You can add me to your list of vets from Kagnew. I served in the Navy there from late in 68 to 70. I thoroughly enjoyed my tour in Eritrea and have always enjoyed springing my few words of Tigrinean on some unsuspecting cab drivers. I have already seen some names of guys I knew from Asmara years ago. I also have been in contact with several other alumni through the years and recently visited Craig Varden in Singapore where he lives now. Craig is the one who notified me about your site. My home address is 3053 Woodside Meadows Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
Thanks for the memories.
I lived in Asmara between 1956-59. My father was the mess
sergeant and later the butcher at the comissary--SFC George Walden HHC. My
mother managed the beauty shop for AAFES. I attended 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at
the American Elementary School. I would like to find descendents to Ms.
Magniani who owned the villa where we first lived. She had a marble refinery
out towards the airport road. I would also like to locate some of my teachers,
a Mr. Cowan, and Mrs. Gallagher, and my sisters teacher, a Mrs. Schelessinger,
her husband was a medic. Anyone who was in school or lived on post. Some names
that I remember are Phillip Campbell, Wilcox, Peggy and Perry Finnegan, Jody
Walton, Byron Roshtoe, Kathy Jonalyn. I would like to know what happened to
some nationals that worked with my father in the mess hall. Tommy and Guernsy.
Also, Tommy's sister, Lucia Gurasus was our housegirl. She should be about 57
or 58 if she survived.
My father John R. Burk Spec. 5 is now deceased. However,
could you add him to your roster, so that any old ASA buddies that are trying
to locate him or my mother Twila Burk (still living) they will know he is
deceased. We would love to hear from anyone who served with him in Kagnew
Station. He was there from Apr 69-Aug 71 and he was a communication specialist
and the NCO of the gas chamber. I am the Eritrean daughter that he and my
mother adopted while stationed at Kagnew.
Walter G Sandell Jr, Arrived at Kagnew Jun 63 E2 711.10,
assigned to Hq Co / S1. Eventually assigned Admin Asst to Deputy Commander, LTC
Wheeler. COL Wilson was CO; LTC Schuhart - Asst CO for Admin; Maj Huff - S1;
CPT Eskridge - Adjutant; CWO Watford - Pers; Sp4 Dan Berry handled TSC vault;
Sp4 Bill Beers was in S2. Maj Ryan was IG; CPT Joiner - S2; LTC Ford - Judge
Advocate; CPT Norcross - Deputy Judge Advocate; Maj Derringer - Provost
Marshall; Maj Courant - CO Hq Co.
I was a dependent stationed in Kagnew Station during 1959. My
name was Judi Compton, a dependent of Jim Sheehan, RCMS, (1959-6l),
Unfortunately, Jim passed away two years ago, but my mom (Barbara..but
sometimes called Pat) is still the picture of youth and now lives in Ponte
Vedra Beach, FL. She is not very computer literate, but was thrilled when I
told her of finding the Kagnew homepage and would love to hear from anyone who
remembers her. (E mail me and I will copy and send along) Since I was one of
the few females that was of a "datable" age in Asmara, most of my friends were
either GI's or sailors.(Got kicked out of the Oasis Club by a Sgt. Harry
McCracken on one notable occasion..I was only 16 and he called my dad and told
him I was drinking beer) Other dependent teenagers I would love to hear from
included Kathleen Scanlon, Judy Hord, Dixie Wright, (She dated Guard Company's
Jody Wright) Diane Kuyper. Some of my favorite Guard Company guys included
Bobby Shealey, his cousin Bill, ..and people who worked at the receiver site (
think we used to call them "tape apes".).Milton Beland (NC) William Daniels
(TN) Rod Trego (USN)..(we won a dance contest at the Special Services club) Bob
Novo (CA) (he was a lifeguard at the pool and taught me to perfect my stroke so
that I was good enough to swim competitvely in college). Also remember a "Mac"
McGuire who worked at the post office and received some brig time for taking a
joy ride in a piece of heavy machinary and driving it off of Massawa Road.
There are many others whose names escape me right now, but would love to take a
trip down memory lane with anyone who remembers me. I now live in Denver, have
two grown children, and am VP of Marketing for Amfac Parks and Resorts. We have
all the concessions for most of the National Parks (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon,
Death Valley, Bryce and Zion, to name a few) so I still spend a lot of time in
some of nature's most majestic sites. My favorite will always be the mountains
I arrived at Kagnew May 63, a month before the change of
driving lanes. I was a 98C20, straight day Company, Commanded by Capt Crouch of
Ky., who was an alcoholic I heard. I got an article 15 from him for not
reporting to work immediately when I was told I could not pick up my field gear
in the morning. Instead going out to the duty site I stayed in the company area
until I could. That was a no-no. My OIC was John C, Ball, an adopted son of
Everett Ball, Undersecretary of State in the Kennedy administration. I am
looking for names of men who were there when I was but have yet to find one. I
now live in Austin,Tx.
