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NOTICE:
Jan Claire, the previous owner of this website at MerhabaTurkey.com, transferred ownership of the site to me, George W. Durman, in March 2013.  (I served multiple tours in Turkey, at several sites, and Jan agreed to let me take over the site.)  We've re-named the site Merhaba-USMilitary.com, and it is now hosted at GoDaddy.  When you see references to MerhabaTurkey.com, that was the name of the old website.  The original content has been left intact just as it was on the old site.  If you have any problems accessing anything, or find glitches/bugs, please let me know at this address.



ATTENTION:
Karamürsel ALUMNI

Here is a listing of Karamürsel Alumni who have visited
KAS 1960-'61. and registered there.

KAS60-61.org and Merhaba-USMilitary.com have teamed up to make this listing available so others who were stationed at Karamürsel might be able to find old friends. If you find a familiar name, visit their website where there is contact information for many.

A

Jim Adcok
Randolph Addison
Roger Albin
Dennis Alden
Ralph Alls
Alton Ambrose
Phil Ammon
John Amoroso
Henry Ardis
Angelo Argento
Roger Armstrong
Bennie Arnold
Bob Ashburn
Ray Ashworth
Daryll Avery

B

Roger Baarstad
Bill Babbitt
Henry Babcock
Roy Bailey
Ray Bailey
Gary Bair
Larry Baker
James BakeSimms
George Balabus
Tom Barger
John Barham
Paul Barnes
Glen Barnett
Robert Barnhart
Robert Barrington
Dave Barrow
John Baskerville
Bob Bass
Raymond Bayuk
Ron Beaver
Jim Becher
Paul Beck
Don Becker
Howard Bedell
Terry Behland
George Beinke
Ken Belchak
Gilmer Bellomy
Darrell Benjamin
David Benvie
Tony Benz
Loran Berck
Neil Berg
Dave Bergstrom
Bob Berrie
Ronald Beserra
Walter Bethke
Ben Bevil
George Biegger
Charlie Bins
Allan Bir
Grover Bise
Ralph Bishop
Evans Bissonette
Eldred Blackwell
Richard Blaschke
Chuck Block
Don Blyton
Tom Bolavage
Charlie Bonham
Jonathan Booth
Donald Borders
Colbert Bosen
Steve Botos
Richard Boule
William Bowden
Robert Bower
Ed Bowling
John Brabants
Jim Brawley
Dave Brazil
James Bridgett
Raymond Briel
Edward Brindza
Ralph Brink
Don Brinkley
D.E. Broderick
Paul Broske
Ed Brown
Troy Browning
Ron Browning
Sam Bruno
Paul Bugas
Vernon Bumgartener
Stephen Bunette
Charley Burchfield
Bill Burkhart
David Burnor
William Burt
Tylor Burtt
Joe Bush
Elmer Bushee
Bill Butts
Fred Byargeon
Conrad Byrd
Bob Byrd

C

Bobby Calcutt
Ben Callow
Bob Campora
George Card
Roger Cardinal
Robert Carey
Brian Carron
Picot Cassada
Richard Casseri
Bill Castillo
Raymon Castro
Robert Cawthorne
David Chandler
Everette Charette
Howard Chase
Mike Chatary
Larry Chocklette
Joseph Chrum
John Cihota
Jan Claire
Allen Clark
Bruce Cleasby
Bob Cleaver
Robert Clements
Larry Cline
Monte Clinton
Ron Clinton
Mike Coady
Andrew Cochran
Postelle Cochran
David Colbert
Rex Collins
Billy Coln
Brian Comstock
William Conaway
Thomas Conger
Ned Connor
Lloyd Cook
Joe Coppola
Paul Corbett
Richard Cota
Melvin Coughenour
Monroe Courtney
Don Covell
Ralph Covin
Hugh Covington
Dale Cox
Warren Craig
Albert Crawford
Tom Crawford
Ron Crawley
Larry Crenshaw
Ron Cricks
Herman Crochet
George Cunningham
Walter Cunningham
Dave Currey
Charles Curtis
James Cyrus

D

Craig Damon
Van Damron
John Dankianyin
Louis Dargin
Tom Darnall
Franklin Davis
Searcy Davis
Allen Davison
Mike DeFuso
Douglas DeHart
Mike Deitcher
Lewis Deldeo
Don Delk
Joe Della Valle
Fred Delp
Jeff Dennard
Ron Denton
Tom Denver
Milton Deppe
Jim Desrosiers
James Devine
David Devlin
Roger DeVree
James Dewberry
Jim Diggs
Emery Dokman
John Donaldson
Curtis Douglas
Bob Downen
Joe Doyle
Patrick Driscoll
Richard Drnec
Paul DuLude
Robert Dumas
John Duncan
Melvin Duval

E

Alvin Eastwood
Robert Eaton
Larry Ebbitt
Don Edgcomb
Tom Egan
Robert Eignor
Paul Elkins
Paul Eller
Darv Engel
Russell Eppler
Bob Eubanks
Robert Eustis
Eston Evans
Prentis Evans
Murlin Everson

F

Mike Farr
Garvin Farris
Mason Farrow
Bert Fasulo
Don Feit
Mike Fenenbock
Franklin Fields
Lester Fink
Gerald Finno
John Fitzgibbon
Talmadge Flippo
Ted Florkiewicz
Richard Floyd
Clark Flynn
John Forde
Junius Foret
Moore Forrest
Gilbert Fortin
Newell Forvour
Robert Foshee
Wayne Foster
Larry Fox
Art Frayer
Ron Frederickson
Larry Friedrichsen
Bob Fritze
Ray Frye
Art Fryer
Jerry Furhr
Alfred Fullwood
Claude Furrow

G

Milt Gaines
Ernest Galloway
Joe Galuszek
Tom Gancarz
John Gatewook
Robert Gean
Dennis Gelpe
P. Spencer George
Dennis Gibbs
Orvis Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Harry Giles
Keith Gill
Tom Glaeser
Donald Godin
Johnny Goins
Stanley Gontko
Richard Goodspeed
Tom Gordon
Dennis Gorman
Rich Gramarossa
Mark Gransden
Dave Grant
Lewis Gray
George Greene
Murray Greer
Larry Gregersen
Virgil Grenia
Darrell Gressley
Gerald Gressley
John Greve
Robert Grey
Alfred Griffin
Archie Griffin
Tom Griffith
Phil Grincewich
James Grove
Robert Grubb
Bob Guest

H

John Haase
Sidney Hagen
Charles Haley
Gayle Hamblin
Ray Hammond
Billy Hannah
Neyland Hargrave
Ken Harrison
Harrison Hartman
Johnny Harvey
Max Harvey
Prentice Hastings
Paul Hatfield
Lou Hauck
Fred Hauser
Lynn Hauser
James Hawkins
John Hazlinsky
Bernard Head
Grover Headly
Mike Healy
Jim Heher
John Heikkinen
Arnold Heiting
David Henfrey
Jerry Henley
Ray Hennessey
Tom Hepler
Richard Herbert
John Herbst
Bobby Herren
Harry Herring
Ken Huston
William Hesseltine
Kermit Hester
Merlynn Hetrick
Donald Hicks
Allen Hildebrand, Jr.
Robert Hines
Charles Hirbour
Robert Hitchcock
Melvin Holmes
Harold Holmes
Carl Holt
Neil Honeycutt
Bob Horn
Victor Houde
Darryl Houseman
Henry Houston
Leo Hout
Ross Howard
John Howe
George Huffman
Bob Hughes
Clinton Hulett
Robert Hunsdorf
Ken Huston

I

Len Iorio
Leroy Irvine
Tommy Isaacs


J

Raymond Jastremski
George Jenkins
Jerry Jessen
Victor Jocko
Stan Johansen
Chad Johnson
Wade Johnson
Alan Johnson
Philip Johnson

K

Mark Kabacy
Al Katner
Martin Keeley
Willard Keesecker
Michael Keith
Ronald Keller
John Kelley
Sam Kelly
Ted Kemp
George Kepler
Dick Kerry
Ken Kessler
Ernest Kieth
Ray Kimmel
Rick King
Teddy King
Jack Kirkpatrick
Thomas Klawitter
Tex Kline
ichard Klocko
George Knauer
Jack Kocka
Galen Kozel
Bill Koziol
Ronald Krawcznski
Gene Kremin
Bob Krystofiak
Herb Kubli
Tony Kulfan
Bob Kurtich

