97th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (120MM)


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Entry: 96662
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD FRIENDS AND COWORKERS.

Perry Palmer wrote on November 9, 2018


City and State: TULSA OK

Unit: 563RD ORDNANCE DETACHMENT, SHOWA AIR STATION, JAPA

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: I was in the 563rd Ordnance Detachment at Showa Air Station, Japan Jan 56-Jul 57. Our unit had from 8 to 12 men, and shared the barracks with the 97th AAA Headquarters at Showa. I was the Ord 6 (bench repairman) for the 563rd. Some names of people I served with are: David "Dave" Polley, Don Fox, Roland Voris, Robert Palladino, Frank Warriner, Elwood "Woody" Friend, Edwin Olson, Al Manbeck, Jordan Dobrikin, Leo Dillon, Tom Somody, Robert Wolter, Cecil Bailey, Buren" Lou" Ledbetter,C.W.O. George Hilton. Also C. w.O. Roark whose first name I don't remember, but was a great man to work with.

Keywords: Let's talk.



Entry: 96632
Subject: 563 ORD. DETACHMENT

Jordan Dobrikin wrote on November 4, 2018


City and State: BURNABY

Unit: 563 ORD. DETACHMENT, SHOWMA, TACHKAWA AFB

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: Hi I was there in 52/53

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Entry: 95041
Subject:

edward nascimento wrote on October 17, 2017


City and State: SAN ANTONIO FL

Unit: 96TH AAA GUN BATTALION BAT. C

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: DO NOT ,F,IND 96TH AAA GUN BATTALION BATTERY C ANY PLACE, WE WERE UP IN ALASKA 1950- 1953, 120MM THEN 90MM, CAN ANY ONE HELP

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Entry: 91982
Subject: OKINAWA 1953-54

Joe Plomin wrote on October 9, 2015


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Played Football, Baseball, Basketball
Won Group Batting Championship, 1954

DUBIOS 65th
COLLERAN 85th
SCOTT 85th
Mcneil 22nd
Stafford 85th
lee Garl
Frank Waddle

Keywords: 97th Gunners, Raiders, Fort Buckner



Entry: 91424
Subject: 97TH AAA BTRY C

Mike Bernal wrote on June 20, 2015


City and State: SANGER AA

Unit: 97TH BTRY C AAA BN

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad was stationed over seas during 50-53 and he's looking for some of his Army buddies. His name's Pete Bernal he got busted to pvt but got his stripes back.
He was stationed near Tachikawa Air Base

Keywords: ....Coleman,Perez,Diaz,Martinez.



Entry: 90025
Subject: 563 ORD. DETACHMENT, SHOWMA, TACHKAWA AFB

David Polley wrote on November 17, 2014

Email Update Needed



City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

Unit: 563 ORDANCE ATTACHMENT

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Hope to find some who were stationed at Showma 1955-1956.
Keep a moderate gait!

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Entry: 89616
Subject: C 97TH AAA G BATTERY

Scott Bailey wrote on September 5, 2014


City and State: FORT HOOD TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Dad Ellis Bailey was Part of the C 97th Gn Battery i have a picture of his Company from Sept 1950. Just curious if there are any members of his unit out there. He is still Alive and Well at 84 years young
Part of the Japan occupying Army

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Entry: 85844
Subject: FORT KAMARAMA 1947-1949 THEN TO YOKAHAMA UNDER CAPT. CARPENTER

Jesse Wainwright wrote on March 31, 2013


City and State: SAVANNAH GA

Unit: COMPANY C

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Buddies. Billy Hearn, Phoenix City, Ala., Back,NCO., Romanski,
Staten Island, N>Y>. 1947 to Hawaii. 1949 to yokahama, Japan,
ten to Ft. Bliss, Tx. in 1949. age 80. Looking to contact old
buddies.

Keywords: nickname- Karouse or grits. .



Entry: 83505
Subject: PYEONTAEL, KOREA TO TACHAKAWA, JAPAN

Michael D. Rizzo wrote on June 30, 2012


City and State: BROOKLYN NY

Unit: 97TH AAA GN BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Ready to rotate, from the 76th AAA Gn Bn in
Pyangtaek, Korea, Aug. 1954 to the 97th AAA Gn Bn in
Tachakawa, Japan, then off to the USA in Dec. 1954
MOS 1740 radio operator. Just a few months shy of
80, any old buddies out there?

