SPC4 Joe Lyons Aug 1964 - DEC. 1965
Drifter Party Field Camp Sign
Ron Dolecki writes of Drifter Field Camp:
I was a member of Drifter Field Camp from 1964-66. The camp chiefly consisted of field classification specialists who generally worked the northwest, north-central, and northeast sections of Ethiopia/Eritrea. Field classification specialists collected mapping data to include place names, provincial boundaries, river/stream status, bridge dimensions, road types, landmark feature locations, and other items of significance.
We deployed our camp near towns/settlements called Fiche, Ambo, Lekempte,
Tendaho, Ginchi, and a few other places with names I can't recall. The camp
NCOIC was SFC Harold D'Entremont (Frenchy), and other members included
Horace Gardner (Hoddy), Larry Stevens, Joe Lyons, Gene Stanley, John Kaffer,
Tom Hammack (Bones), Phil Wright, Gary Mueller, Art Quist, and Bill Wallette.
When UH-1B helicopters supported us, Dennis Sullivan (crew chief) seemed
like a camp regular. Three of the pilots I distinctly remember were Cpt.
Patterson, CWO Jack Kalmbach, and Lt. Orlin.
Tom Hammack with JP4 tanker-convoy on the road from Asmara.
John Kaffer 1964 - 1966
PFC Raymond Madrid
Tom Hammack (left) with shotgun shooting 00 buckshot and Bill Rudis with his new 30-30.
Left to Right--Larry Stevens, Phil Wright, Gary Mueller, Joe Lyons, and Horace Gardner.
L - R RICP pilots Don Davis and Al Temple, Tendaho Manager Gilbert Clancey, and RICP pilot Jack Miller at Tendahoe circa 1964.
Truck stuck in a river with guards in the back.
Joe writes: "I was part of the Ethiopia U.S. Mapping Mission from Aug. 1964 to Dec. 1965. I came upon this site while checking for the Ethiopian coins I had collected while there. It really brought back the memories.
Seeing Larry "Steves" Stevens and Bill Wallete's pictures was great. Also reading Ron Dolecki's account of his capture hit very close to home as I was flying the other mission on that day and served as a radio coordinator during the search mission."
SOME MEMBERS OF DRIFTER FIELD PARTY
SP5 Ron Dolecki 1964 - 1966
Mitchell Cotts-Tendaho Plantation and Village. Awash River-Afar Region-NE Ethiopia.
Drifter Clean-Up Day. Washing rigs in a river near Ambo
Tom Hammack with his warthog...
PFC Art Quist 1964 - 1966
David R. James
NCOIC Drifter Field Party
Drifter at the Mitchell Cotts / Tendaho Plantation - Awash River - Afar Region
Drifter camped under a Baobab Tree at Ambo.
SP4 Larry Stevens 1964 - 1966
Horace (Hoddy) Gardner 1964 - 1966
Ethiopian guards by Mapping Mission Land Rover
On Right: SPC Menear (Mechanic). On Left: Ato Messih (Interpreter)
"Littorina." made by Fiat. This coach may have carried passengers back and forth between Asmara and Massawa.
Bill Rudis worked on the Flightline with the UH-1's but spent a lot of time at Drifter field party.
I am unsure of camp location
Gene Stanley by Termite mound
Nick--Cook's Assistant at Tendaho
Larry Johnson July 1966 - Nov. 1967
(photo as of yet unavailable)
Larry Johnson was a civilian photo interpreter with the Army Map Service (AMS) group from Washington, DC and worked with Drifter Party from July 1966 through November 1967.
SPC Menear (Mechanic)
C-47 supply plane at Drifter Party (Tendaho?)
PFC Gary Mueller 1964 - 1966
SP4 Tom Hammack (Bones) 1964 - 1966
Hammack's new tape machine coming in on the Chopper. Tom Hammick, Harold D' Entremont, Ron Dolecki, and Gary Mueller.
MORE PHOTOS OF DRIFTER PARTY
SPC 5 Ron Dolecki 1964 - 1966. To read accounts of Ron Dolecki's time in Ethiopia with Drifter Field Party, and his capture by the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) CLICK HERE.
SPC4 Bill Rudis 1965 - 1966
Dan Struck died from injuries received in a truck accident while serving in Ethiopia.
Down time at the swimming pool in Ambo (Agere Hiywet)
SPC Dan Struck
SP4 Michael A. Mancari
SFC Harold R. D'Entremont (Frenchy) 1964 - 1966
... and Bill Rudis with his.
Gene Stanley June 64 to Dec 65
L - R Gary Mueller, Bill Rudis and Tom Hammack.