L

Bob Labonte
Ed Lakin
Michael Lalim
Lloyd Lamb
Kenneth Lane
Brian Larson
Glenn Latham
Aristide Laurent
Roger Lawson
Richard Leary
Byron Leftwich
Archie Leggett
David Lego
Jim Lehmkuhler
Ken Lemaire
Ken LeMasters
John LeMoine
Sherman Levy
Gary Lewis
Clemic Lewis
Jim Lightfield
John Lincoln
Ernie Lindesmith
George Lipsey
Ron Liptak
Don Litchfield
LeRoy Little
Terry Longrie
Aaron Loomis
Tommie Looney
Glenn Loop
Elmer Love
Josef Love
Harold Lowe
Richard Lucas
Robert Ludwick
Duane Lueders

M

Robert Machado
Robert Mack
Hank Mahoski
George Majors
Jack Makers
Dale Malone
Edward Mansfield
Kenn Martin
Dan Martin
Irven Martin
Angelo Massarelli
Delbert Masterhan
Bill Mau
Ed May
Gene Mayfield
Bill McArthur
Clifford McCalmont
Dave McCormack
Bob McCormick
Redmund McCowen
Japee McCoy
Larry McCoy
Patrick McDonald
Lewis McDorman
Bill McKay
Dale McMahan
Phil McMannus
Thomas McNelley
Ray McPhail
Ken McVicker
Doyce McWaters
Paul Medina
Frank Mercuri
Sam Merlino
William Metheny
HOwie Miller
Lewis Miller
Wayne Miller
Roger Millett
Richard Mills
Bob Mitchell
Jim Mitchell
John Mitchell
Gene Moon
Gene Morain
August Morlock
Charlie Mortensen
Herbert Murphy
Paul Musselwhite
John Myler

N

Ron Neary
Reggie Newman
Brad Niemcek
Wayne Norris
John Novak
Ray Novak
Roy Nygaard

O

Dave O'Connor
Billy Ogan
John O'Hern
Daniel O'Leary
Phillip O'Marrah
Joe Ondek
Nickolas Orgettas
Herbert Orr
Fred Orris
Allen Osborne
Arlie Owens
Steve Oxford

P

Donald Paff
Bob Pate
Steve Pattay
Lilith Peek
Whitman Peek
Waymon Pennington
Edwin Pentecost
Richard Perry
Joseph Perusse
Morris Peterson
Ben Pethe
Robert Picacio
Thomas Pitus
Henry Platt
Richard Pointer
Ross Pool
Warren Portenier
Ed Porter
Joe Potts
James Preston
Bill Price
Claude Proctor
Grandval Prue
Ronald Pumphrey
Robert Purcell
James Purvis

Q

Bill Quillman
James Quinn

R

Ed Racke
Tom Rackley
John Radomski
Bruce Rains
Weldon Ramey
Jacob Reece
Saylor Rehm
John Replogle
Duane Retzloff
Bernard Reukauf
Rick Ricard
Gay Richardson
Russell Richmond
Robert Ricketts
Donald Rickey
Richard Riedy
Rusty Rigdon
Paul Ringenbach
Frank Rippeto
Don Ritter
Don Roarty
Al Roberts
Trefor Roberts
Lou Rocha
Martiniano Rodriguez
Dewey Rogers
William Rogers
Edward Rose
Nathaniel Rosemond
Harry Rowe
Morris Rubenstein
Jerry Rudd
Larry Rudder
Dick Ruediger
Gary Russell
Richard Russo
John Ryan

S

Rodney Saltz
Ed Sanders/Mitchell
Alton Sapp
Leonard Satmary
Rex Savage
Richard Scarbor
Matthew Schadeck
Lowell Schager
Stanley Scheiem
Roy Schellengerg
George Schmidt
John Scholl
Ronn Schommer
Ron Scott
Ralph Seeber
Robert Segrist
Gene Shaffer
Robert Shelton
Bobby Sheppard
Gary Shipman
James Shoe
Earl Shull
Norman Shumaker
Bill Simmons
Wayne Simmons
David Simms
James Simms
Harold Sisco
Marshal Smallwood
Robert Smith
Ray Smith
Terry Smith
Walter Sneed
Kelly Snipes
Anthony Soda
William Solin
George Soloman
George Spaulding
Henry Spears
Jerry Spencer
Jerry Spoo
Dick Sprinkle
Ronald Spruce
Joe Stallard
William Stambaugh
Barney Stanfield
James Stanley
Marvin Steben
Richard Steele
Larry Stein
Eugene Stellabuto
Marlyn Stern
Dan Stetler
Gerald Stork
Don Stout
Stanley Strasbough
James Strickland
Richard Sturgis
Lewis Suggs
Arnie Sullivan
Paul Sweder
Don Szabo

T

Ed Tadych
Len Tallo
Mike Tanney
John Taulbee
Eric Taylor
John Teela
John Temporado
Gerald Tenley
Charles Thibodeau
Carlton Thigpin
Robert Thomas
Calais Thompson
Jack Thompson
James Thrasher
John Tinney
Joe Toland
Paul Toupin
James Towle
Larry Traub
Willard Troutman
John Truax
Bob Trump
Lou Turri
Frank Twyman

U

Tom Urban

V

Mike Varlotte
Harry Vincent
Roy Volberding

W

Jerry Wade
Bob Walentis
Clarence Walker
John Walsh
Jim Walters
Tom Ward
Michael Wargo
Richard Warren
Ron Wasak
Clarence Washington
Neal Waterfall
Maxey Watson
Bernard Watson
Walt Watson
Ed Watts
Larry Webb
Thomas Weiland
Vernon Wellman
William Wettig
James Wheat
Jim Whipple
Stan White
Miles White
Frank Whitehouse
Lester Whitelow
Van Whiting
Oscar Whitmire
Bernard Wido
Leslie Wilkes
Lonzo Williams
Vernon Willman
Rollie Wilson
Julious Windham
Donald Wingfield
George Wise
Alvis Worthington
Denis Woycitzky
Jim Wozniak
Teddy Wright

Y

Kenneth Yancy
Jerome Yannacci
Joseph Yunkas

Z

Bob Zarilli
Charlie Zaso
Bob Zeller
Richard Zink
Joe Zuckernick


CONTRIBUTORS:  Is your email address current as it appears on this website?  If not, click here to send me corrections.  If you see notes about email addresses of other contributors that are no longer current, but you know the correct addresses, please let me know about them too.


*****If you would like to see what changes have recently been made to this website, you can click here.  Probably won't interest most of you, but you can see changes for several weeks in the past.  Just click "Next" to see the changes.


   
 

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Additions to the Site Since 2012:
  • 15 Sep 2012  George Durman's story (updated) about his time in Samsun and other places in Turkey.  [Updated 12 Aug 2014.]

  • 30 Nov 2012  Fred Moore and wife Carol are back for an update on their update on leaving Turkey. How have they been? What are they up to? Well they answer these questions in their newest submission. Welcome back Carol and Fred!! Click above to bring yourselves up to date on the Moores.  (To see their home page with a listing of all their stories, go here.  (Updated 27 Feb 2014.)

  • 01 May 2013  Wayne Bohannon's story about his time in Trabzon.  Some new photos and several corrections.  [Updated 14 Jan 2014.]

  • 31 May 2013  Bob Peterson's story and photos from Karamürsel.

  • 08 Jun 2013  Dennis Crail wants to contact old friends from Diyarbakır.  Interesting story.

  • 12 Jun 2013  James McClelland has an interesting little story about almost being AWOL at Karamürsel.

  • 13 Jun 2013  Matt (Michael) Cotton sent a short story of his time at Sinop.  He promises to send a full story and photos later.  Looking forward to posting the story and pictures.

  • 15 Jun 2013  Samsun TUSLOG Det 3-2 on Facebook hosted by Paul Dions, James W. Haan, and Doug Morris.

  • 14 Aug 2013  Jack Bailey's story about his time in Manzaralı.  [An update to Jack's original post.)]

  • 20 Aug 2013  Lt. Col. G. T. "Tom" McTernan's story about his time at TUSLOG DeT 96 at Karamürsel.

  • 03 Oct 2013  SMSgt Roy Locke's recollections of his two years at Samsun TUSLOG Det 3-2, and a narrative about the "Turkish Flag Incident".

