rom ETCS Hugh Scriven 1 June 2010
Dave Mallett, the real
estate magnate, is doing well. He had a series of heart
attacks several years back and had a quadruple bypass - since
then he's been feeling really good. Presently he's suffering
enlarged prostate which had completely blocked his ureter so h's
enduring the Foley Catheter (3 weeks now) while
awaiting TURP (roto rooter) to hollow out his prostate and
restore normal function (being able to 'pee' again. Dave
doesn't do computers or email, but he does
answer his phone and enjoys chatting with old shipmates. He
sounds just like he did back in '77!
Call Dave at: 619 283-0285
Or snail mail him at:
4487 41st Street
San Diego, California 92102
Ralph McQuoid is 83 years old now, very active with his V-12
Pierce Arrow, works out at the gym each day, and loves to
receive calls from old friends and shipmates. Ralph was in the
Navy during WW2 before he got on with RCA and in the Tech Rep
business. Ralph's wife passed away several years ago due
to a stroke which left her greatly disabled. Ralph is very spry
for his age, his memories are very sharp, and he will be very
happy to talk old times with any who desire to call him at: 619
Ralph too sounds almost exactly as he did back in '77!
Or snail mail him at:
3705 Kenwood Drive
Spring Valley, California 91977
ETCS Hugh Scriven 30 May 2010
Thanks for the prompt
You've answered the question that has been in my head: "Why
does the name Graslie seem so familiar?"
You've 'rung the bells' that have brought clarity to my
sometimes 'foggy' memories. Yes, I now remember well our
encounters at MOTU-7. I lived in Yokohama Area I and Ron West
lived there in Area II. Consequently, since I made the daily
drive, I provided transportation for Ron. Yes, we were
prone to make occasional 'pit stops' at the Windjammer on friday
afternoons/eves or 'whenever.'
And, I remember your being at AESD too. Yes, I was one of your
'initiaters' when you 'put on the hat' and still have the photos
of that grand event.
Ah, as we grow old certain memories get 'tucked away' in odd
crevices of the mind and it's only when we receive sufficient
'prodding' that we are able to access them once again.
You're correct. O'Donnell was one of the several 'jerks' at the
ol' schoolhouse. Since I was a bit of a 'renegade' I was always
on their 'shit list.' Got some really unusual 'evals' as a
For some reason CWO4 Mora and LCDR Lechtenberg took a liking to
me (as did CWO3/4 Foose) so it all worked out in the end.
CWO2/3 Kirchner was a different story and we 'tangled' often.
But, at my retirement (very low key as I wanted no ceremony or
formalities) I took him to the CPO Club Stag Bar and we had
several brews together. I hope that he learned in time how to
'manage' his stress responses.
I can't tell you how happy I am that you are in Japan and doing
well. Also that Jack and Scotty are doing well up in the
Seattle/Bremerton area. I've contacted
Scotty but not Jack yet - should send him an email today.
I've been 'navigating' your extensive web pages some more and
have found the areas you mentioned. It is always so sad to
discover that shipmates have gone to the great beyond.
Considering all the 'alcohol' I've consumed it's truly a wonder
that my body still has any working parts...
I doubt that any of the Shop 67/A-46 JN crew are still there,
but when you have an opportunity, hoist one for:
Those in the TTY shop whose names elude me just now,
And all of the other truly wonderful Japanese employees at SRF!
Yes, I'll stay in touch. Best to you and yours.
ETCM Jack Thomas 30 May 2010
Great email!!! Hugh, I have always prided myself on my memories
of names and pasts, but you are tops!. Of course I remember
nearly everyone you mentioned but we could have spent many days
at the corner bar in the CPO Club in Yokosuka and still not come
up with all of them. The mention of Mike Judd and concerns
about your drinking reminds me of a trip I made with Glenn Knox
(whom you didn't mention) to Sasebo while Mike Judd was OIC at
MOTU-7. Glenn confided in me one evening at the After Five that
CDR Judd has asked Glenn to keep an eye on me and report back on
my drinking. Glenn was mortified until I told him that Mike
Judd had asked me to keep an eye on Glenn for the same reason.
