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608th Air Control and Warning Squadron


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Entry: 85174
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
PY - DO DID EXIST!

DAN TROY wrote on January 9, 2013


City and State: DOWNERS GROVE IL

Unit: 608 AC & W DET 2 JUNE 54 TO MAR 55

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: After my ten months of isolation I went on to live a normal life, wife
children and grandchildren. There were many great guys on that rock
, especiallhy in the radio section. I pray all of them have had the
good life.
Peace to all .


Keywords:


Entry: 83671
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN

HARRY NORMAN wrote on July 17, 2012


City and State: BILLERICA MA

Unit: AIR POLICE

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 80542
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
LOOKING FOR ROBERT FOOT

CLYDE (JOHN) JOHNSON wrote on September 30, 2011


City and State: MESA AZ

Unit: DET 2 608 ACW SQ. CHO DO 1953

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Foot, Glad to hear that you did't hit a grayhound buss
while passing a truck,on your harley.


Keywords:


Entry: 80271
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
P-Y-DO 1957

GERALD LASSITER SR. wrote on September 5, 2011


City and State: EDENTON NC

Unit: 608 AC&W SQD.

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: WAS ON THE ROCK ALL OF 1957. THAT YEAR WE ATE LOTS OF
C RATIONS. ALSO HAD A TRUCK GO OFF THE MOUNTAIN. WAS
LATE FOR DUTY ONE DAY HAD TO SWIPE A JEEP TO RUN UP
THE MOUNTAIN GOT THERE ON TIME. JACK STRICKLAND I WAS
ALSO THERE WITH BREEDLOVE.CRAZY GUY.HE AND ANOTHER
GUY CUT THEIR ARMS TO BE BLOOD BROTHERS. I STAYED IN
TOUCH WITH HIM UNTIL HE DIED. 



Entry: 78058
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
CH-O-DO

ROBERT FOOTE wrote on March 2, 2011


City and State: CANBY MN

Unit: 608THACW SQ, DET.2

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: well we arn't as good lookin as we used to be, but i guess most of us are still hobbling a round and hopfully with out canes, i just hit the eighty five year mark and still get around town on my golf cart. good luck and good health to all of you.Bob Foote.

Keywords: Ch-o-Do


Entry: 78057
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
CH-O-DO

ROBERT FOOTE wrote on March 2, 2011


City and State: CANBY MN

Unit: 608THACW SQ, DET.2

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: well we arn't as good lookin as we used to be, but i guess most of us are still hobbling a round and hopfully with out canes, i just hit the eighty five year mark and still get around town on my golf cart. good luck and good health to all of you.Bob Foote.

Keywords: Ch-o-Do


Entry: 77332
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
P Y DO RADAR OPS - 1958

CHARLES JONES wrote on January 3, 2011


City and State: MANCHESTER MO

Unit: 6124TH AC-W (FORMER 608TH)

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Comments: Was at K-53, P-Y-Do, from Feb. to Dec. '58 as a "scope-dope". Not the nicest place I can remember. Went from there to k-39, Cheju-Do. Much better conditions there.

Keywords:


Entry: 77170
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
JAG VISIT IN 1958

JOE LIPSEY SR. wrote on December 19, 2010


City and State:

Unit: FORMERLY 35HT FIS, USAF

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was sent to PY Do (K 53), in the summer of 1958. to do a preliminary investigation for an Atricle 32b, USCMJ, hearing. There was emough "listening" equipment on the island to magnitize your watch. You could only land a C-119 there at low tide on the beach. Taking off, a few days later, our pilots' sphincters got a lot of exercise.

Keywords:


Entry: 76992
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
K53, POENGNYANG-DO IN '57 NOW???