  • 05 Oct 2013  Richard Moore's story about being rooked into volunteering to be reassigned from Scotland to Trabzon TUSLOG Det 3-1.  [Updated 07 Nov 2013.  Includes his tour at Iraklion AS, Crete.]

  • 05 Nov 2013  Dave Simmons tells about his tour in Samsun and talks about his descent into the tunnel outside the site and about the skull.  Photos of the tunnel and skull, AND includes Mess Hall Menu for Thanksgiving, Nov 1959.  [Updated 16 Nov 2013.]

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  • 30 Nov 2013  Rich Anson tells about the USAF Hospital at TUSLOG 119, İzmir, being downgraded to a "Clinic".  He promises to send more photos of his time in İzmir, and some amusing stories.

  • 04 Dec 2013  Don Eddy asks for help from personnel stationed at Trabzon from Oct 1958 to Sep 1959, for information about an incident on the "American Beach" which resulted in injury to USAF GIs from some sort of explosive device.  (This is in support of a disability claim by Don.  If you have ANY knowledge of any kind of attack on US Military Personnel at Trabzon, please contact the Webmaster of this website.  [Updated 14 Dec 2013.]

  • 05 Dec 2013  Fred Gosnell's contribution about the 7394th Munitions Support Sq., TUSLOG Det 93, at Erhaç, Malatya.  [Updated 27 Dec 2013.]

  • 26 Dec 2013  Jim Lieupo's story about US Army Det 4-4 at Karamüsel and his two tours there in the 1970's.

  • 01 Jan 2014  Mary Stillman's story about her 3 ½ years at HQ TUSLOG in Ankara.  She was a civilian, Chief of the Education and Libraries Divison of TUSLOG; her duties took her all over the Near-East, and especially to most of the TUSLOG sites in Turkey.  [Updated 05 Jan 2014.]

  • 05 Jan 2014  Bill Wood's updated story about Karamürsel, Jul 1967-Jul 1969, and having his AFSC changed from 29252 to 70270 and becoming Wing Sergeant Major.  [Updated 14 Jan 2014.]

  • 07 Jan 2014  Dale Endreson's page for the different sites at which he was stationed in the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's, Çorlu, İstanbul, and İzmir.  [Updated 06 Apr 2014.]

  • 30 Jan 2014  Michael Mannion's narrative regarding his assignment to MTMC TTGE as İskenderun, from Jun 1978 to May 1979.

  • 02 Feb 2014  John Bross' story about his tours in Greece, Libya, and Turkey.  He was stationed at Diyarbakır from May 1955 to Feb 1956.  He left Turkey from İstanbul in Mar 1956.  Information from Cem Özmeral's website.  See John's photos of Diyarbakır here.  Some GREAT Photos, some of the best I've seen from Diyarbakır.

  • 24 Feb 2014  Richard Schneider's page for Trabzon, Turkey.  He asks if others, who were at Trabzon 1966-1967, and who remember him, contact him.  Hopefully, he will provide stories and photos later.

  • 27 Feb 2014  Fred Moore and wife Carol have sent an update about how they are doing.  What are they up to?  They answer these questions in their newest submission.  Welcome back Carol and Fred!!  Click above to bring yourselves up to date on the Moores.  See what Fred says about "His Life in Exile".  (To see their home page with a listing of all their stories, go here.)
  • 04 Mar 2014  Greg Kline sent a story to the website 04 Mar 2014.  I've asked him to expand his "Story", AND to send any photos he may have taken while at Sinop.

  • 09 Mar 2014  Captain (US Army) Kent Whitman sent his story to the website 09 Mar 2014.  Hopefully, he will provide an expanded "Story" and send some photos of Sinop.

  • 27 Mar 2014  Dean A. Johnson sent his story to the website 27 Mar 2014.  He was a 292xx and was in Samsun from Jan 1957 to Dec 1957.  He promises to send an expanded story soon.

  • 02 Apr 2014  Charlie Brown contacted us on 02 Apr 2014.  She was a Captain at TUSLOG Ankara 1986-1988, Chief of Transportation, and is now a retired Lt. Col.  [Updated 15 May 2014.]

  • 20 Apr 2014  Doug Morris contacted us about his tour with Det 3-2 in Samsun.  Hopefully, he will send an expanded story later.

  • 27 Apr 2014  Mehmet Ertuzun was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Turkish Army stationed at Çakmaklı in 1975 and 1976, with the Turkish Support Battalion.  His American military friends from TUSLOG Det. 67 were Gale Matthews and Darrell Rishell.  His story is fantastic, giving a look of Çakmaklı from the Turkish viewpoint, and he has sent lots of photos from that time.  Many, many thanks, Mehmet!  [Updated 04 May 2014.]

  • 13 May 2014  William "Bill" Rodgers was stationed at Inçirlik, but was TDY to Erzurum twice.  He writes here about Erzurum.  [Updated 15 May 2014.]

  • 16 May 2014  Wallen "Wally" Klann was stationed at Samsun 1958-1959.  He sent just a short note, but I have asked him to compose a "Story" about his year at Samsun.

  • 22 Jun 2014  James L. Clark was stationed at Trabzon 1957-1958.  [Ed:  I heard from James 18 Jun 2014.  He didn't give any info except where he served and when.  I've asked him to send a "Story" and any photos he may still have from Trabzon.  Hopefully, he will respond soon.]

  • 22 Jun 2014  Joe Hornsby emailed us his "Story" on 18 Jun 2014.  The story covers his assignments with the USAFSS, ending up at Trabzon.

  • 05 Jul 2014  Billy R. Porter emailed us his "Story" on 04 Jul 2014.  A little about his assignment at Samsun and some photos.

  • 16 Jul 2014  Frederick Savarese sent me the first installment of his "Story" about his tour of duty at Samsun on 13 Feb 2014.  He updated it 16 and 17 Jul 2014.

  • 21 Jul 2014  Dennis Winstead sent me an email to have his name included in the Karamüsel section of this website.  He didn't include a "Story" and I have asked him to write one.  If he sends a "Story", I will post it.

  • 23 Jul 2014  William "Bill" Howe emailed me to have his name included in the Çakmaklı section of this website.  He didn't include a "Story" but promises to send one and some photos.

  • 27 Jul 2014  David Todd contacted me on 26 Jul 2014 via email to have his name included in the Karamüsel section of this website.  He sent his "Story" today, 27 Jul 2014.  Click his name to read the "Story".

  • 07 Aug 2014  Billy R. Porter contacted me earlier with his story, but wanted to wait to have it posted when he had time to "flesh it out".  This is his "Story".  Click his name to read it.

  • 17 Aug 2014  Brian Gaquin contacted me about his father, CMSgt Joseph D. Gaquin, being stationed at Det 23 in Elmadağ, 1966-1968.  I will post more as he sends it.



You may find your unit at VetFriends (the largest website for veterans on the Internet), and find others from the unit who have signed on there.  (Click here or on the image above.)  (A great site, especially for ordering military memorabilia.  Unfortunately, I haven't found any items related to any of the sites in Turkey.  NOTE:  You can search by name or unit number, e.g., SAMSUN or Det 3-2, TRABZON or Det 3-1, KARAMURSEL, or Det 3, SİNOP, or Det 4, etc.)  I urge you to sign on at VetFriends and enter your information.



Turkish Duty Station Stories

Click to jump to contributors' stories by location, or scroll through them in the green sections below.

Ankara
Balıkesir
Çakmaklı
Çiğli Air Base

Çorlu
Diyarbakır
Elmadağ
Erhaç
Erzurum
Eskİşehİr
Golçuk
İnçirlik/Adana
İskenderun
İstanbul
İzmir
İzmit
Karamürsel
Malatya
Manzaralı
Murted
Ortaköy
Pirinçlik
Şahintepe
Samsun
Sinop
Targaburun
Trabzon
Various

NOTE on Pronunciation of Turkish Alphabet:
C or c = "j", as in "joke"
Ç or ç = "ch", as in "chart"
Ğ or ğ = a silent character, indicating a slight pause between the preceding and following letters; you can "almost" hear the "g" sound
I or ı = (I with no dot atop) between "uh" and "eh", as in the "e" in "open:
İ or i = "ee" as in "machine"
Ö or ö = "u", as in "turn"
Ş or ş = "sh", as in "shine"
Ü or ü = "yooh", as in "cube"
U or u = "ooh", as in "lube"

 

Click Contributors' Names Below to View Their Stories


VARIOUS SITES IN TURKEY

Jimmy Lane
was stationed in many places in Turkey, so we've created a "Various" category for him.  He had one of the more fascinating jobs as an epidemiologist working in disease prevention should the number American troops need to increase in Turkey.  Read on...

