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BELOW ARE SOME EMAIL COMMENTS AND STORIES I'VE RECEIVED

If you have any good stories etc. Please send them to me and I'll post them.

 

 

 

 

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:  619 698-4562

Ralph too sounds almost exactly as he did back in '77!

Or snail mail him at:

3705 Kenwood Drive
Spring Valley, California   91977


 

 

 

From ETCS Hugh Scriven  30 May 2010

Thanks for the prompt response Graz.

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 consequence.

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:

Miyata-san
Yanagawa-san
Muramatsu-san
Watanabe-san

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 your
s.


 

 

 

From 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 care. 

 

 

 

 

From ETCM Jim Graslie 28 May 2010

Hugh,

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.

 

 

 

 

From ETCS Hugh Scriven  28 May 2010

Graz,

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 years.

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 Chinhae, Korea.

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 long while.

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 Vietnamese.

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,


 

 

 

From 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 before lunch.

 

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 Fairfax, Virginia.

 

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 remain.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

 

 

 

From 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 mrjudd@aol.com. 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 happen.

 

 

 

 

From 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 the language.
 
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 again.
 
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 missed.
 
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. http://www.mvc.dps.mo.gov/Cemeterys/Site/Jacksonville.html
 
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 April 2005

 

All,

It is 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.  

 

Toshiko 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. 

 

His 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

 

Hi, 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 September 2004

 

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

 

Time frame: mid-1980s. 

 

Mission: Ship needs tech assist in Pattaya Beach, Thailand. 

 

Scenario of accomplishment:

 

Day One: 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 available.

 

Day Six:  Debrief OPS/EMO and C.O. if he desires.  Check out of operating base and proceed to Bangkok for "One Night In Bangkok".

 

Day Seven: Fly home.

 

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 Glenn Knox)

 

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.

 

 

 

 

From 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 is Japanese. 

 

More on Jim Sears from Frank

Jim 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 condolences.

 

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 Sears)

 

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 got commissioned 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 wasn't successful.

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 as OIC.
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 needed.

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.

 

 

  

 

 

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