gene burdell meyer
ALSO SORRY TO HEAR PASSING OF CWO RICHARD BIRK HE SHOWED ME ALOT HOW TO FLY THE HUEY I CAN REMEMBER HIM TELLING ME HE FLEW THE BELL 47 OR H 13 WHEN HE STARTED FLYING BEFORE THE ARMY
gene burdell meyer
SURE SORRY TO HEAR TOM DUNAWAY PASSED ON. WE USED TO FLY ALOT NI901R
I was in country from March, 1969 to the end of February, 1970 as the unit was drawing down. It's been interesting seeing the history of the unit. More than I knew when I was there. I arrived as the only PFC in the unit as promotion was quick and easy. However, I was nicknamed "PFC" and it stuck even after I made SP5. I look forward to talking with other veterans of "America's Foreign Legion"
I was working at the Mapping and Geography institute while while the US Mapping Mission was in Ethiopia. Demissew Assaye was the Head of the Institute. Taye Retta and Mekibib Mammo were Deputies. Mekibib has passed away but Demissew and Taye are alive and reside in the USA. Would very much like to keep in touch.
With very best wishes.
Hailu W.Amanuel (Amb.Rtd.)
42 years after leaving, I attend the reunion and share unique times with people from other field parties and HQ. I was in Dover Party and would like to find LT. Humke before the next reunion. See everyone in Maine.
WOW!! 2009 Reunion. If I started to name all those that made it a special weekend for me I am sure I would miss someone. So I'll just say Thanks to All that Attended in person and by Ustream comments. Everyone start planning on being at the next one in 2011. And Thanks Again LEE MILLER!!!!
Just found this site while searching the internet to remember Richard Jeanne's last name! What a surprise to see photos of both of us. Too late to get to reunion. I'll find and post some of my photos. Got a GREAT one of Paul Fuller
Just date time spent in I RAN Oct.'63-May'65
David T. Boyd
I was with the U.S. Coast Guard near Marble Arch Libya in 1958-59. We bunked with U.S. Army for several months while building a LORAN station a few miles up the road from the arch. Lady B Good was found while I was there. Your web page brings back memories.
Lee Miller - Web Host
The guestbook listing previously in this position has been removed. Only signed messages may be posted on these pages and then only when they are pertinent to the purpose of this book.
Please post and sign all other messages on the Forum and Messages board.
gary "gareth" rhodes, sp5
John "Johnny" Doyle's August posting motivated me to post this song. We continue to remain in contact, especially since he and my wife are first cousins. On the flip side, I will have the pleasure to hook up with Sgt Robert Clouse - my radio sergeant at Topo this weekend. 45 years is a long time. Written specially for Sgt. Robert Clouse, Topo Training Team.
Hello Blackjack, you’re loud and clear
Hello Blackjack, this is Ampere.
I’ve got your signal and your voice too.
E B7 A
Hello Blackjack, Blackjack, Blackjack - how are you?
Hello Ampere, Blackjack is fine
Maybe we could use some beer and wine.
But there’s one wish we wish to try
Send down Johnny, Johnny, Johnny – with an apple pie.
Hello Blackjack, consider it done
We’ll send Johnny on the next "one" ton.
He’ll have the flour and the apples too
Bye, bye Blackjack, Blackjack, Blackjack – wish comes true.
Hello Lubber, out in the camp
This is Ampere with a thousand amps.
Hello Lightning, will you respond?
I’ve got trouble, trouble, trouble - with Longhorn.
Hello base camps, it’s time to go
This is Ampere at the Topo
Bye, bye base camps, let’s all shut down
This is Ampere, Ampere, Ampere – heading for town.
g. rhodes 8/09 ©
Suellen Martin Joyner
My father, Lt. Col. R.K. Whitehouse, was stationed at Ft. Greely, Alaska with Lee Rodawalt. I am interested in contacting his daughter, Carolyn Rodawalt Cunningham. Can you assist me?
John C Doyle
Started as cook with the TTT in Iran in 1963/64 and left as communications in May 1965. Retired U.S. Army as CWO 3 in 1983.
DARYL K WOOLARD
Looking for Mike Green somewhere around Detroit
It's hard to believe how young everyone looks in the pictures but it has been 40 plus years
I was at ACS a very short time--1972, graduating in Jan of 73. What an experience. I loved looking through the photos of old classmates. Thanks for the website.
I was with the Clipper party during 1962 & 1963. I am presently employed by the PA PUC in Harrisburg PA.
My name is Bill Flynn and I was a topographic surveyor in 1967-1968. My thanks to my old friend Keith MacIntyre for telling me about this site. My thanks also to Lee Miller for creating and maintaining this site. Ethiopia was a great experience and Lee's website allows people like Keith and me to relive it, at least in some small way.
In Libya June 1961 through December 1962. I was a radio operator and spent most of my time in the field with Climax and the balance at WAB. Served with a great bunch of guys. I’ll never forget Sgt. Herbertson and how he took me under his wing.
I was with the 64th Eng. Bn. on Wheelus Air Base and in the field with Climax field party as a Radio Operator from July, 1961 until March, 1963. I worked around both Lloyd Butler and Ken Krugman, along with Carroll Taylor and Millard Brunk.
I just found the website. Thank you for keeping the memories alive! I was stationed at the M/M during 1969-70. If you recognize my name please send me an e-mail. I would like to hear from some of my good friends.
i was stationed on Wheelus from 1960 to 1963 with the 64th engr/ i was a radio operator/ worked with krugman.
Served with 64th in Libya 62-63
I WAS ASSIGNED TO HQ 64TH ENGR BN, PERSONNEL SECTION IN LEGHORN, ITALY IN 1968. I WORKED FOR CHIEF WO PAYNE AND I RETIRED FROM THE ARMY IN 1993. ALLEN POPE, CW4, USA RETIRED
this is my new e-mail address.
My phone No. is 410-330-0076
I was there from 656th in Germany TDY 100 days from May 26,1967 to September. What a place. Seems like yesterday. When I go to Tiajuana it reminds me of Addis. Don't miss the mosquito nets at all.Still crave ice cream. Dana
I lived in Ethiopia from 1957 to 1966 so was there when the first mappers arrived. My sister Kris married one. Fred Keech. I was 15 at the time and spent a lot of time at the golf course. several of the enlisted mappers educated me to the real pleasures of the great city of Addis Ababa.
Doug, Richie and Howie were some of the names I remember.
my dad flew with the usaid program and was involved with searching for the downed uh-1 and kidnapped person. do any of you remember al temple? flew the red and silver cessna 185 and piper cub spray planes.
I was on TDY from 656 Topo Engr Bn in Germany to Dover party from end of May through August of 1967. Anyone know exactly where Dover party was working at that time ?
Looking for e-mail addresses of Ted Atkinson and Larry Perry whom I was with on 64-65
Addis '71-'73. Dad was principal of ACS (K-6). Later in Topeka I worked for Ed Levine as a hospital transporter. Ed was a C-130 pilot and had been with MM. I grew up to be a Herk Driver myself.
I served in Libya in Cloudy and Clumsy parties in 1960 & 61, as well as "Ebony Forest", the Italian Jupiter Missile survey installation mission. I was also in Iran. I do have photos, rosters etc that I can share if you wish.
Marvin (Lee) Crowe
Later became Loadmaster and Resupply NCO.
Time in Ethiopia 1968-1969.
Thank you for putting this site online. I can't tell you how wonderful its been to see and remember so many faces. If you remember me - feel free to send me an email.
My Father commanded the USAMSFE, Camp Oji 1960-62, then
Lt. Col Francis G. McBride. I always had a great interest in the mission and recall many of the people who served with him. I have a folder which contains some pictures of the early survey crews traveling in Vietnam with armed escorts. Also some photos of early North Vietnamese booby traps encountered in the early endeavors. Oji was a special place for a 14 year old at the time. My Father died in 1985.
Leroy F. Lippmann
Served at US Army Map Service, Tokyo, 1960-61.
I was with Marine Security Guard, American Embassy, Addis Ababa 1964-1968.
I served with the 1374th MCS - had two deployments to Ethiopia - Oct 1965 and 1966 - then Vietnam in 1967 - Brazil in 1968. I am really terrible with names, but I do remember Carl Young.
Thank you for this site. I served with the 1374th MCS, USAF as a ground station operator in Ethiopia. I was on sites 16 (Lekempte), 22, and 11 and rode a truck/chopper to a few others (5, 14, 19). There from Nov 1965 to Apr 1966 and Jan 67 to Apr 67. I think you guys had the more exciting role but I enjoyed the opportunity.
Paul Nick Hall
may 58 to june 59
Dianne Hall Russell
I enjoyed seeing photos and reading about Wheelus AFB, Tripoli Libya. I'm an Air Force Brat..my Dad TSGT Dewey Hall was in Civil Engineers (C.E)..we were there 1964-1967. We were evacuated in 1967 to Rhine Mein Germany. I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers my Dad. We were a big family. Mom worked at the base nursery and us five children. All the best to the contibutors..
Dianne Hall Russell
Addis Ababa 1970-1974, ACS grades 3-7, older brother's Rick (graduated 1974) and Doug.
Mr. Ora D . (Brit) Brintnall
I was an AVSCOM maintenance advisor from Jan 1967 to may 1970.In Tehran,Iran attached to the TOPO Training Team.
I had my family with me Alma Taught School at TAS Mary ,Mark and Susan were students at the school
Topo Mapping Iran 1961-1962
Marvin Duane Hill
I graduated ACS in 1972 and would like to find others that i knew when i attended ACS.
I am a graduate of the American Community School. Class of 1972. Where is Pam, Elliott, Mekonnen, Angie, Karin, Ken, Butch, Melinda, etc? I live outside Washington, DC, Manassas.
September 11-12 2009 (Ethiopian New Year 2002) Will be the date for the 2nd Ethi-US MM Reunion. If you did not receive an e-mail from me today (Sept.16,2008) please contact me at godwins440 yahoo.com, or 515-491-6307 (my cell)or at home 515-289-1110 to be added to the list for further updates. We will be at the Garden Hilton in Des Plains Ill (a suburb of Chicago)
Hello all--what a pleasant surprise to google my mother's name and find this.
I graduated from ACS in 1970--now living in Jakarta, Indonesia with my family. Where are you Tam? Would love to catch up with the old gang.
Sadly, my parents Gen and Norm (also featured in this site) died in 1982 in a bus accident in Columbia, doing what they loved to do--travelling.