 

Dale Endreson
was also stationed in many places in Turkey, so we've put him in this category too.  He has a message from "Ahmet the Barber".  Click to read what Dale has to say.  Dale is sending me lots of photos from Çorlu, İstanbul, and İzmir.  I will post them here and to the appropriate sites when I receive them.

 

Mary Stillman's
story about her 3 ½ years at HQ TUSLOG in Ankara.  She was a civilian, Chief of the Education and Libraries Divison of TUSLOG; her duties took her all over the Near-East, and especially to most of the TUSLOG sites in Turkey.  (See also under ANKARA below.)

 
ANKARA

Ankara High School 1950 - Present
The only comprehensive online resource for students and faculty of the DOD high school, George C. Marshall Regional High School, affectionately referred to as Ankara High School. Reunion info too.

George C. Marshall High School
Reunion information of the former Ankara American High School (Embassy High School)

A Brief History of Ankara
An interesting new book about the city and environs!

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Charlie Brown was a Captain at TUSLOG in Ankara 1986-1988.  Her rank was Captain at that time.

Jimmy Carter, A/2C, 1957-59
interesting comments and pictures of Ankara.

TSGT Frank Cook (USAF Ret.)
Frank Remembers Ankara, 1995, covered in Hurriyet  newspaper!

Andrew Hall's Multiple Tours in Turkey
Ankara and İnçirlik plus other Turkey duty for Andrew Hall is detailed in his brief page. (See İnçirlik, too)

 

Ron Harmon
TUSLOG Det 3 at Ankara, 1955, site surveys etc.

 

Lt. Steve Hoffman initially landed in Turkey at İzmir (Çiğli), but was forwarded to Ankara for most of the remainder of his tour. Certainly an exciting time for him; as well as the politics of Turkey as he worked through a period of local unrest. Fascinating story...and a P.S. as he looks back upon that time.

 

David Mitchell
was stationed in Ankara in 1968 and 1969. His tale - soon to be expanded - will give you a hint as to where his story goes.

Jerry Moon's
Ankara and Karamürsel Story.

Jerry was stationed at Det 27 in Ankara from Jul 1967 until Oct 1967.  He was stationed at Det 4.4 at Karamürsel from Oct 1967 until Jan 1969.

Fred Moore
details two tours in Ankara 1982-1986 and 1991-1993 and as of 2003 he was in İnçirlik! Finishing his military service in 1996, Fred retired to Tennessee, in 2003 he got a job as a federal civil servant to return to Turkey and DID, and in 2012 he was transferred (kicking and screaming) back to the U.S. to a new home in Georgia. He'll still be contributing more stories, but now they'll have a decidedly American flavor.

CMSgt Michael (John) Nagle
TUSLOG Det 3 at Ankara, 1956

 

Edward O'Brien married wife Jan while he was in the Air Force and when offered an early reenlistment - and a trip to Turkey - he accepted. Both had a wonderful time and Edward details some of the exploits of 1968 and 1970 in Ankara.

Chuck Richter
In Turkey 1957-1958, a Romanian language specialist from Cornerl University was sent to Turkey where he spent time in Ankara (a few minutes), İstanbul, Karamürsel, and provides pictures of places he visited. Fascinating adventure!

Don Rostad
writes his story of 1965 Ankara and his service with JUSMMAT and some exciting occurrences while there. Click his name and read on!

 

LtCol Eldon Sanders (USAF Ret.) 1948
Ankara and our first military efforts in Turkey

Darwin Sator was the first to be stationed at TUSLOG Det. 30, Ankara. Enjoy his page featuring a brisk portrayal of his wonderful times in Turkey, and also his book, "The Turcophile File" by clicking the ad on his page.

Tommy Schmitt
Advisor to the Turkish military, Tommy Schmitt, today an FAA inspector, relates "A Lesson Learned" from his earlier years in Ankara

 

Mary Stillman's
story about her 3 ½ years at HQ TUSLOG in Ankara.  She was a civilian, Chief of the Education and Libraries Divison of TUSLOG; her duties took her all over the Near-East, and especially to most of the TUSLOG sites in Turkey.

 

Delbert Thomas
Hurriyet newspaper coverage of the return to Ankara in 2000

Chris White
L20s, people and the rodeo in 1957-59

BALIKESİR

Lee Garza
certainly made the most of his time at Balıkesir, not only giving his all to his military job, but getting out in the countryside, traveling far and wide. A fascinating, well illustrated story.

 
 

John Hurst
brings some details about life in Balıkesir in 1979-1980. Enjoy the stories!

 
 

Mary Humphrey
Click name to send for reunion info.

 
 
ÇAKMAKLI

Translation Definition of Çakmaklı (ends in an "i" without a dot over it):  Çakmaklı means "Flintlock" in Turkish.  Çakmaklı Tüfek means "Flintlock Rifle".  Pronounced as "chak-mak-luh".  A cigarette lighter is just Çakmak in Turkish.  Does anyone know why the town was named Çakmaklı?

 
 

David Blose
My Çakmaklı photos from 1976.  Link does not work!  David, please contact me here.

 

Jim Brakebill sent me some information amplifying our listing of TUSLOG Det. 121, Çakmaklı, on our TUSLOG Detachments page.  Some great pictures.

Mehmet Ertuzun was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Turkish Army stationed at Çakmakli in 1975 and 1976, with the Turkish Support Battalion.  His American military friends from TUSLOG Det. 67 were Gale Matthews and Darrell Rishell.  His story is fantastic, giving a look of Çakmakli from the Turkish viewpoint, and he has sent lots of photos from that time.  Many, many thanks, Mehmet!

William "Bill" Howe sent me an email on 23 Jul 2014 to have his name included in the Çakmaklı section of this website.  He didn't include a "Story" but promises to send one and some photos.

Lyndon Rose
A series of stories about 1972-73 life just west of İstanbul with Detachment 67, the Army's artillery headquarters. Lots of great pictures!

Lindsey Werden
brings the art of coping to a new level in an outpost west of İstanbul called "The Chock"!

ÇIĞLI Air Base is included in the İZMİR/ÇIĞLI section of this website.  (ÇIĞLI is pronounced "Chee-lee", with a slight pause between the two syllables.

ÇORLU

Dale Endreson
1978 beginnings of a coming series of stories about several duty stations in Turkey at which he was stationed.

Don Lonze
Arrived in Çorlu in 1967 and has begin his story of time there with a brief introduction. More to come later, we hope!

Layne Sitter
was one of the guys who powered up the Tropo site at Çorlu in 1972 and '73. The site, above the north shore of the Sea of Marmara and - in those days - west of İstanbul (now part of the extended reach of a city which has grown to 13-million by now - was critical to controlling the outcome of the cold war.

John Tejeda
made a dual landing in İstanbul enroute to nearby Çorlu. He immediately flew off to Supply school in Germany, took a side trip there, then returned to get down to business at Çorlu. This is his introduction story, and we're looking for more of his experiences at "the 'lu."

Doug Wright
What Corlu was all about - 1957-1961

 

Bruce P. Barrett joins our contributors roster. He began his service in Diyarbakır in 1958 and has quite a few good memories of his time in Turkey. Read on...

 

John Bross' Duty Stations, including TUSLOG Det 9, Diyarbakır/Pirinçlik.  John Bross' story about his tours in Greece, Libya, and Turkey.  He was stationed at Diyarbakir from May 1955 to Feb 1956.  He left Turkey from İstanbul in Mar 1956.  See his photos of Diyarbakır here.  Some of the best photos I've seen from Diyarbakır.

Dennis Crail joins our contributors roster. He served in Diyarbakır from Jun 1973 to Jun 1974.  He would like to contact anyone who served there during that time.  Click to go to his page and send him an email.

 

Edmund "Ted" Goldsborough served in Diyarbakır in 1964 and has sent an article he wrote about his time spent there - some great photos, too!

