a WWII pilot, and my
son is also in the Air Force, EOD, so I have the greatest
respect for our veterans. I've lived on Grand Turk for 20 years,
and seeing photos others have shared not much has changed!
Visit our website, and please feel free to contact me! Site URL:
Date: 07/21/2015 Name: Robert W Dufur Email: City/State/Country: North Port, Florida , USA Comments: Worked at Kwajelein missile range 1981- 1984 and
1993 - 2003. Also made 43 business trips to
Kwajalein 1984-1993. Site URL:
Date: 07/18/2015 Name: Ivan Kistler Email: City/State/Country: Gastonia, NC, USA Comments: Update to e-mail address. Also on Facebook at Range Rat Group. Hope to see everyone at the RR Reunion in October at Jim Irby's. Site URL:
Date: 07/14/2015 Name: Joe Cantrell Email: City/State/Country: Tampa, FL, USA Comments: Worked at Ascension Island from 81-84, then again 1988-1989. Went TDY to close the NASA site down in 1991. Was the 2nd to last NASA/BFEC employee to step off the rock. From 1989 to 1993, did temporary duty on Guam, Bermuda, Dakar, and Guam. Was on the Guam deactivation team. Also performed logistics inspections at Merritt Island MILA on the Cape. Site URL:
Date: 07/10/2015 Name: Robert (Bob) Bonner Email: City/State/Country: Spokane, Washington, USA Comments: I've been looking for Wilfred (Bill) Schmidt who worked on the Gen. Arnold in Weather as a Technician. If you have been in contact with Bill or know where he is please let me know. I'd like to get in contact with Bill. Site URL:
Date: 07/08/2015 Name: Ronald Conran Email: City/State/Country: Ellicott City, MD, USA Comments: I worked on the water distillation plant on Grand Turk on year 1958. Good memories. Anyonr else out there? Site URL:
Date: 06/15/2015 Name: john hostetter Email: City/State/Country: MISSION, tx, usa Comments: any of the GE guys from San Sal or Eleurthea still
around Site URL:
Date: 06/09/2015 Name: Terry C Turner Email: City/State/Country: Plant City, Florida, USA Comments: New address 4106 Sexton Acres Ln Plant City, Fl
33566 since August 2014 Site URL:
Date: 06/06/2015 Name: Linda Email: City/State/Country: Indialantic, florida, Brevard Comments: Hi Joe
just spoke to Gordon Clark he gave me this web page.
My name is Linda and was married to Joseph Collins who worked at the Telemetry site in GBI from 1968 to 1971,we lived at Gold Rock Creek.
I have pictures of Jake Moore taken at a party at my home, some of my friends were Gordon and Olga Clark, Jimmy and Carolyn John, Robert and Huguette Johnston, Wayne and Elizabeth Melton.
Would love to keep in touch with friends. Site URL:
Date: 06/03/2015 Name: Charles Benjamin Gay, Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Kansas City, Kansas, United States Comments: I was a communications Technician for ITT-Federal
USNS VANGUARD providing DATA and Communications
Network Support of
Apollo 7 Oct 11, 1968. First Three-man Apollo
Earth Orbit. 10.8 days. First Live Black & White
National TV of Manned Space Flight.
Apollo 8 Dec 21, 1968 First Manned Lunar Orbital
Mission. 6.3 days. First Manned Saturn V Launch.
Apollo 9 Mar 03, 1969 Earth Orbit Mission 10.1
days. First Manned Flight of Lunar Module. And
then from Vandenberg AFB with ITT- FEC-Kellogg
provided Communications for
Apollo 10 May 18, 1969 First Lunar Orbit Flight
of Complete Spacecraft of Lunar Landing. First
Live Color TV From Space.
Apollo 11 Jul 16, 1969 Landing Men On the Moon and
Returning Them Safely to Earth.
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Date: 05/28/2015 Name: barry house Email: City/State/Country: melbourne , fl, usa Comments: I WORKED AS AN EQUIPMENT OPERATOR FROM 1972 TO 1973.....I would like to know if chaunc dunn is still kicking.HE WAS A TELEMETRY LEADER.THANKS Site URL:
Date: 05/22/2015 Name: Sue Hershey Email: City/State/Country: Lutz, FL, USA Comments: Note: this entry was in the Guestbook (March 30 2014) for stamp collectors, it should have been placed in the Range Rat book, and I am gradually moving them to the right place.
My husband Robert Hershey worked on the RCA missile tracking on Grand Turk. I don't have many details; he was there for the John Glenn landing. Anyone out there on Grand Turk during that time? :-)
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Date: 05/22/2015 Name: George Arthur RAF Talbot Email: City/State/Country: Waimea, HI, USA Comments:
Range Rat:

American Weather Station Ascension Island August 1989 to November 1993.

GPS Command Station Kwajalein Island, May 1994 to January 1995.

ALTAIR RADAR Roi-Namur, November 1994 to 1999 (some overlap with GPS)

TRADEX RADAR Roi-Namur 1999 to 2001

KPOL RADAR (Weather Station) Kwajalein, 2001 to 2003

AATF Makaha Ridge Kauai Hawaii 2003 to 2007.

Queen 10 Radar PMRF November 2013 to Present.


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Date: 05/18/2015 Name: Dennis Wood Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, FL, USA Comments: I am very sad to announce the passing of Georgia Kay Higdon(Pruss, Mazlin) May 10, 2015. Kay was living in Big Bear Lake, CA. She was well known loved by all who knew her. Kay will be missed by all who knew her. Site URL:
Date: 05/14/2015 Name: Jim Maldi Email: City/State/Country: Monterey, Ca, USA Comments: I was stationed at Grand Bahama AAFB during portions of 1952-1953. I was the detachment commander of the weather station for my last 6 months. I followed the Snark and Matador projects from Holloman AFB NM to Patrick AFB then to GBI AAFB. Site URL:
Date: 05/13/2015 Name: John Mullett Email: City/State/Country: Mars Hill, North Carolina, USA Comments:
Worked for RCA Eastern Missile and Test Range Systems, PAFB from 1976 through 1987. I was
responsible for onsite maintenance and rebuilds on radar and telemetry on trips ranging from 2 to 6 weeks.
Many great fishing trips.
Met a lot of good people. Site URL:
Date: 05/13/2015 Name: James Gordon Wright Email: City/State/Country: Albany, Georgia, United States Comments: My brother Jim is deceased 1991. He worked for RCA
Eastern Test Range, PAFB in or about 1965 (?) I
think. Site URL:
Date: 05/11/2015 Name: Bob Hauser Email: City/State/Country: Eustis, Florida, USA Comments: I was on the Vandy 1969-1971. Worked in the NAC Center. I have some pics I would like to post. Site URL:
Date: 04/28/2015 Name: Billy F Keever Email: City/State/Country: Roswell, New Mexico, USA Comments: I was at GBI Telemetry From Aug '65 to Feb '67. I remember working with Karl Nehring, Dick Berger and Bob Olsen during the time the TRKI-12 system was installed. Transferred w/RCA to NASA STADAN Tracking Sta. at Rosman, NC. Went back to School, got B.S. in Engineering Operations at age 43. Back to NASA w/Bendix Field Engr. supporting ATS series satellites. 1980-Field Service for Elox then Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool. Should be retired, but working for KOBR-TV in Roswell Site URL:
Date: 04/26/2015 Name: Leroy "Lee" Barnett Email: City/State/Country: New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA Comments: I hope this is the right place !! I hired on with
PAA as a Weather Tech/Op in 1961 and was initially
assigned to the Twin Falls Victory. After a short
tenure there I was reassigned to the Sampan Hitch
which I met in Antigua. At that time Art Ramsdell
was the Weather Supervisor and John Bujnosek,
, was the observer .. Later
Walt Falk replaced Art and Ed Gallahger replaced
John. I eventually went to the MISTRAM site for a
short while until I was reassigned to GBI Wx.
From there I went to PAFB working as an analyst in
Ops/Mats. Later with the Saturn project I was
Staff Engineer for Instrumented Aircraft (ARIA)and
Chief Recovery Engineer.
Walt went on to become a member of Range
Scheduling and then PAAs rep to NASA for the
Saturn Project. I hope this helps !!! Site URL:
Date: 04/19/2015 Name: Bob Martin Email: City/State/Country: West Linn, Oregon, United States Comments: I worked on the Vandy and the Arnold from 1968 to
1972. I was based in Down Range Analysis and
Programming (DRAP) at Patrick AFB, but spent most of
my time on the ships. I wrote software for the NAV
computer. Best years of my professional career and
the best people Site URL:
Date: 04/12/2015 Name: Dorsey Evans Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: Back in the fifties and sixties I worked for RCA and was assigned to Grand Bahama, Carter Cay, Eleuthera, Antigua and Ascension. I worked in Communications, Radar,Telemetry and Test Equipment at one time or another. Then I returned to Patrick and the Cape to finish out my 41 years as a Range Rat. Site URL:
Date: 04/10/2015 Name: Colin McElroy Email: City/State/Country: Las Cruces, NM, usa Comments: Worked at MISTRAM on Eleuthera from 1962? to 1964 then on GLOTRAC in Pretoria and then TM after GLOTRAC shut down (1966?) until the SA government wanted RCA to pay our prior years income tax so RCA replaced their whole crew (Sept 67). Went back to CA and then to Barking Sands HI working for Kentron as site engineer for a few months but wife/kids/sinuses didn't like it that much so back to CA. Worked for the Navy in Port Hueneme CA on SAMs until 1994 and retired. Moved to NM in 2013.
South Africa was paradise for white Americans back then. Young, good lookin', scarce, exotic, sexy accents with plenty of money :-) Not so good if you were a SA black though. Apartheid was true craziness even worse than the US South in those days.
GLOTRAC was a strange job. We maybe had 20 minutes of track time in the two years it was operational and it was the fanciest baseline GLOTRAC of all. We polished it every day though. Unfortunately most of the vehicles carrying our transponder didn't go as far as SA or were too far north and they didn't need it for later Apollo or anything else after all. Waste of money I guess but it was OK for us.
Wonder what happened to George Jackson, Don Mergenthal, Wayne Dickey and many others whose names escape my memory at the moment. Good times! Site URL:
Date: 04/01/2015 Name: Joe Frasketi Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers, FL, USA Comments: Am sad to report that Robert E. Olsen, better known as Bob Olsen passed away 31 March 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. I first met Bob when I was transferred to Grand Bahama Island (GBI) in 1964 and we worked together many years after that in telemetry space tracking. Bobs stepson emailed me with the news, I believe Bob lived in or near Detroit MI. He never did get on the computer or sign this RR sign-in book, I was told that Bob also worked at Trinidad, Antigua and Ascension Island.Was on the range from 1958 to 1970.
If I get an obituary I will post it.
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Date: 03/06/2015 Name: John Gentry Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers, FL, USA Comments: Air Force 60-64. KSC 65-68. USNS Vandenberg 68-70. USNS Redstone 70-72. KSC Video Systems 72-74. Cape Canaveral TML 76-78.

I organize a yearly reunion in Key West for Vandy/Redstone/ARIS Ships/and whoever wants to attend. This year we are getting together June 4-7. We started this the year they sank the Vandy as an artificial reef off of Key West. We usually get 20-40 attendees.

If you are interested please contact me via E-Mail and I will add you to my E-Mail list.

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Date: 03/01/2015 Name: Jay P. Morgan Email: City/State/Country: Stockton, CA 95207, USA Comments: Born 8/31/1941, Tacoma, WA., into a military
family. Travelled frequently (averaging a move
roughly every 18 months), living in 15 states plus
Washington, D.C.., while traveling thru 48 out of
50 states, as well as Canada, (British Columbia,
Alberta, and Northwest Territories, throughout the
Carribbean, South Africa, Rhodesia, Ascension
Island, Argentina, and Brazil.)

Graduated from Clover Park High School, Pierce
County, WA., (now incorporated as Lakewood Center,
WA.), in 1959. Attended Western Washington State
College, Bellingham, WA., for 1-year, leaving in
June 1960. Returned to Tacoma, WA., and attended
Knapp Business College, graduating in September
1961. Eventually went to work for Boeing Aircraft
Company, Transport Division in Renton, WA., in the
communications section, and while at Boeing, was a
member of the group responsible for setting up the
itinerary for the round-the-world introductory
flight of the Boeing 727.

Joined RCA International in 1963, and left for the
NASA Stadan/USWB site outside of Fairbanks, AK.,
and assigned to communications. Transferred to
RCA/MTP after spending 16 months in Alaska,
whereupon I was assigned to logistics support at
Patrick AFB. After 30 days I was assigned to
communications section on Grand Turk. Spent 18
months at GTK, then transferred to Pretoria, South
Africa (comm section). While in South Africa, I
engaged in sport sedan racing (my own car), I got
bored early on, dropped out of sports sedan racing
and entered a different car in an FIA-sanctioned
Rallye in Rhodesia, whereupon myself and my
navigator were the only "yanks" in the Rallye, even
so, I was able to place 7th overall (1968 Rhodesian
Flame Lily Rallye). This Rallye officially opened
the new highway to Victoria Falls. Also got a
chance to get-up-close and personal with wild
animals both on-land and on the Zambesie river.

After spending 2-years in South Africa, upon the
closing of Sta-13., I transferred to Ascension
Island, (comm group), and was soon the manager of
AFRTS-Ascension (ZD8VR-Volcano Radio). As manager
of Volcano Radio, (I took over from Jim Greene,
Mgr., Ascension Radar Group) I had a chance to
remove the station from the uppity control of
AFRTS, Carribbean Network, Ramy AFB, Puerto Rico,
to headquarters of AFRTS-Ascension, Network Control
for the South Atlantic Region.

After 2-years on "The ROCK", I transferred to GBI
(comm group), and took layoff 08/1972, and hung out
on the beach for 2-months in Cocoa Beach. Then I
hired on with Bendix Overseas Field Engineers on-
board the USNS Vanguard T- AGM-19, located at Port
Canaveral, we later supported a handful of launches
from Cape Canaveral, and then sailed to Mar del a
Plata, Argentina to provide support for America's
first space station (SKYLAB).

My normal job for RCA on Ascension and Grand
Bahamas Island was as a Senior Range Station Staff
Clerk (Communications).

After leaving Argentina, the Vanguard was routed to
Brazil for an extended period of time, in order to
fulfill a long-overdue maintenance requirement.

Upon returning to CONUS, I was recalled from layoff
by RCA and sent to a radar site (on top of a
mountain) outside of Ely, NV., one of the sites
attached to the USAF/NASA Flight Test Center at
Edwards AFB, Lancaster, CA. After 20-months in
Ely, I moved to Reno, NV.,where I hired on with
Western Union at their data facility out by the
international airport ... watching aircraft on
final approach during breaks, and after lunch.

I later transferred to WU, Plant/Operations in
Seattle, WA, then after 3-years, layer off and then
recalled by WU and reassigned to Plant/Circuit Ops
in Oakland, CA. Everyone working for WU in 1988
was fired nationwide when WU declared bankruptcy;
this included everyone, along with lower, middle
and upper management.

When that happened, I became a bonded courier,
covering OR, CA, NV, AZ, and CO. On many
occasions, it was not uncommon to to drive over
3500 miles a week. Many of those miles were driven
over the legal speed limit due to hotshot runs with
blood and human body parts with finite expiration
dates/times and the periodic police escort. Retired
Jan 2013

RCA-Alaska Stadan/USWB. 8/1964 - 12/1965
Grand Turk. 1/1966 - 07/1967
Pretoria, S. Africa. 7/1967 - 06/1969
Ascension Island. 6/1969 - 06/1971
Grand Bahama Island. 6/1971 - 09/1972
USNS Vanguard T-AGM-19. 10/1972 - 08/1974
RCA - Ely, NV. 08/1974 - 01/1976

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Date: 02/18/2015 Name: Leon Lacy Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, USA Comments: This is a notice of Steve Norris passing May 2014. Site URL:
Date: 02/14/2015 Name: John J. Boa Email: City/State/Country: Ruskin, Florida, USA Comments: Woke up this morning thinking about guys I worked with on the Crusader and Sentry.
Anyone have info on Mike Allen. He was CCO on both ships. Was from Homestead. Site URL:
Date: 01/30/2015 Name: Ray Kington Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: Note change in email address. Its a new one.
Editors note: Ray, your two entrys of 12/17/14 and
12/20/14 have now been corrected with your new
email address. thanx for contacting me. Site URL:
Date: 01/25/2015 Name: Rod Fruendt Email: City/State/Country: Wappingers Falls, New York, USA Comments: I worked in the Sonar Range and In-Water Tracking at Site 1 at
AUTEC, Andros from 1967 to 1971, and was always
choppering downrange for Apollo shots, or pulling in to one or
another site due to heavy seas.
My question is this: How many downrange sites were there in
my time period? There's a fellow who was there the same time
I was, and he keeps posting things about Site 3. I had been to
Sites 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7, but never heard of Site 3 or any reference
to it. Am I wrong in saying there was no Site 3 , or does he
know something I don't?
Please help, and thanks. Site URL:
Date: 01/19/2015 Name: William Blankinship Email: City/State/Country: Rusk, TX, USA Comments: On board USNS Vanguard May 1968-October 1969 Worked in communication center on HF radios and tape recorder. Site URL:
Date: 01/18/2015 Name: WENDEL C. (WINDY) MEIER Email: City/State/Country: Waianae, HI, USA Comments: I arrived as a new hire in GBI in November of 1959. I spent nine
of my 13 years with RCA there, broken up by assignments to
Ethiopia, Pretoria, Antigua, back to Pretoria and finally to GBI. I
left the ETR, in 1971 to work for Federal Electric on theTPQ-18 at
Kaena Pt. Hawaii. After four years, I got bumped out when they
closed the TPQ-18 at Canton Is. and Federal employees with over
ten years came to Hawaii. Since then, I did field service for Triad
Systems Corp. for five years, then I was a DAC instructor in the
HUEY flight simulator for eight years, then an FAA Aviation Safety
Inspector for over 25 years. I am now retired from civil service
with 33 total years. I was also a helicopter pilot in the Army
National Guard for 19 years, and am retired from that also, total
21 years military service.

On GBI I started in Central Control as a 205J Jockey, went to the
weather station for a short time, then to the XN-2 radar, and
later I was involved in the installation of the TPQ-18 radar. After
an extended absence I returned to work on the On-Axis system,
a modification of the XN-2, until I left for Hawaii.

In addition to working, I owned and flew three airplanes on GBI,
beginning with a J-3 Cub, then a Luscombe Silvaire, and lastly a
Tri-Pacer. Also, I owned several boats on GBI. One I Built on the
beach, an 18 ft. Malibu Outrigger Canoe that I took Wally Schirra
and Gordon Cooper out for a sail when they were at GBI for the
first sub orbital Redstone flight of Alan Shepard. I also owned a
Bahamian Catboat names Hecaty which I saw in a picture at Allen
Cay. There was also Pogo which I got from Winston Clark and a
sliver boat which was great fun to run up Gold Rock Creek. Last
but not least was a 13 foot Boston Whaler.

The fishing was good around GBI and I caught a lot, including
that seven foot sailfish hanging above the bar at the Club

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Date: 12/21/2014 Name: Leon Lacy Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Fla, USA Comments: I'm posting this info for Jim Pollard.

This is to inform everyone that Lyle Dillard passed
away after a battle with Cancer. He passed away on
the 9th of December in Atlanta.

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Date: 12/20/2014 Name: Ray Kington Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL - Florida, United States Comments: Spent about 2 hours Wednesday (12/17)reading the
entries from a significant number of Range Rats.
It was very pleasant to see the names of so many
that I knew or worked with, and not so pleasant to
see the number that is no longer with us.

Looking back on my career from a 20 year old new
hire in 1957 to when I retired in 2000, I would
not have been happy and satisfied working at any
other field. I feel I helped contribute a small
piece of the history made at the Cape.

Some of the remembered events were:
tracking the first satellite, a Russian Sputnik;
the infamous launch (???) of the Vanguard I and
its 6-foot "rise to fame";looking east from Tel-2
and seeing the first Atlas and Titan I on their
launch pads. the unmanned Redstone test flight
when the thing malfunctioned, and the capsule
escape rocket fired, leaving the Mercury capsule
setting atop the Redstone. Upon witnessing this
test, Allen Sheppard afterward made his famous
comment: "Just remember,it was made by the lowest

There were also unpleasant events as well. There
were such things as the Apollo I capsule fire,
killing the three astronauts; setting at a Cape
Support console in the Range Control Center and
watching the Challenger explosion on TV. I had
nightmares for many months afterward. This and
other events led to me being diagnosed with PTSD
in 2003. I had been retired for a while when my
wife , my mother and I were watching the
Columbia's return and seeing the big "meteor"
fireball on the network TV coverage. This gave
rise to a lot of bad emotions as I had experienced
with the challenger. Several years past before I
could even talk about these two events.

Those RR that I remember, either having worked
with them, or having contacted them through
various events, or they just sharing being there
at the same time.

Ron Burke Cape Operations Control
Carl Edwards Cape Operations Control
Bill Hamilton Tel-2,IBEW President, Ops
Art Hensley Ops Control
Bobby G Johnson Shuttle Support Group,
Ops Control
Tom McCall Ops Control
Gene Pugh Ops Coltrol
Rick Rochat USNS Vandenber, Ops
Jack Tolman Ascension Telemetry, Ops
Irv Wietgrefe Ops Control
Billy Morefield Ascension Telemetry
Jim Horn Ascension, Tel-3, Ops
Planning/Cape Ops
Jim Edwards Ascension (PAA)
Sam Doughty ARIS Ships Operations
Mac Monroe ARIS Ships Operation Grp
Jack Steele ARIS Ships Grp
Doug Price ARIS Ships Grp
Woody Bozart Tel-2 Ascension
Norm Tucker Ascension Telemetry
Jim Chase TEL-1 & Tel-2
Bob Kansas ARIS Ships Operations
Martin (Marty) Van Brunt ARIS Ships Grp
John Sandlin ARIS Ships Grp
Bob Walker Pan Am SRO
Mike Birmingham Pan Am SRO
Jerry O'Neil Pan Am Support Rook SRO

These RR worked for me when I was Manager of
Operations Control at the Cape. That entire group
was a hard working dedicated bunch. Bobby Johnson
was a Supervisor of the Operations Control
Engineers, and Rick Rochat was supervisor of the
Test Operations Analyst and Range Scheduling
group. I believe I had the best administrative
support ever. Brenda Salmons was my secretary and
Sallie Richards was the Classified Documents
Clerk. Sallie passed every security inspection and
inventory with flying colors.

One individual that made numerous significant
contributions to the range radars was A.E.
()Peter) Hofmann-Hieden. Peter gained his radar
experience working in an engineering group in
Germany. He was well acquainted with Werner von
Braun. Peter could tell of some interesting event
and issues that were encountered in his work in
Germany. He was a great gentlemen and extremely
knowledgeable; very pleasant to work with. I will
long remember him.

Mac Monroe was made the Ships Representative at
Vandenberg AFB. Most of the tasking for the Aris
was for VAFB support. Mac would be deployed TDY to
the ship during the special mission. I would then
be sent TDY to Vandenberg AFB to fill in for Mac
until the end of the deployment. Learned a lot
from that experience and enjoyed it very much.

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Date: 12/17/2014 Name: Ray Kington Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL - Florida, United States Comments: I started with RCA in Jan 1957 and retired in
March 2000. During that time I worked as a
telemetry technician, a planner for the ARNOLD and
VANDENBERG in the ships planning group, in
Operations Planning, and whenI retired I was
Manager of Operations Control. I transitioned
from RCA to Computer Sciences Raytheon in 1985
when RCA lost the contract to CSR.

I still experience the "launch stress" whenever I
watch a launch. The Columbia disaster, along with
the Apollo I fire and other unpleasant events has
taken its toll in the form of PTSD. But, working
at a career like that was worth it.
Editors Note: Ray notified me on Jan 30, 2015 that
he has a new email address and this entry and his
entry of 12/20/14 has now been updated with his
new e address.

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Date: 12/15/2014 Name: Harry Baldus Email: City/State/Country: Newington, Connecticut, United States Comments: Ascension 1959-1961 Mod-II radar
Carter Cay 1961-1962 MPS-25 radar Site URL:
Date: 12/06/2014 Name: Bill Michael Email: City/State/Country: Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA Comments: I was stationed on Ascension with Det 215 from
Feb 1971 to Jan 1972. I was a DJ on Volcano
Radio, always played the song "Signs".
Editors Note: Today Bill had put this entry in my
Guest Book, (which is for stamp collectors and non-
range rats), evidently he overlooked the Range Rat
Book. (which many RRs overlook it) so I
transferred it over....
Date: 11/12/2014 Name: Larry Alemi Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, Florida, USA Comments: I was at GBI-1/1962 to 7/1/67-PAA Weather Sation(WX). TDY to most Cays surrounding GBI. TDY off/on to Euthuria,San Sal,Turk,etc. Notable WX RR's Jim Edwards,Infamous-Gino Musi, Norm Archumbault, Normn VanDusan,Al Rollins,Wayne Rollins,Bill Griffith, Art Ramsdell,Jerry Lindsay,Jerry Mulligan,Luke Gilchrist, Lee Barnett, Bob Ford, Dan Walsh, Danny Ford, to mention a few. Was married by Range Chaplain Joe Kieffer in the original Mercury Hospital used for monkeys/Alan Sheppard converted to Library & Chapel. The 1st marriage conducted on base. 1st daughter born in Freeport. Built house just outside main gate on Queens land(sqautter). Became party house after Club closed. Provided electric power to 5 homes(Larry Custer,Larry Curry). BOM's Raliegh Tremain,Sam Monfett. Worked with RCA Ballistic Camera operators at outlying Cay sites. Spent many party days at Club with RCA's Bill Thomas, Marco Polo, Nick Tamiroff, Ron Wellman, John Biggs, Carl Winkenhoffer, Ron Popovich & so on. Revisted GBI /2004 Labor day Weekend Diana was killed. Took video of Base, Mess Hall, Club,Beach/creek area,High Rock. Jack Tar West End, etc.. The entire beach area had been over grown with Australian Pines. The beach hut was still standing. You ould not see the fuel tanks from the beach. The pier was still standing. The beachside sand airstrip was not visible for the trees. The beach road was narrow from the trees. It was like nature had taking it back to pre-base time. The base had deteriorated in appearance. Jack Tar was ramsacked and empty. Spent many weekends at West End & that great pool,Witches Light. "Sit & Be Damned Lounge" and sad to see, but, you don't forget all those great memories. Last heard that Disney now occupies the base as a recording studio for it's Carribean Pirates movies. Former RCA TLM Fred Shaffer who built homes along the beach with Don Jacobs advised you cannot get on the base should you try to revisit. It has Security Guards. There is a paved road from Freeport and power now out to the homes. I can still remember the openings of Freeports Casinos and the 1st group of workers who arrived at the base from London as their plane was to big for Freeport's air strip. We befriended the whole Brit bunch, had dart games at the PUB in Freeport/base and they spent lots of time at the base when not working the tables. Oh to be back there again.. Those were the days guys and only we can brag about them Best to all you RR's. Stay safe, healthy and happy..Larry Site URL:
Date: 10/27/2014 Name: ron currie Email: City/State/Country: BRADENTON, Florida, United States Comments: RON CURRIE, GRAND TURK, SAN
Date: 10/10/2014 Name: Gene Shoemaker Email: City/State/Country: Las Cruces, NM, USA Comments: 13 Yrs.down range at ETR. (1955-68) Site URL:
Date: 10/08/2014 Name: Tom Kreuzman Email: City/State/Country: Jingzhou, Hubei, China Comments: Was on Eleuthera and Antigua as Power Plant Operator/Mechanic 1978-80. Met one of my wives on Antigua (Thai woman name Dang) She died 2007. Live in China now... Loved the Range ... Had a good time Site URL:
Date: 10/04/2014 Name: Jim Boyter Email: City/State/Country: Palm Harbor, FL, USA Comments: Originally signed in July 2010.
At this time, I am just reporting the death of Kerry Coughlin who was on Ascension while I was there in the early 1960s. His obit is a bit in error as he worked in the motor pool on Ascension. His Obit reads a follows:
Coughlin, Kerry 02/14/1942 05/28/2014 LA PAZ, BAJA CALIFORNIA -- Kerry Evan Coughlin 1942-2014. He was born to Kerry Ellis and Bella Coughlin on February 14, 1942 in Fairfield, CA. A native of North San Diego County, Kerry graduated from San Dieguito High School in Encinitas in 1959. He attended San Diego State pursuing a degree in Aeronautic Engineering and later studied at the University of Berlin. He worked for Pan American Airlines for several years providing radar tracking on Ascension Island, and after attending the Naval Academy in Florida, he began commercial flight training. He became the Chief Pilot for Aerojet General and flew their Learjet worldwide for 25 years. He shared countless amazing stories of the adventures he experienced in numerous foreign countries. After Kerry's retirement, he moved to La Paz, Baja California, and continued with his love of fishing, and started a new Astronomy hobby. He traveled around the world on many excursions and cruises witnessing solar and lunar eclipses. He became known in the Astronomy world as "the man in Baja" as he studied and provided information on occulations. He is preceded in death, by his parents Kerry Ellis and Bella Coughlin, and his brother, David Coughlin. He is survived by his son, Kerry Edward Coughlin, and his sisters, Shannon Coughlin, Monica Coughlin, and Irene Nuno. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at the Pillbox (Fletcher Cove) Solana Beach, California, on Saturday, June 14th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Published in U-T San Diego on June 8, 2014
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Date: 09/26/2014 Name: Tony Baczynski Email: City/State/Country: Springfield, SD, United States Comments: I worked for Pan Am as the High Voltage Field Technician on
Ascension 78-81 Site URL:
Date: 09/24/2014 Name: John W. Myers Email: City/State/Country: Garland, Texas, USA Comments: RCA, Subcable / comm tech control,1961 > 1972
Central recording, Merrit Island, Fed Elec. Site URL:
Date: 09/21/2014 Name: John carter Email: City/State/Country: wichita, ks, usa Comments: worked for Bendix at the NASA Ascension tracking
site, arrived there dec 1967 left Sept 1969. Site URL:
Date: 09/21/2014 Name: robert gibson Email: City/State/Country: temuka, south canterbury, new zealand Comments: Was on the NASA site in 73 My future wife from NZ
flew in by charter from England and we were
married there and lived in Two Boats I think we
were the 33rd couple to be married on Ascension We
have many fond memories of the island and the
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Date: 09/20/2014 Name: Peter Butt Email: City/State/Country: Los Angeles, California, United States Comments: I worked for RCA at GBI telemetry from Oct/1964 to Aug/1965. (short timer) The isolation and my friendly, neighborhood draft board provided the motivation for me to migrate to a professional position that carried a draft deferment and a taxable salary. I remember you, Joe, John Goscha, Bob Christiansen, John Saint Peter, Jim Vance, Jacques Parent, Vince Levy, Sid Landau, Norm Bowers. I can muster mental images of others, but no other names. I apologize for my limitations.

I subsequently worked for Electronic Cummunications, Inc. The Strategic Air Command, Magnavox Satelite Communications, Mattel, various LA broadcasting, NBC, Burbank, various LA electronic media, and on electronic product design projects. I am retired and continue to live in Los Angeles as near to the sea as I can afford.

It's pleasantly surprising to hear of you and your history project, Joe.

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Date: 09/16/2014 Name: Troy D. Roseberry Email: City/State/Country: Cedar City, Utah, USA Comments: Was on board the USNS Observation Island 84-87
Sailed with Terry Ash.
Was on the TTR 90-97 Site URL:
Date: 09/07/2014 Name: Bruce Watson Email: City/State/Country: Mims, FL, USA Comments: Was advised to use this space to notify Range Rats that Don Coffee
Passed away today at 11:30. Don was a long time down range rat
and worked in Maintenance and Management. Don was 83 years
old. There will be no services. Site URL:
Date: 08/24/2014 Name: Marcia King Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, USA Comments: Enjoy reading all of these entries. Makes me
remember my
dad's stories.
Editors Note:
Marcia's dad made this entry in this RR book in
March 2007, as follows:
Comments: 1956 to 1959 GTK. Northrop Tlm. Engr.
1959 to 1961 Cape Northrop Tlm. Engr.
Supporting the SNARK Program
Pan American Wd. Awys. Cape and Down Range.:
1961 to 1962 ABOM/ Base Operations Manager(roving)
1962 to 1963 BOM SAL
1963 to 1966 Test Controller, SRO at Cape
1966 to 1970 BOM Mainland sites (originally
Domestic Satellites on mainland U.S.); PAFB to
1970 to 1973 Safeguard Support Services project at
Langdon N.D.(Pan Am)
1974 to 1982 Non-aerospace related employment
1983 to 1998 Kennedy Space Center.
Space Shuttle and ELV Payload Processor; McDonnell
Douglas; later merged with Boeing Corp.
Payload Test Conductor, Payload Manager, Launch
Site Support Engineer.
(First retirement)
SUMMARY. Many Years of working with and for
wonderful, talented,dedicated people on a "real",
meaningful functional space effort.
2000-2001 Consultant; proposal preparation

2005 to 2006 Returned to work at request of a
company. After all the dynamic years working for
the space effort with "real" people; it was a
totally negative experience.

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Date: 08/24/2014 Name: Dan Ford Email: City/State/Country: Newport , TN 37821, Cocke Comments: Was communications EUM RCA, on Turk fm mid 1964 to mid
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Date: 08/23/2014 Name: Joe Hammer Email: City/State/Country: Lansdale, PA, USA Comments: Hi, as a BFEC employee, I worked at the NASA tracking station and in was in the Telemetry section. I was on Ascension from July 74 to October 75 and then I transferred to the Bermuda NASA tracking station. After returning to the states, I worked in process control and finished my BSEE. At the present time I work in the Defense Industry. Ascension surely was an interesting experience, and is now a source of many great stories. Proud to be a fellow Range Rat, now if I just find my old Volcano Club membership card! Or how can I get a replacement?
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Date: 08/17/2014 Name: harold adams Email: City/State/Country: LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA Comments: I was assigned to Ascension Island from January 1978
to January 1979. I was DJ volunteer (ZD8VR) several
days a week as this was probably the highlight of
the day. Ralph Jackson who was station manager was
truly a pioneer that did everything possible to keep
the radio station on the air. I have fond memories
of this island that will stay in my mind forever. Site URL:
Date: 08/13/2014 Name: Donna Carson Email: City/State/Country: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA Comments: My father was Bill Carson. He passed away several years ago. We lived in Antigua from 65 to 70 where he worked at the tracking stations for RCA at the Pan Am Base. He was also on Ascension, I think in the late 50's and we lived in Eleuthera in the early 60's. I am enjoying seeing some familiar names on this website - only wish I had known about it earlier.! Site URL:
Date: 08/10/2014 Name: Jim McCord Email: City/State/Country: N Ft Myers, FL, USA Comments: I worked for RCA at Grand Turk 1966-1971. Would
like to
hear from others. Hoping to attend the next
reunion. Site URL:
Date: 07/22/2014 Name: PAUL FENDER Email: City/State/Country: Maitland, Fl, FL, USA Comments: I was a RCA Range Rat at Grand Turk from November,1954 until July, 1956. There were only a few RCA guys when I arrived so I was responsible for most of the electronics equipment. Later, I moved more into the radar and other data processing equipment. At the time, no missiles had come as far as GTK, so we tracked the aircraft with the transponder in order to keep the equipment tuned to a good working order. Finally we participated in the flight of the first SNARK missile to make it as far as GTK. We actually tracked it for about half a minute before being told by the Cape to disengage from tracking. I don’t know what happened to the missile afterwards.

I really enjoyed my time on Turk. Wonderful meals and camaraderie. Beautiful ocean.

I returned to Patrick and continued with RCA in their Maintenance Control Unit. There I did many trips down range on all the stations and finally to St. Lucia. I left RCA in July of 1958 and took a job with The Martin Company (now Lockheed Martin). Two people I remember from Turk are Frank Zender and Wally Tubell.

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Date: 07/21/2014 Name: Joanne Richards Email: City/State/Country: Rocky Mount, NC, USA Comments: I am looking for Lee & Sonya Carter. They use to be on Madagascar and are now either in SC or NC. Site URL:
Date: 07/16/2014 Name: Charlie Wright Email: City/State/Country: Micco, Florida, USA Comments: It's been fify years since I walked out of Hangar
800 and boarded the old C-124 for the trip of my
lifetime - 33 years on the downrange. First stop
GBI, with all those pastries and fruit waiting on
the ramp, and the same at ELU, lunch at SAL, PCS at
Station 07. Pan Am Supply/CSR Fire Security.
Remembering lots of good men there and lots of great
times, some like living a dream. I sure would like
to have it all to do over again. Site URL:
Date: 06/19/2014 Name: bill scott City/State/Country: birmingham, alabama, usa Comments:
worked 1966 - 69 on GBI, Antigua and Turk
base supply Pan AM Site URL:
Date: 06/07/2014 Name: G. Ramiro Del Rosario Email: City/State/Country: Ormond by the Sea, Florida, Volusia Comments: Just thought I might see some old picture of GBI,
where I use to work back in the early 60's. I
worked for RCA MTP from 1961 thru 1963 on the
Doppler and the Lorac Sites at the time. I can
only remember two guys when I was there, by the
names of Carl Sassnet and Santore and by Sears
was the mgr of the Purse radar station. I
remember when Pan Am would have our lunches on
private beach etc and I was a member of the Gold
Rock Flying Club, where we bought two light
planes, one was a Sesna in good flying condition
and one was an Eronca Chief which we restore the
whole body for flying condition.
Date: 05/30/2014 Name: Tom Gibbons Email: City/State/Country: Rhoadesville, VA, USA Comments: After leaving the Navy I went to work for RCA in the
spring of 1960. I spent a month at Antigua and another
month at Grand Turk. Then I was assigned to the 1836
where we covered the first two sub-orbit shots. I was
transferred to the Rose Knot and we covered the John
Glenn mission from off the coast of Liberia.
Looking for 1836 GOLF and Rose Knot shipmates. Site URL:
Date: 05/27/2014 Name: Terrance L Ash Email: City/State/Country: Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania, United States Comments: USNS Observation Island, May 1982 to Oct 1987. Up
to my leaving, I had most sea time of anyone. Only
one person broke my record since then. Site URL:
Date: 05/25/2014 Name: Douglas Houck Email: City/State/Country: Canton, Ohio, USA Comments: I was stationed at Grand Turk from Nov 1961-December 1962. I was in the Navy (SOO2) as manager of their Missile tracking station designated as Kingston 7. We worked closely with the Pan American tracking station located at the other end of the island designated as Thinker 7. At the time, this was considered by the Navy as Undesirable duty. Quite a change from what it is now. Great skin diving and good reefs. I left the Navy and returned to the range as a Pan American employee being stationed at Grand Bahama, San Salvador, Ascension island, Fernando de Noronha and Eleuthera, Contact if you need more info. Site URL:
Date: 05/22/2014 Name: Harry Baldus Email: City/State/Country: Newington, CT, USA Comments: Downrange 1959-1962. Radar tech on San Sal,
Ascension and Carter Cay.

Good memories../.Sorry to find friends that have
passed away, (Bob Pence, Woody Bozart, Joe
Petrone, etc.}

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Date: 05/15/2014 Name: William Blankinship Email: City/State/Country: Gallatin, TX 75764, USA Comments: I was on board the USNS Vanguard from May 1968 to October 1969. I worked for FEC in the communications room.
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Date: 05/11/2014 Name: Ray Croley Email: City/State/Country: Tampa, Florida, US Comments: Looking for a friend --Neal Young, Accounting---Grand Turk
1960's. Site URL:
Date: 05/10/2014 Name: Jerry R. Gould Email: City/State/Country: Sun City, AZ, USA Comments: My daughter recommended this web site. Glad she did. I don't have alot time at the present, but
have bookmarked you. Was stationed at Ascension,Eluerta,GBI. from early 1963 until to 1970. What an experince. Loved it. Will get back with you later. Thanks,
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Date: 05/03/2014 Name: John L. Gladden Email: City/State/Country: Palm Bay, FL, USA Comments: Just an update to current location. Range Bio: 16 years with Pan Am. First 8 worked out of PAFB and Cocoa Beach with TDY to various down range sites. Last 8 as Supply Supervisor on GBI for about 9 months, 1969, Mahe 1970-72, Elejuthera 1973, Antigua 74-76 amd Ascension 1977. Caught in contract reduction in Oct 1977. Worked a couple of years with ITTNorth Telecummunication before doing my last 17 years with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing at KSC where I worked with Spacelab and the International Space Station projects until retirement in 2001. Now i pass my time on line helping beginners write macros for Excel projects. Site URL:
Date: 04/22/2014 Name: Clement Savaikie Email: City/State/Country: Federal Way, Washington, USA Comments: I lived in Naugatuck CT & went to RCA in New Jersey to take a 200 question test to qualify for work at Cape Canaveral in the late 1950's...They sent me a telegram to report to Patrick AFB to attend a 2 week class...I then worked at Range Safety at Cape Canaveral..I witnessed all the US Navy Vanguard failures at the Cape...Then Werner Von Braun came with his succesful Redstone launch...I then transferred to Grand Bahama Island tracking station to work in Telemetry...I then often went to Walker's Cay with another gentleman to work at a tracking van for Cape Canaveral launches..
All of this was in the late 1950's and early 1960's...I remember while working at Cape Canaveral of North American trying to launch a missile called the Navajo...It failed each and every time trey tried to launch..Either scrubbed or it blew up..So it became know as the 'NeverGo'...The North American employees where told to take a vacation eventually..The rumor was that while on vacation they where all laid off and that was the end of the NeverGo missile project..
The first launch attempt, in November 1956, failed after 26 seconds of flight. Ten failed launches followed, before another got off successfully, on 22 March 1957, for 4 minutes, 39 seconds of flight. A 25 April attempt exploded seconds after liftoff, while a 26 June flight lasted only 4 minutes, 29 seconds. [2]

Officially, the program was canceled on 13 July 1957, after the first four launches ended in failure.

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Date: 03/31/2014 Name: Leon A Lacy Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, USA Comments: I spent 3 years on Grand Turk, 2 years on Eleuthera,
9 years on Mahe and then went to Cape Canaveral.
Worked at TV Operations for a lot of years and then
my group was moved to another company. I finished
working as a supervisor for a Antenna Maintenance
Group. Site URL:
Date: 03/24/2014 Name: Kim Poppert Email: City/State/Country: satellite beach, FL, USA Comments: Hello,

I am the granddaughter of John J Facker who spoke a lot about down range while I was growing up. My grandfather has been passed away for 14 years but I still think of him daily and miss him to this day., He was such an extraordinary grandfather and human being. I would love if anyone on here had worked with him and if you could fill me in on any stories about my grandfather so that I can add them to our family history for all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Date: 03/23/2014 Name: Bill Gowell Email: City/State/Country: Murphy 28906, NC , USA Comments: GBI 1962-1972 Command control/ supervisory control/sub cable. names I remember Chuck Mullins, Arden Stenman,Don Mimms, Al Larrew, Jim Mosher. Joe Collins, Joe Tudder deceased.. Elliot Phillips. Rick Phillips. I'M going to GBI on vac this april. nothing will be the same!!!! My best to one and all Site URL:
Date: 03/07/2014 Name: Art Thomas Email: City/State/Country: Newnan, GA, USA Comments: Found your Range Rats site for the first time this morning (3-07-20140) and saw some familiar names from yesteryear working on the Eastern Test Range. Wally Tubell and Tom McCarthy were ones I worked with over the years. Attempts to email Tom at the email address shown for some of his message entries came back as Error Messages. Could not find an email for Wally. Tom and I worked in Operations Planning and were in the same carpool traveling daily from Melbourne to PAFB. I knew Wally from his days at AT&T and later when he was IM at the Cape. Any contact info on these two would be greatly appreciated.

I also remember Tim Eastland when he was on San Salvador. I first reported there as a subcable tech in January 1956. Three weeks later a construction crew dug up and severed the subcable. What a harrowing experience for a new kid on the block. Fortunately being new I had been studying the tech manuals and easily found the instructions for cable restoration. My fellow tech was Bob Johnson from Alabama who had a pitbull named Trouble and played Elvis Presley songs night and day.

Would like to hear from any of the Range Rats who may remember me... Art Thomas

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Date: 03/03/2014 Name: Angela Higdon dePalma Email: City/State/Country: Wilton, CT, USA Comments: My father, Samuel Thomas Higdon (whom you may have known as either Sam or Tommy) he was with Pan Am PAA 1962 - 1963. He spoke very fondly of his time on Grand Bahama Island, and now that he is gone, I would love to connect with anyone who knew him.

Thanks so much.

Angela Higdon dePalma

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Date: 02/18/2014 Name: Bruce Watson Email: City/State/Country: Mims, FL, United States Comments: Just an email update and to check and see if anyone knows where I
can find Shirley Edmonson, she was the wife of Harold (McGoo)
Edmonson. They met in Pretoria, SA. Site URL:
Date: 02/17/2014 Name: KENNETH WOOD Email: City/State/Country: Marion, North Carolina 28752, U.S.A. Comments: Joined RCA Service Co in April 1954 when I got out of the Navy.
Trained at the Cape for a month and then flew down to GBI. Arrived
at GBI in May of 54, Worked in West Tower as radar op. bore sight
data box cameraman. Worked for Jim Falkenstein and my bosses
name was Lou. Operated my amateur radio station as VP7NN
from my barracks. Used to spend weekends swimming at the beach
and going down to the West end. Freeport was a logging camp
at the time. I'll be 81 come May and have a hard time remembering
a lot of complete names now … Left and returned to Pittsaburgh
when my mother was ill sometime in late 55… Made a whooping
70 bucks a week with I think a 20 buck down range bonus.
Almost got chewed up by a barracuda while swimming once.
would like to see a list of names of the guys from that time range.
Best wishes to all. --- Received a letter of accommodation from
Pan Am for joining a group that went out to the North banks and
went out in a boat and helped blow up the remains of a Martin B-
61 .. They didn't want to let the Russians get ahold of any of the
guidance system. Site URL:
Date: 02/13/2014 Name: karl wenz Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Albert,Bert, Kuschner Died 12/2013 Site URL:
Date: 02/06/2014 Name: bill rose Email: City/State/Country: southern pines, nc, usa Comments: First engineer hired at Banana River Naval Test Center 2-20-1950. Built chain radar system that extended from Cape Canaveral to Puerto Rico. Worked for PAA/RCA and happy to say I've outlasted both of them. Andy Conrad /RCA was technically challenged. Site URL:
Date: 02/01/2014 Name: sam prisuta Email: City/State/Country: chippewa, pa, usa Comments: I served aboard the USNS Arnold on the Pony Express
mission in 1974 as a Russian linguist. Tracked
missile tests, and a manned space flight. I was in
the USAF, stationed at Goodfellow AFB in Tex. as an
instructor. Enjoyed the mission and crewmembers
immensly. One of the highlights of my Air Force
career. Site URL:
Date: 01/14/2014 Name: BOB RENFRO, K4OF Email: City/State/Country: MT. PLEASANT, NC, USA Comments: STATIONS WORKED AT :

K4OF === 704-436-6984

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Date: 01/12/2014 Name: Ron West Email: City/State/Country: Columbus, Ohio, USA Comments: I was chief of the water plant there at Grand Turk Is. from 1960 to 1961. I rode a blue Matchless motorcycle around the island and in the surf. Was also a regular at "sick call" at the Conch Club on Sundays. I was one of the Turks Turtle Diving Club and enjoyed diving in free time. Site URL:
Date: 12/23/2013 Name: Phil Hauger Email: City/State/Country: Loxahatchee, Florida, USA Comments: I worked at Tel-2 and Tel-4 on the Air force
Eastern Test Range from early 1962 through 1972. I
hired on at RCA at the age of 20 and first started
working at the Airbourne Tlemetry Shop on Patrick
AFB. I helped outfit C-130s with telemetry gear. I
soon transfered to Tel-2 on the cape maintaining
and operating telemetry equipment in support of
all launches from Cape Canaveral.
In 1972, I was hired by Systems Engineering
laboratories in Ft. lauderdale because of my
knowledge of telemetry. Here, I helped develop the
tracking software for the development of
Sikorsky's black Hawk Helicopter.
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Date: 12/13/2013 Name: Bill Menichillo Email: City/State/Country: EASTON, Pennsylvania, United States Comments:
Worked on Ascension for 22 months (March 1963- Jan
1965) as WECo engineer at TTR site.
Primary responsibility was ground support for EC121K
instrumentation aircraft (Super Connie,
converted WV2 hurricane hunter) --data/voice comm,
Herc tracking radar and test execution.
Great experience, memories and people. Site URL:
Date: 12/13/2013 Name: William Hand Email: City/State/Country: Ardmore, Tennesseee, USA Comments: Worked as a communications RESET on San Sal, Mayaguana, Carter Cay, Walker Cay and Station 89 (Seychelles) from 1960 to 1964, Was back to Mayaguana in 2000 I on the first team in to Seychelles in 63. Set up and worked the Transmitter site there down close to the old Research station.
Those were the days of real HF radio links to Petoria SA.
Went back to Mayaguana in 2000. Have pictures of most stations where I worked.
Date: 12/06/2013 Name: George C. Trent Email: City/State/Country: Phillipsburg, MO, USA Comments: I was on the range 1974 until 1994. Site URL:
Date: 11/30/2013 Name: Mat Serwas Email: City/State/Country: maggie valley, N Carolina, USA Comments: Greetings you all,

ETR was the best time in my life.
I worked in comm, and was at sta 4, 91, 12 and 13 [before they closed it].

great diving, travel, fishing and partying with some of the finest people I've ever known.

Would like to hear from all of you.


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Date: 11/22/2013 Name: David Michel Email: City/State/Country: Pompano Beach, Fl, USA Comments: I was hired by RCA service Company in Oct. 1965, I
was initially assigned to Patrick AFB and then sent
to Eluthera, then Wallops Island and then to Quincy
Mass. where I was part of the up-link communications
group on the RIS Vanguard. I was a communications
cryptograpic and C Band uplink engineer. I was part
of the first shakedown team, and had many friends
who unfortunately I have lost contact with. I was
hired away for a classified project involving an
Active airborn Electronic Warfare system and spent
the next three years with the Navy as a civilian in
SE Asia. Site URL:
Date: 11/20/2013 Name: patrick Murphy Email: City/State/Country: san jose,, costa rica, costa rica Comments: Would like to hear fm old Friends from all stas because I hit em all. Site URL:
Date: 11/17/2013 Name: Richard Handy Email: City/State/Country: Oakland, CA, USA Comments: The site is fantastic...brings back old memories - lighting land crabs on Mayaguana, and being escorted off of Ascencion for being drunk and disorderly...the little kids in the village on Mayaguana when we took the ice maching and made them snow cones...a storm at sea on 1836, that I thought maybe we wouldn't survive...but then I saw "the perfect storm" and it was probably pretty mild by comparison. A lot of you spent far more time than I did, and I somehow envy you all a bit. Best of luck to all the current survivors...

Joe, you have done a remarkable job, putting this together and keeping it together all these years. Thanks..

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Date: 11/16/2013 Name: Bob Wynn Email: City/State/Country: Panama City, Florida, USA Comments: I worked for RCA from 1961 through 1969.
1961-1962 Carter Cay Comm Center
1962-1963 Trinidad Comm Center
1963-1964 San Salvador Comm Center Leader
1964-1967 Cape Canaveral (Mercury Control Center, Cape Comm
Center, & Real Time Computer Facility)
I left the RCA MTP in September 1967 when RCA transferred me to
a contract working out of Camden, NJ. We were installing
computers for U.S. Naval Security Agency.
In November 1968 RCA transferred me to Goddard Space Flight
Center and I left RCA in July 1969.
I've enjoyed scanning the comments on this site and found several
people that I worked with a long time ago.
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Date: 11/16/2013 Name: rod ingerson Email: City/State/Country: springdale, arkasnas, usa Comments: looking for fellow travelers wtr samtec afwtr ect
..downrange hawaii Site URL:
Date: 11/08/2013 Name: Carol James (EVERETT JAMES) Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, FL, USA Comments: My father, Everett James, worked Eleuthera AAFB in the mid to late 50s and loved the area very much---probably much more so as he met my mother in the Bahamas. Contracted to RCA, continued working at Patrick AFB and KSC until his retirement. He was one great father and a sharp fellow! I know he enjoyed the old timers reunions when he could get to them! This is to let you know that we lost him August 2013 and his lovely wife Peggy followed him the very end of October. As a family (two daughters, son-in-laws and several grandchilden) we are taking them both back to Eleuthera, to the beaches, to where they spent their happiest honeymoon years together. I'm looking for information of where they may have spent most of their time. All of their many letters are AAFB addressed and I know they lived at a place owned by D. Mitchell (A New Zealander who had polio.) We have descriptions of the beaches, Queens Hwy, Gouverners Harbor, where they shopped for groceries, etc, and we are hoping to gain more information. If anyone has any info, photos and stories on Everett James, it would be so helpful. We want to put together memories for this trip as they never got to return for an anniversary. Thank you so much! K4SYU's little girl! Site URL:
Date: 11/07/2013 Name: Orland Johnson Email: City/State/Country: Mauriceville, Texas, USA Comments: Johny emailed me this below, and I thought it
belonged in the RR Sign-in book, since he
worked on the USNS Vanguard....
Your Website Editor
Hi..I signed on to the program and was sent to a
nav training school in Calif. After about 6 weeks
of nav. school I was sent to the Vanguard which
was in dry dock at Quinsy Mass. I stayed on the
ship in dry dock as a watchman until we got into
the water.
I am 88 years old now and have problems
remembering the dates and some places.
From there we went down to our home base in
Florida. After a few months there we went out
on pickup duty in the South East Atlantic,
I think about 45 long. and I think about 35 lat.
I enjoyed it very much,especially the chow. Set
down table with napkins and silver and a menu
with steak and lobster on it.
I tell you one thing.. the little LCI 1031 that I was
on in the Navy was not like that. I resigned after
the landing, I think, or was it the fly around on
Christmas day to work at a TV station in my
home town.
Anyway it was a good ride and I enjoyed it. I
knew of no one except in the Nav. dept. Anyone
in the Nav. dept please direct in my direction.

Thanks and God be with you.
Orland (Johny) Johnson

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Date: 10/27/2013 Name: Vanessa Rodriguez Messina Email: City/State/Country: Santo Domingo, DN, Dominican Republic Comments: I am relative of John -Red- Durham. He was married
with my aunt Estela Rodriguez.
I am writing a book relative to Sabana de la Mar,
and the "base" is part of the history of the town.
I would like to have more information about the
activities and personal stories of those american
that went there, also about their marriages, etc.
Thanks Site URL:
Date: 10/22/2013 Name: Stan Romascavage City/State/Country: Melbourne , Florida, USA Comments: Communications Manager/Engineer at Eastern Range 1990 until 2013 retirement. Worked at PAFB Tech Lab Building 989 and other mainland site locations. Site URL:
Date: 10/22/2013 Name: Robert Gurley Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: 1973-1974 Puerto Rico(RCA)-Navy transitter site, not part of the range.
1974-1976 Eleuthera(RCA)-Transferred to MTP. VHF/UHF Tx/Rx and subcable.
1976-1983 GBI(RCA)-Wire audio, COMSEC, VHF/UHF Tx/Rx and subcable.
1983-1988 Cape Canaveral(RCA/GE)-COMSEC
1988-1994 SBAS(GE/Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin)Stayed with GE on sea based aerostat program when CSR got the range contract.
1995-1998 Went to AMTI/Zevatech(robotics) when aerostat contract was canceled.
1998-1999 Moved to JDSU, a fiber optics company when AMTI moved to North Carolina.
1999-2001 Boeing at KSC-Space Station truss checkout and processing.
2001-Present Cape Canaveral(CSR)-COMSEC and now in Central Command. Site URL:
Date: 10/22/2013 Name: Ed Larson Email: City/State/Country: Katy, Texas, USA Comments: Note that Marv McClain is still in Florida (and on
Earth). We served together on USNS Vanguard with a
few others on this board. My time in the space
program was at Guaymas ('65-'71) and Vanguard ('71-
'76), including the Bicentennial summer at KSC
manning a NASA promotional booth. Tahiti,
Australia, Mombase, Hoboken ... we hit all the hot
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Date: 10/15/2013 Name: Marvin Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Served on USNS Vanguard 1966 - 1977
Ascension Island 1977 - 1979
MILA Tracking Station 1979 - 1995 Site URL:
Date: 10/10/2013 Name: Lynn W Andersen Email: City/State/Country: Del Rio, Tn, USA Comments: Range Rat, ummm yep. On USNS Vangard with BFEC up until it left to cover Skylab. Site URL:
Date: 10/09/2013 Name: Lee Arsenault Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, United States Comments: Hello fellow range rats!! On range 1981-present. Site URL:
Date: 10/04/2013 Name: Clif City/State/Country: Orlando, FL, USA Comments: Worked NASA STDN station at Ascension Island '78, '79 then
Guam for two years. Snorkeled with the sharks and morray
eels on Ascension. Site URL:
Date: 10/01/2013 Name: Dale Beadle Email: City/State/Country: Louisville, KY, USA Comments: Hello everyone, just checked in to say hi Site URL:
Date: 09/23/2013 Name: John Crowley Email: City/State/Country: Fort Worth, TX, USA Comments: Ascension 1982-1983
Antigua Summer of '84 Site URL:
Date: 09/22/2013 Name: King Halikman Email: City/State/Country: Maitland, Florida, USA Comments: Looking for Dick Handy formally little ship technician with RCA. Tried his email but NO reply. If you are there answer. I'm still here pushing 80 plus... Site URL:
Date: 09/15/2013 Name: Jim Sisco Email: City/State/Country: Mooresville, NC, USA Comments: I was a Pan Am Summer Hire Mgt Trainee during the summer of 1963 on Ascension. There, I was assigned to Fire/Security and managed a 2 week vacation in Recife. What a summer. The following year I spent on Eleuthera in supply while we two summer hires counted the inventory and rearranged it more efficiently. These 2 summers were instrumental in my being hired full time upon graduation from U of F the following year. I grew up in Cocoa, FL.
Date: 09/09/2013 Name: Deborah Henrichs Email: City/State/Country: Lithia, FL, US Comments: In 1967, my best friend's father Gene Wirtz worked on the AF Tracking Station on GBI, we lived right outside the perimeter in a small trailer with a big genereator. There was a man i remember who rode a Vespa to the large dome that was off the base.