I told him that even worse he asked FCCM Christ, who drank
himself to death, to keep an eye on both of us. CDR Judd is now
retired, of course, and is living in the DC area and will soon
move to Sequim, Wa. I will be in San Diego for about a week in
mid-July aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN and would very much like see
you again. Keep in touch. Jim Graslie has done a super job
with his web site and from your email I can see that he will be
able to add a few more names to the MOTU SEVEN roster. Take
ETCM Jim Graslie 28 May 2010
We have had the pleasure of meeting, I remember
you well and am really glad to hear from you. I was a Second
Class on the Parsons when I first met you and had a few beers
with you at the old Club Windjammer (now the CPO Club) and you
also you taught a QCMS course to me at MOTU. I was also at AESD
when you were at ET C7 School, believe you initiated me (1980)
when I was teaching the DD 963 Comm System. I'm here at SRF
Yoko as the C4I (Communications) Division Head and see Scotty
and Jack every year or so. I've Cc'd them on this email.
Scotty was just here working on the George Washington, he's
working for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and retiring in
September. Jack is the AIRPAC On Site Rep for the Abraham
Lincoln in Everett, he'll be back over in September for his
annual trip over. Your name always comes up over a few beers in
the "Have you ever heard from" discussions. I remember CW02
O'Donnell, had a poster of Farrah Fawcett on his desk, always
thought he was a jerk. Never was a fan of Jim Sears either,
called me down to his office and gave me my second Good Conduct
Medal with his feet propped up on his desk, eating an apple,
handed it to me and said "here". Taught me a lot of the way
not to be (as did ETC Doug McKee on the Parsons). As you may or
may not have noticed on my
Graz-web.com website, Ike Weichman and Jim Harmon have
passed on and now serving on the Staff of the Supreme Commander.
Ike passed around 1984 from a heart attack, my wife and I had
just been back visiting him and Tomiko a few weeks before (she
has since passed also). Jim Harmon passed a couple years ago
from cancer. Both Jim and Bob Caton (former EMO on the Midway
when Jim and Ike were there), have memorial benches purchased by
their shipmates on the flight deck of the USS Midway. Visited
it last year when I was there for my Grandson's baptism.
I'll post your email on the
site, also compare the names in your email to the Roster Page
and ensure everyone is included. Thanks for the email, solved
another "where are they now questions" that always comes up.
Keep in touch.
ETCS Hugh Scriven 28 May 2010
We haven't had the pleasure of meeting
personally but I'm grateful and appreciative of your web pages
devoted to MOTU-7 and the 'gang' that spent time there over the
I arrived there in May of 1973 from Naval Advisory Unit Cat Lo
Viet Nam. Sam Curry was the Officer in Charge and we were
located then in the upper story of the old building.
First tech assist trip was with ETC Turner to a 'gator' down at
White Beach, Okinawa. Following that I made a solo trip to
Later ETCS Anderson and I were sent to Subic for a contractor
provided course of instruction on the SRN-15. "Andy" was
our TACAN guy who set up the local 'beacon' at the shop with an
old ARN-21 that he'd gotten somewhere.
I was soon assigned to be ETCS Ron Sverduk's main assistant in
setting up the Quality Monitoring and Control System console in
the old shop and alternated with him in teaching classes on how
to use the system.
It was exciting duty with numerous very challenging technical
assistance opportunities with both the local fleet and TAD trips
to Subic and Sasebo; and a particularly enjoyable trip to
Singapore for a week.
ETC Burke and I were sent to NAS Le Moore for the Miniature
Electronics Repair Program course and set up the MERP lab
upstairs in the new location at Shop 67.
ETC Hoagland was later sent and became one of the instructors
for our very popular Fleet Soldering course.
Made many trips to Subic and MOTU-13 when CWO2 Steele was the
OinC. Initially he was promoted to OinC temporarily but did
such an outstanding job that he remained in that position for a
Lt/Lcdr Bob Carlson and Ltjg/Lt Don "Gunner" Vaden were an
outstanding duo - in spite of their 'disagreements.'
ETCS/ETCM Jack Thomas, ET1/ETC Scotty Kniess, GMCS Larry Boyette
and myself had been together at SRF some years earlier so our
being together again at MOTU-7 was an incredible experience.