JOHN SCHWARTZ wrote on November 29, 2010


City and State: BONDVILLE VT

Unit: 608TH AC-W

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: hearing the news about the north koreans shelling the island of baengnyeong-do i got to wondering. then, after some research i have come to the conclusion that poengnyang-do (k53 in 1957)and baengnyeong-do are one in the same.
see letter on this site from a wally barnett, seems he visited this very island about two months ago. he was stationed there in 1952 and went back for a visit.i'm guessing he just made it as i'm certain there must be travel restrictions by now. see what i mean, don't put the important stuff off for another day. i envy you wally and good for you.


Keywords: know me as jack. k53 in 1957. met up with an old friend, woody breedlove, after not seeing him for about 45 years. drove up to bangor maine to see him (he was confined to a wheelchair). called a couple months later to visit once more.....he had just died. at least we got together..so don't put this stuff off!! as in give me a call if we know each other from way back when..



Entry: 76924
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AC AND W 1956-57

JACK STRICKLAND wrote on November 25, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: While there we had a stretch of time with fog and ran out of fresh food and went to C rations. When a C47 was able to land on the beach it was late in the day and by the time we got it unloaded the vehicles had to spread out down the beach with lights on so the plane could take off and bank a sharp right over the Yellow Sea to miss the mountain at the end of the beach.

Also while there a 4x4 rolled off the top of the mountain where the radar was and down the side. Needless to say it ended up being a total wreck.


Keywords:


Entry: 74232
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
MAP OF PAENGNYONG-DO

WALLY BARNETT wrote on April 5, 2010


City and State: KENMORE WA

Unit: 608 AC-W

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I have an excellent map of Pyaengnyong-do dated 1951 and prepared by the US Army Map Service showing the coordinates of PY-do to be 00 degress Latitide and
50 degrees Longitude. I can copy it to anyone free of charge upon request and your e-mail address. Send me an e-mail


Keywords: "Sweet-Lips" of Chinchon-ni 1952.


Entry: 73606
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
SEEKING AIRMEN FROM PY-DO IN 1952

WALLY BARNETT wrote on February 17, 2010


City and State: KENMORE WA

Unit: 608 ACWS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: James Prim, Harry Paretchen, James Markert, Don Wise, Jack Smith, George Reeves, Robert Trim, Harry Goon, Arthur Whitney and I were among the many guys who served on Paengnyong-do in 1952. We served under Major Frank Fuentes.

Other surnames from the back of my photos are Sullivan, Godwin, Kauslauska, Gotcher, and Gibson.

We know that Prim and Markert are deceased, but Harry Paretchen and I are still in contact. Where the hell are the rest of you?


Keywords: Lucky Tiger Whiskey, Kimchi, Mognan Mool rice wine.


Entry: 73576
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
FOUND AN OLD PICTURE OF MY FATHER'S. K-18 1955

JONATHAN BORING wrote on February 16, 2010


City and State: MARIETTA GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I lost my dad a few years ago and I have MANY pictures of him through the years. I thought anybody who was related or knoew of these guys might find the picture of interest. It has these three men and my father, Ray E Boring, Jr. Let me know if you want me to post it online or email it to anyone. Great picture of them standing next to plane in full flight gear.

On the back of the picture is all their names plus
K-18 Korea 1955
Japan R and R C-119


Keywords: Spike Bartovich (Cherry Valley, PA)
Bill Workman (Seattle, WA)
Edwin Markley (Grand Junction, CO)



Entry: 72467
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608 SQUADRON

DON HOLMES SR. wrote on November 22, 2009


City and State: BARTONVILLE IL

Unit: 608 SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 71165
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
PY - DO, K53, 58TH C AND G SQDN '59 - '60

BILL WELD wrote on August 4, 2009


City and State: BOYNTON BEACH FL

Unit: 58TH COMM - GUIDE SQDN/58TH TAC MISS GP

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I realize most of these posts are quite old but, if any of you have contact with Mitch Martin (posting # 37), please try to have him contact me.

Keywords: Lt. Mitch Martin, JT Connor, David Goldsby, Al Bright, Dave Poling, Ivan Fairfield. Our runway: the beach at low tide. MSQ 1 and 1A Missile Guidance Radar.