At the ripe old age of 15 i stayed on the beach, they had a tiny tiki hut there where the locals came to have a drink or three. The crystal cler water was great. There was a sip that came into the pier filled with Ice Cream that made deliveries to many Islands. We were priviledged to have a good bowl or two of our favorite ice cream, all we had to do was pressure was the salt water off the ship, which was grand fun. Then off to fish for anything that would bite.Sadly Gene Wirtz passed away, and we never got to go back to GBI. We did find an old car and refurbished it and drove the pot hole filled Queen's Highway, we got into Freeport an shopped all the shops, i stopped and watch an artist who was comissioned to pain a huge portrait of Her Majesty the Queen of England, i sat for as long as my friends would let me. Now some 40 plus yars i am an artist.

So good to find some one who remembers the Tracking station on GBI. Great summer.

Sincerely, Deborah Henrichs

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Date: 08/20/2013 Name: Dan Janda Email: City/State/Country: Montrose, PA, USA Comments: Additional stuff (maybe this can get integrated into my earlier post from a couple days ago)

When I arrived at the old USN base in Trinidad, I recognized I needed some polo shirts and a few other items (had to dress to eat in the officer's dining room, at least with a collar), so off to the Navy base exchange. While shopping I heard a voice behind me asking "Janda, what are you doing here?" -- it was Navy Captain Dan Drain, who had been my last CO in the Navy. We had a nice chat over dinner. He was Chief of Staff for the base's admiral.

On American Mariner, I started with responsibility for the ship's timing system, keeping it synchronized with WWV and the range time. Later moved to the digital computer designation system, which was probably about as powerful as a modern scientific calculator.
Some others I recall -- Curt Ojala, Terry Stockert (who actually was a cousin), Frank XXX, and "The Colonel" who was an ardent consumer of cigars.

On HH Arnold, I worked in the Navigation group, where we had star tracker, SINS (the old vacuum tube analog "Mod I" version), and the ship's system for monitoring flexing of the ship in real time. At Kwaj, there were a number of "Sprint" missile launches, but you never could see them, they were too fast and all you saw was the smoke trail.

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Date: 08/19/2013 Name: Jerry Stroud Email: City/State/Country: Kissimmee, Florida, USA Comments: Currently working for Lockheed Martin Missiles and fire Control in Orlando, Fl Worked for Pan Am from 1976 to 1985 traveling to Grand Turk, GBI, Acsencion, Antigua, and Burmuda as well as servicing Tel 4 and Jupiter Inlet. Site URL:
Date: 08/18/2013 Name: Dan Janda Email: City/State/Country: Montrose, Pennsylvania, USA Comments: Was an ET in US Navy until fall 1963. RCA recruiter came to Wichita KS and I signed up. Was packing to leave for PAFB when Kennedy was shot, and was on tarmac at Love Field, enroute, when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot. A month and a half at PAFB in training, and then a long C-54 ride from PAFB to Port of Spain, Trinidad, where American Mariner was in mid January, 1964. Rode her until she was laid up in Spring 1965, then transferred to HH Arnold, which I caught up with at Kwajelein. Somebody forgot American Mariner was needed for a couple more Polaris(?) tests in the Grand Turk area so I went back to American Mariner in July (she was at the old Beth Steel yard in Hoboken). Tests went off as planned, if I recall correctly, and then I took a educational leave of absence to start college at the University of San Francisco.

Married there and then started with IBM, where I worked for 32 years as a Systems Engineer. Retired 2001, and we live in the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Travel even more than when working, I think.

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Date: 08/17/2013 Name: Richard Thiele Email: City/State/Country: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, US Comments: My father, Otto Thiele, was the Station Director aboard the
USNS Vanguard during the Apollo and Sky Lab days. I have
very fond memories of growing up in Cocoa Beach during that
Watching men blast off to the moon from our house, watching
for the ship to come in over the horizon and into port after a
mission, seeing astronauts around town once in a while. It was
an exciting time. Site URL:
Date: 08/14/2013 Name: Jerry Lindsey Email: City/State/Country: Franklin, Indiana, USA Comments: Worked Down Range 62-71 in Pan Am Weather. Worked at GBI, ELU, GTK, and ANT. Made many life time friends and attend the Range Rat Reunion at Jim Irby's as often as we can. The friendships we (wife Venus and I) made downrange are the longest lasting and fondest. After leaving the range, I joined the National Weather Service (NWS)for 30 years and retired in 1998. Most of my NWS years were spent in Ohio at Cincinnati and Dayton. So that's where our children, grand-children, and great-grand-daughter live. Site URL:
Date: 07/14/2013 Name: John (JD) Lynn Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, United States Comments: A few memories from the Sword Knot days; on the lunar Orbiter/Surveyor programs, we sent our real-time data & playback data via HF. The Sword Knot & Coastal Crusader had an HF 'stovepipe' antenna mounted on the bow. Our antenna was always shorting out, so a long-wire was rigged from the base of the 'stove-pipe' mount to the forward mast; and that long-wire antenna was used to transmit the data during the duration of these 2 programs.
The Sword Knot did get caught in an Indian Ocean hurricane (willy-nilly), off the West coast of Madagascar (100kt winds), because we departed early from Port Louis, Mauritius, for storm avoidance.
We met U.S. Navy men, off the Valdez, while in port, in Durban. The Valdez was the sister ship of the Pueblo (captured by N. Korea) and was also kicked out of S. Africa after the U.S. State Dept's disagreement, with S. Africa, over treatment of the personnel on the USS Roosevelt; aircraft carrier, that made a port call, in Cape Town, after a deployment in Vietnam. We met the Valdez, again, in Mombasa, Kenya, where we docked after getting thrown out of S. Africa by the U.S. State Dept. Such is the life of political pawns....more next week.
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Date: 07/07/2013 Name: John (JD) Lynn Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, United States Comments: The Sword Knot departed 'Red Hook' with an MSTS (before MSC) crew. Some men appeared to be former Pirates. After 30 days, in Port Canaveral, we departed for Trinidad to cover Polaris re-entries and entered Chaguaramas Bay Naval Station a few times. While in port, we played the Marines a game of tackle football, and then a game of basketball. We won both games. In the basketball contest, Fred Brown scored over 30 points and I had a dozen assists. Later, we departed to begin our 'lunar Orbiter' & 'Surveyor' coverage. We stopped in Dakar, Recife, Ascension, Luanda, Durban, Perth-Fremantle, Mauritius, and Mombasa while covering the 'insertion orbit' segments of the launches. After the programs were completed about 8 of the techs transferred to Ascension. On our way there, we stopped at St Helena, to pick up and transport about 30 Saints to Ascension Is. Dave Schubert made history by climbing up 'Jacobs Ladder' with a case of beer on his shoulder......more next week. Site URL:
Date: 06/30/2013 Name: John (JD) Lynn Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, United States Comments: Hired on with RCA in 1965. Showed up at the Range Ships office (North Patrick)with Fred Brown and Charlie O'Flynn. Met Norb Williams who assigned Fred to Communications; because he had a radio in his vehicle; and assigned Charlie to data processing; because he had a pocket calculator; and assigned me to timing; because I wore a wrist watch. That is how they did things in those days. I remember that Norb had a large desk pad where he kept all of the personal data of ship riders. After catching a National Airlines flight, to NJ, I first met the Sword Knot in 'Red Hook' where I first encountered Pirate Captain, James Alexander, and his merry crew; Carl Barone, Ray Johnson, Vince Reiger, Dave Schubert, Al Cooke and Curt Ojala. I stayed at the Bossert Hotel, in Brooklyn Heights (.00) per night. We had to take our tool boxes home at night, or else the shipyard crew would cut through walls to steal them....more next week..../ Site URL:
Date: 06/13/2013 Name: Lewin S. McGinnis III Email: City/State/Country: Altamonte Springs, FL, USA Comments: My father Lewin S. McGinnis Jr (Buzz). Worked for RCA at Cape Canaveral, Mayaguez Puerto Rico, and Ascension Island from the mid 50s through the early 60s. Days of the Ascension "last chance saloon".

Anyone remember him from those days?

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Date: 06/09/2013 Name: Barbara Lamb ( Fehr) Email: City/State/Country: New Port Richey, Florida , USA Comments: I am the former wife of Charles Lamb. We were down range between 62 and 68, we were on Antigua, Grand Turk, and GBI. Charlie died in 2001. After Antigua in 65, we went to Wallops, more training, then back to GBI till late 68. Moved to Virginia Beach, Va. which is where I settled. Charlie moved on to N.J., Northern Va. Seattle and settled in Al..
Hi to anyone who remembers us/me. Would love to hear from all. Loved those years, great people. what an adventure! Site URL:
Date: 06/08/2013 Name: Charlie Michael (and Christie) Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Editors Note:
The part of this post written about Charlie
Michael's life downrange was moved to the Range
Rat Death page however I am leaving in the part of
what Christie wrote about her marriage to Charie
and friends she is looking for...

"Thank You" Joe for what you have done for the
"Range Rats" by having this web site. I am sure it
is appreciated by many of us RR's.

I went to Bermuda in Oct. '65 to visit my brother,
Don Clarke (also an RCA RR), which is how Charlie
and I met. We were married on Bermuda in Jan. '67
in the chapel on the US Naval Station. Joe and
Myra Mullin stood up for us, but sadly we lost
touch with them. Would anyone know where they are?
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who
remembers Charlie.

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Date: 06/03/2013 Name: charlie wright Email: City/State/Country: micco, fl, usa Comments: I'm glad to see Alice Hyman finally signed in. She was one of the first females working at Sta. 12, along with Sue and Debba Wainwright and Joan Appleby. Her husband Brian was the island doctor 67/68. Joan's husband was Geoff, island police commish for several years. Debba's father was the island administrator, Sue was her cousin.
They sure changed our workplace, after all those years with no females around the station! Site URL:
Date: 05/29/2013 Name: JAMES L SCHERER Email: City/State/Country: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA Comments: I worked for Ford Aerospace as Telemetry Technician and as a Comm Center operator at INDI on Mahe, Seychelles from Jan 1980 to April 1991. Site URL:
Date: 05/28/2013 Name: Alice Hyman Email: City/State/Country: Anacortes, Wa, USA Comments: I worked for PanAm in Supply on the Ascension Island base 1967/68 and would love to hear from other Range Rats who worked on the island around that time.
The only one I am in contact with at the moment is Charlie Wright in Florida. In '67, '68 I was one of the British 'locals' but am now a citizen here in the States. Site URL:
Date: 05/25/2013 Name: Benny Juhl Email: City/State/Country: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Comments: RCA range rat Nov 1956 to Nov65
STADAN project Rosman N.C. Nov 1965 1968
Goddard !986-1972 laid off
West Palm Beach area Semi conductor industry 1973-
CSR 1991-1992 Grt Stirup Cay
CSR 1992 -1998 Ascension Comm
CSR 1998- present as a casual hire
Old time range was a great gravy train now is dry dog
food but still an interesting gig Site URL:
Date: 05/23/2013 Name: Lee Phelps Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, FL, USA Comments: I was a range rat from 1973-1977, as I installed communications eq. On the Vandy, the Arnold, and
Redstone, as well as doing the same in GBI, Turk, Andros, Ascension, and Antigua, while serving on active duty in the Air Force.
Editors Note:
Thanx Lee your your input, I updated this slightly from your first entry last month. You are certainly a Range Rat (which you questioned), and thanx for serving our country. Site URL:
Date: 05/18/2013 Name: gene baker City/State/Country: honolulu , hawaii, usa Comments: saturn apollo manned spaceflight technician Site URL:
Date: 05/08/2013 Name: Kelli Austin Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne Beach, Florida, US Comments: I started in 1983 with RCA on Aerostat in West Melbourne w/ Doug Price and Roy Bryan. Was layed off and called back in 1985 @ PAFB in the Electronic shops and have been here ever since. This year is (30 years)... yikes how the time flies!!! Traveled with the ships, been to Antigua, Ascension, Saipan and Newfoundland. It has been a wonderful life, hate to see it change! Site URL:
Date: 05/02/2013 Name: Kevin Baxter Email: City/State/Country: Colorado Springs, CO, U.S. Comments: Started my career as a TT&C "range rat" at VTS and have since been involved with the AFSCN's maintenance and engineering sustainment and development. Site URL:
Date: 04/21/2013 Name: Bernie Wright Email: City/State/Country: Anna , Texas, USA Comments: Worked Apr 1960 to Sept 1963.
GBI, Trinidad and Ascension Island.
Editors Note: Bernie made the above entry in my Guest Book on 14 April 2013, and I am transfering it over to the Range Rat Sign-in Book, where it belongs.

I've tried to make it as easy as I could so one could differentiate between my Guest Book and the Range Rat Book when signing in, but I guess I didn't do a good enuff job. :-)

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Date: 04/21/2013 Name: Cathy Goretsky Email: City/State/Country: Sanford, FLorida, US Comments: Just posted on the wrong site! Sorry, Joe. I just wanted folks to know that Jack Maloney passed away last evening, April 20, 2013. Jack was a long time resident of Merritt Island, so if you live in Brevard County, check the Florida TODAY newspaper for information regarding any planned services. At this time I do not have that information. R.I.P. Jack, an RCA Oldtimer who had the "right stuff" and worked many long hours and week-ends to support the missions. Godspeed, Jack! Site URL:
Date: 04/20/2013 Name: Jim (Sam) Ketchum Email: City/State/Country: San Dimas, California, USA Comments: I spent two years on Ascension (2 tours) plus
worked on San Salvador and at the Cape. My field
was Comm Center and Air Traffic Control. I was
part of the group that set up the radio station

It was probably the best period of my life. Great
friends, great job, great partying in Receife
(Remember the House on Stilts? (I was a bar tender
there, no pay but lots of other benefits! LOL)

74 years old now and running a lot slower. If
anyone remembers me or Ellis Berger, Sonny Settles
or Ray Kuhlman let's talk. My phone is (909) 224-

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Date: 04/14/2013 Name: Richard Stumvoll (Dick) Email: City/State/Country: Panama, Panama, Republic of Panama Comments: Hello to all that were on the RANGE (ATR) during 1964-1965. San Salvador, Grand Turk, Grand Bahama,Ascension
Drop an Email if we met there. Those were good times.
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Date: 04/12/2013 Name: TERRY SCHEIDT Email: City/State/Country: KAPOLEI, HAWAII, USA Comments: Aloha,
I am a 1961 Range Rat assigned to Johnston Island
PPG, GROUND ZERO. Worked for BFEC as a Comm
Specialist. Worked on the Range for 6 years
from 1961 through 1967 and then worked for NASA
1967 through 1974. Those were good years.

I am searching for BFEC employees which might
know who their insurance carrier was, appreciate
any info.

Aloha and thanks

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Date: 03/11/2013 Name: Philip (Phil) Gatlin Email: City/State/Country: Blairsville, Georgia, USA Comments: Excited to have found a site for "Range Rats." In 1962-63 I worked on Carter Cay first and then had a chance to transfer to GBI. Back then most of us did a variety of jobs as needed for the launch. I worked the microwave building, minitrack, BC-4 cameras, control center, etc. Selected the first person to attend the A-D converter class. This opened the door for the rest of my career in computers. Gene Hillesland was my boss on GBI at the time. I enjoyed diving for lobsters, beachcombing, and water skiing through the mangroves. I continued my time with RCA on the BMEWS Project in Greenland (19 mo.), NASA Calibration crew for five years, and the Navy AEGIS Project for 9 months before joining Digital Equipment Corp. Site Title: windstream.net Site URL:
Date: 03/09/2013 Name: Ross Cafaro Email: City/State/Country: Tampa, Fl, USA Comments: Hi, I went down range for RCA OCT 1982, GBI W&O for
about 4 months then on the ASI where I worked in
airways about a month or two, then NCS/Tech control
for about 3 years. Transfered back up to GBI
/Carter Cay Lorac site under Radar until april 90.
Took an extended leave to The P.I. to the wife and
son in the States, then went back to close the
Carter Cay station, PCS back to ASI Tech control
until July 1995. Site URL:
Date: 03/05/2013 Name: Joe Frasketi Jr. City/State/Country: Fort Myers , FL, US of A Comments: Bill Redman emailed me today of another Range Rat death, he writes as follows:
"Joe, Unfortunately here is another name for the obituary column. Charles Michael. Charlie as he was known as to his friends was a Telemetry engineer at Ascension in the early 60's. I believe
after his downrange time he also worked in the PAFB/Cape area. I first met Charlie in 1963 at the Rock. He was known to play a mean trumpet at some of the parties at the Pan Am beach. He was
also an avid skin diver, and a member of the Ascension diver's club. Charlie's obituary can be found in the Florida Todays paper,03/05. I hope someone out there may be able to supply some
more details on Charlie's downrange life."
Soon as I start feeling better I will add the above to my RR death page + a few others that have come in.
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Date: 02/19/2013 Name: jasper wilkerson Email: City/State/Country: geneva, fl, usa Comments: hvac tech 1979 Site URL:
Date: 02/06/2013 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: Sorry to pass along. Brief from Florida Today newspaper Sunday 02/03/13. Irvin Lonnie "Irv" Wietgrefe of Merritt Island, Fl. died on February 1, 2013. Irv worked in the Space Program with RCA/GE and CSR from 1964 until he retired (approx 2004). Irv had worked several years at Sta-12 ASC and Sta-91 ANT and Cape Canaveral AFS, Fl. He worked in Communications DR and Cape and ended his career in Operations Control at the Cape. He will be missed. ---- Take Care, Gene Pugh. Site URL:
Date: 01/23/2013 Name: Daniel Ford Email: City/State/Country: Newport, TN, USA Comments: On GTK with RCA in 1964-65. John Butler was RCA mgr
Lynn Sluder wasPanam mgr. Recognized several names of
people I worked with. Often wonder about them. Anyone who
was there during 64-65, I would like very much to hear from. I
have fond memories of people and happenings while there.
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Date: 01/17/2013 Name: Bill Hocking Email: City/State/Country: Annapolis , Maryland, USA Comments: Hi Joe, I first went to Grand Turk in November 1957 and came back for a number of NRL Vanguard Launches until about 1961. I was only on site for the launch phase collecting 3rd stage performance data. I went back to GT last May (2012) with my two daughters to nourish memories etc. I stopped by the GT & Caicos Museum and introduced myself. The curator asked me to write a story of my GT experience for their magazine "The Astrolabe." It will be published in the next month or two. I have lost all my pictures of the island, if you can believe it, and would like to see if you could direct me to any picture showing the Vanguard tracking site, the antennas, just anything to spruce up the article. Thanks for all your good work and effort. You have a wonderful web site. Bill Hocking Site URL:
Date: 01/06/2013 Name: Dale Richardson Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: Hi, My Dad was Robert "Rich" Richardson who worked for Pan Am many years, and was on all the stations at one time or another. I spent several summers visiting him in Turk and Antigua. Best years of my life. My brother was in a very bad car accident in Antigua 1975 or 1976, some one may remember it. I had a sister (Sandy) and brother (Billy)who went to school in Turk. Not to many American kids there back then. Friends I remember were Frank Rose & Kate. Also Macy Riepe. Painted Franks car one day and thought he would kill us, but turned out he liked it and kept it that way. Painted the named on a boat called "LadyBelle" any one remember it? Site URL:
Date: 01/06/2013 Name: Gerald Anderson (Jerry) Email: City/State/Country: Grand Rapids, Mn, USA Comments: I worked from 67 to Jan 1970 on Ascension and Antigua at comm center and receiver sites. Frank Benedetto and I left Antigua 1970 and traveled around the world(Europe,SouthAfrica,Australia,
FiJi,Hawaii and back to US. (What a Blast for 6 months bought 2 cars, 1 to tour Europe and 1 for Australia and sold both and the trip only cost about 00.00 in 1970. I went to work for Xerox in 1972 and early retired in 1994. Contracted back with Xerox until retirement in April 2012.
I've missed the down range because of so many friends and good times. Wouldn't trade it for the world! Oh, I got married in 1973 to a wonderful Northern girl (Bonnie) had two kids and now have 5 Grand Children that are a JOY! Site URL:
Date: 12/27/2012 Name: Richard Dessling City/State/Country: Los Altos, CA, USA Comments: I started my career in the Aerospace business by working for RCA Service Company on the MTP in May 1962. My initial assignments on the range were at San Salvador and Grand Turk in the telemetry area. In July 1962, I was assigned to the telemetry tracking ship Coastal Sentry in South Africa supporting NASA Project Mercury. In June 1963, I was assigned to the BMEWS Radar Site in Trinidad as a technician in the transmitter area. After my assignement in Trinidad in 1965, I joined the technical crew in Quincy, MA, on the Vanguard Apollo Tracking Ship working in the Unified S-Band (USB) equipment area. When PAA/RCA lost the follow-on contract in 1966, I joined Lockheed Electronics Company at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston as an engineer in the USB compatability test area for the NASA Apollo Program. In 1968, my employment in the space business shifted to Northern California. In 2003, I retired as President of Lockneed Martin Techical Operations Company with headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. My 41 years of service in the Aerospace Industry started as a "range rat" on the MTP which prepared me for a wonderful and successful career in support of our nations security and accomplishments in space. Site URL:
Date: 12/23/2012 Name: Albert E. Hughes Email: City/State/Country: Corpus Christi, TX, USA Comments: My date of service as Lt. Colonel USAF, commander Antigua Air Station 1977-1979...
retired 1983.
See my published book "Paradise Commander" available at amazon.com..... I talk about
experiences on Antigua.. friends with Harry James of pan am, Jim Edwards of pan am, Al von Levern of pan am. Site URL:
Date: 12/17/2012 Name: Bob (Robert) Banta Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, USA Comments: I was one of the many Ballistic Cameramen (BC-4) that worked the range from GBI to Ascension from 1957 to 1967. One of my best memories from GBI (and Allen, Carter and Walker Cay), were the outrageously short water take-offs and landings by Cpt. Mandeville, USAF, in the Grumman Albatross (SA-16). He could actually stop the plane in mid-air and set the hull down vertically on the water - no wake! Another is the harrowing truck ride from the base to West End where the pot holes were so deep they were marked with yellow-painted oil drums with just the tops showing. I've got some good stories from Mayaguana and some of the other stations, if anybody's interested. Site URL:
Date: 12/10/2012 Name: Richard (Dick) Handy Email: City/State/Country: Oakland, California, USA Comments: Can't remember the length of the FS ships. Can someone help? Also, looking for a Cocoa Beach apartment mate who I was communicating with but suddenly dropped off the map...King Hallikman...Is he still around?

Still have fond memories of my brief life as a Range Rat...When I read the history of some guys, it amazes me...

The Wikipedia history of the range mentions the FS ships, but no details...pictures only of the successors...Rose Knot, Coastal Crusader, etc. The real adventure began with the little FS ships...

Rich Handy

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Date: 12/09/2012 Name: Ken Tucker Email: City/State/Country: Avondale, Arizona, U.S.A. Comments: Hi Everyone,
I worked as a Comm Tech aboard the U.S.N.S. mercury from 1967-1968 under the ships manager.
Bill Oaks.That was the best adventure of my life.
Hope everyone is still around. Site URL:
Date: 12/06/2012 Name: Kevin Bunker Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: I had the great pleasure of starting Range life at JDMTA in 1988. I worked with such great people as Mac, Johnnie, Stacy, DB, Stan, Eric, Mel, Rex, Ray, and Billy D. Left JDMTA 1993, and went to Interstate Electronics in support of naval operations at the Cape. Returned to the Range 1995, to work in Telemetry at TEL-4 with Keith, Gene, Gene, Neff, Rich, and others. I left TEL-4 in 2003 to work in Range Engineering with ITT. Currently, I spend many hours traveling between Eastern and Western Range sites.
I hope the Range fun will last until my retirement…We’ll see!
Editors Note:
Kevin put the above entry in the Guest Book 07 Nov. 2012, and since it really belongs in the Range Rat sign-in book, I transferred it over today.
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Date: 12/06/2012 Name: Mike Beuster Email: City/State/Country: Bliarsville, Georgia, USA Comments: Pony Express - 1974 - USNS Gen. H.H. Arnold

Editors Note:
Mike put the above entry in the Guestbook today, and I moved it over here to the RR sign-in book where it really belongs.

I have no idea what Pony Express has to do with the tracking ship USNS Arnold.

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Date: 11/22/2012 Name: Walter "Rusty" Herman Email: City/State/Country: Alpine, Texas, USA Comments: Ascension Telemetry 1964-1965; WSMR radar tech 1964.
After loss RCA contract WSMR 12-64 transferred to ASC 1-65. Left ASC 9-65 to attend college; BS U of Montana 68, then went to WECo on Safeguard ABM program in Greensboro. Obtained MS U of N.C. at night while there. With Salt I transferred to Ft. Lauderdale with Southern Bell in engineering. Transferred to Houston with SW Bell also in engineering and obtained law degree at night. Went with Houston DA's office and then federal prosecutor. Spent 7 years as a judge. Been in private practice since 1990 in Texas. Still flying and taking pictures, also amateur radio: KB5R. Site URL:
Date: 11/06/2012 Name: Mike Moran Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, USA Comments: I worked with Speegle construction from 1984 to 1998 on various construction projects on GBI, Antigua and Ascension Site URL:
Date: 11/04/2012 Name: RuthAnn Ranker City/State/Country: Kingsport, TN, USA Comments: Captain Richard Ranker was actually the commnader from May 1980 to June 1981. (not 1979-1980) His middle initial is A not E.

I know this all to be true since I was married to him at the time he was on Grand Turk and visited him there with our two children.
Editors Note:
Thank you Mrs. Ranker for this info, I am replying here since you didnt leave an email address.
The next time I update the Commanders list on the Grand Turk page, I will include the info. you provided.

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Date: 10/11/2012 Name: Donald Kramp Email: City/State/Country: Spring Hill, Florida, USA Comments: I worked for Pan Am in supply on Grand Bahama 10/61 -6/62 and in Ascension Island 6/62 -1/64
I am still in contact with Terry Turner, Bob
Prince and Al Webb. It is 50 years since I was on Ascension but I can still picture in my mind Green Mountain, Georgetown and the American Base. Also a lot of memories of Recife and the "HOS" Site URL:
Date: 10/07/2012 Name: Chuck Rogalo Email: City/State/Country: Littleton, CO, USA Comments: Range rat at GBI, Ascension (DJ at Volcano radio
broadcasting "The Playboy Show" for a few months),
Trinidad (for about 6 months when they replaced the
entire crew at station 13,)and Pretoria (when we put Neil on the moon).
The good old days!!! Site URL:
Date: 09/24/2012 Name: Roger Beeman Email: City/State/Country: Asheville, NC, USA Comments: My father's name was Earl R. Beeman. He was employed by Pan Am for about 20 years. He was stationed at Grand Turk Island for several years and various other tracking stations. He started around 1958. He was also stationed at Ascension Island, early on and helped build many of the land based stations infrastructure. My sister Pam, myself,and our mother were able to visit him on Grand Turk due to some family housing available off base. My Dad had many great friends, all over the world, in his fellow Range Rats. It was always a great adventure to visit him, and we were treated so wonderfully by his RR friends and Air Force and Navy friends. Site URL:
Date: 09/13/2012 Name: mike long Email: City/State/Country: houston, texas, usa Comments: From 1968-1972 USNS Wheeling Data
From 1972 - 1974 USNS Gen. H. H. Arnold Nav. Site URL:
Date: 09/03/2012 Name: Ronald Conran Email: City/State/Country: Ellicott City, Maryland 21043, USA Comments: Hi,
I arrived on Grand Turk on June 1958 as a Pan Am employee. Worked on the Water Distillation Plant and Catch basin. Spent many nights at the Counch Club playing Bingo or drinking rum and coke. Hired a sailing craft on weekends and fished and visited aguanna island and ate our box lunchs provided by the cafateria. The food was great and fellowship even better.

Since I was over 21 I bought whisky for the CeeBees and bargined for freash water for the base.

My boss told me to clean the salt water filters at the end of the pier. When I arrived a school of sharks threaded their way in and around the pier piles.

My boss got as mad as an old hen and blasted me for not diving and cleaning the filters until he saw the sharks.

We had just lost a couple of RKO guys and O WELL
thats history.

I went back to the states and finished college and worked at the Cape for 12 more years. I built 3 nuclear plants and a city in Saudi (King Kalid City (KKMC)

I'm retired now but active with the VFW. Retirement is great. My wife and I intend to take a cruise and see Grand Turk. I hope the donkeys don't rub up against our digs like they did back in 1958.

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Date: 08/26/2012 Name: charlie wright Email: City/State/Country: micco, fl, usa Comments: Yes, remembering Apollo 11 and Mr. Armstrong. He did it the way it's supposed to be done.
I was at Ascension at the time. I came out of the Volcano Club headed to the barracks and seeing a perfect vault of the heavens. Looking west I saw the capsule approaching, venting something and leaving a giant ship-like wake. It was an astounding sight! I watched it overhead and to the horizon toward Africa - on it's way to the moon. Did we then take such things for granted, little realize the tremendous importance of what we were doing, how rare that opportunity was for us to participate in those historical happenings? Site URL:
Date: 08/25/2012 Name: Sally Ebanks England City/State/Country: Jacksonville, FL, usa Comments: RIP Neil Armstrong. I lived in Grand Turk when you walked on the moon. My dad,Rolin Ebanks was especially proud to work your mission. God Bless you as you return to the heavens. Site URL:
Date: 08/22/2012 Name: Steve Sutherland Email: City/State/Country: Anderson , SC, USA Comments: It has been about six years since I first commented. I'm now retired from Robert Bosch LLC. Live on Hartwell lake and enjoy boating, motorcycling, and jogging with my wife Nancy. I
enjoy my saltwater aquarium had one on Ascension back in 1975. Recently renewed my PADI diver certificate which I obtained on Ascension from instructor Eddie Lawson. Enjoyed body surfing on the breakers and snorkeling with the black
fish. The Saints were alway so nice.
Editors Note: I am putting below Steve's original entry from Dec 2005 so it will all be together, that lists his range experience. He now has a different email address (see above), and he still lives in Anderson SC:
Comments from 21 Dec. 2005:
Joined RCA Service Corp. 1974
3 months at Cape Canaveral FPS-16 radar
1974-75 Ascension radar
1976 Grand Turk (Short visit to Antigua)
1977 Mohave Desert, CA. (RCA contract)
Space Shuttle
piggyback and initial solo flight
1981 Bendix Field Eng., Samoa Is., South Pacific
1986-95 NCR, Computer manufacturer and repair
1988-present Bosch, test engineer, ABS systems.
Hello to Fred Kenney at Ascension. You are the Master Guru Range Rat. Let's hear from the old crew, hey DOC (roomey). Site URL:
Date: 08/11/2012 Name: Bob McCaughan Email: City/State/Country: Cumming, Georgia, US Comments: I worked for RCA (Instrumentation/Telemetry Tech) on GBI, Allen's and Carter's Cay during the 1956 to 1958 time period.

after that I worked briefly for range safety at the Cape. One of my bosses was Hoot Ringo. I took him fishing one day when he visited Carter's Cay. Jake Merritt was also one of my bosses.

Also flew several times with "Lindberg." Does anybody remember his real name? He had his J-3 Piper Cub stationed on GBI.

I am now a retired Air Force Officer, and retired pastor.I would be interested in hearing from anybody that I worked with or wants to contact me.
Regards to all, Bob.

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Date: 08/07/2012 Name: Dennis Wood Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, Florida, USA Comments: I don't remember exactly when, but I had heard several years ago that Fred Schrieber was killed in an auto accident. I do not have any way to confirm this. Maybe it was just a wild rumor.


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Date: 08/04/2012 Name: Joe Frasketi Email: City/State/Country: Ft. Myers, FL, US of A Comments: Does anyone have ANY info. on Fred Schrieber or his family? He used to work at Grand Turk in the 1960s. I think he was in communications.

Anyone who has any info. send me an email.

I recently heard from Jim Adams who was at the GTK NavFac 1962-64 who said "Was looking at the ladies baseball team picture on your Grand Turk page, I have to agree w/anothers comment that one of the players looks very much like Edna Schrieber. I was very friendly with her and the family and had dinner with them a number of times. Do you have current address for them? I knew a number of the PAA guys and wives but most names escape me. I would recognize them by photo for sure. I had a great stay my two years there. We used the Pan Am launch many times to go fishing and diving toward Salt Cay. Sometimes Pan Am guys would go too."

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Date: 08/02/2012 Name: Donald Jones Email: City/State/Country: Roselle, NJ, USA Comments: Worked in weather station on Grand Turk from June 1957 to November 1959. Site URL:
Date: 08/02/2012 Name: glyn d. reece Email: City/State/Country: knoxville, arkansas, usa Comments: worked in telemetry at ascension from 1964-1972.then worked with southern pacific railrosd and u.p. railroad until 2008. retired Site URL:
Date: 08/02/2012 Name: Bob Sisko Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: SOI Analyst Antigua 1986-93 Site Title: thesiskokids.com Site URL:
Date: 07/26/2012 Name: Jim Hagan Email: City/State/Country: Malabar, Flotida, USA Comments: On range 1956 to 1972. Served at Saint Lucia, San Salvador, Rose Knot, Tel II, Tel IV, Mission Control, and Mistram - Valkariaa. Short assignments to Coastal Sentry, Twin Falls Victory and Pad 17 Site URL:
Date: 07/25/2012 Name: Mark Ljongquist Email: City/State/Country: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Comments: command computer tech '71-'74, on Apollo and Skylab support ETR< Mar Del Plata, Argentina, and Texas station, Corpus Christi... Site URL:
Date: 07/24/2012 Name: Richard Carper Email: City/State/Country: Corvallis, OR, USA Comments: I was a tech on the 1838 in 1957 and Ships Instrumentation Leader on the 1839 and then the Coastal Crusader (1851) (C1MAV1) in 1958. We were the first crew on the 1838.

As I mentioned, I was on two of the FS boats, which were at least in those days, referred to as
the small boats, and one of the C1MAV1's which were known then as the "big" ships, since we had nothing bigger (this was 1957-58).
And I promise you, after the FS boats, the C1MAV1s seemed as nice as a luxury liner and as big as an aircraft carrier. Oh joy - end of

Retired now after 50 years in the rocketry business - 3 years in the army (Corporal missile), 2 years downrange on the ships, 33 years with NASA, and finally 12 years consulting to JPL. It's been great!

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Date: 06/24/2012 Name: Ron Ackerman Email: City/State/Country: Jackson, NJ, USA Comments: Worked on the Vandenburg for a few years in the 70s as an
Optics Tech. Ran the photo lab, and loaded film on the radar
boresight cameras, etc. Site URL:
Date: 06/19/2012 Name: TERRY SCHEIDT Email: City/State/Country: MAKAKILO, HAWAII, USA Comments: Assigned to Johnston Island PPG in 1961 nuclear
test site. Worked for Bendix FEC and ran the
communications. Participated in the nuclear tests
and was exposed to radiation. Got the big "C".
Trying to locate BFEC insurance carrier. Anybody
know? Aloha Site Title: GOOGLE Site URL:
Date: 05/13/2012 Name: Sam Kennedy Email: City/State/Country: Newport News, VIRGINIA, United States Comments: I was one of the original cadre of RCA Service
Company personnel at the The USAF Eastern Missile
Test Range. For most of the year 1953, I was
assigned to GBI as a Radar Field Engineer for
training and support of the USAF Personnel, who
were operating the range at that time. Note that I
have a list of the original cadre of RCA personnel
assigned to the range) When RCA/PAA were awarded
the operation and maintenance contract, in 1954 I
returned to Patrick AFB and was appointed as
Manager, Maintenance Control for the range and
served in that job until 1958.
I transferred to the BMEWS project, Riverton
NJ, with Steve Heller during 1958 where I managed
the Technical Training and Technical Publications
programs for BMEWS. Later,1965,I was assigned to a
contract with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center at
Huntsville,AL. Later assigned to a contract we
acquired at the NASA Langley Research Center,
Hampton VA as project manager. I retired from this
job and remained in this area early in 1990 a
couple of years after the GE "merger". I enjoyed
my career with RCA/GE and have since been enjoying
life with family and enjoying my amateur radio
hobby, gardening, etc. -73- Site Title: Sam's Place Site URL:
Date: 04/19/2012 Name: Douglas Perkins Email: City/State/Country: Warner Robins, GA, USA Comments: Was an airman from Patrick stationed at Turk late
1951 early 1952 when tracking station was being
built. Is the airport runway the same strip we used then? We used WWII landing craft to bring in the heavy stuff. I was in communications. Site URL:
Date: 04/14/2012 Name: W. Alan Jones Email: City/State/Country: Milledgeville, GA, USA Comments: I was with Pan American Plant Maintenance Dept on Fernando de Noronha, Brazil 1958-59 and on Ascension 1959-60. I would look forward to any contact with others who were there at that time (especially Avsec, Fraga, Wright, Pendleton, Kramer, Trowbridge, Hammett, Cranfield) Scafitti) Site URL:
Date: 04/12/2012 Name: Bob Sellars Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: Originally signed on in October, 2005. Left the range in Sept. 2008, when the contarct (JBOSC) ended but still get to Jim Irby's reunions in Hawthorne, FL. where my wife Ann (Bascome), who was a Volcano Radio DJ, knows more people then I do. We still keep in touch with many friends from those down range days and regret the slowly declining numbers of us. It was a remarkable time and we are all part of history, 'tho most will never know of our involvement. Thanks to all the Range Rats, Ships Troops and "steely eyed space technicians' who made the trip possible and fun for so many years on the ETR! Site URL:
Date: 04/02/2012 Name: Howard "Chuck" Hodson Email: City/State/Country: Houston, Texas, USA Comments: Range rat. (June '65 to Jan. '68) Communications Tech shipboard. Grand Bahama until security cleared. Started on the USNS American Mariner on it's last trip. Then went to the USNS General H. H. Arnold. Site URL:
Date: 03/30/2012 Name: Ian B. Carson Email: City/State/Country: Greenville, SC, USA Comments: Worked GTK 1965-1969 first in Telemetry then Communications Tech Control. located Jerry Renton-Comand Destruct & Leon Lacy-Tech Control. Anyone stationed there during that time pls contact me.
Editors Note: in Sept 2011, Ian put above message in the Guest Book instead of the RR Sign-In book (the Guest Book is for stamp collectors who visit my stamp website, and not for RRs).

Ian also signed the RR Sign In book way back in Oct. 2005, which I am now transferring here, since he has a diff. email address and lives in SC instead of Jacksonville FL:

Worked GTK Telemetry from 65 to 67 then GTK Comm Control until 69. John Forsberg's last known in MIA area, Worked w/John Meyers at MCI Telecom. Anyone know whereabouts of Jay Aldrich or pool-partner Woody?

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Date: 03/27/2012 Name: Maria Ruby (Boulanger) Email: City/State/Country: Vero Beach, FL, USA Comments: My family lived at Grand Turk in the late 60's. My father Bill Ruby worked for RCA. Site URL:
Date: 03/23/2012 Name: William Marshall (son of James Marshall) Email: City/State/Country: Erie, PA, United States Comments: My father, James C. Marshall, worked for GE in Syracuse/ Heavy Military "Court Street" in the early-mid-1960's on MISTRAM for the Atlas system.
I was born in late 1963, so I'm sure I'll get some 'things' mixed up here, but it's so interesting to see photos of Eleuthera installations.
Dad was very proud of and engrossed by his work on the tracking systems for ATLAS. I don't remember how many times he went to the islands for missile flights, but I remember he always came back with a tan! He'd tell me how complex missilery was/is, and that so many things had to go 'right' to get a good shot.
At some point, Dad left Heavy Military for the Electronics ("E") lab on Electronics Parkway, where he worked on IR optical tracking for ship-to-ship communications. Those were among the happiest days of his life. He was fascinated by weak-signal detection, drawing countless 'paper napkin' sketches for me.
When he was laid off in the early 1970's, he moved us to western Pennsylvania, where he opened a small business performing broadcast FM transmitter proof-of-performance work for some few local stations. While in NY, his amateur radio call-sign was K2GPC, then W3HLF in Pa.
SK in 1997.
Thanks to the folks who maintain this site; helps a family get to know what their parents did in that extraordinary time after WWII. Site URL:
Date: 03/20/2012 Name: Mike Carver Email: City/State/Country: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Comments: I am still a traveler on the ER and WR while working for Boeing until retirement. My early travels while in the Air Force took me to GBI, Eleuthera, GTK, ANT, and ASC for comm installs (I worked for GEEIA). I joined Pan Am's comm engineering group, working for Bob Schild in 1970, with additional installation work at various sites - mostly in the crypto field. I've many fond memories of the people and places I visited, especially for Ascension. Last visit was in 2010, because Boeing maintains a GPS tracking site on the old FPS-16 hill there. I spoke to Mike Doherty - he's still healthy and happy! Site URL:
Date: 03/11/2012 Name: Cathy Goretsky Email: City/State/Country: Sanford, Florida, US Comments: Enjoyed the 23rd RCA "Old Timers" get together yesterday. Great job organizing, Arbe McDowell and crew of fellow workers. High attendance yesterday and as always, great food by Dustin's Bar-B-Que. Lots of old friends. Lots of hugs. For two of my children who were there with me, lots of stories about their Dad Larry Goretsky, who has been gone 26 years now, but many of his former co-workers were there yesterday and the time they took to talk to my daughter Lynn and my son Joe was very much appreciated! Great group of people. God willing, we'll meet again next year. Site URL:
Date: 03/05/2012 Name: Ray Croley Email: City/State/Country: Tampa, Florida, US Comments: Worked in commissary on Grand Turk early 60s and had a friend at
the Navy Base, Alan Viedear, would like to contact him. Site URL:
Date: 03/03/2012 Name: Paul Gafford Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Fl, USA Comments: I was assigned to the Sword Knot, but sailed on
other ships because they were short handed.
Early 1959.
EDITORS NOTE: Paul originally signed this RR book on 15 Jan. 2010, giving more info. of his time on the range, which I am listing here and deleting his original entry, his email address and location remainsthe same:
Date: 01/15/2010 Comments: 1959-1966 Swordknot, Mayaguez PR, Antigua, Grand Turk, Ascension.
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Date: 02/24/2012 Name: Dave Villeneuve Email: City/State/Country: Wimauma, FL, USA Comments: 1965-1969 Ships (Coastal Sentry, Coastal Crusader, Twin Falls)
1971-1974 USNS Arnold
1985-1988 Engineering and USNS Redstone Site URL:
Date: 02/23/2012 Name: Jim Sawyer Email: City/State/Country: Double Oak, Texas, US Comments: I'm glad I found this site. I was in the army and spent '59 to '61 on the range, mostly on GBI but also considerable time on San Salvador and on the Cape. We manned the radar sites that monitored the inosphere in congunction with the IGY, but also supported the shots by providing inospheric info to Central Control before, during, and after each shot.

Is the AAFB still operating? If not, when did it end?

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Date: 02/23/2012 Name: George Giefer Email: City/State/Country: Springfield, MO, USA Comments: Started on the Range in 1960 on San Sal. Transferred to the Radar Shops in 1961. Then to Cape Mission Control 1965-1967. When MCC closed, transferred to Cape Command Destruct 1967-1972. Left the range during cutback in 1972 and returned to the Cape Command Destruct 1979- 1998. Retired in 1998. Great site!
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Date: 02/22/2012 Name: Frank Bullard Email: City/State/Country: Rockford, Alabama, USA Comments: Former Navy CT, went to work for RCA in Comm on the Vandy 79-80. Left and returned to work on the Observation Island 82-93. 93-present working space surveillance. Many fond memories. Site URL:
Date: 02/13/2012 Name: Eugene w Sullivan Email: City/State/Country: Fullerton, Calif., USA Comments: I started with RCA in 1955 at GBI as a CW operator And moved to the receiver site. Telemetry had 1/2 of the bldg. Russ Reed was the PAA base mgr. I later worked at Mayaguana and Eleuthera. I left RCA in 1958 and went with, at that time, AC Spark Plug div GMC at the cape. we furnished the Guidance systems for the Matador, Mace, Thor, The last block of Titan2 And then Titan III. We also furnished the guidance system for the apollo and built the lunar rover.

I recently found an Apollo 12 cover in my papers your numbers AIRSPEC05 and ID #5341 dtd 19 Nov.1969. It took me awhile to get to your site but I found it I started at first day covers and kept looking.Yours was the only link using a proper name.

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Date: 02/05/2012 Name: George Dill Email: City/State/Country: Land O' Lakes, FL, USA Comments: Hi,
I was Public Relations Manager for Pan Am ASD for most of the 10 years (1963-1973)I was with the company.
Made a lot of DR trips as I wrote and took photographs for the Pan Am Clipper magazine.
It was a great experience and I'll never forget it. I always felt welcome at the many sites I visited.
Best regards,
George Dill Site URL:
Date: 02/03/2012 Name: Dan Mulcrone Email: City/State/Country: Matthews , NC, USA Comments: I may not fit the category, as I was a navigator on the ARIA after it left Patrick and moved to Wright-Patt. Was on Ascension many times in the late 70's covering Navy sub ballistic launches, and as using Ascension as a stopover on the way to South Africa, and then on to Mauritius for International sattelite launches. I remember Ascension very well, Wideawake, Volcano Club, outdoor bowling, land crabs, etc. Also I caught the biggest fish in my life there. The Saints took us out on a deep sea fishing trip, and I hooked, and with their help, landed a 72 lb yellow fin tuna. I've always dreamed about going back to that island, and seeing Green Mountain again. By the way, do you ever remember a person named Sandi(sp?) running the tower? I may have it wrong, but for some reason the name sticks in my memory.
God Bless our troops.
Hi Dan: Thanx for signing in, any USAF personnel are welcome to sign in if they flew to the downrange islands.
I noticed that you email address is incomplete, if you would send me an email I can go ahead and correct this entry.
Joe (website editor). Site URL:
Date: 01/30/2012 Name: Denise Taylor Email: City/State/Country: Philippi, WV, USA Comments: I started with RCA on Antigua in 1979 just two weeks out of college. I worked as an SOI there, kept some horses on the base and was nearly ready to quit and move back to the states when I met my future husband. I transferred to Ascension with him and married Jim Taylor on Ascension Island. I think we were there 10 years and we then transferred back to Antigua. We both retired in 1997, bought a farm in WV and have not worked for anyone but ourselves since. We have a 13 yr old daughter and a nearly 11 yr old son. We live on 250 acres and I presently have 42 Icelandic horses. Life here in WV is wonderful but both Jim and I have fond memories of our lives downrange. I did not know this site existed or I would have posted years ago. I have often wondered where some of the people I worked with ended up but lost contact. Site Title: Icelandic Thunder Site URL:
Date: 01/27/2012 Name: Roger Macy City/State/Country: Bloomington, Indiana, USA Comments: Iwas on the Vanguard TAGM 19 from Feb 1967 to Feb 1970 Site URL:
Date: 01/22/2012 Name: Judy McConnell Email: City/State/Country: Ravenswood, WV, USA Comments: I don't know if I qualify or not. I worked at CSR from 97 or 98
till 99. I was on Ascension twice getting the 12.18 radar
through final testing and for a Navy missle test.

I was an engineer in charge of the radar and telementry for the
Eastern Range.

I went to Antigua once as well.

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Date: 01/12/2012 Name: Sterling Peiffer Email: City/State/Country: Port St. Joe, FL, USA Comments: Joe, just decided to check back in,added e-mail address this time. Still working at EGLIN TEST RANGE, SITE D3 at Cape San Blas. Still get Christmas cards from Russ Slye & Danny Sylvester. Hoping to retire in a year or two. Would like to hear from any of the guys I worked with at Eleuthera, Antigua or GBI. Site URL:
Date: 12/28/2011 Name: Philip(Phil) Shideler Email: City/State/Country: Rockport, TX, USA Comments: I was on GTK from May 1966 till Jan. 1970. I worked at the Command Control site with Jay Grimes as my boss for most of that time. I also did stints in Sub-cable, RICS, and ground radio.
I recently visited GTK for our 50th anniversery and found the island much changed. As someone has said, the Cruse terminal is located down where the tropo site was. The power house has been rebuilt(larger) and that is the power center for the island. The club building has been replaced with a different building. The base has changed some, but I was able to recognize many features from the 60's. There is much that has gone unused, or under used and seems the locals missed out on some good facilities that could have given them some good buildings for their use. There was also considerable damage from Hurricane Ike. Some of that damage is still not repaired. Had a good week on the island Nov 2011. Site URL:
Date: 12/24/2011 Name: Robert Hauser Email: City/State/Country: Eustis, Florida, USA Comments: Worked on the Vandy in the Nav Center from 1969 til 1971. Jack Steele was the RCA cheif while I was onboard. I have great memories of my time on the Vandy. Site URL:
Date: 12/19/2011 Name: Fred Albers / Corina Hart Email: City/State/Country: ft lauderdale, florida, united states Comments: I am Corina Hart and my husband's name is Fred Albers.
He was the base manager for Pan Am from 1963 to 1966. He was stationed in Eleuthera, then went to Cape Canaveral Florida. We lived in Governors Harbour and then in Melbourne Fla for many years.

He is now retired and lives in New York. if you would like to get in touch with him, you can email me for his phone number. I do not have his email address. I am sure he would like to hear from you. We had quite a few friends who worked on the base. Maybe he would like to be in touch.

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Date: 12/17/2011 Name: Huguette Nelson Lyons Email: City/State/Country: Naples, Florida 34103, USA Comments: I am Lee Lyons wife, Lee passed away in 1972 in Naples, Florida. Lee worked for RCA and was stationed on Eleuthera from end of 1961 to 1965.

Previously he was on the Coastal Sentry ship stationed in Mauritius where we met; Durban South Africa; Ascension; and Grand Turk. We were married in 1961. We lived close to the base on the beach in Eleuthera and also in Governor's Harbor.

He was transferred to Kennedy Space Center in 1965 and worked in Mission Control, and we lived on Merritt Island. In 1970 Lee left RCA after 10 years and we moved to Naples FL.

We used to have a great time on Eleuthera and had many wonderful friends. I would love to hear from the friends we had on Eleuthera and the Coastal Sentry.
Huguette Lyons

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Date: 12/15/2011 Name: George Larribeau Email: City/State/Country: Dallas, TX, USA Comments: Worked for BFEC from 1975 to 1980. Went to MSFT-2 Decom school in late 1975 and went to the USNS Vanguard (at the time it was in Port Louis, Mauritius). Then I went to the STDN station in Kauai Hawaii (1976) then back to the USNS Vanguard. After that I finished my Career on the ‘Rock’ Ascension Island. Site URL:
Date: 12/15/2011 Name: Patrick Murphy Email: City/State/Country: San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica Comments: Editors Note: on 10 June 2012, Pat let me know he has a new email address and this entry has now been changed to reflect that. He also said he would like to hear from other range rats who knew him and that he doesn't want to be put on that other list yet (the RRs who have passed on) !!
Worked on ETR &WTR for total of 28 yrs. ETR sites were from GBI to PRE. Closed GBI, San Sal, & PRE- NOT TOO LUCKY. Went to ASC 3 times for total of 10 yrs of my life. Worked hard and played hard, almost as much as the divers,ha! Choppers just left CR and two other Saints here now. As with everyone, range service was formative,led to good friends and loves. Thanks for reliving the experiences thru this site!!! All that remains is to return to Recife for last time and adeus-Caio, Patricio.
Comments from 09 Nov 2011:
Worked Radar/data on most of station (or went TDY) especially ASC. Spent time on ETR,WTR, and OBIS. Like the comments, especially "Work hard, play hard". hard to read the obits page, but we did our share. Regards to all readers, and will be happy to hear from you! Site URL:
Date: 12/02/2011 Name: Scott Adams Email: City/State/Country: platteville, WI, United States Comments: Hi Joe!

I was at TTR12.15 in the early 70s. I worked as an SOI analyst and spent 18+ months on the rock. Never painted the turtle so I may be back some day!