Keywords: 76th AAA, Korea 97th AAA, Japan



Entry: 83369
Subject: PLEASE CONTACT IF ALIVE

Robert Hunley wrote on June 17, 2012


City and State: HULEN KY

Unit: 97TH ANTIAIRCRAFT ARTILLERY BN (120MM)

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: GROVER



Entry: 81323
Subject: 97TH AAA BN. (120 MM)

Peter Henkels wrote on December 15, 2011


City and State: DUBUQUE IA

Unit: BTRY B 97TH AAA BN. 40TH BRIGADE

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was a radio operator in B Btry. at Fuchu Air Station
from 1956 till the 97th. Bn. deactivated in 1957. Would
to hear from anyone who serves in the 97th AAA Bn. from
1954 to deactivation in 1957. Especially anyone who was
at Fuchu Air Station.

Keywords: 97th AAA Bn. Btry. B Fuchu Air Station



Entry: 78110
Subject: ROBERT H. TRAINA

Robert H. Traina JR. wrote on March 7, 2011


City and State: MOUNT VERNON NY

Unit: 97TH AAA BATTALION, CAC

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, Robert H. Traina, Sr. was commander of Battery "A" at Fort Kamahameha during WW2 and was discharged with the rank of major. I don't know much about the details of his service, but I do have some of his papers. He died in 1968 and rests at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
His executive officer was the late Theodore (Ted) Wilson of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii.

Keywords: Fort Kamehameha Stratosphere Gun 120mm 4.7"



Entry: 76261
Subject: 30 AAA 75MM JAPAN 1955 -1957

Bob Corby SR. wrote on September 26, 2010


City and State: BETHLEHEM PA

Unit: US ARMY 30AAA BATTLION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 76056
Subject: B BATTERY 52-53 | ASBESTOS, CHEMICALS EXPOSURE

Fabiola Torrez wrote on September 6, 2010


City and State: ARROYO SECO NM

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My uncle, vito rael was stationed near Tachikawa, Japan from 1952 to 1954. He as in 97th AAA, Battery B. I am seeking to contact others in 97th AAA and to find out what chemicals/herbicides were used. Also want to know about asbestos exposure

Keywords: Battery B, 97th Gun Batallion



Entry: 75433
Subject: LOOKING FOR BUDDIES IN THE 97TH AAA GUN BATTALION BATTERY D

Gerald (Nick) Nickley wrote on July 12, 2010


City and State: CINCINNATI OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Served 1951-1953 Ninomiya, Japan in the Korean War. Looking for others in battalion... G. Johnson, P. Cali, Lt. Meany, Lt. Dryer.....Any information would be greatly appreciated.



Entry: 75271
Subject: ANYBODY IN MY FATHERS BATALLION OUT THERE?

Denis Bausick wrote on June 28, 2010


City and State: FENTON MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: im trying to see if anybody out there was in my fathers unit from 47-52 in korea, then japan he was 15 when he went in and sargeant by 17 they used to call him SMOKEY he was a staff sgt.

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Entry: 69154
Subject: 19 MONTHS WITH D BTY, 97TH AAA BATTALION AT NINOMIYA

Bill Baldauf wrote on February 16, 2009


City and State: OAK RIDGE TN

Unit: D BTY 97TH AAA BTN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was with D Bty, 97th AAA Btn at Ninomiya from 7/1952 until 2/1954. I was in the Range Platoon and served as RADAR operator and CRO (chief RADAR operator).

My son worked in Japan close to Chiba for a few years, returning to the USA in the spring of 1994. I visited him there just before his return. I got him to take me to Ninomiya and the firing range at Katakai.

The old camp at Ninomiya was a plant nursery at that time with no trace left of the camp that I could tell. Katakai looked different. The village houses seemed farther back from the beach than before and the wooden fishing fleet had been replaced by modern fiberglass boats that docked in a protected harbor instead of being pulled up on the beach as in the '50s.

My time there was good, I never went to Korea altho the day or two after I arrived at Camp Drake I was given an M1 and was expecting to go. We had a lot of veterans from service in Korea. The worst part of being in the 97th was that we were very short handed with sometimes less than 100 to the battery.

I had a friend, Corp. George Wynn, who is probably the source of the little history I heard about the 97th. He said it originated in Hawaii and was made up from soldiers that were screw-ups, had been in trouble of one kind or another.

The battalion motto was "Hoomau i luna" which we were told meant "always on top" in Hawaiian.

I remember a lot of names but don't want to say any now. Would like to hear from others who were there when I was.

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Entry: 68209
Subject: 563 TH ORDANCE DET

Leo Dillon wrote on December 10, 2008


City and State: BEDFORD IA

Unit: 563 TH ORDANCE DET

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Hi

I was a member of the 563 rd Ordance Detachment Showa Air ststion Japan from Aug 1956 until the 97th AAA was deactivated in 1957. I did spend the last few months at Brigade Headquarters at Hiyoshi at the Brigade school maintaining their radar units.

I retuned to Japan in 2001 and found that our old stomping grounds is now, Showa Peace Park, what a shock. Tachi East is now a Japan Self Defence force base. Yokota is still huming with our airforce.