 

Jack Selig
reflects on his time spent reflecting signals up to the Troposphere from a mountainous region west of Diyarbakır, Turkey near Malatya.  It begs the question: "what's a guy from Wichita Falls, Texas doing..."

 

Steve Slezak
A bit of humor from a valued Armed Forces Radio and TV guy, 1970-71 at Diyarbakır and Trabzon.

 

Dave Sorenson
Karamürsel, 1958 and Diyarbakır, 1965. Two tours in Turkey! (Also listed under Karamürsel)

Ray Thomas
Turkish military saved his life in 1962!

 

Bud Trill
Diyarbakır, 1955 - great photos!

John S. Wilkinson's well researched information on the closure of Diyarbakır air base in 1997, and the story of this important military center is presented in answer to the many questions we've received regarding Diyarbakır's status.

 
ELMADAĞ

John Nett
Unusual duty, in an unusual duty station near Ankara, now a major ski area.

 

Brian Gaquin
sent information about his father, CMSgt Joseph D. Gaquin, being assigned to TUSLOG Det 6-1, Site 23, from April 1966 to June 1968.

 
ERZURUM (AKA ERZERUM)

Steven Dutch's
Website about his time in Erzurum.
The links to Davis's website no longer work.  Does anyone know what has happened to David and his website?  If so, please contact me.

 

Rick Moore
A "military brat" used to traveling the world, lands duty in the high eastern plateau area of Turkey: Erzurum! (first part now online)

 

Jim Partica
shares positive lessons learned from his time stationed on "the Rock." He actually volunteered for duty at what once was a historic center of the Roman and Byzantine empires of eastern Anatolia.

 

William "Bill" Rodgers
was stationed at Inçirlik, but was TDY to Erzurum twice.  He writes here about Erzurum.

 

Barney Shows
stationed at Tuslog Detachment 98, Erzurum, Turkey

 
ESKİŞEHİR

John Feld
served at Eskişehir in 1967 and has filed some great slide-conversions with caption information from the old days during cold war Turkey.

 

John Shumway
Life for a teen, Eskişehir 1974-76

 

Gerald Steck
Eskişehir, 1968-69

 

Jerry Wingert
eskişehir, 1961-62

 
GOLÇUK

Phil Toth
Aboard USS Kalamazoo which visited Gölcük in 1985.

İNÇİRLİK

Lt. Col Michael Bartley, USAF, JAG (Ret.)
The extensive memoirs of an officer who served four - count 'em 4 - tours in Turkey. He's writing it as a serial, so check back! More than 60 photos thumbnailed on the page!

Alfred Cammarata joins our group of correspondents with his duty at İnçirlik and İskenderun, among other places. A description of duty in Turkey's southeast corner is like being there! Also, we thank Al for his support of Merhaba-USMilitary.com!  (Also see his listing under the İskenderun section of this page.)

 

Joe Coughlin
Read Joe's memories of Karatas, İnçirlik and Bob Hope. Photo of his buddies too.

 

Perry "Ike" Eisenhower
tells the story of TUSLOG Det 76, 1957 - 1966, a fascinating look behind the scenes.

 

Steven Dutch
touches down in İnçirlik during his 1991 tour of duty in the Gulf War, his diary, photos.

 

Stan Fader's İnçirlik 1963-1964
A trip back to the post Kennedy era and insights into his daily life. Great photos!

 

As the son of Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Griffiths, John Griffiths' life at what was then called Adana Air Force Base was very interesting - considering he was eight years old at the time.

 

Andrew Hall's Multiple Tours in Turkey
Ankara and İnçirlik plus other Turkey duty for Andrew Hall is detailed in his brief page. (See Ankara listing, too)

 

Gary Hamm
is another Two Tour Wonder - serving twice at İnçirlik/Adana.

 

Peggy Hyatt-Buchanan
brings the views of a "dependent" to our site with her 70's memories of Inçirlik.

 

Glenn Knight
A letter about 1980 İnçirlik tragedy.

 

Thomas McCabe
was stationed at the Common Defense Installation at İnçirlik from 1970 to 1972, and wrote for the newspaper there. Here's a collection of clippings of the actual articles he wrote, along with his background memories of them.

Fred Moore
(also listed under Ankara) details two tours in Ankara 1982-1986 and 1991-1993 and as of 2003 he was in İnçirlik! Finishing his military service in 1996, Fred retired to Tennessee, in 2003 he got a job as a federal civil servant to return to Turkey and DID, and in 2012 he was transferred (kicking and screaming) back to the U.S. to a new home in Georgia. He'll still be contributing more stories, but now they'll have a decidedly American flavor.

Bob Nissly left Pennsylvania for his military service and found himself in a quonset hut at İnçirlik. He very quickly learned to use the Turkish word "şeftali" and joined the well populated class in Embarrassment 101. Great story! Click his name to read it.

Jim Novak won a lengthy flight to İnçirlik as part of his US Air Force training, and what a tour it was! Everything from a hanging to incredible opportunities were laid out before him which developed into quite a memoir, and a love affair with Turkey. Click his name to read it.

Ron Radliff
A stunning, picture-filled journey around İnçirlik and Adana from a prolific and talented photographer (and former serviceman).

Larry Sanders
This brilliantly executed, and far-reaching story of Larry's experiences at İnçirlik and İskenderun is most worthy of time spent carefully reading. His experiences at his two military posts in Turkey have been well thought out, and executed in wonderful detail. We add our thanks to those who encouraged him to bring his story to us!

Charlie Sibert
gives us a sweeping view of his entire career with the U.S. Air Force, the core of which are his experiences in İnçirlik in 1958 and 1959, thence to Dreux Air Base in central France. The experiences are told directly and fully, giving the reader the feeling of having been there. Enjoy!

Lee Stowers
brings us along on his times at İnçirlik Air Base with a short preamble to what we're hoping is lengthier memories which we've asked him to write up as they occur. But for now, he takes us on a quick tour of İnçirlik a la 1959.

Mark Wilkerson
Provides İnçirlik Images.

İSKENDERUN

Larry Sanders
This brilliantly executed, and far-reaching story of Larry's experiences at İnçirlik and İskenderun is most worthy of time spent carefully reading. His experiences at his two military posts in Turkey have been well thought out, and executed in wonderful detail. We add our thanks to those who encouraged him to bring his story to us!

Ken Boultenhouse arrived in İskenderun in October 1957 and remained there until May, 1959 and during this time he is sharing memories of the time he spent learning some Turkish, witnessing the explosion and sinking of the USS Mirador, a jet-fuel tanker, in İskenderun harbor, and he has promised other additions as well.

 

Alfred Cammarata joins our group of correspondents with his duty at İnçirlik and İskenderun, among other places. A description of duty in Turkey's southeast corner is like being there!  (Also see his listing under the İnçirlik Section of this page.)

Some documents have turned up relating to the Military Traffic Management Command's seaport operations in Turkey.  Alfred Cammarata mailed me some extracts from various documents concerning the MTMC and I've posted them here.  Click to view expanded full view pictures.

The MTMC TTCE History-Pages 1 & 2-Aug 1983.
MTMC-Outport İskenderun-Pages 1 & 2.
MTMC-Outport İskenderun-Apr 1984.
MTMC TTU-The Southern Flank-Winter 1983.
MTMC-TTCE-The Southern Flank-Apr 1984.
MTMC's-Remotest Outport-Aug 1985.
Remote Post Kind Of Grows On You-Aug 1989.
General Order 10, HQ Department of the Army.
Major Highways of Turkey.

Ed Roberts, An Air Force Sergeant, assigned to an Army facility in İskenderun, a small seaport (then) in extreme southeastern Turkey.

Michael Mannion
served at the Military Traffic Management Command at İskenderun from Jun 1978 to May 1979.

Gary Stone sent these photos he took 1979-1980, in and around İskenderun.

İSTANBUL

Al Akiona a Senior Master Sergeant, now retired, reports on his duties at the TUSLOG Det 1 shop in İstanbul back in 1957. He says it was his most interesting and intriguing assignment of his 24 year career!

SPC Jim Baldwin
Gets something off his chest in a brief, but telling, story of his time in İstanbul (actually nearby Ortaköy). He winds up by saying his entire tour of duty was an adventure!