Yes, ETC Ron Kirk did some 'counseling' on occasion. Shortly
after my arrival we had a 'heart to heart' chat about my
drinking. It seems that ETCM(SS) Gus Schopper was
concerned about my 'personality change' while drinking and urged
Ron to have some words with me. I appreciated their concern but
continued on with the 'heavy drinking' for the duration. Change
came years later. Although there is no 'official' statistic
that I'm aware of, there is no doubt in my mind that I must have
set some sort of 'record' for 'nooners' spent at the CPO Club
Stag Bar or 'hours' spent in the Stag Bar after working hours.
Those notorious chiefs from the Midway (ETC/ETCS Brian Rader,
ETC Jim Harmon, ETC "Ike" Eichmann, and YNC Kissinger) were
really 'swell' drinkin' buddies.
Naturally, when Ron Kirk was transferred I was chosen to be the
DAPA (Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor) for the unit. It was a
tough assignment, but I enjoyed ('hic) every moment of it.
One of my most memorable tech assist trips was to Kure for a job
on the Bonefish. She had hosted as JMSDF submarine in Pearl
Harbor the year prior and the JMSDF Sub Command in Kure was able
to 'swing' a special visit to their base there. The only U.S.
military then in Kure was a tiny U.S. Army detachment. I'd
never, until then, spent much time aboard a sub so this trip was
very 'educational.' Absolutely loved every second there and
yes, we 'partied' pretty hard. I believe the smell of the
diesel fuel stuck with me for a couple of weeks after returning
to the unit.
ETCM George Wedge and I had several very interesting excursions
together. GMCM George Brown and I both made COD flights to the
Midway for tech assist. George was 'high-lined' to a can
accompanying the Midway and I stayed onboard and rode them into
port. Ah yes, those were the days!
Lt. Thomas A. McKean and I were together on the USS Vega (AF-59)
as seaman ET 'strikers' in '61 and '62. Tom went on to ET 'A'
school and later got into the NESEP program. It was good to see
him again as I was departing MOTU-7 in April of '77.
When I got to AESD San Diego, ETCS Ron Kirk and ETCS Brian Rader
were there. Lt Jim Sears was OinC, although at that time I
wasn't aware of his MOTU background. CWO2 O'Donnell was branch
head of the ETC-7 course (formerly ET'B' school) and he and a
couple of the chiefs used to go over to the gym over lunch to
play handball. One day Lt Sears saw them depart the building
together on their way to the gym and was apparently disturbed by
it. CWO2 O'Donnell later said that Jim Sears called him into
his office that afternoon and 'chewed his ass' for
'fraternizing' with the chiefs in public view. Yes, Jim Sears
was that way. He was promoted to Lcdr in '80 as he was
departing for new duty and returned several years later as Cdr
Sears. Eventually he was promoted to Capt Sears and did a
tour on Diego Garcia before he retired.
I was at Crypto Repair School, Mare Island, when ETC Mike Judd
was selected for WO1 along with one of the ET1 instructors
there. Mike was a KG-14 instructor and a good friend of ETCM Al
Riefer. They were the 'deer hunters' of the command. I arrived
there in Sep. 1970 and briefly taught KWR-37 before departing in
April 1971 for Defense Language Institute East Coast to study
Lt Waters was our OinC and Miss (Ens) Moll was our RPS
Custodian. She was quite a sensation because she was a 'doll'
(rhymes with Moll) and was 'unofficially' known as 'Miss Doll.'
I'm sure Mike Judd remembers Miss Moll!
This is probably enough for the time being Graz. Again, many
thanks for putting up the pages and memorializing an important
saga of the U.S. Navy history.
Best regards to all who visit these pages,
LTjg Bob Beyer 30 November 2009
Great site- brings back many memories.
I arrived in Japan on 22 Nov 1963, assigned to
MOTU 7 as part of the Drone Anti Submarine Helicopter (DASH)
support team. We were billeted in the Yokosuka Kanko hotel. The
room had a small B&W TV. There were many images of JFK but I had
no idea on what was being said. It was not until a friend that
had a radio told me of JFK's death. What a welcome to Japan.
Our team consisted of three Gyrodyne reps: Robert
Beyer (me), Tom Waldron, and Clyde Valentine, Ed Wolf(Boeing),
and Bob Smith(Babcock). I was just promoted to Lt JG USNR. My
previous active duty was as an AT flying in PBM patrol aircraft.