Scott Adams

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Date: 11/23/2011 Name: Paul Alford Email: City/State/Country: santa maria, california, USA Comments: I hired on with FEC in Sept 66. I worked on the USNS Mercury. Transfered to Vandenberg AFB in Nov 68. Later I supported the lunar landing in 69 aboard the USNS Redstone. Anybody know what happened to Frank Gardner or Bill Sutterfield?
The were at Hawaii, Kwajalein, Okinawa (a few hours) and Guam. I got off before they went to Australia. Great web-site!! Site URL:
Date: 11/21/2011 Name: Bill Hocking Email: City/State/Country: Annapolis, Maryland, USA Comments: My first trip to Grand Turk was in November 1957. I worked for NASA and manned the Minitrack Station for all launches. I returned to the Island for all launches until about 1961. My job was to collect third stage tracking data and it send back to the Vanguard Control Center in Washington DC. The tracking station was at the North end of the island. I plan to go back to turk in 2012. Any one been back to Grand Turk recently? I would like to talk to them. Bill Hocking Site URL:
Date: 11/19/2011 Name: James (JIM) Eubanks Email: City/State/Country: Greenwood, SC, USA Comments: Went to work for RCA in Dec. 1955, Assigned to Eluthera late Jan 1956, Communications, Transmitters. Went to GBI TDY early 1958. I was asked to stay and moved to GBI in 1958. Worked Transmitters/Frequency Conytol and Analysis. I was asked to move to radar by Andy Long, GBI Radar Manager at the time.
I have a page of notes that state the following.
Completed Mod. II Radar school 3-17-59
Completed FPS-16 School 2-18-60. I was leader GBI Radar when I left in Oct. 1963, for White Sands Missile Range. Went to Marshall Space Flight Center Feb. 1965 on Saturn V project, Installing RCA 110A Computers. Left at loss of contract 6-70 and went to Clemson University, College of Sciences as an Electrical Engineer. Retired early due to health reasons in 1994 Site URL:
Date: 11/17/2011 Name: Gary Bader Email: City/State/Country: Anchorage, Alaska, USA Comments: I worked at Carter Cay and GBI in the Bahamas for about 4 years in
communications and GLOTRAC. Then moved to Antigua for about
3 years. This all occurred in the 60's from '62 thru '69 Site URL:
Date: 11/16/2011 Name: P.C. "Moose" Mann Email: City/State/Country: Cape Coral, FL, USA Comments: PAA/GMRD Fire/Security - 1955 to 1957. Went to Mayaguez 1955. Later transfered to Mayaguana. Then promoted to Chief and assigned to San Salvador. Site URL:
Date: 11/12/2011 Name: Clermont Eu"Gene" Park Email: City/State/Country: Springfield , Ohio, 45504 Comments: Hi fellow Range Rats, I am Gene Park, ret USN
RMC. I was a Radioman on the Sword Knot, went
aboard at Acension Island and filled in until the
end of a Mission, thence back to Ascension. Also
Worked in communications at Ascension Isand for
a year, then back to the Cape. Answered a call
to join the USNS Vandenberg as a photographer and
served for quite awhile there and also on the
Hap Arnold when needed. Went to Midway with the
Vandenberg, then North to the Russian Missle
range. I went home after that, left the ship
in Japan, left RCA and went to work for Boeing Company as on the Lunar Orbiter Project and
then on to the Saturn Program at the VAB and Pad
39. The Lunar landing occured and we were all let go, so ent to Ohio and now teach Photograpy
at a local Jr College. Miss all the great times
and Wonderful people.
Gene Park
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Date: 10/26/2011 Name: Lee O'Dell Email: City/State/Country: Clarksville, Tennessee, USA Comments: I was a Pan Am Weather Tech from 1961-1963, on the Timber Hitch, Coastal Crusader and Sword Knot. We were home ported out of Recife and Ascension Island and later went to Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa. I also trained for a short period in 1961 on the Twin Falls. I am particularly interested in any pictures of these ships and in hearing from anyone who served on them during these times. Site URL:
Date: 10/26/2011 Name: Rhonda Butler Scholl Email: City/State/Country: Patrick AFB, FLA, USA Comments: update of my email addresses
Editors Note:
Rhonda also has another current email: Site URL:
Date: 10/10/2011 Name: Stan Cantrell Email: City/State/Country: Palm Bay, Fl, USA Comments: Already on your list of Range Rats. Retired in
1990 and at that time Ascension was planning a new
powerhouse. Was talk of installing gas turbines.
Would like to know what type of units were finally
installed? Thanks Stan Site URL:
Date: 10/03/2011 Name: Marvin 'Skip' Sheppard Email: City/State/Country: Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Comments: Ascension 1974-78
Mahe 1978-95 Site URL:
Date: 09/25/2011 Name: Stan Cantrell Email: City/State/Country: Palm Bay, Fl, USA Comments: I was last on Ascension in 1990 just befor I
retired. At that time they were planning a new
powerhouse for the site. Understand it has been
built and in operation. Since I did most of my
work in the powerhouse I am interested in knowing
what type of prime movers were used. There were
talk of gas turbines at the time. Thanks - Stan Site URL:
Date: 09/24/2011 Name: Bill Breyer Email: City/State/Country: Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Heard about this site years ago from Jack Tripp, but never "signed in".
Background: Got down to Brevard in late 1967. Employed by the Boeing Atlantic Test Center {BATC} at the Kennedy Space Center all throught the Apollo/Skylab/Apollo-Soyuz and Minuteman Programs. Office was in the low-bay area of the Vehicle Assembly Building {VAB}, Room 3L15C. Also, on Pads 39A & 39B as a Launch Systems Safety Supervisor. Last launch covered: Apollo 17 in December, 1972.
Got to Patrick Air Force Base in April, 1974 in the Air Force Range Safety office during the Air Force Eastern Test Range {AFETR} organization. Monitored the PAA/RCA Range Contract from a safety viewpoint. Downrange trips to GBI, Grand Turk, Antigua and Ascension Island each year for the first 12 years. Also trips to the off-site radar & telemetry tracking stations like Jupiter, TEL IV at KSC, etc.
Retired from the PAFB Range Safety in 2009. Will - someday - attend this reunion. Hopefully shake hands with PAA's Russ Reed & RCA's Bob Flowers, et. al., one day.
Bill Site URL:
Date: 09/16/2011 Name: Kenneth Overman Email: City/State/Country: Lompoc, CA, United States Comments: I was on the Redstone from about Sept. '67 till about Nov. '69,
transferred to VAFB for about 1 yr. and then to the Huntsville
untill May '72.
I was (because of my initials) known as "KRO". What an
adventure, if it wasn't for my health I'd go back in a heart beat. Site URL:
Date: 09/16/2011 Name: John "Red. Durham Email: City/State/Country: Homosassa, Florida 34446, U.S.A. Comments: I arrived Grand Bahama for my first RangeRat assignment in Aug 1954 and worked in Jim Falkensteins office for sixteen months then left for the Dominican republic Jan 6,1956. I worked in both Bernie Ryans office and the comm center there. Other assignments included Mayaguez, Ascension, Grand Turk, Antigua. I had gotten married to Estela And bought a farm in the Dominican Republic, so at the ripe old age of 41 I decided to retire there. After 9 years of sweat, 70 lbs lighter, and two very mean spirited hurricanes I decided to change my profession again. In 1980 I began working for the U.S. State Dept. with assignments in Nato Headquarters, Uruguay, Belize, Nicaragua and The Dominican Republic where I retired July 31, 1993. My wife Estela died in an automobile accident 13 days later. Since then I have gotten remarried to a beautiful lady from Costa Rica. I would certainly like to hear from all my old range rat buddies. My phone number is 352-506-3653. phonphone Site URL:
Date: 09/16/2011 Name: Stephen (Steve) Hill Email: City/State/Country: Manassas, VA, USA Comments: I was the Det Commander at Ascension from July 95 to July 97. My family and I loved it there and some of our fondest memories of 28 years in uniform are from Ascension and the wonderful people we met there. Site URL:
Date: 09/13/2011 Name: mark boring Email: City/State/Country: huntingdon, pa, usa Comments: I was on GBI in 1986 and went to ascension for a stint till the contract was up. worked in Radar with barb mobley and sue gage bob hoffman bob desegrange. worked in telemetry with chad evans rex richards and barb savage.it is hard to believe its been 25 years since then. any one remebers me send me an email. smiley Site URL:
Date: 09/05/2011 Name: Rick Newton City/State/Country: Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U. S. of A. Comments: Hired on with Pan Am in November, 1983, as an HVAC mechanic. First stop, Antigua until 1984. Then to Ascension from '84 to '87 and back to Antigua until now (Sept. 2011). Since then I've been an HVAC mechanic, Maintenance Foreman, got sideways with downrange management and was "reorganized" back to my tools (which was the best thing that happened in the long run), and am finishing my downrange career as a plumber/water treatment plant operator. Planning on retiring towards the end of 2011. Been a long and entertaining run, and am proud to have served with some of the best. Good luck and God speed to all. Site URL:
Date: 09/02/2011 Name: Chuck Garrison Email: City/State/Country: Ocklawaha, Fla, USA Comments: Howdy all..For all you former ship's rats who served in the Pacific on the Arnold/Vandy/OI and wondered about the Russian tracking ships we used to follow. The below web site is dedicated to the Soviet tracking ships. Has many pictures of crews and ships including pictures of us chasing them. Great stuff.
Oh, by the way. It's all in Russian.
Very interesting.

Address is: www.toge.ru

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Date: 08/28/2011 Name: Helen E Yarbrough Email: City/State/Country: Indialantic, Florida, United States Comments: I worked for RCA as a SOI Analyst on Ascension from
Apr77 until Oct78. I spent some training time on
Antigua & GBI. When I left Ascension on Friday,
October 13th, 1978 I went to work at Patrick for a
few months until I left RCA in Mar79.
Date: 08/25/2011 Name: Dale Ludwick Email: City/State/Country: Abingdon, Illinois, usa Comments: Was Base Commander at Grand Turk AAF from Jun 81-Jun 82. Was unlucky enough to host the funeral of Chief Minister JAGS McCartney during my tenure. Has to retrofit a PANAM pickup into a black hearse. Remember TOO MANY nights at the Conch Club and got the nickname Wile E Coyote for all my efforts----guess it was because I looked like I'd fallen off a cliff from the night before. Mike Paternak was RCA guy an Charlie Zahoranacky was Base Mgr---see Charlie finally redid his name in an earlier post. Fondly remember those guys as well as Dave Lohr ("Red"), Dick Peach, Doc Ski (who I cooked many Conch Club breakfasts with(sorry He's past), Dennis Wood (thanks for the fishing trips), Andy Bennett,Georgia, who cut my hair, Rick Lemmond who still owes me an election bet (lol), and way too many more to list. Out of a 23 year AF career, this was definitely a fun one. Retired as LtCol out of Nellis AFB in Las Vegas in 1991. Presently mostly retired head night auditor over 9 local motels. Just found this site trying to find out what Hurricane Irene had done to the islands Site URL:
Date: 08/23/2011 Name: Paul Hagen Email: City/State/Country: Eva, AL, USA Comments: I joined RCA and went to Ascension, as a Space
Object Identification Analyst, in 1974. I was
assigned to Grand Bahama Island as a Radar
Calibration Analyst, then to Metric Systems Engineering at Patrick working receivers. This
was followed by another stint at Ascension before
I left the Range. Since then I was with Teledyne
Brown Engineering in Huntsville Alabama until I
retired. After about six months, I went back to
work as a Consultant/Radar Subject Matter Expert
supporting the development of the Ground-Based Mid-course Defense System. I am no longer
working, for money, as there is more than enough
here to keep me busy. Site URL:
Date: 08/23/2011 Name: Paul Hagen Email: City/State/Country: Eva, AL, USA Comments: I hope to make the RangeRats Reunion sometime but
will not be able to this year. Best wishes to all. Site Title: n/a Site URL:
Date: 08/16/2011 Name: Mark Ljongquist Email: City/State/Country: Fort Worth, Tx, USA Comments: Served on the Vanguard ,for Apollo TLI missions and at Mar Del Plata, Argentina, for Skylab support, and at Texas site at Corpus Christi. Site URL:
Date: 08/13/2011 Name: John Putzu Email: City/State/Country: Cochise, AZ , usa Comments: Greetings from an old Stromber Carlson electrician that once worked on the Vanguard during its 1966 retrofit. Site URL:
Date: 08/05/2011 Name: Howard Bruce Nicholls Email: City/State/Country: cocoa beach ,, florida, usa Comments: My dad was Howard E. Nicholls who worked downrange from 1959 to the 80,s, he was the maintence supertantant on antigua for years . I went to work on the roving audit team for pan am , went to all downrange stations , sometimes working with John Aiken, Ken Sparks , Steve Wellman and Joe Piela , what great times and great people . now living in Brevard County Florida . Site URL:
Date: 07/21/2011 Name: Mike Druckenmiller (Sr) Email: City/State/Country: Albany, Ga, USA Comments: I was stationed on Grand Bahama Island,
Johnny Walker was head of the Telemetry Site and Jim Wickham was in charge of FTSS...

RCA-MTP was my employer and K.J. Starzinger (sp?) was my project head.

I seem to remember Joe Amos breaking his upper arm trying to throw a runner out at home from the outfield.

And, the black cat (nick-named Purr-Purr) that took up with me survived many years into my marriage.

After a year or so I jumped ship and went to the TDMMS Remote Ranging Station at Folly Beach where I met my wife at a local church.

I am very saddened by the shut down of the shuttle program.

Site Title: House of Myrrh Site URL:
Date: 07/14/2011 Name: Chris Hummel Email: City/State/Country: Blairsville , GA, usa Comments: Range Rat from 1959 to 1962. Com center operator on Ascension, Grand Bahama, and Eluthera in that order. A short time at the Tech Lab, then back to Ascension as a wireman. Left range in late '62
Joined Xerox and spent 30 years there. Site URL:
Date: 07/12/2011 Name: John Vigus Email: City/State/Country: Enon, Ohio, USA Comments: I worked at the Cape while Dow Hill Antiqua was being built. Went to Antigua and worked on the equipment installation. When the station went operational I was the High Speed Data Technician. After about 1 year I went back to Goddard to attend the ranging/timing school and then deployed to the Madrid tracking station as Ranging-Timing Engineer... Loved it all! Site URL:
Date: 07/08/2011 Name: john n cuscutis Email: City/State/Country: indian harbour bch, fl, usa Comments: RCA SERVICE Employe #340

Project Mercury USNS Vandenberg (PMEL) 1963-1965)

Apollo Program USNS Vanguard USNS Redstone, and the USNS Mercury (inertial navigation systems)1965-1967

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Date: 07/04/2011 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida 32926, USA Comments: Do not know if this has been reported, but another sad event. Willis Johnson RCA/CSR retiree "Range Rat" recently passed away. Willis had worked DR and also was a CCAFS Cape Comm Controller, Senior Comm Controller and Comm Control Supervisor. Willis was a long time resident of Titusville and recently lived in Melbourne, Fl.
Take care, Gene Pugh.
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Date: 07/02/2011 Name: Terry German Email: City/State/Country: boynton beach, Florida, United States Comments: Ascension 1966 Pretoria S A 1968 Site URL:
Date: 06/15/2011 Name: Tony & Maria D'Alessandro Email: City/State/Country: Suntree, Florida, USA Comments: Antigua 71-74 Ascenscion 76-80 TDY, Grand Turk,Carter Cay 81-84 GBI PCS. Site URL:
Date: 06/09/2011 Name: jasper wilkerson Email: City/State/Country: geneva, fl, USA Comments: HVAC Mechanic 1979/1980 Grand Turk. Site URL:
Date: 05/24/2011 Name: David Isaac Email: City/State/Country: Dothan, Alabama, US Comments: I went to Grand Turk in early '59, working for PAA in Meteorology. After about 6 months at Grand Turk I was sent to Ascention for 11 months. I was then transfered to GBI AAFB about August '60 and resigned in September '62. My wife and I were there when Allen Shepherd made the flight into outer space. He was brought to GBI AAFB, and the other original 6 Astronauts with NASA's Colonel "Shorty" Powers went to the Rendezvous Club in a private area. Since the press was not allowed on base, there was an agreement that no one on base could take pictures of the NASA crew. However, my wife did go into their private room and got the autographs of Colonel "Shorty" Powers and the astronauts. Sadly to say, the autographs have been lost.
My wife and I took a cruise and revisited the GBI AAFB in 2010. We lived there when we were first married 50 years ago. During our visit, I took some pictures of the old deserted base with the weather building where I worked. Seeing the old base brought back fond memories of our time there. Site URL:
Date: 05/22/2011 Name: Graham D Lonie Email: City/State/Country: St Johns, St Peters, Antigua W.I. Comments: Still tracking on Antigua. This message is to change email address to Site URL:
Date: 05/21/2011 Name: john hostetter Email: City/State/Country: Mission , Tx, USA Comments: Spent a month or two working on the G E mistram
site on Eleuthera installing mods ect. Site URL:
Date: 05/20/2011 Name: Maggie Enright City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, FL, USA Comments: Spent 3 great years with RCA at GBI in the 80s; then a brief tour at Antigua & on to ASC for 14 months and THAT was the experience of a lifetime!
I treasure the memories of the wonderful people I worked with (so many of them gone) and am ever grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of a great mission!
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Date: 05/09/2011 Name: Bob Bonner Email: City/State/Country: Spokane, Wa., USA Comments: Lutisha Tesarek was looking for an email address for George Meister and Range/Shiprat...


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Date: 05/05/2011 Name: Gene Shoemaker Email: City/State/Country: Las Cruces, NM, USA Comments: I worked for 13 yrs. on he ETR.(1955-68) Mostly at San Sal, Grand Turk, Mayaguez,PR and Antigua, WI. All of my time was spent in radar and associated instrumentation systems. At the time I transferred off of the range I was the Leader of the MIPIR at Antigua.I retired from RCA and their successor companies in 1994 after 38 yrs. Prior to my retirement I had been a Project Mgr. on two different projects for over 7 yrs. Site URL:
Date: 05/02/2011 Name: Bob Hawthorne Email: City/State/Country: Glen Allen, Va, USA Comments: Major Richard E . Ranker was Commander of Grand Turk
1979-80....Rich later served with me at Air Force Systems
Command at Andrews AFB.....While he stayed on the faculty of Air
Command And Staff College...he retired and went to England to
teach school....

After Rich Ranker, was Capt Dale.........can't remember his last
name...sometimes we forget don't we......Several of my friends have
been to Grand Turk and say Jimmy Buffett's place is great, and
Carnival has a nice pier and pool downtown....and Salt Cay and
Providenciales are great places to visit....

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Date: 04/02/2011 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: Today, I went to a memorial service in Melbourned Fl. for James P. Braswell (Jim Braswell). He worked for RCA and CSR. Here is a brief in the paper (Florida Today)yesterday---James P. Braswell Melbourne. Mr. Braswell, 75, died March 30, 2011. He was born in SilurA, Alabama. He moved to Melbourne, Fl in 1960 from Alabama.
He was retired from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after 40 years. He was a veteran of the US Army. His main enjoyment was his family especially his grandchildren and the company of good friends.----It then goes on to mention his family and arrangements. Jim was a good friend and fellow "Range Rat". Site URL:
Date: 04/01/2011 Name: Bobby Csaszar Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: The wife of Frank Csaszar, (Heidi Csaszar) , passed away the 28th of March , Frank Csaszar worked on Ascension Island from 1980 to 1996,he worked for RCA,and CSR. Those who knew the Csaszar's on the island remember their hospitality by opening their house for parties,dinners and the such.Frank Csaszar still lives in Melbourne Florida.My dad was very good friends with Ben Juhl who is a range rat as well.My mom (Heidi) always talked about how wonderful Ascension was ,and the island was a big part of her life for 4 years. Thank you. Site URL:
Date: 03/27/2011 Name: Earl Ratliff Email: City/State/Country: Apopka, Florida, US Comments: I was one of the two North American
Representatives assigned to San Salvador (Station
5)from November of 1956 through June of 1958 on
the Navaho program. I was then assigned to Flight
Control at the Cape on the same program until I
left NAA in November of 58 to work for Martin on
the Pershing. The other NAA rep was Bill (Moose)
Morris. The Northrop reps at that time were L. L.
(Lou) Hewitt and Charles (Chuck) Kimbrough. Fred
Keider was RCA Telemetry Tech and "Ski"Zambrosky
was Radar Tech. The Base Commander and Range
safety Officer was Captain Pope. I would like to
hear from anyone that was on Sal at that time. I
am looking for some information. Site URL:
Date: 03/24/2011 Name: John J Boa Email: City/State/Country: Ruskin, Fl, , USA Comments: Does anyone have an address for Claude "Pepper" Hogue. He was on Ascension working in the underwater impact landing systems during the 60's. Site URL:
Date: 03/23/2011 Name: John F. Aiken Email: City/State/Country: Gainesville, Georgia, USA Comments: Was part of the Pan American roving Audit Team, assigned to audit NASA Tracking Bases from Grand Bahama to Ascension and Mahe, in the Indian Ocean.
Spent 7 to 8 week a year on Turk each year for just over three years. Ken Sparks, Steve Wellman, Joe Piela and I would dive just North of the base club. Diving was excellent due in part to the Coral Mounds that are abundant along that stretch of the island. Of all the islands in the tracking chain, Grand Bahama to Trinadad, Turk was by far, the best. Never took the time to see the rest of the island, which I now regret. Maybe someday..
Date: 03/18/2011 Name: Clyde E Randolph Email: City/State/Country: Sparta, TENNESSEE, usa Comments: I landed on Grand Bahana island the day Alen Shepard, made his flight, not long after that I was ask to go to Carter Cay, and did so for several month, when I got married I ask for and was transferred to eleuthera island and worked in the Crypto center, I left a few months after Hurrican Betsey hit the island I believe summer of 1965, was transferred to Cape Cumminication bldg, in the MSO bldg, and stay there until later 1967, and resiged to come to tennessee, and have worked in the trucking industry most of the time since I left the RCA, I still wish I had stayed on the range, it was a great experience, two of our daughters were borned while I was at eleuther.
I really enjoy the web pages, which I just found recently, (march 15th 2011)
Clyde Site URL:
Date: 03/05/2011 Name: Pete Johnson Email: City/State/Country: Penzance, Cornwall, England Comments: Worked in 1968/69 in Ascension
Worked in 1970/1972 in Antigua
Worked in 1980/1982 in Seychelles.

Had many wonderful friends from the bases in all these places and
would love to get in touch again

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Date: 02/27/2011 Name: Carroll R. Michaud Email: City/State/Country: S, LA, usa Comments: I was Commander of Ascension Auxiliary Air Field from June 1971 to May 1972. George Smith was the Pan Am BOM Site URL:
Date: 02/27/2011 Name: Thor Ahlgreen Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: Still Working At CCAFS in timing group.
1972 thru 1990 Vandy, Arnold, Vandy, Redstone.

My e mail had been hijacked, so If any one has received at
letter from "me" stating I was in Wales and needed Money, I am
very sorry.
I was able to contact Yahoo, so my address has been recovered,
however I lost all of my contacts listing.

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Date: 02/18/2011 Name: Fred Schaefer Email: City/State/Country: Miami, FL, USA Comments: Hi friends, I was wondering; does anyone know the
whereabouts of RCA people: Dan Pinholster (Personnel), Steve Heller Range Operations, Andy
Conrad MTP VP, Dick Mitchell PAA VP, Ken Raulins,
USAF and RCA? These five men were pivitol in the
early operation of the Range from PAFB, Cape, and
all D/R Stations. Would be interesting to know a
few old minds are still available for consultation. Site URL:
Date: 02/13/2011 Name: Ramiro "Marty" Martinez Email: City/State/Country: Houston, Texas, USA Comments: Went D/R at the end of 1961. Was assigned to
Grand Turk, my first D/R working station. Charlie Mendez was the IM. & John Durham "Big Red"
was my Comm Leader. Mid-1963, was transferred to
Trinidad and at the end of 1968, was promoted
to CommCtr Leader and went to Eleuthra. From there went to Ascension as CommCtr Leader, till September 1969, and resigned. I still maintain communications with many D/R Ex-RCA employees. I had the opportunity to attend college and through this, was able to become self-employed for over twenty years. It was quite an experience. D/R was very much of my young adult life and is something that I will never forget. Site URL:
Date: 02/13/2011 Name: Joe Frasketi, Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers , FL, US of A Comments: Editors Note: Got this email in today from Mac Monroe on the death of Malcolm Moore... thought I would post it here first. Does anyone know if Moore was assigned to any of the downrange stations or ships? If so, please send me an email and let me know, see the email address on this entry.

Ahoy Joe:
I suspect a lot of your readers would remember Malcolm Moore, who worked for RCA for many years. He was a wonderful computer field engineer, and I once watched him take apart a Univac 1206 core memory and restring it at sea on a rolling ARIS. The core worked fine for the rest of the voyage, even though Univac said the repair was not possible in the field.

He will be missed.
Mac Monroe

his obit was in The Valdosta Daily Times

NASHVILLE — Malcolm Eugene “Gene” Moore, 86, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Berrien Nursing Center.

He was born July 28, 1924, in Berrien County, to the late Malcolm Joel “Jody” Moore and the late Susie Hall. He was a retired electronic computer engineer with RCA, a member of Nashville United Methodist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Lester Moore of Nashville; two daughters, Carol Adams of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Jackie Spiers of Hawaii; stepdaughter, Judy Johnson of Jakins; stepson, Jimmy Rentz of Lake Park; sister, Jozette Morgan of Nashville; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Malcolm Eugene Moore Jr.

A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 24, 2010,

Date: 02/03/2011 Name: Cathy Goretsky Email: City/State/Country: Sanford, Florida, US Comments: Anybody know anything about Roger Mallory, George Chancey (not sure that's spelled correctly) and Harold "Smiley" Rankin? All were at Mayaguez when Larry and I were there 1958-1960. Just thinking about our days in Mayaguez and wondered what happened to a lot of the folks who were there when we were. Site URL:
Date: 01/30/2011 Name: Joe Frasketi Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers, FL, usa Comments: Does anyone have any information at all, about J.R. "Doc" Roberts who was the medic on GBI in the 60s? I knew him in the early 60s when I was stationed there, and I recently heard from a USO woman performer who met him on GTK in 1965 and she was inquiring about him. I also believe he worked at Ascension too.

Any info. as to what happened to him and where he is today, even if deceased, would be greatly appreciated.

Site Title: ETR Range Rats Site URL:
Date: 01/24/2011 Name: Rawleigh L Tremain Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Vero Beach , Florida, USA Comments: My AMR experince started in the fall of 1956 when, just out of the USCG, I joined Pan Am's first Operations Training Class at PAFB. There were about 20 of us drawn from Pan Am Airways stations, the military, and FAA positions. Suddenly we were well into the books and class work studying telemetry, communications, and radar. Our instructor, who had graduated with honors from MIT, seemed to be a bit os a geek, and didn't always seem to appreciate some of our after class activities.

In the summer before my training at PAFB, I had met Joellyn "Jo" Hoover during the sailboat racing season on the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River at Washington, DC. She came down to see me at the old Tradewinds Hotel in Indialantic, FL before I left for my first "Range Rat" assignment as Operations Representative at GTK. Over the New Year, I returned to Alexandria, VA, my home, and we became engaged. She joined me on the island immediately after our wedding on May 11,1957.

It was on GTK that we had our first son in the local clinic there. The U.S was trying to launch the Vanguard satellite in our attempt to catch up with the Russians. During the countdown, guys at the Base would call over GTK's primitive telephone system to see how Jo's "count" was going. To make a long story short, Jo launched, and Vanguard scrubbed that night.

From GTK, our parh took us to MGZ, back to PAFB, out to Yuma's Drone Test Facility and Tucson's ETF, then back to GBI, time as an SRO at CCAFS, Manger, Range Ships, Manager Tech Ops at the Cape,out to Nevada to the Nuclear Rocket Test Facility, and finally into the airlines with a posting as Director, Pan Am Operations at Frankfurt, Germany. Then came Berlin where I was in charge of IGS operations at Templehof, on to London as Director for the Pan European Region, and back to the Pan Am Bldg in NYC as Director, Passenger and Cargo Service U.S. With the expansion of Pan Am World Services,I joined Erskine Rice and Tom Flanagan and originated Pan Am's first operations with the Saudi Government at the new airport in Jeddah before returning to take on V.P responsilities at PAWS Headquarters in Ct. I retired from Pan Am after 26 years in "83 to pursue other ventures in International business. Oh how many truly great Pan Am guys and gals,and associates from RCA and other companies, I met over those years with the company. Second to none! A day doesn't go by but what a recollection from the past brings smiles to my face.

Wayne Newton put me in touch with this link. I've already delved through comments of those registered. What memories. I hope to keep in touch, and hope you will too.

By the way, Jo and I had four kids, all doing well, and we're still in good health, living in Vero Beach, FL, and active as I approach 80 this year. God Bless the "Range Rats."

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Date: 01/08/2011 Name: ron mccartney Email: City/State/Country: orlando, fla, usa Comments: I worked for twa in the ksc post office during the
apollo program.I ran all the envelope with ksc
postmark. Site URL:
Date: 12/31/2010 Name: Dave Zehms Email: City/State/Country: Hondo, Texas, USA Comments: I worked GBI telemetry from 1966 to 70 except for a short tdy to ascension. While at GBI I was in charge of the antenna crew and spent most of my time operating and maintaining the 85 ft TAA-2 dish.When I left GBI, I transferred to the tracking station at Ely Nev where I ended my range rat career in 1972. I moved back to Mn and opened a small TV and electronic repair store. Remember when a VCR sold for 00.00. The first one I sold did.Home electronics started getting so cheep as years went by that I had to go into custom home theater installation. Judi ran the store and I was getting some installs over 0,000'00 in private homes. We retired in 2004 and went on a winter RV trip to Az and Mexico. Liked it so much that in 05 we called an auctioneer and had him auction the house and all the other personal property junk we accumulated and no longer needed. All over in one day. We bought a 40 ft. Teton 5th wheel RV and a Freightliner FL-60 to tow it with and have been full time traveling since. We have been in all 49 states we could drive to. Don't think I want to pay the fee to ferry that rig to Hawaii. Ha. We are ready to start around again as we are still having a lot of fun and there still is a lot more to see and do. We are now in Fl. spending some time with a 9 yr. old grand daughter. We do have a great grand daughter and another on the way in Mn. Some of you GBI guys might remember the 65 Mustang convertible I bought from Karl Nearing. I had to do a restoration on it about 10 yr ago but it is now a mint condition classic. I had a nice vist with Karl and Russ Slye last summer on our east coast trip. Also stopped at Dan & Carole Sylvesters in Mi. They are all doing well. Hope to see Dan, Joe Frasketi and maybe Jake Morre in Fl Jan,2011. Well, you all have a happy holiday season, a great new year and remember, IT IS NOT THE DESTINATION, IT'S THE JOURNEY!! Site Title: D-J_JourneyOn Site URL:
Date: 12/31/2010 Name: Wayne Newton Email: City/State/Country: BLAIRSVILLE, GA, US Comments: I am searching for Raleigh Tremain.

He was BOM on GTK in 1958, when I took a
ride (with Terry turner as (un) willing
passenger, in John Carney's 14 ft aluminum
boat from GTK to South Caicos Island.

He, along with the Base Commander, and the
GTK Island Commissioner, searched for and
found us out in the Turks Island Passage, with
a broken steering wheel pulley, and taking on

I am writing a story of the adventure/mishap,
and need input from him.

If any one out there remembers the event, or
knows how to contact RT or his family, please
contact me.
Editors Note: Wayne found Raleigh Tremain in just a few days time thanks to other RRs who read these entrys: Terry Turner, via Jim Edwards, who found him via the White Pages phone website.

Raleigh and his wife live in Vero Beach, FL. Wayne did speak with him, and they plan to talk more by mid Jan. I am hoping Raleigh will also sign this book.

Date: 12/27/2010 Name: Patricia Higgins (Rastgou) Peskett Email: City/State/Country: Salisbury, MD, USA Comments: BFEC/ATSC/HTSI employee on Ascension Island 1976-1980;
at the Bermuda Tracking Station 1980-1995; at Goddard
Space Flight Center 1995-2000; and at Wallops Flight Facility
since 2001. Site URL:
Date: 12/22/2010 Name: charles hodge Email: City/State/Country: pineville, kentucky, USA Comments: I WAS ON THE USNS REDSTONE 1972 1978 I AM RETIRED FROME MY INSURANCE AGENCY I DRIVE A SCHOOL BUS A COUPLE HOURS ADAY IHAVE BEEN RETIRED FOR TWO YEARS
Date: 12/17/2010 Name: Dave H. Day Email: City/State/Country: Aiken, South Carolina, USA Comments: Electronics Tech for RCA at the Cape and KSC from 1964 - 1971, Apollo and Gemini Programs. Work areas included Cape Receivers, Video Systems, Subcable/Digital Control and Frequency Control and Analysis. Site URL:
Date: 12/08/2010 Name: Charles Elgas Email: City/State/Country: LA, CA, CA Comments: Hi to all the RR "Originals." Am still doing the business of show. That's TV, live radio shows, camera operator, sound EFX and trying to keep up with all the tech stuff. The Ascension Jack Bowen (RCA-Comm) cenotaph is still being repaired by local people. That's the one I had done to remember him after he was lost during night fishing, but is now badly damaged. Jack did news and DJ for Volcano Radio. Regards, Chuck Site URL:
Date: 11/10/2010 Name: Ray Croley Email: City/State/Country: Tampa, Florida , USA Comments: Worked with PanAm from 1959 to mid 1970 on most of the downrange stations. I have been trying to find a friend, Bert Zater, worked on Grand Bahama late 59 and 1960. Also does anyone have an email address for people on the Island of St Helena? Trying to locate Brian Joshua, worked in commissary on Ascension Island. No longer on Ascension. Brian was from St Helena.
Editors note: Received an email on 18 Nov. '10 from RR Jim Edwards who said he wrote to Ray with Brian Joshua's email address which is
Jim said there might be others interested too and so I've listed it here.
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Date: 11/01/2010 Name: Ron Wellman Email: City/State/Country: Horton, KS, USA Comments: Assigned to the radar section at GBI from Dec 1960 to Feb 1966. Worked Data, ModII, FPS-18, TPQ-18.Manager: Carl Winkenhofer, Woody Bozart, Len Mashburn. Bought house and car from Len Mashburn and moved my wife to Sand Flea Acres in 1962. Spent some time on San Salvador and GTK for training. Two boys were bored rn in Freeport.
Transfed to RCA Computer in KC, then Sperry, then Unisys. Retired in 2000. Worked for Unisys Korea in 2002.
This site brought back some good memories. Star Bar & Laundry. Sand Flea Acres families, JC Hart, Ed Little, Dave Roebuck, Stan Monfett, Gerry Mulligan, Pete Bray. Site URL:
Date: 10/31/2010 Name: Jesse Callahan Email: City/State/Country: Brookeland, Texas, USA Comments: Joined BFEC as a Logistics Expediter. Served at
Owings Mills, Columbia, GSFC and BDA. Worked out of
GSFC and spent most of my time on TDY to the various
tracking stations. Spent June 1972 aboard USNS

Finished my BFEC/Allied Signal/Honeywell at GSFC in
NASCOM Goddard TV. Sept '67 to August '86.

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Date: 10/28/2010 Name: Fred B. Schaefer, Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Gambier Point, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas Comments: GBI 1955-1957, ASC 1959 six month tour,
GBI till 1969.
resident from 1955 to present day 2010.
Joe, you did a great service to the memory of the Range, Patrick, and the Cape in establishing this
web site.
Editors note: Fred put this entry into the Guestbook by missteak a few days ago, so I transferred it over to this Range Rat sign in Book.
The Guestbook is for stamp collectors and non range rat people who visit my website. Site Title: Beachfront property on GBI for sale. Site URL:
Date: 10/28/2010 Name: Rhonda Nobles Email: City/State/Country: Orange Park, fl, USA Comments: My Father, Thomas A. (Alfred) McDonald, worked on Eleuthera for PanAm, he was a baker or the baker (I'm not sure). I suppose he was one of the support people employed by PanAm. Most people called him 'Mac'. He worked there from the early 50's and I believe he retired from there around the very early 70's.. ( 70, 71 maybe 72). My Father is deceased now, he died of colon cancer June 28, 1996 he was 88 yrs old. I've seen one picture of him in his 'baker outfit' basically a white t-shirt, white apron and white cap or hat. If anyone has any information or maybe pictures I'd love to see them. God bless you all. Site URL:
Date: 10/27/2010 Name: Ashley Anderson Email: City/State/Country: Redondo Beach, California, USA Comments: My name is Ashley Anderson and I am the daugther of Charles Anderson. I am so sad to report that my father passed away on June 2, 2010 at the age of 72. He had a heart attack and went into emergency five bypass surgery. All went well and then things took a turn for the worse. He fought for his life for about six weeks. I am so blessed to have had such an amazing father. He touched the lives of so many and his sense of humor would light up any room. His legacy will live on. My mother, Maryse Anderson, still lives in Colorado and I am living in Redondo Beach, CA. If you would like to keep in touch, please email me at -- I would love to hear from you especially if you knew my father. A great man who will truly be missed. Site URL:
Date: 10/14/2010 Name: Gene Austin Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge , Florida, USA Comments:
Hired on RCA /GBI super: Bill Genaw 1972
GTK/RCA super: Chauncey Dunn 1972
ANT supervisor B.Flowers 1973
GTK 1973 .Left RCA until
April Rehire 1974- to Antigua
Sept 74 to- Ascension Telemetry
March 1975- to June 1977 Grand Turk again.
June 77- August 77 RCA Shops
Sept 77- to December 2007 TelIV Telemetry
Dec 2007- to present (10/2010) at Ascension Telemetry
Oldest daughter 'Silver" named after call sign of Telemetry 'Silver 7'..who is now paramedic for Coastal Ambulance service- Rockledge
Now visiting Antigua Telemetry and RR (Range relic) Scotty Lonie this month -
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Date: 10/07/2010 Name: Joe Loewy Email: City/State/Country: Franklin, NC, USA Comments: Brings back a lot of memories, especially "Speedy", "MO", Carl White, and Bert.

At GTK '60 and '61 Minitrack, Mod II, and Data.
Still remember the "Smyths" visiting Duke's Chow Hall and "Alfie" Hitchcock practicing breakfast preparing to visit family in Canada.

Left after C54 tossed a prop and we spent three days at GBI waiting for them to get a working plane to take us.

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Date: 09/25/2010 Name: King Halikman Email: City/State/Country: Maitland, Florida, United States Comments: I started with RCA in 1957, MTP Ship Instrumentation in telemetry training at Patrick AFB. was on the first deployment of FS 1835 on the first long range Snark. Previous short term sites were Mayaguana Is, Grand Turk, Trinidad. Was stationed at Recife Brazil. Transfered to Recife RCA Office at Edificio Limoerio as Comm Tech. Served with Doug Gunn & George Thompson IM thru Paul Gluchowsky (Deceased) and LM Boyd IM. Got married in Recife 52 years ago (Still Married).
Went on C1 Coastal Sentry on first long range Atlas launch to Antartic circle.
Moved to Cocoa in 1963, working at Mission Control with vital s of Gordon Cooper & Alan Shepard, Gus Grisom looking over my shoulder, then to Cape Telemetry, (T2 & T3). Later worked at Tel 4 on Merrit Island.
Got BS from Rollins College. Laid off in 1971. Went to FIT for Systems Engineering.
Went to work at Brevard Community College for 15 years, until retirement in 1987, & served in U.S. Coast Guard Reserve @ Port Canaveral as ET, Radar observer and Security on first 25 Shuttle launches, until retirement in 1994, and got MBA from Stetson U.
Worked for Devereux Childrens Center (Melbourne, Fl) as Case Mgr. then with Bridges of America and Dept of Corrections as Substance Abuse Counselor, the as Facility Superintendent for Dept of Juvenil Justice, Orlando, untill retiement in 1999. Got fed up with retirement and went back to Dept of Corrections as a Senior Health Counselor @ Lake CI for 10 years, the transferred to DOC Central Florida Reception Center, Orlando 2 years ago as SA Counselor.
My wife and I have 2 sons, & 8 grand kids. Three are in College, and the others are on their way there. Site URL:
Date: 09/19/2010 Name: Myrl Anderson Email: City/State/Country: Viera, Fl, USA Comments: Worked Downrange 64-71
Grand Turk TPQ-18 64-68
Trinidad Mistram 68-71
Canton Island TPQ-18 71-71

Living at Viera East Golf Course Viera Florida
with wife Margo (retired 2004)

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Date: 09/16/2010 Name: Dev Hunsley Email: City/State/Country: Culpeper, Virginia, USA Comments: Updating my location. RCA employee 64-69, San Sal, Antigua, Ascension & Trinidad Site URL:
Date: 09/15/2010 Name: George D. (Dave) Ballentine Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, FL, USA Comments: RCA MTP - RSET [ Communications )
Started off Jan 1961 2.5 yrs upper Bahamas at
GBI, Thurston Bay Abaco, Carter Cay, Walkers Cay,
Allen's Cay, Gt. Stirrup Cay mainly in LORAC
support of Pershing [Original]Project.

Transferred to Ascension Island - Spent abt. 14-15
mos. in HF SSB Receiver Site and Transmitter Site
working on Collins Gear.

Transferred to Mahe, Seychelles in '65 and stayed
on Mahe working at HF SSB Receiver Site and
Transmitter Sites over 5 yrs. Married there and
had both children while there. Worked under Wayne
Witham and Carl Edwards.

Returned to Conus April 1970 as things were
gradually going South for RCA on Range.

After brief Temp job with local 2-Way shop, went
with then Fla. Telephone Corp. in Winter Gdn.
where I was Carrier / Radio tech - Later Foreman
WG Toll Test / Carrier and Radio. Went into
Engineering around 1979 and was at retirement a
Sr. Transmission Facilities Engineer at the Sprint
Fla. Group HQ after 20+ yrs doing engineering for
what became Sprint, Local Telephone Div. Mostly
Carrier [ All types ] analog and digital, as well
as MW Radio and Fiber Optics. Last project was
ADSL for Winter Park Fla. CO locations.

Now Amateur Radio Op KK4DW [ CW ], Now Fists
Diamond Member with Platinum 500 and WAS CW Awards
Not too active lately due to lousy propagation.

My wife and I live in the same House we've always
had in Downtown Orlando. I've been retired now
since January 2000 and don't miss it one bit
except the regular paychecks.

Site Title: The KK4DW Telegraph Key Collection Site URL:
Date: 08/28/2010 Name: Bill Hughes Email: City/State/Country: Surfside Beach, South Carolina, USA Comments: on the range from april 1959 to 1987.With Pan Am. Live in surfside Beach, south carolina now.from pan am 1987. Went to work for CSR 1988. in the power house. Retired in 1995. Went back to antigua in 2005 in the power plant in antigua and retired in nov. 2008. Site URL:
Date: 08/26/2010 Name: Robert Englund Email: City/State/Country: Roanoke, VA 24018, USA Comments: Arrived Patrick and went to work in the Tech Lab in the Modification and Repaire shop 59. Early 60's that shop and the R&D Lab was split up to the other shops there and I ended up in the Timing and Telemetry shop. First trip down range was to Antigua however I was on all the down range stations one time or another. Transfered to timing ops at the Cape and in 1967 transfered to Fairbanks Alaska to NASA Stadan Station at Gilmore Creek near Fox Alaska. Lost the contract to Bendix and left Alaska and RCA 1974.
Editors Note: Robert changed his email address in Nov 2010 and I have changed it on this entry to reflect the new address.
He hopes to hear from other RRs who knew him. Site URL:
Date: 08/17/2010 Name: WAYNE NEWTON Email: City/State/Country: BLAIRSVILLE, GA, USA Comments: Worked on Mayaguana, Grand Turk, Mayaguez
(TDY), antigua (TDY). 1957-1958 Site URL:
Date: 07/27/2010 Name: Jerry Stroud Email: City/State/Country: kissimmee, Florida, USA Comments: Worked as a Pan Am Systems design engineer with frequent trips to Tel-4, Grand Bahama, Grand Turk, Antiqua, Burmuda, Jupiter Inlet, and once to Ascension. Site URL:
Date: 07/26/2010 Name: thomas rushton Email: City/State/Country: ocala, florida, usa Comments: RCA sent me to San Salvador in Aug 58. Worked on plotting board and MPS-1 radar. In Oct 59 went to Antigua, working at radar (vans). Jan 1960 went to Mayaguez. When plans were to shut down station there, I volunteered to go to Crypto School at Lackland AFB for 4 months in 1961. Then back to Antigua to be the crypto tech. Equipment never arrived, so I left range in Sep 61.
Spent several years after that in Okinawa and Vietnam, where I was captured in 1968, and returned to U.S. in 1973. Site URL:
Date: 07/23/2010 Name: Ray Whiteman Email: City/State/Country: Ruskin, Florida, USA Comments: RCA
CCO Ascension 1967-1968
CCO GBI 1968 - 1971
Married, wife Jo, daughter Alison and granddaughter Emma.
Went back to school - BS University of South Florida and MBA University of Louisiana.
Now retired.
Other Range Rat Ted Darling and I stay in frequent contact. Site URL:
Date: 07/23/2010 Name: Ted Darling Email: City/State/Country: Fairfield, Vermont, USA Comments: RCA JUN 1965 - JUL 1972 Antigua,Eleuthera,Ascension.GBI
Gail & I have 2 sons and 1 grandson.
Railroad enthusiast.
Still working (3 days/wk)latest tecnnology in Electronics.
Tried to find site for Range Rats for many years.
Ray Whiteman and I were talking and mentioned Dave Stark and many others.
Gail went on internet and found this GREAT site.


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Date: 07/16/2010 Name: Jim Boyter Email: City/State/Country: Palm Harbor, FL, USA Comments: With PAA as control tower operator at San Sal, GBI and Grand Turk in 1960-1961, and at Ascension from April 1961 through September 1963.
Transferred back to Cape Canaveral in October 1963 as aircraft controller. Worked there until April 1970 when I returned to school at UCF (then Florida Technological U.

Hi to all those that are still around!

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Date: 07/14/2010 Name: Jeff Roberts Email: City/State/Country: Khowst , Khowst, Afghanistan Comments: just an update.... RCA comm tech 82-87 at GBI, Turk and Ascension. Transfered to PAWS as a cable maint diver, working from CX11, back to Ascension and Antigua. CSR off and on since. Presently working in Afg. Still with CSR as a casual hire last DR trip was May 2009 to Sta91. Site URL:
Date: 06/28/2010 Name: Richard (Dick) Handy Email: City/State/Country: Maple Grove, Minnesota (MN), USA Comments: Joined RCA MTP soon after I got out of the Navy in early 1956. After training at PAFB, went to Mayaguana, which was being decommissioned (I thought - but sounds like it remained as a station for awhile). Soon left for Trinidad to pick up a ship (1836 I believe). Went out on station somewhere in the south Atlantic, where we waited for a long time before the mission was scrubbed. Then, steamed slowly to Recife, with one engine dead. Trip took 30 days total...so the hundreds of beautiful girls waiting on the dock was a sight for sore eyes...even after the consulate informed us of their reputation, and related health problems...Oh well, good try! After about 9 months, went back to Trinidad and transferred to one of the new ships...Don't recall the name...Rose Knot? (getting old sucks!)
Made the trip to Ascension Island, and then on to Luanda, Angola. Had the distinction of being kicked off of Ascension, I recall. Boy, going ashore and leaving ASC was a real adventure. Went on vacation from there and recall trying to leap from the rowboat to the stairs on the upswell, with a suitcase. What fun!

Enjoyed every minute of those years though...too brief.

Went to College in Portland OR, then back into the space business...Lockheed at Vandenberg, Philco Ford at Houston Spacecraft Center.

Been a great life...still working at 74 however.

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Date: 06/27/2010 Name: Terry C. Turner Email: City/State/Country: Plant City, Florida, USA Comments: Supply - Mayaguana, 1957, Grand Turk 1958, Fernando 1958, Eleuthera 1959, Antigua 1960-1962,GBI 1962, Ascension 1963-64.

CSR Supply, Ascension 1988-1990, Antigua 1990-94

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Date: 06/26/2010 Name: Rod Elmore Email: City/State/Country: McMinnville, Oregon, USA Comments: I worked on the ETR from early 1965-1973, first as an ABOM at Grand Bahama, then as SOM on the USNS Arnold and after that uprange as a radar engineer. When the range contract was competed and everybody was offered a pay cut, I went to work for Bendix in Kansas City. Bendix operated the Kansas City Plant for the Dept of Energy (the A.E.C. when I hired on). I worked as a telemetry engineer building the systems that we had worked to receive and record while on I was on the Arnold. I sure loved the Down Range work. Site URL:
Date: 06/25/2010 Name: Patricia Garrett Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: Dec 1984 hired by RCA and went to Ascension, Worked for M. Doherty in Comm. for 12 yrs. First in his office then AirWays and finally Comm Center.
Took retirement in 1996. Am a neighbor
of Jack Simpson who hired me for RCA.

Was with RCA, GE and CSR.

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Date: 06/22/2010 Name: Richard Simon Email: City/State/Country: Columbia, MD, US Comments: I worked on Eleuthera,Ascension,and Antigua for RCA in the mid 1960's.

I remember some names from RCA Ascension and wondered if they check this site. They are : "Willy" Williamson; Dave Beirle; Jerry Anderson; Dave Siderenko; and Dave (?) Gerhart.

Willy Williamson and Jerry Anderson also worked with me on Antigua.

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Date: 06/10/2010 Name: Walter Manning 3 Email: City/State/Country: David, Chiriqui, Panama Comments: I am the only child and son of Walter Manning of the ETR and RML at Patrick AFB. I traveled everywhere down range with my Dad and have met personally with many of the old gang that are familiar with terms like the BU & Malabar Telescopes, Fat Albert, Deep Look, Bat Cave and other projects.

I spend most of my time in the country of Panama but still have our old house at 411 Melbourne Ave Indialantic, Florida.

Walter 3

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Date: 06/07/2010 Name: Frank Lobus Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA Comments: First came on the range in 1973. From 1973 to 1977 I worked at the NASA tracking sites as a technician with Bendix on Ascension and Quito, Ecuador. From 1979 to 1995 I worked for RCA in telemetry on GBI, Ascension, JDMTA(Jupiter, Fl) and Tel-4. Then from 1995 to 1997 went to Thule, Greenland to work at the Air Force satellite tracking site with Lockheed Martin. Getting tired of the cold country, I became part of the Lockheed Martin team from 1997 to 1999 that installed the satcom system on the Eastern Range. From 1999 to April 2010 worked for CSR on Antigua in the comm section and was the Antigua comm supervisor from 2008 to 2010. I left Antigua on April 2010 to take a break and maybe go overseas one more time before I hang it up and retire. I really enjoyed working on the range all those years and all the great people I met. Site URL:
Date: 05/18/2010 Name: Leis Johnson Email: City/State/Country: Vancouver, WA, USA Comments: Was on the OBIS in 1989 - 91. Also a brief stay on the Redstone and Ascension. Site URL:
Date: 05/13/2010 Name: John Williamson Email: City/State/Country: Goode, Va, USA Comments: 1962-1963 Worked in the data trailer along side the Mod II radar trailer on Cotar Hill, Eleuthera. We fed Mistram and vectored B58's. Site URL:
Date: 05/11/2010 Name: Reid Knight Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, FL, USA Comments: Started with Pan Am Jan 1963. Would have started a year earlier, but had to wait until I was 21 to get a security clearance. Before Pan Am I was hired by an engineer with a General Mills subsidiary called "Magnaflux". And that is what we did. We magnafluxed the Mercury capsules for stress corrosion. Enjoyed Pan Am years: Cape Canaveral, PAFB, GBI, GRAND TURK, ANTIGUA. Visited San Sal (when it was being deactivated) and Eluthera. Went to Kennedy Space Center in 1967. Was a part of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Apollo-Soyuez, Space Shuttle Enterprise experimental flights, Shuttle proof-of concept launches and the Shuttle Processing Contract. I first retired in 1993, just sort of walked away, wanted to see what else there was in the world. Found only three endeavours that came close to space. Mechanical- the phosphate mines around Mulberry FL. Technical, 2 areas - Nuclear Power plants and Microelectronics. Spent a couple of years training Process Analysts in cleanroom and technical protocols for Cirent (Lucent and Cirrus Logic joint-venture) and 5 years in Lucent's Class 1 cleanroom producing 8" wafers (microchips) before they sent it all to Indonesia. Spent some time with Uniroyal OptoElectronics where, in six months time, we developed the processes to produce frequency specific ultaviolet and white light LED'S. Really enjoyed working with Dr. Wetzel, now a dept. head at Rensellar Technical Institute. Retired again. A year later, I was invited to join the Intersil team producing microchips. Retired again 18 months later when the company opened their Malaysian and India operations. After another 18 months I returned to the Range. I've put in about 4 1/2 years now. Just got back from a stint in Antigua (Talk about social change) and Ascension. I am coming to realize how much really good work we did for our country. They are just now replacing equipment that we built in the 60's and 70's. Actually there is equipment from the 50's that is in use. Never again will there be an endeavour that will give any nation as much as Space and missiles has given America, and the world. It is hard to believe I began in this 49 years ago. God, I love this business!!!
But in a couple of years I'll retire and try to catch up with my children, who consider themselves citizens of the world.

Sorry to get carried away there, but your site sort of sent me on a little journey. Many of your email contributors speak of RCA PHOTO. They should be focused on TECHNICOLOR and IATSE L.U. 666. TECHNICOLOR was RCA's subcontractor for photo and film. RCA (a subcontractor to Pan Am) did the television work.

Whenever I retire I'll catalog my stuff and send you a note. My children aren't interested in any of it.

Thanks for the site...

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Date: 05/06/2010 Name: Ron West Email: City/State/Country: Columbus, OH, USA Comments: In 1960 and 1961, I worked for PanAm as Chief of the water plant on Grand Turk and was there when Hurrican Donna struck in 1960. Stoneburner was the maintenance superintendent. I worked with John Brown, who had worked in Florida on the railroad.

I was an avid member of the Turk Turtles diving club. Grand Turk was a port of call when I took a cruise in 2009. I did not visit the old camp site and wonder if any of it is still there.

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Date: 05/04/2010 Name: Vince Harzewski Email: City/State/Country: Buffalo, NY, USA Comments: I am the grand nephew of Norbert Pszczolkowski ("Doc Ski") who was in the USAF and was stationed at Eleuthera, Grand Turk, Ascension, and Antigua during the Gemini and Apollo missions. ( I did find his name on the list at http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=87&subpageid=324586&ck= ) He never talked much about what he did. He retired to Jupiter, FL where he passed in 1991. I would very much like to correspond with anyone that knew him. Site URL:
Date: 05/01/2010 Name: richard rush Email: City/State/Country: mandeville, la, usa Comments: telemetry & mercury communications on GBI
looking for paul walters rca clerk Site URL:
Date: 04/11/2010 Name: Henry "Hank" Taylor Email: City/State/Country: Indialantic, FL, USA Comments: I started my downrange tour at Grand Turk as a Telemetry Technician. I don't remember the date but it was under Frank Zender, the Instrumentation Manager. Some time later, John Facker took over as IM. While at Turk I worked my way up to Chief Telemetry Technician and later as Timing & Telemetry Manager. I believe my next station was Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; I think it was under Charlie Mendez. I got married in Melbourne, Florida, to my wife Colleen while assigned to Mayaguez and we lived near the top of the mountain near the base and then at Guano Hibo (spelling?)Homes along the beach. My Best Man was Don Halter. My next assignment took us to San Salvador under Andy Porter. Andy changed my job title to Resident Engineer and I resided at the Riding Rock Apartments near the end of the runway. My next assignment was at Grand Turk (again) where I also had Mayaguana responsibilities. We lived in town (Cockburn town)
Next assignment was at Antigua where I was kept very busy due to GEEIA installed communications facilities including a transmission antenna farm and a new buried cable leading from the main base to Param (spelling?). We lived at the Lord Lavington Terrace Apartments on a hill overlooking the airport runway. In 1966 due to the recent birth of our second son, I requested stateside duty. I then worked at PAFB as a Configuration Manager. I worked there for a couple of years before being layed off due to the RCA/PAA downsizing. Site URL:
Date: 04/11/2010 Name: Lutisha Tesarek (Thomas is Deceased) Email: City/State/Country: Simi Valley, CA, USA Comments: WE lived on Grand Turk from 65'-69'RCA. I was the only American that stayed and had their child on Grand Turk. Tom was also on the USS Arnold in Hawaii where we met. I would be interested in communicating with anyone downrange at that time. I'm especially looking for Jim Manazari who owned a boat with Tom-RCA.
Also a PanAM weather man that was on the Vanguard
George? Meister and then Coco Beach & down range
for a short stay. I went back to Hawaii, then on
to the American Embassy in Cairo - where I ran into the matron Marie Houden from Austra who had
delivered Conrad on Grand Turk. Small World.I've written a book titled The Final Commandment which has expierences on Grand Turk
included. It can be googled by my name or title, or found on Amazon.com and Borders.com They'll let you read sections of it online.
After 40 years I went back to visit, right before a hurricane wiped out Grand Turk. Have kept in touch with many of the Brits if you wanted to contact them. Please contact me if you know anyone from this time frame. After leaving RCA, we returned and lived on the Black Douglas, a 150 foot converted mine sweeper helping Lou Black with his treasure hunting - he was building a one man submarine and bought a small island about 15 miles away. Site URL:
Date: 04/09/2010 Name: Joe Barcheski Email: City/State/Country: Pompano Beach, FL, USA Comments: I worked for RCA Down Range from 1961-67 and did TDY tours
on ANT, GBI and SAL. Also was TDY at Beal AFB for a short time
to test and activate the Titan Missiles at Sutter Bute and Lincoln.
Got a PCS assignment at ANT Telemetry where I operated the
TLM-18 and NASA Doppler Station among other things.

After RCA MTP, I took a tech writing job at KSC with LTV where I
worked on Launch Requirements for the first SAturn V.

Moved to South Florida in 1968 where I worked for Systems
Engineering Labs (lated became Gould Computer Systems Div.),
then ran my own Freelance Writing business.

I'm semi-retired now, but help a friend selling Fendergrips at
Boat Shows. Also, still married to Marie-Helene, mother of my
two kids.

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Date: 04/05/2010 Name: Howard Phillips Email: City/State/Country: Winter Springs, FL, USA Comments: Worked on the following down range stations.
San Sal ----1959 --1962
GBI --------1962
Antigua ----1963---1967
Trinidad ---1967 --1971
Antigua ----1971 --1972
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Date: 04/05/2010 Name: Daryl Dabbs Email: City/State/Country: Memphis (Germantown), Tennesse, USA Comments: I worked for BFEC and lived on Ascension Island 76,77 and 78. I worked in the computer section, Univac 642-B and the Honeywell based, Spacecraft Command Encoder…or SCE (SKI as we called it).
Played lots of tennis with Stu Barry, Bob Frank, George Davidson, Bill Turner and Roberta G.. Also played lots of softball seems like RCA always beat us. Softball team member that I remember were Michael Benjamin, Bob Gibson, Stu Barry, Mike Davis, Pat Donovan (Tank), Marty ?, Jim Bunce, Easy Ed and John Lacewell. Always a crowd watching…lots of fun.
After leaving BFEC in Aug of 79 I returned to college and received my BSEE degree. Worked for DataPoint, ModComp, Baptist Memorial Hospital, McDonnell Douglas, (McAuto. ISG). For the last ten years I have been with Federal Express here in Memphis, TN as a telecommunications Project Mgr.
Many moons have come and gone now and I still fondly reflect back on my time on the “ROCK”. I wouldn’t change a thing.
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Date: 04/03/2010 Name: Richard Rayfield Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: ELU , ASC (twice), FDO, TRI, ANT, PAFB, CCAFS (1960-74) (Then over to PanAm Middle East) Site URL:
Date: 03/31/2010 Name: Frank Barnes Email: City/State/Country: Union Point, GA, USA Comments: This is Mary Katherine Barnes signing in for my dad Frank Barnes who is alive and well in Union Point, GA.

Dad worked on the Coastal Sentry Q from 1967-1968 and the Twin Falls in 1969.

Dad says if you remember him, please don't hesitate to get in touch with him. I went through this site and gave him a few email addresses that I could find. This sure is a great way to get connected! My siblings and I went to a reunion in Cape Canaveral probably about 20 years ago.

By the way Has anyone heard from Dave Redford?

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Date: 03/30/2010 Name: Jim Neiger Email: City/State/Country: Yorba Linda, CA, U.S.A. Comments: I was an SOI Analyst (12.17 and 12.18) and then Site Leader at Ascension 12.18 in 1968-69 and then SOI Analyst at Trinidad 1969-70. Since then, I've been with Lockheed in Sunnyvale (1970-71), ITT/FEC at Vandenberg (1971-73), Aerospace Corp in El Segundo, CA (1973-78), Northrop Grumman in Pico Rivera, CA (1984-89), XonTech in L.A. (1985-2009). Last fall I joined L-3 Communications/Interstate Electronics Corp in Anaheim, CA.

After leaving ETR, my work has primarily been on the Minuteman and TRIDENT SLBM, development and testing of re-entry body warheads, radar systems engineering and operations, etc. I also spent some time as a back-seater in an F-4C Phantom, and about 5 years working on the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

In 1989, my work on the TRIDENT missile program took me back to Ascension, and I have made about eighty trips to the island since. For the Navy, I was the Program Manager to upgrade the old Ascension TTR (then 12.17, now 12.15 (FPQ-15)) development and installation of a 40-ft dish, coherent electronics, etc. I was on Ascension last week when I came upon this web-site. For those who were on Ascension during the 60's, the TPQ-18 is gone, the FPS-16 is gone, the HF transmitter/receiver sites are almost gone. A few of the Saints we knew back then (Jimmy Young, Choppers, etc) are still there. The Volcano Club is still open, but a fraction of what it once was. Whereas we had about 500 Americans on the Base in the late 60's, I expect it's now about 75.