Best to all-great site-Peter Grant
MAURICE de Young
HI ALL I WAS IN ADDIS 67/68 A NMBC 11 VET. STILL IN THE NAVY-R W/ THE NAVY'S OK TO TRAVEL TO STUDY IN ETHIOPIA I HAD 3 IDS ETHIOPIA STUDENT VISA / A RED NAVYY -R I.D. & A U.N. CORPS DIPLOMATIC U NO TOUCH ME I.D. . I WAS LIVING W/MY PARENTS & TAKING PREP - SCHOOL CLASSES AT THE M.K. HIGH SCHOOL GOOD SHEPHERD WE LIVED ADJCENT TO THE ITALAND EMBASSY. RAISED IN HAITI 14 YEARS IN PORT AU PRINCE. PARENTS WERE NEWYORKERS MOVED TO HAITI TO RUN A HOTEL THE OLOFFESON MID 50 WE MOVED TO THE U.S. DAD TO USE HIS 100% DV. VA EDUCATION REHAB. G.I. BILL . W/ A PHD IN 59 HE WAS OFFERED A PROFF ,SHIP @ U of NEV.@ LAS VEGAS 4 YEARS LATER 63 OUT OF H.S ENTERED THE NAVY=R BY 64 & 65 W/ 2 DEPLOYMENTS TO OKINAWA AS PO IN CHARGE OF THE NMCB 11 DRAFTING OFFICE @ 19 WANTED TO SEE SOME ACTION & GET SOME MEDALS , TOLD MY PARENT HOW I HAD EXTENDED 4 NAM NOT Y. SO W/ MY BATTALION SEABEES WE WERE OFF 1966 TO DANANG EAST VIETNAM ALSO ACTING AS A FRENCH INTERPETER I SAW SOME ACTION AND WAS TESTED WE MCB 11 MORTARED & I WAS NOT WIA. , WAS AWARDED 4 BEING PRESENT AT A ATTACK( A REQ 4 A NEW 1960 > NAVY/MARINE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON ) THE ARMY ALL READY HAS THE COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE. 4 1966 ONE ATTACK A BLESSING 4 THE YEAR I WAS THERE WE COMPLETED 90 SUM PROJECTS LARGE TO SMALL( 4 THE HISTORY SEE MCB 11 ON THE WWW. ) I ARRIVED IN THE SUMMER 67 4 A SCHOOL YEAR .IT WAS A MIX OF ALL THE PLACES I HAD LIVED. TO SWEET SMELL OF RAIN TO THE COOL HAITIAN HI LANDS ,THE RUGGED NAM MT.SMOKY OKINAWA COOK'N FIRES, THE HAITIAN SHAMUTA RED LIGHT AREA THE MOM/PAPA RESTAURANTS WERE ALL IN A DELIFULL PACKAGE .NEVER A COLONY ATTACKED YES /NOT BEATEN . THE SMALL GAME, WARTHOGS THE AREA THE LAKES HAD FISH . THE PARTYS COOL BRING Y O BOTTLE . WE SAW NO CRIME , THE HIENA SWEPED THE STREETS , TAXI / BUSS SYSTEM OUTSTANDING AS WAS THE ROADS IN / OUT OF THE CITYS, WE WERE ARMED AS A SIGN ATHORATY OVER THE SPHERE/ DANKALY KINFES . BEEN BACK TO AFRICA 1973 DAHOMY TO HUNT . BUT ETHIOPIA IS IN MY THE HEART . TANASTALING
I forgot to say that the visit to Chicago is concerning the July 2009 MM Reunion
I sent out an e-mail this morning inviting anyone who wanted to join my wife and I in Chicago to visit a couple hotels and the local Ethiopian restaurants. I had about 20-25 e-mail bounce back as bad address. If you did not receive the note from me and would like to be included in the reunion please let me know.
James E. Tatro
Served with mapping mission in 65-67. Ended up in Denver party with CWO David B. Huffine as party commander. Best soldier the Army ever produced. Just wondering where he ended up. Any help?
I was a pilot in the 64th ENG Bn.-Base Topo,in Tehran,Iran. ('66-'67)Maj. Wayne Teague-Bn Commander. Maj. Stone,aviation section Commander.
I have several photos of air and geodetic survey crews,if you are interested. Don Bailey-CW4-USA (RET)firstname.lastname@example.org
Was with Denver Field Party June-67 June-68, worked
the Ogaden Desert, after Denver, worked TDY from
Dire Dawa. Saw and saluted Haile Selassie at giant
outdoor celebration in Jig Jiga. I remember John Swan,
Walt Duryea (he wanted my jungle boots when I left),
Miles Thornton (while he was with Denver) The
AMS civilians living in Dire Dawa, and many other
Paul N, Hall
I was with the 329th Engr DET. (Geodetic Survey) 542nd Engr.Co. (Survey) Wheelus AFB from Feb 1958-Sept 1959. Ran mostly 2nd and 3rd order levels almost entirely across Libya. Was just a few miles from "Lady Be Good" when discovered.
K R. [Dick] McNely
I was with the 651st in Tx. and 64th in Ca., Hawaii[Schofield]. Guam and Japan in 1944 and 1945. Would like to hear from anyone in that era.
Shirene Hritzko Gentry
Thank you so much for this informative website. Dad never spoke about any of his military experiences, and I never knew what took him to Iran, the place where he and mom adopted me.
If any of you know details surrounding my adoption, please contact me. I would be most appreciative.
Shirene Hritzko Gentry
My last entry was back in 2007, so maybe this would be a good time for a re-visit. Some new pictures of the Topo House - very nice. Anyway, I will share the lyrics to a song I wrote for my buddy and best man at our wedding Paul Devera -the pineapple. "Hey Little Eagle"
Hey...hey, hey Little Eagle
as you fly through heaven's blue
hey...hey, hey Little Eagle
a friend oh so true.
Oh, oh so many memories
that are planted deep within
hey...hey, hey Little Eagle
my long-time best friend.
Yes, we called him pineapple
I guess it was his culture
that gave him away
Oh I remember one time he
borrowed my "brownie" to take pictures of his family far away
Yes we all met at Topographic
and he worked down at the flight
dirt and grease fixing that
Little Eagle was his call sign.
g. rhodes 2008 (copywrite)
For those who had friends in the Peace Corps, they have a web site at
Barbara and Dinky? Daughters of Norman Youngstead? I was on duty the night your dad brought you to the embassy...
LtCol Joe Waldron USMC(ret)
I was a Marine Security Guard at the embassy 07/66-12/68. Recall Maj McMullen and a WO Martin whose wife (Gerda) worked at the PX.
Just found the layout on TTT. I was with the outfit in Libya, then Iran Sep 62 to Oct 64. Will look for photos and names that worked with me. My assignments were primarily "classification" with AMS rep, local military from southern to northern Iran.
Great layout. Good memories. Good to see the "House" and Shapour and Nemod.
Hello to all that attended around 76, 77.
Richard A. Jeanne
Looking forward to the 2009 reunion!
Larry R Schneider
I wanted to wish all ACS/ICS alumni and former students the best. I will be sending an email to everyone regarding new information about post reunion actions.
I want to thank Lee for making this space available to inform and disseminate details about mapping mission and our school in Addis.
Arthur Trevino 1st Sgt. (Retired)
I served with the 64th Topo BN in WWII in Camp Maxey, Texas and from there went to Desert Center California and then to Oahu, attached to Admiral Nimitz Staff. Need information about when General Twitty became Company Commanded of the 64th.
ACS 1969 to 1974.
Tremendous Web site. Brings back a lot of Good memories !!!
Dad was Harold R. Gill, USAID.
23 may 08
With the mission from june 64 to dec 65.
Will there be a reunion in 09?
I was there is 64 and 66 and am now in the process of scanning a zillion slides, scenica nd AST activities.
I flew with the Mapping Mission from Dec 1964 til Jun 1966. I knew Jack Kalmbach well, in fact we were on the same mission the day he got kidnapped abd his ship blown up. I have movies as I landed at the wreckage, since Maj Patterson and I were the ones that located it. I also flew an H-13 in the recovery of the "Lady Be Good" crew in 1960
Jack Kalambach, you rascal. Make contact
Joseph a sites II
my father is Joe sites sr i am not sure if ur in contact with him. email me and i can put u in contact with him
I was a surveyer with several parties in 1967. Look forward to reviewing this site.
Becky (Shaner) Palasits
Attended ACS Feb '67 to June '72
Returned to Addis when my husband, David, worked there during the famine of 1990. We also lived in Asmara from '93 to '95.
I've enjoyed looking at this web site, saw a few names that I knew. I spent my 2 years with the 63d Engr co at Ft Bragg. I was a carto draftsman but ended up being the duty driver for Sgt Newman.
ASA - Guy -1960s
The mapping mission guys were well remembered in the 1960s.
Remember kagnew station, Gura, and other sites
Forgot to give my name, Charlotte Gardiner. My parents were Sgt. Ronald R. and Lotte Gardiner. I had a younger brother, Ronnie Gardiner. I believe we were there in 66 or 67 as my mother died of cancer in March of 68. My father and mother are both dead and if anyone has any pictures of them I'd love to see them. All my pictures were lost. Thanks.
My father was stationed in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) during the 60's. I'd love to hear from anyone who I may have attended ACS with.
Shirene Hritzko Gentry
I am the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Daniel Hritzko. I was adopted in Iran when my parents were stationed in Teheran in 1963.
It would be a privilege to meet any of you who may have known them.
Shirene H. Gentry
High Point, NC
Nahu G. Woldemariam
I am extremely elated to have stumbled across this web page. I found a picture of my Kindergarten class from a yearbook copy that I had last seen over thirty years ago. Thank you.
1965 or so Shatto Safaris Camped near a Map Service field unit in the Gambela area. There were Somali shiftas all ariound. We all packed up and convoyed the heck out of there.
Garry F Gourley
Forgot to say my tour in Addis was from 1972-75. Had a great time I was the FE on the C-54 that was assigned to MAAG. My two oldest children still talk about ACS.
Garry F. Gourley MSgt USAF Ret
MAAG Ethiopia was a big part of the overall operation in Addis from 1960-75. Why no mention of their operation. At least half of the children in ACS were MAAG dependents..T had four..
Served with the 656th Engr from Tompkins Barracks in Scwetzingen, Germany 1964-1966. TDY to Ethiopia for about 3 mothts in 1965. Later trained next crew from the 656 to go there. Saw name of Dick Browne herein..he was in that second group to go to Ethiopia. It was a great experience and was the highlight of my 2 years in the US Army. My brother was a 20 year man..he's still my hero.
to my ol man you have done a great job in everything you do love ya
jo anne (fannin) helman
married to larry fannin stationed at addis from may 1967 to may 1969. i arrived in sept 1967 and went home 3/22/69
I was amazed when my brother showed me this website.I do not even know what the mapping project is - we were there with the Peace Corps. I remember many of my classmates and my beloved teacher Mrs. Shuey. I wish I knew more about what we were doing there!
My dad was Larry D. Fannin. He with the Ethiopia Mapping from approx. 1967-1969. My mom was JoAnne. I was born there Feb. 1969.
My father was stationed in Addis from 67-70. I was in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades...Anyone around from those years?
Found this wonderful website by accident. What a rush of old memories. I spent a few months at Wheelus AF, Tripoli, Libya. Not many memories of Wheelus other than the infamous Wheelus bakery KP. I escaped to Iran and served in the Topo Tng Team Administration from 1962 to 1964 under Lt. Colonel Hritzko. I was stationed at the Topo House and have many fond memories.
just recently discovered that an Ethiopia-UnitedStatesMapping Mission web site existed. My husband Richard T. Birk wasserving in the mission in 1964-March 1966. Our children and I accompanied him there. Bringing back some memories.
Very interesting and makes me think of those times.
I was stationed on Ford Island from 1966-1969. We called it the Rock, because if you didn't have a car, and Privates usually didn't, you were pretty much stuck until the weekends. It took me a year to save enough money to buy a used Volkswagon to try out for the Schofield Redlanders Baseball team. I was a stripper making Top Secret maps for Viet Nam. When ever I had a ball game, I would get off work an hour early, but I had to wait to get on the ferry by rank. Somestimes I would sit and wait for 3 ferry's, before I got off the Rock. I would barely make it to the games on time. My Commander gave me his Officers bumper sticker, so the Navy soluted me and got to my games on time. There's more like running accross the airstrip after a few beers guaranteed you an Article 15 if you got caught. Here I was in the Army on a Naval Installation, with Marine MP's. Regards to whoever reads. Jim Dods 95th Co. 29th Engrs. Army All Star 1st Baseman 1968, 1969, Hawaiian Baseball League.
As a helicopter crewchief I had the oppurtunity to see a lot of the country of Iran.I flew a lot of missions with Maj.George,Capt.Reed.,Capt.Tobiason,Capt.Miller,Capt.Heffner,Capt.Ward and a few other pilots that I will never forget.They will forever be enbedded in my memory.My tour with the Triple "T" in Iran will always be a memorable experiance for me,that will always remain.Thank you TOPO for the wonderful memories.
Hi, first time checking out the site, my sister Dinky lead me here.
James I. Coleman
Happy Thankgiving to everybody.
Today it has been forty years ago when I left Ethiopia. I left thanksgiving day 1967.
I have lots of fond memories of
the time I spent in Ethiopia and
The Sudan. Jim C.
Karlene Van Leer
I remember Ethiopia, my father Dick Van Leer, also seen in "Whos Who of Aviation" publication, will always be my HERO as we flew over over the plains in a Bell47. I hold Africa close to heart still!