Entry: 70821
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
PY-DO RADAR INSTALLATION 1966

DON WILLIAMS wrote on July 6, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was station at Kelly AFB, Texas with the GEEIA squadron. We went to PY-DO on a TDY assignment in 1966 and installed a new RADAR station. I never knew that there was a RADAR site on the island before the one we installed. The landing strip was the beach. We had to wait for the tide to go out before we could leave the mainland other wise there wasnt a place on the island to land the C-47. I was there through the winter and it WAS cold and there was a lot of snow. I left the GEEIA squadron for my next assignment at a really remote site at Fort Yukon, Alaska. That was cold.

Keywords:


Entry: 70800
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
WAS NEAR KANGNANG JUNE 52-JUNE 53

ROBERT QUINLAN wrote on July 4, 2009


City and State: DENNIS MA

Unit: 608 AC-W SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: WAS on the MOUNTATION near kangnang, 19 air miles from
K18 from june 52 until june 53.



Entry: 67205
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AC AND W WEBSITE

CARL JOHNSON wrote on September 14, 2008


City and State: HUNTERSVILLE NC

Unit: 608TH AC-W

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: The 608th AC and W website is at http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-608ACW
We have photos and words from those who served on the mountain near K18 Det #4, on Cho-do and on Py-do.
Carl Johnson
Korea August 1952 - August 1953
608th AC and W Det #4


Keywords: 608th AC and W, K18, Kangnung, Cho-do, Py-do


Entry: 66316
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
SEE # 66299 DATED JUN 30, 08

NOAH E. POE wrote on July 1, 2008


City and State: PRATTVILLE AL

Unit: 608TH AC-W SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I had written in my 30 June 2008 (See # 66299) that we closed clubs at K-52, and 53 and moved to K-54. That should have been closed K-52, 53, and 54 and moved club to K-18. This was the the 27 July 1953 withdraw for 608th AC and W Squadron

Keywords: NCO Mess Club


Entry: 66299
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
HQ, 608TH AC AND W SQ NOV 52 -NOV 53

NOAH E. POE wrote on June 30, 2008


City and State: PRATTVILLE AL

Unit: HQ, 608TH ACW SQ K-16

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Arrived at K-16 compound in Nov 52 and rotated to McDill AFB in Nov 53/ I provided all items to the detachment clubs at K-52, 53 and 54 from K-16. Closed K52 and 53 in July 1953, transfered all assests to K-54. Worked in DOM at Hq until I rotated back to ZI.
All my services prior and after Korea was in BX/PX, AF Commissaryand Bases Services. Retired in Aug 1970 as CMSGT.
Worked in AF Commissary (AFCOMS) Maxwell AFB, Al 1970 -1988, GM 13 as Deputy Director Gulf Area Complex and DO for 21 AF Commissary in Southeast.


Keywords: Managed NCO mess Club-Hq Supply


Entry: 66015
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
INFO ON AIC JIMMIE ROWLAND HOBDAY OF CORTEZ, CO LISTED AS MIA/KIA W/608TH AC AND W SQ IN 1952

DANE HAYS wrote on June 11, 2008


City and State: SEDONA AZ

Unit: US ARMY RET. POSSIBLE FAMILY MEMBER

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Any assistance or referrals would be appreciated.

Keywords: I am writing a book and have been trying to verify info for accuracy. Secondary is trying to find out about A1C Jimmie Rowland Hobday of Cortez,CO. He was a friend of the family when we lived in Cortez but we may also be related. I know my mother received an official letter from the AF when he was listed as a MIA 13 Sep 1952 so she had to be listed in some manner in official records for point of contact.