Dale Endreson's
photos of İstanbul.  He says that although he was stationed at Çorlu, he made many trips to İstanbul, usually over the weekend

Oscar Mark Mankopf, CW2 USAR Ret.
Transferred from TUSLOG Detachment 27 to Det 4-3 (a new one to us), running a boat between İstanbul and Sinop carrying troops for that destination. Back and forth, many trips, but also much time "gettin' rowdy" in İstanbul! Read on...

Col. John E. Perez USAF (Ret) İstanbul
Memories and images, 1967-69

Chuck Richter
In Turkey 1957-1958, a Romanian language specialist from Cornerl University was sent to Turkey where he spent time in Ankara (a few minutes), İstanbul, Karamürsel, and provides pictures of places he visited. Fascinating adventure!

Richard D. Wilson CTO1, USNR-R
İstanbul in 1959 with many historic photos and a very rare copy of Det 12's Information Pamphlet - the only one we know exists.

At Cem (pronounced "Gem" or "Jim") Özmeral's website above, İstanbullite.com, you will find probably more than you ever wanted to know about İstanbul or any other place in Turkey.  For instance, click on İstanbul Airport Status, and you will see every plane arriving at, or departing from, Atatürk International Airport (and other major airports in Turkey), in REAL TIME.  When you click on a specific plane, you will hear the conversation between the airport control tower and the aircraft.  You can access İstanbul WebCam TV, Touristic Cameras (showing live cameras from all over İstanbul), İstanbul Traffic Cameras, and so much more.  One of the best sources for photos of İstanbul and other sites in Turkey.  Great information on tourist destinations.  (Cem was born and raised in Istanbul but is now an American citizen.  He still maintains his Turkish website.)

Read how Cem helped Jan Claire find an old friend in Istanbul on this site.

Read how Cem helped Jan Claire find an old friend in Istanbul on Cem's site.

You can see Cem's 360 Degrees Bird's Eye View (360 degrees panorama) here.  Fantastic!  You will find nowhere else such great 360 degree views of İstanbul's famous sites.  And, if you continue to dig deeper from that site, you will find information on İstanbul and Turkey in general that you'll find difficult to see anywhere else.  This is a "must-see" Turkish site.

Cem has translated a chapter of his book, Özlediğim İstanbul, and has posted it here.  The title of the chapter is "THE HAMAM IN BULGURLU, ISTANBUL".

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT CEM'S ISTANBULLITE SITE ABOVE, SINCE HE OFTEN ADDS NEW ITEMS, such as the latest "2014 Berlin Letters"

You can go directly to İstanbullite's "American Military in Turkey" page here.  (Not very much actual information on American Military in Turkey.)

(İSTANBUL by MURKATKORMAN)

Istanbul is like a "never-ending poem" where you can't find its beginning or end.  Every street you stroll, every corner you turn, is like a new verse to it.  (By Muratkorman at his VirtualTourist page.)

I find myself so lucky to be born in this beautiful and unique city in the world where 2 continents (Asia and Europe) meet.  The term "melting pot" simply describes Istanbul with a population reaching 15 million people.  It is a city which never sleeps.  There is something to enjoy for everyone who visits here. The more I am departed from Istanbul, the more I fall in love.  In the period when I used to live abroad, my visits to Istanbul were more observative.  I tried to experience as much as I could during my short stays and each time I visited Istanbul, I discovered something new about it.

On 27 March 2010, I returned Istanbul with my wife for good.  Recently, I am updating my Istanbul tips one by one, correcting some earlier mistakes and catching up with new improvements.  This will provide my fellow VT friends, more accurate information. Having obtained my Müzekart, I started revisiting the museums I have been and visiting museums I haven't been before.  You will see more tips and updates on my page.  I also have built my "Istanbul ili" page and moved general tips over there.  (Also by Muratkorman at his "My Beloved Istanbul" page at VirtualTourist.

(Also see Muraktorman's complete postings, "My Beautiful Country", at VirtualTourist here about other places in Turkey.)

(İSTANBUL by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN)

(From Hans Christian Andersen, 25 Apr 1841.  Hans traveled to Constantinople and took a ferry boat across the Golden Horn.  This quote was found on Cem Ösmeral's website, but he gives no sources.)

"I Offered the Oarsmen* a Silver Coin, the value of which I was not really as yet clear about.  He shook his head, took from his pocket quite a small coin, showed it to me and assured me that he could not take any higher payment.  So honest are the Turks!  And every day during my stay here I had more and more proof of this.  The Turks are the most good-hearted and honorable people."
Hans Christian Andersen, April 25, 1841.

*In Turkish "Kayıkçi".  The person who used to carry passangers in a small boat between the two shores of the Golden Horn or between Galata and Scutari or Calcedon.

İZMİR/ÇİĞLİ

The former link here for İzmir High School became outdated and there was no contact information supplied.  We deleted the link; however there is an İzmir Sultans site for Facebook members: CLICK HERE

George (AKA "Bill") W. Adams, Jr.'s
story about his assignment in İzmir and his exploits in Turkey.

 

Richard B. Anson
was stationed at TUSLOG Det 119 in the mid-1970's.  He's going to send photos from that time, and some amusing stories.

 

Kathy Miller Guerard
İzmir in the late 50s and early 60s.

 

Roger Henry
served in İzmir and Samsun in 1969 and 1970 where he was a "tropo man" and his photos of the Tropospheric Scatter installations are awesome, as are the pictures of Ephesus, which he looked down on from his mountaintop near İzmir.

Dalene Horton
writes her memoir of being a military wife and working for the Tumpane Company in İzmir. She includes lighthearted pictures of her boss - the man behind the company, David Tumpane - as well.

 

Les Legear was stationed at Detachment 5 in İzmir 1970 and 1971. He tells the story of a recent cruise to Turkey where he opted for a side trip back to the "hole in the mountain" called Disco Hit - and more. Click his name and read on!

 

Greg Natsch
A past - and future - denizen of İzmir details his short, but wide ranging, tour in İzmir in Emergency Medical Services. A wonderful story, but with a personal, poignant twist at the very end.

 

Lt. Neil S. Reyer
was transferred to İzmir from Laon,Air Base in France. His mission was oversee construction of the Kordon Hotel, and to hire and train the staff. You'll enjoy the many photos of this endeavor, and the Kordon's 1967 Grand Opening. The hotel is still there, and has become an upscale tourist destination.

Paul Ruehs
served not one, nor two, but three tours in İzmir! You'll sense his thrill in being stationed in Turkey from the very first words. He writes about the people, the times, and the atmosphere in İzmir in the '70s on through the early '90s.

Larry and Sonja Sanderson
Early 1960s İzmir.

Ken Swedroe
gives insight into a 1968-1970 stint at Cigli/İzmir and then updates us on a recent trip back in 2004!

İZMİT

Harlow J. Morgan, Jr.
Memories & images of Det 97, 1971-72

Kevin O'Neill's story of duty near Izmit (now Kocaeli) at the east end of the Marmara Sea.























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KARAMÜRSEL
KARAMÜRSEL AIR STATION, 1993
KARAMÜRSEL Today:

Here's a 9-10-2010 photo of the KARAMÜRSEL base.  We also have a 4/9/2008 (older) aerial version here, and the look of the site in 2005 seen here.  (The photos are not identical due to the fact they're taking from different flyovers and therefore the trajectories are not exact.)  Open them in separate web browsers and see all the new construction that has gone on.  Or, better yet, download and print the photos and do a comparison.  See any sights you remember "from the old days"?  Caution:  Large photos.  GoogleEarth Coordinates at American flag pole at the base Admin building: 40.696090, 29.534037.)

Karamürsel Forum
All Services 1960-61, check it out

 

Beautiful Karamürsel, by Mike and Beth Holland.
A website with tons and tons of photos of Karamürsel and other places in Turkey.  At the top of the page be sure to click on "Beautiful", which will take you to a page of Mike and Beth's photos; also be sure to click on "Return in 99", which takes you to a page of Al and Liz Skyler's photos.  If you would like a picture of any specific place at Karamürsel or nearby, I believe you'll find it here.

 

Rob Boyte's Photo Album.  Contains some photos and stories about his time at Karamürsel.

 

Karamürsel Air Station
All Services:  Restricted to those serving at KAS 1960 and 1961.

 

KTUS Radio Station
Website started in 2003 for station personnel. Great site originated by the late Don Brown and now operated by Larry Webb!