I was stationed for a short time in 1963 in both Headguarters
and Operations company. (Transfered form one side of the mess hall to the
other). I have some photos of the Emperor visiting Kagnew Station, Photos of
Aksum, and Massawa. One photo shows the literina that I took form Asmara to
Massawa to the R&R center. I was at Kagnew Station when our mail clerk was
arrested for stealing achialogical treasures near Agip. I also have some photos
of the Highlands. If these are of any interest I will scan the and send them to
you or make copies. I traveled extensively in the highlands on a Moto Guzzi 500
and a Norton 500 Atlas great bikes and a great country to travel in. I must say
that the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia at the time were the frienliest and
helpful I have ever met. I miss the Melotti beer and the nights in town sitting
at the sidewake bars and cafes.
Great Job on the Homepage.
I was at Kagnew (army site c, com center) for a little less than a year April 66 to Febuary 67. Believe it or not I got bored and 1049'ed for Vietnam. In Viet nam Mar 67-Mar 68 in the 303 and the 337th RR. Thumb nail update since ten. finished out service at NSA Ft. Meade (Sgt. E-5) till I got out in August 69. Graduated Cornell Univ. 1973. Married, two teenagers 15 and 17. work at IBM (vice pres global employee relation). Travel a great deal in my job but not in Africa (may go to S.A. later this year) and might even get back to Vietnam in the fall. Run into ASA and Kagnew vets in the strangest places. Thanks for doing this page, the pics are a great idea (lost mine somewere along the way) Pls. add my name to the list.
I was a 98J and stationed at Stonehouse. Both tours were enjoyable, but the highlight was the Asmara Grand Prix in January of 1972. I owned the red (with white racing stripe) Austin Healy Sprite driven by Bert Bertrand and prepped by Rino Sampieri. We didn't finish the race but had a helluva good time trying. Between Asmara tours, I hit Korea (twice) where I got to use the CHAOS van and Vint Hill Farms. Afterward, I worked with the DIA at Disneyland East (the Pentagon) where I really got disgusted with the BS and transferred to the Field Artillery. I retired as a 1SG at Fort Hood and stayed in the area.
|Can't believe there is a web site for the ASA much less Kagnew
Station. Next I'll find there is a web site for Two Rock Ranch. Keep up the
good work. It's great to take that long ride down memory lane.
y name is Michael D. Hopkins (aka Hoppy). I was RA all the way. Joined the Army after high school, 1960. Did my basic training at Ft. Ord, Ca. then on to Ft. Gordon, Ga for Military Police training and then much to my surprise got my orders for Kagnew Station. When I enlisted it was for the ASA to be an M.P. but I never figured Africa.
I (we) arrived at Kagnew Station in 1961(I'll have to check my orders for the month) and were met with a bunch of not so friendly guys from "Guard Co." It seems that most of the guys there were infantry or some mos other than 951.1, M.P. It had been quite some time since there had been any genuine M.P.s sent to Asmara. We were given a hard time form the old timers for awhile. One of the guys named "Woody" I think short for Wordward, and there was a guy by the name of Phips or something like that. I will drag out my old photos and try and get more names.
There were three or four of us that arrived that day. One of the guys was a Doug Mulligan, William Stubler (I think he came over with me) and a Burnbalm. After that everyone that was assigned to Guard Company was a 951mos (M.P.)
One of my favorite Sgt.s was K.B. Barton. He was an old timer from WWII. He had been an enlisted man, became an officer during the war and was "rifted" back to Sgt. Best NCO I ever worked for, with or encountered. Town patrol was done by"Sgt. Atherton" You did not want to cross Sgt. Atherton. Visions of him driving around in that l957 Chev. od & whit color was enough to stand the hair up on the back of your neck. I think his line was "my name is Sgt. Atherton, your comming with me."
I guess I am starting to run on so I will close for now. I'll get back to you with more names, photos and stories that are fit for the internet. Nothing about the roof top bar in Massawa.
I am still in touch with several of the guys from the M.P. Company, (Joe Tubbs, Paul Romano, Jim Merritt} as we preferred to call it. I will call them and ascertain if they are on the net. Or at least drag up some more names.
Mike Hopkins/ex Sp4/Kagnew Sta. 1961/1962
Pasadena, Police Department, Retired