I'd be interested in hearing from anyone reading this. Jim.

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Date: 03/28/2010 Name: Joseph A. Machado Email: City/State/Country: Baltimore, Ohio, United States Comments: I worked for a Research Company Arthur D. Little, Inc. They are no longer in business, but during the summer of 1959, we worked at Grand Bahama AAFB conductin atmospheric research. Specifially, we were under contract to the Office of Naval Research and the project we worked was called Project Warmstorm. We were studing how thunderstorms are formed in the weather conditions surrounding Grand Bahama Island. We lived and lodged on the base and thanks to the courtesy of range staff were able to witness some of the pre-Mercury Atlas missile launches. It was a memorable and exciting time for a young man in his early twenties and the range staff went out of their way to make us welcome...even after I carelessly drove one of our Navy trucks with a radar antenna on top under a low-hanging electrical cable and pulled down the wiring to the dining facility just before dinner one day! Site URL:
Date: 03/21/2010 Name: Ronald Leeper Email: City/State/Country: Bernville, Pa, USA Comments: Work for RCA from Mid 1960 until the end of 1963. Was communication center leader at Ascension and San Salvador... Site URL:
Date: 03/13/2010 Name: David Michel Email: City/State/Country: Pompano Beach, Fl, USA Comments: Worked at Patrick AFB, Eluthera Station, and assigned to USNS Vanguard. I was a C band Tech working for RCA Service Company, and later Geneal Dynamics. I was in Quincy Mass. for acceptance test and sea trial test of the Vanguard. Site URL:
Date: 03/11/2010 Name: Ed Larson Email: City/State/Country: Anchorage, AK, USA Comments: BFEC at Guaymas '65-'71, Vanguard '71-'76, Columbia HQ '76-'81. Traded space for oil in '81 (the awl bidness, in Texas). Still plugging with the Alyeska Pipeline Svc Co.

Lots of great memories from Mexico and all the places the Vanguard went - including Argentina in '73 where I met and married Cristina.

Saw some names I recognized here from those days. Great to see so many of us old codgers still making trouble.

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Date: 03/10/2010 Name: bill westerman Email: City/State/Country: brookville, in, usa Comments: I started downrange with RCA in Jan, 1973, at Antigua. Left in Spring, 1980, from Antigua. Worked in Telemetry/Timing, with stints PCS in Antigua & Ascension and TDY's to Grand Turk and Grand Bahama. Would love to hear from any of the "old guys" who know me. I lived in Cross Creek, Florida for 8 years and still get down to the Sunshine State a coupla times a year, so if you'd like to get together (or visit the Hoosier state) please contact me. Phone is 765 647-2593. Site URL:
Date: 03/04/2010 Name: Frederick R. bird Email: City/State/Country: Rockville, Maryland, USA Comments: I worked aboard the USNS Coastal Sentry (CSQ) from 1962-66
in telemetry and digital command.
This is my second visit to this site. Site URL:
Date: 03/04/2010 Name: Doug Barnum Email: City/State/Country: Columbia, SC, USA Comments: Worked for RCA at AUTEC from 1968-1970 - on Andros - so many familiar names on your site - Ed Sears, Jim Falkenstein, Hoot Ringo, Steve Heller, Andy Conrad, - Worked with Jim and Hoot on Andros, Ed Sears in Telephone Systems back in Cherry Hill - Andy Conrad when he was President of RCAS in Cherry Hill and Steve Heller both at RCAS and then again at RCA Globcom. It is great browsing through this site - brings back memories of when it really meant something to be part of a team with a real mission. Site URL:
Date: 02/18/2010 Name: Joe R. Windes Email: City/State/Country: Norman, OK, USA Comments: -American Mariner out of Cape Canaveral, fall 1965
-USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg (TAGM-10),1965-66, out of Pearl Harbor
-USNS H. H. Arnold (TAGM-9), 1966-67, out of Pearl Harbor
-worked in radar section and was primary console operator
-fall 1967 followed Vandenberg SIM Jim Caskey to ALCOR radar project at MIT Lincoln Labs and then to Kwajalein through 1973 Site URL:
Date: 02/18/2010 Name: William (Bill) Karner Email: City/State/Country: Eleva, WI, USA Comments: 11-66--12-67. RCA/MTP, from GBI, Stirup.
Big & Little Carter to Asc., Got married to Antigua till 6-
69.Transf. RCA SRV Co. Lansing MI. Worked Rx site
Ascn, Tx site Ant. Willy Williamson com mngr. Al
McDivit Co. Clerk. GOOD TIME. C-141 to PAT &
COCO day before lunar landing.
Editors Note: Bill informed me today (21 Mar 2014)
that he has a new email address, and its now been
corrected on this entry, see the Email line.... Site URL:
Date: 01/27/2010 Name: Fred Brown Email: City/State/Country: Malden, mo, usa Comments: Just an update. I retired from the Union Pacific Railroad as an Electronic Tech. Aug. 31, 2009 after 39 years. My knees wore out or I would have stayed longer. Site URL:
Date: 01/20/2010 Name: Sally Ebanks (England) Email: City/State/Country: Jacksonville, Florida, USA Comments: Hello,
I am also the daughter of Rolin and Corine Ebanks. We landed on Grand Turk in June of 1969. Five girls and my mom and a dog! We went to school there and lived on Turk until S
eptember of 1975. My dad worked in the powerhouse at the time and I have too many fond memories, not enough space. We made lifelong friends while there and had a very unique but special life on that small island for 6 years. Our entire family were considered rangerats not just my dad, as we hung in there longer than any other family.I graduated high school there at the local school. My dad loved being a rangrat more than anything else in the world. He was also on Eleuthera, Antigua, GBI and Ascension. My mom, Corine, was the first dependent to ever be flown on the 141 to spend time in Ascension with my dad. My dad passed away in June of 2007 but not before many phone calls, emails, cards and letters from his rangerat friends. "Down range" is in our blood and we will always be "The Ebanks rangerat family"

Love to all our friends/family,
Sally Ebanks

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Date: 01/20/2010 Name: Lucy Ebanks Lane Email: City/State/Country: Jacksonville, Florida, USA Comments: I am the 4th daughter of Rolin Ebanks. My Dad passed away 2 years and 7 months ago. He would have so loved to have looked through this guest book at all the familiar names, like I have just done. For as long as I can remember,my Dad was a range rat. He was always so proud to be a part of such an extraordinary job and group of friends. He always remembered those of you he knew,very fondly. My Dad started with Pan Am in 1967 (grand Turk) with a wife and 5 girls always in tow, and retired after being stationed on all the down range stations (wife & kids in tow) in 1993 (PAFB). My Mom just turned 80, she is well. Thanks for the memories my range rat family! Site URL:
Date: 01/16/2010 Name: RALPH E CASEY Email: City/State/Country: MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA 32953, USA Comments: WORKED DOWN RANGE FOR 25 YEARS
GRAND TURK- 1960-1966



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Date: 01/12/2010 Name: Richard Eisele Email: City/State/Country: Hauppauge, New York, USA Comments: Joe,
Great site.
I sailed aboard the USAF 1839 out of Recife as a crew member in 1957. Site URL:
Date: 12/30/2009 Name: Roger Ray Email: City/State/Country: Van Wert, Ohio, U.S.A. Comments: I was a young kid of not yet 21 when I signed on with Bendix Field Engineering. I was a plow boy before and was awestruck that I a lowly ITT Tech, in-experienced newly "degreed" idiot could land a job for the Skylab Mission. 4 week training at
Bermuda in November 1972, then off to DanDan, Guam.
After Skylab, I transferred to the Mojave Station. Worked at the Apollo station after ATSF-6 was moved for its mission. Left a month before Skylab made its final return.

I enjoyed looking at this site. I'm OldRangeRat on youtube.com Not that I was an OldRangeRat, just feel like one now.
P.S. I listed my hometown.

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Date: 12/24/2009 Name: Doug Walrath Email: City/State/Country: Wells, ME, United States Comments: Hello, I worked on Cape Side by Hanger AF.bldg 66235, from 1984 -1994.
I worked the Cape,KSC,Patrick and Valkaria.
My father, Bob Walrath, worked for a variety of companies from the late 50's until his death in 1987.RCA, Technicolor, and finally TGS. I'm sure there are some in between I may have missed. He did go down range to Ascension and remember him going on the Range Sentinel for a cruise in the early 70's.
He has been gone for 22 years know but I would love to hear any stories of those that knew my Dad.
Thanks, Doug Site URL:
Date: 12/21/2009 Name: Louis P Mazzamauro Email: City/State/Country: Waterbury, CT, USA Comments: I worked at Cape Canaveral AFS and Patrick AFB from OCT 1988 to MAY 1993 for CSR as a Comm Systems, Engineer A. Besides the other FL sites, I visited Antigua and Ascension Islands. I worked on Comm projects for both the Air Force and Navy. Site URL:
Date: 12/17/2009 Name: Stan Cantrell Email: City/State/Country: Palm Bay, Florida, USA Comments: Started in March of 1958 as a Diesel Tech. I assisted the Down Range Sites from GBI to Ascension including St. Lucia with powerhouse inspections and overhaul. Hard work but had a great time. Spent 6 to 7 weeks on the Range then back to Range Bases for new assignments. Moved to the Mainland Satellite bases in March of 1963. In charge of sites from Melbourne Beach, Vero Beach, Patrick, Valkaria, and Malabar. Retired from Pan Am in 1988. Worked with CSR roaming the Range. Of course, at that time we had only Antigua and Ascension. Retired from CSR in 1990. Still hanging around this area.
EDITORS NOTE: Stan has a new email address as of 11/02/10, which has now been corrected for this entry. Site URL:
Date: 12/15/2009 Name: Ed Buryn Email: City/State/Country: Nevada City, CA, USA Comments: Worked for RCA as radar tech, was stationed at Eleuthera AAFB in
1956 I think. What a great time that was.... Site URL:
Date: 12/07/2009 Name: Ramon "Ray" Smith Email: City/State/Country: satellie beach, fl, usa Comments: I worked on the Arnold, 1968-1969,Redstone and Vandenberg various years depending on the need from the head office. Was in IIR and the FPS16 on Redstone. Always in C-band radar recvr's and some times console operator with Dan Vida. Site URL:
Date: 12/04/2009 Name: Richard M. Berger Email: City/State/Country: Fenton, Michigan, USA Comments: I worked in Telemetry at GBI from 1963 to 1966. I spent a year in Telemetry on Ascension Island in 67, and returned to GBI Telemetry in 1968. I left the Range in 1969, Worked for Honeywell Metrology in Detroit, MI for a year, then at General Motors Proving Grounds until 81.
Moved to US Virgin Islands to again work for RCA at their Underwater Tracking Station in St. Croix, but returned to Detroit after a year. Formed a small computer business, but after a year, re-joined GM at the proving ground. Retired from GM in 98, moved to Costa Rica. Returned to Detroit area in 2001. Lived in Fenton, Michigan ever since.
Current interests are #1-Tennis, #2-Electric Vehicles, #3-Web Design.

Joe, It would please me if you added my website to your list of personal websites.
Thanks, Joe, for the tremendous amount of work you have put into this website.

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Date: 11/27/2009 Name: Robert Magne Email: City/State/Country: Blue River, oregon, USA Comments: I was a Wx Tech on the USNS Gen H.S. Vandenberg from Feb. 1967-Aug. 1972. I got off the ship in Portland, Oregon and have resided in Oregon since that time. I received a BS in Fish/Wildlife biology from Oregon State University in 1975. My electronics experience helped me land a job with the Army Corps of Engineers, conducting research, using hydroacoustics techniques, to determine downstream migration patterns of juvenile salmon passing through the three lower dams on the Columbia River. I retired in 2001, and live about 50 miles east of Eugene, Oregon on the McKenzie River. I have hundreds of 35mm slides of people and places taken while working for Pan Am. Site URL:
Date: 11/22/2009 Name: Phil Keeler Email: City/State/Country: Vero Beach, FL, USA Comments: I was with RCA on GBI in the early days, 1954 and worked in
the office of the IM, learning as much as possible about what
all the techies did. Fred Schaefer is about the only one from
that era that I am still in touch with, a good friend then and

After a few years on GBI, went to Patrick and worked for Dan
Pinholster in Personnel, recruiting in cities all across the US for
personnel in all Cape and Range categories. Also worked for a
while as a scriptwriter, visiting each and every station and cay,
for a film history.

I became a correspondent for the Melbourne Times and my own
Canaveral Press Service, and covered every launch for a few
years until I was recruited by Dick Stricker, then Manager,
Range Bases, for Pan Am. My first job was as SOM of ORV-
1836 (GOLF) I spent a year in Puerto Rico, Recife and a new
operation based at Bathurst, Gambia in Africa.

My next assignment was ABOM at GBI, then BOM San Salvador
(which then included Mayaguana). Next I became first Pan Am
BOM Mahe, Seychelles as we took over from Philco.

Next I transferred out of GMRD to the main airline in New York,
something very few if any had been able to do. My first
assignment was to Saigon during the time of Tet, as Security
Officer, later Manager Satellite Stations, which included Bien
Hoa, Phu Cat, Danang and Camranh Bay.

Since then I've been retired, traveling widely, and now settled in
Vero Beach, FL.

Date: 11/04/2009 Name: Milton Dove Email: City/State/Country: Potomac Falls, Virginia, USA Comments: I worked with the Aero Space Services Division of PAM on the Inventory Team from 1969 until 1973. Site URL:
Date: 10/26/2009 Name: Anastasia "Stacey" Tamiroff Email: City/State/Country: Geneva, Florida, USA Comments: My mother and father, Dottie and Nick Tamiroff where down range in GBI in the 60's. Dad worked for RCA. He passed away a couple of years ago. Mom is doing great and enjoying life with her second husband in Winter Springs, Florida. Mom often talks
of the good times spent down range and the great friendships forged.

Over the years after many stories of the work and antics down range, my brother and I learned how important all the RR's were to the space program and realize you are all the unsung heroes
of this great country. You all should be recognized for the tenacity, courage and teamwork you all showed...God Bless you all and thank you.

If anyone knows how to reach Bill Bailey, please let me know as my mom would love to hear from him.

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Date: 10/16/2009 Name: Bob Hawthorne Email: City/State/Country: Glen Allen, Va, US Comments: Hello...I'm Bob Hawthorne and I served as the Commander of Grand Turk Air Station, 1982-83. We not only supported launches from the cape, but also hosted a team of DEA and US Coast Guard contingents and other US gov't agencies visiting Grand Turk. One of our major accomplishments was selling fuel, electricity, water, road and runway support services to the island, making us a "no cost" station to the air force...We also got the USO to do shows at the Conch Club. The Conch club made enough money at the club to put us in the black where we were able tosupport our PAN AM and RCA families, and other charitable events. Four Star General Robert Marsh, Commander of Air Force Systems Command visited our station during my tour, and also Brig General Gordon Ginsburg, Staff Judge Advocate for Air Force Systems Command.. Colonel Marv Jones, who recently passed away two years ago, devoted his career at Patrick Air Force to supporting space efforts, as did Jerry Bennett, our ETR downrange Chief and Joe McCartin at Air Force Systems Command were great advocates of Grand Turk and the ETR. Captain Mike Nova followed me as the last Grand Turk Station Commander...leaving behind a small FAA and Smithsonian presence. Site URL:
Date: 10/14/2009 Name: Joey White Email: City/State/Country: New Port Richey, Fl, US Comments: USNS Redstone in the later years, 80 to 83. Programming the UYK-20s, and MP-60s, computers on the RCA side. I was a kid; worked with Joe Copp, and George Terzian. It was a great start. I tell people I went to college in Alabama, but I learned what I know on the eastern test range. Site URL:
Date: 10/11/2009 Name: BOB RENFRO, K4OF Email: City/State/Country: MT. PLEASANT, NC, USA Comments: I WORKED ON SEVERAL ISLANDS, GLOTRAC, UDOP,


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Date: 10/10/2009 Name: Bill Gasell Email: City/State/Country: Ocala, Florida, USA Comments: Signing in to update my e-mail address as of 10/10/09.

1956-1962 - Two tours on Grand Turk, one tour each on Mayaguana and Ascension. TDY on GBI and Eleuthera. Managed tracking sites in and around Vero Beach.

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Date: 10/09/2009 Name: Jim Abbott Email: City/State/Country: Flower Mound, Texas, USA Comments: USNS Vanguard, Navigation rat. Supported flights during reentry series, ie 201 and such. Involved with the move from Port to Miami and then went to Boston for the installation of the front bridge. Hired by FEC.
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Date: 10/06/2009 Name: Robert Townsend Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, United States Comments: I hired on with Federal Electric for the Mercury
in 1966. The Mercury was in General Dynamics'
ship yard, as was the Redstone,still being retrofitted. The Vanguard was already in service.
I was transferred to the Redstone after it was
stationed in Miami. I stayed with the ships when
FEC lost the contract to BFEC (Bendix Field Eng.)
in 1970, I eventually served on all three ships.
After a year in the Indian ocean we returned to
Port Canaveral and I resigned to stay home. One
year later I was back on the Vanguard heading for
Argentina. I was on that ship till its' last
mission. I then went to land based tracking stations. Guam, Tula Peak, TDRS site (Los Cruses, NM. Ascension Island, MILA, finally retired in Sept.1989 when Ascension closed. That was 20yrs. ago, looling over this, something is out of sequence.At 82, my age is telling.
Bob Townsend
4201 Fountain Palm Rd. Cocoa,FL. 32926 Site URL:
Date: 09/22/2009 Name: Benjamin (Buddy) Boren Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: On the USNS Vanguard 1967-1974 assigned USNS Redstone out of Pearl for Apollo 9, 10, and 11, 1969'
Worked the Trajectory Computer facility on these ships as Lead Computer Engineer. Site URL:
Date: 09/06/2009 Name: Jerry Franzetta Email: City/State/Country: Scottsmoor, FL, USA Comments: E-mail update. Also, I retired Feb. 2008, and
enjoying it. Site URL:
Date: 09/03/2009 Name: Chuck Westberg Email: City/State/Country: Livonia, MI, USA Comments: Went aboard the Twin Falls in Sept of 1963 as a RADAR tech (worked for Dick Haas), left in March of 1965. This ranks with the most interesting jobs that I have had. Site URL:
Date: 08/31/2009 Name: Chet Conte Email: City/State/Country: Port Orange, Florida 32128, USA Comments: I was down range from 1960- 1963. I worked on various stations, starting at Grand Turk, then Ascension and Eleuthera in 1963. I was with PAA,
in supply. Regards to all, Chet Site URL:
Date: 08/25/2009 Name: Drew Helseth Email: City/State/Country: Deland, FL, USA Comments: Hello,
I was on Ascension in the late '80s for a couple years, 1985 thru 1987), with guys like Sgt. Ron Koons, Tim Jackson, Stan, George (the cobra), Jim Anthony, Larry Reyes, Steve Moore, Dave Benke, Gary, Pasternak, Trash (the biker who ran the airstrip fuel truck), and all the guys I've forgotten the names. It seemed tough for a young guy (22) at the time, but looking back on it, it was some of the best times of our lives. I worked for RCA at the Receiver site and then at NCS. We lived on Tuna, Crab Claws, Lobster Tails and Grouper. Did a lot of diving out of the blow hole. Man I remember throwing a bare silver hook in the water and a grouper would bite, and there would be 3 others trying to bite the hook out of the first one's mouth. A few guys and myself painted the lizard when we left. Many times over the years wondered if we shouldn't have done that...I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Long live the Lava Lounge at the Volcano Club! If any of the guys remember me, drop me an email.
Drew Site Title: JET Machine Site URL:
Date: 08/24/2009 Name: Richard L. Parsons, Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Falkville, Alabama, USA Comments: Worked in weather. Went to work for Pan Am Jan '56 assigned to San Salvador. Served on Ascension twice, San Salvador again, Grand Turk, Sampan Hitch out of Trinidad then to PAFB hanger 800 and the Cape. Left Pan Am in 73.

Currently retired.

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Date: 08/14/2009 Name: Steven T. Bliznuk Email: City/State/Country: Holly Hill, Fl., U.S.A. Comments: I was hired on with RCA on approx.June 12,1972 at Patrick AFB,Fl.They had me stay on the Redstone a week or two in Port Canaveral until I flew out of Daytona Beach,Fl.to meet the Gen H.S.Vandenberg in Pearl Harbor,Hawaii.
This is the first time i meet Curtis "Chas" Chastine and Steve Elliot.They show me and a couple of other new hires around the popular sites.I believe the ship left on June 30 and the next day was my 21st birthday.I wish i was able to celebrate it in Oahu.
I am thankful i stayed on the ship the length of time i did(till approx.Feb1979).While on board,i and worked with and made friends with a lot of nice people. .I transfered to the Tech Labs @ Patrick AFB,Fl.I stayed there till around the end of Sept./Oct.1979 and took a voluntary layoff. Steve B. Site URL:
Date: 08/09/2009 Name: John McIntosh Email: City/State/Country: Avilla, IN, USA Comments: Was on Eleuthera 1957,58. ModII. Rejoined and worked on TPQ-18 1965-69. Helped protect the MIPIR Mouse and Chonch Club. Site URL:
Date: 08/08/2009 Name: Dennis B. Cook Email: City/State/Country: Fresno, California, USA Comments: I was an employee of Federal Electric Corp. and in 1969 was on the USNS Vanguard on the Pioneer E mission. I was previously on the USNS Mercury during Apollo 11 out of Sydney, Aus. Went to the MSFTP-2 school at Greenbelt, MD SFC. After the Pioneer E mission I went on to the West Coast Test Range to work on the USNS Watertown until 1972. Golden Shellback twice, 180 and Equator while on the Vanguard. Lots of sea time. Would like contact with any shipmate range rats to share pictures and memories. Site URL:
Date: 08/02/2009 Name: Joe Fresch Email: City/State/Country: Montrose, Colo., USA Comments: Went aboard USNS Coastal Sentry in Port of Spain, Trinidad in late January, 1965. Left in November, 1967 from Perth, Australia. Worked in comm. and DCS. Site URL:
Date: 08/02/2009 Name: Al Rollins Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, FL, USA Comments: I worked on the range from Jan 1956 to Sept 1972. Was stationed at GBI, Elu, Grand Turk, San Salvador (TDY), Ascension and Cape Canaveral. Worked as weather operator and weather supervisor, (GBI, ELu., ASC, Grand Turk. Cape Canaveral from late 59 to early 62.

Now retired from the City of Cocoa, Budget Manager for 10 years. Since leaving the range, have owned and operated a photography
business in Melbourne, FL, motel in Cocoa Beach, FL. Worked in real estate sales and investments. Some construction and renovations work.

Now we travel and take pictures. Have been in all 50 states and all Canadian Providences except one.

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Date: 07/20/2009 Name: Gale Bisping Email: City/State/Country: Rochester, Minnesota, USA Comments: Worked on Ascension from april 69-may 70 as an assistant to "Bill" Newlander M.D. I have had little to no contact since that time and just learned of his death today July 2009. Site URL:
Date: 07/14/2009 Name: Ray Cartwright Email: City/State/Country: St. Augustine, Florida, USA Comments: I worked as a computer programmer from 1976-1989.
TDY to GBI,Antigua and Ascension. Couple of trips to JDIF. Worked with John Farkas,Dave Frank,Jim Burritt,Mike Schlager,Bill Gilliam and many more. Site URL:
Date: 07/07/2009 Name: Tom Mowell Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, FL, USA Comments: Hired by RCA in Feb. 1958 and went to Fernando telemetry where Hoot Ringo was IM and Phil Hendricks was TLM manager. In Dec. 58 returned to U.S. and married Barbara prior to our going to
Antigua. I worked in telemetry when it was only a van and Barbara taught at Antigua Girls School in St. Johns.

Left RCA in Jan. 1960 and went to the Eglin Gulf Test Range to install telemetry site at Cape San Blas near Port St. Joe, FL. From there to Marco Island as telemetry manager to install new site there for support of BOMARC's vs QB-47's.

Hired PAA GMRD in telemetry engineering under Clyde Platt. PE for installation of telemetry on the Twin Falls Victory for support of first Ranger launch and then Lead Engineer on the X-20A Dynasoar program. In 1964 was head of Downrange telemetry
rehab program replacing all downrange telemetry instrumentation.

In 1970 left PAA to get into the profit and loss world and worked for NCR in Orlando as Engineering Director. In 1975 went back in to military electronics field working on laser target designators and then MMW guided Smart Munitions. Retired in Jan. 1994 and now spend half of my time in Orlando and the other half in the North Georgia mountains.

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Date: 06/25/2009 Name: Roger Willis Email: City/State/Country: Las Vegas, NV, USA Comments: I hired on with Pan Am 1964 and was stationed at Eluertha. I was an ET for weather station. I traveled to all down range sites. Being junior man I was transfered to Ascension in late 1964. I actually liked the rock. I loved the lay-overs in Recife. In 1965 I was transfered to Cape. In 1968 I was back at Ascension. I quite in 1969. Took various job but in 1973 I hired on with RCA working on USNS Redstone (if I don't have a senior momemt I believe it was T-AGM-20). I made two trips tdy to Vandy, getting on board at Adak.
On one trip after mission we went to Kwaj, came back to Honolulu and docked directly across from
Arizona Memorial. I quite in June 1974 to work for National Weather Service. I was stationed in Tampa, Majuro Marshall Islands (Kwaj was a neighbor), Beckley,WV..Orlando and finally Melbourne where I retired in 2003. I have a ton of good memories, met/worked with a lot of good people. They may have sunk the Vandy but Green Mountain will out live us all. Site URL:
Date: 06/23/2009 Name: Craig Wilson Email: City/State/Country: Rapid City 7 Puerto Alleghro, SD & Brazil, SD/USA and Brazil Comments: Ascension Med-rec. Dir. 1962-63, replaced Harry Flannery. Great weekends in Recife in those days ! Volcano Radio was run by some RCA guys ! "Volcano Radio - The Voice of Ascension Island' as they used to say. Site URL:
Date: 06/22/2009 Name: Joe Abell Email: City/State/Country: Elgin, IL, USA Comments: Started in the shops at Patrick AFB as an electronic technician
in 1978, up and down the range as an installer with whatever was
the electronic flavor machine of the week was! Fabricating,
bolting, wiring, cabling and cabling. KSC, GBI Antugua,
Turks... all over.

Finally asked to go PSC to GBI and transfered around late 79 or
so. Worked under Johnnie Walker in Telemetry. 'Digital'
decommutator section patching bit-splitters and such!
(freezing) and loving the coffee! I was there until a week or
so after the first STS-1 Shuttle launch.

I had an older blue mercedes as my car on GBI, loved to play
darts. I left GBI to get married and moved to Chicago. Been
there ever since!

So now I work for DDB Chicago, an Advertising Agency for 20
years now doing IT work, networking, support etc. I live in
Elgin Illinois currently.

Hello all Range Rats of whom might remember me. Had fun with
all of ya!

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Date: 06/15/2009 Name: Charlie Walker Email: City/State/Country: Arcadia, New South Wales, Australia Comments: 1965-1971 ABOM ASC, BOM PRE, BOM MAH, BOM ELU

Migrated to Australia in 1972. Telecommunication Engineering with national Telco. Retired 1993. Spent 12 years volunteer teaching local primary school teaching science/technology. Yearly big project was teaching kids (ages 10-12) basic orbital mechanics and having them set-up, track and download realtime video from LEO weather satellites.

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Date: 06/08/2009 Name: Hal Halpin Email: City/State/Country: Caldwell, TX, USA Comments: Was a transient rat for about 4 years. Worked on ASC, ANT, PRT, Hap Arnald and Vandy. Computer programmer with RCA/MTP. Range Safety. Site URL:
Date: 06/08/2009 Name: Bob Brown Email: City/State/Country: North Port, Florida, USA Comments: 1961-1963 with RCA/MTP, Cape Canaveral, Florida in Cape Computer at range safety, IBM 7094 in old Azusa building, Univac 1218/1206 downrange computers, then with dual CDC 3600 in new building; realtime computer programmer and first Satellite Data Controller
1965-1969 with DBA Systems, Maryland/Florida as NASA contractor in realtime computer (Univac 1230/CP642B modified) programmer; spent lots of time on insertion (USNSs Vandenberg, Redstone, Mercury) and recovery (USNSs Watertown and Huntsville) ships
Date: 06/02/2009 Name: Tom Cone Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Fla, USA Comments: I worked on the Vandy from 1972 till around 1978. During this time I also sailed on the Redstond and Arnold.

Left in 1978 and went to work for Harris Corp and eventually my division was sold to GE. I still work for the same divison under GE's ownership and have for 31 years now. Dang I'm getting old. :-)

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Date: 06/02/2009 Name: William L Wagner Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, USA Comments: Worked for RCA from march 1956 til december 1969 I worked in range photography with the BC4 camera crews At pafb cape and up and down the range Site URL:
Date: 06/01/2009 Name: Kayden Wood Email: City/State/Country: Merritt island, Fla, USA Comments: Wow! What a list! Some of whom I know!

I've thoroughly enjoyed working on the Eastern Range and have traveled from Antigua, West Indies to Argentia, Newfoundland, Wallops Island and JDMTA, performing Engineering Audits for mods to eastern range equipment (Comm, command and radar). Have worked at CCAFS from '93 to '01 (Brown & Root/Sverdrup), PAFB from '01 to '08 (L3 Communications), Back to CCAFS to work for CSC, and am currently working CCAFS. Man, I loved the range work!

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Date: 06/01/2009 Name: Arnold Beland Email: City/State/Country: Mead, WA, USA Comments: Grand bahama island, Carter Kay and Pretoria. Five years on the air force Test Range and then switched over the NASA for six years in Bermuda. Site Title: atlasnova Site URL:
Date: 06/01/2009 Name: Wayne Durham Email: City/State/Country: Victoria, Texas, USA Comments: Employed by Western Electric at Patrick AFB in 1963. Worked at the Western Electric Nike/Zeus site on Ascension Island From April 1964 through October 1964. Site URL:
Date: 06/01/2009 Name: James W. Durham Email: City/State/Country: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA Comments: My work period on the Missile Range was between 1960-1974. I work for RCA on the SUBCABLE communication system. My working career started off on Mayaguana after hurricane Donna came through in1960. Between 1960-1962 I had the opportunity to work or had training on GBI, Eleuthera, San Salvador, Mayaguana, Grand Turk, Sabana and Mayaguez. My primary station was at San Salvador. Between 1962 and 1974 I worked at the Cape with occasional SUBCABLE maintenance trips between the Cape and the Dominican Republic on Patrick Ship 816.

Some on the guys I worked with included Roger Cline, Jim Heath, Tom Walker, Les Scoles, Dale Freeman, Bill Gardner, Jim Bird , Frank Palmeter, Grady Ellison, Bob Carpenter and many others.

While working at the Cape I went to night school and earned a BSBA degree. In 1974 I was hired by Voice of America and worked at Greenville, NC. In 1977 I moved to Springfield, VA and continued to work for VOA as a logistics supervisor in Washington, DC. Since VOA was part of U.S. Information Agency, I obtained a position in the contracting office. I subsequently became a contract manager for the remainder of my working career. The U.S. Information Agency was merged into the Department of State where I worked until I retired in 2001.

My wife and I are currently living in a retirement community in Sioux Falls, SD. We moved here in 2008 to be near family residing in the area.

I would love to hear from anyone that I may have know, especially from some of the SUBCABLE guys.

FYI, I remember Speedy from San Salvador. He gave me an autographed copy of a book he had written. which I give to my young niece. The book was “Cathy goes to Mars”. I wish Speedy fast recovery.
Best regards to all of the Range Rats.

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Date: 05/29/2009 Name: Rebecca (Becky) Noll Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, Brevard Comments: Raised a range rat Brat...Spent time on Antigua as the daughter of Robert Bob F. Sellars PAWS who spent over thirty years traveling the Range.

Since the early 90's I have worked on the Range. PAFB, and since 2005 been to Asc. and Antigua with ITT at present.

It is modernized but it still needs the old rats to guide the job at times.

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Date: 05/28/2009 Name: Dan shaffer Email: City/State/Country: jensen bch, fla, usa Comments: I started with RCA in late 1979. My first assignment was on the USNS Redstone out of Cape Canaveral (I lived there in Cocoa Bch). Soon after I found my self on the USNS Arnold. Then our station was mostly in the Bering Sea. What a change for this Florida boy. I saw Adak Alaska more than our home port which I was told was Hawaii. It was a year or so before I saw the island. I was in Optics and became the ships photographer later. We were called the Mount Monkeys. We were the Indian Oceam Tracking Station for the first shuttle (tons of OT!). As a result wer were in Japan and Singapore. I left in 1983, had good experience with the USNS Arnold. Anybody know what happed to the Arnold?
Editors Note: I just got word today, 4 Apr 2012, from the sister of Dan Shaffer, that Dan had passed away on April 3, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Jill and other relatives.
(His father, Bill Shaffer was a long time RCA Missile Test Project employee too, who passed away Feb. 27, 2007).
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Date: 05/27/2009 Name: Thomas E .Tesarek Email: City/State/Country: Monticello, FL, USA Comments: I am the son of Thomas Rudolph Tesarek who died in 2002. He worked Cape Kennedy in the early 60's, then in the mid 60's worked on Grand Turk. He also worked on HH Arnold. After that he worked on Johnson Atoll, then worked with JPL at Goldstone. He retired in Barstow CA. I lived with him on Grand Turk and really enjoyed my time there. It was a great time to see all that was going on in the space industry. Site URL:
Date: 05/27/2009 Name: Steven Thomas Email: City/State/Country: Apex, NC, USA Comments: Today brought some sadness, but many good memories of the Vandenberg as I saw the pictures of the sinking of the Vandenberg. I worked for RCA on the Vandenberg and Arnold from October 1972 thru July 1974. Then transferred to Cape Canaveral and wrote computer programs for both ships and made many trips to the ships until January 1982. Spent the next 3 years in Huntsville Alabama and then worked for Nortel in NC from 1985 until August 2008.

Larry Ludwig worked many years in Range communications and then wrote computer programs for both ships and made many TDY trips to the ships. He died of cancer in 2007 in Merritt Island, FL. His brother Cary also wrote programs for the both ships as well as the Redstone. Cary currently lives in Holly Springs, NC.

Thanks for setting up the website.

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Date: 05/27/2009 Name: Cathy Goretsky Email: City/State/Country: Sanford, Florida, US Comments: I just watched the video of the Vandy being sunk off Key West. Lots of memories went down with the ship this morning. Just wanted to say "thank you" to Arbe McDowell and Vic Craft for again putting together the RCA Oldtimers' Reunion in April. As always, a great time! Looking forward to next year already! Site URL:
Date: 05/27/2009 Name: Lewis G. Mills Email: City/State/Country: Decatur, Alabama, United States of America Comments: Was assigned to the Mercury at the end of it's refitting stage at Quincy, MA in '67. Went TDY on the USNS Watertown during one of the Apollo shots. Went back to the Mercury after it's relocation to Cape Canaveral. Site URL:
Date: 05/27/2009 Name: Steve Allyn Email: City/State/Country: Torrance, CA, United States Comments: I was an USN Electroincs Technician at NAVFAC Eleuthera and seperated in June 1964. Went to work for RCA in July of 1964 and was assigned to the USNS General H. H. Arnold, TAG-M-9. Left RCA in 1968. Site URL:
Date: 05/27/2009 Name: Jim Folding Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, USA Comments: My first experience on the range was with Bendix Field Engineering on the USNS Vanguard in Port Canaveral during '72/'73. I was an RSDP technician responsible for operation/maintenance of tracking and command computer systems.

In 1978 I was assigned to the USNS Arnold, based in Pearl Harbor, HI. On the Arnold I worked in computers as a A-Technician, responsible for maintenance/operation of the C & L band and UHF radar tracking computers. I worked under Lead Technician Howard Isono.

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Date: 05/20/2009 Name: Joel Peters Email: City/State/Country: Augusta and Merritt Island, GA and FL, USA Comments: Range related: I first worked on the RCA Aerostat project/JMICC software in 1985-88, then GE range services/Aerostat 88-92 ETR and PMTC software, usually radar, tracking, and display in some capacity for SSIMS until 2000. Spent time working Melbourne, PAFB, Cape Canaveral, Puerto Rico, Cudjoe Key, Miami, PMTC/Oxnard and San Nicholas Island. I'd like to hear from any of my work buddies ... simply email me! Site URL:
Date: 05/17/2009 Name: Dan Carney Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL, USA Comments: Good Morning Joe:

I was a Range Rat aboard the USNS Arnold (T-AGM-9) 1963-64; USNS Vandenberg (T-AGM-10) 1975-77; USNS Vanguard 1966-through Apollo 11 and the USNS Redstone 1977.

My first trip down range aboard the Arnold, the Ship Rat title stirred up a hornets nest. One of the ships crew was upset with one of the tech crew and called us all a bunch of "Dirty Rotten Ship Rats!" That started it off. The T-shirts began to appear within minutes stating, "I'm a Dirty Rotten Ship Rat" Sam Candler who was the ships manager made us stop.

I've remained a loyal ship rat, all these years and damned proud of it. Lots of friends and memories to be sure.


Dan Carney
Merritt Island, FL

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Date: 05/04/2009 Name: Chris Gates Email: City/State/Country: Indialantic, FL, USA Comments: I started on the Arnold in 1969 and then left for a while after which I came back to Metric Systems at Patrick and stayed there until 1988 when I wnet over to Aerostat Systems. I retired but am back consulting for them. Site URL:
Date: 05/04/2009 Name: Frank Dunn Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island , Florida, USA Comments: I worked on the Vandy (TAGM-10) 1972 -1976 Site URL:
Date: 04/28/2009 Name: Debba Wainwright Smith Email: City/State/Country: Greenville, SC, United States Comments: I really am a Range Rat and was on Ascension from 1964 to late
1967 where I worked for the British Administrator, Jon Wainwright
and then for NASA/Bendix. After a couple of years in Europe I
joined my father on Grand Turk and worked for Pan Am for about
three years with Art De Silva, Don Schultz and George Smith.
George and I were in Antigua for a year after we were married and
moved to Melbourne, Merritt Island and Washington State, and
settled here via Jacksonville, Fla. We are hoping to see some of you
in Florida in October. George's father was Roy Smith, who spent
many years down range and was famous for "the Gulch" on
Ascension! (We knew Rebbel and J.J. the donkeys, J.J. turned out to
be female, when she had a foal! She loved doughnuts) Site URL:
Date: 04/19/2009 Name: Arbe "Mac" McDowell Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach , Florida, USA Comments: Starting in 1956, held Leader positions in Communications at Range Stations St.Lucia, Grand Turk, Ascension, Antigua and Cape Canaveral. Later moved to Patrick AFB as an Test Operations Analyst in the Operations Planning Dept.
Later assumed management positions in Secruity & Safety, COMSEC, Enviromental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Health Physics, Hazardous Waste, Worker Comp Insurance, and Value Engineering. Retired RCA in Oct 1988. Hired on with CSR for 6-years then retired again after a total of 39-years on the Range. Made recurring inspections of all Range Stations and Ships. Had TDy assignments in Alaska and White Sands. Currently, co-host to the annual RCA Oldtimers Reuinion.
Editors Note:
Arbe has a new email address as of 15 Sept. 2010, and it has been changed above to reflect the new address. Site URL:
Date: 04/17/2009 Name: Sterling Peiffer Email: City/State/Country: Port St. Joe, Florida, U.S.A. Comments: I started at Eleuthera in the Spring of 1966 & went to Antigua for a year & then went to GBI where I worked with Joe in the TM Site. I left that range in the Fall of 1968 & went on to work at Goddard ,OSO Satellite Control Center,Then to Kauai,Hawaii at Barking Sands,Makaha Ridge TM site &from there to Port St. Joe where I'm still working at the Eglin Test Range.
Editors note: Sterling only recently (Jan '12) shared his email address which was not shown on this first entry, its now been added. Thanks Sterling. Site URL:
Date: 04/14/2009 Name: Mark Kerrigan Email: City/State/Country: Huntsville, Alabama, USA Comments: With ESMC, served as Range Safety Officer liaison aboard the USNS Range Sentinel, including the last Poseidon SLBM Operational Test.

With ESMC, served as Range Safety Officer liaison aboard the USNS Redstone for Trident SLBM Atlantic testing.

With 45SW, served as Range Safety Officer liaison aboard the USNS Redstone for Wake Island operations.

With NOTU, served as FTSS instrumentation liaison aboard the USNS Waters.

Involved with operationally fielding GPS-based TGRS at Jonathan Dickenson.

Involved with operationally fielding Post-Detection Telemetry System instrumentation across the Eastern Range.

Met several range rats at Ft Greely, Alaska who remember the flat-pad Polaris flight that did not respond to command destruct (Banana River impact).

In memory of the late Sam Nenson, who served aboard the Arnold.

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Date: 04/13/2009 Name: Wallace Parr Email: City/State/Country: Fort Pierce , Florida, USA Comments: Worked at the Tech Lab 1962 to 1964.
Aboard the Roseknot Victor 1964 to 1966.
Military LOA from 1966 to 1968.
Aboard the Vandenberg from 1968 to 1972.

Met lots of wonderful people and I have a lot of wonderful memories.

Eventually bought a music store and retired in 2004. Currently living on North Hutchison Island, between Vero Beach and fort Pierce.

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Date: 04/06/2009 Name: Don Akerberg Email: City/State/Country: Pt. St. Lucie,Fla & Channahon ,Ill., Florida & Illinois, USA Comments: Started in 1957 in Telemetry @ San Sal. Telemetry Mgr @ Antigua, Asst.IM @ GBI,[email protected] Enough about me Site URL:
Date: 04/05/2009 Name: David Dumford Email: City/State/Country: Minneapolis, MN, USA Comments: I was aboard the USNS Arnold and USNS Vandenberg in 1966-1967. Hired by RCA and sailed from Florida to Antigua, Trinidad, Recife, Capetown, Perth/Fremantle and then ststioned in Hono Pier 39 and 40.I was the video recorder tech for all the time I was on board. Lots of good memories. I am 68 and have been retired from the VA for 2 years plus.
Editors Note: I heard from David today, 02/28/13, and he has a new email address which is now updated on this entry. Site URL:
Date: 04/05/2009 Name: Kenneth Overman Email: City/State/Country: Lompoc, Calif., USA Comments: I was on the USNS Redstone during the Apollo mission from Sept. '67 thru Sept. '69. Site URL:
Date: 03/31/2009 Name: robert [bob] tucker Email: City/State/Country: miami, florida, usa Comments: I was on the range from nov 1956 to 2000

I was on eleuthera ascension and antigua from oct 1960 to 2000 when i retired.

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Date: 03/30/2009 Name: Maurice J. Mandeville Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, FL, U.S.A. Comments: Commmander GBI 1979 - 1980.

Frequently flew ARIA Aircraft into Ascension Island from 1972 through 1977.

Retired from Air Force in 1984.

Always found the "Rats" to be the greatest, friendly and truly professional people that I have ever met!

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Date: 03/18/2009 Name: John Short Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: I started downrange in July-August 1966 and worked for PAFB's Nick Chavis, of PanAm, throughout the Range on a roving "Excess Supply Inventory Team." Other team members were Bill Scott, Ralph Lariche, and "Scotty," the team leader. As I remember, Len Sluder was the PanAM BOM at Ascension during my stays there. Most of the NASA and RCA guys I knew from the club, but names elude me now.

Began with 3 great months at Trinidad, followed by TDY trips to GBI, Grand Turk, Eleuthera, Antigua, and of course, Ascension (The Rock). When team effort ended in early 1968, went PCS back to Ascension in PanAm Fire/Security Police, working for Dave Avsec, and VonLevern. Gave up the range life later in the fall of 1968, and returned stateside.

I have great memories and some pictures of various range places, and fondly remember the "beer-drinking" donkeys on Ascension. I think Rebel stayed around the old club on main base, and JJ favored the NASA Devil's Ashpit area. Oh, how I envied their abilities to grasp a cold long-neck with their teeth, up-end it, and drain it in a matter of seconds. Both also craved donuts, and were amply supplied when the mess hall shelled out donuts. And yes, I too saw them stagger to their knees, lay down, and go to sleep once sufficiently embibed with alcohol.

Terry Hughes, the PanAM medic at Ascension during my time there, sewed a cut on my head one night, and other doctors later in life told me it was one of the best suture jobs they'd seen. I'm not sure what happened to Terry, haven't seen him in years.

Thanks for the site, and the chance to talk about a time in my life not many other people are interested in unless they're also "Range-Rats."

(P.S. Is the H.O.S. still active in Recife??)

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Date: 03/08/2009 Name: Bruce Beadell Email: City/State/Country: Bloomington, Minnesota, USA Comments: I worked at the following sites as a radar technician for RCA: San Salvador (MOD II), Ascension (MOD II and MIPIR), and Antigua (MIPIR during the period of 1963 through 1969.

I also worked at the CCAFS and PAFB as a Software Engineering Manager for RCA and CSR.

I currently work for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems as a lead systems engineer specializing in deploying the CMMI and process improvements.
Editors Note: Bruce notifed me Sept 9, 2009 that he has changed his email address, which has now been corrected on this entry.

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Date: 03/06/2009 Name: Victor Molek Email: City/State/Country: Hopwood, Pennsylvania, USA Comments: Processed thru Patrick the summer of 1965 with orders for Ascension but upon stopping at Grand Bahama they asked if I'd like to stay on GBI instead of ASC and, of course, I did. Stayed there for two years working in ADDAC in Central Control and worked on the acquisition gear at the Telemetry site & co-located TPQ-18 as well as the TPQ-16 closer to the main base. Was there for most of the Gemini launches but left on an educational leave of absence from RCA to enter Penn State back home.
Never returned but spent 20 yrs.with COMSAT at their ETAM, WV. ground station (World's busiest at the time) Spent last 20 yr in the Cellular engineering field with all the big name providers.
Since Oct of 2008 I'm trying to retire and go fishing. I still miss those years on Grand Bahama riding the BSA on the dirt coral road between the base and Freeport. (I still have that 1965 BSA Lightning bought from the Nassau Bicycle
Shop.... 6 of us bought them at the same time.) Site URL:
Date: 03/06/2009 Name: Chuck Hoffman Email: City/State/Country: Salem, MO, USA Comments: I worked the Cay sites from 63 till 90's with a lot of time spent at Carter and Marsh Harbour. After the range I worked for the Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO till retirement. Site URL:
Date: 03/04/2009 Name: Edward L. Parsons Email: City/State/Country: Saterllite Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Joined RCA/MTP January 1956. Stationed at Mayaguana, Eleuthera, and Grand Turk. Went to work uprange 1n during 1958. Various assignments until I retired in 1988. Site URL:
Date: 02/24/2009 Name: John J Boa Email: City/State/Country: Ruskin , FL, USA Comments: Started my career in Telemetry on the Eglin Gulf Test Range at Eglin AFB 1960 Transfered to D8, Cudjoe Key and then to D7 Marco Island until 1962. Joined the Coastal Crusder until 1965 and transfered to the Communication shop at the tech lab for 4 months or so. Very boring job after three plus years down range. Went and asked the dinger to return me back on ships. Sent me to the Coastal Sentry after Gemini school at Wallops VA where I met my future wife. Left the Sentry and got married in Sept of 66 and then to Antigua Telemery until 1969. Was transfered to GBI telemetry until sometime late in 1969. Got caught in the big layoff of that year. Went back to the States and was hired by Philco Ford. Was sent to the Australian Missle Range in Woomera, Southwest Australia. Could not find suitable housing for my growing family so returned back to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1970. Worked for three different contractors at the NASA Station at Wallops, VA in the telemetry section. In 1974 went to work for the Dept of Commerce at there Weather Satellite tracking station located at Wallops VA. Transfered to Binghamption NY Weather station in 1988. Transfered to Tampa Weather station in 1990 and retired from the Federal Govt in 1994. Took a year off and then went to work for Florida Dept of Agriculture here in Ruskin. First as a tomato inspector and then as an Eradication Specialist. Big name for trapping fruitfles in the Tamps Area. Would not trade any of it!!!! Site URL:
Date: 02/20/2009 Name: David Baird Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: I started with RCA on the ETR in 1958 as a Telemetry Elsse technician. First down range assignment was at AUTEC on Andros Island, 1972 to 1975. Then back to the ETR and assigned to Grand Turk for the installation of the On-Axis radar. That started my down range travel. I supported the On-Axis Radar software on GBI, Turk, Antigua, and Ascension for a total of 158 down range flight. Then became Software Leader of the Command Destruct group. Went with GE, then CSR, and wrapped it up as Systems Engineer with ITT. Retired in 2005 after 48 years on the Range, what an adventure. Site URL:
Date: 02/19/2009 Name: maurice alan jones Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, Brevard Comments: Trinidad Radar 1962 til 1970. Ascension Island two tours and one tour at Antigua. Installed and checked out equipment at GBI, Turk, Antigua, Ascension, Trinidad, Redstone, O.I. Still full time at PAFB though not near as interesting as the old days. Also Canton, Hawaii, and Kwajalein. Would like to go back. Site URL:
Date: 02/18/2009 Name: raymond fenimore Email: City/State/Country: grand turk, turks and caicos isl, bwi Comments: Just a quick note to let old friends who may care that I am still alive and well on Grand Turk Site URL:
Date: 02/07/2009 Name: Gary A. Smith Email: City/State/Country: Clermont, Fl, United States Comments: My father worked on the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg from 1969 to 1972, he worked for RCA. Before that he worked at the Cape. His name was
Delone B. Smith,friends called him Smitty.
I was just curious as to whether the Vandenberg was still in operation or not, so I googled Vandenberg. Did not know about your web site.
Oh, and YES I do have a patch that my father gave to me, USNS Vandenberg-Tagm-10,that I will never give up. Site URL:
Date: 02/02/2009 Name: George Rhyne Email: City/State/Country: matthews, nc, usa Comments: I first went down range in February 1956, stationed on Mayaguana with RCA as a communications operator. I reported to Wes Westurland(Sp.)and later to Jack Van Cleve. I left Mayaguana for St. Lucia in late 1957. St. Lucia was closing and I transfered to Grand Turk. In late 1957 I left Turk for Fernando.
I left the range in May of 1958 to start back to school and start my GI Bill at Capitol Radio Engineering Inst. Upon graduating, I started a 17 career with Bell Labs at White Sands Missile Range and North Carolina Labs. Site URL:
Date: 01/31/2009 Name: jim cook Email: City/State/Country: rochester, n.y., usa Comments: Where are they now? Does anybody know the whereabouts of the following RR's? Dickie E. Lee, Radar tech at GBI, and Radar Leader at Ascension and Pretoria. Brother of Bob Lee at Ascension same time. Arnold Beland, sent to Little Carter Cay in 9/60 to work on MPS-25, then to Pretoria in 4/62 when radar sent there. Married a S.A.girl and went to Aust and started a TV service store, had 4 boys I believe. Bob Lawson,comm at Pretoria, then GBI then to Alaska. Finally, Glenn Keeler, TTR at Ascenion, Married a British nurse at ASC then went w/RCA comm in Alaska. One more, John Kobolecki(spelling?) TTR radar on ASC then to Andros range Any info on any of these would be great. JHC Site URL:
Date: 01/28/2009 Name: Peter Gill Email: City/State/Country: Coden, Alabama, USA Comments: My father, Bob "Doc" Gill served on the range beginning in 1955. I believe he left the program in athe early 70s. He worked for PanAm and served on most of the bases, including a couple on the Pacific side at one time or another in the capacity of Med/Rec Supv. We lived with him in Puerto Rico. Bob spent his last years playing golf in Oak Ridge, Tennessee married to Shirley who made his last years really happy.

I recall many of the names here on these pages. I would enjoy getting in touch with any of the other people, kids back then, who lived in Mayaguez in the late 50s/early 60s. Specifically I knew the children of Charlie and Terry Mendez, Roger and Ellen Mallory and the Base Commander's children. We all went to school together either at the YMCA or at the Catholic school in the city.

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Date: 01/28/2009 Name: Cathy Goretsky Email: City/State/Country: Sanford, Florida, USA Comments: My husband Larry worked for RCA. He had worked for GE in Utica, NY, which is my hometown. He went to work for RCA Downrange in 1956 and in 1958 we got married and we lived in the Darlington Apartments in Mayaguez until the Fall of 1960 when Larry put in for a transfer up to the Cape. Our oldest daughter Lynn was born in March 1960 at Bella Vista Hospital. We had five more children, all born here in Florida. I remember so many friends and the family activities at the Clearview Club. Living in Mayaguez was a wonderful time in our lives. Today, January 28th, marks 23 years since Larry passed away - the same day as the Challenger tragedy. I am looking forward to the RCA Reunion in April! Site URL:
Date: 01/24/2009 Name: Jim Dodgen Email: City/State/Country: Rockmart, GA, usa Comments: Joe: I am new at computers and typing but i'll try.
I was hvy equip mech on G.B.I. with Pan Am,..Diesel Generator Operator (d.g.o) at North Riding Point during test and launch, also at West End.

I have photo's we took on the beach at our first man in space party during debriefing time on G.B.I. includes John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra and others celebrating with a bunch of range rat's, some I have lost contact with......... Tom Paycheck, Delton Gray, my roommate was with R.C.A., his last name was Thrasher.

Any rat's: feel free to contact me about the time period of the first manned flight's and before.

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Date: 01/23/2009 Name: warren osmus Email: City/State/Country: Pueblo West, CO, USA Comments: Dear Joe, althought we have never met I feel as we have known each other for years.Your RangeRats have really given me much to think about. Well here goes, I arrived in Florida in 1957, worked construction at the Atlas sites until I went to work for RCA at the Cape, Blaine Sweatt MGR. In Oct 60 is was put on the plane to San Salvador by John Facker. I was greeted by Dick Suter and Joe Petrone chief teck and radar manager. I was the new radar clerk at age 20, could be the youngest assigned downrange at that time. Andy Porter was the IM. Friends that I made at that time that are still living,not many left, are Ron Blackburn, Bob Hanak,Lou Bowers and Charles Anderson. I still keep in touch with them today. Bobby Boulineau was my roomie on sal.who I see just was added to the list. There are many others I can remember, but will not list them here.Ed Furthman at the Reef Club, Herbie Hernandez, Cliff,Mavis and Mervin Benson who cleaned the tech building and delivered coffee and donuts every morning. Many fond memorys. In the towers, Freddie Leth_Steensen, Jim Simpson, Ken Harrison,and more.
In April 62 I went to Trinidad,Hoot Ringo, Charlie Anderson and and very few RCA people, I was the 8th RCA body on site and was in data analyis group with Lou Bower and the people that he mentioned in the e-mail to you. For a young man in Trinidad I thought I had gone to heaven. My mentor at the time was Billy Jean Thomas, and the medic that saved me many times Homer Wright. I was called to serve my country Oct 63 2yrs and 2 days.After service and tech school I was back with Hoot Ringo on AUTEC where many ole friends from sal and trinidad came as the range was closing down. From there I was with Charlie Anderson and worked for Ed TIGER Jones on the Apollo program. As many others finally went with Philco-Ford on the tracking stations, Woomera and Thule. Later on after contracts middle east etc landed on Johnston Island in chemical demil for over 9 years where on one day ran into Don Coffee who was on sal in the early 60's. Still in demil today and building a house in Mesquite NV and hope to play golf forever. I think of the people that came into my life and the RangeRats have it over everybody, I love those guys who helped me and saved me. Thank you Joe.
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Date: 01/22/2009 Name: Charlie Anderson Email: City/State/Country: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Comments: Seven years (1960-1967) with RCA and PAWA. Assignments included: Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, San Salvador, Antigua, Trinidad, and Ascension Island. Admin Assistant to Ed "TIGER" Jones on the ITT Saturn 5 Project at KSC.

Hooked up with Wally Wallace in 1968 and joined Philco-Ford in Sunnyvale, CA. Assigned to Thule Tracking Station and spent 14 years at the Indian Ocean Tracking Station (Seychelles).

I am proud to be a "Range Rat" and I would do it all over again!! Great times with some really great people!!

A note of interest: Morgan A. (Hoot) Ringo and I were the first RCA personnel assigned to Trinidad. Hoot picked me up in San Salvador (I had an hour to pack) and we departed on the Range Liner. Great times in Trinidad.