Entry: 64257
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING / K-14

ROBERT L. MAY wrote on February 11, 2008


City and State: AFTON TN

Unit: ASSIGNED TO THE 608TH

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was stationed with the 608th A.C. and W. Sqdn, from March of 1956 to March of 1957. The post was a small compound a couple of miles outside of Kimpo AFB.. I served as Sgt. of the Guard and we maintained security on the compound and the mountain. I recall several friends. Names were Jim Hunter from California, Sgt. Pete Olesko, Stan Bem from Pa., and house boy 'Hunesan'. Coldest winter in 31 years according to the 'Stars and Stripes' newspaper. I recall the hairy ride up the mountain in my 3/4 ton weapons carrier. The rain unearthed a corpse of a Chinese soldier while standing watch one night..'Burp gun' and all. Would like to hear from anyone that served during that time period. I was from Maine at the time. Thanks

Keywords:


Entry: 60755
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME

FRANK DYE wrote on April 21, 2007


City and State:

Unit: 608TH AC-W SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Went to Korea on the USS Gen J C Breckenridge in November of 1954 and was stationed with the 608th as a personnel specialist. We were in Seoul at that time. Then in January 1955, headquarters moved to Kimpo Air Base (K-14) on the back side of the base. Later that year we moved again to our own compound just outside of Kimpo. I remember flying out to the Island (K-53) once a month to pay the indigenous personnel and twice a year to do a records review for those stationed there. Rotated back to the US in November 1955. I remember Betty in the chow hall. Would love hearing from anyone stationed there during my time.

Keywords: Headquarters, Personnel, Sgt Whitman, Sgt Basurto, Lt Hollopeter


Entry: 57528
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
606TH AC AND W SQ.....1955

FRED WEEKS wrote on June 5, 2006


City and State: WALNUT RIDGE AR

Unit: 606TH AC-W SQ

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was stationed at K-18, KangNung, S Korea durung the calendar year 1955. I was there when the f-86 Sabre crashed after leaving his belly tanks on the runway while buzzing the site. Also a ROK F-51 landed without dropping his landing gear while I was there.
I would enjoy hearing from anyone in Radar Ops who was stationed there during this period.
Fred Weeks
Walnut Ridge, AR


Keywords:


Entry: 57119
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
502ND REUNION NEW ORLEANS

CLIFFORD W. BERNADAS JR. wrote on May 12, 2006


City and State: KENNER LA

Unit: 607,6132,608TH AC-W

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: in Korea 9/50 to3/52 hope to see some one i know at reunion Cliff

Keywords: Cliff 502nd tcg


Entry: 56838
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
GREETINGS FROM MINNESOTA!

ROBERT FOOTE wrote on April 25, 2006


City and State: CANBY MN

Unit: 608TH ACW SQ. DET #2 CH'O-DO

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Just a note to give all my Korean vets friends greetings and salutations, and hope that you all are all in good shape. I still push a lawn mower and snow shovel around even at 8o years young. It don't seem like 56 years since the conflict.you all have a real happy time this summer.yor friend Bob Foote.

Keywords: Ch'0-Do scope Dope


Entry: 52267
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608 A C AND W SQUADRON K18/ KANGNUNG

JOSEPH P. CANNON wrote on July 26, 2005


City and State: FAIRFAX VA

Unit: 608 A C - W SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: Truck went over the mountainside summer 1952. I was driving. 2 Korean cooks aboard were injured. What ever happened to them?
Looking for the guys that served Feb.1952 to Dec.1952
M.Sgt. Sullivan, Joe Gagnon Peabody Mass., Bob Ayres Ithica NY., Bob Hilton ? Calif.,
TDY to the mountain top, motor pool. Drove the radar operators to Kangnung to get some?(36 hour break)



Entry: 50529
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608 AC AND W SQDN K53 PYDO DEC54-OCT55

JAMES NORTHCUTT wrote on April 30, 2005


City and State: MORROW GA

Unit: 608 AC-W K53 PY-DO DEC54-OCT55

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was station at K53 December 1954 to October 1955 as a scope dope, remember the island very well. Left Korea
and stationed at 701st AC and W Ft. Fisher, NC for the remainder of my enlistment. Discharged Nov 1957. Would like to hear from any one from either sites.
Until later
Jim


Keywords:


Entry: 50176
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
PY-DO 1966-1967

DENNIS BROOKS wrote on April 14, 2005


City and State:

Unit: USAF AF COMMUNICATIONS SQ.