Destroyer duty was a new experience.
As the number of DASH ships expanded, our
Gyrodyne team expanded to include John Vandenberg and Bob
Allen.. In late 1965/1966, the DASH team was transferred to
COMCRUDESPAC (CTU 70.8.1) Our office was in the old Stars and
Stripes office located behind the CRUDESPAC office.
Memories exist of the Great Book Society. Lunch
meetings were held in the O Club over 25 cent martini's. Members
were from MOTU, SRF, Chase Manhattan Bank and the Navy hospital.
One lesson learned - if you needed surgery, make sure it was
The DASH program was canceled in 1969. I remained
until May 1970 in support of the JMSDF.
Due to my Japanese exposure, I was selected as an
escort officer for the Japanese delegation to the 1976
Bicentennial Naval Review in NYC. I was recalled again in 1977
and relocated to the Washington DC area. I retired as an 06 in
1993 and again as a civilian in 1999. I currently reside in
Attached is a photo of the MOTU 7 group in 1964.
I am on the top left, top right is LCDR Thorton. Seated from
left to right are Jerry Barton, Jack Bailey, Fred Bybee, ?,?,?,
Bob Smith,?, Clyde Valentine. In the middle is XO Chuck Leva???
to the left of Tom Waldron (the bearded guy)
Most of our team is deceased but the memories
Keep up the good work.
LCDR Mike Judd 28 August 2008
Jack Thomas told me how to get to your web site,
and I was very happy to see all of the pictures, names, and
stories. Thank you very much for keeping the memories alive. My
name is Mike Judd. I am a retired LDO (Electronics) Commander
living in Dunkirk, Maryland, I was the OIC of MOTU SEVEN from
March of 1984 to May of 1987, and had the pleasure of serving
with a tremendous group of technicians throughout that period.
LTJG Dave Fowler and LTJG Tom Brown were the AOICís during my
tenure and they were both fine officers. The real champion of
the team, though, was ETCM Jack Thomas, the finest Master Chief
I ever knew in my 31 years in the Navy. He was the first-ever
MOTU recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal in the Pacific
Fleet in 1987 for his outstanding performance, and I am proud to
say that I wrote the nomination letter sent to CINCPACFLT for
approval. Another great member of the team was ETCM Glenn Knox.
Glenn had an interesting habit that caused him some
embarrassment one day when my spouse, LT Anne Judd (who was
assigned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka at the same time), visited
our office to say hello. Glenn had been losing a great deal of
weight and his clothing didnít fit well. He would often
completely undo his belt and unzip, open his trousers a bit,
tuck his shirt back in, and close things up again, all the time
while holding a normal conversation. In our entirely masculine
environment at the MOTU, this was accepted as a completely
normal occurrence, since we had all seen Glennís act many times.
My wife, however, had not. Needless to say, much laughter ensued
as she beat a hasty retreat and another page went into the book
of legends about CPOís in the Navy. Please add my latest
whereabouts to your web site, and I would be happy to hear from
any of my old MOTU shipmates. My email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org. I am currently working at Mnemonics, Inc. in
Alexandria, VA, but will be retiring to the Pacific Northwest in
September 2009. One more sidenoteÖI made ETCS the year before
Jack Thomas did, but he beat me to E-9 because I went the WO-1
Warrant Officer route, later also skipping O-1 and going
straight to O-2 when promoting into the LDO ranks. My first
shipboard division officer in 1961 was ENS Mike Boorda in USS
Porterfield DD-682. Years later, after becoming CNO, Admiral
Boorda used to tell people that I wasnít smart enough to be a
Master Chief but at least I had enough sense not to be an
Ensign. One of the finest tours in my Navy career was spent
there at MOTU SEVEN. Thanks to all of you who helped make that
John Welch Jr. son of FTCM John Welch, 26 July 2008
I was pleasantly surprised today to find a
website dedicated to the "The Problem Solvers" of MOTU 7, and to
see that someone is taking the time to pass on that history.
Over the years I have heard many stories of how this group had
to solve problems daily with very limited resources, so my hat
off to all of you past, present and future members.
My father was stationed at MOTU 7 from 69 to 71, FTCM John D.