Names have slipped me but I thought someone might be interested in an update.

Keywords: Showa air station, Japan



Entry: 58593
Subject: 97TH AAA BN (75MM) OKINAWA 54-55

Jim Stathis wrote on August 21, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: SOUTH HADLEY MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Looking for info and photos on the 75mm Semi-mobile AAA Gun between 1954-1955 (okinawa)

Keywords: C battery, 22nd AAA Semi mobile 97th AAA Gp



Entry: 46822
Subject: 67TH AAA GUN BATTALION

Michael A. Bottey JR. wrote on November 12, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: 67TH AAA GUN BN. BATTERY 'D'

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I have several photographs of my service time in Worms, Germany from 1951-53. I would like to find members of this unit and exchange information.

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Entry: 42535
Subject: 97TH AAA GUN BATTALION

Frank Desiderati wrote on April 22, 2004


City and State: KENSINGTON MD

Unit: HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 97TH AAA BN

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served in the 97th AAA Battalion in Tachikawa, Japan, from Jan, 1955 to March, 1956.
I was just curious if the old 97th AAA was on the net

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Entry: 39087
Subject: LOOKING FOR UNIT PATCH

K. Fisher wrote on December 10, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: just got my deceased father's war medals. and i am now looking to find a patch from his unit if possible and i don't know where to look.

his discharge papers say "Btry C 97Th AAA Gun Bn (12 OMM)" and also "APO 323 Unit 1" .

i would like to find a patch or patches and make a dispaly for my mother in my father's honor.

i would appreicate any help.

thank you and GOD BLESS you all!!!

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Entry: 37513
Subject: 97TH AAA BN. 120MM GUN BN

James Martin wrote on October 12, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: HILLSBORO BEACH FL

Unit: HEADQUARTERS BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments:

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Entry: 37084
Subject: HQ BATTERY 97TH AAA GUN BN

John Tomsett wrote on September 22, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: SEBRING FL

Unit: 97TH AAA GUN BN

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I would like th hear from anyone who served at
Atsugi and Tachakawa at that time. I am interested in any history and information subsuquent to that time.

Keywords: 97th AAA Gun Bn 21 Nov 49 to 16 Nov 51, Sgt,
Hq Battery.Personnel



Entry: 36871
Subject: QUAD 50'S ON A HALF TRACK,92ND AAA

Bob McKinzey wrote on September 11, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: C BTRY,92ND.AAA,AW,BTRY.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: THERE WERE 8 HALF TRACKS,With Quad 50's,As for as I know,Only one's in KOREA DEC.1950,to MAY 1951.WE WERE STUCK 99 PER CENT OF THE TIME.LEFT Korea,for Okinawa,

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Entry: 27905
Subject: BTRY B 97TH AAA GUN BN 1945-6

Bill Navey wrote on August 29, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: HOLLY RIDGE NC

Unit: BTRT B 98TH AAA GUN BN

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: We were stationed in Hawaii in 1945 and 1946.
Just after I was sent to be discharged, the
unit sail and become part of Occuopied army in Japan. We were trained as the 516th AAA Gun
Bn at Camp Haan, California.
Any other members of this unit out there?

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Entry: 25591
Subject: 97TH AAA BN AND 67TH AAA BN

Lisa Bennett wrote on May 19, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: My father, Joseph R. Czajkowski was assigned to D/Btry from 1950-52. He made the trip from Japan where the 97th was permanently stationed. I am interested in any information on missions, locations, unit action.

He told me that he was also assigned to a "67th AAA Bn" for a period of time. I cannot find any reference to this Bn in any history.

Thanks for your help.
Lisa

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Entry: 22338
Subject: ANYONE SERVING IN JAPAN '54 TO '57

Joseph Patronella wrote on January 16, 2002


City and State: WILLIS TX

Unit: 97TH AAA GUN BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 7755
Subject: POSSIBLE REUNION ALL BATTS/HEADQUARTERS

Joseph Bennett wrote on April 1, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: FERNDALE MI

Unit: ABATTERY 97 AAA GN BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Lets get some kind of reunion going before its to late Moran Don also interested he was in the computer section next to our radar still have lots of pictures left of the old group in the range section. Gen Divine was commanding officer of all the units.Capt Walter Loving was or CO.

Keywords: was station near Tachakawa Japan May 51 to Oct 53attached to the range section has a radar operator mos 3603 also attached to 40th Brigade out of Yokohuma for school



Entry: 6075
Subject: GREETINGS

Joseph Russo wrote on January 7, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: OSWEGO IL

Unit: HEADQUARTERS BATTERY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for anyone from this unit.

Keywords: Metrological Section -detached service at 64thAAA
Gun Battalion at Headquarters battery







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