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to hear from anyone who was there from mid 60's til present.

Keywords:


Entry: 49608
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
RHAF 13TH FLIGHT

THEMIS VRANAS wrote on March 17, 2005


City and State: AGRINIO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Do you have any recollections from RHAF 13th Flight ? It was assigned to 21st TCS,
'' Gyushu Gypsies ''.

One of its planes , C-47 49-2622 ''NEPTUNE'' is still operational with Hellenic Air Force !

Searching for stories of photos about the hellenic contribution in the Korean War UN effort.

Thank you,

Themis Vranas ThemisVranas@yahoo.gr


Keywords: Royal Hellenic Air Force 13th Flight


Entry: 49262
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
KOREA FROM 1950 TO 1952

CLIFFORD W. BERNADAS wrote on February 27, 2005


City and State: KENNER LA

Unit: 6132TH AC-W 608AC-W

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: went over with 607 went to6132..they changed numbers to 608th.in korea from 1950 to 1952.any one in unit at that time,would like to hear from you.

Keywords:


Entry: 48308
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
K-53 PAENGNYONG-DO CHANGE

JAMES B. LORENZ wrote on January 21, 2005


City and State:

Unit: DET 3, 608TH AC-W SQDN

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: The "new" name for Paengnyong-do (Det 3) is now Baengnyeong-do. Kangnung (Det 4) has also had a name change. It is now Gangneung. Cho-do (Det 2) and Yanggu (Det 1) have not changed. Of course Cho-do now belongs to NK. Ed O'Neill is right about the Natl Geo map, it's quite good. It seems that K-16 Seoul is no longer a major airport. K-14 Kimpo (now Gimpo) is the major airport for that area. Does anyone out there know the GEOREF coordinates or Latitude and Longitude coordinates for Det 4? I know where the airbase is, but need the coordinates for the radar hill. There's a lot of mountains around there and I'm trying to find the radar site.

Keywords: K-18 Kangnung (Det 4)
K-52 Yanggu (Det 1)
K-53 Paengnyong-do (Det 3)
K-54 Cho-do (Det 2)



Entry: 47848
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
C'HO-DO AND PY-DO

ED O'NEILL wrote on January 1, 2005


City and State: CENTERVILLE MA

Unit: 608TH, DETACHMENT 2

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I arrived at C'ho-do (K54) about Feb 1, 1953, evacuated to PY-Do after the July 27 1953 signing of the truce and worked there until going home in January 1954. Was assigned to Otis AFB on Cape Cod, Massachusetts for the rest of my enlistment. For anyone looking for PY-Do on a map, its name has been changed to a word that starts with "B", but I don't have the name handy. The June issue of National Geographic had an insert that was a map of all Korea that will knock you socks off. You can get it from the magazine for $15.00.

Keywords:


Entry: 47106
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AC AND W 52 -53

JERRY SEIP wrote on November 26, 2004


City and State: VERNAL UT

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:
Jerry B Seip

I was in the K-18 from Aug. 52 to Sept 53. Anyone that was there during that time please drop me a note.
Jerry


Keywords: 608th AC and W Mt. Wilkins K-18
4 aces and a joker



Entry: 46730
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
K53 PY-DO MARCH57-MARCH58

JERRY BOSTIAN wrote on November 9, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I lived with the radio guys half a year or so untill there was room in the radar quonset. Drove the hill truck some,worked with the aps some. Ate lots of eggs and blueberrys. Watched the chow hall burn down and played the two or three slot machines in the airmans club. I fell from a pipe we had acrose the back of the quonset? and hurt my back. Now it has me bedridden with aracnoiditis. So long for now.