KTUS "Soundwave"
27 March 1958, first issue!, contributed by Ed Watts Special orders Issued at Karamürsel or to send people to Turkey

Karamürsel Air Station Brochure
Early 1960s - maps, pics, etc.

Karamürsel Common Defense Installation Brochure
Early 1970s - maps, aerials, etc.

Catholic calendar
Christmas, 1963 - image sent by Steve Phipps

Deacon Ray Allor
Flying to Ankara to join Det 3, only to find out Det 3 had been moved to Karamürsel would be a head-scratcher for many, but Deacon Ray knew how to roll with the punches...and a mail truck on a dusty road to Karamürsel.

Don Becker
Gets orders to Karamürsel Turkey 1957-59

CT3 Neil Berg
The "other" radio station at Karamürsel, 1957-58 - page completely revised with original photos of construction and opening ceremony March, 1958

Dave Bergstrom
May 1959 - October 1960

Ron Bluemer
Early 1960s at Karamürsel

Paul A. Brady
Remembers Karamürsel, 1967-68

 

John Brasko, Jr.
Views of Karamürsel, 1973-73 as well as an edition of "The Quill" base newsletter.

Mark Carlson
Karamürsel & area. 1970-74. / professional quality photos

Jan Claire
Mainsite and WUSN photos

Jan Claire's Account
of how Cem Ozmeral helped him find an old friend in İstanbul.

Link to Major Combs' "Blogspot" about Karamürsel.
A great account and lots of replies from others who were stationed there.

Lowell Cook
Karamürsel, 1974

Dave Councill
Karamürsel High, 1973-76 as covered in Hurriyet newspaper and his own website

Paul N. Dion's
Karamürsel High School website, 1974 Senior Portraits.

David Devlin, Joined the Air Force, served his country well, and - as he says - "kept their secrets." An interesting and 4-year-spanning story of his military life - Keesler, March, Karamürsel, including free-time work at KTUS. Lots of pics!

Tony DiCrescenzo
See the Det 28 motorpool plus Det 28 parades.

Cliff Ferguson
TUSLOG Det 28, 59-61

 

John Fitz
TUSLOG Det 28 in the late 50s

Joe Gignac
TUSLOG Det 3 in the late 50s

Jim Gindlesperger
and his wife, Jackie, were both in the Air Force when they were stationed together at Karamürsel Detachment 38. It wasn't exactly a romantic holiday at first, though things evened out over time. Jim, managed to learn some Turkish, developed friends on and off the base and even got into a wild pig hunt (can you say barbecue?!)

Larry Holeman
Alice Holeman offers the "spouse's point of view" of living in Turkey in the '60s and again in the '70s.

 

Robin Hood
On being a kid at Karamürsel, 1967-71.

 

Pete Johnson
Ships out to Karamürsel, 1960.

 

Keith Kitchens
Russian Language School and Karamürsel

John LeMoine
Getting to Karamürsel and being there in 1963.

Jim Lieupo
Two Tours at Karamürsel - US Army Det 4-4.

 

Duane Lueders
US Navy, TUSLOG Det 28, 1960-'61. Glad to have you on board, Duane!

Joe Lutz
TUSLOG Det 28, late 1950s

Mary Maguire Davis
writes about the establishment of a Women in the Air Force squadron at Karamürsel in 1969. Perhaps you are one of the people in the group photo? If so, let Mary know!

 

Chuck Maki
Turkey in August 1957 (Originator of this website.)

Gerald McChesney
Great story and photos of Gerald's tour at Karamürsel.

James McClelland
Story about almost being AWOL at Karamürsel.

Lt. Col. G. T. "Tom" McTernan
Synopsis of 2years as Commander of TUSLOG 96, the Karamürsel OSI Detachment.

Tom Minehan
was one of the first to be sent to Karamürsel, and worked in the rather spare, early buildings there. "Cozy" as he put the living quarters!

Allen Moon
joins Karamürsel "Common Defense Installation" in 1976 - just about the time the base was set to be closed down.  He probably was the guy you bought your postage stamps from!

Jerry Moon's
Ankara and Karamürsel Story.

Jerry was stationed at Det 27 in Ankara from Jul 1967 until Oct 1967.  He was stationed at Det 4.4 at Karamürsel from Oct 1967 until Jan 1969.

George Morton
Sometimes it takes a while to get what you really want.

Roger Mullings
The Pictures of Karamürsel Det 28 1965-1967 from Roger CTR1 USN (Ret) on his own website.

Harris Parkell's
YouTube video about Karamürsel, 1962 - 1964 (Part 1).  Nice Slide-Show, accompanied by very nice Turkish Music.

 

Harris Parkell's
YouTube video about Karamürsel, 1962 - 1964 (Part 2).  Nice Slide-Show, no music, but accompanied by commentary of Harris Parkell.

 

Unknown Poster's
YouTube video about Karamürsel, 1964 - 1966.  Nice Slide-Show, no music, no commentary.

 

Karamürsel High
Paul Normal's KHS 1973-74 website!

Dawn Pate
With the dispensary, 1957-59

 

Ken Patterson
Transmitter technician, stationed in Karamürsel June 1961 - December, 1962.

Bob Peterson
Karamürsel area, 1970-71

Chuck Richter
In Turkey 1957-1958, a Romanian language specialist from Cornerl University was sent to Turkey where he spent time in Ankara (a few minutes), İstanbul, Karamürsel, and provides pictures of places he visited. Fascinating adventure!

Danny Ricketts
thoughts and pics of his Mainsite years 1961-63

Thomas Rowe
Pictures and information about the Armed Forces Radio & TV Service station, KCFR, at Karamürsel circa 1969-1971 - great photos, too!

Rudy Ruediger
Pictures of Karamürsel and area, 1959-61

Ed Sachs
Karamürsel, 1960-1962 and living in Yalova, Ed is on board with some of his memories - more to come!

Dave Sorenson
Karamürsel, 1958 and Diyarbakır, 1965. Two tours in Turkey! (Also listed under Diyarbakır)

Carlton Thigpen, Jr.
My Time At Mainsite - a fine memoir.

Thomas Tipton
was nine years old when he and his family went to Karamürsel where his father managed the "chow hall" on the base. Thomas gives us the view of a youngster confronted by the busy Karamürsel Air Station. A refreshing change from the strictly military stories.

David Todd
contacted me today, 26 Jul 2014.    He sent his "Story" a day later, 27 Jul 2014.  Click his name to read the "Story".

John Tudbury
Two lives: Military brat in Ankara, early '60s and serving in the Air Force 1974-'76! Read both stories.

Jim Walsh
Jim flew into Yeşilkoy/Ataturk airport in İstanbul. "Now what?" he asked himself. He knew his orders were to show up at Karamürsel, "but where is it, how do I get there?" he asked himself just before spying a person who could help. This is, we hope, merely part one of his ultimate account of his time in Turkey.

Bill Waters
Karamürsel base and area, 1966-67

Ed Watts
Karamürsel and area, 1958!

Ron Wood
The legal scene, 1961-63

William "Bill" Wood
Being reassigned from AFSC 29252 to AFSC 70270, Wing Sergeant Major.

MALATYA & ERHAÇ

Jack Selig is new on board Merhaba-USMilitary.com with reflections on his time at a Tropospheric Scatter site in a mountainous region west of Diyarbakır, Turkey. His story is pithy and fun, meaning we can't wait for further updates!

 

Fred Gosnell, CMSgt, Ret. originally posted to Merhaba-USMilitary.com in Oct 2013 with a tidbit of info about the 7394th Munitions Support Sq., TUSLOG Det 93.  He forwarded a picture of the TUSLOG Det 93 unit patch.  He has now posted a lot of additional goodies about the personnel at Erhaç, as well as another picture.

 
MANZARALI

Manzaralı Station on Facebook
Det 66, Site 23 - 1966 - 1968

 

Jack Bailey
Manzaralı Station Sept. 1961 - June 1963

 

Raymond Bigelow
Manzaralı Station Sept. 1961 - June 1963

 

8mm Films shot by Phil Feick, who served at Manzaralı 1964-1967. Village was "Hajimuratli" down from the antenna field - walking distance.

Roy Des Ruisseaux
TUSLOG Det 27 Manzaralı Station, 1961-62

Doug Haynes
The 1960s

Phil Kelly

Manzaralı Station, early 1960s

Rob Nearpass
Mauler newspaper and flag football memories, 1965

MURTED

The Murted Animal Poster.