Welch; he loved this station more than just about any he ever
served in other than teaching at Great Lakes Naval Training
Center. His Children; Diane M. Owen, VT, Debra A. Peavler, MO
and John E. Welch, MO enjoyed this station over most, learning
the language was tough, but came easier to us then to our
father. He enjoyed driving a taxi cab on base when not on duty,
for he learned a lot of history along with important phrases of
At note to currently family members, take many pictures, learn
the culture and truly enjoy this station, for you will never
forget, and you will truly miss this station once you are gone,
for it gets into your blood and you will always strive to see it
I must regretfully tell you that my father FTCM John D. Welch
(Ret) died on 11 Jan 1991, he was a proud Navy Man that
supported our country and the Navy his entire life and is sadly
He was interred in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville
MO Sec E: Welch, John Donald,
b. 27 Jun 1929, d. 11 Jan 1991, FTCM, US Navy.
Thanks again for this website and for remembering my father, I
will dig deep into our photographs and scan some for you, for
while we were stationed in Yokosuka I took all kinds of photo's
along with the many my father kept in his album for I am sure
you may enjoy some of them. Keep up the great work! I am sorry
to have rambled on, but this was a special duty station for
everyone, thank you.
From Colleen (Bailey) Short, 28 May 2008
Hi James, my name is Colleen
Bailey Short. I am so glad my brother Patrick found you on
this site, and I wanted to say how much I appreciate you
taking the time to respond about our father! I have always
been in such a search to know- and I once contacted the
military record keeping somewhere but they said a fire had
destroyed all of his files, That was very devastating and I
figured there was now no way of knowing anything more.
Pretty much all I know of him is what his sister Virginia
tells me. I enjoy seeing his pictures on the site- So thank
you for running such a wonderful site
From Patrick (Bailey) Miller, 27 May 2008
Thanks for your site. My father was Jack
Bailey. He died when I was 2.5 years old and its pretty neat
to find a couple of his pictures on the site and to learn
about what MOTU 7 was. I honestly never knew what he did in
the military - and it was great to see. It would be great if
you could pass my email on to Herb Roach who mentions that
he remembers my father.
From Herb Roach, 11 July 2006
Served in MOTU-7 from Mid 1963 to Mid 1966. Remember Jack
Bailey. He taught me how to shoot skeet. We formed a skeet
club and shot all over the western Pacific. Lived on base
above what used to be the Pistol Range. Some names I didn't
see: Jerry Barden, RCA Rep., Skip Lanter, ETCM, Jack
Beauchamp, ET1, ETl named Ski, The gunners were in another
bldg near the CPO Club. I will be in Yokosuka for a couple
of days about June 18,19 or 20. Plan to take a lot of
pictures, I sure didn't the first time around.
From Rich Pietrantoni, 11
with deep sadness that I have to tell you of the
passing of our friend Larry. Toshiko called me Saturday
about 1PM and told me she was called from the hospital
that morning that Larry had passed.
told me that about 2 weeks ago he decided he had enough
of the rehab home in El Cajon and wanted to go home.
Toshiko did not agree but knew that is what he wanted so
he went home. Last Monday, he complained of terrible
pain in his stomach and had a severely decreased appetite
for a few days prior. Toshiko took him again to Kaiser
and they immediately admitted him into ICU with a
diagnosis of dehydration and a urinary tract
infection. Toshiko noticed that around Thursday and
Friday he seemed in her words "out of his head." She
went home Friday knowing something was wrong even though
the hospital nurses were telling her that he was
perfectly normal and it was just the medication.
daughter and family are coming back from England
tomorrow and wake/funeral arrangements will be made
then. I will let everyone know.
From Fred Hengst, son of
YN3 George Hengst, 7 February 2005
I stumbled across your webpage while doing some internet
searches of my father - George Hengst. He passed away
a couple of years ago.
From Jim Graslie 22
The Fred Jones Story
I'll try to
keep the personalities out of this. After MOTU disestablished,
LCDR Jones transferred to the USS Independence as EMO.
He kept his MOTU Seven telephone card and continued to use
it, ran up about $2K worth of charges with the bill going to
MOTU (FTSCPAC at the time). OIC turned the bill over
to the Indy, who in turn, turned it over to NIS (and
everyone knows they'll screw it up). He was put on
legal hold (turned out to be a lot more than a couple
thousand he took the Government for, I believe over $20K).