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Date: 01/16/2009 Name: Alfred von Levern Email: City/State/Country: St. John's, Crosbies Estate, Antigua and Barbuda Comments: Joined Pan-Am in 1958. First station GBI then SAL where I met Dick Peach who persuaded me to join his BUD drinking fraternity-the Range Rats. Ret. to GBI then on to ASC via HOS. ANT., GTK., ELU., to ret. to ANT. after (04) stops ASC. After the 88 calamity joined CSR until I retired and went to Germany for (05) years on to Miami for (05) years where I worked for the Miami Dade County and finally settled on Antigua to become a full-time gardener! Would like to wish a Healthy and Prosperous New Year to the many wonderful people I met on the Range (not all were Range Rats but great colleaques just the same). Von. Site URL:
Date: 01/14/2009 Name: Bruce Galpin Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, FL, USA Comments: Currently working as a radar systems controller at the MOC at CCAFS. Worked at 1.16 (FPS-16) radar on CCAFS 1991-2001. Worked in the Electronic Shops at PAFB and also Ascension Island at 12.15/12.18 from 1986-89. Grew up on the range, also grew up a Kwaj Kat, Dad (Jack Galpin) was RCA on the ETR during the 60-70's then Kwajalein 70-75, then Mass, then back to the Eastern Range. Site URL:
Date: 01/11/2009 Name: Terry Heidbrier Email: City/State/Country: Cape canaveral, Fla, 32920, USA Comments: Terry Heidbrier worked for RCA on GBI, Carter key, Trinidad, and the USNS Redstone, PAFB, and Cape Canaveral AFB for many years, he lived in Cape Canaveral until he passed away on Dec 15 08 , he is survived by his wife Sheila and son J. Anthony
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Date: 01/03/2009 Name: EMOJEAN L. KYLE Email: City/State/Country: NEWARK, OH, USA Comments: Worked at PAFB from 1960-1962, Range Safety office, with William E. Long, Maj Rawers, Lou Ullian, Capt Pilipovich and Capt. Jones and others. Site URL:
Date: 12/27/2008 Name: Billy Reynolds Email: City/State/Country: Mayflower, AR, USA Comments: Started with RCA/MTP July 1965 working in the Telemetry Timing & Firing Shop at PAFB working for I believe Russ Grinder. Next 2 years traveled all the islands from GBI to Ascension. Remember going thru Hurrican Betsy twice while tdy on GBI. First trip down range was to Antigua to install new DEI & Space General Telemetry systems with Harry Hughes leading the install team. In 1967 transferred to the Cape working in Range Safety Television working for Roy Leisure. Layoffs came around in July 1970, I elected not to exercise my bumping rights. Returned to Louisiana and worked the next 25 years for Texaco as electronic tech. Retired, moved back home to Arkansas decided to go back to work in IT Industry for the next 10 years. Forced to retire again 2years ago due to health problems. Reading all the entries sure brought back some great memories of the Range Rat days. I remember the saying " another day with RCA is like a Sunday on the farm". Site URL:
Date: 12/18/2008 Name: Phil Cornwell Email: City/State/Country: Louisville, KY, US Comments: I just read Chuck Deming's entry.
I remember Chuck and Jerry Reynolds as the Arnold's Receiver Duo. I can still picture the gang in Salvador, Bahia 1964
(I joined the Arnold as soon as it arrived at Canaveral from the Brooklyn Yards. Woakedwith Bob Jones and Ted Autin in the C-Band transmitter) Site URL:
Date: 12/15/2008 Name: Jerry A. Rigby Email: City/State/Country: Saint Petersburg, FL, USA Comments: Carter Cay, Bahamas 1961-1963
Bargemaster, Range Bases Mechanic
During time that Jim Edwards was ABOM Site URL:
Date: 12/13/2008 Name: Merle Wagner Email: City/State/Country: West Ossipee, NH, US Comments: It has been quite some time since visiting here. Wanted to put together a better history of my tech rep/rang rat/Field Service.

Served 3 years in Army, last station was Lago Patria comm site near Naples, Italy.

Went to work for Federal Electric in 63 and worked for the US Navy tech repping for their Naval Communication System. Traveled throughout the world supporting their point to point and fleet broadcast systems.

Worked on the construction of AUTEC on Andros Island for about a year. Installed the microwave and telemetry systems. Worked with Dave Martin, still with Federal.

Transferred over to the Apollo program and worked on the USNS Mercury TAGM-21 until 1969. Left while we were ported in Sydney.

Went to work for Raytheon on their OTH radar project but left that quickly.

Ended up working for Melpar on a project in Iran installing a communication system for the national police.

Came back to the states and worked for Digital Equipment for 20 years in Field Service, marketing and sales. DEC laid off sales force in Tampa and I went to work for the City of St Petersburg.

Worked for the city until I retired in DEC 04. Managed their data operations, PC and network support functions.

I retired and moved back to NH and built my home. Live on an aviation community with my hangar next to the house. Building a scale P51.

Hope to get in touch with all the old range rats from the Mercury days.


After AUTEC wen

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Date: 12/10/2008 Name: Chuck Deming City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, USA Comments: I rode the Arnold out of the Brooklyn shipyard when its' conversion was completed in 1964. Acted as radar receiver engineer,radar console operator and systems engineer. We sailed the Atlantic and Pacific, through the Panama Canal and around the Cape of Good Hope over the 5 years I was on her. Lots of good memories of Recife Brazil, Trinidad, Ascension Island, Capetown South Africa, Hawaii and Perth/Freemantle Australia, to name a few of the places we visited. Left to go into Ships Engineering with RCA, where I worked until 1972. Presently work for Northrop Grumman, still in radar work at KSC. Site URL:
Date: 12/09/2008 Name: Eric Schollmann City/State/Country: El Paso , Texas, USA Comments: Raytheon on GBI and Carter Cay, early 1960s
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Eric: You sent me an email today (9 Dec 2008) because u wanted to correct your entry here, however you did not send me your complete email address so I could contact you further about the corrections. So send me another email to:
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Editors note: Stan put the above in the guestbook on 01 Dec 08, where range rats should NOT put there entrys. Since he hasn't responded to my email to move his comments over, I've done it for him.
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Date: 12/05/2008 Name: Ivan R. Kistler Email: City/State/Country: Gastonia, NC, USA Comments: Up date new e-mail address. Just had a nice visit from Andy Harper and his wife Anthia, who is from Antigua. Andy has been in Texas the last 6 years. We talked a lot about the great times we had Down Range, and all the old Range Rats we met. Some are no longer with us but we still have great memories of them. Site URL:
Date: 12/01/2008 Name: Ed Schwartz Email: City/State/Country: Reno, NV, USA Comments: I worked on the range from 1955 - 1960 at the cape, GBI, Fernando, and Antigua (158 - 60. I Had a great time and sort of miss the good ole days.

Ed. S

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Date: 11/10/2008 Name: Randall Fuller Email: City/State/Country: W Melbourne, Florida, US Comments: I worked in Optics and Support aboard the USNS Arnold. Site URL:
Date: 11/07/2008 Name: Ken Burns Email: City/State/Country: palm springs, ca, usa Comments: Joined TAGM-10 Vandenberg 1967 in Portland, Oregon. With RCA as inertial navigator. Tours to Florida after re-commissioning, then on to Port of Spain, Trinidad, Ascension Isl. Tracking MIRVS in south central Atlantic. Departed ship in Trinidad 1968.

On to Stanford Linear Accelerator, Ships Master in Queensland, Australia and finally retired from the Nat'l Park Service.

Very fond memories of the Range Rats. Glad I had the opportunity, but would not do it again. :)

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Date: 10/30/2008 Name: LaTate Hoy Email: City/State/Country: Safety Harbor, Florida, USA Comments: RCA range station Electronic Technician. ETR Feb 61,
Antigua apr 61 NASA Minitrack, Mod II radar,
Grand Bahama Aug 61, Lorac and Mod II, 23 Aug 61
Carter Cay UDOP tracking. Bounced back and forth between Great Sale Cay & Carter Cay, Dec 61
Walker Cay, Jan 62
Carter Cay again then Great Sale Cay & filled in for people on Vacation at Allen Cay, and Walker Cay
Left the Range in Sept 62

I am Pleased to say I am a personal friend of Joe Frasketi, a first class range rat.

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Date: 10/26/2008 Name: George C Hilley Email: City/State/Country: Elberton, GA, USA Comments: Hired on as CCO (com ctr operator)in 1963, first to Grand Turk for a couple of weeks then to San Sal. I was working at San Sal on Nov 22 1963 as air traffic relay when I heard one pilot tell the other that he just heard "the president had just been shot... never forget what I was doing that day. Off to Ascension to the comm center which was an old quanset hut in early 1964. Left the range in 1966 and returned in 67 and reported to the USNS HH Arnold in Hono. After a few missions we pulled up the Williamette River to Portland OR. for an extended overhauling. After the ship returns on station in the Kwaj area I departed for Pretoria S Africa. After leaving RCA in 1970, I got a assoc degree in EE and went to BFEC on the USNS Vanguard in Mar del Plata, Arg. and stayed there till it was tied up for the final time and removed from the NASA fleet. Then along with several techs (Bill Wilkerson, Al McGough from the Vanguard I went to Harris, there we installed satellite earth stations in exotic locations in Uganda, Nigeria, Saudi and other pearls of the world. Went with Satellite Business Systems in McLean VA in 1980 and retire just after nursing in the new millenium in April of 2000. There you have... "the rest of the story..

George Hilley

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Date: 10/14/2008 Name: Stan Serafin Email: City/State/Country: Bridgewater, NJ, USA Comments: Thanks for a great web site. I spent 18 months on Ascension (72-74) working for BFEC.
During one of my many moves I lost all my Ascension pictures so I find your site particularly enjoyable. My joy was fishing from the banks of the island, Ascension has the worlds best surf fishing. On one of my outings in the rocky area of Wide-awake Turn bird nursery where I regularly fished the tide started going out. I found this phenomena freaky and in a matter of fifteen minutes walked almost fifty yards from the shore. I was standing on the ocean floor where I would normally be fishing in. At some point I noticed a huge wave on the horizon. To be safe I waked back a few feet, then a few feet more, the wave was gaining height and it soon became obvious that this was not a normal wave. I was not able to top the 30 foot mound before the wave crashed on me, I held on to a huge volcanic boulder and was pounded with water. For a few short seconds I doubted my survival. After the wave crashed and reached heights on the shore that I never saw before the sea return to normalcy. I often wondered if anyone else had a similar experience. Occasionally, I get nostalgic for the Island, the midnight movies and all night shuffle board games. It was a unique experience that I would not change nor do again.
After leaving Ascension I spent two years in Quito, Ecuador and traveled South America extensively. Being a single American in South America, I often had back-packing guest, mostly female, staying at my house. My home had an open door policy which quickly became popular on the “underground free-room travelers guide.” Often, I would have as many as four visitors for several weeks, from all corners of the globe. One particular young lady from New Zealand visited me four different times, for several weeks at a time throughout my two year tour in Quito. What an adventure.

I gave up the space race business in 77 and went to work for the emerging computer industries only to be laid off in 91, put out of business by Bill Gates and the PC era.
Companies like Deck, Data Point, Prime Cmpt, Wang and IBM employed thousands of field service technicians. Like satellite tracking networks, the computer industry died a slow death leaving many a technician wishing they chose a different career path. In 91 I started my own business sold it in 99 and I’m trying to survive on a modest 401 income.

Several years ago while staying in Bonita Springs, Fl we spent Easter Sunday Mass at a Fort Myers Catholic Church off Route 41. At some point during that Easter week we visited both the Edison & Ford Museums. You picked a great place to spend you senior years, I wish you the best of luck and thank you for your web site.

Very Best Regards,
Stan Serafin
Editors note: Stan put this in the Guest book on 09 Oct 2008, and I moved it over to the RRbook where it really belongs.

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Date: 10/13/2008 Name: jeffrey g. mechlin Email: City/State/Country: avon park, fl, usa Comments: On Ascension it was "ARE YOU A TURTLE?" I wont't give the proper respones. I still have my Range Rats certificate. I was on ASC in 72 and 73, and I saw a posting from Jim Cook back in 07. Jim was my first boss there. Worked for Jim at FPS16,and also spent time at TTR. Great site, good to go back in time. Left ASC and have worked for the local phone company since. Now am Exeternal Affairs Manager.GO RATS!!!! We accomplished so much and should be proud. Site URL:
Date: 10/09/2008 Name: Edward G. Lawson Email: City/State/Country: CSR 6210 Antigua Box 4915, Patrick AFB, Florida, USA Comments: Have worked on the range beginning in the mid 60's with Pan American until September of 1977 when I went to Mahe Island, Seychelles with Ford Aerospace. Left Mahe when the site closed in October 1996. Now work with CSR on Antigua in the West Indies. Site URL:
Date: 10/08/2008 Name: Adolphus M. Sams Email: City/State/Country: 3045 Weslock CIr, Decatur, Ga, 30034-2928, USA Comments: Worked in Telemetry Operations from 1965 to 1972
.Employed by " RCA ". I would like to touch base
with ; Charlie fox and John Mcdonald.
Editors note: Adolphus recently notified me that his email address had changed , so the above address is now correct as of 24 Jan 2011. Site URL:
Date: 10/04/2008 Name: Ron Nunamaker Email: City/State/Country: Easton, PA, USA Comments: I was stationed on Ascension with the US Air Force from June 1968 to June 1969. We took over control of some facilities that up to that point RCA had run on Ascension.

I was wondering if the "Volcano Club" is still active?

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Date: 09/29/2008 Name: Leroy "Lee" Barnett Email: City/State/Country: New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Wx Tech Range Ships, GBI, Valkaria. Operations Procedures Analyst, Staff Engineer for Instrumented Aircraft and Recovery Engineer at PAFB and the Cape. 1961 -1970 Site URL:
Date: 09/28/2008 Name: Jim Griffith Email: City/State/Country: Ft. Myers, FL, USA Comments: My father was a down range rat from the early 1960s on Grand Bahama Island and then Grand Turk Island, and he passed away suddenly on Sunday, 21 Sept 2008. He was so looking forward to the upcoming reunion and was preparing all his old photos. His obituary and guest book can be found at the above web site URL. You will see that his time down range is recognized. I hope you will share this with everyone. I am so sorry he is unable to attend the reunion." Site Title: Obituary of William "Bill" Griffith Site URL:
Date: 09/26/2008 Name: Arthur L. Hensley Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, FL., USA Comments: Have a new email address .
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Date: 09/25/2008 Name: Larry Mims Email: City/State/Country: Palm Harbor, Florida 34684, USA Comments: I haven't any range news since my departure in late '72. Yeh, I was one that over reacted and got caught up in the big exidous. Such a bad idea! I've missed my friends, the work & oh yeh, the fun. Recently made contact with Barny McDowell who gave me this site address.
1959- Antigua, Comm. Cntr.
1960- Grand Bahama, Comm. Cntr
1960- Antigua, Comm. Cntr. Ldr.
1962- Ascension, Comm Cntr.Ldr.
1963-1971 Cape Comm. Cntr., Cape Comm. Cntlr.
1971-1972 Antigua, Comm. Cntlr.
Post Range-
1972-1978 Mechanical Contracting: Puerto Rico &
Nashville, TN;
1978-2001 Dallas, TX (RETIRED),
2006-Present-- Palm Harbor, FL Site URL:
Date: 09/17/2008 Name: Billy Volner Email: City/State/Country: Mims, Fl 32754, USA Comments: 1956-1957 - Grand Turk BWI
1958-1958 - Puerto Rico
1958-1959 - St Lucia
1959-1960 - Grand Turk BWI
1960-1995 - Cape Canaveral, FL (Shuttle spt)
1996-1998 - Kwajalein (KMR) (MSN TEST Director)
2000-2008 - Kodiak Msl Site, Kodiak (Ops Director)
(still having fun in Alaska)
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Date: 09/16/2008 Name: Chuck Garrison Email: City/State/Country: Ocklawaha, Fla., USA Comments: Greeting to all Range and Roi RATS!
I started working on rhe range in 1975 when I met
the Arnold at Kwajalein. Transfered to the Vandenberg while on Guam in 76'. Went TDY for the last cruise on the Arnold, then back to the Vandy till 82'. Then transfered to Roi-Namur Island, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands until 1987.
Then transfered to the Observation Island until RCA lost the contract in 1989. I then went with CSR and transfered to Antigua Air Station where I stayed until I was injured while at work in Dec 2006. That injury has led to three major surgeries in the last year and a half and I'm now disabled. I'm hanging out here in Fla. till I get released by the Doc's. I'll then decide where I'm going to retire with my 37' sailboat
Sorry those early years are gone forever cause things will never again be the same.
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Date: 09/10/2008 Name: Bobby D. "Bob" Wynn Email: City/State/Country: Panama City, FL, United States Comments: I was hired by RCA MTP in February 1961 and immediately sent
down range. My assignments were:
Feb 61 - Mar 61: Grand Bahama Communications Center
Mar 61 - Sep 62: Carter Cay, Bahamas, Communications Center
Sep 62 - Jul 63: Trinidad, WI
Jul 63 - Jul 64: San Salvador
Jul 64 - Mar 65: Mercury Control Center, Cape Canaveral
Mar 65 - 1966: Cape Comm Center, Cape Canaveral
1966 - Sep 1967: Real Time Computer Facility, Cape Canaveral

In September 1967 RCA transferred me to another government
contract installing computers for the U.S. Navy for 14 months,
then to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. I left RCA
in July 1969.

All my time down range was in communications. I worked as a
computer operator at the RTCF at the Cape while going to

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Date: 09/08/2008 Name: Denis W. Parsons Email: City/State/Country: Umatilla, Florida, USA Comments: RCA Technician
Went to Eleuthera(1962)as a Teletype Tech, and also took over the telephone equipment when that tech left. Also went to Grand Turk on twice to support the Com Center on their Kleinschmidt equipment. Later went to Ascension Island to replace the Cryptographic Tech who was swept off the beach by a wave and never seen again. Did some Sub Cable work as well on Eleuthera when the Tech went on leave. I also worked on the Cape in Timing & Firing 1959 - 1962 and on my return from Down Range. Really enjoyed my experiences as a "Range Rat". Site URL:
Date: 09/06/2008 Name: Bob Campbell Email: City/State/Country: Antioch, TN, USA Comments: I was a "Rat" with RCA from Sept 1962 to August 1963. Worked on GBI and Turk. Site URL:
Date: 09/06/2008 Name: William F. (Bill) DeGraw Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: This is an update with my new E-Mail address and my web site. I started on the Range at Carter Cay, Bahamas in 1966. I was also stationed at GBI, Antigua, Grand Turk and Cape Canaveral. I retired in January 2006. I have many great memories from my years on the range. Site Title: William DeGraws' Photography Site URL:
Date: 08/27/2008 Name: Bob Kerlinger Email: City/State/Country: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Comments: Worked for RCA on Grand Turk 1964-1967.
Worked at Central control then switched to TPQ-18. Site URL:
Date: 08/26/2008 Name: Walter Ostrowitz Jr. "Ozzie" Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL, USA Comments: Hired on with RCA in 01 Aug 1961. was sent down range to Grand Turk. stayed at Turk until 1965.
TO Antigua, until 1967. Next to one of my best
and that is Eleuthera. Got kicked out of Eleuthera
for Ascenion in 1969, spend a year to the day there. Got to Grand Turk again, until the lay-offs in 1972. Let me go to Grand Bahama until
1974, witch was back to the states and C.C.A.F.S.
Stayed at the cape until I retired in 2005, as a
system controler..which in the old days were called communications controlers. While getting
at the Cape started working the VLDDS, and then
tech control, and landing at last but no lease. system controler. Started on the range 01 Aug 1961
retired 01 Aug 2005. lots of good and a little of
bsd, but it can never be repeated. The best to
all and never forget. "THE OZ" Site URL:
Date: 08/25/2008 Name: Jerry Smith Email: City/State/Country: Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, USA Comments: Hi Gang,

I was on the Twin Falls Victory and the Redstone
from 1964 to 1972.

Anyone know what happened to canonball?

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Date: 08/13/2008 Name: Cynthia Pavia (Daniel) Email: City/State/Country: Reef BQ, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands Comments: I was on Ascension from '94 to '95. I worked for Ricky Littleton. He's in Brevard County Florida. Site URL:
Date: 08/11/2008 Name: Edward Richard Kennedy, Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA Comments: I was with Ascension Telemetry for a total of 34 months in the mid 60's I was there when the 3 astroanauts died in the capsule fire. And still have more than 60 hours of comp time that was never used!
But well remember the saying that "every day with RCA was like Sinday on the farm"
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Date: 08/11/2008 Name: Ralph Gable Email: City/State/Country: Cedar Rapids, IA, USA Comments: Coastal Crusader 1966 through 1969
Ascension Telemetry Aug 1969 - Jun 1970 Site URL:
Date: 07/31/2008 Name: Jerry Mulligan Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa Beach, FL, USA Comments: Larry Alemi Told me about this site today.
I was at GBI Sept 59 to Jan 65,than cape wx station until Dec 65(layoff),got transfered to NDT lab work there until June 70. Left PAA, got my degree in education Taught school from Aug 74 to Jan 00. Coached football, basketball at 4 different high schools. Retired in Jan 00. Volunteered at different state and national parks all over the US for the past 8 years. Same wife Barbara(she was on GBI)4 kids and now 5 grandkids. Site URL:
Date: 07/21/2008 Name: Russell Estlack Email: City/State/Country: St George, Utah, US Comments: I operated and maintained tracking radr on Ascension from 1967 to 1968. In my spare time, I was a DJ on Volcano Radio. My show was called What Ever Happened to Good Music. I got in serious trouble with the Brits when I played Johny Horton's Battle of New Orleans and dedicated it to the British Army.

From ascension, I transfered to Guaymas, Mexico and GBI. I spent a year on Adak in the Aleutians, Argentia, Newfoundland, and NAVFAC, Bermuda tracking Russian submarines and monitoring underwater nuclear test.

I live among the majestic red mountains of Southern Utah. I have written and published two anthologies of true stories of the American West and a epic narrative of the lost Spanish expedition of 1528.

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Date: 07/20/2008 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida 32926, USA Comments: Hi - just wanted to notate email change and say "hello" to all.



Take care, Gene

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Date: 07/20/2008 Name: USAF SSgt / Mr Richard Ashby Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, United States of America Comments: Served with the 1830EIS/2179CIG, USAF for over 9 years at CCAFS/PAFB, Ascension, Antigua, Eleuthra, Grand Bahama, Grand Turkand the Range Tracking ships Redstone, Range Sentenal, Vandenburg and Vangard as an Electronic Cryptographic Equipment Installation Team Chief, TOPS and PAAW Equipment.
Served another 10 years as an Engineer with CSR and later with ITT Industries ending in 2006 at wich time I retired. Site URL:
Date: 07/18/2008 Name: Karl Kohlscheen Email: City/State/Country: Mims, Florida, USA Comments: Worked for CSR from Aug. '98 until April '00 in Consruction Office on Ascension AAFB. Enjoyed my time there, walked all the Letter Boxes numerous times. Site URL:
Date: 07/15/2008 Name: John Bujnosek Email: City/State/Country: Lubbock, TX, USA Comments: I was on the range from 1960 to 1967. I started on San Salvdor to SanPanHitch to Cape to Antigua to Asc. Site URL:
Date: 07/15/2008 Name: Wayne Zemany Email: City/State/Country: Kissimmee, Florida, USA Comments: 1959 Fernando de Noronha
1960 Ascension
1961 Back to Fernando
1963 Coastal Crusader
1964 Back to Fernando
1965 Quito Ecuador, Bendix
1967 Ft. Myers, FL., Bendix
1972 Disney World, Radio/TV/Audio
1999 Retired from Disney
Still hanging out now and then with ex Fernando techs.
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Date: 07/15/2008 Name: John Christensen Email: City/State/Country: Brinnon, WA, USA Comments: I worked on the range for RCA Service Co,from 1957 to about 1962. I started at PAFB and then transfered to ships. I worked as a telemetry tech on the USAF 1834, 1835 and 1836. I also worked on the Costal Crusader and the Timberhitch, going in and out of Trinidad, Recife Brasil and Ascension Is.
I would be interested in getting in touch with people that I worked with. Site URL:
Date: 07/12/2008 Name: Leonard Potter Email: City/State/Country: West Palm Beach, Fl 33412, USA Comments: I was the weather Tech from 1962 to 1971 on Eleuthera. Went back to West Palm Beach because range was scaling down.I met my wife at French Leave and we were married here in 1966, have 1 son and fortunately bought property here,and have built a house and spend a lot of time here. Look forward to hearing from some of the RANGE RATS.
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Date: 07/09/2008 Name: Wallace L. Wilkins Email: City/State/Country: Crystal River, Florida, U.S.A. Comments: Hired in P.A.F.B. 25 Sep. 1956, First assigned to G.B.I. 1 Oct. in P.Am's Task Force Construction Unit, to erect a Quonset Hut and dismantle old prefab buildings put there WW2. Russ Reed, Base Mgr.,and Curt Wooley,Task Force Foreman met me at the plane. Finished assignment, then on to Mayaguana, for the Runway addition, and on to all the A.F.Bases on the 'Long Range', until 1972. To Ascension, 1957 with Task Force to set up interim facilities for the first contingent to be assigned at Sta.12.
Built the Rawinsonde Fac., Fernando de Naronha 1958,then on to close the Base on St. Lucia, Beane A.F.B. and many projects on all the Range Bases. Site URL:
Date: 07/07/2008 Name: Dick Roberts Email: City/State/Country: Mead, Co, USA Comments: Hello to all,

I worked at Eglin on the Gulf test range from 1960 to 1963, where I worked with several MTP range rats on the FPS-16.

In 1963 I went to San Salvador, where I worked on the FPS-16 until the Station closed in 1964.
In 1964 I went to Grand Bahama, where i was a Technician on the XN-2 and Leader of the TPQ-18 until 1967.
Then to Grand Turk as Leader of the TPQ-18 from 1968-1969.
I was Leader of mainland radars from 1970-1982 at Merrit Island, The Cape and Pafb radars.
Then to Antigua as radar Leader from 1982 until 1989.

When we lost the contract I went to the Aerostat program where I worked in Texas and Puerto Rico from 1989 until I retired in 1994 and moved to Colorado.
I would look forward to hearing from any of my old range rat friends.

Squeek Squeek! Anyone seen the MIPIR Mouse recently?

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Date: 06/04/2008 Name: George M Cousens Email: City/State/Country: North Billerica, MA 01862, USA Comments: Tour of duty: 05Jul66 - 31Mar05.
My first duty station was Eluthera prior to being
shipped off to Ascension. I xfered to Trinidad
in 1968 till my departure in 1971 for Vietnam.
I returned to the Range in 1973. Spent a short
time at Antigua before it was off to Ascension
for a second tour. That tour ended in March (I
believe) of 1978, when I xfered to Antigua where
I remained until I retired in March of 2005
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Date: 06/01/2008 Name: Tom Bowen Email: City/State/Country: The Woodlands, Texas, USA Comments: Aboard the Timberhitch, 62 / 64 Site URL:
Date: 06/01/2008 Name: Roger D. Priest Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Fla., USA Comments: 1968-1970 GTK Pan-Am Powerhouse operator.
1974-1978 Kwajalien Powerhouse operator.
1978-1980 Mahe Pan-Am Powerhouse operator.
1980-1988 Pan-Am Cape & Cudjoe Key Aerostat Crew leadman.
1988-1995 Pan-Am/JCWS Kwajalein/Meck Island operations Supervisor.
1995-1998 JCWS Cape Generator/Searchlight Shop.
Retired from JCWS when SGS took over the Contract.
1999-2000 Raytheon Kwajalein Powerplant Supervisor
2001-2004 did 3 short tours to Saudi Arabia, Oman,
Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan with KBR and RMS.

Hung up the old hardhat for good at age 62.

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Date: 05/29/2008 Name: JOE DERMOGA Email: City/State/Country: ORCHARD BEACH, MARYLAND 21226-2040, US Comments: Worked on the Rose Knot for over 3 years.About 1966 to 1968. Started in RF Command, went to Digital Command and then Telemetry.Was in Oxnard Cal when the ship was retired. I can not find the SIM, PORKCHOPS-Roy King, anywhere. He was a great guy.

Joe Dernoga, once known as the Flashing Fork

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Date: 05/27/2008 Name: James E. (Jim) Finley Email: City/State/Country: Tyler, TX, USA Comments: I worked for RCA on the American Mariner from early 1960 thru Dec. 1963. By the end of my stay aboard, I was the Instrumentation Manager. The Mariner worked in the Ascension area, Caribbean area, and also supported the high altitude nuclear tests at Johnson Isl. in the Pacific in 1962. The top RCA managers during my stay were: Joe Kaiser, J. T. Hiles, and Fred Ise. The most memorable stops the Mariner made during my stay included Recife, BR; Cape Town; and Honolulu. The time served aboard the Mariner represents an important period of my life experience. I met and worked with a number of very talented and fine individuals. Site URL:
Date: 05/26/2008 Name: Ed Walsh Email: City/State/Country: Sydney, NSW, Australia Comments: I was on the Mercury from the early Quincy days before the new mid section keel was laid until we removed all the instrumentation at Port Huenme CA. I was Tracking Supervisor then later I replaced Russ Perkins as Instrumentation Supervisor. After the Mercury worked at Vandenberg AFB for FEC and left them after 20 years and moved to Sydney Australia where I now live.

Ed Walsh

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Date: 05/26/2008 Name: Bill Williamson Email: City/State/Country: St. Petersburg, Fl, USA Comments: I went Down Range right out of UEI Tech School in Tampa January 1975. Worked TM on Grand Turk, Antigua, but mostly Ascension on the TAA-3A.

After a year on the ETR I went for a tour to Kwajalein Missile Range in the Pacific. Two years with Kentron International. Then changed jobs with RCA staying on Kwajalein and Roi-Namur islands for more three years.

Getting tired of island life I transfered to Alaska with RCA. Lasted almost a year with the Chosen Frozen, just outside of Nome, at Tin City AFS.

After five years in Auburndale, Florida, I return to Kwajalein for seven more years working on the ALTAIR RADAR (GTE). Eight more years in Florida and back to Kwajalein this time with KRS (Kwajalein Range Services) for two years, working ALTAIR again, then Range Safety.

PCS there for a job with Raytheon working the new ASR 11, DASR Radar.

Feb. 2008 started working Raytheon St. Petersburg, Florida. Here I plan to stay for awhile, but, once a Range Rat, you always have than in your blood. What we do at Raytheon is important for the military. Just not the same as tracking space ships.

Bill Williamson

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Date: 05/25/2008 Name: John James Herron Email: City/State/Country: Arden, North Carolina, U.S.A. Comments: RCA

GBI - 1954 to 1958
Plotting boards (central control)
Range safety Radar
High speed radar caneras
Weather radiosondy baloon trackin
Base movie projecters

Pactrick AFB - 1958 - 1962

Research & Development Lab. for down
rance and cape tracking equipment

Trinidad, BWI, tracking station 1962 - 1967
Tracking Space objects - computer data.
Rosman, North Carolina - 1968 - 1973
stadan space data collecting. Computer
lock, track and high speed recording.

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Date: 05/24/2008 Name: Kent Angell Email: City/State/Country: Clearfield, Utah, USA Comments: My first range experience was on the last mission with the American Mariner, August 1965. I then made some trips on the Vanderberg and Arnold as a Telemetry Sr. Tech until August of 1966. I then packed up the family (wife and four kids) and pulled a trailer with a VW bug across country to Quincy, Mass. while the three Apollo ships were being built. Permanently assigned to the USNS Mercury as the Telemetry Supervisor through Apollo 10. Watched the moon landings from home. Have talked with Bill Connell a few times since then. Those four years were some of the greatest experiences of my life. Paul Alford found me and now communicate via Ham Radio (W7VZ). I feel honored to be counted among you real Range Rats. Site URL:
Date: 05/24/2008 Name: paul alford Email: City/State/Country: santa maria, CA., CA, USA Comments: I started aboard the Mercury in Quincy, MA in Oct 66. I got off in Guam in 68 when i transferred to Vandenberg AFB. I went on the Redstone to help support the lunar landing 1969. Site URL:
Date: 05/16/2008 Name: Carl A. Barone Email: City/State/Country: Elba, NY, USA Comments: Ascension 1960s, 1971-1972
Ships 1964-1965
Trinidad 1970-1971 Site URL:
Date: 05/10/2008 Name: Donald R Houser Email: City/State/Country: Richardson, Texas, USA Comments: Range Rat 1965 thru 1968 Site URL:
Date: 05/08/2008 Name: Guy LoCastro Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, US Comments: Great to find your website, see alot of names from the past...Range work history:
May '73 - Nov '79 6550th ABW/SVH at PAFB
Nov '79 - Oct '82 Pan Am SBSS at PAFB
Oct '82 - Jan '89 Raytheon SBSS at PAFB
Jan '89 - Feb '89 Antigua AS Logistics
Feb '89 - Nov '93 Ascension AAF Logistics
Nov '93 - Jan '01 CSR Range Logistics at PAFB
Jan '01 - Present SLRSC/ITT Range RMA Trends at PAFB, working instrumentation trends for ER and WR (Able to TDY to Kaena PT, Hawaii Q-14 Radar Aug '01, back to Ascension 12.15, Jan '02).
Hello to Jeff Roberts - I was just asking Randy S. about you last week, good 2 c U r still alive & well. Ditto, Mark Maffucci, Benny LaRoche, Fred Kenney, Bob Prince, Ben Juhl, Bobby Gardner, Jim Edwards, etc.
To add to the Asc Base Commander list (as I remember), LtCol Guy Childress was there '89-'90, I believe followed by LtCol Ken Mounts, LtCol Rick Mosby, and LtCol Gene Cuomo. Thanks 4 the memories! GLo Site URL:
Date: 05/06/2008 Name: Jeff Roberts Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Fl, USA Comments: Just wanted to pop in and check to see who else found your page. Headed to Antigua to do some comm work for a nice change. glad to see people still finding it and good to see some names on there from the recent past. Site Title: J Roberts Field Operations Specialist Site URL:
Date: 05/01/2008 Name: Carl Anderson Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, FL, United States Comments: Although not a true "Range Rat", I taught classes on all the stations during the 50's, 60's and 70's. Taught An/FPS-16, Modems and other related radar equipments.
Worked on the range from July 1958 thru September 1993. Held positions as Instructor, Leader, Engineer and Manager.
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Date: 04/28/2008 Name: John Kish Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, FL, USA Comments: On Range from 1956 to 1959. Home station was GBI. Traveled Turk, Eluthera, San Sal and Antigua.
Was in Optics ROTI (Beach Camera) then communications. Worked High Power 10kw Command Destruct Systems before transfer to Cape in 1959. Stayed to 1989 then took retirement (?ha-ha).
Really miss DR. Site URL:
Date: 04/26/2008 Name: Wallace L. Wilkins Email: City/State/Country: Crystal River, Florida, USA Comments: PanAm 1956 - 1971, Range Bases Construction GBI to Asc. Site URL:
Date: 04/20/2008 Name: Dick Becker Email: City/State/Country: Bellingham, WA, US Comments: Hired on to RCA in 1965. Schooled in Quincy , Mass. for Apollo ships. Twin Falls 66-68. TDY to Sword Knot 67. Joined Knot in Durban and left from Freematle. Transferred to Alaska in 68.
Retired in 91. Site URL:
Date: 04/09/2008 Name: Rudy Grauert Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: I started out with RCA/MTP in July,1965. Then to Eleuthera for a few months of Tech Training while awaiting the USNS American Mariner to arrive at Port Canaveral. I rode the Mariner downrange to Trinidad, then to Recife. Next to Ascension to transport a load of local workers back to St. Helena Island. Then back to the Cape via Recife again. Next it was off to the West Coast for several cruises on the Vandenberg and Arnold. Made it to Midway, Guam, Japan, the Philippines, the North Pacific, Christmas Island, and many runs between Kwajelein aand Honolulu. Also several yard visits to San Diego, Alameda, Richmond, & Portland. After 2 1/2 years of sailing went to Goddard in 1968 in the Multisat & IUE control centers and the Optical Research Facility working with the Moblas trackers deployed to San Diego, Grand Turk, Wallops, & Patrick AFB. Came back to Florida in 1978 to work the Shuttle and am still at it today for another couple of years. I really feel lucky to have been a part of it all. Site URL:
Date: 04/09/2008 Name: bill Scott City/State/Country: birmingham , alabama, usa Comments: worked in base supply at gbi, antigua and grand
turk 1966 through 1969 Site URL:
Date: 04/08/2008 Name: Larry schwartz Email: City/State/Country: stuart, Fl., USA Comments: Started with RCA/MTP at GBI in Command in 1985
I really miss the Club Rendezvous!
Was transfered to JDMTA in Jupiter Fl. worked in Comm, Radar, and Command.
Still here at "Bronze 28"
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Date: 04/07/2008 Name: John L. McDonald Email: City/State/Country: Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, Marshall Islands, USA Comments: I am still alive and working on Kwajalein on the Worthy ship. Six Pac (John Bohrer is working with me) Site URL:
Date: 04/06/2008 Name: Carl Abbott Email: City/State/Country: Hempstead, ny, usa Comments: Worked the telephone & PA system '60-'63 at Grand Turk.
I was The one driving L-12 truck most of the time.
For testing purposes I played music over the base PA system.One building at at time.
You might remember me as "Barney Oldfield" the go cart racer. Site URL:
Date: 04/05/2008 Name: Ray Miller Email: City/State/Country: Hanapepe, Hawaii, USA Comments: Joe,

I served in USNS Mercury T-AGM 21 from May 1967 until NASA released us from support in August of 1969. I ended up as the FPS-16 Group Leader with Russ Perkins as our Instrumentation Manager and Bill Oches as our Ships Manager. We certainly enjoyed our time supporting the Apollo missions 6 through 11. Since then I have been working at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai in Hawaii as a radar technician, radar supervisor, and now, radar systems manager. When I first arrived at PMRF I worked with Bill Karnopp on the MPS-25 S/N-5 that was originally stationed in Pretoria, South Africa. He and I went to Johnston Atoll twice and spent a couple of weeks supporting Air Force missions on the MPS-25 S/N-4 there before he moved on. Great to see a site dedicated to those of us that spent our time working the range instrumentation systems and making sure our astronauts had safe trips out and back.
Another Range Rat I worked with here at PMRF is Jim Roberts. He was on the American Mariner for some time and then came out to Hawaii to work at the range and finally retired here.



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Date: 03/27/2008 Name: Stephen J. Shean City/State/Country: Bristol, Connecticut, USA Comments: I just wanted to share that on Mar.6 2008 my uncle Robert E. Shean passed away.

He served for many years with pride on the USNS Redstone AGM-20.

I am now 44 yrs old but I remember as a kid in the '70s seeing the ship docked in New York at what I guess was still the Brooklyn ship yards.

Driving past her on the highway and seeing the gleeming white majesty of her near 600 feet length and the radar domes was probably one of the coolest things I'd seen up to that time and I couldn't wait to hear my uncle's tales of the sea.

While my uncle was born in Brooklyn NY, his adoptive home was Port Canaveral FL. and while attending technical school in Orlando in the late 80s I was finaly able to see the ship up close and go aboard with my uncle and check her out up close.
Being able to stand on the bridge and look out over her is a lifetime memory for me, and while he was then retired, you could tell from the tone of his voice that if he could he'd sail with her again tommorrow.

My uncle was a lifelong sailor, spending some 40 yrs at sea joining the Navy for WW2 and Korea, then sailing with the MSTS/MSC aboard the Redstone, and while he eventually married a women he loved very much (who always patiently awaited his return to port) I always had a feeling that the Redstone was his best girl.

My uncle Bobby was 83 years old and Neptune has called him home. He will be missed.

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Date: 03/22/2008 Name: Jim Cook Email: City/State/Country: Rochester, New York, U.S.A. Comments: hello Joe. I worked for RCA from Sept 60 until Feb 73 mostly on tracking radar systems, about 3 years on GBI, 5 years in Pretoria,S.A. and 5 years on Ascenion Isl. A little on the FPS-8 at GBI, then the MOD-2, then the XN-2 and briefly the Mipir. Went to Pretoria in April of 62 to work the MPS-25, then to Ascension for the FPS-16 and the TPQ-18 (Mipir) until it was removed. Although I've been gone for many years I still think of myself as a radar tech and really miss what I thought of as importan t work. I made many trips to Letterbox while on Ascension and signed the Logbook. I miss those early days. Site URL:
Date: 03/22/2008 Name: mike reed Email: City/State/Country: white sulphur springs, WV, usa Comments: Pan Am field maint.rep, power plant tech 1979-1985

The most amazing, all encompassing experience of my life.

Thanks for all the friends and great people from GBI to Mahe.

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Date: 03/20/2008 Name: Paul Hagen Email: City/State/Country: Eva, AL, USA Comments: Ascension 1974 to 1976, Grand Bahama 1976 to 1977, Patrick 1977 to 1979, back to the Rock 1979 to 1981.
Now semi-retired at Huntsville. Al supporting the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Site URL:
Date: 03/19/2008 Name: David Ricker Email: City/State/Country: Somersworth, NH, us Comments: I worked on the Redstone And the Vanguard I had tons of fun on the redstone We didnt sail that often and got to see Bermuda a lot loveed coco beach Site URL:
Date: 03/13/2008 Name: Jim Merthe Email: City/State/Country: Jupiter, Fl, USA Comments: Range career was at GBI from 1966 to 1984. GDMTA from 1985 to 2007. Retired on Oct. 2007. Site URL:
Date: 03/12/2008 Name: Lee Zandanel Email: City/State/Country: Largo, Fl, usa Comments: I worked on the USNS Vandenberg in the navigation center from August 1965 to August 1966. We were in the Pacific during this time. I then transfered to the USNS Twin Falls which was in the Atlantic test range. I left the Twin Falls in August of 1967. Site URL:
Date: 03/12/2008 Name: Alison Leth-Steensen Email: City/State/Country: Dallas, TX, USA Comments: widow of Fred Leth-Steensen. Lived on GBI 1971-1972. Moved to NM and then Kwajalein, back to NM, back to Kwajalein and now in the Dallas area where my daughter and her husband and my grandchildren live (16 month old twins-boy and a girl Site URL:
Date: 03/11/2008 Name: Ray Kuhlman Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, Florida, USA Comments: I finished 4 years in the USCG and signed up with RCA at the Tech Lab to go to Ascension January 1960 as a Comm Center Operator, at that time you had to know Morse Code. The pay was .00 a week plus a 40% bonus for Ascension. I was there for about 12 or 14 months (been too long ago to remember).
Chris Nielson was in charge of our crew. My best friend was Rebel (the donkey). Oh yeah, Jim Ketchum, Ellis Berger, Ken Murphy also. We did alot of snorkeling and started a dive club "Ascension Divers". I hope it still exists. We had a member (cant recall name) from Wyoming and didn't know how to swim but we taught him how to use flippers, mask and snorkel and he eventually qualified as an
official Club member.
Those were some of the best days of my life. I also spent time on GBI which was ok but couldn't compare with ASC Site URL:
Date: 03/10/2008 Name: Wallace L. Wilkins Email: City/State/Country: Crystal River, Florida, U.S.A. Comments: Time short for some of us, . .Like to hear from any of surviving RRs, have many photos of the ETR Bases as far as #12, . .some of you will remember me, as Wally, PAA Task Force, or Range Bases Construction Unit. Let me hear from y'all. Site URL:
Date: 03/09/2008 Name: John Walker Email: City/State/Country: Tequesta, FL 33469, USA Comments: My first Range assignment was San Salvador where I worked in Plotting, Giannini Data, and Gold 5 data, I was there from mid 1962 to 1965.

Next I was transferred to Eleuthera and worked in Mistram II 1965 through 1970.

Next I was transferred to GBI Telemetry where I worked from 1971 through 1986.

Next I was transferred to Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex in Tequesta, FL where I was the Telemetry SME. I was promoted to station manager in 1994 and retired in 2005.

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Date: 03/05/2008 Name: Richard E. Small Email: City/State/Country: Reston, VA, USA Comments: I was a RCA "Range Rat" from 1964-1966, mostly on GBI, but went to school on Antigua and Turks.
Also worked at Merrit Island just before the Apollo fire. Some guys I rember were: Charles Griffin (Radar Manager), Ken Willoughby (Instrumentation Manager), Bert Odom, Jim Simpson, John West and Mac MacAlister. I have some papers and photos from that era (somewhere) and can share them when I can find them.
Is ther a way to upload pictures/articles? Site URL:
Date: 02/25/2008 Name: Tom White Email: City/State/Country: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Comments: I was ASOM and SOM of the Coastal Crusader, Timber Hitch, Arnold and Vandenberg in the 1965 to 1968 period in the Carribean, South Atlantic, Central Pacific and Northern Pacific areas and worked on missions in those areas. I also relieved the Honolulu rep (Joe Travis when he went on a vacation. I also served during shipyard periods in Portland and Savannah.
I have many vivid and fond memories as well as some photographs from that era.
I am in contact with two of the ARIS SOMS (Mike Templeton and George Nora).
Since then I went to law school (USC)and was a practicing high tech attorney (and litigator) in Silicon Valley and now do some venture capital related work as well as real estate development. Site URL:
Date: 02/15/2008 Name: John W. Myers Email: City/State/Country: Garland, Texas, United States of America Comments: Sub-Cable tech from 1961 to 1972. Also first Comm Tech Control Site Chief at Grand Turk. Site URL:
Date: 02/13/2008 Name: Leonard (Leo) Montgomery Email: City/State/Country: Panama City Beach, FL, USA Comments: Spent a delightful four years on Fernando de Norohna (FDN or FDO ?)'59 - '62 working with the most interesting folks (Hoot Gibson and others), both RR and Brazilian. Took the opportunity to learn portuguese.
RCA MTP about 10 years and RCA comercial computing 2 years in NYC with Wally Tubell. After that spent 23 years in Sao Paulo, Brasil. Still messin' with 'lectronics for Seimans and BASF.
got a chance to spend 2 weeks on ASC the South Atlantic island paradise and I still have that lava bubble ashtray! I'll never forget the 6 weeks cruise on the "luxury vessel"
Coastal Sentry where I damn near lost my 510 day income tax exemption!!
Anyway it was a fine adventure and I'd do it all again. Just taking it easy now with Ms Janette, newly weds in PCB.
If any of you guys remember me or would just like to say hello?
Regards Leonard Site URL:
Date: 02/11/2008 Name: Mike Grant Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: A Big Hi to all those that I have had the pleasure of working with and knowing all the years I was on the Range. I went to Antigua Telemetry in July 1966 and worked there until October 1979 when I went to Tel-4 at KSC. I met and Married my wife Caroline while in Antigua.
After we departed Antigua we moved here to Merritt Island and I worked at Tel-4 through the 80's and into the 90's. I worked my way up the food chain until I became Telemetry System Manager in 1991. I stayed at Tel-4 until the boss asked me to become the Operation/Engineering Liaison at Patrick in 1995 and I worked at the Tech Lab for the next 5 years. In 1999 it was back to Tel-4 as Telemetry Supervisor until my departure in Nov. 2007. Going into Retirement is our current effort and we are really looking forward to it. For those that might be interested...our Daughter Nina is at the university of South Carolina in Greenville getting her teaching degree and our son Nick is getting ready to go into the Coast Guard in March 08

Working on the Range during the period I was there was like no other place or time that I can think of. It was the people that made it. We still know and keep in touch with a lot of our friends from those days...what great memories !!!

Hi to you all

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Date: 02/10/2008 Name: Daniel J.Chapman Email: City/State/Country: San Diego, California, USA Comments: I worked for RCA Service Company from about Jan 1963 until about 1972. I worked in timing and telemetry on the timber hitch, coastal crusader, arnold and the vandenberg. Site URL:
Date: 02/09/2008 Name: Richard E "Rick" Marshall Email: City/State/Country: Inyokern, ca, usa Comments: I was the Computer Operator / Programmer at MISTRAM, Eleuthera, September 1965 to November 1967. I worked under William C "Sweet Old Bill" Roper, Data Analyst, who died in c2000. Ron Glendinning (sp?) was the site manager. Ed Jackson was my roommate. He owned the trimaran sailboat Scimitar.
Date: 02/04/2008 Name: David Hladik Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL, USA Comments: I hired on with RCA/MTP in 1981 and worked at Antigua radar for 4 years. I transferred up to Patrick to the Testbed radar for about a year then moved on to the Redstone radar section for another 4 years. Transferred to the Cape radar for another 6 years and then turned in my toolbox to work as Radar Controller. Presently working in Range Operations as Radar/Command planner.

I've been living in the Merrit Island area since 1985 after leaving Antigua.
I recognize a bunch of people on here I've had the pleasure to work with through the years. Rest assured I'm still paying the government my FICA taxes so you can enjoy your retirement.

Date: 02/03/2008 Name: Dom Martinelli Email: City/State/Country: Las Vegas, NV, USA Comments: Great Website! Brings back many good memories.
I was the commander of Grand Bahama AAF from 1978-79. Some
of the great people that I worked with and became friends were:
Len Sluder, Don Coffey, Terry Hughes, Charlie Wright, "Shorty"
Booker, Lee Northrop, Bill DeGraw, Fred Derrick and many others.
Spent many good times at the beach enjoying Shorty's cooking,
shooting darts at the club, sailing with Charlie.
Retired from the Air Force in 1993 (Colonel). Site URL:
Date: 02/02/2008 Name: Paul Harrington Email: City/State/Country: Inverness, Florida, USA Comments: Worked for RCA on the Vandenburg TAGM 10 and on the WTR down range. Site URL:
Date: 01/28/2008 Name: William "Bill" Whitlock Email: City/State/Country: Oxnard, CA, USA Comments: I worked on the Vandenberg from 1968 to 1970 in navigation with Hugh Lowe, Jake Jacobsen, Jim Witcher, Johnny Kellams, Charlie Birdsong, and others whose names escape me at the moment. I was the star tracker "guru". Some will remember me as the designer/builder of our on-board radio station KCUF at 690 kHz AM and 96.0 MHz FM. I also caused quite a stir when I traded souvenirs with folks on the Russian boat that followed us around off the coast of Kamchatka. When I left the ship, I moved to southern California and started my career in the professional audio business, working as an analog circuit designer for Capitol Records and Laserium, among others. I now own Jensen Transformers, makers of the world's best audio transformers for professional use - see www.jensen-transformers.com. I hold several patents, and have become a recognized expert on signal interfaces and ground loops - I was recently an invited lecturer at MIT. Site URL:
Date: 01/27/2008 Name: Bill Redman Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, U.S.A. Comments: Hired on with RCA in February 1963. Spent over six years at Ascension, mostly at the FPS-16 radar, but some time at the 12.18 MIPIR also. Two years at the MPS-25 radar at Pretoria, South Africa. A short time at the Trinidad radar, and ended my downrange career at the On axis radar 3.13 at Grand Bahama. I left RCA for a short time and worked for Dynalectron and was assigned to the USNS Wheeling tracking ship out of Point Mugu, CA. Returned to RCA in 1973 as radar technician at White Sands, and worked on FPS-16 and MPS-36 radars. Left White Sands in 1977 and became RCA's site manager at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, AZ. Returned to the Eastern Range in 1979 and was assigned to Radar's System Support Group. Became site leader of the Merritt Island MIPIR, 19,14 about 1987. Continued on with CSR after G.E. lost the contract in 1988. Retired from CSR in 2004.
Editors note: Bill recently notified me that his email address had changed , so the above address is now correct as of 28 Feb 2010. Site URL:
Date: 01/14/2008 Name: Mary Lynn Thorne Email: City/State/Country: McKenzie, TN, USA Comments: I was hired in Sept. of 1955 and worked for 'Hoot' Ringo in Range Survellience. From there it was to Telemetry, Timing & Firing. Telemetry broke away as it was all too much for one manager. I worked for Mel Patrick until he went back down range. We hired my husband, John Thorne, in May of 1956. If we make it until May, we will be married 49 years. Took care of a lot of insurance, etc. for the guys we sent down range. The 18 month tax law no longer exists. I met so many people. I worked for Fred Kennedy at AZUSA Mark II. Then Konklin Martin for CW Tracking. We had all the radars, LORAC, LORAN, etc. Thanks for the memories. Mary Lynn Thorne
I have never seen so many people do so much that had never been done before. It truly was the last frontier. Our engineers, etc., developed everything from the transistor to everyday things we use today. I am proud to have spent 15 years and proud of the knowledge I picked up. Site URL:
Date: 01/11/2008 Name: William Mattern Email: City/State/Country: Port St. John, Florida, USA Comments: Hello and Happy New Year to all the Range Rats I had the fortune to know back in the 70's 80's 90's and this decade!
My start - June 1978 Ascension Telemetry (RCA)
Aug 1978 - Sept 1981 Grand Turk Telemetry (RCA)
Nov 1982 - Oct 1984 Hill AFB Telemetry (Kentron, CSC)
Dec 1984 - Mar 1986 Ascension Telemetry (RCA/GE)
Mar 1986 - Mar 1987 Antigua Telemetry (RCA/GE)
Mar 1987 - Mar 1988 Tel IV (RCA/GE)
Mar 1988 - Jan 1991 Metrics Photo (TGS)
Jan 1991 - Nov 1997 Metrics Photo (Bionetics)
Nov 1997 - Present Metrics Photo (CSR)
Thank you Ray Patrick, Chauncy Dunn, etc. for your guidance when I first started!
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Date: 01/10/2008 Name: Ricky D. Littleton Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, Florida, USA Comments: Grand Turk - January 1982-February 1982
Ascension - February 1982 - September 1987
PAFB/Cape - September 1987 - November 1992
Ascension - November 1992 - December 1995
Cape - December 1995 - May 2000
Ascension - April 2001 - February 2004
Cape - February 2004 - July 2006 Site URL:
Date: 01/07/2008 Name: Tom House Email: City/State/Country: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Comments: AZUSA Mk I (GBI) - 1963 and 1964
GLOTRAC (Grand Turk) - 1964 and 1965
CW Radar Engineering - 1965 to early 1966
I was assigned to the Azusa Mk I CW radar from Nov 63 until it was shut down in Spring 1964. We had a crew of about 12-15 engineers & techs trying to keep the old girl on line.
From GBI, I went to GloTrac at GTK. Site URL:
Date: 01/05/2008 Name: Charles R Sells Email: City/State/Country: Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Comments: I am a range rat that was in Grand Turk at the Pan Am AFB in the task force group of 1969. I am now in Daytona Beach Florida retired from Vandenberg tracking station, CA and enjoying golf (first hole in one achieved in Semi valley, CA 1992) with my daughter and grand daughter. If anyone remembers those times feel free to contact me via email.... Site URL:
Date: 12/22/2007 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Fl., USA Comments: I would also like to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the old Range Rat people and second what Charlie Wright said about the old days "downrange" - the quonset huts, chow lines, work hours, etc. etc. etc.,but we did have good beer and friends. Everyone take care. Gene
07/21/08: updated Gene's new email address
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Date: 12/19/2007 Name: Charlie Wright Email: City/State/Country: Micco, Fl, USA Comments: In this holiday season I wish to send greetings to all of my old downrange workmates - those who worked many, many such holidays without pay, with-
out acknowledgement of their efforts to space accomplishments and now without official remember-
We were there; in crowded Quonsets, in one-quarter mile chow lines, in drinking salt water and eating green eggs, in many c-grade movies, in 18-hour/7-day work schedules and...in four hundred dollars per month pay. It took real men to stand those years. It is an honor to have stood with you. It was a time or times - great times! Site URL:
Date: 12/10/2007 Name: Lon Jones Email: City/State/Country: Little Rock, AR, USA Comments: RCA Installation Support Shop (Cape Canaveral AFS) 1965 - 1978, "Climbers" group 1975 - 1978.
I traveled the range from CC and various Florida East coast LORAN sites, the Abaco cays, Bahamas, BWI, Trinadad, and Ascension Is. (never made it to SA or Mahe). Also did work on many of the tracking ships and did sea time on the Arnold a few times.
I worked for George Jones and Bill Belomany in the shop. Some of my co-workers were Jerry Worley, Bill Brashear, Bill Ball, Ken Woods, Charlie Jackson, Willie Carter and the notorious Artie Todd.
I also did a 5 week stint with RCA BMEWS in Thule (1972 I think.)
I left RCA in 1978 after a motorcycle accident did major damage to my left arm and I couldn't climb towers/poles/etc. anymore. After various jobs boatbuilding, cabinetmaking, furniture making I ended up doing UNIX and network support for the Univ of Arkansas in Little Rock (retired 2004.) Site URL:
Date: 12/10/2007 Name: glyn d. reece Email: City/State/Country: knoxville, ar, usa Comments: I worked on Ascension 1964-1972 in telemetry and mils. had a drink once in a while. shot a lot of darts and played a lot of shuffle board.I am currently working for Union Pacific rail road. Am contemplating retirement. Site URL:
Date: 12/06/2007 Name: Mitch Bronson Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Fl, USA Comments: Hello to all range rats. I'm still alive and well and working at Harris on the FTI contract.
Mitch Bronson Site URL:
Date: 11/27/2007 Name: Frank Leslie Email: City/State/Country: Palm Bay, FL, USA Comments: I worked for RCA MTP from 1965 until 1978 in Marine and Optics as a ship navigation analyst. I occasionally rode the Twin Falls, the Redstone, etc. going as far as the Indian Ocean.
I'm a range rat because Sam Boroughs and I went to GBI overnight, then by helicopter to Whale Cay, Abacos. We set up our field "base" and were supporting co-worker Ed French on a navigation accuracy test of the Compass Island. We established a radio ranging transponder over a geodetic benchmark for ranging to the ship. We only camped there 3 to 5 days, I recall the brilliant comet Kohoutek near the horizon.
I rode the Redstone in support of sonar transponder surveys, the "pickle barrels" used as Navy ICBM targets. Back at the AF Tech Lab, I sheparded the sonar data through the data processing to generate the geodetic positions of each transponder. I earned a master's degree in Space Technology at Florida Tech in 1968.
I then went to Harris Corp. in 1978 for 21 years in systems engineering, retiring in 1999. I now teach the renewable energy course at Florida Institute of Technology as an adjunct professor, the university that Dr. Jerome Keuper started in 1958 on a first donation of 37 cents pocket change at a bar. At one time, Dr. Harry Weber was my dep't head (then called Quality Analysis). Harry is now a trustee for Florida Tech.

What a great experience being on the range!