Hi! Checked the site again today - I do that often to see if there is anything new in the guestbook - haven't seen a familiar name until today. I remember Clint Crockett. He worked in the mess hall with my father, SSG Hoty T. Bellville. Mr. Crockett and his wife came to see us at our home in El Paso in 1968 or 1969 if my wobbly memory serves me correctly. (I was just a kid! ) Glad to see a note from a familiar person from the "past."
Hello to everyone that served in the Mapping Mission. I arrived in Addis Ababa on a Friday in Jan. 1967. Being young and curious I went down town Saturday with a group of guys to get a first-hand view. We came back to the Mapping Mission to find that the L American Club was destroyed by fire. The following Monday I was put on a C47 airplane and sent to the field, Denver Party. CWO Huffine was the Party Chief at that time, and SP5 Finkbottom was the NCOIC. In July 1967 I got sick and was sent back to Addis Ababa. I ran the Mess Hall for SSG Bellville. I took care of the KP fund, ordering rations and teaching the Ethiopian cooks how to cook edible food and not necessarily going by the Army RECIPES. My specialty was making pastries that were consider the best by everyone in the Mapping Mission. I departed the Mapping Mission in July 1968 and retired as CW2.
I think this website is just great. I hope you will accept a person from MAAG. I was as airman in the Air Force and worked at APO 09319 at MAAG headquarters in the heart of Addis. One of my jobs was to go and get the mail from the airport. Then in the afternoon I would take all the mail to the airpost. This was a three man APO. I lived in three different homes in Addis. One was almost right across from MM
on Mapping Mission road. I would say I was at the MM bar at least four or five times at week. I had several friend's there. One was a tall guy from N.Y.C. named Pete. He dated Barbara Youngsteadt. I was at several parties her dad had at his apartment with many of the guys from MM. I was dating a girl from US Aid named Linda Logan. Her dad held a high position with them. Then in May of 1967 I met Claudie Pierce. Her father was a top serg with the Army at MAAG. Claudie and I dated until she when back to the states eight months later. We were married in 1969 and still are with three children. I have so many stories about MM and MAAG. I would love to get in contact with Barbara Youngsteadt. Almost forget. I was in Addis from March 1 1967 to August 15 1968. If anyone would like to get in touch with me please do.
PATRICK J O'BRIEN
I was a Airfield Operations specialist and Aircraft mechanic with the 572nd TOPO Aviation Platoon, 64th Engineer Battalion. june 1961 to dec 25 1962. I spent time at climax & classic. and drove, resupply.
any info on Capt Smith. or Sgt Richerson.
This is so cool!!! 1st grade class of 67
serk addis zelleke
Just want to say thank you and express my admiration of the mappers and their mission.
It's sooooo good to see this here. I was starting to think my ACS experience was just a dream!!
This techological "tizita" and the obvious hard work that has gone into tracing and transmitting it is much
appreciated. Fantastic job! Ameseginalew.
Looking for photos of my father, CWO Ormon B. Hatten, US Army, while he was assigned to the mapping mission 1968-1969. All of his photos were destroyed
in a fire some years ago and he passed away 31 July 2007. All I have left is a day planner that my mother kept while in Ethiopia with a lot of names and events in it for 1969.
Gareth "Gary" Rhodes
I was re-assigned to the Topo House in 1963 after a short stint in Tripoli Lybra. I was the field radio repairman for Tehran "ampere", base camp "blackjack", "lubber", lightning", and "longhorn". I once assisted Lubber in getting their angri 9 back up on the air by having them replace the modular tube.
My wife (now of 42 plus years were married in Tehran with the receiption held at the Topo House dining room. Willie Jones was one of my witness with Paul De Vera my best man.
I had many a meal at Blackjack's compound in Kerman, plus made a couple trips to the field camps.
My wife and I left Tehran November 1964 and made a trip back in 1975.
Those were some great days in the Topo House dining room and bar.
We reside in Thousand Oaks, CA. I
Pierre H Berube
in Liberia 1965. One of 3 on the astro team with Sp6 Troy D carpenter & PFC (later Sp4) Tyrone Sivels.
Zeg (Zewge) Fanta
I worked at Ethiopian Mapping Institute from 1965 to 1973. I was trained by US Army Corps of Engineers Tech Team who helped build the Mapping Institute. As you may know, the Mapping Mission took the aerial photographs and the Mapping Institute prepared the maps.
I was awarded a certificate of accomplishment by US Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Command, Wash. D.C. I was later sent to England for further training. I had worked in every ministry as advisor on mapping and related services. I consider myself the first Ethiopian Cartographer who worked on many national projects including the border demarcation between Sudan and Ethiopia. Hence the first Ethiopian Cartographer involved on international border matters since early 1900's. I was looking for Roland G. Wood, my colleague and friend whom I have not heard from since 1990 when I discovered your website. I am looking for Mr. Wood who lived in Missouri, near St. Louis. I definitely will visit your website and may be I will find out about my old friends. Thank you for the wonderful job and historic records that your website contains.
I am looking for Kiflu Mulugeta. Our family would like to get back in touch with him.
Warren Ingram (inky)
I have some info on the mission, a roster of all the enlisted personal in 1967 error, I was there 1966-1967, working with the mission but attached to MAAG, payrole specialist.......
I'm in one of the pictures in the mess hall bar, I'm the one, head turned with the bud in front of me.
Contact me if you want some info...............
Jack Kalmback was my Flt. Instr. at Ft. Sill, 1953/1954, Class 53-L. Does anyone know if he is still living and if so where is he living?
Jack Kalmback was my Flt. Instr. at Ft. Sill, 1953/1954, Class 53-L.
Hi, just signing in for the first time at this site and will enjoy browsing through!
A very good site. I was there (libya) March 63 as a radio operator. Went out to the base camp in July & Aug. In Dec 63 Went with first group to Sudan. May 64 back to states.If you remember me, send me an e-mail.
Served from about October of 1965 thru March of 1967 in Aircraft support.
Many good memories.
Jim W. Pierce
By accident I found this website I was in Ethiopia 1967-1968. I was with Arlie B. Cornbower in Fort Belvoir, again in Ethiopia, and finished our military service in Yuma, Arizona-If your out there Arlie my wife and I think about you- hope all is well! Phillip Bloom-Moses Lake-thanks for stopping by my home in Sandy, Utah with your family.
Briscoe, Paul W.
Sgt. Morkes and I were at the Mapping Mission in Ethiopia during the summer of 1964, we were TDY from Oji Camp, Tokyo Japan. Enjoyed my stay.
I am trying to put together a Shadow Box for my dad. I would like to purchase the Mapping Mission patch as well as the Topo Joe patch.
Yes Doug I remember you and Sgt Chisolm - Glad you are still with the gang -- When I was in the desert I went to all the field parties - I don't remember which one it was but I think it was Bloomer party that had a cook by the name of Cisco - I don't remember his full name - Was wondering if anyone remember him?
Sr. Zelie Marie Mataragas
Periodically I like to pop in and peruse the pictures and names of the guys my dad worked with on this Mission, SSgt. Constantino Mataragas who passed away in 1991. I have a nice picture of my parents I would love to send you, if you are interested.
I just read Gary Tackett's post.
I didn't know Sgt. McCrtney but he probably remembers Sgt. Chisolm who was in charge of a field project along the Med. coast in the spring of 1964. Big Tom Harris was the 1st. sgt. when I was at Wheelus and the 1st sgt at Ft. Belvoir when I got back from Ethiopia in the fall of 1965.
I haven't posted anything for a couple years but just wanted everyone who was at the 64th engr bn in Libya around 1964 thru 1966 that Sgt/Major McCartney's wife just passed away. She was 101 years old - I was at the 64th for 2 1/2 years as the mail clerk for the 64th and knew the Sgt/Major and his family very well. I also was with Sgt Harris when he made 1st Sgt. I met a lot of the guys who came to Wheelus before going to Ethi or Iran - I took them to the AFEX to get civilian clothes. Good Luck to you all.
I was saddened to read about Tom Hammack's passing on the Guestbook page. Tom was a good man and a hard worker. He certainly was instrumental in making Drifter field party a great place for all of us who spent time in it.
It's with sadness that I share the news of the passing of Drifter Party member Thomas 'Bones' Hammack.
I received word from his wife Mary this week.
I have a current photo of Tom. Just let me know how you email it to you.
Tommy LeRoy “Happy Ham” Hammack, 72, of Libby, died on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.
He was born January 25, 1942 to LeRoy and Norma Hammack in Boise, Idaho.
He attended BJC (now BSU) and studied engineering. He enlisted in the US Army January, 31, 1964. Tom earned the National Defense Service Medal, and Sharpshooter (M-14). He was honorably discharged November 1966. He worked for the Bureau of Land Management and then the US Forest Service. Tom was in Orfino, Idaho before being transferred to Billings, Montana and finally to Libby in the early 80’s. In January of 1994, he retired from the US Forest Service as an “Ace Cribbage player, AKA a cost share and right of way specialist.
Tom’s retirement was short lived as he almost immediately began “working his guts out” on many wildfires across the United States, starting with the fires of 1994 here in northwest Montana. He spent many long days at the Libby airport manning the fixed-wing base (to Daytona Beach, Florida) on wildfires.
Tom met and married Mary in Boise, Idaho in 1987 while visiting his family. They shared many memories including league bowling; in the woods hunting and cutting wood; on the waters fishing and camping from the lakes to the sea; and in the garden and yard at their beautiful home. They traveled the highways from coast to coast including Alaska. Tom was a member of the Lion’s Club; American Legion and VFW; Elk’s Club; and Crimestoppers.
No matter what, there were 2 things you could always be sure of when it came to Tom…he was always “WORKING HIS GUTS OUT” and he was always planning, plotting, and scheming his next prank or practical joke.
He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Hammack and his nephew Jason Bonham. Tom’s family would like to give a special thank you to Steve Schnackenberg for the extra time and care shown to GINGER!
Survivors include his wife Mary Hammack, Libby, MT; mother Norma Hammack, Boise, ID; sister Kathryn (Larry) Bohnam, Meridian, ID; his children James (Melissa) Hammack, Nampa, ID; Brandon Hammack; grandchildren Nicholas, Rachel and Tristan Hammack; step daughters Kara Beaudreau, Libby and Linda (Dave) Tayson, Meridian, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the American Legion Post #97 in Libby, Montana. Lunch and snacks will be provided and everyone is asked to bring only your fishing, hunting or other crazy “Happy Ham” stories.
Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
William H. Flickinger
In your history of the 72nd EN, you have a photo of my dad. You have him labeled "MAJ William (Bob) Flickinger" as Master Aviator, period Dec 1964 to Dec 1965 in Liberia, Camp Ramrod. His correct name should be "MAJ Robert (Bob) E. Flickinger." He passed in February, 1999 from symptoms he developed after 22 years service from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam Nam (1966/1967).
I was at ast 4 from 1965 and 1966. I worked with ssgt twisdale in ops. Maj st.clair was the commander. They called me lb. I was station at turner afb ga.
SFC O.L. Estep
I just learned of this website. My Dad, SFC Jack Estep (then SSG Estep) was in Iran from 1967-1969. Thank you for posting the photos of him.
Diana Estep Mannon
My Dad just passed away and I came across some pictures of him with others. SSG Estep, SGT Carroll, SGT Wright
I everyone here might be interested to know that 54-1632 is still stored and looks like it is close to being recovered and made airworthy again for use with a flying museum. The intent is to retain the camouflage and APS-42 radome along with the Aeroproducts propellers. I have just completed a comprehensive inspection of the aircraft and am working with a private company to return it to service on completion of a successful sale.
Anyone interested in our plans with this aircraft, feel free to contact me at: email@example.com
I see the roster of November 1967 contains a lot of men I spent time with in Iran. Having arrived in Teheran in May of 1967 and departing in Sept 1969 I wonder why I am not listed. oh well I was there and loved it.