During that time frame he was allowed to go on leave, (even
tho' he was on legal hold), left his wife and daughter
living in the Navy Lodge, went home, stole his mother's life
savings and credit cards, went to Thailand for about a year,
got caught when he wrote his brother asking for money.
(His brother turned him in, gee I took Mom's money.
Will you give me some more)? He was escorted
back to Yokosuka, popped positive for marijuana, Court
Martialed and sentenced to 6 months in jail, fined around
$20k and allowed to retire as an LCDR.
From Jack Thomas 22 September 2004
needs tech assist in Pattaya Beach, Thailand.
Depart to Bangkok one day prior to ship's arrival.
Establish base of operations in Pattaya Beach (a nice hotel)
Day Two: Meet
ship on arrival. Introduce self to Ops/EMO, etc. and
discuss the mission. Set time frame for tech assist the
next day and get out of the way of liberty party.
Day Three: Do
systems checks and provide tech assist to restore casualty
and provide tech training. This may extend to next day, but
not very often. Instruct ship to leave the system on to
ensure it stays up.
Days Four and
Five: Confirm that system is still operational and offer
assistance to look at other systems that may need work and
provide training to operators and technicians that are
Debrief OPS/EMO and C.O. if he desires. Check out of
operating base and proceed to Bangkok for "One Night In
A good, solid
Tech Assist effort. However, a tech assist for NAVMACS came
up and all of the normal NAVMACS techs were already TAD at
other locations. The only available asset was an ET1 at
MOTU-13 in Subic Bay and he hated to travel. He skipped Day
One and flew to Bangkok the same day the ship arrived in
Pattaya. He hired a car to take him from the airport to
Pattaya (about a two hour drive or so), paid the driver to
wait, hired a boat to take him to the ship, fixed the
problem, debriefed the duty ET, took the cab back to Bangkok
and flew back to Manila, all on the same day. He was back
at MOTU-13 the next day when the OIC came to work. The OIC
said "I thought I sent you to Thailand. Come in to my
office." After the ET1 briefed the OIC, the OIC called OPS
(ETCM Larry Wolfe) into his office and went ballistic. He
asked how come it takes you Chief's five to seven days to
make a trip to Pattaya, but a First Class can do the job in
one? Larry Wolfe got a serious look on his face and said
"Training, Sir. ET1 failed to provide any training and
didn't debrief the proper people in the chain of command.
But don't worry, sir, I chewed his ass out and it will never
happen again" Needless to say the ET1 never went on another
out of area tech assist and business returned to normal.
From Jack Thomas 14 September 2004
Just thought of another ETC that isn't on your
list. Scotty helped me pull his name up. ETC Ron Kirk. He was
there from 74 - 76. He was our first alcohol counselor. And
with an OIC like Bob Carlson and us, his supporting staff, he
should have had a lot to counsel. I don't think he ever
counseled anybody. Ray Loob used to call him "fuzzy face"
because of his beard. He was the counselor when we had our
first visit from the CAAC center. At the all hands meeting
where they hit on the evils of alcohol Larry Boyette spoke up
and said "Mr. Carlson, as I look around the room I have known
most of the people in here for years and we have drank enough
whiskey and beer to float the USS MIDWAY in DryDock 6 and not
one of us has ever gone ape shit".
From Jack Thomas 3 September 2004
Graz, the reason ________ stands out in my
mind is that he knocked up our replacement Yeoman, YN3 Olivia
?? Her husband was a third class ET on the Midway. The reason
we had a replacement yeoman? Our full time Yeoman got busted
selling or giving away Xmas BJ's in the head of the old Club
Alliance. ______ shared a house with him, but insists
that their relationship was platonic. He never made a run on
Scotty or me either.
From Jim Graslie 2 September 2004
One of my own, actually this was
from 1996 at FTSCPAC, but everyone involved was a MOTU Seven
Sailor. We had
CSRA's (Combat System Readiness Assessment) on a ship in
Yokosuka followed on by one in Sasebo. We brought Dave
Frank over from Everett for both of them. Then the Taiwan
Straits blew up and we were tasked to support the Nimitz and
Independence Battle Groups. (Needless to say the CSRA's
were cancelled). Six of us including Dave, were sked to
fly commercial to Singapore, meet the USNS Pecos and ride her to
pick up the Nimitz Battle Group and take care of their CASREP's.