Frank Leslie

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Date: 11/14/2007 Name: Larry W. King Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, FL., USA Comments: BFEC 1984 thru 1985 Site URL:
Date: 11/14/2007 Name: Jerry Franzetta Email: City/State/Country: Scottsmoor, FL, USA Comments: Hired on in June 1966 and assigned TDY to Antigua where I spent six months. From there I went to the Sword Knot and stayed with her until she was given to the Western Range. Joined the Twin Falls in Port Canaveral and remained aboard 'til her life ended, then was one of the first to join the Redstone on her arrival to the Eastern range. I went into private business in 1974, then returned to RCA and the Redstone in 1984. From '86 to '88 I was assigned to the Observation Island, then returned to the Redstone. I came to the Cape in 1993 where I still work at the ROCC as site maintenance engineer. Among my most memorable experiences: spending 33-days in Recife under the guidance of Leo Feldmeier; receiving ship's indocrination from Carl Barone and the rest of the great PAA/RCA crew on the Sword Knot; having the privilege of working for Wally Tubell, and seeing the best of the world riding the Range ships.
Editors note:
Corrected Jerry's email address above, as he changed it 06 Sept 2009. Site URL:
Date: 10/31/2007 Name: Rick Wirtz Email: City/State/Country: Manassas, VA, USA Comments: My father Eugene Wirtz was stationed at Grand Turk from 69 to 73. He passed 1990. Just wanted to let you know. Rick Site URL:
Date: 10/27/2007 Name: Ken Freeland Email: City/State/Country: Sebring, FL, USA Comments: I worked as Comm Center Operator aboard the Vandy from Jan 68 thru May 70. We made several cruises to Northern Pacific. Mostly worked Kwaj, Guam, Midway,S.F. , Honolulu, Davey Jones Locker at the Reef Hotel was unofficial HQ in Honolulu. I worked with John Gentry, James Whitmore, P.T. Westerberg, Boyd Menendez.
I count those days as pretty much the happiest time of my life. What an adventure. Site URL:
Date: 10/26/2007 Name: Richard H. Knox Email: City/State/Country: El Paso, Texas, USA Comments: GBI 56-58, Eglin Test Range 59, PMR, Pt. Arguello 60-61, DTF, Ft.Huachua AZ 61-65,
WSMR,NM 65-95 Site URL:
Date: 10/18/2007 Name: Mike Templeton Email: City/State/Country: San Diego, California 92103, USA Comments: I joined PanAm GMRD in June 1964. After completing Range
Operations School, I was assigned to the ARIS ships and was SOM
on both the Arnold and Vandenberg during deployments in both
the Atlantic and Pacific. Also pulled BOM vacation relief at GBI,
Antiqua, Grand Turk and Trinidad. I left PanAm in March 1967 to
join General Dynamics in San Diego as Program Manager for the
ARIS L-Band Radar tracking modiification. Left GD in May 1971 to
join Cubic Corporation as Manager of Aerospace Marketing and
later Director of Special Programs. Joined Titan Corporation in
February 1987 and retired as VP Special Programs to become a
consultant. Great memories of incredible people and exciting
times... Site Title: Templeton & Associates, Inc. Site URL:
Date: 10/18/2007 Name: Andy Harper Email: City/State/Country: Bluff Dale, Texas, USA Comments: Served in the Navy on Antigua, 1958 to 1962, Married Anthea, returned to the Range in 1962, with RCA, Grand Turk, Antigua, Ascension, and Grand Bahama, Left Range in 1972, Moved to S.C.,
and then to Texas, where I am now... Site URL:
Date: 10/12/2007 Name: Jerry Blackerby Email: City/State/Country: Milburn, Oklahoma, USA Comments: I am reposting hoping that someone can remember a name for me. There was an instructor, who was nearly blind from beri-beri, who taught crypto and astronomy. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March.

I think there was an article in the MTP News about some of his adventures.

He mentioned several times that he hoped to write a book about his experiences. I cannot remember his name to search to see if he ever wrote a book. Does anyone know his name and if he ever wrote that book?


EDITORS NOTE: Jerry has a new email address as of 08/29/09, which has now been corrected for this entry.

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Date: 10/09/2007 Name: Craig Hawk Email: City/State/Country: Mesa, AZ, U.S.A. Comments: I was on the NASA Tracking Station from Nov. 1967 thru March 1969. I worked in the supply section with John Kelley. George Cantrell was the station M/O at the time. We also had a drunk donkey named J.J. who used to meet us every morning and we'd feed her fruit from the mess hall. I had a band called The Apollo's and we played at Two Boats club and the little beach hut and club in Georgetown a few times. Had a great time.

Next went to Bermuda for 2 years and then onto The Canary Islands for 4 years until they shut the station down.

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Date: 10/05/2007 Name: Al Webb Email: City/State/Country: Poulsbo, Wa/El Centro, Ca, WA/CA, usa Comments: I will be attending the reunion in a few weeks.
Looking forward to seeing some of the other Range Rats.
Al Webb

Pan Am 1956-1986

1956-1957 Mayaguana Fire/Security

1957-1959 Antigua Fire/Security

1959-1960 San Sal Asst. Fire/Security Chief

1960 Ascension Asst. Fire/Security Chief

1961-1963 San Sal Fire/Security Chief

1963-1969 Recife Station Manager

1969 Grand Turk Administration Supt.

1969-1974 Kennedy Air Force Station Cape Support Supv-Airfield

1974-1976 Sultanate of Oman Airport Fire Chief

1976-1986 Trident Navy Base Contract Admin

1995-1997 Kwajalein(Raytheon) Airport Manager

Reside summers at Poulsbo. Wa. Winters at El Centro, Ca.

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Date: 10/04/2007 Name: Chuck Mayo Email: City/State/Country: Carmel, CA, USA Comments: Was a Data Acquisition Technician for RCA MTP on loan from the Eastern Test Range to the Pacific Missile Range serving aboard the Vandenberg and then the Arnold in 1967-68. Never did get back to ETR, transferred to the Information Systems Division. Site URL:
Date: 10/01/2007 Name: Joseph A. Gleason Email: City/State/Country: San Dimas, California, USA Comments: I started with PanAm's GMRD in February 1963 and was a SOM on the C1MAVis (Sword Knot, Coastal Crusader, Rose Knot and Timber Hitch), Twin Falls, Arnold,and Vandenberg, leaving the ships at the end of 1964 to work in the Range Control Center as an SRO through 1970. I left the Range in late 1970 to take a job with JPL in Spaceraft Mission Operations in Pasadena,Ca where I worked until retiring a few years ago. Site URL:
Date: 09/28/2007 Name: Jeff Roberts Email: City/State/Country: Qalat, Zabul, Afghanistan Comments: Glad to see the rangerat sign in book is going strong! Enjoy reading all the names.
Supporting OEF driving around here in Afghanistan reminds me of NE bay on Ascension, near where the old jeep road came down from the ashpit. Except there is no ocean, its a lot hotter in the day and colder at night! Keep up the good work. Site URL:
Date: 09/19/2007 Name: Malcolm "Mac" Monroe Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, USA Comments: Worked for RCA MTP from June 67 to June 79, in Reentry Ships Ops, for Bob Kansas. Did a lot of TDY time to the two ARIS, Arnold and Vandenberg, totaling to several years at sea, although never PCS, always TDY. Made a lot of "Special Mission" voyages on both vessels.

Later worked on the Observation Island for another company (Nichols Research) as the Army rep, working with a lot of RCA/CSR old friends from my ARIS days.

Now semi-retarded in Melbourne.

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Date: 09/10/2007 Name: Dick Rettig Email: City/State/Country: Tallahassee, Florida, USA Comments: I worked with the Task Force construction crew on Ascension in 1968 and 1969..I striped the airstrip and many of the roads...we air-conditioned the chow hall I finished working for Pan Am on Gran Turk in 1970....my next door neighbor in the barracks was Carl White (RCA).
Buck Bernard was the Task Force foreman at that time. Built a porch on the back of the snack bar restaurant during that time.
Married a Costa Rican girl after repeated trips there...37 years and counting Site URL:
Date: 09/05/2007 Name: Hal Curling Email: City/State/Country: Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA Comments: I just wanted to add a few more details about my involvement with Volcano Radio (ZD8VR). I was stationed with the USAF (Det 215) on Ascension from May 70 through May 71. While there I was heavily involved with VR as Assistant Station Manager, Program Director, Assistant Station Engineer, and a DJ as well (the part I enjoyed the most!). I worked closely with Mr JP Morgan (who worked for RCA, I believe). JP pretty much ran the station while I was there. I also worked with SSgt Ed Baum (from the Det 215 crowd as well). My on-air name was Dick Adams (and I had a "sidekick" named Tex (was also me). I thoroughly enjoyed my work at VR! I even produced some home-made promos: "Your voice in the South Atlantic", etc. and the station bought a professionally done promo from PAMS of Dallas that had a group sing "Volcano Radio." Big time stuff :-D While I was there we had AM and FM and part way through my tour the FM was changed to STEREO. Programming on AM was about half AFRTS-provided and half live during the day and all AFRTS over night. The FM was all automatic from a carousel that we loaded every day with LPs!

If anyone would like to share memories or was there during the time that I was, I'd love to hear from you.
Hal Curling

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Date: 09/04/2007 Name: Scott Adams Email: City/State/Country: platteville, WI, United States Comments: I was on Ascension in the early 70s. I spent 18 months there working at the FPQ 12.15 radar (I think that was the official name) also known as TTR (Target Tracking Radar).

It was located near comfortless cove. I was one of the SOI analysts there and still fondly remember the Island, the base and the people!

I volunteered as a DJ at the AFRTS station there (Volcano radio) and my show "This Is My Song" featured albums from broadway musicals.

I also volunteered as a reporter for the Islander newspaper and I think my my best article was a satirical piece that commented on the numerous truck accidents that the Saints (Saint Helena people) were having at the time.

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Date: 09/03/2007 Name: David E. Park Email: City/State/Country: Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Worked downrange for RCA MTP from 1966 to 1971.

Sailed into Ascension Island in 1966 on the USNS Coastal Crusader and returned a year later for a couple of days.Spent my last two years stationed in Trinidad WI.In 1971 when Trinidad was closed down ,I was offered Ascension ,but said no thanks. I left the program in Oct.1971,and ended up in Fort Lauderdale.

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Date: 09/03/2007 Name: Carroll R. Michaud Maj. USAF Ret'd Email: City/State/Country: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA Comments: I arrived on Ascension 15 June 1971. I assumed command of the US
Air Base from Maj Jessie (Jack) Couch on 18 June.

The Island Admin was H.W.D. McDonald,(64) Brig. Gen. Ret'd UK
Army. Val Bee was RCA Mgr. John Clouse was Bendix mgr. He and
Dr Tom Harmon Smith, (the island dentist) printed 1st edition of
“The Islander” newspaper 30 Apr 1971. Jeff Spec was NASA
Sta.Dir. George Smith was Pan Am Base Ops Mgr.

Volcano Radio Sta, (ZD8VR) “The Golden Voice of So. Atlantic”
built by U.S. Army personnel. 1st "On_Air" broadcast was 3 Sept
1944, Call Letters WXLR. The sta. shut down when base closed
after WW-II. U.S. civilian contractors recommissioned the base
and Radio sta. in 1957 to support USAF Eastern Test Range ops.

Base Commanders:

Cpt William Woodside May 57-May 58
Cpt Edward Dutch May 58-May 59
Maj Donald Stephens May 59-Apr 60
Maj Francis Rohan Apr 60-Apr 61
Cpt Ronald Tyre Apr 61-Apr 62
Cpt Harry Thompson Apr 62-Apr 63
Cpt William Ritchie Apr 63-Apr 64
Cpt Row Dixon Apr 64-May 65
Maj Darrell Pilipovich 65-Jul 66
Maj George Freeman 66-Jul 67
Maj John Cureton, Jr 67-Nov 67
Maj Earl Engle, Jr 67-Jul 68
Maj Boyd Wise 68-Nov 68
Maj Donn Byrnes 68-Jul 69
Cpt Paul Drinnon 69-Nov 69
Maj George Rosenhauer 69-Jun 70
Maj Jessie (Jack) Couch 70-Jun 71
Maj Carroll Michaud 71-Apr 72

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Date: 08/26/2007 Name: GERALD (JERRY) O'DONNELL Email: City/State/Country: Savannah, Ga. 31419, USA Comments: Arrived at Sabana de la Mar in May of 1956 with a suitcase full of clothes. Departed Sabana de la Mar in June of 1959 with a wife an daughter.
Fortunately, I still have the same wife after 50 years and same daughter after 49 years. Picked up another daughter and four grand children along the way. While in Sabana I was in charge of the weather station across the road from the "Base".
Date: 08/24/2007 Name: David " Doc " Holliday Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, FL, USA Comments:
Arrived Ascension Jan. 1975, workeed FPS-16,and TTR.Left April
1977, to Patrick in the Shops, transfered to Comm at Cape 1993.
Still with CSR and thinking of giving it up next year. I still
remember Dale Beadle, Jim Erby and ALL the PanAm divers, Ron
Shannon was my best man, he and wife Pat still going strong in
Orlando. Any one else please get in touch. Site URL:
Date: 08/23/2007 Name: Steve Matthews Email: City/State/Country: Lenoir City, Tennessee, USA Comments: Went to work for RCA MTP in 1961 on the Twin Falls Victory, SPN-8 and FPS-16 radars(1961-63). Also spent a couple of months on the American Mariner. From there 10 months on San Sal on the FPS-16. San Sal scaled back about that time (1964?) and most of the RCA techs were reassigned. I was sent to Antigua, but left RCA a couple of months later. From there I went to work for NAA at the Cape on the Apollo Program until 1968. Late in 1968 went to work for Bendix FE in Tananarive, Madagascar. Took my bride with me. Later, we were assigned to Bermuda. In 1971 I left the Range for good. I'll be glad to hear from anyone. Site URL:
Date: 08/23/2007 Name: Duane K. Tuttle Email: City/State/Country: Arden, NC, USA Comments: Worked for RCA and PAA 1956-1967 (with five years out for Univ and Law school). Radar troop on GBI, San Sal, Mayaquez, and Antigua. ASOM with PAA on Arnold and Vandenberg. Kwaj, Guam and Midway. Site URL:
Date: 08/19/2007 Name: Bob Csaszar Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: My dad worked on the rock from 1981 to 96/97,his name was Frank Csaszar,we lived in Georgetown from 81 t0 86 ,at the time the only american family on the island,I used to surf all the time at deadmans beach with a few guys who worked for RCA and Panam during this time as well,anyone remember the people skating on the tennis courts across from the volcano club during this time,anyways my name is Bob,and during the time i was down there everyone called me Bobby..hope to hear from someone during this period ...my moms name is Heidi......God Bless. Site URL:
Date: 08/12/2007 Name: Barbara Savage Email: City/State/Country: Palatka, Florida, USA Comments: Hi to all Range Rats Im a former RCA/GE employee I was hired by K.J.Starzinger (thanz) 1979 GBI FTSS tranfered to GTK remote site traveled to Newfoundland TDY with Mr.George? Then tranfered to TLM some years later. GBI with Johnny Walker manger. Ken,Stacey,Bill D. Bill R.Frank Jones,Frank? Will Webb,Sam,Ernie,Chad,Etc.Grand Bahamas closed.I transfered to ASC with Ray Patrick manger who tried to teach me how drive the van up the side of the mountain (brave).Angela,Barbara,Rhonda,Andy,Andy many more.Ilove you all and look foward to hear from everyone soon.Hi Rhonda Butler,Gary J.(comm leader)that pretty little girl is how old now? I guess we can say she pretty now.how is Daisy? T.Jones Where are You? My bad we lost contact. G.G.Mcintosh? Luke,Terry,Larry,Cheryl,Bonnie,Mrytle wheres the dudets? Hi Laura Rodgers where is the GBI crew.Mr.Flower Bill Dragett famous bbqs as everyone said those was the days Thanz for memories!!!! Lets make more.Email Me. Site Title: Range Rat Site URL:
Date: 08/07/2007 Name: Gary Schulz Email: City/State/Country: Dunnellon, Florida, USA Comments: Great site!

I was with Bendix Field Engineering (BFEC) from 1966 -1996 and stationed at Tananarive, Quito & Goddard during the NASA years and Norfolk, VA, Fairbanks, AK and Camp Roberts, CA during the Military years on BFEC programs.

Date: 07/23/2007 Name: Diane Catanzaro Email: City/State/Country: Bonita Springs, FL, USA Comments: I was an Operations Leader/SOI Analyst on Antigua from 1978-82. Site URL:
Date: 07/19/2007 Name: martin j. mackin Email: City/State/Country: hicksville, NY, USA Comments: spend 3 years in grand bahama island (feb 1959-april 1962) in telemetry division. Site URL:
Date: 07/19/2007 Name: Bill Bailey Email: City/State/Country: Crestview, Florida, USA Comments: Joined RCA in 1959: Spent two years at San Salvador "Reef Club" with the likes of Woody Bozardt, Joe Petrone, Len Mashburn, Jim Velia, Fred Leth-Steensen,John Schnitzer,Arnie Harkins,Charley Sparger,Dick "Tweety Bird" Haas, Ron "RAT" Adams, Earl Wyland (Hound Dog troop),, the list goes on but the memory fails. I do remember the party at Carterville when Andy Porter
took over from Woody.. Fred Leth danced on the bar singing, Truly Fair, Then all the radar troops pretended to whip up on the radar manager Joe Petrone. You should have seen the look on the new IM's face(Andy Porter).
That's one of a few stories from my 29 years with RCA..about 25 of them on the Range UP&DOWN. ps. Does any one remember the Columbus Day Party that David Wolper produced for TV? They had a house out past the FPS-16 Site.
Editors Note: Bill informed me today, 12 March 2013, that his email was incorrect here and I updated it just now. Site URL:
Date: 07/19/2007 Name: Benny Juhl Email: City/State/Country: West Palm Beach, Fl, USA Comments: Just checking in before going to Ascension for 2 months to help out a short comm section.
Its now much different than one night I spent on Ascension in 1958 (quanset hut and latrine next door)
Editors Note: in May 2011 Benny let me know that he has a different email address, so its been corrected above. His original email address MAY also be OK to use also: Site URL:
Date: 07/11/2007 Name: Robert Hauser Email: City/State/Country: Leesburg, Florida, United States Comments: I was assigned to the Arnold briefly, then to the Vandenberg 69-70. At the time we were based out of Pearl Harbor but were at sea most of the time. Supported launches out of Vandenberg AFB. Traveled around the Pacific, some of the stops were Midway Is, Guam, Adak, Kwaj, Pago Pago America Samoa, San Francisco (drydock/repair) Site URL:
Date: 07/03/2007 Name: Roscoe J Douglas Email: City/State/Country: Macon, Ga, USA Comments: I was a coop student From Auburn University, assigned to the Pan American Down Range Scuba diving team headed by Bill H. from Jan 1967 until late 1968. I was TDY on Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Grand Turk, Fernando, and Ascension. I think I was the first Coop student to be trained as a Scuba Diver. The other 3 members of the team were x-Navy Divers. I worked 3 months and went back to Auburn 3 months. It a was great experience. I was 19 and 20 years old at the time. Does anyone remember the layovers in Recife. Site Title: firstbenefits.com Site URL:
Date: 06/29/2007 Name: Henry Hice Email: City/State/Country: Tucson, Arizona, USA Comments: I worked on the range with RCA from September 1963 until January 1970. I was first stationed at San Salvador for about a month (September 1963) going to school, then was sent to GBI for FPS-16 radar school (October 1963 – January 1964). Was transferred to Ascension Island to work on the FPS-16 and was there for the next three years. In 1966, I was sent to Antigua for RCA4101 computer training. This was the computer that was used on the TPQ-18 radar. I was transferred from Ascension in January 1967 to Trinidad, where I worked in the computer group on the Univac 1206. While in Trinidad, I meet my wife and we were married there. We left Trinidad in January 1970 and transferred to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland Site URL:
Date: 06/16/2007 Name: Jim Judson City/State/Country: Pisgah Forest, NC, USA Comments: Saw many familiar names here that brought back many pleasurable memories.

I transfered to M T P from RCA/Indianapolis on January 31, 1955. 1st down-range assignment- Mayaguana (close to 2 years), then St. Lucia, Eluthera, Fernando de Noronha, a couple of assignments at CCMTA. On to Gilmore Creek Alaska, Rosman North Carolina. Back to MTP in 1973, Vandenburg, Arnold, Redstone. After 25 years left RCA for Western Union in 1975, then Spacecom, a few years in Real Estate and final retirement in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.

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Date: 06/15/2007 Name: Robert Floyd Email: City/State/Country: San Diego, CA, USA Comments: ET aboard the USNS COASTAL SENTRY (CSQ) from 1966 to 1968. The ship's motto was 'Let the good times roll'. I married Annette Carr while we were operating out of Fremantle, Australia. We have three grandchildren, and will retire when we stop having fun at work. Site URL:
Date: 06/12/2007 Name: Joseph (Joe) Richburg Email: City/State/Country: Fairhope, AL, USA Comments: I went downrange to the MISTRAM site on Eleuthera from 1963-1965. Originally in PMSS but took over as Computer Sunsystem Engineer my last year. Returned to Data Translation Engineering at the Tech Lab at Patrick AFB.

I got a Computer Science degree from FIT in 1969 then worked for Harris Semiconductor and Harris Systems Division. From there I joined DataPoint in San Antonio, TX.

Later, I founded and operated three successful software companies.

Would love to dialogue with other Range Rats.

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Date: 06/08/2007 Name: Ken Heinze Email: City/State/Country: Sunrise Beach, Queensland, Australia Comments: I was the SOM on the Vandenberg between 1969 and September 1971 Site URL:
Date: 05/18/2007 Name: Jack Eaton Email: City/State/Country: Otisfield, Maine, 04270 Comments: I worked at RCA from 6/64 to 9/65 and worked on the H. H. Arnold during most of this time but did a TDY to the Coastal Sentry for the last 2-months. I was in the Cal Lab and worked for Walt Latham and with Sam Peckinpaugh. I had to return home due to my wife having difficulty raising two kids. It was a wonderful experience and had I been single I would have stayed there forever. Great people combined with important, interesting and exciting work made it great!!


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Date: 05/10/2007 Name: Ronald MacAllister Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Worked for GDE at Quincy, Mass. shipyard building the USNS Vanguard, USNS Mercury and USNS Redstone 1965 thru 1966.
Was obtained by ITT and later Bendix Field Engineering and "served" aboard the USNS Redstone and the USNS Vanguard in the SATCOM section from 1966 thru 1977.
Now work for Harris Corp. located in Melbourne, Florida Site URL:
Date: 05/06/2007 Name: Marshall mahone Email: City/State/Country: Indialantic, Florida, USA Comments: Thank you very much for listing my Mother's passing in Feb.She and my Dad Frank had many happy memories of the Range and enjoyed telling of there times there. They are both missed very much by there family.I do want ro thank all of their Range Rat buddies for remembering them
Marshall Mahone Site URL:
Date: 05/06/2007 Name: Merle Wagner Email: City/State/Country: West Ossipee, NH, usa Comments: Worked on USNS Mercury from 1966 (Quincy shipyard) through 1969 (sydney, Australia). Worked as Comm supervisor and then transferred over to computer systems.
Looking for crew members from this period. Contractor was Federal Electric at the time. Site URL:
Date: 05/05/2007 Name: Mike Cochran Email: City/State/Country: Plano, Texas, USA Comments: Was on the Sampan Hitch & American Mariner for two years around 1961. Training on a number of islands & PAFB. My first job out of Tech School away from home. What an education!!! Would like photos of Sampan Hitch & American Mariner, mine were destroyed. Site Title: Cochran Consulting Inc. Site URL:
Date: 04/30/2007 Name: Ed. Ehrenspeck Email: City/State/Country: Edgewater, Florida, USA Comments: Worked for RCA Missile Test Project 1956-1970.
Started in Cinema Theodilites. Then to the first TV section on the Cape. Then transferred to the Igor tracking section and was assigned to Patrick Igor as the site was being built. Became site chief. At the same time worked on BU Telescope with Space Track. Was also in charge of camera located in Radar dish at PAFB. Worked various launches downrange with Mobile Igor. Site URL:
Date: 04/28/2007 Name: Tom McCarthy Email: City/State/Country: Chino Hills, CA, USA Comments: Joe -

This is not new, but Iarrived onthe Range in 1956 and worked in Tech Training, Ops Planning, and Ops Control until 1973.

We now have a RangeRats mailing list where Range Rats can share memories, etc.. It is a "mailing list" which means that you must subscribe, then you will have a choice; receive all messages or simply be notifed when a new message is posted and then you can go to the archives to read the messages. It is very easy to unsubscribe if you decide it is not for you.
To subscribe: send an e-mail to:
. (Note: no space between range and rats.
Welcome everyone interested in the Ranges! We are enjoying chatting about old times!

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Date: 04/25/2007 Name: Wallace L. Wilkins Email: City/State/Country: Crystal River, FL, U.S.A. Comments: Wallace L. Wilkins ()
from Crystal River,Florida,U.S.A. wrote...
Joe,I just added an entry to the RR Book, may have done this
before,. . . as I've changed Internet Servers several times.
Hope to hear from any of you RRs who are still around.
Best regards,thought I'd better renew the contact, regards, . . Wally
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Date: 04/24/2007 Name: Bennard "Bernie" Buckingham Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: My address is:
680 Needle Blvd
Merritt Island, FL. 32953-6113 Site URL:
Date: 04/20/2007 Name: Don Cain Email: City/State/Country: Alexandria, Virginia, USA Comments: My 1st job (4 years on the Twin Fall Victory) 1962-1966 and various schools at PAFB & the ETR. Went to WDL Palo Alto as computer engr in 67 on DSP programs (which took me to Alaska & Thule Greenland). Next stop was Avionics Instructor (Boeing-68), then to Bermuda (4 yrs in charge of computer section). Next stop NSA as Civilian (5yrs 73-78) as Project Engr Space COMSEC Engr'g. After NSA formed company "Digital Solutions" (S/W engr'g & voice recognition technology development); hoped to go public (in 84)but patent process too painful. Joined MITRE Corp (McLean Va)as Lead Engr after selling Co. interests, where I remain. Anyone know John (Buzz) Dietz; Dick Haas; Ron Burke (roomate); Dick Anthony; Herb Dessling; Russ Zimmerman; Jammie Dill; Larry Ludwick; Dallas Kruse; Bill Schneider; Charlie Zoranski (roomate);Frank Gorski; Russ Zimmerman, DeForest Romain (ship radio Ofcr)etc? Sure remember good times from the Cape down to Cape Town, and even Mauritius and as far south as Anartica/Kergulen island. Want to trade stories? Fond memories from the beginning of my career on the Twin Falls (T-AGM-11)and all those schools. Best regards - Don (Killer) Cain! Site URL:
Date: 04/17/2007 Name: Michael A. Nagy Email: City/State/Country: Oxnard, California, USA Comments: Hi,
I have finally taken a moment to sign in as a former GTK and GBI Ranger Rat I am curious to find former Range Rats that I have worked with. Mike Hager who I met at Sabana De Lamar, Dominican Republic are in contact with each other. I shared a room with Hank Taylor on GTK and would like to hear from him and anyone else that remembers me. It may have been a long time ago but I can still recall many good people and good times. Mike Nagy Site URL:
Date: 04/16/2007 Name: dennis o. sparks Email: City/State/Country: maryville, tennessee, usa Comments: hired in with rca 1962 at techlab patrick afb in communications. traveled to every station from cape to acension. transfered to the nasa mission control at the cape in 1964, still traveled the range, until aug, 1970. went back home to tennessee where i hired in at the OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY. still work there and with colabration with nasa at the ADVANCED SPACE PROPULSION LABORATORY, houston, tx.


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Date: 04/15/2007 Name: H. Lee Northrop Email: City/State/Country: Brandon, Fl., US of A Comments: Hi to all you Range Rats!
I started with RCA on the ETR, Sept.5, 1955, in
Cape Communications. Went down range to GBI Comm,
Dec.5,'55. Workeed; Receivers, Transmitters, and Command Control.
Moved back up-range Mar. 1963 to Cape Mission Control. May 1967 to Instrumentation Control sustem.
1970 to Computer Control Center, Data translation.
Dec. 1970 to Com Tech. Control. Lay-offs caused my transfer Down Range to Antigua Comm. June 1973 I transfered to Ascension, 12:15 Radar. May 1976, transfered to GBI 3:13 Radar as Sigma-5 Computer tech. June 1981 transfered to 19:17 Mobile Radar.
Retired from Eastern Test Range, Feb.3,1993
Editor's Note: updated Lee's email address, 09/12/08 Site URL:
Editors Note: Willy wrote me from Albany NY and sent me a notice of a change in his email address way back in Oct. 2012, and somehow it got lost in my inbox, and am correcting it here and now, The above email address is the good one as on today 16 Mar. 2013.
Willy also sent me his phone number and mailing address, but am not publishing it here. You can contact me if you want to get that info. Site URL:
Date: 04/09/2007 Name: Herbert Sayers Email: City/State/Country: Santa Maria, CA, USA Comments: Worked at; Cape Canaveral,Patrick AFB, GBI, Carter Cay, San Salvador, Grand Turk, Mayaguez, Antigua, Trinidad, Twin Falls ( 1956 to 1966 ) Radar Site URL:
Date: 04/06/2007 Name: Kerry Coughlin Email: City/State/Country: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Comments: I started as a summer trainee DGO (Diesel Generator Operator) in 1958 and 1959. Then I was permanent twice during the 1960s until 1968. I was stationed at GBI, San Salvador, Mayaguana, Antigua, and Ascension.
Date: 04/04/2007 Name: Sanford " Charlie " Brown Email: City/State/Country: White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA Comments: Hello to all old range rats

From 1965 to about Oct. 1969 I worked with RCA and Federal
For RCA I worked on the USNS Mercury while it was
in the shipyard at Quincy. Then on the USNS Vanguard at the cape
while it was being turned over to Federal Electric. Then I went
to The USNS Coastral Sentry in Japan and Australia.
Then to Goddard Space flight center. Did not like it there.
Federal Electric contacted me and I hired on with them and went
back to Australia on the USNS Mercury. Stayed with them through
Apollo 11 and they disbanded us in California.

Anyone that remembers me send an Email
Especially the heart playing rats from the Coastal Sentry
We spent many nights after dinner playing hearts in the middle of the Pacific

Cheers to all

And also a hello to the Range Rat Motorcycle Club from the USNS Mercury. I still ride at 65 years old

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Date: 04/03/2007 Name: Tom McCarthy Email: City/State/Country: Chino Hills, CA, USA Comments: Sorry, I did not include my personal history in my earlier post.

I joined RCA n 1956, replacing Norm Tucker in Tech Training (Timing and Firing). A year later, I followed Norm to Ops Planning, when he went down range as Manager Timing and Telemetry (at Grand Turk I think).

In 1961 I moved up to Ops Programs as Ops Programs Engineer (OPE) for several programs including ABRES, Space Track (OD 066) and Foreign Technology (OD 097).

I became Leader, Orbital Ops at the Cape in September of 1965. I made many trips downrange on TDY but was never PCS downrange.
I left RCA in 1973 (after the re-arrangement and pay cut) to work for ITT at VAFB, then came back to RCA and AUTEC in 1980. From there to Jim Moore and GEODSS at White Sands, then to Ed Lauden's Radar Contract until we lost that contract in 1985. Finished my career at JPL, retiring in 1944.

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Date: 03/30/2007 Name: Tim Eastland Email: City/State/Country: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Comments: Just found this site, and thanks for all who set it up and made entries. Was lucky enoiugh to be a Range Rat on the Atlantic and Pacific Missile Ranges and as well the NASA site in Pretoria. Met Russ Reed while working at Ratrick for Pan Am in the late 50's, and he convinced me quickly that down range was where I belonged. Was at SAL and MGZ from 1959-1961 and saw a world of things happen in that short time. Then to South Point Hawaii for Bendix, and then back to the Cape with NASA, when I took a TM van to Pretoria to record the opening of the ECHO balloon as it rose over the South Pole from a Vandenberg launch. Then took over Range Operations at Vandenberg for NASA before leaving and ending up working for the Canadian Soace Agency, where I am today. Spent the afternoon reading names I remember with a great deal of humor and fondness: Wally Wallace, Bob Baker, Herb Sayer, Ron Halter, Russ Reed, Charlie Mendez,... not to mention missing names like Bert Niro, Joe Robertson, and who can forget Andy Porter and Joe Petrone, who taught many of us all we ever knew about range instrumentation... Site URL:
Date: 03/30/2007 Name: Tom King Email: City/State/Country: Sharpes, Fl/, USA Comments: 1956 to 1959 GTK. Northrop Tlm. Engr.
1959 to 1961 Cape Northrop Tlm. Engr.
Supporting the SNARK Program
Pan American Wd. Awys. Cape and Down Range.:
1961 to 1962 ABOM/ Base Operations Manager(roving) ASC,ANT,GTK etc
1962 to 1963 BOM SAL
1963 to 1966 Test Controller, SRO at Cape
1966 to 1970 BOM Mainland sites (originally Domestic Satellites on mainland U.S.); PAFB to Miami.
1970 to 1973 Safeguard Support Services project at Langdon N.D.(Pan Am)
1974 to 1982 Non-aerospace related employment
1983 to 1998 Kennedy Space Center.
Space Shuttle and ELV Payload Processor; McDonnell Douglas; later merged with Boeing Corp.
Payload Test Conductor, Payload Manager, Launch Site Support Engineer.
(First retirement)
SUMMARY. Many Years of working with and for wonderful, talented,dedicated people on a "real", meaningful functional space effort.

2000-2001 Consultant; proposal preparation

2005 to 2006 Returned to work at request of a company. After all the dynamic years working for the space effort with "real" people; it was a totally negative experience.

Now retired; Enough Already!.. some volunteering.

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Date: 03/28/2007 Name: Charlie Wright Email: City/State/Country: Mico, Fl, USA Comments: Remembering some of the Bob's at Ascension during the mid-'60's; Bob Husby, Bob Shaffer, Bob McIntire, Bob Day, Bob Johnson, Bob Douglas and others to make a host of Bobs!
I roomed with Husby and Shaffer for a couple of years each and can attest to their being "real characters". Shaffer's "Tents and Towers of Arabia" is a good read of his exploits during WW2 as a member of the State Department driving around the deserts of North Africa handing out bunles of money in order to buy Arab alliance. Doug Rogers has the only copy I know of.
Bob Shaffer died in N.Y. in the '80's and Bob Husby died at Freeport GBI in '92. They were true Range Rats, the likes of which I still miss.
Does anyone know whatever happened to Warren Way - the "Pig Roast King" - and Al Huff (two more "real characters")? Site URL:
Date: 03/27/2007 Name: Mark Maffucci Email: City/State/Country: Viera, Florida, US Comments: After all these years I'm heading back to Ascension. When? You'll know when I get there.... Isn't the number still 2269?
(Webmasters Note: Mark signed the regular guestbook on 03/08/07 with the above entry. I am now transferring this info. here so that all range rat inputs will be together in the RR book & not the Guestbook, which is for stamp and cover collectors.) Site URL:
Date: 03/25/2007 Name: Mark Shellans Email: City/State/Country: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Comments: I was assigned to the Vandenberg as Technical Operations Manager in 1969 during Ivy Green intelligence operations against Mid-Pac Soviet missile tests. I was USAF at the time, but worked closely with PanAm and RCA people as well as my own security troops from Kelly AFB. I remember with particular gratitude Cliff Wolfe who taught us Judo in the balloon hangar. Anyone know where he is these days?


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Date: 03/25/2007 Name: John Sewell Email: City/State/Country: Clearwater, FL, USA Comments:
Timber Hitch 1961-62
Roseknot 1962-66
and briefly on Gen Arnold
Editors Note:
In June 2013 John changed his email address so the email address given here is the latest.
John also said "It would be nice to hear from old friends. Been some time since I was on the ships from 61 to 66."
in Jan 2008 John said he was now retired.
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Date: 03/09/2007 Name: Robert "Bob" Birdsong Email: City/State/Country: Sharpsburg, GA, USA Comments: I worked in the Cays off Grand Bahama and Abaco in 1960-1962. I started in August of 1960 after I got out of the Navy. I saw an ad for RCA in the Atlanta Newspaper and drove down to PAFB for interviews and testing and was assigned to Grand Bahama after I was hired. I spent about 1 week at GBAAFB before being transferred to Carter Cay. I also worked on Allan’s Cay with only one other PAA employee. I remember my first manager at Carter Cay was Bill Mackey who later transferred farther downrange. I have a website with some pictures at http://classof56.topcities.com/page2/missile_range_1960.htm which is a page from my high school website. My first job on Carter’s was working with the high power transmitters used for navigation of the ships using a system called LORAC (not LORAN) that was also used by the oil drilling ships. I will have to try to remember some of the guys I worked with for that 2 years. Site Title: Missile Range 1960-1962 Site URL:
Date: 03/01/2007 Name: Jim Peterson Email: City/State/Country: Bend, Oregon, USA Comments: I worked on Antigua HF xmtr site in 1969. I went on to work on
the USNS Arnold in later 1969 and onto the USNS Vandenberg
quiting in 1972.. I went on to work in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska until
2006 when I retired to Bend, Oregon.. Site URL:
Date: 02/25/2007 Name: Garry W. Gipson Email: City/State/Country: Bowling Green (Corvette City), Kentucky, USA Comments: Been a range rat off and on now for twenty Years. Presently on Ascension with CSR. My Firt contract was back in 1986 for Pan Am on the Island of Mahae, Seychelles, Indian Ocean. Have worked on RoiNamur (Kwaj) Marshall Islands.
This is my second tour of Ascension.
GG Site URL:
Date: 02/23/2007 Name: ron milburne Email: City/State/Country: perry hall, maryland, usa Comments: was a range rat for the us army on grand bahama and san salvador. worked the radio wave propagation sites.also was at the cape and patrick afb. time spent there 1962-1963.does anyone remember the open air movies at grand bahama? Site URL:
Date: 02/18/2007 Name: Freddie (Fred) M. Brown Email: City/State/Country: Malden, Missouri, USA Comments: Joined RCA June65, three years on Sword Knot, two years on Vandenberg and one year on Coastal Crusader. Left RCA June 70, Went to work for Union Pacific Railroad by way of St. Louis Soutwestern RR and Southern Pacific RR. Been here 36 + years.
webmaster note: updated Fred's email address 07/22/2008 Site URL:
Date: 02/14/2007 Name: Dennis Swartz Email: City/State/Country: Buda, TX, USA Comments: I spent almost 2 years on Ascension and a year in Guam in the 1970's working in the RF tracking section. It seems like ancient history. Site URL:
Date: 02/11/2007 Name: William O. Lewis III Email: City/State/Country: Acworth, Georgia, USA Comments: I served aboard the USAF (later USNS) Gen. H.H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) from February 1962 through August 1965. I began my service in RVRPE (RADAR Video Recording and Playback Equipment and after one year transferred to the Test Equipment and Standards Lab (TESL). Became a Shellback (only man aboard to be found Not-Guilty during my trial before King Neptune's court), Golden Dragon and followed Magellan completely Around the World while aboard the Arnold. We worked primarily in the Pacific out of Honolulu during my stint with several trips to Kwajalein. Truly a life-altering experience! Love to hear from any of my old shipmates. Site Title: GA Pages (for Mormons) Site URL:
Date: 02/04/2007 Name: Gordon W. Clarke Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, 32937, USA Comments: Down Range October 1956---Eleuthera -Antigua-Puerto Rico-San Salvadore- Ascension- Antigua-Eleuthera-Grand Bahama. Returned to Patrick AFB 1970. ARPA Projects Las Vages 1970 -1974. Self employed 1974 -1976. AUTEC West Palm Beach 1976-1979. KSC 1979 - 1980. AUTEC 1980- 1988. West Germany " POLYGONE Electronic Warfare Range" 1988 -1991. Returned to Melbourne Florida Headquarters 1991. All with RCA/GE. Retired 1992. Independent LIFE/HEALTH INSURANCE AGENT 1992- 2003. Consultant to Harris Corporation also 1993/1994. Retired again to play golf. Site Title: Phone 321-773-7292 Site URL:
Date: 02/01/2007 Name: Joseph N. Cupurdija Email: City/State/Country: Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA Comments: I was stationed at Patrick AFB in 1964/1965 and served in the Transportation Squadron. Site URL:
Date: 01/22/2007 Name: John Gentry Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers, Florida, USA Comments: Worked at KSC for RCA and Federal Electric 1965-1968, for RCA on the USNS Vandenberg 1968-1970, again at KSC for Federal Electric 1972-1974, and at the Cape for PAA 1976-1978.
Date: 01/22/2007 Name: Robert (Bob) Bonner Email: City/State/Country: Spokane, Wa., USA Comments: I hired on with PanAm in Aug 59 and worked at San
Sal for 6 or 8 months then transferred to the PanAm
Marine Dept. Worked on the Coastal Crusader, Timber
Hitch and later on the Gen. Arnold until about 69 or
early 1970. I worked TDY on a lot of the Islands such as GBI, Eluthera, Antigua and Grand Turk. I was
weatherman and still doing it with the NWS here in
Spokane. Site URL:
Date: 01/21/2007 Name: Stephen Wooden Email: City/State/Country: Sarasota, Florida, USA Comments: I worked for PanAm on the USAFS Twin Falls
Victory in 1962 as a weather tech. I was transferred
to San Sal AAFB Station 5 of the Atlantic Missile
Range and worked there during the rest of 1962.
I was employed at Patrick AFB prior to working for
PanAm. Subsequently during 1963, I went to work
for Brown Engineering on the Cape in Hangar R&D,
the NASA hangars,Pad 34,Pad 37 and later KSC
Pads 39 A & B.
Worked for Bendix Field Engineering Corp in
Owings MIlls,Towson,Goldstone Tracking Station
and at KSC MILA station. Worked on testing of the
ARIA aircraft systems at Towson. Went to Manned
Space Network Recording Systems school at
Greenbelt Goddard SFC. Now retired, living
Sarasota FL.
Editors Note: Learned that Stephen has a new
email address and so I have corrected it on this
page, as of 24 June 2014... Site URL:
Date: 01/13/2007 Name: Jack Carter Email: City/State/Country: Maidenbower, West Sussex, England Comments: I was based on Grand Turk between 1968 to 1970 while employed by Cable and Wireless and knew quite a few of the guys who worked at the station.
I have been attempting to contact one of those guys, a chap called Arthur Franklin and would also like to be in touch with Bob Thorworth who was the U.S.A.F. Major in command of the base.
If anyone logging in to this site can help me I would be very grateful.
Jack Carter Site URL:
Date: 01/10/2007 Name: William "Bill" Hand Email: City/State/Country: Ardmore, Tennessee, US Comments: Worked as an RCA Communications RSET 1960 - 1964.
San Sal, Mayaguana, Carter Cay, Walker Cay, Mahe (one of the First Crew there), Carter Cay.
Was there when hurricane Donna tore up Mayaguana and San Sal in 1960.
Now a semi-retired writer. Site URL:
Date: 12/30/2006 Name: Rhonda Scholl Email: City/State/Country: 4915 Patrick AFB,, Fla.,, Antigua Comments: Hello All,
I came on the range in 82. worked at GBI for a year and moved on to Antigua. I've been here for 22 years. Not very many people left from the 80's. R. Newton, S. Lonie, B. Mobley and A.Yon. and a host of newbees.
Hi Jeff Roberts...Hurry home safely from over there.
Editors Note:
As of 26 Oct 2011, Rhonda has two email which I am updating here & now, (see above) and this one Site URL:
Date: 12/29/2006 Name: Tim Spies Email: City/State/Country: Antigua Air Station, Florida, USA Comments: Greetings all. I'm the current Antigua Air Station Commander and just renctly came across your website after meeting Mr Jack Bendick. Since my arrival here in Jul 06 I've tried to build on the efforts of previous commanders to compile historical station info. I plan to dig around your site collecting Antigua info and if any of you have photos and/or stories you would like to share please send them along.
Maj Tim Spies Site URL:
Date: 12/28/2006 Name: Ray Sniadowski Email: City/State/Country: Union City, Michigan, USA Comments: I was serving on the USS Truckee AO 147 from 1956 through 1959. We were a fleet oiler that served as the support ship for the original range construction. We made three 3 month cruises to Ascension in a short period. The first cruise was with a survey ship that plotted the ocean bottom. Cruise two was with a cable layer that laid a cable grid with sound sensing devices on the ocean floor. Cruise three was with a destroyer escort that tested the system with depth charges.
I had a lot of on water time around the island, some unscheduled inwater time due to the (chuckle) harbor conditions, and some on island recreational time. Site URL:
Date: 12/28/2006 Name: Harry Turner Email: City/State/Country: Port Orange, Florida, USA Comments: I was with RCA on their Calibration Team 1965- 1966. From 1969-1972 I worked at the Devil's Ashpit Tracking Station, Ascension Island. I also worked on the Vanguard, 1972-1973.

I look forward to hearing from my friends and acquaintances!

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Date: 12/28/2006 Name: Hal Curling Email: City/State/Country: Las Cruces, NM, USA Comments: I was stationed at ASCENSION AAF from May 1970 to May 1971, with the USAF, as part of Det 51 (later 251 I believe). Building was close to the airfield.

Apart from working for the AF, I also spent a lot of time at ZD8VR, Volcano Radio, as a DJ (Dick Adams was my air name), production engineer and program manager. MANY fond memories there. I was working with JP Morgan at the station. I believe he was truly a RCA Rangerat.

If anyone was stationed on ASI during the same period, please feel free to email me. Would love to chat with other old friends.

Hal Curling

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Date: 12/27/2006 Name: Jack Bendick Email: City/State/Country: Leesburg, FL, USA Comments: I worked in Antigua radar Jan 61 through Dec 62, and again Aug 64 through May 65. Then they transferred me to Ascension where I stayed through April 66. I enjoyed my range rat experience and used the money to finance my engineering degree. I retired in 2000 and moved back to Florida where I spend most of my time golfing.

I recently took a cruise which made a stop at Antigua. The base hasn't changed too much; the telemetry site and the radar site are still in the same location and appear to be using the same antennas.I had a chance to meet the present CO, Major Tim Spies, who is interested in any historical pictures of the Antigua site. If he doesn't add his email address to the book, send any pictures to me and I will forward them to him.

The island changed significantly in the 40+ years. The population has doubled and the traffic is up by a factor of ten. The biggest surprise to me is there isn't any sugar cane grown any more, Tourism is the big industry now. They even charge to get into the Dockyard and Shirley Heights.

Anybody know the whereabouts of Fred Steensen, Cliff Barnard or Bill Karnopp?

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Date: 12/19/2006 Name: Harold (Hal) Lund Email: City/State/Country: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa Comments: Joined RCA in 1962, spent three years at San Salvador on Mod II & FPS-16 radars. This was followed by a year on the FPS-16 at Ascension, then one and a half years at Pretoria radar. Next move was to Antigua TPQ-18 in 1967 for a year and a half, then back to Ascension FPS-16 for a few months before transfer to RCA Service Co. in the U.S. for about two years. Then joined BFEC and spent the next four years on the radar at Tananarive. Moved to South Africa in 1975, worked several years flying aerial survey, then had a computer business until retirement. Now playing with my ham radio and enjoying the great weather. Site URL:
Date: 11/09/2006 Name: Jim Duncan Email: City/State/Country: Indialantic, Florida, US Comments: I started downrange as a roving heavy equipment operator in 1985 working on Ascension,Antigua,GBI left in 1989 to work at the cape crane shop(air force side)until 1993 with my Antiguan wife Theresa went back down to Antigua in 1993 to 2000 as an a/c mechanic.I left in 2000 returned to the cape (nasa side)as a crane operator. Still there and I do miss the good old days downrange. Site URL:
Date: 11/06/2006 Name: Alvin L. Hooper Email: City/State/Country: Warner Robins, GA, 31088 Comments: Worked for RCA Service Co. at the Cape from 1958-1961 mostly in closed circuit television.
Retired from Civil Service 1993. Last system worked on was the Wild Weasel.
Al Site URL:
Date: 10/25/2006 Name: Gene Pugh Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: About time I posted my RR time on this site. Enjoy reading the different comments and seeing some people that I have known through the years. I hired on with RCA Oct. 1964 at the Cocoa Beach RCA/PAA offices. My assignments were:
1964-1964 - Eleuthera; 1964-1966 - Ascension;
1966-1969 - Mahe; 1969-1973 - Grand Turk;
1973-1974 - Ascension; 1974-1974 - Mahe;
1974-2005 - Cape Canaveral AFS.
Worked Downrange in Comm Centers, Comm Ctl/NCS (Sta12), Rx Site (Sta89), then xferd to CCAFS and worked VLDDSS, DNS, Comm Ctl/Sr Comm Ctl and finally Operation Control in RCC and ROCC as a Comm Test Ops Analyst assigned as Comm Planner for Shuttle and Delta II/III. I really enjoyed my 41 years on the Range, and mostly enjoyed DR especially Mahe. Got married at Mahe (June J. Chang-Fane). Her brother, Winston, worked for PAA at Mahe (Base Acct office). I am now retired with 2 daughters and each has 2 sons, so now enjoy being a Granddad. Hope to see old friends at the RR reunion 27/28 October '06.
07/21/08: updated Gene's new email address Site URL:
Date: 10/20/2006 Name: Jerry Blackerby Email: City/State/Country: Milburn, Oklahoma, USA Comments: I am reposting to tell how small the world is. I worked at the FPS-16 radar on GBI in 1960 for Johnny Watts. I went uprange into technical writing and Johnny Watts left the range. I quit RCA in 1968. After going to work at LTV in the Dallas area, I met a man that said he had worked for Johnny Watts at White Sands. -- small world.

In recent years, I met another person on the Internet who had crossed paths with me in the Navy. We were comparing notes and I found out he had been the manager of all radars at White Sands and Johnny Watts had been one of his site managers.

It is really a small world.

I have no idea what ever happened to Johnny Watts after that.

EDITORS NOTE: Jerry has a new email address as of 08/29/09, which has now been corrected for this entry.

Site Title: Jerry's Web Site URL:
Date: 10/09/2006 Name: Howard Isono Email: City/State/Country: Honolulu, HI, USA Comments: Stumbled on this site and I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few people that I had the pleasure of knowing.

1972-1973 USNS Vandenburg
1973-1981 USNS Arnold
1981-1983 GEODSS Korea
1983-1985 Aerostat Cape Canaveral
1985-1995 SURTASS Pearl Harbor
1995-1998 NSP Kaena Point, HI: Took early retirement with Lockheed Martin
1998-1999 California Microwave at the Kaneohe Marine Base
2000-Present: Property management, currently Resident Manager of a condo in Honolulu.

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Date: 10/07/2006 Name: michael reed City/State/Country: white sulphur springs, west virginia, usa Comments: field maintenance rep., Pan Am, 1979 - 1985

GBI,GTK, ANT, ASI, South Africa and Mahe.

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Date: 10/03/2006 Name: Dan Searle Email: City/State/Country: Hixson, TN, USA Comments: I just wanted to see if anyone remembers me from Downrange, which were some of the best times of my life! Spent 1964-1972 on Antigua, Ascension, and Grand Turk with RCA Communications.
I recall many names from previous Range Rat entries, and would like to locate some that I haven't seen here as yet: Frank Rose, Bill Genaw, Grady Jones, Dave Beierle, Fred Thompson, Ray (Kit) Fenimore,Ray Kelley, Carl Pyle, George Beasley... I'm sure that more will come to mind! I miss the good old days Downrange; I recall playing music with various bands I organized (recall George and "Folsom Prison Blues"?)on all 3 islands...my son Dan Jr. was born on Antigua in the Thibou Nursing Home 1n 1965... I'd like to hear from anyone I used to know... let me hear from ya!! Site URL:
Date: 10/03/2006 Name: Daniel C. (Dan) Searle Email: City/State/Country: Hixson, TN, USA Comments: Worked with RCA/MTP downrange from July 1964 thru August 1972. Topped out as RSET A in RCA Communications.
Worked on Antigua from 1964-1969, Ascension from 1969-1970, Grand Turk from 1970-1972. Worked all space launches from Gemini 4 thru Apollo 16.
Transferred with RCA to Thule, Greenland BMEWS site on temporary assignment Aug.-Oct. 1972.
Accepted engineering position in Oak Ridge, TN in Oct. 1972, worked there till moving to Chattanooga suburb in Sept. 1986. Worked in engineering and teaching positions until retirement in 2005.
I lost my beloved wife Kaye to bone cancer in October of 1994. Site URL:
Date: 10/01/2006 Name: Rodger Fowler Email: City/State/Country: Angel City, Florida, USA Comments: Melbourne Crenshaw Hotel has been mention if any Range Rats have stayed there before hiring on with RCA. Yes, my Twin Brother Russell and I in fact were born there seven weeks premature when it was a hospital. Mom (Jessie)and Dad (Winston) came up from WPB the day before to visit her parents (Oscar and Hattie Worley) who lived on the first Banana River Bridge and on the following day we became residence. Before the Range began, Mom and many kinfolks either lived on the Cape or surrounding area for nearly 75 years. Our family came up from WPB to visit her Brother Roy at Canaveral Pier two days before the Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor. Our Dad started to work on the Cape back in 1947 getting the Launch Site ready for the historical event of July 24, 1950. He is picture in the Launch Photo on the right. http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/bumper_launch_july24.html After we reached age 18 in 1954 we worked with Jarco Construction Company during the summer months and was fortunate to witness many Winged Missile launches behind sandbags also the following year with Paul Smith Construction Company. With the encouragement of Hoot and Bud Ringo in 1956 we started our employment with RCA.
Date: 09/29/2006 Name: Jason Simpkins Email: City/State/Country: Strasburg, Colorado, USA Comments: It is really great to find and read your web
site. My Father, Jerry Simpkins, used to talk
about the great times he had as a RR. I was even
born in Pretoria while my family was stationed
there. I also remember living on Antigua and
going to the beach. I believe my father was the
happiest in his life when he lived down range.

Also I met a girl in college who's father was RR
his last name was Edmunds, any body know him?

Jason Simpkins

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Date: 09/23/2006 Name: Rodger S. Fowler Email: City/State/Country: Angel City, Florida, United States of America Comments: First employment with RCA at the Missile Test Project on October 29, 1956. Assigned to Special Projects at Cape Canaveral AAFB in Central Control as Miscellanous Equipment Operator/Clerk. Was in several operation areas working as Recorder Operator, Operation Control Center announcing Countdown on many tests. Met Werner Von Braun and became Friends cause Werner and Dad asked about each other often over the course of years. Later met his Brother and Sister at Eleuthera AAFB when they came for a visit. Back in June 1957 a very interesting UFO flew by while working one night at the Cape. We were inform that this did not happen. In September 1957 I transfered to Eleuthera AAFB and was there when Spunik was Launch by the Russian and the Frequency was 20.005mhz. More later Range Rats. Site URL:
Date: 09/19/2006 Name: Greg Hale Email: City/State/Country: Coolidge, W.I., Antigua Comments: I came downrange from LC40 on 4 Jan 89 and I'm still here. BF Thompson became my mentor and I heard so may stories about all of you early pioneers and your adventures. Over and over and over.... I feel that I know a bunch of you. Looking for BFT, anybody?