Brian M. Meadows
My father is SPC5 Nolan Ray Meadows, 82E20 and manager of L' American Club #2. I was born at the Kagnew Station Hospital 15 May 69. I would like to chat with anyone who knows my father and perhaps see any photos of the 67-70 time frame. Thanks
Does anyone recall a traffic incident where a civilian was struck by one of our trucks? It would have been 1964-65. Please contact me.
I would like to contact paul hall or others that were stationed at camp oji, japan. I was there from 1960 to late 1962 in 29th eng topo survey team. Contact me at build27(at)tds.net.
I was in the Denver field party from May 1967 to May 1967. Survey party included Mike Tabor from Ohio and Steve Tonus from NJ
I served in us map service Fareast 29th engineering Battalion in Japan From 1960 to 1962. I was radio/electronic repair. Would love to hear from anyone there during this time period...
1964 to 1966, "A" Company, 656, Spec 5, (formerly) red hair and glasses, photo to follow.
I was in Ethiopia from Sept 66 to Mar 67 would like to find a way to get a roster of the people who served over there at that time.
I was at ast 4 1964 to 1965. I worked with sgt twisdale in the orderly room. Asmara was the place. Contact me. Asgn. 1370 photo mapping wing..
Nick (Nicholas ) Canesso
I was in Ethiopia from 67-69, a lot of good times and people.
Tesfaye Temtime Tessema
I just came to know when i search Geodesy in Ethiopia, i got this yellow page. I am really surprised by the mission at that time. I am now a Geodesist by profession and working for Addis Ababa University.
I would like to know more about this mission. if possible, any one of you who can volunteer to give a talk in Addis Ababa university.
Too bad about the Lewis & Clark Exhibit not being ready yet. But I am booked at the Queen for June 18-19-20,exiting 21st but will stay & tour the "area" until June 29th, See you soon
Donald r. Saffron
I was with the mission 1964-1965 teaching photo mapping.
SERVED WITH 64TH ENG BN / ETHIOPIA-UNITED STATES MAPPING FROM EARLY 1965-EARLY 1967. WORKED SUPPLY/WEAPONS SPECIALIST CAME OVER FROM LIBYA (LATE 1964). RECALL A LOT OF NAMES MENTIONED ON THE SITE. ALSO RECALL JOHN BUNCE, JOHNNIE ZADE RAMSEY, ALLEN (TEX) RENNAKER AND OTHERS.
Well darn, It was working all along. Sorry for the repetition. I'm now mostly retired from my small land surveying business, Fox Surveying, Inc. and enjoy coming back to this site now and then.
It's nice to go back in time and refresh old memories of Dover & Denver parties, 1964 & 65
I would like to her from anyone who was at ASST4. 1964-1965, from Turner AFB, Ga.
95 eng 1956-1958
Richard A. Lusardi
I served in the Ethiopia-US Mapping Mission between 1964 through July 1965.
I was a passenger on U1A 76115
the day of the crash !
I was pulled off the flight at
Wheelus to drive a truck to
I think about this often !
I was in Libya from 1958 to 1960.
I have a few pics of which I will fwd to the Web host.
I would like to send some pics from 1967 ...1968. Map mission...Dover and Denver party.. Give me an address to send them to... Thank you
Hi, thanks for sharing your photos from Ethiopia in the early 1960's. I remember Jim Wheeler!!!! My parents rented a couple of rooms at Hotel Villa Verde, in 1964, before we returned back to the UK.
Jim, and a really tall guy (forget his name) lodged there too. They were a lot of fun, although I used to irritate Jim when I used to put a sheet over my head and pretend to haunt him when he wanted to sleep.
So great to see these images. (I found you when searching for photos of Ambo, where we used to go and swim.)
My parents and both brothers are all deceased now - too young, all of them. But I have two half sisters, happily still alive.
Say 'hi' to Jim for me, and please click on the website which is all about my return to Ethiopia ten years ago, to fulfill a dream!
Does anyone here remember seeing four British-built Canberra jet bombers during their time with the mapping mission? This would have been most likely at Debre Zeit (Harar Meda AFB) from 1969 onwards. They were in EtAF markings over grey/green camouflage. If anyone does, and better yet has photos of these machines, please could you get in touch.
I lived in Addis from 74-77.
Thanks Lee for all your work on this site. We are hoping to have another MM reunion this year. Stay tuned to this site for more details.
1374th 1964-65. Ethiopia, one tour.
I WAS AT AST # 4 TWICE I SERVED IN THE USAF 1375th. M & C SQD. I WAS AN AERIAL PHOTO ON REC-130A.
I FLEW THE FIRST ACCEPTABLE HCP TPR MISSION.
I HOPE ALL MY FRIENDS ARE WELL.
I was in contact with Nick for some time but can no longer reach him. As I recollect, he has quite a bit of his experiences on this web site
Bob, I remember you from the 29th Survey co. Do you mean Paul N (Nick) Hall?
I was with the 29th Engineers, Camp Oji from 1962 through 1963. I am looking to contact John Hall to see if it’s possible to get an E-mail copy of the Group photo taken in 1963 of the 29th , I’m the third one in from your right in the second row kneeling.
Loved the Tripoli/Wheelus photos. Found this website by chance but loved it. Lived in Tripoli form 1957-61 as our Dad was a USAF pilot - C-47s & 54s. Part of his duty was to fly the Queen of Libya, Idris' wife. She even baked him a cake as a sign of gratitude. Thanks!
Served 3 mo in Ethiopia with the USAF. Released weather balloons if the sky was cloudless. Otherwise went hunting as they would put three of us out in the boonies somewhere. Fun most of the time. We were allowed no weapons so it got scary on occasion when you met up with animals or people who might see you a prey.
John G Havens
Happy Veterans Day everyone. We were in the jungle as much as our Brethren. Got shot at more times than I can count.
Lee, I think you were in Ethiopia in 1969 and ran into Dugout Party at Arba Minch.
In response to Rick Scalf's post here
is something I keep over the years.
Acros the great blue water, Ethiopia is the spot. Where we are doomed to spend our time, in
a land that God forgot.
So here among the snakes and rats,where every man gets his brew. Right in the middle of nowhere,hundreds of miles from you.
We sweat,we starve, we freeze,it's morethan man can stand. We're not exactly convicts, just defenders of our land.
We belong to the U.S.Army,earning our monthly pay,guarding people worth millions,for a measly dollar a day.
Living in our memories,yearning for our wives or gals,hoping while we are in Ethiopia they don't marry our pals.
Nobody knows where we are,nobody gives a damn,we're just a bunch of soldiers, who belong to Uncle Sam.
When we pass those pearly gates you'll hear St. Peter Yell!
Come here you men from Ethiopia you've spent your time in Hell!
Happy Veteran's Day Everybody
James I. Coleman
Hello to all,
Once again it is Veterans Day and I would like to wish all of our surviving Vets. a happy day.
I served at M.M. from Feb. '67 thru June '68. For years after I rotated back stateside I felt guilty for not going to the Nam. I lost close friends,classmates in that damn fiasco. For that I felt guilty,but as I grew older I begin to realize my duty at M.M. was a sacrifice the same as Nam. No it was not a war theater but we sacrificed just the same with being separated from family,going days on end without proper food,clothing, and shelter. I do not feel guilty anymore as my duty was as important ,on the whole, as any other part of service.
To all M.M. Vets. Happy Veterans Day.
I salute you,
SP/5 Carl "Rick" Scalf
Pro & Rotor Repairman/Crewchief
John L. (Jack) Batt
Looking for all former DMS folks! We have a defensemappingschool.com web site - check us out!
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Butch Ferrente.Butch was one of the "Band of Brothers" at MM. He will never be forgotten. It was an honor to have served with him.
Just wanted to let Everyone who served with my dad Homer(Butch)Ferrante know he passed away august 19th. He is in several pictures from the 2004 reunion. Thank you for the wonderful pictures and information your site provided.
Thank you for giving back these wonderful memories of the American Community School in Addis Ababa. I saw at least one of my teachers and was sooooo excited. The memories returned like a light, warm sunshine upon me and made me sooo delighted at the privilege of having these wonderful years of innocent fun. Thank you to our wonderful school and teachers. Thank you for taking hte time to put this site together!! Rosemary Nyendwa (1970-1972)
Served with the 72nd Engineering Detachment in Liberia 68-69. Those were the days!!
Bobby Ray Carlock was my husband. He passed away January 31, 2013. He talked about you guys a lot. Showed me pictures. My 9 year old grandson found this site after he passed. He would have loved to see this. Good job, Dana. I had lots of pictures also.
I was in Denver party during 1965. Would be good to hear from others who served during that time..
I am very glad to get this address b/c this shool is the best one from our country.my vision to emplooyee this school.
The 8 gigabyte flashdrive (thumb drive) imprinted with the emblems of U. S. Army Map Service and Ethiopia-U.S. Mapping Mission on each side, and a stainless-steel 'dog-tag' attached with Topo Joe imprinted on one side of it is available from the Web site for $20.00 all-in. Stored on the flashdrive is a Web-independant copy of the Ethiopia-United States Mapping Mission Web site, as well as an instruction sheet describing how best to view those files.
Please let me know if you would like one.
Lee Miller - Web Host www.ethi-usmappingmission.com
Robert R. (Bob) Hottinger
I was stationed in Monrovia, Liberia West Africa with the 72nd Engineer Detachment from 1967 until Jan. 1969. I extended my tour of duty. Looking for anyone within that time frame.
John Lowell Hayes
Brings back memories of 1958-1960.
it is a pleasure know there is so much information regarding the us mapping mission and the people that served there. it made me smile.
Good to hear from you, Rick! There were two of us that came from Mannheim, Germany TDY for about four months to fix all the HF SSB radios and navigation equipment on the UH1B's. Well, at least I have a good picture of you!
Tom Goez has been asking if I am still in existence: yep, 'fraid so!! Have been absent for a while, but still in good shape(relatively). Thanks, Tom for posting the pics,but I dont remember this occasion, or remember you.The only person I remember from aviaonics was
Tommy Holland.He came to MM in '68,shortly before I rotated back to the world.
New email address!
Does Rick Scalf ever check in here anymore? Last posts from him were 2005. Don't know if he has seen the pics I posted of him.
Hope everyone is doing OK!
It is nice that you contributed a lot to the mapping mission in Ethiopia and it helped us (ethiopians) to make monitoring of the past. I will be happy if I could get images for forest assessment in south west Ethiopia, Kafa region
I was TDY to the Ethiopian Army Aviation for 6 months in 1969. Was fortunate to have flown with Jack Miller from time to time. I enjoyed my stay there immensely.
Didn't get to China bar, went to where the MM once stood. No MM buildings left,just part of the wall at the corner. The golf course club house is also gone. we ate lunch at new club house and took a few pics. of old air strip. I will send them when we get back to USA at the end of March
I am in Addis Ababa although it is not payday I will be having lunch at The China bar and Restaurant tomorrow. Addis has grown but in many ways unchanged. The taxi that just left is the same one O took 47 years ago. okay maybe not.
Jill taught there in 1970
I want to wish all those who served with the 542 Eng (Survey)in Libya during 1958 and 1959, a very happy New Year. If there is any one from Classic Party reading this it would be great to know you are still kicking.
just saying hello. Was looking over your page as I am about to head to Liberia and possibly retrace some of your work.
Going to be working on the St Paul River and the roan from Harper to Ganta
Michael Fondren PLS
Geomatics Department Manager Infrastructure
Stanley Consultants Inc.
1661 E. Camelback Road, Suite 400
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
To all friends of 64th Eng Bn wishing a Happy New Year from Romeo Porzano Italy On duty from 60 to 64 at MDW Wheelus AFB
Cheryl Mataragas Popham
SSgt. Constantino Mataragas 1964-65 was my dad. He passed away in 1991. He was a good man and his family was very proud of who he was and the love he had for his country and his family. Thank you for remembering him here.
Leroy Bentley MSgt (ret)
I was the Admin Clerk, work with AMn Twidalde, steve (civ), maj StClair and Maj Booher. I played vollyball and basketball.I was at the AST 65 and 66, out of Turner AFB, ga.