About the time we were working out the details, a message came
in with our Government Flight info for our trip to Sasebo,
flight was Atsugi, Nagasaki, Phuket Thailand and Diego Garcia
(C-21 Navy Lear Jet). I immediately went in to the OIC
(LCDR Sproull) and explained how I could save him a bunch of
money, fly us on the Government flight to Phuket, do an
overnight and then on to Singapore commercial, and pick up the
Pecos. The OIC called me into his office about an hour
later and told me the Pecos had been delayed and asked if
anybody would object to spending an extra night in Phukett as
the perdium was cheaper. I told him he probably wouldn't
get any grief about it. I'm not going to get into the
story of the ETCM that went reverse bungee jumping the second
night in Phuket (It wasn't Dave Frank). Bottom line, got on the ships, got the
job done and took a COD into Okinawa, a quick round of golf and
back to Yoko.
From Ray Stein 1 September 2004
The OIC was LCDR James G. English. He was
promoted to LCDR early '59 and was transferred around June "59.
I cannot remember the name of his relief. I am positive
that Foran's first name was Ray, short for Raymond. I know he
was an ET2 and was transferred in September '59, as I visited
him and Chief Walker in Navy housing in Oakland, CA at that
time. Coogle's first name was Leroy. I cannot remember ET1
Bradfords first name. Also assigned to METU-7 was Western
Electric engineer James Corbin. The other W.E. eng name I do not
remember For what it's worth, ETNSN John Koch, a reservist,
served as the "Yeoman", if you will. The "bldg" we were in
was on the edge of SRF, just a block from the O club.
Right next to our office was a group of Chiefs, MOTU-7 (Mobile
ordinance tech unit). I remember one of the Chiefs had a sling
shot, and used balls from bearings, to bring down pigeons in the
bldg rafters. He got an ass chewing for making holes in the
roof, when he missed, which was most of the time.
From Paul Bublitz 28 August 2004 (on
Graz and Jack
Thanks for the info. I talked to Glenn on the phone yesterday
and is the first time we
had talked since the 60s. I remember when his wife was pregnant
and the kids are
now around 40 years old. Time flies!
I asked Glen for his email address and he said: "I'm not in to
that." so he doesn't have
a computer or an email address.
Again - thanks a lot.
From Glenn Barbee 25 August 2004
Camille J. (Chuck) Levasseur and I crossed paths
a few times over the years. We were on the Yorktown together
1955-57. He was a convertee to the FT rate during that time when
so many first class and chiefs came over from ratings where
promotions were almost non-existent. He changed his rate from
Dental Technician (DT1). We never called him "Chuck," he was
"Doc" in Fox Division. I think they called him "Frenchie" in FT
school. I guess he became "Chuck" after he got his commission.
To my knowledge, he did not go through the warrant officer
route. I think he went straight to LDO from FT1. He was a LTJG
when he was at MOTU-7. He retired as LCDR. When I was on the
Yorktown, besides Doc, we had for first class petty officers, a
former BM, MM, ME, YN, and a former QM for our chief. They used
to call the ones of us who were not convertees,
"straight-coupled." It means something if you have been in
electronics a lot of years, youngsters wouldn't get it.
I hope you will get a lot of hits. The site looks great and it's
wonderful to have a MOTU-7 site.
Frank Sedlacek 20 August 2004
JIM Ė great site!!!!!!!! being
an old KWR&T 37 and KW-7 tech Ė wow, the crypto site is
awesome. I canít verify for sure but
served with Jim Sears twice Ė once while he was EMO on the
Kitty Hawk and the again when he was
Director, AES. Remember talking with him on the Kitty Hawk
many times, I was 1st
Class at the time and running OE01 (Comm Shop) as he used to
come up to the shop and BS a lot, about his
experiences in Yokosuka and I remember him telling about his
MOTU background. His widowed wife
More on Jim Sears from Frank
passed away of cancer about three years ago. maybe
closer to four.