(editors note: The above info appeared in the regular guest book May 4, 2006, however I have moved the info into this Range Rat sign-in book, where it belongs)

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Date: 09/19/2006 Name: Jason Gray Email: City/State/Country: Atlanta, GA, USA Comments: I am trying to see if anyone knew my father William (Bill or W P) Gray. He unfortunately passed away in Sept 2005. he retired from Civil Service at PAFB in the early 80's. I know he spent a lot of time on Ascension, Grand Turk and GBI. He most likely would have been there from the late 60's to the mid-70's. I think he worked for RCA while he was down there. I also remember taking a tour of the Vangaurd i 1976 when it was in Hawaii for maintenance. If anyone thinks they know my father please feel free to drop me a note. I've heard lots of stories my whole life about Down Range and would like to learn more if it's possible.
(editors note: The above info appeared in the regular guest book July 20, 2006, however I have moved the info into this Range Rat sign-in book, where it belongs) Site URL:
Date: 09/19/2006 Name: John J. Blackburn Email: City/State/Country: Kemah, Texas, usa Comments: Hi, went to work for RCA at PAFB in Nov 1956. In 1958 started working with BC4 cameras. Traaveled the range from Walker Cay to Ascension Island always TDY until 1968. Left the range in 1969 and went to work for Ford Aerospace. Retired from the space business in 1991.
(editors note: The above info appeared in the regular guest book Aug 31, 2006, however I have moved the info into this Range Rat sign-in book, where it belongs) Site URL:
Date: 09/19/2006 Name: Wllace L. Wilkins Email: City/State/Country: Crystal River, Florida, U.S.A. Comments: Thanks for putting me on the right track! Joe, so here it is. A couple of projects I was assigned, construction of the ROTI Site,San Sal,the low frequency Log Periodic Antenna,Asc.
The Telespectograph,Asc. and many others. After I am properly signed in, I'll post the 'rest of the story' as best as I remember, also, have many photos, tho many in poor condition. I know that we'll find the 'memory link' somewhere.
I had skimmed through your pages and just simply signed the Guest page,not carefully reading the instructions. Regards, Wally Site URL:
Date: 09/17/2006 Name: Tom Hall Email: City/State/Country: Kekaha, Hawaii, US Comments: Ahoy, maties! It's a joy to find this page and to see that there are so many of us still around. I hired on to RCA computer systems division in 1968, working for Wally Tubell in midtown Manhattan. Spent a midnight shift chewing the fat with a chap named Ernie-something who had just transferred over from the ARIS ships and got the urge to get out of Manhattan and back to sea. Wally hooked me up with Charlie Mendez at Patrick, and a few weeks later I was going up the gangway onto the Vandy, TAGM-10, in Honolulu. Spent a ouple of gteat years down in the "Wine Cellar"...1970-1972, and haven't seen as much comaraderie on a job since then. Jack Steele was SIM, John Carter, Chas, John Workman, Steve"The Village" Elliot, Bob Martin, Ken Larson, Wally Parr, Bill Whitlock, Johnny Kellams, Bob Magne and Scotty MKenzy shooing us away from their helium on their baloon deck. Tyler Tinker "Jake" Jacobson and many more. Good fun, and the Commies lost! Left the ship in Kwaj for a computer speialist gig at PMRF, on Kauai. Did radar and telemetry there until retiring last july.
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Date: 09/13/2006 Name: Chris Bulleman Email: City/State/Country: Hawthorne, Florida, USA Comments: Started with RCA MTP in Oct.1954 worked in shops and then Data engineering.in 1975 spent two years on ascension as radar anylist then went to antigua as radar leader then to Grand turk as IM then back to Antigua, from there transfered to ships served on the "Vandy" brief one on the Red Stone and two years on the Cobra Judy left in 1985 to work with asw project at Little Creek Va. Retired in 1990 Site URL:
Date: 09/12/2006 Name: David Simonson Email: City/State/Country: Indialantic, Florida, USA Comments: I hired on with RCA March 6, 1961, and was assigned to the FPS-16 radar on San Salvador. I went To Ascension as radar leader from July '64 through August '66; then on to Grand Turk as Radar Manager until October,'67. Back to Ascension as radar manager until October '68. On to Antigua until July '70; then GBI from July '70 to January, 1973. Went up range then to work on a RCA Service Co. Project - ARPANET until July 73. Continued up range in Radar as a Senior Maintenance Engineer until October,'80. Worked with the Shuttle Support Group until retirement in August, 2004. Site URL:
Date: 09/12/2006 Name: Carl P. Sasnett Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA Comments: Hired by RCA in 1962. I served on GBI and the Cays, Trinidad, Ascension, Vandenberg, Arnold, Observation Island - finally leaving in 1996. There are lots of familiar names listed, sadly some of those who are no longer with us. Site URL:
Date: 09/11/2006 Name: Thomas L. Cox Email: City/State/Country: Greenville, SC, USA Comments: As a GI in the USAF in Oct. 1952 I went to GBI for a year as a Mod I Radar Tech. I was moved to Radar Interf. Control at the Cape. During the change from military to civilian operation of the range, I had several odd-jobs including Water Safety Dir. of the PAFB beaches.
Prior to discharge in Dec. 1954 I was hired by RCA as a Radar Tech. and was sent to ELU in Jan. 1955. The Mod II radars were not ready and I became the maint. tech. for the GMD-1 Weather Balloon Tracking System. From Jan. to Sept. of 1955 I had several TDY trips to GBI and GTK to work on their GMD-1's. Also, I met Max Miller (he married a Spanish Wells girl) and we made weekend trips to Spanish Wells. In Sept. I returned to Clemson Univ. to continue on a BSEE.
Returning to RCA in June 1956 I was sent to GTK to work on their GMD-1 before moving to St. Lucia for the same task. In Aug. I left to return to school and graduated in 1959.
My last official contact with the range was in 1965 when Walker and Whiteside Inc. (elec. contr. in Greenville, SC) hired me to go to Ascension and test a fire alarm system they had installed in a building near the Devils Ash Pit. This lasted three weeks.
In 1972 I became Dir. of Eng. for Carter and Crawley, Inc. in Greenville, SC and retired in 1993.
I would enjoy hearing from any Range Rats that I have crossed paths with. Site URL:
Date: 09/08/2006 Name: Doyle V.Ogg Email: City/State/Country: Naples, Fl, Collier Comments: Hello, I would like to make contact with people I worked with on Grand Turk Antigua a Mahe.Any responce would be nice.Thanks Doyle (power house Ogg) Site URL:
Date: 09/07/2006 Name: Herb Silber Email: City/State/Country: Oak Hil, FL 32759, USA Comments: (I can be reached at the above email address of Don Badger). My Range life started in Antigua in 1962 with Supply, with BOM Wally Wallace. Transferred to PAFB and Cape in 64. Signed on with TWA Logistics Support for NASA. Continued with Boeing on NASA contract and projects they had in Saudi Arabia. Stayed on contract with EG&G until mid 90s, when retired with disability. Currently split my time between Oak Hill and Gainesville, and can be contacted on cell phone (321-543-0113). Site URL:
Date: 09/07/2006 Name: Don Badger Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida 32955, USA Comments: Range life started on SAL in 1955 with PAA Supply, with transfers to PAFB and CAPE and then to SLU in 56 and to ASC in 57 with Russ Reed to open Station 13. To GBI in 58 and the USMC 59-62. To ANU 1962-64, then to Range Bases and to Range Ops thru 1970 (and to FTU/UCF for a BS and MBA). Transistioned to PAA/NY in 1970 for a few years with the Airline. Departed in 1979 with "Golden Handshake"and 25 years service. And on to Aramco for 8 years and to Bahrain for a year. Back to Range with RSC for rebid of ETR and then a year with CSR/Ship Ops. Next was PAWS/JCWS for work on RSA Contract and then to ME in 8/90 for Desert Storm for Army Aircraft Suppot Contract. On to Johnston Atoll with RSCN and then to China with Phillips for their first offshore oil well. Finally back to the Range in 94 with Lockheed (RSA-II) for installation of SATCOM systems at ROCC, JDMTA, ANU and ASC. Retired 7/99, live in VIERA, play some golf, travel and enjoy life in the slow lane. Attend "old guys" lunch at SURF on some Thursdays. Site URL:
Date: 08/30/2006 Name: Max Miller Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, USA Comments: 1952 & 1953 TDY Down Range. Worked on laying the submarine cable from Jupiter Fla to Grand turk.
Feb 1955 to Jan 1960 PCS downrange on Eleuthera and Antigua. I call those years " The best years of my life." I really enjoyed doing things with the Range Rats and their families.

I was a Mod II Radar tech and Weather station tech at Eleuthera. Went to Antigua when it first opened as Radar and Minitrack manager. Was at Antigua for Worlds first satellite launches. Antigua Minitrack collected data used to discover the Van Allen radiation belt.Returned to Eleuthera as Radar Manager.
Worked uprange as Night Shift Leader XN1, Tech Writer, Orbital Operations Coordinator, and Radar/Optics computer systems engineer. Retired October 1988.

I really enjoyed working on the Range with the Range Rats and even got paid for doing it.

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Date: 08/28/2006 Name: Ed Bingham (and Kathy) Email: City/State/Country: Morganville, NJ, USA Comments: I'm signing in for my husband Ed Bingham, who was down range from 1963-1969, as an RCA radar tech. He started out on GBI for a few months, then was sent to Ascension for a year. We were newly-married then, and I stayed in Recife for several months, where he was able to spend a couple of days every couple of weeks. He got a transfer to Grand Turk, where we remained for a year. (I was a volunteer x-ray tech at the local hospital for the base medic and the local British Dr. - Dr. Elizabeth Johnson). The Grand Turk technician was on strike!) Ed was then transferred to Antigua, where we spent our final 4 years downrange. Our second child was born there. Ed transferred to RCA's computer division in NY in 1969 and we moved to NJ, where we have resided ever since. Ed retired in 1999 from Hitachi Data Systems. Site URL:
Date: 08/26/2006 Name: GEORGE BODFISH Email: City/State/Country: INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA, USA Comments: HELLO, WAS IN THE NAVIGATION SECTION ON THE SHIPS FROM 1961 TO 1970 (LAYED OFF IN JULY) was on the TWIN FALLS, ARIS SHIPS, APOLLO SHIPS... still married to same wife, SANDY. two grown daughters.. been in business for myself since being layed off in 1970 from RCA. and stayed here in the ara Onwer of BEACH ONE TELECOM. Site URL:
Date: 08/22/2006 Name: Larry Alemi Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, Florida, USA Comments: Hi Ya'll--Worked at GBI PAA Weather Station. 1/62 to 7/67. Hit most of out island cays, Elethera, Turk, San Sal, Mayaguana Etc. Got married at GBI 4/64 (Original Mercury Hospital) Built home just outside gate main road.Spent lots of time at Club Rendevous(Darts),beach parties with movies West End, Base,and pictures of down range. Wife Kaye is also a RangeRat in the finest tradition. Still in touch with other
RangeRats (Bill Griffith, Gerry Mulligan. Gill Wilke RCA(BC4)Cameraman. Some of you might remember Gino Musi(Deceased) Love to hear from you and will try to attend next re-union. Larry Site URL:
Date: 08/07/2006 Name: Dan Kovalchik Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: I'm a BFECer who worked at Corpus Christi, Texas; USNS Vanguard; Quito, Ecuador; and Ascension Island. Quit the range in 1980 for JSC, then KSC. I'm now (2006) working for the Delta rocket program at CCAFS.

Visit my site to read an article I published about the history of the range ships, and to check out my book, Range Rats at Sea.

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Date: 08/06/2006 Name: Harry Baldus Email: City/State/Country: Newington, Ct, USA Comments: RCA Radar Tech, September 1959 through May 1962.
Ascension, San Salvador, Grand Turk and Carter Cay off GBI. Great time in my young life. Lots of memories and pictures. Site URL:
Date: 07/28/2006 Name: John Herbster Email: City/State/Country: Houston, TX, USA Comments: Served on the USNS Vandenberg (T AGM 10), mainly doing post-mission data analysis and occasionally work as assistant DC, about 1968, while around Kwajalein, Hawaii, and other places. Site URL:
Date: 07/24/2006 Name: Monte Antkies Email: City/State/Country: Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, USA Comments: Pan Am: Power Plant

1958 Antigua West Indies
1959 Ascension South Atlantic
1960-61 Mayaguana Bahamas
1961-64 Eleuthera Bahamas
1964-65 Mahe Seychelles
1965-66 Grand Bahama Bahamas
1966-96 Mahe Seychelles

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Date: 07/21/2006 Name: Bob Boska Email: City/State/Country: Melbouren, Florida, USA Comments: Started in the electronis shop in 1958, retired in 1988 when RCA lost the contract, Returned to work in 1990 for CSR again in the Electronic shop, Retired in 1995. I am still working on the OI as a Project Employee.48 years and counting. Site URL:
Date: 07/13/2006 Name: Charles Lucas Email: City/State/Country: Newbury Park, CA, USA Comments: RCA ARIS Program: H.H. Arnold and H.S. Vandenberg. December, 1961 until June, 1965. One of the early new hires by Wally Tubell – along with Mike Willis who is in this registry - specifically for the Computer Group on the ARIS ships. Yard delays to the ship’s conversion schedule provided a fantastic opportunity for multiple TDY down range teaching and training assignments to San Salvador, Trinidad and Ascension during 1962 and early 1963.

The full RCA crew road the H.H. Arnold from the Bethlehem Steel Yard in Brooklyn NY down to Port Canaveral FLA about March of 1963; in June 1963 or there about, the crew was divided between the two ships and those of us assigned to the Vandenberg returned to NY and took the second ship down to Port Canaveral.

The next two years we spent mostly on short one-week cruises out of Port Canaveral evaluating the ship’s navigation instrumentation. Since a star tracker was critical to this capability, almost all of our evaluation work was done at night. The Vandenberg spent the summer of 1964 in a yard in Baltimore where the original SINS was replaced with a newer model.

After leaving, I worked initially in engineering for Litton’s Data Systems Division; in 1970 I went to work for ITT Gilfillan. I retired from there in 2000 but continued to consult part time for the next five years. I am married and have one son.

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Date: 07/13/2006 Name: John Grove Email: City/State/Country: Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA Comments: 03/1963-02/1964(?) Was assigned to the test equipment calibration lab on the Arnold (ORV-1908 at that time) -- Lab Manager was Bob Black. I believe the other tech's name in the lab was Bob Callahan. Left the ship at Ascension because of a medical emergency. Recuperation & recovery period precluded return. It was great while it lasted!
Date: 07/13/2006 Name: Doyle V.Ogg Email: City/State/Country: Naples, Fl, USA Comments: 8 years Pan Am.Grand Turk Antigua Mahe.Power House Ogg.I even did the Cudjoe key thing.Email me! Site URL:
Date: 07/08/2006 Name: Joe Huard Email: City/State/Country: Phoenix, Arizona, USA Comments: WOW! what a great idea to have this site, giving lots of ole timers a chance to reach back into "the good ole days" -

Arriving on Kwajalein, April 1970 I was first employed by Global Associates. I worked on the island of Enneylabegan and then on to Roi Namur.

1970 - 1972 Global Associates, Roi-Namur
1972 - 1979 RCA/TRADEX - Roi-Namur
1979 - 1980 RCA/Tatalina AFS, Alaska
1980 - 1983 RCA/GEODSS/White Sands, N.M.
1983 - 1985 RCA/TRADEX - Roi-Namur
1985 - 1986 RCA/Dahlgren, VA
1986 - 1989 RCA/Wallops Island, VA
1989 - 1995 GE/TRADEX - Roi-Namur
1995 - 1997 Raytheon/Bldg 1010 - Kwajalein

I retired December 1997 and settled in "the valley of the sun" Phoenix, Arizona.

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Date: 07/08/2006 Name: Donald Sklar Email: City/State/Country: Cupertino, CA, USA Comments: I worked for RCA as a photographer on GBI from 1956 to 1958. Worked the photo lab next to operations and the tracking thoedlites on the beach. Also aboard the Amercian Mariner as a photographer for Barns Engineering the summers of 1959 and 1960. I have lost track of the good people I worked with and wondered if any of them are out there? Those were very good old days!!! Site URL:
Date: 06/30/2006 Name: THOMAS RISK Email: City/State/Country: CHARLESTON, WV, USA Comments: WAS WITH PAA FROM 1960 TO 1972



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Date: 06/23/2006 Name: Harry Baldus Email: City/State/Country: Newington, Ct, USA Comments: Joined RCA GMRD after USN in September 1959. Trained on Mod-II Radar and FPS-16 and MPS-25. I trained at San Salvador and Grand Turk, then assigned to Ascension. Took leave of absence, married in Quebec City and went to some college in Montreal. I then went back to Carter Cay for Al Shepard and John launch. I quit and did a 30 yeat stint with IBM in Ct. Am retiring again after 15 years at a CBS station in Hartford. Still work on Radar!! Looking forward to contacting Range Rat buddies. I have lots of pictures and GREAT memoeies of Recife!! Site URL:
Date: 06/12/2006 Name: Phill Reichert Email: City/State/Country: Dover, Arkansas, USA Comments: Was searching for info on the Range Ships and stumbled across this site. Man what a great surprise. Was with PAA 1960 to1970 at the following locations. Grand Turk, San Salvador, Eluthera, Antigua and Ascension. Spent 5 1/2 years on the ships including the Golf, Timber Hitch, Sword Knot, H.H. Arnold, and the H.S. Vandenberg eventually ending up as a Weather Station Supervisor. Transfered to Cape Kennedy in 67 and worked in the Physical Standards Lab till layoff in 70. Drifted into the Nuclear Power industry and ended up at Arkansas Nuclear One where I retired, in 2001, to ten acres in the countryside where I continue to agrivate the same woman Ive been married to for 39 years. I see a lot of names I remember and would enjoy hearing from any or all of you. I miss those days a great deal.
Editors Note: Phill emailed me in Dec 2010 with an update on his email address, for the one he uses the most, and it has now been updated on this entry.
Thanx Phill for keeping me informed.
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Date: 06/12/2006 Name: Sheldon Sobel Email: City/State/Country: Lake City, FL, USA Comments: Joined PanAm as a weatherman after discharge from USAF in Dec. 1956. Left in Aug. 1971 to complete college. Was assigned to: GBI, San Salvador, Mayaguana, Grand Turk, Antigua, and Ascension.
Worked in computer industry then retired and moved to north central Florida.
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Date: 06/06/2006 Name: Kathy Dininny McGregor Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, FL, USA Comments: I hired in with Pan American Airlines ASD in 1973 at the Occupational Health Facility. Was officially made a “Range Rat” when I was flown to Ascension Island to type and cross-match blood for a patient that was to sick to be moved. Transferred into Environmental Health in 1978 to become one of the “EH Sniffers”. In those days, there were not any “ladies rooms” on the launch pads, so "the girls" had to get "the guys" to guard the door while we used the men’s room. When Pan Am lost the contract in 1982, I transferred into Pad Safety. Remained there until 1996 when I moved to Boeing's IUS program. After the IUS program finished I transferred to the Delta IV program where I am currently in Safety. Site URL:
Date: 06/06/2006 Name: William "Bill" Breyer Email: City/State/Country: Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, United States Comments: After two years overseas with the US Army, got to Brevard County in late 1967. Hired by Boeing {Boeing Atlantic Test Center - "BATC"}on January 7, 1968 during the Apollo program. One year at Hanger AF on the "Cape" side and four years at KSC in the VAB and Pads 39A & 39B, ending in 1972 as a Launch Systems Safety supervisor. Also assisted with Boeing's Minuteman III program on the "Cape" side. Got to Patrick's Air Force Eastern Test Range (AFETR) in April, 1974 in the Range Safety office during the PanAm/RCA days with many trips to Grand Turk, GBI, Antigua and Ascension Island. Still with the 45th Space Wing's Range Safety office here at Patrick Air Force Base. Site URL:
Date: 06/04/2006 Name: Sam D. Redford Email: City/State/Country: Hamilton, Texas, USA Comments: Hired by RCA Service Co. in late summer 1966 and assigned to the ETR ARIS project, USNS Vandenberg and USNS Arnold. Served on each ship as required until 1971 when I transfered with RCA to Kwajalein and the KREMS PRESS tracking site on Roi Namur. Left RCA and government service in 1977 and went into private busness. Rejoined RCA in 1980 and the GEODSS project. Remained with GEODSS, but changed employer to TRW in 1983 where I remained until retirement in late 2000. I currently ranch in Central Texas and raise Santa Gertrudis Cattle. Site URL:
Date: 06/03/2006 Name: Les Perdue Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL., USA Comments: Hired with RCA May 1964, San Sal for School, Grand Turk - Command, xfer'ed to radar at Asc, Trinidad, Turk, Antigua, schools at GBI, etc. until leaving the range in 1979. RCA/GEODSS with Jim Moore, Dave Anderson, Carl Rouse until 1983, then AFWTF - Puerto Rico w/ Joe Petrone, then off to USNS Observation Island Ship w/RCA for 4 years. RCA/PAA lost contract, I went to GE Aerostat - Eagle Pass, TX. Raytheon with Jim Moore in Business Office in Satellite Beach, back on the USNS Observation Island program again and then Depot Maintenance with Computer Sciences Raytheon and then depot with ITT Industries. Still involved in Depot Maintenance on the old 1961 MIPIR, FPS-16, radars, TAA-3 and TAA-8 Telemetry Systems. Will retire on 05 Jan 07. Site URL:
Date: 06/02/2006 Name: Jim Moore Email: City/State/Country: Georgetown, Tennessee, USA Comments: What a great idea! I will pass this on to others who I know are interested. I see lots of familiar names and have nothing but great memories of the work in locations all over the world, but especailly on the range. I started in 1961 in Tech Training and over the years worked downrange on ARIS Ships and at Mahe. After leaving RCA/GE in 1989 I work some with Raytheon, then took and early retirement. In 1994 I came back from retirment to work with Lockheed Martin off and on at various US and overseas locations. It's great to say I enjoyed every minute of it all, the good and the bad. Site URL:
Date: 05/29/2006 Name: Mac Stinson Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, US Comments: Started on the range in early 1955 as a radar tech at Mayaguana. Possibly hold the record for most different assignments over the years with retirement from CSR in late '95. Lots of years in CW radar all the way from Azusa to FTSS. Engineering and Operations. Just wanted to check in and make it known that I am still around. Mac. Site URL:
Date: 05/26/2006 Name: Stewart (Doc) Herndon Email: City/State/Country: Micco, FL, USA Comments: I worked in the PMEL/E Lab and traveled down range with the calibration team for 29 years.

(Webmasters note: Doc Herndon signed the guestbook on 05/16/05 with the above entry. I am now transferring this info. here so that all range rat inputs will be together.)

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Date: 05/26/2006 Name: Aaron Perkins Email: City/State/Country: Cambridge, OH, 43725 Comments: Hi, I was just wandering the internet and ran across your site. My Grandfather Al Blancett was a range rat and was very fond of his time on Ascension Island. We have 100's of pictures of the beautiful island. And have heard even more wonderful stories about the island. Very nice to see that someone such as yourself has a site dedicated to such dedicated people.
All My Best
Aaron M. Perkins

(Webmasters note: Aaron signed the guestbook on
06/01/05 with the above entry. I am now transferring this info. here so that all range rat inputs will be together.)

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Date: 05/25/2006 Name: Bob Gardner Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Fl, US Comments: What a great web site. It was very interesting reading about the range rats. I remember a lot of the names and places and it sure brought back some very good memories. I don't know you personnely but have heard alot about you and it was all good. ---------------------------------------
Here is my range history:
PANAM 1962-1988 CSR 1988-2000. Retired 1 April 2000. Assigned to the Tracking Ships 1962-1966(Coastal Sentry, Coastal Crusader, Rose Knot, Timber Hitch and the FS GOLF). Traved up and down the range from 1966-1971. Replaced Hank Petrin in 1971 as Personnel Supervisor in Range Bases at PAFB and worked there until I retired in April 2000. I interviewed and sent a few thousand people downrange in that period of time. I worked for Russ Reed as he was Manager, Range Bases for many years and still see Russ on occassion.
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Date: 05/25/2006 Name: K J Starzinger Email: City/State/Country: Inverness FL 34453, FL, USA Comments: I worked for RCA from May 1954 through 1988 (The start of The GE
era). Spent time at GBI, Eluthera, Dominican Republic as well as
PAFB and the Cape. I am now retired to Citrus County and will be
closer to attend any Range rat functions

Editors note: updated KJ's email address 29 Dec 08.

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Date: 05/11/2006 Name: Dale Beadle Email: City/State/Country: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Comments: Herb LaLoge, my father-in-law passed away a few years ago. He worked for RCA at GBI in the 70's.
He worked for RCA approx 6 years. My self and my wife Doe, lived in Grand Turk from 1995-1997. I was an Air Traffic Controller for PA AM.
Editors Note: Dale notifed me April 20, 2010 that he has changed his email address, which has now been corrected on this entry. Site URL:
Date: 05/10/2006 Name: Dale Beadle Email: City/State/Country: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Comments: I was an Air Traffic Controller for PA AM from
Jan 1974-April 1977. I worked on GBI, Elethura, Grand Turk, and Ascenion I had a dune buggy and a motorcycle. I remember Jim Irby.
Editors Note: Dale notifed me April 20, 2010 that he has changed his email address, which has now been corrected on this entry. Site URL:
Date: 05/08/2006 Name: Phil Cornwell Email: City/State/Country: louisville, KENTUCKY, usa Comments: Phil Cornwell (Gen Arnold C-Band Transmitter 1963-1964)
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Date: 05/05/2006 Name: Glen Gray Email: City/State/Country: Grant, Florida, USA Comments: Hello,

I worked for RCA from 1956 to 1964.

My first job was on San Salvadore.
I moved to Antigua in 1957 and worked there for two years.

After that, I worked on GBI. During that time I purchased an airplane and flew to and from Florida and GBI.

After that, I worked in Project Mercury from 1960 to 1963.

I then transfered to the Range tracking ships and worked brifely on the Arnold and then on the Hoyt Vandenberg.

I left RCA in 1964 and went to work for Collins Radio and worked for Collins for 32 years.

I retired from Collins/Rockwell in 1996 and went to work for Harris Corp. in Melbourne Florida (Palm Bay).

During all this time I completed my Bachelors Degree and still work for Harris as a Systems Test Engineer, mostly with Satellite Communications Systems.

I have a 39 foot ketch sail boat which I sometimes sail to the Bahamas.

If you remember me from the Range days, I'd like to meet you.

--Glen Gray

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Date: 05/04/2006 Name: Dick Maniag Email: City/State/Country: 10139 Fuqua, Houston, Texas, USA Comments: Antigua, San Sal, Grand Turk, Golf, Twin Falls, Arnold, Tel 3. Early 60's

I think this is a great site, and Joe should get Kudos for his effort. YEAH JOE!!!

Can't believe it is coming up on fifty years since I hopped the islands. A wonderful experience for a young kid.

Left the cape by the urging of Tom Bowen and relocated to JSC. Another great ride.

Retired in Houston, should any co-worker from the years of yore, happen to read this, I would really love to hear from you. 713 944 9748 or

This internet is: The greatest telemetry yet!


Webmaster updated Dick's email address 24 Jul 07

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Date: 05/04/2006 Name: Chuck Poveromo Email: City/State/Country: North Fort Myers, FL, USA Comments: I was a flight mechanic based in Recife,Brasil from Sept 57 until Feb 58.With the USAF.
The C-124 Went from Charleston AFB SC to Patrick AFB FL then crew rested at Piarco,Trinadad.The aircraft then went on to Recife and crew changed.We went on to Fernando de Noronha than back to Recife than after crew rest we went on to Ascension Island than back to Recife the other crew than took the aircraft back to Patrick AFB.We delivered the mail and food and supplies and had approx 20 seats for the PAA and RCA employees.I was only 19 but I'll never forget my small part in our space exploration.Hope this qualifies me as a Range Rat.Also Thanks to all you guys for what you did-Chuck Poveromo Site URL:
Date: 05/03/2006 Name: Don Halter Email: City/State/Country: Houston, Texas, USA Comments: I went to GTK in May of 1956 as a Radar Tech. Moved up to Radar Manager. Then was radar mgr. at Antigua, Installed the FPS-16 radar there. Was RCA site Mgr fro a while till I was air evacuated out. Was IM at Carter Cay for the first underwater sub launch of the Polaris. Installed most all the hardware at the cays complex. Traveled up and down the range till 1961 when I went to to work for Peter Hoffman-Heyden at PAFB Sytem Analysis. I left RCA in October of 1966 and came to Houston to be a trajectory analyst on the Apollo Pgm. Taught Shuttle Instrumentation to the Astronauts, and wond up my carrer as a Ground controller in mission control in 1997. Am now retired nad enjoying life. I am looking for Hank Taylor who was my best man when I got married. Anyone know where he is???? Site URL:
Date: 04/13/2006 Name: Kenneth M Mclaren Jr Email: City/State/Country: Edinboro,, Pa, USA Comments: My father Kenneth M. Mclaren who was VP of RCA
died in Cocoa Beach in May of 2002. He was 100 years old. He came to Cocoa beach in 1954 and lived there until his death.
Editors Note: Many of you will also probably remember Mr. Mclaren as a MTP Project Manager from 1958-60. Site URL:
Date: 03/29/2006 Name: Jim Caskey Email: City/State/Country: Austin, TX, USA Comments: Range Ships 1962 - 1967 USNS Gen. H. H. Arnold, USNS Gen. H. S. Vandenberg, Western Test Range Liaison. RCAS/MTP
PRESS/KREMS Project, Kwajalein Atoll, RMI 1968 - 1993. RCAS/GEGS/Martin-Marietta/Lockheed-Martin

Retired 1994(GE) - Austin Texas

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Date: 03/26/2006 Name: robert gibson Email: City/State/Country: Temuka, south island, New Zealand Comments: Ascension
Worked for Bendix in 1975. Left and returned in 1977 Was married on ascension in 1977.Lived in Two Boats with my wife until 1980 Site URL:
Date: 03/26/2006 Name: Ivan R. Kistler Email: City/State/Country: Gastonia, NC, USA Comments: Repost due to e-mail change.

Had a great time last year at Jim Irby's Range Rat Reunion. It was great to see some guys I had not seen in many years. What a treat to BS and talk about the great times we had down range.
Due to this site I contacted Bill Hughes who is back on Antigua as a DGO. He later called me from Antigua and filled me in on his return to what is left of the range.

I am still in contact with Jim Irby, John Bujnosek, Lou Holtkamp, Gerald Lindsey, Andy Harper, Arthur (Robbie) Robinson and as I mentioned Bill Hughes.

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Date: 03/25/2006 Name: Jerry Blackerby Email: City/State/Country: Milburn, Oklahoma, USA Comments: I am reposting because we have moved to Oklahoma.

I spent two years (1958-1960) on GBI in the Data Center and at the FPS-16. I had my wife and kids with me living on the beach under the Almond tree.

I traveled the range as a technical writer until 1966 when I transferred to KSC and in 1967 to Goddard. I quit RCA in 1968 and returned to Texas. I worked for many companies, mostly on contract, as a technical writer until 2002. We then retired to east Texas, but my wife told me in 2005 that I had taken her away from Oklahoma 47 years before and she was ready to go home. Shortly after celebrating our 50th Anniversary, we moved to the little town of Milburn, Oklahoma, 20 miles northwest of Durant and 35 miles east of Ardmore.

My address is:

205 W H Ave
Milburn, OK 73450

I would love to hear from any old friends that remember those days when we were "just kids" tracking the missile launches. I would love to make one of the reunions, but with my wife's health problems we probably cannot.

EDITORS NOTE: Jerry has a new email address as of 08/29/09, which has now been updated for this entry.

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Date: 03/22/2006 Name: Mo (Marvin) Calvert Email: City/State/Country: Picayune, Mississippi, USA Comments: Later Site URL:
Date: 03/20/2006 Name: Bill Gasell Email: City/State/Country: Ocala, FL, USA Comments: Worked for Pan Am on Grand Turk (two different tours), Mayaguana, Ascension, and ended up running domestic satellite tracking stations at Vero Beach.
Anyone remember these folks from mid to late '50's? Sid O'Neal, Russ Reed, Johnny Facker, Hank Taylor, Bert Berthelson, "Doc" Roberts, Lamar Morgan, Bill Scales, Hank Petron, "Jake" Jacobson, Don Price (Domestic Satellites), Barbara Julian (Secy. in Range Bases office), Karl Kreeb, Dick Purcell, Dick Stricker,(and the list goes on an on.)
Hi Bill, yes I remember most of these names, however some of them have passed on like John Facker and Bert Berthelson. Russ Reed has signed this RR sign in book on May 4th 2005. His email address is

Maybe some other range rats could supply the whereabouts of the others you are looking for.
Please pass on any information to me, the Editor, see the link at the bottom right hand corner of this page where it says "send email to Joe"
EDITORS NOTE #2: Bill has a new email address as of 10/10/09, which has NOW been updated for this entry.

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Date: 03/19/2006 Name: Bruce Watson Email: City/State/Country: Mims, FL, USA Comments: I joined Pan Am in June of 1958 and worked in Supply in Bldg 710, bugged Range Bases about a Down Range Job until they got tired of me and sent me to GBI on 9 Feb 1959. I worked in Supply and was sent to Carter Cay for a few month until an opening in Pretoria, South Africa was offered. I arrived in Pretoria in 1960 where I met my wife. Departed SA in 1962 for Eleuthera, 1964 Ascension, 1965 Antigua, 1969 Ascension, 1970 Grand Bahama, 1975 Mahe, 1975 Patrick. I left Pan Am after 17 years and worked in Iran, Kauai Hawaaii, Wright Patterson, OH, and Riyadh Saudi Arabia for 15 years. Down Range was one of the most memorable periods of our lives, we have made many good friends and continue the relationship to this day. Thank you for your site.
Editors Note: 29 Nov 2011. Just heard from Bruce today and learned that he has a new email address, which has now been changed today on this entry. Site URL:
Date: 03/18/2006 Name: Fred Schaefer Email: City/State/Country: Miami, Florida, USA Comments: Joe,
What a great surprize that someone from our time brought the older ducks into the 21st Century.

I spent 1955 to 1969 on Grand Bahama AAFB with RCA, had a short time at Ascension and tour in the US Army. Still have property on Grand Bahama with a home that takes endless work.

Thanks again for the opportunity to connect with good people.


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Date: 03/14/2006 Name: Dennis Anttila Email: City/State/Country: Arlington, WA, United States Comments: Worked for Philico-Ford 1968 to 1972. Spent 1969 to 1971 at IOS,
Mahé, Seychelles Islands. Was a great place and time. Did
maintenance service and installations all stations in the AFSCF
around the world. Looking for others that were in the Seychelles at
that time. Take care everyone.
Dennis Anttila Site URL:
Date: 03/13/2006 Name: John L. Gladden Email: City/State/Country: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA Comments: Worked as Supply Supervisor at GBI -1969, Mahe - 1970-72, Eleuthera - 1972-73, Antigua - 1974-76, Ascension - 1977.
09/07/08 Editors note: added website article of Gladden's
02/15/12 Editors note: updated John's email address. Site Title: Home on the Range, Recollections of a Range Rat Site URL:
Date: 02/25/2006 Name: Ed Walsh Email: City/State/Country: Sydney, NSW, Australia Comments: First worked for RCA in 1964 on the USNS American Mariner also sailed on the Vandenberg and Twin Falls before working for ITT/FEC on the USNS Mercury saw her new keel laid and also helped decommission her. spent 20 years with ITT/FEC on ships and ay Vandenberg AFB. Been in Australia since 1986.
Editors Note: Ed had a new email address in May of 2008, and it has been updated here to reflect the change. Site URL:
Date: 02/11/2006 Name: Jim Ketchum Email: City/State/Country: San Dimas, CA, USA Comments: I was a RCA comm center worker for two tours totalling about 3 years. Also spent time on Grand Turk and San Salvadore. I will Never, Ever forget the times we had in Receife!... Damn, I miss the place. Rebel and I spend a lot of time together!

Jim Ketchum
Age 67

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Date: 02/02/2006 Name: Robert Hauser Email: City/State/Country: Eustis, Florida, USA Comments: I spent about 18 months with RCA (1969 to 1971). Briefly on the T-AGM 9 (Arnold) while it was docked in San Diago,CA. Then on to the Vandenberg T-AGM 10 in Hawaii.

Will add more info later.

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Date: 01/28/2006 Name: Maury Sweetin Email: City/State/Country: crofton, md, us Comments: I arrived at MTP in Feb 1959 as a B-TEch in the Radar Shop, aptly led by Ira Runyan. The hottest thing going was the MOD II, but the Nike MOD IV came shortly thereafter. Shopmates included George Jones, George Alban,and many others whom I can't recall. However,I do recall Narvea Gardner, a black man who taught me much about dignity and perseverance. I transferred (briefly) to the Radar Engineering Dept. but then was Shanghied by Wally to go on the Twin Falls tracking ship. Then went to Red Dotson's ARIS ships. Left RCA in '78 from the MADOS contract in Maryland, and worked for OAO Corp for 25 years, retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2004. My memories of MTP could fill a large book. Thanks for the site.
Date: 01/26/2006 Name: Michael David Willis Email: City/State/Country: Baltimore, MD, USA Comments: It was fun to find this site. I was one of Dan Squires and Wally Tubell's early hires for the ARIS program (Real fine!). I rattled around the range from GBI to San Sal to Antigua, Trinidad and Ascension, and then went to NYC to pick up both Arnold and Vandenberg (twice plankholder), working in the computer room for Don Ely and Sam Chandler and riding the Vandenberg out to the Pacific the first time.

Still working on computers for the government after 40+ years.

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Date: 01/26/2006 Name: Leslie (Les) Waddill Email: City/State/Country: Ocala, FL/ Marrion, USA Comments: I retired from GE in March 1993, worked a few years for Loral Aerospace, and spent 15 months on Great Inagua Island Before retiring for good in 1995. I have lived in Ocala since then. Site URL:
Date: 01/26/2006 Name: Bill Hart Email: City/State/Country: Prescott, AZ, US Comments: Worked for RCA and sailed on the American Mariner in 65. Then on both the Vandenberg and Arnold 66-68.

Any old Range Rats out there fm that time period?

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Date: 01/22/2006 Name: bob csaszar Email: City/State/Country: melbourne, florida, usa Comments: Ilived on ascension island from 1981 to 1985,we lived as a family in georgetown during that time my dad worked the aero station,we were the first american family to live in georgetown,as a matter of interest (im the one who made surfing a regular thing,(at dead mans beach)catherines point...etc,my fathers name is frank csaszar and my mothers name is heidi,if any one rembers the csaszars during that time, im their son who lived with them,i remember so many people,so much fun,if anyone was there at that time 81-85,do you remember the skating that went on at the tennis courts across from the volcano club,i was the teenager skateboarding all over the island...i do hope some one from that time reads this and maybe oneday in the future i will return to the (rock),thank you again..hope to hear from some one soon!!!!!!Bob...my dads name was Frank Csaszar RCA 1980-1992..my email address is Site URL:
Date: 01/21/2006 Name: Raymond Demara Email: City/State/Country: Boulder, Colorado, USA Comments: Joe - Just discovered your website thru your references to the tracking ships. I rode the ARIS ships from 1974 to 1979; permanent assignment to the Arnold, but occasionally tapped to sail the Vandenberg. Transferred to the IAP at the Cape where I worked ship computer/programming support from 1979 to 1982. It was during this time I got married and made my last voyage on the newly outfitted Observation Island - rode it from Boston thru the Panama Canal to its first deployment with the new phased array radar. I left RCA in 1982, but continued to work and live in the area until 1989 at which time I took a job with Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. I’m still at Ball and work in their R&D section developing new space technologies. Now for some name dropping (w/ rusty brain cells) – Hired by Jack Steele. Worked the computer systems with Don May, Howard Isono, Jerry Sharpe, Steve Thomas, the Ludwig brothers, Frank Spina, Tim Probus, Harley Henry. Several ship managers – Jack Steele, Bill Leonard, John Chambers. Ouch, remembering hurts! Thanks Joe for putting this together. Site URL:
Date: 01/21/2006 Name: James M. "Shorty" Booker Email: City/State/Country: Donalsonville, Georgia, USA Comments: I started with PanAm in February, 1961 and retired on GBI in
1980. I worked in shipping/receiving and was club manager for
many years while on GBI. I was also stationed at San Salvador,
Eleuthera, Grand Turk, Antigua, Trinidad and Ascension. Friends
can contact me at 7866 Parkside Circle, Donalsonville, GA 39845
and at 1-229-861-3797. I am just turning 88 and would love to
hear from you! Site Title: The Booker Family Weblog Site URL:
Date: 01/17/2006 Name: Bob Prince Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, USA Comments: 56-57 - San Salvador (RCA Comm)
Pan Am - Staff Clerk
59-62 - Antigua
62-64 - Ascension
64-66 - Grand Turk
66-68 - Antigua
68-70 - Eleuthera
70-74 - Mahe
74-76 - Antigua
CSR - Downrange Operations Support
76-04 PAFB
Retired 29 October 2004. Lots and lots of fond memories from the good ole days. I think early downrange can be compared o the wild west and unfortunately (?) time has domesticated both. I am proud to have been a part of the "Downrangers" and don't think I will ever forget the time spent downrange - sometimes I awake from a dream where someone is wanting a room assignment or to be manifested. Site URL:
Date: 01/13/2006 Name: John Rivard Email: City/State/Country: Newport, MI 48166-9152, USA Comments: Posted by Fred Matos who worked for John Rivard on GBI...

John was the communications section manager on GBI around 1961-63.

After leaving the range, John worked for RCA in Alaska.

He's retired and living in Michigan and would like to hear from his friends and colleagues.

John Rivard
8187 Swan Creek Rd.
Newport, MI 48166-9152


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Date: 01/13/2006 Name: Fred Matos Email: City/State/Country: Annapolis, MD, USA Comments: I worked for RCA as a technician...on Carter Cay and several other Cays before landing on GBI where I worked in communications...range safety and command control and destruct...

We blew up a lot of rockets and missiles...

Worked on the John Glenn and Wally Schirra

I was down range in 1961-63...I went there because I needed the money as I was working my way through engineering school, and i ran out of money.

Fred Matos
40-A Ironstone Ct.
Annapolis, MD 21403-5764

Now employed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Washington, DC, as a radio
frequency spectrum manager, and acting division chief of a division working on the Presidential spectrum policy reform initiative... most recent experience of note: spent nine months, June 2003-April 2004, working for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq as the national spectrum manager and telecommunications regulator, where I was a one-man FCC for the whole country.

Home phone: 410-268-4730
Office: 202-482-6493

I would like to hear from some other range guys,
especially those that I worked with...where are Fred Schaeffer, Chuck Mullin, Tony Juarez, Marco Terrasez (spelling?), and Al Larew??

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Date: 01/11/2006 Name: Phil Cornwell Email: City/State/Country: Louisville, KENTUCKY, usa Comments: Started with RCA in Aug. "64. assigned to the Gen Arnold Advanced Rage Tracking Ship. (Ship's mission: gather RADAR signatue data on MIRVS)
Transfed to the Range Control Center (CADDAC).

Was in the first big layoff in summer of 1970
Webmaster note: Phil changed his email address on 08 May 2006 and the new address has been changed on this older entry too.

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Date: 01/10/2006 Name: Paul T. Davis Email: City/State/Country: Portland, Oregon, United States. Comments: I was and electronics technician for RCA and
ITT-FED from 1966 to end of 1969. The USNS Vanguard, Roseknot, and Mercury.
Single Male, 62 years, and not employed to well
here in Portland Oregon, Would like to leave
area. Site URL:
Date: 01/03/2006 Name: Kenny Allen Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA Comments: Was lucky to be on Grand Turk from April '81 til closing in late '83. Antigua Telemetry from there til 87. Been at the Cape working on the photo contract ever since. Made friends for life while downrange. Site URL:
Date: 01/02/2006 Name: Paul Gasiorowski Email: City/State/Country: Palatine, IL, usa Comments: Assgined to GBI from June 66 to Oct 66. Went to work on the tPQ-18 at Ascension from Nov.66 to Dec. 68. Went back stateside, Stayed with RCA, Sperry-Univac and then Unisys till 1991. Trying to convince the wife to go back to Acension for my 65th birthday. It will cost me though. Site URL:
Date: 12/31/2005 Name: Paul B. shawler Email: City/State/Country: Wasilla, Alaska, USA Comments: I was enployed by RCA Service Co. from 11/59 to 5/70. My job originally was Communication Center Operator and my first duty station was Grand Turk, BWI. I transferred with the first group of people to staff the tracking station in Pretoria, RSA and served there from 61 thru 63. I then transferred to Ascension island and after a 13 month tour I went to Eleuthere in the Bahamas. I left there in 1963/64 for a leave of absence to attend the RCA tech course in Cherry Hill, N.J. for a year, then was re-assigned to Grand Turk as a telemetry technician.Second tour at Turk! I TDY'd to Grand Bahama to attend a 3 month course on a switching system, then again transferred to Pretoria, RSA. I was there from 60 thru 70 when I terminated. I returned to the USA and went to school again, this time to get my First Class Communications FCC ticket. Then, as change sneaks up on us, I completely shifted gears and went to work for Texaco in their refinery in Port Arthur, Texas and became an Instrumentation Technician. After 5 years there, I joined up with ARCO ALASKA and came to the North Slope to open the new oilfield. That was in 1976. I retired with them after 15 years of working week on/week off and flying 1000 miles back and forth from my home in Anchorage, Alaska. I have been retired now for about 14 years and will soon turn 70 years old. I've had a good run for the money!
Editors Note: Paul recently informed me in July 2011, that he has a new email address, so the email address listed here in the latest one. Site URL:
Date: 12/30/2005 Name: Doug (Scotty) McKenzie Email: City/State/Country: Stoke Goldington, Bucks, UK Comments: Went to ASC with PAA-WX in 67-68, then to Range Ships, mainly the Vandy and the Arnold until 72. Now retired after a long career in the tobacco industry. Is anyone going to see the Vandy sinking? Its nice to see Doug Rogers still on the go. I'm still in touch with Bob Magne. Great memories of the weather troops. George Gonzalez, John Havill, Chiefy on ASC and Gary van Aken, Bill Schmidt, Bob Bonner and George Meister on the boats. Happy 06 to all Site URL:
Date: 12/26/2005 Name: Terry R. Smith Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, US Comments: Cape Timing & Firing, Tel-4, DLM engineer Site Title: Terrycomm Site URL:
Date: 12/22/2005 Name: Chuck Elgas Email: City/State/Country: Los Angeles (home base), CA, United States of America Comments: Thanks Joe. Yes, I do answer all e-mail. Apr.1,1961-July 6, 1970 ETR Telemetry.
Lots of C130 travel, mostly hunched over trying to sleep. Lots of great years being part of a super teamwork effort. From the Cape, ships, ARIA, and points down range: we are the "Originals" of the footsteps into space.

After RCA/ETR, to school, then life as a computer field engineer, more travel. Oddly it was Ascension's "Volcano Radio-AFRS Ascension Island" years (while I was at RCA/telemetry) that brought me into radio and then TV production out here.
Have 1 EMMY and some Golden Mike awards for shows while working with more, but different talent.

Best D/R memory--All of it!

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Date: 12/20/2005 Name: DICK HEINTZELMAN Email: City/State/Country: CAMP HILL, PA, USA Comments: Sept 1960, arrived GBI, then to CARTER CAY, for about 2 weeks. Then back to GBI, where I was assigned to a receiver site with MIKE SUDA, who was also from PA. I was stationed at GBI during project MERCURY and i met the first 3 members of this project, SHEPARD, GRISSOM & GLENN. Attended various schools at EUTHERA and GRAND TURK.
In APRIL 1962 I was back in PA, when I got a telephone call from a friend named SHULTZ, who was in the cable section, saying that I was assigned to the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Shultz and I both hired on with RCA at the same time, so it was just too good to be true!
The base at SABANA de lar MAR was very small, in fact only two RCA types was there, the remainder being PAA & natives. We closed the base in Sept 1962, and I was assigned to GRAND TURK again, so I packed up and left RCA with a lot of good memories of the village of SABANA de lar MAR and SANTO DOMINGO.
Went to BENDIX FIELD ENGINEERING in Maryland assigned to a COMM VAN which was being shipped to MUJUNGA, MADAGASCAR. Arrived there just prior to Christmas 1962. This project lasted about 4 months and I returned back to the USA.
In Sept. 1964 I was hired by the PA DEPT OF FORESTS AND WATERS to take command of their small FM radio system, Retired in December 1991. Both SHULTZ and I still live in the same small town just outside of Harrisburg, PA
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Date: 12/19/2005 Name: Denis Parsons Email: City/State/Country: Umatilla, FL, UUSA Comments: Worked at Eluthera, Grand Turk and Ascension in 1964 -65 with RCA. Site URL:
Date: 12/19/2005 Name: Blair Simpkins Email: City/State/Country: Fort Mill,, SC, USA Comments: My name is Blair Simpkins. My dad was a Range Rat; His name is Jerry E. Simpkins. He was associated with the range c. 1959-1969 (Cocoa Beach, Grand Turk, South Africa and Antigua) While in Cocoa Beach he was station aboard the Rose Knot as an electronics tech for RCA. During this period of time my dad was married and the family traveled with the job. As many of you can attest to - this was a wonderful time to be alive. I can vividly remember living in Antigua and hated leaving at the age of 5. My mother, to this day, fondly talks about those 10 years. When dad was alive (d. 2003) it's all they talked about. I don't think there was a group of men and families who were so closely bonded as the Range Rats. Up to the day my dad died he was in contact with Jay Marshall who, Incidentally never left the Caribbean. I'm happy to provide this information to keep the legacy of the Rat alive. Site URL:
Date: 12/15/2005 Name: Leon Burdick Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, Fl, USA Comments: 3 years PAFB, ER. 7 years Western Test Range at Vandenberg and Canton Island. 23 years at Kwajalein Missile Range (terminus for WTR). TPQ-18, FPS-16 FPQ-14, PAFB RADAR TEST BED, COMMAND DESTRUCT, ALCOR, MMW, TRADEX, SPLASH DETECTION RADARS. Site URL:
Date: 12/15/2005 Name: Stanley A. Clemenz Email: City/State/Country: Pensacola, Florida, USA Comments: Patrick Air Force Base l956 to l965, Engineer RCA, Operations Planning. Jack Nordbush, Manager, also worked with Tom Samsel, Jack Snow, Art Brittingham. 1965 to l973 Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX; 1973 to 2001 Ingalls Shipbuilding Company and CDI Marine, Pascagoula, MS. I Live at Azalea Trace Retirement Life Community, Pensacola, Florida . Will answer all e-mails. Site URL:
Date: 12/13/2005 Name: Douglas S. Rogers Email: City/State/Country: Auburn, Maine, USA Comments: Before becoming a real 'range-rat' I served as a US Navy Postal Clerk at NavFac, San Salvador Island,l96l to 63. I met Russ Reed during my Navy days on the tarmac hauling mail and passangers. He gave me an application in 60 and a job in May 1963. I returned to Sal four days after discharge and worked F&S (OllA crash truck) for a couple of months, then transferred into Supply. I left PanAm in 65, returned to the states. A sad year!
Returned with Pan-Am in March 66 on Roving Supply Inventory Team (GBI,Eleu,Turk,Antigua and Asc. At Asc good old Russ showed up. I asked him for PCS at Asc and promised to stay at least five years. I stayed a couple of months over the five. At Asc
I was one of the founding members of Ascension Historical Soc. and Curator, Ft.Hayes Museum. In 7l I moved to Kalamunda, Western Australia, returning to Conus in 73. Love the 'range', revisited San Sal in 7l and 92 as well as an invite to Asc for the 30th anniversary of AscHistSoc in 97. '60 cycles' had retired right before I visited. Some of the old 'saints' were still there. I have kept contact with Charlie Wright and Paul Doughty and had a visit from Stan Monfette a couple of years ago. Plan to revisit Ascension in the future. Miss the 'range', chow still good at Asc (97). Lets all thank Joe for what he is providing us old timers. Doug (saints called me Tankies Boy on Ascension.
Date: 12/13/2005 Name: Bob Neal Email: City/State/Country: Elkhorn, Nebraska, USA Comments: Worked on the Coastal Sentry for Gemini and most of Apollo RF TM , video recorders, chart recorders.
Most rewarding work of my life, still have vivid memories and great respect for those who I worked with.
For those who wonder and info is difficult to find, Aviation Week a few years ago published a short article about the Coastal Sentry, according to that the ship caught fire and was lost in shipyards where it was being scrapped. Site URL:
Date: 12/11/2005 Name: J. C. Hart Email: City/State/Country: Spokane, WA, USA Comments: I am glad Elliot sent me this web site. It was great to see some of the messages about people I have not heard from in years.
After I left GBI, the family and I moved to Alaska and I worked at the NASA tracking station at Fairbanks. Then after RCA lost the contract to Bendix, I moved to Spokane and worked for Cominco Electronics which then was sold to Johnson Matthey Elctronics. I worked for them for 12 years all over the world. We lived in Japan for 1 year and a few months in Korea and Taiwan. The latest assignment just before I retired was in U.K.
Any one coming West thru Washington, give me a call and we will have lunch or dinner or .....
J. C Hart 10821 East 25 Ave, Spokane Wa. 99206
509 926 3163 Site URL:
Date: 11/30/2005 Name: Scott Fetterman Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, FL, USA Comments: PCS on Ascension, Trinidad, Antigua, Grand Turk, Grand Bahama and JDIF in Tequesta, FL, from 65 to 93. Living in Melbourne, FL now. Site URL:
Date: 11/30/2005 Name: Chauncey Patrick Dunn Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL, USA Comments: I am still working at CCAFS in CSR Timing Systems. I worked from 1962 at various areas, CCAFS, Coastal Sentry, Seychelles, Pretoria, Grand Turk leaving Turk in 1978 for KSC-Tel IV and then CCAFS Timing with many TDYs to most other major stations. I usually try to attend the combined "Get together" here in Melbourne each year and stay in touch with many other X-RRs around this area. Site URL:
Date: 11/27/2005 Name: Brian Snell Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Fl, USA Comments: ASC '78-80 NCS/Tech Control
GBI '80-84 Command Control
Thank You for creating this website -- it's nice to see some familiar names and remember some very good times. Site URL:
Date: 11/27/2005 Name: Gary A. Janousek Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: Started work on the 'Eastern Test Range' MTP RCA Service Company May 1966 USNS Coastal Crusader T-AGM-16. (May 1966 - May 1969) Ports of Call: Receife, Rio, Trinidad, Antigua W.I, Cape Town South Africa, Puerto Rico. Ships 'Nickname'"Coastal Cruzerio".
(May 1969 - April 1970) Eluertha Bahamas.Joined ships again (April 1970 - August 1971)USNS Arnold T-AGM-9, USNS Vandenberg T-AGM-10. Took ELOA went to Seattle Washington - Community College (August 1971 - August 1973) Rejoined RCA and went to Ascension Island (as Electronic Techncian) (August 1973 - November 1974) Transfered to Mahe Seychelles Island (November 1974 - April 1977) Transfered to Grand Bahama Island (April 1977 - November 1983) Transfered to Cape Canaveral AFS and begain Career as supervisor in communications. Still there November 2005. Early years as 'Range Rat' were the best and unreplaceable! Site URL:
Date: 11/25/2005 Name: Wally Wallace Email: City/State/Country: Phoenix, AZ, USA Comments: GBI,ASC,GTK,ANT,TRI and the Cape Site URL:
Date: 11/24/2005 Name: Bob Stupp (zip zap) City/State/Country: Cocoa fl, Fl, USA Comments: Hired on with RCA in 1957 as a morse code operator. worked at POGR at Patrick AFB for several weeks before being assigned down range. GBI 1957-1960. ASC 1960. LOA 1960-1962 for school. ASC 1962-1965. TRI 1965-1970. ELU 1970-1972. GBI 1972-1987. Cape Canaveral AFS 1987-2001. Retired from CSR in 2001 with 44 years on the ETR. Site URL:
Date: 11/24/2005 Name: bob look Email: City/State/Country: coral springs, fl, usa Comments: I worked at the cape from 1957 to 1965 at which time I became a range rat on Ascension Island until 1969 Site URL:
Date: 11/22/2005 Name: Maurice J. Mandeville Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, USA Comments: I flew several ARIA telemetry support missions for Apollo, Skylab and the first Mars Landers. In the late 70's I became commander of the Grand Bahama AAF (Freeport) site, one of the sister island stations of the Eastern Test Range. Site URL:
Date: 10/29/2005 Name: Wanda Tipton Haaland Email: City/State/Country: Vero Beach, Fl, Usa Comments: My father was Charles Donald Tipton known as "Tippy". He worked for Pan Am and we joined him on Grand Turk, Antigua and GBI. He spent quite some time on Ascension. He passed away two yrs ago. I have wonderful memories growing up on the islands. Site URL:
Date: 10/27/2005 Name: Harold OBrien Email: City/State/Country: Leesburg, Florida, USA Comments: I started with RCA at the Tech Lab in timing in
1960,Then went aboard the Rose Knot as the capsule to ship com tech on Project Mercury in May 1961 to March 1963. Went back to Patrick AFB with RCA from 1963 to 1971 working in aircraft systems and several other projects. I left RCA in Sept 1971 and went to work for Walt Disney World as a animation tech for 10 years and then as a Electrical Planner in the Central Shops area. I retired in 2000 Site URL:
Date: 10/25/2005 Name: Ann McEntire Email: City/State/Country: Austin, TX, USA Comments: Dargon McEntire, RCA , worked on Turk,Ascension,Trinidad and Antigua in the 60's and early 70's passed away in 1996 Site URL:
Date: 10/16/2005 Name: Lorne David (Bud) Creech Email: City/State/Country: Hastings, Foreign, Barbados Comments: Just read your website for the first time, with a mixture of sorrow and joy. Best wishes to Joyce Gray. Don Gray was bestman at our wedding here in Barbados in 64. Joyce was here, too. Love ya Joyce. Hi to Jack Louthan, too. Glad the Monticello property was a big gainer for you. We lived in Dolminican Republic for 21 years, then moved here. Terry Lane and John (Red) Durham lived there, too. Terry now lives in N. Miami Beach, and John elsewhere in Florida. Got word that Randy Lundy died some 6 or 7 years ago. I knew Jim Eschleman on Ascension. The greatest cw and teletype operator,he worked fo Arbe (Mack-the-knife) McDowell in the comm center somewhere between mid-58 and 60. All the best to McDowell, Fred Perkins, Wally Tubell, and everyone else. Would like to hear from everyone via email. Site URL:
Date: 10/11/2005 Name: Charlie Wright Email: City/State/Country: Micco, Fl, USA Comments: Hired with Pan Am Supply at the Cape in '63, went to Turk in '64, ASI in '65 with a stint at Pretoria in '68, SJH in '70, Mahe in '72, SJH in '74, GBI in '78, SJH in '87 & retired from there in '97. Sadly, after CSR took over it wasn't really the range anymore. Hello to Benny LaRaoche, with Gil, the best ever POL'ers. Site URL:
Date: 10/10/2005 Name: Isaac Thompson Email: City/State/Country: Glenn Heights, Texas, USA Comments: I was on Ascension 1970-1971 at the USAF "Donut Factory". Played a lot a softball and hicked the island several week-ends. I also taught karate the year I was there. It is nice to be able to see all the changes that have taken place. I retired from the USAF in 1981. I also keep up with Larry Dodd, also retired,
that was stationed on Ascension the same time I was there. I would like to hear from anyone there ahout that same time. Is the lizard still being painted?