Richard H. "Dick" James
I have answered a question posed by Tom Gentry about the mission of our group of Special Forces (Green Berets) that stayed in your barracks for a short time in April 1964. It is in the Forum & Messages section. I would be more than happy to answer any further questions. I have 200 photos, mostly of the area surrounding Neghelli.
Richard H. "Dick" James
I spent a few days at Mapping Mission in April 1964 as part of a 6th Special Forces Group mission in country. My team went south, to Neghelli, where we spent 7 months. I have a couple photos of Mapping Mission.
Currently my wife and I are planning on being in Addis Ababa on or about the 25 of February 2013 for about 10 days,(not all spent in Addis). Looking forward to showing Donna the country.
My father was stationed at Wheelus in the late 50's. I was a kid and loved every minute. thanks for posting the wonderful pictures.
Mike "RAS" Rastelli
Wow, just stumbled on this looking for old maps of Addis. I was in both Libya '63 "Casino" mostly. We were at Al Garyat when JFK was shot. Went from there to Ethi. till July "65. Great to see the pics of some of the guys I served with, Sorry to see some have passed. "Leon" rode with me on many camp moves He always wanted to ride in the drivers lap.Great old dog . I will get to work on some of the old pics. Def. will keep in touch. Ron D. E-Mail me!! Mike RAS
Jerry Kakalecik and I went TDY from USAAMAC, Coleman Barracks, late Summer of 1968 to repair communications and navigation problems in those 5 original UH1B Hueys.
I have lots of photos! Let me know how to upload some of them, please!
ooops Gary was Gabriel Dave was Telahun. and Worku was Worku :)
Tom I believe Griffin's first name was Lorenzo, he was our radio shack guy and cut hair too. Gary's the Ethiopian name I think was Telahun(not sure on the spelling) I think there are some pictures of both these guys in our photo albums
John A. Austin
retired Army Surveyor
I was stationed out of Wheelus AFB in 1958 to 1957. I was with the 542nd survey team. We ran a topographical 2nd level line from Tunis to Egypt. Anyone out there that was there at that time??
CW5 Mike Harper
Glad to find this site! I was so young - I do not remember much of my time there (6-8) - so it is nice to have access to other people's memory banks!
Sharon Rose Murphree
Just wanted to say thank you for keeping this web page. If you had not created this page I would not know about this part of my father's life. Thank you!
I am working at Ethiopian Mapping Agency as cartographer.I was visting your web site it is good I got a lot information we are collecting information about you to put it in our museum.
I was in the 537th Engr. Co at Fort Belvoir from about 1971 to 1973, I remember Troy Carpenter and enjoyed reading his story in Africa.
Ave. Bolson de Mapimi 152
Hermosillo, Sonora, C.P. 83116
I was 12 in 63 when we arrived in Addis. You guys were my heroes. I used to walk up Jimma Rd. to the old airport stop in at the "club"for for a snack and listen to the stories. My father was the pilot of the MAAG C-54 and supported the search for crew taken hostage and later released in Sudan. It was a Huck Finn experience and this site brings back wonderful memories.
john m. gaytan
i was with the 29 engineer at ford island hawaii when the colors were deactivation and we became the 652 engineer battalion
I came across this picture of my dad, Arthur Bullard. Any more pictures or information you have would be most welcome! Thank you so much for this information
I was assigned to the 64th in 1947 and worked in the enlisted men's club next door to the dept store where we were billited
While I was never in the 29th - from 1966-77 I served in the 656th, 66th, 524th and the 649th. Of course I knew many TOPO soldiers who were in the 29th.
Hello all, I recently received two emails from my own ethi-usmappingmission email account (one originated in Croatia and the other in Azerbaijan.) asking me to be someone's friend. It wasn't me. I have all the friends I need, and I don't palm them off on others. I have contacted the original ISP providers of the messages and have told them to stop their customers from cloning my email address, but I'm not holding my breath for that to happen. Just know that I will never ask you to click on a link to talk to a girl who wants to be your friend--or anything remotely like that. All I ever ask for is pictures and stories and money. Just know that you'll never receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org asking you to do anything other than that.
Lee Miller Web Host www.ethi-usmappingmission.com
Joseph "Joe" Lyons
I was part of the Ethipoia 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.
I have made this site one of my favorites and will check it often.
A wonderful view into a recent past which no longer really exists. That which is gained and lost by GPS. A wonderful group.
Hello all, would like to hear from you guys... the good and bad. Have a good day.
I joined gravity I party in 1968
Richard Ivona Paul Fuller? and Bradner comprised the party when i got there, Joe Saily and I joined the party in Asosa and eventually were the sole members traveling the width and breadth of Ethiopia from Massawa to Adigrat to Lake Rudolph and Harrar. I have many photos buried somewhere and many names waiting to be recalled. Anyone interested in photos etc let me know.
Our interpreter was Wossen Abraham and our camp boy Gazahein Kebede. Quite an adventure
Capt. Gino A. Rodeghiero RET.
Ethiopia & Italy 1963-1966
I was a topo surveyor in the Dallas field party in '67 and '68. A while back I created a Wikipedia article on the Mapping Mission to give it more visibility. For those who are interested the link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia-United_States_Mapping_Mission. Your comments and ratings are welcome.
I was with the Army Security Agency,Kagnew Station,!969 -71 ans was once stranded in Addis Abeba due to bad weather in Asmara and could not fly back to Kagnew.i was living on bananas for several days till i ran into a mapping station fellow enlisted soldier who put me up in the barrack.I was told they had been horse stables of the emperor.To that unknown soldier--Many,Many Thanks !! i have never gone to an ASA or a Kagnew Station reunion but would love to attend one of yours if you have another!I got out of ASA at Ft.Meade,Md./NSA in '74.ron paneboeuf,albuquerque,new mexico 505 508 3644 email@example.com
I have enjoyed looking back at a time in my life and visiting some memories of the life and times of my dad, MSgt. Robert M. Jones and the time we spent in Addis. Thank you
I WAS IN THE 329th ENGR. DET,
(GEODETIC) SURVEY 1958-1960 AND
IN 542nd ENGR. CO. ASSIGNED
TO CLASSIC PARTY.AND A SHORT TIME
TO CLUMSY PARTY.I HAVE GOOD MEMORYS AND SOME SAD MEMORYS OF MY TIME IN LIBYA
This is one of the best sites I've encountered, very comprehensive, respectful and interesting !!
John Lowell Hayes
I was a member of Classic field party of 542nd Engr Platoon from June 1958 through May 1960, part of 329th engrDet sta at wheelus AirBase Libya
I WORKED IN ADMIN WITH SGT TWISDALE, THE CALLED ME LB. I WAS AT THE AST JUNE OF 1964 UNTIL AUG 1965 (2 TDY'S W/15 DAY BREAK IN BETWEEN. MAJ ST.CLAIR WAS THE CMDR AND THEN MAJ BOOHER.
1967 I went to the American Community School in Addis Abeba as a freshmen. I was too late to be included in the yearbook. I was searching for my classmate my Egyptian friend Shoura Shouwky If any one know how I can find her I would be thrilled. I was the dutch girl with my parents medical doctors working in Jimma Kaffa province in Ethiopia. firstname.lastname@example.org I now live in Thailand.
I read George Jacob's accounting of Iran Project 1954 to 1959. My family - Henry Joseph Albert's family arrived in 1957. My parents stayed for 10 years. Dad worked for the Army Mapping Service. We knew Rudy Salveramoser and mnay others.
My family was also in Ethiopia from 1957 to 1963, I am looking for friends I knew there.
My father, Henry Albert died in 2003. My mother, Lucy is still alive.
Lt. Gino A. Rodeghiero
I was a member of Ethi-US Mapping Mission Jan 1965 - Dec 1966. Assigned to Flight Line. I have occasional contact with Pete Orlin, Jack Kalmbach, Ron Dolecki and Bill Rudis.
How many are going to be in Maine in September? Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Mailon "Buzz" Gillis
Looking for Jackie Snow circa. 1960-61. I was there from summer 1960-62. Father in MAAG. Have sister Jean age 12-13 and John 10-11 at that time. I was 15-16. Just had contact with Lee yesterday and found this site today.
Dugout Party, August 1969 through MAy 1970
I was a Member of the Ethiopia
U.S. mapping Mission
Aug.1964 till Dec.1965
I was a member of the
Ethiopian US Mapping Mission
from Aug. 1964 - Dec 1965
John L. (Jack) Batt
As a former member of the Defense Mapping School I have searched with great interest your web site. I am always looking for former DMS personnel's contact information. I am building up a distribution list so if you spent time at the school house at Fort Belvoir please send me your email address. I have well over a hundred names on it now. My email address for Phil Dunn has been kicking back so I am looking for updates on him. Great site - I am jealous as I would love to make one for the school and its history at Fort Belvoir.
Thanks - Jack
I was in the "Close out" party in 1970.
Garry D. Foster
I just happend to find this web site. I'm Cpt Garry Foster shown in the HQ-Leghorn photo. I served with the 64th from Feb, 67 to Dec, 69. I retired from the Army in 92. My tour with the 64th is one of my most fondest memories.
I was stationed with the 64 th Engineer Battalion from September, 1962 to February, 1964 in Libya and assigned to Comet Field Party. In 1963 I was with the field party that did some triangulation along the Tunisian border.
Does anybody know the whereabouts or anything on Robert Eggenberger? He was on the flightline between 1965-?
I remember you and your Dad from the M/M when your Dad was in charge of the mess hall. You were a tiny thing and weighed about 60 lbs. soaking wet. Sorry to read about your Dad's passing. Hope all is well with you and yours.
I hope everyone is getting their rooms in Maine for the next reunion. see ya all there.
Sheila Bellville Brautigam
Hi all - I was Hoyt T. Bellville's oldest daughter. We were in Ethiopia 1965-1967. Anyone remember me? I served in the Army from 1974-1981 in WHCA in Washington, D.C. and most recently was a government contractor for 14 years. I now live in Social Circle, Georgia with my husband, Art - just celebrated our 31st! Greetings to all.
Just updating my email address. Hope to hear from some people I hung out with at the Ethi MM 67-68!
I WAS IN-COUNTRY FROM APRIL 1967 TO APRIL 1968. DOVER PARTY THEN TDY TO RE-RUN BUSTED LINES. LATER PUT ELEV. ON HI-RAN MOUNTAIN PICTURE POINTS. TOTALLY ENJOYED MY TIME AND EXPERIENCES. ANY BUDDIES PLEASE REPLY.
Jerome (Jerry) Bradley
I am the SP5 Bradley shown in photo under Iran Base Camp, .../181610/228842.html. I served in TTT Iran from Mar. 1965 to Aug. 1967. Most of my time was in the field, recon for leveling, in '65 - '66. Then gravity surveys in '67. These names and photos bring back a lot of memories.
thomas p sharp
i work for him acofs engrs supcom vietnam 1971-72
sgt thomas p sharp
greetings ,would you send any info on reunions to me please. I was in the 29th in phil. okinawa. japan, no. borneo,thailand,new britain etc.
Hey guys does anyone remember me. 1967. 1968 Denver party. Dover party. ? Are any of you still alive? Mail me brothers. Let's relive some great adventures. Later
at mapping mission 1967 to 1968
Sharon Rose Murphree
My father, Bob Rose, was flying N1901R when it went down in Ethiopia. I'm wondering if anyone remembers him and can share any memories with me. He passed away on September 4, 2006. We were in Addis during 1965-66-67 I believe. I have a lot of photos I would like to share, also. I will contact the web host about adding his photos.
Dave and Lisa Thomson are hosting the 2011 Ethiopia-United States Mapping Mission Reunion from September 9th thru 11th, 2011 in Portland, Maine.
The host Hotel is the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel and Conference Center at
155 Riverside Street
Portland, Maine 04103
Their reservation telephone number is: 207-774-5861. Ask for the group rate for Ethi-US Mapping Mission Reunion. There are other hotels are in the area.
Click on the REUNION 2011 tab near the top-left of this page for contact information and more lodging information.