I was out at Balboa for
one of my quarterly pulmonary appointments and this car
pulls up to me in the parking lot. Until Jim spoke I
didnít recognize him. He had lost a lot of weight and
was looking very frail.. Said he had cancer (didnít
elaborate as to where, etc.) but said he thought he was
on the mend. About six months later saw his Obit in the
paper and called his wife to confirm and offer
Hello to all Ė is Pat
Wiltgen still over there???
From Jack Thomas 20 August 2004
One other ET that I remember - ETCM Dave Margetts. He is the
one I tell the story about where Glenn Knox replaced Dave's
screening rubber stamp that assigned jobs to SRF, Tender, S/F,
or MOTU when MOTU was part of CTF73. Some ET3 handed Dave his
work request, Dave read it, and promptly stamped it " Fuck You
and the Ship you rode in on". That poor third class about shit.
From Paul Bublitz 8 August 2004 (on Jim
This was probably the same guy: Jim was pretty tall and usually
was slim although
I remember him having a pretty big beer gut. The Jim Sears I
knew left MOTU-7 for
the MOTU in San Francisco (MOTU-9?) I guess he made Chief and
there. The last time I saw him was around 1968 in Subic. I
took him to the Chief's Club
for dinner as he couldn't take me to the O club. He had to
leave and write up some
Top Secret Op plan for some operation he was involved with - he
wasn't on a ship.
I'd like to know more about how and when he died. I have tried
several times in the
last few years to find him on the Net but as you can guess, I
Also do you have any idea where I could contact Glen Knox? I
saw you had him listed
as ETCM Knox on the MOTU-7 Web page. Glen and I were both ET1s
at MOTU-4 in
Norfolk and he used to come and help me sample my home brew.
I thought of a couple of more MOTU-7 names: ETC Bert Snyder
(SS), YN3 Ted Whitehouse
(I think) if this is correct, he got out of the Navy, went to
college and came back in and was flying F4s. His relief was YN3
George Hengst. More civilians: Ralph McQuid and Orrie Evers,
who came up from MOTU-3 in Sasebo.
From Paul Bublitz 6 August 2004
I'm not sure if this is a good email address but here goes:
I was stationed at METU-7, later MOTU-7, from 1960 to 1963. My
initial orders read USS METU-7. I remember quite a few names
from when I was there so I'll give them to you as I remember
them. I'm not too sure about some of the spellings.
OIC when I got there: Lt. Bud Godfrey. later relieved by Lt. Ray
Thornton. AOIC Chuck Levasseur who went from MOTU-7 to MOTU-13
Chiefs: ETC Roy Coogle and later ETCS Musgrave
ET1s: Jim Key, Jim Wasco, Ed Nebrowski, Ray Foran
ET2s promoted to ET1s while there: Me (Paul Bublitz), Jim Sears
Civilians: Fred Bybee, Fred Robins, Al Mendes, Lloyd Britton,
Jack Bailey, Lloyd? Turner, Chuck Hogue, Jack Myers.
I don't remember any of the Gunner's Mates as I guess they
stayed in their old MOSU office. (METU + MOSU = MOTU)
After I left MOTU-7 I went to MOTU-4 in Norfolk, spent around 6
months in MOTU-6 in the Med. I then went to the Naval Weapons
Services Office in Philadelphia for a few crypto schools and was
transferred to MOTU-13. I made Chief while going to crypto
school at the Norfolk Naval shipyard. After leaving MOTU-13, I
was assigned to the USS Annapolis, AGMR-1 where I decided I
didn't like being back in the Navy again (9 years in MOTU'S) so
I got out in 1969.
Let me know if you got this.
Thanks for the Web site.
From Glenn Barbee 1 August 2004
It's great to see something getting started for MOTU-7. I've
often thought about those days and have done some Google
searches looking for a trail. You'll be filling a gap that is
MOTU-7 was my last tour of duty before I retired in July, 1975.
I was there about three and a half years. I can give you some
names, but I'm sure I will leave out some equally important
ones. You already have Jack Thomas and Scotty Kniess, who were
there when I was.
The OIC when I arrived was LT Sam Curry II and the AOIC was CWO
Glenn Rice. (He later advanced to LTJG). I remember I thought
some detailer must really have a sense of humor to have the only
two officers in a command named Curry and Rice. LT Robert
Carlson relieved Mr. Curry the year before I left.