Thanks, Isaac

Site URL:
Date: 10/09/2005 Name: Joe Webb Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: 1987 - RCA/GE/CSR - Hired by Lefty O'Dell for the Roving Communications Center Operator; stationed at Antigua with frequent TDY's to Ascension. I worked for George Cousens and with Bob Burgess (B.B.), Bernie Buckingham, Oscar Eswine, Jack Ryals, Arden Stenman, Mike McKinney and Rory Beachum.
1990 - CSR - Transferred to Cape Canaveral. I was a CCO and became a COMSEC Responisble Officer. I worked for Ron Fisher and with Harry Judah, Audrey Taylor, Bobby Stupp, Jack Dean and John Carroll.
2000 - Raytheon - Transfered to the USNS Observation Island to work as a Senior Communications Center Operator. I worked for Paul Johnson and with Michael Earl, Freddie Jones and Steve McCoy.
2004 to Present - ITT - Came back to Patrick to work for ITT on the SpaceLift Range System Contract as the Deputy Facility Security Officer.

Needless to say I'm proud of my time on the Range and of the people who I worked with and became friends.

Site URL:
Date: 10/09/2005 Name: ron patterson Email: City/State/Country: pompano beach, fl, usa Comments: I was with RCA service company at the Trinidad Radar station from 66 to 71 Site URL:
Date: 10/07/2005 Name: Debbie Gamerl Email: City/State/Country: Air Base, Thule Tracking Station, Greenland Comments: 1993-99 Andros Island Bahamas
99-02 Antigua/Ascension Island
03-04 Diego Garcia
04 Kuwait
05 Thule Greenland Site URL:
Date: 10/07/2005 Name: Bob Sellars Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, Florida, USA Comments: The adventure began June, 1959 on GBI (PAA/GMRD), and continues, still, as I'm working in QA for SGS (JBOSC). Spent time on Twin Falls & Redstone and on the range at GTK, ANT, ASC, GBI and Mahe'. Married to Ann (Bascombe)who worked at the Ashpit (NASA site); she was on the rock from 68 to 72, but we never met until 85.
We recently attended a mini reunion at Jim Irby's place; many good memories!
Thanks for the web site. I'll pass this address on to others! Site URL:
Date: 10/03/2005 Name: Johnny J Bujnosek Email: City/State/Country: Cortez, Colorado, USA Comments: On the range from Sept
.1960 to Oct. 1967. i was on
San Sal; Antigua; Asc. Site URL:
Date: 10/03/2005 Name: Ivan R. Kistler City/State/Country: Gastonia, NC, United States Comments: Worked for PAA on Antigua WI 1962-1972. Retired from AMP Inc. now Tyco Electronics. Retired Feb. 2003. Married Pilar from Costa Rica, who I met through Lou and Illiana Holtkamp. Lou was WX Supv. on Antigua at the time. Pilar and I have three Daughters and four Grandsons.
Editor's Note:
Ivan has made a new RR sign-in entry on 26 Mar 06 as he has a new email address, and news about range rats he is in contact with. Site URL:
Date: 10/03/2005 Name: Ray Scarpa Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: Hired on The Range Dec. 1974. Angigua 1972-1982. Cape 1982 to Present.
Site URL:
Date: 10/02/2005 Name: Andy Harper Email: City/State/Country: Bluff Dale, Texas, USA Comments: Lived and worked on the Range from 1958 until 1972, Married Anthea Moore, from Antigua in 1962, We are retired and living in Texas, and watching our Grand Children grow up, We have three......
Webmasters note: Andy has a new email address of
See his new entry at 10/18/07 Site URL:
Date: 10/01/2005 Name: Art Hensley Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, FL., USA Comments: 1961-1962 Mayaguez, PR
1962-1963 Eleuthera
1963-1966 Patrick
1966-2001 CCAFS
Comm Ctr
Comm Control
Operatons Control

Editors Note: updated Art's email address: 12 Dec 08

Site URL:
Date: 10/01/2005 Name: Stephen Amburgey Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: I started on the range with RCA MTP in 1977 at PMEL/E then transfer to the shops in 1981 and the back to PMEL/E in 1982. MTP loan me out to TAC Program Office for the Aerostat project (Fat Albert) from 1983 to 1985. I was transfer to Range Ships Operations from 1985 to 1991 (TAGM-10, 20 and 23 I worked for Jack Steel and Dave Donaldson was the Manager at that time). In 1991 I was transferred over to Down Range Operations and I’m still there. Site URL:
Date: 10/01/2005 Name: Dominic Mancini Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, U.S. Comments: Antigua 1962-1966.
CCAFS 1966-1998.
CCO/CommControl Leader, Comm. Manager.
Date: 10/01/2005 Name: William [bill] Hughes Email: City/State/Country: Surfside Beach, South Carolina 29575, USA Comments: I Worked on GBI in 1959. Went Ascension Oct. 59 and spent one year. Came to antigua in 61 and went to the cape in 63 to work in security. Got layed of in 1965. Came back in 68 to grand turk. Went to ascension as A power house operator.From ascension I came to antigua and retired in april 1995. I came back to antigua PCS in the power house sept 2005 and am here at present. Site URL:
Date: 09/23/2005 Name: Ronald D. Jeter Email: City/State/Country: Anchorage, Alaska, USA Comments: USNS General H.H. Arnold
July 1962- Feb. 1965

Tinindad BWI 4-5 mo
Antigus BWI 1965 - Feb. 1972

Site URL:
Date: 09/23/2005 Name: Jack Holland Email: City/State/Country: Banks, OR, USA Comments: Grand Turk 67 - 68
Antigua 68 - 72
Ramey Puerto Rico 72
Worked in subcable and RICS
Transferred to Alaska with RCA in 73
Editors note: Jack emailed me in Sept 2010 with his new email address, and I have updated this entry with the new address. Site URL:
Date: 09/21/2005 Name: Ben Hartley Email: City/State/Country: Mims, Florida, USA Comments: I too hired in on Aug 1956. With RCA, and was sent to Grand Turk. I was a Morse code,voice, and teletype operator for aprox 2 1/2 yrs there. xfered to the cape in 1958, doing same work. left on medical loa around Sept. same year. Rehired in Oct 1959 went to Ascension Is. and xfered back to Cape to the Mission Control Center in the message center, until they closed during the Apollo era. moved to Real Time Computer's was there until 1971 and then to Cape Comm. Center until 1978 then to Tech Control. and retired from there 1 Dec 1995. Still reside in Mims.
Editors Note: I recently heard from Ben and he said his email address had changed since he made this 2005 entry, so I have updated the email address listed here, and it is correct as of 25 May 2013. Site URL:
Date: 09/16/2005 Name: M.M. (Manny) Noriega Email: City/State/Country: Mississauga, Ontario L5A 1E1, Canada Comments: I did the Apollo Tracking ships training with Wally T. as SIM, Norm Shows and all the TAGM gang (Long Island, Needham, Mass.,and the shipyard). We lost the contract, went to Patrick for training, and on to Antigua Radar. Served with Fred Perkins (GREAT Person), John Thomas (BRAIN!), Al McDevitt (John called him McSwish) And later i worked with Al...and Glenn ('tator soup) Brown in Ely, Nevada!). Jim Halpape (Mr. fixit) was in telemetry on Antiguawhen I was there and I knew him and his two beautiful little daughters.I did six years on antigua (Bud Creech was my first IM on Antigua) and two years in Ely, Nevada tracking station (radar) all with RCA. Cheers to all. I am now retired. email me guys!
05/28/2008, Got word today that Manny died this spring 2008.
RR Webmaster. Site Title: N/A Site URL:
Date: 09/07/2005 Name: Robert Littau Email: City/State/Country: Meade, Kansas, USA Comments: NASA AScension - 1973-1990 Site URL:
Date: 09/06/2005 Name: Art Hensley Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, Florida, USA Comments: Two Range Rats retired last Wednesday. Gene Pugh stationed at Ascensions and Mahe retired after 42 years with RCA/GE/CSR.
Chuck (Hoser)Smith, retired after a few years in Range Scheduling and Operations Control

Editors note: updated Arts email address: 12 Dec 08

Site URL:
Date: 08/28/2005 Name: Steve Norris Email: City/State/Country: Jupiter, Florida, USA Comments: 1966 to 1972 GBI & Antigua TLM.
1979 to 1983 Jupiter Tracking Annex FTSS/TLM
1983 to 1985 GBI FTSS/TLM
1985 to present JDMTA TGRS/TLM.

Hello to all you Range Rats!

Site URL:
Date: 08/24/2005 Name: Robert E. Warren Email: City/State/Country: Phoenix, Arizona, USA Comments: Served on Etr and Wtr on ship Vanquard T-AGM. Group leader and missions Apollo 12,13,14,15,and 16. Need a list of fellow shipmates. 1966-1971 would be the years of service. ITT employee. Site Title: america west Site URL:
Date: 08/24/2005 Name: Bob BAker Email: City/State/Country: Crestview, FL, US Comments: Thanks, Joe, for putting up this site. I started at AFMTC/MTOP Civil Service 10/56. Bill Sparks hired me with Pan Am 02/58 at Tech Lab. To Range Scheduling, Cape(YZCAN)01/59; 11th Ops Training Course 09/60, then back to YZCAN. 01/61 SOM Yankee, then SOM/M&O Supv Victor/Atlantic Ship/RKV for the Big One on 02/20/62. To Lima while RKV in Gemini mods Balto. Back to Cape 11/62 as Supt., Sked YZCAN. Left YZKEN 10/70. To ITT/FEC VAFB 11/70-8/71. Two resume-busting years, then back to FEC VAFB till 03/86. To JPL contract then back to VAFB in 09/88; retired FEC 12/88. Caltech/JPL 01/89 to retire again 03/2000. Why Destin, FL? JB said it best in "Margaritaville": "Some people claim there's a woman to blame, but I know it's my own damn fault". Still in contact with a lot of RCA and Pan Am guys -- looking forward to renewing more old friendships. Thanks again.
Editors note: Heard from Bob on 11 April 2010, letting me know that he moved from Destin to Crestview FL and the above heading has been corrected. Everything else is the same. Thanx Bob for the update. Site URL:
Date: 08/12/2005 Name: Charlie Zoranski Email: City/State/Country: Conyers, Georgia, USA Comments: Thanks for maintaining this site! I spent time on all the islands up and down the range & ships (Rose Knot, Twin Falls, Coastal Crusader, etc.) in Weather from 1955 to 1958, Then as Weather Supervisor on Arnold and Vandenberg in ‘59. Went to Ops Management School in ‘62 and promoted to ASOM and SOM on the Arnold and Vandy.
Left to go to college, worked for Southern Bell, and then rejoined Pan Am in late 72.
Was Base Mgr. on Grand Turk (twice) and also Antigua in during the ‘70’s & early ‘80’s. Russ Reed was the first Grand Turk Base Mgr. while I was the last!
Now retired in Conyers, GA. Would love to hear from others. Site URL:
Date: 08/12/2005 Name: Marty Gilligan Email: City/State/Country: Ridgewood, New Jersey, US Comments: RCACommunications
'57. '58 San Salvador and
Grand Turk
'59 - '60 Antigua, Grand
Bahama and Ascension Site URL:
Date: 08/10/2005 Name: John Hickey Email: City/State/Country: Safety Harbor, FL, USA Comments: I was on Antigua Radar from 1959 to 1964 and Grand Turk in 1964. I was a radar data tech. Site Title: ExpertPOS Site URL:
Date: 08/10/2005 Name: Jack Tripp Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Fl, USA Comments: My time on the range, with Pan Am was from 1963 to 1978.
I then transferred back to the cape, now with CSR, and
will retire at the end of 2005. Site URL:
Date: 08/10/2005 Name: Nester Ernie Fernandez Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa beach, Fla, USA Comments: I was stationed on U.S.N.S Redstone from 1979 till she was deactivated in 1992.Then when to TEL 4 on the KSC side for 6 years now I'm presently in CTPS at the ROCC. Site URL:
Date: 08/10/2005 Name: C.P. (Rick) Sherlock Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA Comments: I worked on the Twin Falls, Cosatal Crusader, USNS Vandenburg, USNS Redsone. Had numerous TDY's to The Arnold, Ascension, Antigua, Kwaj, JD as DLM Telemetry. Presently at ROCC CCAFS in Ops Control. Site URL:
Date: 08/08/2005 Name: CARL R. McCOY Email: City/State/Country: RENO, NEVADA, USA Comments: WORKED ON E-42-1839, E-42-1837; RECEIFE BRAZIL. 1958 & 1959. Site URL:
Date: 07/29/2005 Name: Kent Angell Email: City/State/Country: Clearfield, Utah, USA Comments: I worked on several DOD tracking ships in 1965 then went to Quincy, Mass. during the construction of the three NASA Apollo tracking ships. My final assignment was on the USNS Mercury as their Telemetry Manager. I worked for Federal Electric and was assigned to the far east where I managed the telemetry statio n until after Apollo 11 at which time I came home. I have been aboard many down-range ships and very much enjoyed this period of time in my life. Sometimes I think I would love to go back to sea again on a tracking ship. Site URL:
Date: 07/27/2005 Name: Andy Simpkins Email: City/State/Country: St. Cloud, Florida, USA Comments: I joined the PanAm Crew in 1976, going to Grand Turk. I was there until 1978 when I left for work closer to home. I went back downrange in 1986, this time with Johnson Controls, to Ascension Island. In 1988, I transferred to the Cape and was there until I was retired in 1992, due to a crane accident. I have a lot of wonderful memories of the places I've been and the people I've met.

I would like to be notified of the next RangeRats Reunion thru my e-mail.

Site URL:
Date: 07/27/2005 Name: Olin A. Amidon City/State/Country: West Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: In June, 1961, I went to work at the Air Force Eastern Test Range(Cape) for P.A.A. in Security Police until June 1968. Then I transferred down range to Grand Turk B.W.I., working in fire and security until June 1975. In July, 1975, I back to the Cape, again in security police, for Johnson Controls until I retired in October 1988. I have many good memories of Grant Turk and the people I knew and worked with. Site URL:
Date: 06/30/2005 Name: Bill Hughes Email: City/State/Country: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S.A. Comments: Retired April 95. Was P/H rover for 10 yrs.. Was on GBI,Grand Turk, Ascension and Antigua. Am back on antigua at present for 4 mos..Nice to be back. Site URL:
Date: 06/29/2005 Name: Jim Townsend Email: City/State/Country: Spring, Texas, USA Comments: Worked on Ascension from 1969 to 1972 at the Telemetry and MILS sites. Some of you might remember my older brother Jesse Townsend as well. Would like to hear from any Range Rats that are still around. Site URL:
Date: 06/12/2005 Name: FOSTER W. (MAC) McFARLAND Email: City/State/Country: HOMOSASSA, FLORIDA, USA Comments: SIGNED ON IN 1958 WITH PAN AM
Date: 06/11/2005 Name: Mike Scordato Email: City/State/Country: Pensacola, FL, USA Comments: Hired on with RCA in 1962. First assignment was aboard the tracking ship ORV 1852. Next I worked at station 40 - Trinidad. Eventually I Transfered to the Apollo Project. I worked on ther tracking ship Vangard until we lost the contract to General Dynamics. I transferred back to Trinidad and worked there until I was laid off in 1969.

I then went to work for the Department of Defense - US Army, Washington DC. Spent three of those years working in Germany. Finally retired from government in 1994.

Site URL:
Date: 06/05/2005 Name: Bill DeLong Email: City/State/Country: Shelbyville, Tennessee, usa Comments: Antigua: Motorpool/Body Shop 2001-2002 Site URL:
Date: 06/05/2005 Name: Barbara Borton Email: City/State/Country: Andros Island, Bahamas, Bahamas Comments: Worked on Ascension Island for CSR Ausugt 2000 to January 2004 Site URL:
Date: 06/04/2005 Name: Debbie Gamerl Email: City/State/Country: Palm Bay, FL, USA Comments: 1993-99 Andros Island Bahamas
99-02 Antigua/Ascension Island
03-04 Diego Garcia
04 Kuwait Site URL:
Date: 06/03/2005 Name: Dick Kennedy Email: City/State/Country: Stuart, FL, USA Comments: 72-74 worked at KSC on Skylab project with FEC.
74-77 ANT Comm and Radar with TDY's to GTK.
77-79 ASC TTR with TDY's to GBI.
79-81 ANT Radar with TDY's to GTK.
81-83 worked CW Metrics at the old Jupiter Missile Tracking Station.
83 - worked at Pratt & Whitney west of Jupiter on F22 R&D for 19 years.
2005 Returned to the range at JDMTA for Telemetry.
Editors Note: On 06 Nov 2009, Dick wrote me that he has a new email address and it is NOW updated above. Site URL:
Date: 06/01/2005 Name: Joel Conte Email: City/State/Country: Punta Gorda, Florida, USA Comments: Worked on the range 1966-1972. Mission Control Cape,
USNS Twin Falls,
USNS Coastal Sentry
Ascension Island.
Would like to hear from people that I worked with. Site URL:
Date: 05/30/2005 Name: Kenneth Jourdan Email: City/State/Country: Destin, Florida, U.S.A. Comments: I worked in comm at Grand Turk, Ascension, Antiqua and Seychelles from Sept 1966 thru July 1972. Returned in July 1976 to Ascension with the Radar group where I remained untill Feb 1981. My wife Eula and our son Kenny joined me via MAC for that tour...we lived on Green Mt...she also was employed by RCA while we lived on the "Rock" From Ascension we moved to Kwajalein untill the takeover by GE...at which time we moved to Destin. Site URL:
Date: 05/29/2005 Name: Elliot A Phillips Email: City/State/Country: Hampden/Hobe Sound, MA/FL, USA Comments: 61 to 63 BMEWS Thule
GBI 63 to 68 ADDAC
GTK 68 to 69 ADDAC
GBI 69 to 82 ADDAC/LORAC/3.13
Radar Leader Site URL:
Date: 05/29/2005 Name: Frank Thompson Email: City/State/Country: Chuluota, Florida, U.S.A. Comments: Was one of the Pan Am Divers for meny years. PLAYED HARD, WORKED HARD and managed to make it through without getting killed. Not Bad, considering. Site URL:
Date: 05/26/2005 Name: Mark Maffucci Email: City/State/Country: Viera, Florida, USA Comments: The work-hard, play-hard Pan-Am Divers... 1982-1995. Ascension, Antigua, Turks- Caicos, Bahamas and Puerto Rico. I'm surprised my liver hasn't given up on me yet! Diego Garcia 1995-1997. CSR 1997-2000. ITT 2000-2002. Now working both Ranges for Xontech/Northrop Grumman since 2002. Once a Range Rat... always a Range Rat! Cheers for the many memories of the Range! Site URL:
Date: 05/24/2005 Name: Al McDevitt Email: City/State/Country: Ormond Beach, Florida, USA Comments: RCA on USAS America Mariner and stationed at Antigua, Trinidad, Grand Turk doing the 60's. Site URL:
Date: 05/23/2005 Name: Stanley L. Tatum Email: City/State/Country: Viera, Fl, US Comments: I was assigned to Patrick AFB,Fl in 1991, as the Manager of the Antenna Maintenace Shop (2179th Comm Sq & 1989 Logistic Group). Traveled downrange to Ascension and Antiqua islands. Currently assigned to the same Antenna Maintenace shop employed Computer Sciences Raytheon (CSR) as a civilian.Meet a lot of good people uprange and downrange, we are all one big family. Favorite island, Antiqua. Best wishes to all in the future no matter what you do, you will always be remembered as a Range Rat. Site URL:
Date: 05/23/2005 Name: David Bugay Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL, USA Comments: RCA/GE/CSR/ITT 1974 to present. USNS Redstone 1974-1980. USNS Observation Island "Red-White-Blue Team" 1980-1990. Radar Engineering 1990 to present. Site URL:
Date: 05/21/2005 Name: Lee Arsenault Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, USA Comments: I was stationed at PAFB in April '81 the weekend of the first Shuttle launch. Worked for the 2179th comm group. Lot's of fun trips up and down the range working on antenna systems. Went to work for RCA in August '84 with the climber group. December of 2000 transfered to the IT/LAN group supporting both Cape and Patrick users. I am currently working as a Tech at Cape Command as of 16 May 2005. Have been blessed to have met such wonderful fun and hard working people up and down the range. Thanks to all for great memories!! Site URL:
Date: 05/21/2005 Name: Don Bergstrom Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL, U.S. Comments: Hi to all the "RANGE RATS"
Started in 1957 with RCA as a Comm Center Operator at Grand Turk. After only a couple of months transferred to PAFB and worked in comm center (POGR) for a couple of years. Transferred to Ascension and worked as a Comm Center Operator from 1959 until the end of 1960. Returned to PAFB and worked at various positions in the Electronics Shop until my retirement in 1999. I guess 42 years on the Eastern Test Range qualifies me as a "RAT"
Site URL:
Date: 05/21/2005 Name: Larry J. Hurst Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Fl, USA Comments: Started on the Range in 1964 in the Air Force.
Went to RCA in 1981, Been wondering on the range ever since, Favorite place, Ascension.
Hi to all of the friends I have made over the years.
Stations are just that, stations, You are the Range, Continue to add to the stories, and always have fun. Site URL:
Date: 05/20/2005 Name: Leon A. Lacy Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, USA Comments: 1965-1968 Grand Turk
1968-1977 Mahe Seychelles
1977-1979 Eleuthera Bahamas
1979-Present Cape Canaveral
Looking back at the past, my thoughts are: Wow! What a ride this has been. Great Friends, Great Experiences and by golly, I would do it all over again if I had the chance. Greeting to all the old friends that I have seen on these pages and congradulations to all - you have been history makers.
Editors Note: On 15 June 2012, Lacy wrote me that he has a new email address and it is NOW updated on this entry. Site URL:
Date: 05/20/2005 Name: Jimmy Pollard Email: City/State/Country: Jupiter, Florida, USA Comments: Worked on Kwaj 1964-66 Global Asso.
went to Ascension 1966-67 Pan Am
Went to IOS Seychelles in 1967 and spent 10 years there with one two year interuption in Hawaii.
Came up range in 1979 and have been working in Jupiter ever since. First Pam Am then Johnson Controls, now SGS (Space Gateway support) Site URL:
Date: 05/18/2005 Name: Benny Juhl Email: City/State/Country: West Palm Beach, Fl, USA Comments: RCA, St Lucia 1956/7, Ships Recife 57/59, Rose Knot 59/62, Antigua Comm 62/65, Rosman NC 65/68 Goddard 68/71. LORAC 91/92, Ascension 92/98. Still work as a casual hire for CSR. How the range has changed.
Editors Note: in May 2011 Benny let me know that he has a different email address, so its been corrected above. His original email address MAY also be OK to use also: Site URL:
Date: 05/18/2005 Name: Ray Gordon City/State/Country: Indian Harbour Beach, FL, USA Comments: RR career started June 1982,
GBI. --Still RCA back then.
Site URL:
Date: 05/17/2005 Name: William A. Willis (Bill) Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Fl, USA Comments: After spending 25 years in the service, retired from the USAF in August 1988. Joined CSR in October 1988 when they won the contract. In 2000,I started with L-3 Communication. Spent all my time in the electronics shops until I retired in June, 2004. Site URL:
Date: 05/16/2005 Name: Ray Scarpa Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL, USA Comments: Started on the Range (Antigua) Dec. 1974. Left Antigua March 1982. Still working at the Cape. Site URL:
Date: 05/16/2005 Name: Bobby G. Chamlies Email: City/State/Country: Lakeland, Florida, USA Comments: I started with PanAm in 1963 at Ascension, moved to Grand Turk 1964, then to Eleuthera in 1965,back to turk then to Mahe in 1976, to Antigua 1977.to Ascension 1995 then back to Antigua where I am now. Site URL:
Date: 05/16/2005 Name: James W.Holland (Jimmy) Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, USA Comments: RCA/GE/CSR/L-3 Com. Electronics support shops 1975-present.Patrick AFB. 1990-92 was pcs on Observation Island. Assigned duty at Hell, I meant Tel-IV for 7 months. Life is what you make it, Range Rats taught me how to make it happen! Site URL:
Date: 05/16/2005 Name: Jon Staats Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne Beach, FL, USA Comments: Quick hello to all the friends that I have made over the years... Site URL:
Date: 05/16/2005 Name: Kelli Austin Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne Beach, Florida, Brevard Comments: I had a wonderful 20 years up range/ down range working hard and playing harder... the next 20 years Im not so sure!!! Life is like a box of Choclates!!! Site URL:
Date: 05/15/2005 Name: Jack B Galpin Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa Beach, FL, USA Comments: I worked for RCA MTP in Data Translation Engineering and Data Processing Signature Analysis from August 1964 until 1973 and In Data Handling Engineering from 1980 to my retirement in 1988 (It was then GE). In the interim years of 1973-1980 I transferred to RCA Moorestown and worked at MIT Lincoln Labs for 2 years and on Kwajalein for 5 years. I remember the RCA/Pan Am family with much nostalgia and respect - it was really great to be alive as the exploration of space started and advanced here at the Cape. Our son Bruce is still working at the ROCC as a Radar Controller - he was born in England where I helped install the second BMEWS Site (I also worked on the first BMEWS in Thule, Greenland. I would love to hear from any of the RCA or Pan Am people who read this! Site URL:
Date: 05/13/2005 Name: Cathy Witkowski Email: City/State/Country: Hobe Sound, Florida, USA Comments: Ascension 1984-1987,JDMTA 1987 to present. Thanks for the website Joe. It's good to hear from other Range Rats. Site URL:
Date: 05/13/2005 Name: Fred Perkins Email: City/State/Country: Lake Placid, FL, USA Comments: Went Downrange in December 1955,left in August 1972. Stationed sequentially on Eleuthera, St. Lucia, Grand Turk, Coastal Sentry, Trinidad, Ascension, Antigua, Grand Turk, Pretoria, and Antigua.

Post Range spent 10 years in various businesses, then returned to RCA on the AUTEC Project on Andros Island in 1982. Then to an Army Contract at Ft. Jackson SC, an Air Force Contract in Camden NJ and a Navy Contract in Moorestown NJ. Retired from Lockheed Martin there in 1997.

Thanks to Joe for all the hard work in putting this book together. It's great to hear from so many familiar names after all these years.
Editors Note: Fred changed his email address in Jan 2013, and it's been updated here.

Site Title: K4LQ Fred's Web (Ham Radio Page) Site URL:
Date: 05/12/2005 Name: John Walker City/State/Country: Tequesta, FL, USA Comments: Hired on with RCA June 1962 and assigned to San Salvador where I worked in Radar and Plotting 1962-1965. Transferred to Eleuthera 1965- worked in Mistram to 1971. Transferred to GBI Telemetry 1971 through 1986. Tansferred to JDMTA (Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex) 1986 to present. Site URL:
Date: 05/12/2005 Name: William F. (Bill) DeGraw Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida 32953, USA Comments: I started on the Range at Carter Cay in April 1966. I was on the Range stationed at Antigua when I wrote this, but I am now retired as of Jan 2006.

(Editors note: Bill signed the other guest book on Mar 7, 2005 with additonal comments below and I have moved his comments here, as I would like to get all the Range Rats into this one RR sign in book):

Bill said: I worked at GBI and all it's Cay Sites, Carter, Marsh Harbour, Walker, Stirrup & Treasure. I was also on Grand Turk, Antigua, Ascension & Cape Canaveral.
editors note: updated Bill's email address 06 Sept 08

Site URL:
Date: 05/12/2005 Name: Robert Donovan Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, united states Comments: worked down range on Trinidad and Ascension, Worked at Patrick and the Cape and onboard the USNS Redstone and USNS Observation Island. Site URL:
Date: 05/12/2005 Name: Laura (Rogers) Venters Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, FL, 32952 Comments: GBI 1980 through 1985; JDMTA 1986 to 1996 and CCAFS 1996 to present. Site URL:
Date: 05/11/2005 Name: Rebecca Wilson Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, Florida, USA Comments: I spent four years (1998-2002) on Ascension (at radar and comm) and loved it. Now I'm at CCAFS and missing the island! The best part is that I made several life long friends there. Site URL:
Date: 05/11/2005 Name: Kenneth Leroy Meek Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, Florida, United States of America Comments: On Range Ships Contracts since September 1973. Currently with Mobile Sensors Contract, USNS Observation Island, T-AGM23, FPO AP 96674-4043 Site URL:
Date: 05/11/2005 Name: RIck Ferris Email: City/State/Country: Aiea, HI, USA Comments: Up and down the range as an AF installer, 1973-76. With RCA: Vandy Comm 1978-82; Redstone Comm and Nav 1982-83. Then SURTASS and LFA. Beached in HI working on submarine towed arrays for the past 12 years. Site URL:
Date: 05/11/2005 Name: Fred Kenney City/State/Country: Ascension Island, C/O Patrick AFB FL, UK Comments: Hired on the range in May '66 assigned to Grand Turk; PCS at Ascension in '72 to present. Site URL:
Date: 05/10/2005 Name: Russell E. Fowler Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: Work on a construction job 1954-1956 at the Cape. Join RCA 1956 at he Cape, then downrange Puerto Rico/ San Savador and then back to the Cape.and stay with all the GE/MM/LM and retired in 1994 from the tracking ships. 1962 Arnold/Vandenberg/Redstone/Observation Island/Surtass project.
Raytheon in 1997 to 2003 on the Island of Kwajalein and ship Worthy.
Retired again in 2003 here on Merritt Island, Florida. If I ever get born again, I would do it again. Got to see the world. Site URL:
Date: 05/10/2005 Name: John J. (Sixpak Jack) Bohrer Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, FLORIDA, usa Comments: I was on Ascension Island 12-15 site and 12-16 site in 1976 and transferred to USNS Vandenberg T-AGM-10 1977 to 1982 when I was tansferred to Grand Turk Radar for 5 months all with RCA. I returned to ASC and ANT 1997 till 2000 wirh CSR. I am presently assigned to the Range safty ship in Telemetry on Kwajalein Site URL:
Date: 05/10/2005 Name: Ricky D. Littleton Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, Florida, USA Comments: 1982-1988, 1992-1995, 2001-2004 Ascension. Remainder at the Cape and Patrick AFB. Just another "steely-eyed radar man" Site URL:
Date: 05/10/2005 Name: James W. (Jim) Edwards Email: City/State/Country: Melbourne, Florida, US Comments: Joined Pan Am as a Weather Troop March 1958. Worked atGBI and Ascension , then back to GBI .Became an ABOM in 1962 . Assignments at Carter Cay , GBI , Antigua , Ascension . Went on ships in 1966. Served as SOM on Sword Knot , Coastal Crusader . Was SOM on Vandenberg 1969 -70. Went to college in Miami 1971-72 . Returned to Range in 1973 . Assigned to Ascension . Promoted to Base Manager at Eleuthera 1976. Went on to Antigua , Ascension , and GBI . Came ashore to USA 1n 1986 at Jonathon Dickenson . Switched to CSR when they won the contract in 1988. Spent another year at Antigua , and then came up to the home office at PAFB . Retired in 1969 as Operations Manager for downrange . Live in Melbourne where I raise pineapples, bananas , tomatoes , and annoy my neighbors . Site URL:
Date: 05/09/2005 Name: Hugh Johnson Email: City/State/Country: APO, AP, Kwajalein Comments: Worked on Ascension several years and the Redstone.
Currently working on Kwajalein.

Would love to hear from some "old range rats"

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Date: 05/09/2005 Name: Linda Ramsey Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, FL, USA Comments: I started work in Feb 1964 for Pan American World Airways and am still here. Five more years to work. Site URL:
Date: 05/09/2005 Name: Michael McKinney Email: City/State/Country: Rockledge, FL, USA Comments: RCA / GE / CSR
Grand Turk 1980 -1983
Ascension 1983 - 1985
Antigua 1985 - 2003
Cape Canavera 2003 - Current
Site URL:
Date: 05/09/2005 Name: Kathy Gilson - Johnson (Armstrong) Email: City/State/Country: APO, AP, kawajalein Comments: worked on Ascension several years, on the Redstone and currently working on Kwajalein.
would like to hear from some of the old range rats... Site URL:
Date: 05/09/2005 Name: Patricia Garrett Email: City/State/Country: Cocoa, FL, USA Comments: Dec 1984 hired by RCA and went to Ascension. Worked for M.
Doherty in Comm. for 12 yrs. First in his office then AirWays
and finally Comm Center. Took retirement in 1996. Am a neighbor
of Jack Simpson who hired me for RCA. Site URL:
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Date: 05/04/2005 Name: Russ Reed Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: First HELLO to those that I knew personally. I was the first Pan Am Base Manager on grand Turk in April 1954. Transfered to GBI in about June of 54 and then was the first Pan Am employe to be permanetly assigned to Ascension in June of 57. I ended up as the manager of the Range and retired in September 86. Those were fun days. I recognize some very familiar names. I am now 82 soon to be 83 and still going strong. Site URL:
Date: 05/04/2005 Name: Jeff Roberts Email: City/State/Country: Sat beach, Fl, USA Comments: Was on the range from 82 starting off at GBI in a training program , moved to Turk and then Ascension, stayed there in Wire/Audio with RCA till 87 when I transfered to PAA working for the divers.Worked hard and played harder. Left the range in 92 but went back to Ascension from 94-97 and worked inComm again. Left to work for AFTAC in there subcable and terrestrial program, Off and on the range still working for several contractors and as a casual hire with CSR at Antigua. I have worked world wide and without a doubt my fav site is Ascension.
Presently working in Iraq as a bodyguard, not near as chilled out as the rock, but the closest I could get until Mike D lets me come back too Comm!
Editors Note: See Jeff's latest entry of 2007/09/28 where he is now in Afghanistan and has a new email address. Site URL:
Date: 05/04/2005 Name: Frank Thompson Email: City/State/Country: Chuluota, Fl. 32766, USA Comments: Spent 20 odd years up and down the range with the
Pan Am Divers.
EXCOLENT MEMORIES ! ! Site Title: Nature Photography Site URL:
Date: 05/03/2005 Name: Walter Wisnicky Email: City/State/Country: St. Augustine,, Florida, USA Comments: RCA 1956-59,St.Lucia, Antigua, Grand Turk. Minitrack pioneer. Instrumentation Coordinator-Antigua. Received degrees-taught college on USN ships. Site URL:
Date: 05/02/2005 Name: J. Wayne Holden Email: City/State/Country: Waimea, HI, USA Comments: Worked on USNS Gen. H.H. Arnold TAGM-9 from Dec. 74 to Mar 82. Site URL:
Date: 05/01/2005 Name: Jack Louthan City/State/Country: Blue, Texas, USA Comments: Hello to all. I was in Communications at Antigua for 4 1/2 years, then sent to Ascension for 1 1/2 years where I was in Communications and Radar. Site URL:
Date: 04/29/2005 Name: Herbert Sayers Email: City/State/Country: Santa Maria, CA, USA Comments: I'm busy writing range rat stories circa 1956 to 1966 Site URL:
Date: 04/22/2005 Name: Joyce Gray Fudge Email: City/State/Country: Palm Bay, Florida, USA Comments: Hi all, It's more than 24 years since Don passed away but I still feel a connection to RangeRats. I deliver Meals on Wheels and run into Norm Tucker and Everett James there. I attended the RCA Oldtimers Shindig. Alison Leth-Steensen. Fred's widow, flew in to join me. Fred passed away several years ago.
We enjoyed seeing Bill and Pam Redman, Bill Bailey and Erik Wiggers. Alison knew more people from their time at Kwaj. Site URL:
Date: 04/21/2005 Name: Frank Aaron Email: City/State/Country: Satellite Beach, Florida, USA Comments: I started with RCA at Cape Canaveral in March 1957. I worked in CW Tracking, TV Skyscreen, FPS-8 Search Radar and Cape Weather Station. I then moved to Cape Radar and worked at the FPS-16. Then moved to PAFB during installation of the FPQ-6 radar, later move Radar Engineering at Tech Lab. Worked the range repairing and upgrading radars. 1968 was assigned to Range Measurement Lab. as Project Engineer for Malabar laser facility. Left in 1972 to become Mgr. of Goddard Optical Research Facility at GSFC Maryland. Late 1975 return to RML as a consultant. 1976 formed a cofounded a consulting company where I worked until retirement. Site URL:
Date: 04/21/2005 Name: Ron Shannon Email: City/State/Country: Orlando, Florida, USA Comments: I joined the range in 1967 as one of the Pan Am Divers that worked on the range submarine and land communication cables. Moved to comm/timing engineering in 1984 and retired in January 2005. Worked for Pan Am, CSR and L3 Communications during my time on the contract. Site URL:
Date: 04/20/2005 Name: Ed Monchak Email: City/State/Country: Port Saint John, Florida, USA Comments: Well where to begin, I was stationed at Patrick/CCAFS in 1976 and my first of what would become 56 trips down range was in sept. that year. We were known back then as the GEEIA boys, a bunch of mostly young, wet behind the ears Air Force guys who were always dirty, cussed a lot and worked our butts off installing all those tri-nested rhombic antennas, RLPs and scampering up and down telephone poles. Yea we worked hard, heck all the permanent party "Range Rats" told us so. But what made all those 2 to 5 month TDY's memorable was the people I was blessed to meet, many names of some super people remain in my mind today, though they are a heck of a lot more clearer now than they were when I first met them in the Volcano, Satellite, and other island clubs. I'll never forget the man who taught me how to sneek climb a pole, "Wild Bill" Robinson, a man who had a particular way of saying get lost (FFFFFF, Uoo). Ronnie Shannon, a man shorter than me but as gigantic as they come. and many, many others who were special down to earth folks doing a professional job at places where most people wouldn't want to be. Site URL:
Date: 04/20/2005 Name: Tom McCarthy Email: City/State/Country: Chino Hills, CA, USA Comments: I'm not sure I qualaify as a "range rat." It seems to me that particular term used to be applied to the fellows who actually worked down range, and my time was spent at PAFB and the Cape.
I worked in Tech Training (1956), Ops Planning (1957-1960) Ops Programs (1960 - 1965) Orbital Ops (1965 - 1973). Did visit down range a bit, but never PCS. Site URL:
Date: 04/20/2005 Name: Wally Tubell Email: City/State/Country: West Melbourne, FL, USA Comments: Hi Range Rats. You may not remember me, but I
worked downrange for RCA from July 1955 to Aug
1959 & later managed the Ships Instrumentation
group. I held the latter position until 1968 when I
transferred to New York City with the RCA
Computer Systems Division.

During my Range Rat years, I met hundreds of
great guys. While downrange, I had assignments at
GBI, Eleuthera, Grand Turk (twice), Mayaguez. In
the mid-1970s, I worked for RCA on the AUTEC
project on Andros Island for four years. Then I
returned to Patrick for about a year, and then I
transferred to the RCA Service Co business
development activity, retiring in 1993. I then began
work as a free lance consultant helping companies
develop proposals for bidding on Government
contracts, which I still do from time to time. I also
help my son-in-law manage & operate his small
software development firm, and I built and operate a
Web site to help other proposal consultants find
jobs (at no charge).

I see a few of the old Range Rats from time to
time, but not nearly as often as I'd like. Sadly, a
number of my old friends and colleagues have
passed away. Among them: Woody Bozardt,
Donnie Gray, Mel Patrick, Norm Shows, Roy (Pork
Chops) King and some others that I can't think of
right now.

I'd love to hear from some of the old gang. My
email address is
Best regards,
Wally Tubell
Editors Note: Wally informed me today 07 June
2014 of his new email address and its been updated
on this entry.

Date: 04/19/2005 Name: Stanley Monfette Email: City/State/Country: Boynton Beach, Flprida, USA Comments: I have been a friend of Joe Barcheski of RCA telemetry for over 40 years and see him frequently. I was recently at Benny Jujls house for a range rats party, although most of the people there were new and not range rats as we know them. I worked for Pan Am for over 15 years and served on FS India with Ron Rosen (RCA) and on the Timberhitch as well as BOM at Grand Bahama,(2 times) San Salvador, Antigua and Ascension. Joe Barcheski & I have a lot of info and think that a bbook should be written about the "Down Range Rats" Stan
onfette 561 735 9255 Site URL:
Date: 04/19/2005 Name: Dick Covert Email: City/State/Country: Charlotte, NC, USA Comments: Went to work for RCA/MTP after Labor Day 1963. I worked in communications on GBI, Trinidad, Antigua, Ascension and Mahe until I left the range in the summer of 1972. I then worked for Digital Equipment Corporation until I was laid-off in 1992. Since then I have been self employed. Site URL:
Date: 04/18/2005 Name: Wayne Witham Email: City/State/Country: East Palatka, Fl, USA Comments: 17 years a Range Rat. Site URL:
Date: 04/18/2005 Name: Jay Marshall Email: City/State/Country: Summerville, SC, USA Comments: All - Telemetry
1960 Mayaguez
1960 Ascension
1961 Coastal Sentry (Project Mercury Indian Ocean Ship)
1964 Grand Turk
1967 Pretoria
1969 Grand Turk
1970 LOA to UF to get Engineering Degree. RCA then offered me ASC Radar. Told them to forget it. Joined EMR in Sarasota designing telemetry equipment. Transfered to ATL and became Director of Eng. for Schlumberger/Energy Management Division. Various eng/exec positions after and finished my last 4 years back in the islands as a software developer on St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Still married to the bride I brought to GTK in '64. Site URL:
Date: 04/18/2005 Name: Thor Ahlgreen Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Fl, USA Comments: Started with the Vandy back in 1972- 73; then transfered to the Arnold working the pacific ocean till 1981. At that time I moved back to the Vandenberg then the Redstone working out of port Canaveral untill 1990 when I transfered to the Cape Timing shop; where I still hang my hat. Site URL:
Date: 04/17/2005 Name: Christian Bulleman Email: City/State/Country: Hawthorne, Florida, USA Comments: I joined RCA in oct 1954, worked in shops, Development lab,data engineering, was leader of the Merit Island MIPIR radar spent two years on Ascension tracking Sta. two years On Antiqua as IM.
1 year as IM. on Grand Turk
retired in 1990 from GE SURTASS project... Site URL:
Date: 04/17/2005 Name: Ted Pace Email: City/State/Country: Osprey, Florida, USA Comments: Great idea for the web site. I was down range from July 1960 till August 1970. Did tours on GBI, Eleuthera, Scheyells and South Africa. Worked in Telemetry and Doppler and Communciations. Site URL:
Date: 04/17/2005 Name: Joshua Gibbs Email: City/State/Country: Carrollton, Ga, USA Comments: miss my old friends from the range days ! Served at Grand Turk, Grand Bahama, Eluthera,
Ascension Site URL:
Date: 04/16/2005 Name: Charlie Walker Email: City/State/Country: Arcadia (near Sydney), New South Wales, Australia Comments: PAA - ABOM @ASC, BOM @PRE, MAH, ELU. Left 1971 for job in Australia. Retired from Telstra (nat phone co)in 1993. Site URL:
Date: 04/16/2005 Name: frank o'leary Email: City/State/Country: new port richey, fl, usa Comments: Pan Am wx man from '59: sailed on the Sampan Hitch, Coastal Cruziero and the Limber Bitch before xferring to GTK, ELU and ASC, Laid off in '71. Site URL:
Date: 04/16/2005 Name: R. J. Grasser Email: City/State/Country: Rochester, NY, USA Comments: FOrmer RCA "rat" 1964 thru late 65 on GTK, with several TDY assignments to GBI, and ANT. Whole of 1966 on Mahe, then transfered to PTA. Left the range in 1969.

Married SA girl in 67, have to grown daughters, and 6 grand kids.

Site URL:
Date: 04/16/2005 Name: James R Halpape Email: City/State/Country: Indialantic, Florida, USA Comments: One of the most memorable, beautiful parts of my Life with great Friends and some times long hard hours of work. Site URL:
Date: 04/16/2005 Name: Jim Holzhausen Email: City/State/Country: Uberlandia, MG, Brazil Comments: Well my down range time started in 66 at GBI MODII and then on to ACI TTR 66-68 and Trinidad 68-70.
Back up range to Goodard 70-75 and down to the KEYS aerostat Program 75-85 and then PAFB/Melbourne until 93 when I retired and opened SSIMS Inc Site URL:
Date: 04/16/2005 Name: Bill Stewart Email: City/State/Country: Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA Comments: Worked on range from 1956-1968. 56-57 St. Lucia radar, 57-58 San Salvador radar.

58-60 Ships (FS ships, Coastal Sentry). 60-61 Cape Range Safety, 61-64 Ships (various, ending up as Mgr. of Rose Knot Gemini tracking ship.

64-68 Ships Instrumentation at PAFB coordinating Apollo ships.

Since leaving RCA worked for Merck for 5 years, since then have been in business for myself except for a couple of years 82-84 when I was COO of Braintech, a medical instrument company.

Site Title: Helix Systems, Inc. Site URL:
Date: 04/16/2005 Name: Bob Johnston Email: City/State/Country: Ventura, CA, USA Comments: I had the pleasure of working with Joe in the late 60's at Grand Bahama Island. Site URL:
Date: 04/12/2005 Name: Dennis W. Wood Email: City/State/Country: Mims, Florida, USA Comments: Worked for RCA/GE from 07 Feb 1966 to 31 Mar 1992. I worked downrange in Radar from Feb 66 to Oct 89. Most of my time was at Grand Turk. I didn't leave the island until April 1984. The rest of my downrange time was at Antigua Radar. I did get back downrange again as a DLM engineer with the current Range contractor, CSR. I retired August 2004. Site URL:
Date: 04/09/2005 Name: Jerry Blackerby City/State/Country: Quitman, Texas, USA Comments: I was on GBI in the Data Handling section from 1958 until 1960. I wrote technical manuals at Patrick AFB from 1960 until 1966, when I transferred to Merritt Island, then to Goddard in 1967 and left RCA in 1968.

I wrote technical manuals for many companies until 2002. We are basically retired and living in Quitman, TX, north of Tyler.
Editor's Note:
Jerry has made a new RR sign-in entry on 25 Mar 06 as he has moved to OK and also has a new email address.

Site URL:
Date: 04/05/2005 Name: Joe Cousins Email: City/State/Country: Fredericksburg, VA, USA Comments: I worked for RCA-MTP from Jul/1965 to Sep/1972. I was a 'Ship-Rat' and served on the American Mariner, The Arnold and the Vandy. I spent time at GBI, Ascension, St. Helena, Receife, Antigua, Eleuthra, Trinadad, Adak Alaska, Guam, Wake, Kwajalean, Japan and other sites we wont mention. Site URL:
Date: 03/26/2005 Name: Edward Ehrenspeck Email: City/State/Country: Edgewater, Florida, USA Comments: I was site chief of Patrick Igor across from the tech lab..I also worked on the BU telescope...I need to get in contact with anyone that has any information about the BU scope or the project Space Track...PLEASE..... Site URL:
Date: 03/24/2005 Name: Bill Lang Email: City/State/Country: Palmer, Alaska, USA Comments: 1955 to 1958 RCA Service Co. Patrick AFB Fla., Tech B in telemetry, last year as Tech A.
1955 Mayaguana (station 6 ) uncrated all telemetry equipment, installed, checked out & operated for 6 months, (then transferred to station 7)
1956 Grand Turk (station 7) again uncrated all telemetry equipment, installed, checked out & operated (until transferred to Cape Canaveral telemetry)
1958 to 1960 Westinghouse Corp. Patrick AFB, Fla.. Flight Controller on Bomarc Missile midcourse guidance Senior Lab Tech.
1960 to 1967 Martin Marietta / Canaveral Division Cocoa, Fla. Tech. A GSE instrumentation, Complex 19 for Titan I and II Missile. Promoted to G tech and assigned as lead tech AGE instrumentation Gemini operations. Worked on all twelve Gemini Launches in this capacity.
1967 to 1969 North American Rockwell , Kennedy Space Center APOLLO Project Space Vehicle Test Mechanic Electronic, Grade 12, worked as Spacecraft Electronic Tech. on all Apollo spacecraft up to & including Apollo 13, though I was laid off shortly before that launch. Was working on spacecraft 17 the night spacecraft 12 burned over on Cape Canaveral.

1969 to 1969 Kentron Hawaii Telemetry Engineer
1969 to 1972 ITT Arctic Services Inc. White Alice Site Rep. Bethel, Alaska
1972 to 1973 MCDONNELL DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT CORP. Communications Engineer Skylab Project KSC

Site URL:
Date: 03/16/2005 Name: Jack V Tolman Email: City/State/Country: McDonough, Ga, USA Comments: 59-60 (B tech) ships Coastal Crusader, Sword Knot. 60-63 (A tech) ASC TLM, MILS. 63-71 (A tech, Chief tech, OPS Planner)Trinidad. 71-73 (Chief tech, Eng) ASC TTR. 73-75 (FS Eng) Ant RADAR. 75-77 (RS Leader) GBI RADAR, LORAC. 77-90’s (RADAR System Controller) Cape Canaveral. 90’s-2000 TOA RADAR, Command Cape Canaveral. Retired April 1st 2000 Site Title: Tolman's Range Rat Home Page Site URL:
Date: 03/15/2005 Name: Robert B. Lord Email: City/State/Country: Keysville, GA, USA Comments: RCA/GE-Carter Cay, MPS-25, 1961-1962;PAFB FPS-16(XN-1),1962-1963; Merritt Island TPQ-18, 1963-1968; Cape RTCS, 1968-1982; Shuttle Support Group, 1982-1988; CSR-Program Management, 1988-1999(Retired and moved back to GA) Site URL:
Date: 03/15/2005 Name: H. Lee Northrop Email: City/State/Country: Brandon, Florida, USA Comments: Worked for RCA; 32yr, '55-'88
for GE; 1yr, '88-'89
for CSR; 4yr, '89-92
Assigned to; Cape,GBI,Antigua, Ascension,& KSC
Editor's Note: added Lee's email address, 09/12/08
Site URL:
Date: 03/15/2005 Name: Art Hensley Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, FL, USA Comments: Mayaguez, PR Station 9.
Cape Canaveral
RCA Communications

(editors note (The below info from Art first appeared in the regular guest book, however I am moving the range rat info into this sign in book): Art says:

I started on the Range in 1962 with RCA at Station 9 (Mayaugez, PR). After 9 closed transfered to Eleuthera Station 4. In 1964
was transfered to POGR comm center in building 989. In 1967 was transfered to the Cape Comm Center, then to Gemini Mission Control at the Cape. When Project Gemini came to an end was transfered to Central Computer Complex, then back to Cape Comm Ctr. Worked TDY at Satation 9.1 Antigua for a short time. Worked as a Switchboard Operator, Teletype Codeing Clerk, Comm Center Operator, Senior CCO, Systems Controller, Senior Controller.
After GE lost the contract in 1988 went to work for CSR as Senior Systems Controller at Cape Comm Control. Finally,
took a promotion to Systems Analyst and on Friday July 13,2001 retired. The fourty years spent as a Range Rate was great especially being allowed to work with some of best people on earth.
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editors note: updated Arts email address 12 Dec 08

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Date: 03/15/2005 Name: David Burch Email: City/State/Country: Titusville, Florida, USA Comments: Range Rat 1965-1988 and now again 2003 to present.
TDY to GBI in 1965 wainting for assignment to Apollo Tracking Ships. Taken away from Eastern Range so I switched to radar and ended up On Ascension in 1966. Stayed they til about 1969 when I was fired (well not really but that's another story) and sent to Trinindad. Stayed there for 6 months until a certain IM left Ascension and I went back to reopen TTR (12.17). Then back to Trinidad and helped close it out. Then to PAFC and CCAFS but spent many an hour on Range Liners going to all DR stations including Pretoria, Grand Turk and Antigua. Helped start Jonathan Dickinson Tracking Annex down at Jupiter, Florida. Left range when the old RCA (GE) Pan Am Joint Venture team lost to CSR. GE (later to become Lockheed Martin) gave me quite a career. I Used many of the former downrangers, especially ships types on programs I managed such as SURTASS and LFA both ship based programs. I'll pass this on to others that may have info. Site URL:
Date: 03/14/2005 Name: GLENN BROWN Email: City/State/Country: MIDDLEBURG, FL, USA Comments: Came on Range 1963, Grand Turk Radar.Worked on Cape, Twin Falls, Redstone, Vandenburg, two tours as Radar Controller, 10 years Supv. KSC Radars. Also spent 7+ years on Ely, Nv tracking station. Retired 12/95
09/05/08: updated for Glenn's NEW email address.
Date: 03/14/2005 Name: Dave Stark Email: City/State/Country: San Angelo, Texas, USA Comments:
I was on the BC4 camera crew 1966-67
I went to ASC in 1967 as a Comm tech "B"
and was there until 1969.
I was at TRI 1969 to 1971
I returned to ASC and left the range in 1972.
During my time on the Range, I have been to several
Stations GBI, ANT, etc, Either working or
relieving the crypto Techs.
I stayed with RCA transferring to Data Services
working in Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.
I returned to Dallas as a Field Manager in 1975.
I went back to the bench in 1977 and was made
Chief Tech until GE bought RCA out in 1988.
I Then went to GE as a Chief Tech where I
retired in April 1994. Site URL:
Date: 03/14/2005 Name: John Carroll (JC) Email: City/State/Country: Merritt Island, Florida, USA Comments: Hired 1967 Retired 2005
Friend of Ed Pye, Bob ZipZap Stupp, Ike Chucran, George Cousens, Carl Barone, Dave the red howler Stark. Duty stations GBI, ASC, TRINIDAD Site URL:
Date: 03/11/2005 Name: Larry Brunetti Email: City/State/Country: eagle, Idaho, USA Comments: Hello, I was on San Salvador from Jan 60-Jan 61. I worked for General Electric. There is no mention of GE anywhere that I can find.

I hope you find our site interesting.

RR Larry

Site Title: RangeRats Site URL:
Date: 03/02/2005 Name: James R. Lane Email: City/State/Country: Franklin, N.C., U.S.A. Comments: RCA telemetry tech--aboard Timberhitch, 1962-1963, G.B.I 1963-65, Gen. H.H.Arnold 1967-1968. Site URL:
Date: 03/01/2005 Name: Joe Makeever Email: City/State/Country: Austin, Texas, U.S.A, Comments: I would love to have some of that peace and quiet and an occasional "green flash" sunset to view from ASC again. Site URL:
Date: 02/26/2005 Name: Chuck Hewett Email: City/State/Country: Albany, GA, USA Comments: Retired from Lockheed Site URL:
Date: 02/14/2005 Name: Richard M. Berger Email: City/State/Country: Fenton, Michigan, USA Comments: Tried Michigan... too cold
Tried US Virgin Islands... Too poor to stay there... moved back to Michigan
Tried Costa Rica... Too dangerous... got kidnapped... Moved back to Michigan
I guess I can take the cold after all. Site URL:
Date: 02/06/2005 Name: Danny B. Sylvester Email: City/State/Country: Edgewater, Florida, USA Comments: Retired from Boeing KSC on 7/8/2004.
12/19/2009 Editors Note:
Danny sent me an email saying he changed his email address, and the above email is now corrected.

Danny didn't say so above, but he WAS a downranger, I worked with him at GBI Telemetry in the late '60s.

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Date: 02/04/2005 Name: Russ Slye Email: City/State/Country: Millersville, Maryland, USA Comments: Grand Bahama telemetry, USNS Rose Knot Victor, USNS Vanguard

RCA from 1965-1970

Hello to all Range Rats, wherever you are

Site URL:
Date: 02/01/2005 Name: Karl Nehring Email: City/State/Country: Freeport, NY, United States Comments: This is a good idea Joe. Still have very fond memories of working with you and the rest of the Telemetry techs on GBI durng the late 60's. It is even better to remain in contact with you in the following years. Regards, Karl Site URL:
Date: 01/25/2005 Name: Dwight (Speedy) Collier Email: City/State/Country: Loxley (36551-5406), AL, USA Comments: 1954/1959: GBI; 1959/1962: GTK; 1962/1965: SAL; 1965/1966: ASC; 1966/1967: ELU; 1967/1970:T-AGM-11 (Twin Falls Victory); 1970/1987: T-AGM-20 (Redstone); 1987: Retired; 1987/1989: Environmental Chemist, Summerdale,AL; 1989/1992:Ford Aerospace/Loral Space & Range Systems/Range Automation Project; 1992/1993: Loral Aerospace:Senior Design Engineer on Space Station PDSS (Packet Telemetry Data System; 1994/1997: Retired; 1997-Present:Wal-Mart Electronics cashier/salesman in the Electronics Department; Speedy sends Site URL:
Date: 01/22/2005 Name: Graham (Scotty) Lonie Email: City/State/Country: St John, St Peter, Antigua Comments: Grand Turk, Antigua, Ascension, Pretoria, 1966 to present (2005)
Editors note:
in May 2011 Scotty informed me that he had a new email address, and I've changed it above so his address is now the correct one. Site URL:
Date: 01/21/2005 Name: Joe Frasketi Jr. Email: City/State/Country: Fort Myers, Florida, USA Comments: Hello Range Rats:
Welcome to the special Sign-In Book just for us. Please make an
entry. I would be glad to hear from you.
Check out my webpage above there is more information for range
rats at the bottom of the page.

Here is a rundown of the stations/ships and years that I worked
on the range:
1956/1957: Dominican Republic, Sta. 8
1957/1858: Saint Lucia, Sta. 10
1958/1960: Grand Turk, Sta. 7
1960 FS ship "Golf"
1960 Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Sta. 9
1960/1961 Antigua, Sta. 9.1
1961/1963 Back to Grand Turk, Sta. 7
1964/1971 Grand Bahama, Sta. 3
1971/1972 Ascension Island, Sta. 12

If you also worked at these stations/ship when I did I'd like
to hear from you.

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