Keywords:


Entry: 46472
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
K-52 AIRFIELD

ALFRED MCELREA wrote on October 25, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: What happened to the Airfield we built in 52-53

Keywords: Turnipole/Road graders


Entry: 46471
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
K-52 AIRFIELD

ALFRED MCELREA wrote on October 25, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: What happened to the Airfield we built

Keywords: Turnipole/Road graders


Entry: 45394
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AC AND W KOREAN WAR WEBSITE

CARL F. JOHNSON wrote on August 23, 2004


City and State: HUNTERSVILLE NC

Unit: 608TH AC-W SQDN.

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Please visit our 608th AC and W website at
http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-608ACW
Just paste or key the above URL into the address
line on your browser to visit the site.
We would like you to join us and share
memories. Send me an email and I will send you an invite to simplify the joining process.
Thanks,
Carl Johnson


Keywords: Mountain top near K18 Kangnung 608th AC and W Det 4
1952-53 Cold Winter



Entry: 44662
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608 A C AND W KANGNUNG

J.D. BRASWELL wrote on July 20, 2004


City and State: DEXTER MO

Unit: 608 A C - W

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was stationed on that 6400 ft mountain with a Ground Radar Group directing Aircraft to North Korea. Sixty degrees below in the winter 1951--Supplies (beer and cigs) some food were sent to hilltop once weekly. We had Korean houseboys--looking for S/Sgt Dutton, Airman Cliff Poole or Richard Durbin. That old Radar Antenna would really moan turning into the wind until we build a wooden shield--e-mail from anyone would be appreciated. REMEMBER THE R AND R'S to Japan????

Keywords: Radar Mountain approx 30 miles North Kangnung Air Base Aug 1951 to Aug 1952.


Entry: 44464
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AC AND W KOREAN WAR WEBSITE

CARL F. JOHNSON wrote on July 13, 2004


City and State: HUNTERSVILLE NC

Unit: 608TH AC-W DET 4 NEAR KANGNUNG

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: You are welcome to join our 608th AC and W Korean War website which was opened recently.
http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-608ACW
This address is descriptive (and can be remembered?) and is translated to bring up the site.

Carl Johnson


Keywords: 608th AC and W Sq. Det 4 from 8/52 - 8/53
502nd Tactical Control Group



Entry: 42741
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
MY HARROWING STORY

CECIL W. DAVIDSON wrote on May 1, 2004


City and State: HOUSTON TX

Unit: 608 AC-W

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: May 1 also known as "May Day" each year brings back old memories to me. Exactly 52 years ago today in the evening I thought my end was near. I was assigned to work with a small group of US Army and Republic of Korea (ROK) Engineers in repairing a mountain road several miles south of the 38th Parallel on the East coast of Korea. We had a communications site on the top of the mountain. I was an 18 year old S/Sgt. driving a large dump truck. We lived in tents a few miles from the mountain top and normally got paid the 1st of each month if we were at our base compound; however, since we were living and working on the mountain we would not get paid until a day or so later when the Payroll Officer made his trip up the mountain. Since I was eager to get paid I claimed that I needed to take my truck back to our downhill facilities for maintenance after work that day. The trip would take about 2-3 hours and it was approaching darkness by the time I departed. Since it was "May Day" we had been warned to be alert for potential communist guerilla activity.



Shortly after I started my trip I began thinking what I would do if I came upon a roadblock. Most of the road was only wide enough for one vehicle and was in very poor condition with many blind curves and steep drop-offs. All along the road were numerous armed ROK soldiers that were hitch hiking. Shortly after starting my trip I picked up an armed ROK soldier which made me feel better since I felt that he could help me if we were ambushed. Unfortunately, he only wanted a relatively short ride and I was again alone and the daylight was getting low. In my mind I had a mental image of being ambushed by going around a blind curve and finding a pile of boulders blocking the way. A few miles after dropping off the ROK soldier I rounded a blind curve and there in the middle of the road was exactly what I was afraid of, a huge boulder that was blocking the path. I threw on the brakes and barely stopped before crashing. I removed my rifle from its rack, placed it next to me and slowly inched my way around the rock all the time expecting to be fired on. Apparently, the boulder just tumbled onto the roadway as I was not shot. After getting around the boulder I began driving as fast as I could (actually much too fast considering the road conditions) until I arrived at our compound near Kangnung, Korea.



