Linkou Navy Personnel
On this page, in no particular order, are photos of Linkou Navy Personnel from all duty sections and time periods. Can you believe we were ever that young?
Above: Going away sked for Fat Gary. From Left to Right: Back Row: George Rogers, Roger Olsen, Sophie, Dave Wannemacher, Jim “Flem” Fleming, Tom “Toe” Sherman, Charlie Somnier, Earl Axe, Steve Andrews, Baby Jane, Paul Button. Front Row: Tim Henken, Mick McCarron, Danny Lee, “Skinny” Dan Norville, Gary “Fat Man” Hughes, Little Cindy, Chuck Fredricks, Rocky Rivera, Annie, “Uncle” Mike Sopchak.
Above: Charlie Section Sked to Hualien/Toroko Gorge: Left to Right: “Red” Reeves (in glasses), Paul Sterwalt (beard), Denny Haley, Ron Rasumussen, (the late) Tim Rowe (front), Luke Mann (in back with glasses – authored the book Bosco Blueballs), Scott Ralyea, Don “Ski” Oblinski (sun glasses), Dennis “Penis” Bass, Tour Guide (front), (the late) Charlie Brown (behind Oblinski and Bass), Roger “Ramjet” Brenning, Larry “Tink” Tinker, Jim “Cannonball” Gage, Dennis “Smoke” Griffin, and “Rabbit” Easter (bottom right corner) Photo by Larry Tinker.
Above: Bikes were available from the Shu Linkou AS, Jim Valkwitch (foreground) Gary Hughes, Dennis Griffen, Roger Olsen, Chuck Fredricks, and not in the photo, Dan Norville and Larry Tinker (Photographer) took a tour of the Linkou are one sunny afternoon that included a visit to a tea plantation and the Linkou Golf Country Club. More photos from that bike trip below: All by Tinker.
Heading to the barracks after their watch Jack Graff and Jeff Bricker (Bravo Section) Jack Graff was in downtown Taipei only twice during his entire tour. First on the day he arrived, and second on the day he departed. Now that was will power.
Jerry Marbut, center, at the farewell party for CT(R)’s that were converted to other rates in 1972. Jerry is telling CMDR Stein that the Navy really messed up by involuntarily converting us. Based on CMDR Stein’s reaction captured in this photo, he didn’t necessarily agree with Jerry’s assessment.
This is our CO, CDR Ed Stein, on the right and Lt Joe Grillo on the left. Ron Cranfill said that Stein died a few years later from a heart attact suffered while officiating a basketball game. Taken I think, at the festivities of the Change of Command. This and the following 9 photos from Monty Walsh
Four sweaty funky softball players who must be celebrating a victory. Left to right, Guy Beggs, Monty Walsh, “Sweet Billy from Philly” Marko and Ronnie Anderson. Bill Marko played center field out of his head and Ron Andy led the team in BA.
Monty receiving his trophy from SLK Base Commander, COL Graham. No one rooted harder against you, but he was the best when you played on his team. I’m sure he would have been more happy if the Dawg’s had won. That guy, two behind Monty is our third baseman Denny Price.
Group shot taken I think in the Napoleon Club. Left to right are, Larry Martin from Silver Springs, Md, Guy Beggs, A lovely young lady (who married a guy named Ling who played basketball for Army) Monty Walsh and Ron Cranfill. We did clean up nice.
Here is Jake Kusse in 1973 on Shu Linkou. Don’t know where he got the sofa unless this is his apartment. Didn’t have furniture on the rock that looked like this that I remember. Photo from Jake Kusse, comment from Earl Axe.
From left, Rocky Rivera, Dave Simmons, Jake Kusse. They were stationed at Keflavik Iceland before they all pulled orders to Taiwan. Rocky always had a beard that I remembered, so it is funny to see him without in this picture. Photo from Jake Kusse.
Skedding at the China Night, Summer 1971. Standing Left to Right: Dennis “Smoke” Griffin, MiMi, Lena, Dennis “The Kid” Haley, Chuck Fredricks, Jim Valkwitch, Gary “Seb” Sebranek, Rhonda, Tim Henken, Sitting/Kneeling: “Skinny” Dan Norvell, “Wiggy” Wiggins, Paul Harbour (Alpha Section), Julie, Rocky Rivera. All personnel are Delta Section unless noted otherwise. The ladies are from the China Night.
Delta Section Sked to Taichung, early 1972. Left to Right: Harry Hobbs, Chuck Fredrick, Earl Axe, Tim Henken, Roger McClosky, Rocky Rivera, Al Bowen, Dave Wannamacher, Mick McCarron, Paul Button. Photo from Earl Axe.
The following 12 photos belong to Skip Dunbar. Above: The 2nd guy from the right in blue shirt is Terry Williams of either Bravo or Alpha. According to Musky these are some Alpha guys with Zoomie ladies on base. He is almost positive that 3rd from right is Eddie Thornburg from North Carolina and 2nd from left is Bob Remally.
From Tinker: There are some very familiar faces and I am angry with myself for not recognizing them. The only one I know is Jim Gage on the far left. Larry Johnson ID’d Barry LaRose, second from left. I hope someone will ID this group. Musky adds that the guy in the yellow shirt is Speedy Lyle. The guy next to Speedy is Dewey Easley.
From Tinker: – Guy in white underwear turning around – is Steve Carpenter of Bravo. He was Larry Johnson’s roommate. I spoke to Steve about 3 weeks ago for the 1st time in 30 years. He was a very crazy skedder.
The following gallery was provided by Glen “Radar” Nelson. We need help identifying several of the CT’s in these photos, so if you know any of them send me a message. Thanks.
The following photo was taken in front of the Operations Building, just to the left of the main entrance door and covered walkway. The photo has been provided by Steven Connnors
Back row, left to right (8 guys): Lt Dave Mail (C.O.), Don Lord (CTI2), Mickey Vaughn (CTI2), John Staples (CTASN), Paul (Snag) Bunts (CTR3), Keith Zahron, Phil Allen (CTR2), CWO Gullickson (X.O.).
Front row, left to right (6 guys): Chief Davignon (CTIC), Rich Denny (CTR1), Steve Connors (CTRSN), Paul Dunn (CTR1), Greg Gilbert (CTI2) and Charlie Arbogast (CTRC).