I should mention that I was there from roughly 72-74, in 2nd-4th grade. My father was with Tenneco at the time, and I lived within walking distance of the school (we lived right across from the golf course). I have tried reaching some friends from that time through Facebook but have had very little success. Some good friends were Trey Tumminello, Todd Holdcroft (whose monkey bit me twice while over at his house), Victor Gerdes, and many others. If you know anyone from time please ask them to contact me, even if just to say hello.
I miss the years and time I spent in Ethiopia and ACS, and hope if you were there during that time you will free to contact me.
Jessie J. DeLoach
My wife stumbled across your website, to my delight.
My sister, Marlene and I attended elementary school (7th & 8th grade) in Addis Ababa.
The classmates that come to mind from my age group are: Becky Hodges, John Hankinson, Bobby Moon, Tammy Orr, Karen Wilson, Dale Watkins.
I'm sure my sister, Marlene would know others.
The only person that I have some knowledge of his whereabouts, is John Hankinson, who lives in Hawaii. His mother was a teacher at the school.
I do have a copy of the 1967 JIB yearbook. I will ask my sister which year she has.
I currently live in Olympia, Wa. My sister lives in N.J., just outside of NYC.
Its great to have stumbled upon this "Blast from the Past"!!
leonard this is my email address .
DARYL K WOOLARD
67-68 TIME FRAME LOOKING FOR IVAN DULSKIJ, MIKE GREEN AND JACK DIMOFF.
I'm almost positive that the fellow in one of my photos (click below) is Jim Chesworth at Drifter field camp near Fiche:
Also, I knew Malone, Rastelli, and the other guys that Chesworth mentioned, but I don't know their whereabouts these days.
forgot to say, if Malone, Rastelli or Garcia are out there, get in touch. They were members in my survey team: and went with me down to Kenya befor we left Ethi.
James j Chesworth
I was the survey supervisor of the geoditic conyrol party in the 64th in Ethiopia in 1964/65. I would love a copy of that first map which includes Addis Abba. Hen Gwern-y-Cilia,Betws-yn-Rhos,Abergele, Conwy,U.K. LL22 8YH SP E5 James J Chesworth
Barney, I believe I was your replacement in supply under SGT. Campbell. Herbie Clark also worked in supply. If I remember right you liked to take lots of pictures. How about sharing them with us. Have you kept in touch with any of the MM members that were there at that time? If so, let them know about the site. Good to know you are still with us. Jim Tatro
Lee Miller---Ethi-U.S Mapping Mission Web Host
Barney, If you have a photo of yourself from back then and some stories you wouldn't mind sharing on the Web site then please send that to me in an email so I can post it. I'd also like to pick your brain for names of other Mapping Mission guys who aren't listed on the web site yet.
Barney W. Newkirk
I served at US-Ethi mapping Mission from Dec 24, 1964 to April 20, 1966. Served on flight line as a crewchief,served in aircraft supply with CWO3 Richard T. Burke, SSG John Carter Jr. Did some supply work when Lt. Felix and later under Lt.Stewit Smith when they were supply officers.
Served with OL/6AAD, Turkey District at the MAAG's APO from early 72 to early 75. Wife and I accompanied ACS trip to Lake Lagano. I still have pics of Tim Mitchell proundly displaying a night's worth of empty wine bottles. I remember taking Doug Kreulen and some other young men hunting once and have those pics. I lived next door to Canadian Embassy.
For all who were a part of or friends with the Ethi-USmapping Mission it is time once again to think about the next Reunion in Maine in September of 2011. Dave & Lisa Thomson are planning this one.
Stuart "Reb" Davis
TTT Iran 1963-65 Level 1 and then recon from Kerman and then Jask.
Any of you old "desert rats" from TTT in 1964(Iran)still out there?
I was a cook at the field base camp along with Doug Skillman. he went to ethiopia and I left for Iran. this was in 1963, I was there for only a short time.
i think we were blackjack and base was ampere, i have some pix
In Libya Jan 65 to 66. In Leghorn 66 to 67.Never thought I would say this but I would like to go back.
CW0 3 John M Espen III
I was the reporduction warrant from 1981 to 1983 than 1986 to 1990. Had a great time working out of the vans and in the base plant that during WW II is where they made torpedos. and repaired shot up vehicles.
David E. (Gene) Ingram
I was with the 29th from Dec. 1964 to Mar. 1966. TDY to the South Pacific from Jan. 1965 to Dec. 1965
My mother and father were there in 1970. It is good to put faces with the names from their stories
C. William (Bill) Locke
Was Master Sergeant with TTT Iran Feb 70 - Dec 70; was one of last to leave. Best tour in 30 year career (Thailand close second). COL (then MAJ) Bill Sprinsky picked me up at Maribad and I laid him to rest at Arlington, Feb 2009. RIP
While a Peace Corps volunteer, I met four soldiers, who were part of this mission at Voinjama, Liberia, up in Lofa County between September and December of 1964.
They said they didn't need to know local money. Fifteen minutes after they hit a bar, they knew what things cost. They only had to point to empty glasses to order more.
It was good to see Charlene Murray, another Peace Corps who was in a photo with Pierre.
(I also seem to remember the black soldier with glasses in the photo just above Charlene. Soft spoken, he had a fantastic camera that took photos by candle light.)
They likely took the photo or in Koindu Market across the border in Sierra Leone.
One night I stayed in their rented house in Voinjama. One of the team shared some fried eggs. I was another forty miles farther back in the bush and hadn't seen eggs in months. Best eggs I tasted in Africa.
One day some of us piled into their vehicle and went to koindu Market. They let me off at my village, which was off the main road.
They were a great group of soldiers. I never forgot them.
Years after Peace Corps, I myself had an army career (1973-1994).
I was pleased to find your site. It brought back memories.
Romeo Porzano 1960-1964
I was with 64th Eng at Wheelus AB as civilian, from Feb 60 to Jun 1964. Lt Col Richard E.Brown was the Commander at my departure.I worked at Acct MDW 353 (last building from HQ next to Motor Pool) as accountant/filing/interpreter italian-arabic speaking, I remember few names which I wish to hear again:
Capt John P Burdish
Capt Joseph H. Heiker
Capt Frank S. Weston
Sp4 Donald Lucero
And all those want to entr in contact with me, I leave in Milan Italy my tel ..39.2.95360008 mail rpbnmr(at)libero.it
Paul Jenkins (MSG, USA, ret.)
I was a Cartograher/ Terrain Analyst from 1983-2005. I teach GIS at NGA, Fort Belvoir.
There is so little of our history documented anywhere.
It's a real treat to come across this website.
Thx, Paul Jenkins
Hello, I have an knife/artifact that is related to mapping mission Ethiopia. It was left behind by previous owners of a house that my wife had owned. It is stamped "1964-65 Sgt. Mataragas Mapping-Mission-Ethiopia" The other side of the blade has the name "Franco" The knife appears to be hand made and is truly a work of art. Is there an email of someone I can contact to get any more info. on this knife? I tried some contact info. i found on this site, but it comes back invalid. Would be interesting to see who these names on the knife belong to. My email: email@example.com
Does anyone have Dave Heady's e-mail or phone #.
I came across this site while looking for info on my hometown Assosa/Kurmuk, Ethiopia. Indeed, I remember the day the Mapping Mission came to town and the tremendous excitement your team's arrival meant to us children. I was in elementary school then and the site of parachutes and unusual looking planes, weather baloons, etc has left an indelible mark on me. I could talk more but I would stop here for now. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.
Glad to see such an interesting web site.
Dave Ochs/ Liberia 69-70
Amazing,I worked with TOPO out of Galamorgi in Teheran with Col.Schwend and Col. Smith
William H. Schwend
I was Major W.H. Schwend in 1969 when I was assigned as the Aviation Offier for the TOPO Team in Iran and left the unit in 1971 as it was being phased out of Iran. Should you want more info on the Aviation section in Iran, I would be glad to add what I can.
I was one of the very first persons sent to Addis Abba in
January of 1964. We lived in a
compound for a number of months
before moving out to the old airport to the barracks. It took
about six months before the first field party want out to survey the country, They started out in northern part of the country.
Our commanding officer, was Colonel Sharman. We had a Second Lt. Finley who did everything for the company. Our medical officer was Captain Grossman, Sergeant Wilkinson was the Top NCO. My MOS was in Finance and I was assigned to MAAG group in Addis. I took care of the payroll and travel for the company.
Our company grew to about 150 which included Officers and Enlisted. One of the things that I did on my free time, I was the projection man for the movies that were shown each evening.
I left there in July 1966 and
was assigned to DeWitt Army Hospital, Ft Belvoir, VA.
I presently live in Alexandria, Virginia and work in Washington, D.C.
oops! was there 65 - 67 - sorry!
Hi! just found this site tonight - wow - what memories! I was there 66-67 - my dad was in the mess hall - Hoyt Bellville - I went to 1st and 2nd grade at the ACS - had an older sister - Sheila - Mom's name was Rose - baby brother -Hoyt Jr (Tim) was born in Asmara May of 66 - had 2 younger sisters - Stacey and DeLana - too young for school - had Mrs Hankinson and Mrs Alhouse as teachers - remember going to Asmara on a C-47 - am all grown up now - married - mother - nurse - living in VA but moving to KY when hubby retires from foreign service - my father passed away in 1999, mother passed away in 1996 - smoking will do that - sad - but great memories found here - great site - take care
Merry Christmas all!!!
Does anyone remember how to say that in Amheric. I sure can't remember.
james j kozo
New E mail address
Well done! Looks like hard work and it shows. I would love to do something similiar for my mom and dad and their lives here and elsewhere. Gig'em '91
65-67 Denver, Dover, HQ
Steve Testa Jr.
frank moneymaker (CAPT. FRENCH)
i was stationed in liberia 69-70 with the mapping mission at camp ramrod.it was great to see the pictures and be able to show my family what things looked like there.i was the last to leave the camp and they locked the gate forever.great times and memories and i still miss the .05 drinks at club 64.would like to hear from anyone that was stationed there. please email me if you have any pictures to share or just want to catch up on what is going on with our lives now.
served with mapping mission
from oct 1968 to nov 1969
flew classification with
Capt George. great memories.
So happy to see this web site, it brought back a lot of great memories. I was there when the unit closed and went to Iran to finish that project. Will there be another reunion?
I was with MM from February 1964 to June 1968, as an accounting assistant in the Budget & Fiscal office, which was in a port-a-camp, by the main office building. Worked with Lt. Felix, G. Goulart, Capt. James A. Richardson, Lt. Smith, Lt. Scott and most notably with Cedric J. Hinson (CJ). I moved to the States in 1993 and have been in the Seattle area since 1995. I would like to contact Kassa and Emki, CJ and Mike Touhy if any assistance can be provided by the host of this website. I would also like to extend greetings to Don Thomson, Jerry Mahakian, John Vranish, Bill Schoonmaker, Bob Micca, Homer Ferrante, Jack Kalmbach, Floyd Sims and Jim Wheeler.
Just found this great site. Was stationed in Addis in '65 and '66'... on the flight line. Worked on the Huey's and flew with some of the best who served there. Lots of slides and memories...
hi again - this comment is for a lot of you guys who came thru the 64th engr headquarters on wheelus on your trip to ethiopia - during my over 2 years at the 64th engr headquarters i had to take you guys to the afex and get the new suits which you wore to ethiopia - i didnt get time to know many of you cause you went thru pretty fast - gary
I WAS WITH THE 64TH FOR 2 YRS and 5 months and 22 days - from 1964 till the middle of 1966 - i spent a little time in the field party called bloomer - but most my time was as mail-clerk for the 64th - at nite i did a lot of bar-tending in the 64th beer hall - would like to hear from anyone who was there.
Mapping mission from late 65 til spring of 67...when listing to Nancy Sintra singing "These Boots are made for walking"...how many of you fellows think of the EM club in Asmara? Between this song and the "Ballad of the Green Beret"...they bring back a lot of memories...have a nice day
Jack D'Amato, P.E.
I know now that I'm getting old. Thanks to the 64th for the wonderful memories in Libya and Iran. It is good to know that many of us are still here.