After arriving at our base compound I got paid. That night while I was asleep with my loaded rifle and fatigues laying next to me someone took my wallet out of my fatigues, stole $136.00 and replaced the wallet. The above is why May 1st is a day that I will always remember.

I would like to hear from others that were in the 608th, especially in the first 6 months of 1952.


Keywords: 608 AC and W, Kangnung, Korea 1952


Entry: 41133
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AC AND W SQDN. DET #2

LOUIS SUIT wrote on February 21, 2004


City and State: ROCKFORD IL

Unit: 608THAC-W SQDN. DET#2

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Buddies: Kilduff, Harris, Grupski, V.D. Calkin

Keywords: 1953 on Cho Do


Entry: 40482
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
KOREA 54

CLARENCE ( CLANCY) WILLIS wrote on February 1, 2004


City and State: VA

Unit: 606TH AC-W

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Was in 606th in 54 at several sites. would like to hear from anyone.

Keywords:


Entry: 39107
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
LOOKING FOR JOHN H. SCHUCK

FLOYD KING wrote on December 12, 2003


City and State: JOHNSTOWN NY

Unit: 608TH AC - W DET. 1

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I would like to talk to John about his time at K-52 Yanggu with the 608th AC and W Det. 1

email me, please frogger@mybizz.net


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Entry: 38845
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
CHO-DO - 1952-1953

ROBERT FOOTE wrote on November 30, 2003


City and State: CANBY MN

Unit: 608ACW SQ. DET. 2 (CHO-DO

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was at the Island from 10-52 til the three day evacuation I think that was in aug. and invaded the Island of k-53, they had not finished the Radar operations or was operating with a reduced crew personel so a lot of us were laying around as casuals, I was the barber honcho for the korean papasons until I rotated back to the states.By the way my mos was a scope dope.wRITE IF YOU CAN, THANX. BOB

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Entry: 37919
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AC AND W N. OF KANGNUNG '53

BERT CROWSON wrote on October 30, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was also stationed on the “mountain” near K-18 from January 1953-December 1953 (what was the name and location of that mountain?).

Names like Bob Taylor, John Leute and Dick Hertzig also ring a bell. I have a photo of Bob Taylor in the process of burying some “fresh” green onions that his wife sent him. By the time they arrived from the states they were rotten and needed a decent burial.

Would enjoy swaping stories and possibly picts from that experience. Can't believe it's been 50 years ago this year.


Keywords: Kangnung,K-18,Det4


Entry: 37872
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608 AC AND W

ROLAND WILSON wrote on October 29, 2003


City and State:

Unit: 1ST SHORAN BEACON SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

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Entry: 37834
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
608TH AC AND W SQ. DET. 4

CARL F. JOHNSON wrote on October 27, 2003


City and State: HUNTERSVILLE NC

Unit: 608TH AC-W SQ. DET. 4

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: USAF Korea from 8/52 to 7/53. 608th AC and W Sq. Detachment 4 served near K18 Kangnung, Korea. Also temporary duty near K50 SokCho Ri in support of army units. I was in radio maint. servicing ground to air transceivers. I would like to contact any members of the squadron.




Keywords: 608th AC and W Sq. Det. 4




Entry: 35009
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
DET. 4, 608TH AC AND W SQUADRON

TONY VAQUERO wrote on June 21, 2003


City and State:

Unit: DET. 4, 608TH AC-W SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

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Entry: 32372
608TH AIR CONTROL AND WARNING SQDN
607 AC AND W 1956 K6

JOE HARRIS wrote on February 27, 2003


City and State: TROY MO

Unit: RETIRED

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

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