Category: Stories


Robert “Doc” Streeter

Hometown: Ticonderoga NY Now Living In: Conneaut OH Years at JI: 1975 – 1976 Assignment: AFRTS Memories: I remember receiving orders to JI in early 1975. I had NO idea where it was, or what it was – never heard of it before. My sponsor (pretty sure his name was Bob Beyette) wrote me a […]

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Memories from David J. Harrington 1974-75

Good Afternoon, Well, it’s good to see your site. It even has contributions from several of the folks with whom I served. I’m happy to see that Doc Streeter and Ken Rogge are still with us. I worked at AFRTS (3rd Floor JOC Building) from Dec 1974 through Dec 1975. During that time, Air Force […]

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Baker-Nunn

Baker-Nunn Satellite Tracking Camera By “Jungle” Jim Schwilling I nearly got really carried away with a long and boring history of the Baker-Nunn camera. I decided to spare you that here! I worked in this system for about half my lifetime, mostly in the operation of it in the capacity that the USAF used it […]

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Barry Nesja 1954 on JI

In the fall of 1953 while stationed at Hill AFB, Utah, I received orders transferring me to Japan. I was not too happy. Japan was a great assignment but usually most people actually ended up in Korea. While home (Chippewa Falls, WI) on leave my orders changed. I was going to Hawaii! I flew to […]

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Bill Knoop 1955-56 on JI

I was an 18 year old A/2c X-Ray Technician stationed at the 6486th USAF Dispensary (Hickam AFB, Hawaii) when one afternoon in early 1955 the first sergeant called me into his office. I was told to go to the barracks and pack my duffel bag. I was being sent PCS (permanent change of station) to […]

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Jim Devine

Please Note: All Photos and Data courtesy of Jim Devine and used w/ permission. On March 1, l944, we set sail from Pearl to Johnston Island aboard the APA USS Livingston. In one hold, there were about 200 of us with canvas sacks stacked about 10 or 12 high with about l8 inches between sacks […]

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Mark in the Pacific

The daily drudgery of work can make anyone dream of escaping to a tropical island, in the middle of nowhere, soft warm breezes gently swaying in the palm trees, and nothing but blue ocean as far as the eye can see. For Mark Eggerich, his fantasy of escaping from his work environment had to be […]

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Memories of Johnston Island – 1946 by S.Leo Richardson

Fresh out of Book Camp June 1946 from San Diego we sailed to Pearl Harbor. We did not know where we would be assigned for duty. We were in a few days sent to Naval Air Station at Barbers Point. From there were we assigned to Johnston Island. We flew into JI on a DC […]

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Rich Tower 1968

I was stationed on JI from January 1968 to January 1969. I was a Captain in the USAF working as the Safety Officer on the Thor missile program. When I arrived, there was a ban on taking photographs on the island (a throwback to the days of high altitude nuclear testing that ended in 1964, […]

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