Hi ! Was in libya Classic & Climax and Iran in Camp Longhorn till 1963.Worked with Sgt Erskin and Karl Yedder. Excuse the spelling. Remember Guppy well. The photos brought back memories. this is a great site,super job, thanks Lee
I Served a couple of TDYs to Ethiopia in '66 '67 at AST 4 in Asmara. I was in the 1373rd Mapping & Charting Sqdn. My AFSC was a still photographer, but I was changed into a film processor and film evaluator. Once spent a couple hours, trying to convince a pilot that he flew over the border of Somalia. I never did get through to him.
I went along on a 1370th RC-130 to Assab, on the south coast of Ethiopia, now Eritrea, to pick up some American who were evacuated from Yemen when the Six Day War started. I shot some photos of the evacuation. First a pilot of Ethiopian Air Line, with a DC-4, would fly to Yemen to pick up the Americans civilians and fly them across the Red Sea to Assab, The RC-130 picked them up and took them to Asmara Airport to catch a flight to the U.S.A.
I'd like to get in contact some of the people I was stationed with in the 1370th. My email is: brityank sbcglobal.net
My time (accompanied) in Ethiopia is one of my fondest memories. It was a wonderful experience for both me and my family. I gained a new appreciation for this handsome, proud and courageous people.
Nice place to fresh up memories.
Used to work for USAAMAC Germany on the TOP Airfield for some modifications on an aircraft and Helicopters. Did know the barkeeper (Housebar) at Topo-House very well.
Very good old memories!
I worked as a topograhic surveyor in Iran between July 1963 and June 1965. I was a member of Level 3 (Call sign Lightning) There are so many memories, mostly good ones.
What a great Web site. Thankyou!!
Paul Cameron Shearer
Wheelus AB 64th Engr Bn - 1961-62
Would like to connect with any old buds from the days....
I've been in contact with both John Stokes and Lee Miller for a couple years and want them to know how much I appreciate thier interest and hard work. Thanks guys. My interest began about 8 years ago with the realization that I'd lost all my personal records of that time of my life and that if I didn't start an effort to recover what I could I probably never would. For the next several years I periodically tried the internet to uncover the whereabouts of some of the guys I'd served with but had no luck. I finally discovered the Kagnew Airstation web site and my first contact, Ron Doleki. Since then I've reconnected with about 8 of the guys I knew and visited with 2 of them. All this completed independent of Lee and John's work. I was happy to find others felt very much the same way I do and are working toward recovering and publishing something of our history. It goes to shwo you never know where life will take you.
I am being lame ass cuz I have A bazzilion pictures and stories to send and tell. Just have to get off my lame ass and tell em and show em'. When you fly for 1500 hours in a helo and drive about 10 hours a day and only go 40 miles--- there sure has to be a story somewhere. The Buzzards were always circulating-have to keep moving-- Ray Wilhite will attest to the fact. We were young and full of the right stuff. Climbed mountains, jumped out of helo's and tried to do the right stuff. Little did we know at the time how important this was.
Dennis George was the best pilot I ever flew with. Mr. Johns finally got off his lame ass and taught me to fly the helicopter a little better than Dennis. But my Grandfather taught me how to fly when I was 6 years old so I had a leg up on everybody.
Dennis was the best pilot I have ever flown with, trusted him with my life and 6 others and never flinched- either we were young and foolish --- or I as I said-- Dennis be the MAN-- never scared never worried and always smilin' cuz Dugout be the best team out in the field -- that's why we were asked to stay late and take care of a few things--- don't know if any people stayed any later than June of 1970-- but spent 17 out of my 18 months in the bush or the Rain Forest or the Jungle--- it was quite a mix--
Am I rambleing on--- hope so-- does any one know where Rockford Colin Schafer III is?
It would make my heart smile if ant one knows where Rocky is--- ain't seen the bad by in 36 years-- any help out there?
Adrian G. Traas LTC, Ret
I ran across this Web site after checking another battalion's Web site. Quite a surprise especially seeing my picture as one of the commanders. Excellent layout. I do, however, want to add more info if you would like. I will notify the wbmaster separately.
I was a ground station type in the 1374th M & C Sqdn. Was in Southern Ethiopia Apr Sept 65.
was in asmara(kagnew station jan 65-jun 66. was assigned to operations co. spent some time with mapping mission people at the oasis club and at the gym.
I served with Ethiopia Mapping Mission from Dec 68-june 70. I will send pictures later.
Great site......brings back many memories of my childhood. My father, Lt.Col. George Sullivan was stationed in Addis in '71 & '72.
I spent part of 1963 and 1964 in Iran.
served in Ethiopia late 65 to January 67.
6.7-72. 8-13y/o. Dad MSGT. Billy J. Weiner-MAAG. Mom Antonie Weiner-playground attendant at ACS. Sibs-Patricia-Trixie, Adrian. We all live in the KCMO area. What a wonderful country/people.
Arrived 2-1-1967 assigned to Dennis Kapperman's field party initially. Two or three months later I was party chief of Detroit party until leaving in March of '68. Members were Whitmal Webb (NC) Arlie Cornbower(PA) and Jim Allen (TX)
Attended ACS 1966 -- 68.
Thanks to the Miller´s, I got to join the band which played in the old Clubhouse, that got burned down and l8r at the Golf Club House
Now living healthy in Sweden.
Big hello to everyone I got to know from the time that gave me big perspectives!
Thank You & Cheers!
I was topographic surveyor with Level One "Longhorn" in Baluchistan Province, SE Iran from 1963 to 1965.
I never went to Ethiopia, but were expected to go there. I wound up in Iran from May 1963 to April of 1964 with the Topo Training Team.
William (Bill) Bauersfeld
I served with the Topo Training Team in Iran from June 1967-June 1969. This past summer I had the opportunity to visit with another surveyor from that period, Don Libeau and his wife Onie. It was something special to see him after more than 35 years. I'd be interested in hearing from any others who were there when I was. I'm retired now and live with my wife Jill in NE Pennsylvania. Jill joined me in Iran when she graduated from college and taught in the American School in Teheran from Sep.t 1968 to June 1969. Happy New Year to all,
9 Ramblewood Drive
White Haven, PA 18661
Many thnks to Troy Carpenter and Mr Miller who made my entire year complete. The pics of Topo house in Tehran brought chills to my spine in memories of what was the best time of my life.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. IF YOU CAN READ THIS THEN YOU ARE STILL ALIVE AND WELL. AND THAT'S A TITLE OF AN OLD ROCK SONG. ROCK ON BROTHERS
Hard to believe it's been 42 years since Libya and Iran. In 1963 I was a 21 year-old topographic surveyor with Level One "Longhorn" in Baluchistan Province, SE Iran. A few years ago, started trying to find all the original guys from Longhorn. It's been a challenge, but lately I've been getting better at it. Recently, I discovered this great website and was truly amazed to find that anything like it even existed. I would expect us Longhorn guys will be contributing our share.
After Iran, I continued with assignments at Hood, Oji, Camp Page, and back to Belvoir (Bar XC Project), completing 6 years active duty as an 82D (wish we could get a similar website going for the USAMSFE AST#7 SW Pacific Project). Later, was a 12B for 4 and a 67U for 20, all in the CAL ARNG. Pulled the plug after 30, and retired as a Chinook helicopter mechanic SSG in 2001. Yeah.... I know.... I morphed into a lifer. Served under every Commander-in-Chief since JFK. Will never forget the day we heard the news about the assassination. Was with Level One in Chah Bahar at the time. What a year. Only reason I ever left Iran was because I didn't know any better.
Michael C. Norvell
tripoli then to Addis in late 65. Went to field in Dover Party. Lt. Humke was OIC. Replaced by CWO Huff the magic dragon.
My father, John Fitzmaurice, was civilian with MM 1964 through 1970. We all remain addicted to Ethiopia. My work takes me to Ethiopia a couple of times a year. You all should know that the maps you made are the ones still used by the Mapping Authority and still serve the country quite well.
Fred & Kris Keech
I was one of the first three members of the 64th Engineer Battalion to arrive in Addis in July of 1963, having started out in Teheran Iran in 1962. The other two were Col. Sherman and Sgt. Martin Wilkerson. I worked in personnel so I got to know all the guys as they slowly arrived over the next two years until I left in May of 1965.
Lots of good memories...met my wife of 42 years, Kris Temple and we were married in Addis in 1964.
I have lived in York, PA since leaving Addis, raised two sons (both school teachers) and just retired last week.
Kris's father, Al Temple, flew for USAID in Ethiopia for 13 years and prior to that worked for TWA to train Ethiopians to fly for Ethiopian Airlines. He flew with Lee's father, Jack Miller, for years and the families were good friends. Some of you might remember Kris's sister, Fran and her brother, Mike
We often think about all the great times we had in Addis.
Some of the Mapping guys we knew well were, Howard Hunter, Doug Skillman, Walt Krebs, Lt. Felix, Richard Frank (deceased New Year's Eve 1965-66), Capt. (Dr.) Grossman. We are searching our memories to remember other names but at our age it takes awhile.
If any of the guys we listed read this please get in touch with us.
Fred and Kris
I served in Ethiopia with Mission Aviation Fellowship from 1967-1976 and was based in Jimma and Addis. Some if the mission airstrips were also used by Mapping Mission and quite often we would be at the same airstrip.
My dad was with the Embassy - so I wasn't too familiar with the Mapping Mission/Maag life.... My interaction with you all was in school and boy scouts. In the boy scouts, all of our leaders were military and they probably overemphasized the martial aspect of the scouts. I remember one scout was marched up to the front and had his insignia ripped off his uniform. ... great fun!
I went on base once with one of my friends to fill his family's jerry can with water - there was a kiddie swimming pool full of super-chlorinated water that you had to dip the jerry-can into. For some reason, the embassy families just boilied their water whereas the military families chlorinated theirs???
I was most likely too young when I was in Etheopea to find any friends here, but it did brings me back. Thanks
Brother Marlyn was active in this project.
Ken "Guppy" Krugman
Served in Libya in 1961 & 1962.
Was radio operator at both Climax Camp and 64th Headquarters.
thank you so much for posting these films, My father, John Kaffer took loads of slides while he was in Ethiopia. He died of cancer in 1999 and I never got to talk to him much about his army experience. I hope to hear back from someone I can hear more about the mapping mission. Thanks again.
I am Maureen Foulger's daughter. I am not sure if you know her. Raymond Foulger, who flew for Ethiopian Airlines, is my grandfather. Cynthia Foulger is my aunt. You probably also knew my grandmother, Joyce Foulger if you knew the rest of the family. Lee Miller is basically my uncle since he is so close to the family so I had to check this site out. It's wonderful.
Annie Kaffer Grattan
I am John Kaffer's daughter. It's fun to see pictures of him prior to even meeting my mom.
wow, remembering the guy's from mapping..
i remember jerry gotlieb, all us kids loved him, he was like shrek, and johnny vann, sad to see him gone, my mom mentioned him just before she died, and pete, who looked like the guy who married one of the johnson girls...and "shorty" and i'm REALLY sorry i forget his name, cause he and jerry took me to the best whore house when i was 16 or so...this was all about 66, or 67. i learned how to shine shoes from you guys..and to get at least one punch back in, two good skills...thank you.
1LT Kenneth Joyce
I am the executive officer of the 175th Engineer Company (Topographic)(Airborne). We are currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our geodetic survey platoon just completed a control survey in the southeast of Iraq as the initial step to develop accurate maps of the country.
I just found your website, and I am excited to look through it and learn about your mission in Ethiopia.
Tommy L. Hammack
heard about this site from Ron Dolecki--hope to find more folks, I have many pictures of the Flop Line group along with Drifter Party-I also have pictures of Dan Struck and Lt Orlin--l will be keeping in touch
Brings back memories.
Dear Web manager,
I am very much happy to see such a site and hope fully ignite further interest for continuing modern regional mappings ( gravity, airborne geophysics) not only in Ethiopia but including the surrounding regions.
please keep the nice work
I am looking still for Rick Bynum, Lawerence (Larry) Allen, Bruce Campbell, or Bob Eason. If anyone has info on their whereabouts please contact me or Ernie Svec.
Enjoyed this site very much. I, along with our 2 children, was in Addis with my husband, Capt. James T. Campbell during mapping mission. Jim served under Col Finney and replaced him when he left as we were some of the last to leave. Jim died a few years ago from lymphoma. The experiences in Addis were highlights of our lives. Our children were 5 and 8 so they remember it very well. I wish I had taken more pictures. Let me know when there is another reunion. I would love to go if possible.
Wilson G. Freeze
Learned about page from Davey Moore. I will try to add some details to the Iran project in the future. Nice work!
Jake P Bernard
served with the 64th in Libya 1962-63 as a surveyor in Classic party. Shipped to Iran in 1963 and left there in 1964 for Ft Hood, TX.
Happy to see the site. I was crew chief on N1903R in 65/66. Had the pleasure on sitting in the left seat with Pete Orlin when we splashed it all over that infamous hill. Took over as tech insp when Gene Meyer left. Saw his post and Jack Kalmbach's, Pete's and Ron Dolecki's. Also Jim Perryman's daughters. I remember Steve Testa well, Mamu the laundry guy, Tony Ganguzza, Jim Spence, Maj Patterson, Denny Newport, Frenchy, Drifter Party and much more. I'll keep in touch.
Great job Lee
Christina (Perryman) Watts
My sister, Dora, and brother, John, called me late last Friday night, as I returned from a business trip, to alert me of this site. We spent a couple of hours browsing the links and exploring the pictures. Although we were very young at the time, we have very vivid, fond memories of our time in Ethiopia. Please keep us posted of any future planned activities - we wish that we had known about the 2004 reunion. Best regards to all.
Dora (Perryman) Skradski
My brother brought me to this site. Our father, James R. Perryman was with the MappingMission. He was a helicopter mechanic, and I have many pictures of him with the helicopters. (such as the N1902R, N9749F, N1903R)
Just wanted to add a few names and one incident. The single engine otter you have pictured flew me out of our basecamp in southern Iran when I was sick up to Teheran. Lots of memories. Several of our people in 1963 were sent from Libya to Ethiopia. Five of us were sent to Iran. AMS personnel Richard Glispin (NH), Dennis Dillon, Robert Conrad (Pa) and Sam Wilkerson (Pa)
In 1963 I was part of the topographic Training Team sent to Iran through Tripoli Libya from Fort Belvoir. I spent two years mapping the southern half of Iran with two field groups of 7 US Army personnel. My group was called Lubber and the other was Blackjack. Have you had any contact with any military from Iran?
You brought up some deep memories thank you so very much for this Phonemonal Memory , If you need to keep intouch, I am residing within Europe/Germany my Tel: No.011-49-611-53 26 141.
Thank you again for this special Gift " It brought up Precious Memories" Please stay Intouch and I would love to hear from you and those I had shared those special Working Times At The " Ethiopia Mapping Mission" best and deep Regards Saba Zemichael
You've done a great job Lee, it's been very interesting reading. My father Harry Powell (1922-1981) was also a pilot, but with the Australian Air Force during WWII, serving in Europe and the Middle East.
caruso, paul j.
Nice cite. Thanks.
semper vigilans, 4th usasafs
I learned about this web site when I read a post by Woolerys on the gondarlink website.
It is realy amazing what the group did in the 60s in the remote and inaccessable areas of my country.
I hope most of your documents will be found at the Ethiopian Mapping Authority. The webpage of the authority is
Long live the ethio-usmapping mission.
Thanks for your dedicated service to my country.
Tia Finney Pachuilo
Great web site - thanks for creating it. I was assigned to Dakota party during all of 1968 and did field classification survey (collecting mapping data)
SP\5 GENE B. MEYER
IN ETHIOPIA FROM 1964 TO 1966 AS CREW CHIEF OF NI901R NCOIC OF MAINT OFFICE , TECH INSP OF ALL HELICOPTERS. GLAD TO SERVE P.S. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER STEVE TESTA BELL HELICOPTER TECH REP?
If you were not contacted about the "First Ever Ethi-US Mapping Mission Reunion", held last July in Kansas City and would like to be contacted about the next reunion, please send me an e-mail and I will add your information to the file. If anyone is in contact with or knows how to contact Larry Dimoff, Patrica Shanks, Miles Thornton or anyone else that was not at the reunion please let me know. Thanks
Fran (Temple) Crenshaw
This is the best website.
Larry J. Johnson
I was with the AMS group from Washinigton,DC (civilian photo interpreters) from July i966 through November 1967. Worked with the army "Drifter Party" field classifiers.
Richard L. Baker
Member of AMS and Dakota field party. During the year 1968
Hi to all and the old gang I was there from 64 to 66 great website.
L. M. Allen
Dover Party, M82D20, 7/67-7/68
I was in Dover party 1968 to 1969
was at the mission fron Jan. 1969 to May 1970, just found this site. may have some pics and stories later
I was with the MM from December 1965-December 1967. Did a lot of work with Richard Warrick, "Dirty D---", out of New York. I worked in several of the field parties.
Just found the site think its great. I was at the Mission in Addis from spring 66 - Feb. 67. Will add to stories and memories later
TDY in Denver party 1967
Great site. I was in the Mapping Mission during 66 and 67 flying Hueys. I saw Jack Kalmbachs name and picture on your site and it brought back a lot of memories as did the picture of 03R laying on the side of a hill after one of my less than successful landings. Sure nice to get a picture of it after almost 40 years.
Seeing 01R in which, Bob Rose got his back broken, brought back some less pleasant memories.
Hi everyone! I'm Don Finney's daughter. Any of you who remember him I'd love to hear from you.
Eugene T Stanley
I served in Ethiopia with the 64th Eng Topo fr July 64 to Dec 65 coming from Libya.
I was in the very first group to go into Ethiopia. Cecil Waters and I helped assemle the Hueys that were flown in. Some of the guys with me were Cecil Waters, Chuck Ronquist, Larry Virgil, Ted Atkinson, Woody Woodward, Rastelli, Walt Krebs, Hatori, Stricker, Murphy Momo?? I believe was the bartender and did some of the guys laundry. Used to go to JFK Bar. Any of you get up near Debra Garachar see Portgugese Bridge? I ran tide gage in Massawa
I was in the very first group to go into Ethiopia. Cecil Waters and I helped assemle the Hueys that were flown in.
I saw in the local paper that there will be Ethiopian food served at the local farmers market this weekend. I'll check it out saturday morning. Anyone want to join me? (yeh I know, Karen T. you never did like that food)
A note from Joan (McMullen) Gill, (Maj. McMullen was our CO from 66 to 68)
It's like a flash from the past to hear from you. Alas, my dad died of a massive heart attack in December, 1999. However, he died the way he would have wanted - with no long illness, no burden to the family - quickly. We all miss him. I don't know if you knew this, but he was also the first and founding CO of the Liberia-US Mapping Mission in Monrovia, and was in the 64th in Tripoli, Libya where my brother was born. He loved his African tours. He would really have enjoyed the reunion.
My Mother is fine and living in Fredericksburg, Virginia where my folks finally retired. Our time in Ethiopia remains a very, very prominent memory for me. There was something about being in east Africa that was stimulating, fascinating, and almost mystical. What happened to that country right after we left was such a terrible shame.
Thank you for writing - it was great to hear from you.
I think everyone should take time out to read Ron Dolecki's story, it makes you appreciate life and all he sacrificed. If it wasnt for him escapping who knows if he would've made it out alive and had the wonderful life hes had. I admire the man and can only hope hes lead a happy and loving life with his family. Hes a man who i am proud to read about and tell my family about him.
I spent the summer of '65 at Ft Belvoir training with about 10 other fellows. We all arrived in Ethiopia November of '65. I have been looking at map of Ethiopia that I used as a diary of where I had been over the 18 months. The names of towns on the map look familier and I can see some of the fellows I spent time with but the names are hard to come by. Don Felty is about 50 miles from my home...Ray Larson, a medic from Georiga...a fellow from South Dakoa I got in a fight with over a card game...we shook hands and went back to playing cards...there are a lot of good memory. I have a lot of slides and every once in a while I look at them. I did not not make the reunion of 04...Hopefully, there will be another one and I will be there.
I was with the USAF in 1965 and 1966 and flew with the 1370th OMS (I was an airborne crew chief on a CH-3C). We flew support for the radio stations and for the C-130's doing the HIRAN/picture taking.
I was with the mission from Dec 1964 to June 1965. During that time I flew all of the various fixed & rotary wing aircraft assigned to the mission as well as several of the aircraft assigned to MAAG headquarters.
I served also as the aicraft maintenance officer.
This is shaping up to be a great website. Keep up the good work.
John U. Cardwell
David P. Thomson
Served from Nov.1966 to Nov. 1968, with Flight Line section.
Good memories and great times. Made a lot of lasting memories and friends.
Just checking in.
Karen Tomich's Post Moved
Karen Tomich posted a wonderful story of some of her experiences in Ethiopia with Mapping Mission.
That entry has been moved to the Stories and Memories Page where it resides in a place of honor as the FIRST POST on that page. Thank you Karen.
Karen, I couldn't remove just part of your post so I had to delete it along with your email link. Please post another message in here so folks can get in contact with you.
Lee Miller-Website host.
Richard T. Miller
I was in Libya from March to July 1964 then was sent to Ethiopia. I returned to Belvoir about Sept. 1965. I've just recently made contact with 6 other guys I spent some time there with and also generated some photo recovery and found some 8mm film which I am currently copying in VHS and DVD format. Since when did this web site exist? I searched for a site like this only 2 months ago and found nothing. This is great. Thanks,
Dick "bugman" Miller
Edward S. Janka
Served with "Denver Party" from Sept. '65 to Jan '67 as a Topo Surveyor. We worked the southern part of Ethiopia. I landed (C47) at Negelli, went to Dolo on the Somolia boarder (where we got shot at one night-one Ethi Army guy was wounded and one "Shifta" was killed). Other towns we passed through were Melca Guba, Bako, Jima, Gora, Lake Stephania, Lake Rodoulph.
I was #172 to look at the site! Looks good! Can't wait to see what kind of response we get when it is up and running......
ANN M. ROSS
My husband Bob was stationed here from Dec of 1966 to Aug of 1968. I think that this is a good way to maybe find some long lost buddies. Thank You.
Ann M. Ross
Hey! gang. Wont be long now till the reunion. What a great time we will have. I dont think two days is enough time to catch up on 35 yrs. of absence, but it beats nothing. See you all there.
Ivan Dulskij Sp/5 RA16878435 (Ret.)
Great start on this "mission". Now just need to start filling in the blanks with stories and memory savers.
Carolyn Rodawalt Cunningham
One of the great things about this site, is maybe some long-lost buddies will be found! Love to hear from some people, just click on my email logo and send a message!
let me hear from you. use email or phone 713.695.4809
long time coming looking forward to hearing from people and seeing old photos
Please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from folks. I was in Addis from 1966 through 1969. My sister is Barbara Youngsteadt, she was a few years older than me. Later, Dinky
Hi everybody wish I could attend reunion, but I remarried recently and getting my new wife moved in and settled is taking up my time right now. Would love to see you all.
At last!!!!! A genuine--one each--authentic---Mapping Mission web site. Will wonders never cease????? Oh.... the wonders of technology...and of course the expertise of Lee Miller...Hats off to him.
Well hello to everybody. Hope everything is well. Looking forward to the reunion. My wife and I are driving out from our home in east Tn. Our ETA is around noon on Fri. Everyone be safe and have a good trip.
Way to go!
Looks good. I've been frightfully busy for the past several months - a direct consequence of the improving economy. KC will be a welcome break.
It looks real god, as starting point!
Hey!!! Even though it's not set up yet, this is great!! I am SO looking forward to seeing it up & running! Soon as I can figure out how to do it, I'll have another email address: firstname.lastname@example.org !