Ted Dubrawsky
Writes his memories of TUSLOG Det 16-3 at Murted.

 
ORTAKÖY

Jim Baldwin
Another 10th USAFAD service man joins our ranks of American Military serving in Turkey, in this section of İstanbul noted for the Bogaziçi Bridge and the waterfront Mosque, the Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid. 528th USAAG.

Paul Leiner
Paul informs us about his duty station with 10th USAFAD 528th USAAG.

PİRİNÇLİK

Pirinçlik Air Base
information at Wikipedia.

Pirinçlik Air Facility
John S. Wilkinson's well researched information on the closure of Diyarbakır Air Base in 1997, and the story of this important military center is presented in answer to the many questions we've received regarding Diyarbakır's status, including whatever happened to the original Diyarbakır Air Station which became Piriçlink.

ŞAHİNTEPE

Dennis Luessenheide brings us a fascinating story. "I was part of the original group to activate şahin Tepsi/Şahintepe Air Station & open “Turkey Tropo of Med-Com Tropo” in 1963..." opens his account of his time at Şahintepe and it provides fascinating reading about one of the foremost communication methods of its time.

Pat Shediack
TUSLOG Detachment 150.
Pat has many, many links to Şahintepe on his website.  Be sure to check them out.

Sroll down the page, and on the left, find TUSLOG Detachment 150.

There are many, many links to personnel who were stationed at Şahintepe, who are NOT represented on the Merhaba-USMilitary.com website.

It would really be nice if Pat could port all the personnel links here to this website.  Pat?????

SAMSUN

Samsun TUSLOG Det 3-2 on Facebook
Hosted by Paul Dions, James W. Haan, and Doug Morris.  Lots and lots of great photos.

Aerial Shot #1 of Samsun today... (Google Maps-Mar 2014) and another view. Here's what the base at Samsun looks like as of July, 2008.

Tony Cote
savors his time in northern Turkey and offers succinct impressions of his time there in the U.S. Air Force.

Lew Culkin gives a multi-faceted report on his 1958-1959 tour at Trabzon, Turkey, which nicely illustrates life in general in the other TUSLOG Detachments in Turkey, especially those along the Black Sea in Northern Turkey - life in small military units coupled with the complications of being in a foreign country and complications of establishment of the bases.

 

George Durman
calls Turkey "The greatest country I've ever been in!" as he spent two years at Detachment 3-2 up in Samsun, Turkey from 1958 to 1960. He then served another tour and was stationed at Karamürsel and on to İzmir! Who WOULDN'T enjoy that! In his latest addition, George discusses his friend Dick Brookings who took a Turkish wife, then Dick had to deal with Turkish law in order to keep his newborn son out of the Turkish military - by virtue of having a Turkish mother.

Terry Frock
TUSLOG Det 3-2 great collection of his photos including Dog Trick photo from 1962.

Stan Hood
arrives with great memories of the "real Samsun" during his tour there 1960-1961. Great photos of the old base, as well.

Dean Johnson
checked in 27 Mar 2014.  He sent a short sketch of his time at Sam and promises to send an expanded story soon.

Wallen "Wally" Klann
checked in Apr 2014.  He sent a short note about his time at Sam.  Hope he sends a more detailed story.

CMSgt Roy Locke
sent a short note about the "Samsun Flag Incident".

Dave Matteson
Pictures of Samsun, Trabzon, and Karamürsel - early 60s

Doug Morris
A short story about Doug's arrival in Samsun.  [Ed:  I have asked him to expand his story and send photos if he has any.]

CMSgt Michael (John) Nagle
Ankara, Trabzon, and Karamürsel, 1956

 

Mike Pollastro
B-Man Comes to Samsun, 1966-67

Billy R. Porter
sent his "Story" about his USAF Career and his time at Samsun.

Frederick Savarese
sent me the first installment of his "Story" about his tour of duty at Samsun on 13 Feb 2014.  He updated it 16 and 17 Jul 2014.

Dave Simmons
tells about his tour in Samsun and talks about his descent into the tunnel outside the site and about the skull.  Some photos included.

Thom Thompson
details his journey and time spent with American Forces Radio & Television Service, Samsun.

David Winstead
sent an email 21 Jul 2014 to have his name included in this section.  He didn't send a "Story" and I have him to write one. I will post it if he sends it.

Concerning the 1970 "Turkish Flag Incident" at Det 3-2
The data here is a compilation from various sources, but is mainly from the information provided by Roy Locke, SMSGT, Ret., USAF.

SİNOP

NOTICE!  NOTICE!  NOTICE!

A lady named Yildiz Dizdaroğlu sent me an email:

Hi.  I keep searching for a friend who served in Sinop, Turkey.  His name is Adam T. Buchanan … must be 48 now and I lost contact 27 years ago.  1986 was the year, I guess, last time I saw him, as he flew back to the States.  He was originally from Nashville, TN, and a very good friend of mine.  Please inform me if you know about him.  Hope to hear from you … Thanks a lot.

[NOTE from Webmaster:  Looks like an "old flame", or least an old friend, might be looking for Adam.  Would be nice if we could locate him.  Of course, his email address, location, etc., wouldn't be given to Yildiz without Adam's permission.  If you know him, please forward him this information to him and have him contact me
here].

Very Interesting Story About Sinop
From the New York Times, 04 Jan 1981, concerning the joint Turkish-American remote "monitoring station".

Fantastic Page About Sinop
(Sinop Page at SkyscraperCity Website.)

The US Army Security Security Agency's TUSLOG Det 4 was located here during the "Cold War", "Diogenes Station".

Sinop was the home of the legendary Amazon Warrior-Women. (Check out at Wikipedia, "Amazons".)

Facebook Page - Field Station Sinop
(Great page.)

Be sure to click "Photos" and "Files" at the top.

Bernard A. Bieber
Fun Graphics from Sinop.

Matt Cotton's
Short Story.

(More stories plus photos later, I hope.)

Scott Desrochers
1989 Sinop photos offsite web page with a complete welcome packet to the base in Sinop plus other photos.

(The link for the "Welcome Packet" no longer works, but you can see copies of some of the pages by clicking on "Photos" in the bar at the top.)

Frank Fitzhenry
Aerial Views of Sinop, early 1960s

Elder Green
Elder R. C. Green's ASA in Turkey Newsletter

Bob Heitzinger
Sinop and Karamürsel were among his duty stations. Photos and interesting tidbits.

 

Phillip Hotton
A series of letters from Phil about times in Sinop.

 

Joe Howard
Wonderful stories, links to his photos, too!

 

Greg Kline
was stationed at Sinop 1968-1969.  I've asked him to expand his "Story", AND to send any photos he took there.

 

Rick Hudson
1965-66 covered in Hurriyet newspaper!

 

Ken Kushi
This is Ken's "Sinop By The Sea" page!

 

Harry Lance
1959-60 story and pictures.

Jay Musikar
1962-63 Sinop photos page

Lee Neeley
1957-58.

 

Larry Ridgway
Web page recounting 1973-74 and 1982-83 at Det 4. Great photos!

 

John Rinehold
Sinop Photo Page and some excerpts from his journal while at Sinop.

 

Bill Simons
1959-60 information.  His SİNOP PAGE is no longer working.  Bill, please contact us.

 

Danny Shepherd USN
Sinop/1965 - army certificate for navy comrades!

Robert B. Shirley's
Great site about Sinop.  Well worth visiting.

Otis Slusher
Sinop, 1965-66.

Bill Sturdivant
Sinop, 1967-68.  Another really great site about Sinop.

Andrew Traylor
Stationed at Sinop, from 1975-76, Andrew relates a strange encounter with thousands of birds while stationed near the Black Seacoast.

Captain Kent Whitman
Stationed at Sinop, from 1977-78, Kent speaks of a U-21 "Ute" crash in the mountains near Sinop while he was the Facility Engineer there.

Ken Workman
Pictures of Sinop, 1965-67

TARGABURUN (KARGABURUN)

Jack Eckert
Stories about U.S. Coastguard life on the north coast of the Marmara Sea west of İstanbul at this Loran station. There's controversy over the T or the K spelling. In Turkish, Kargaburun means "pliers". Jack says it's "T". Coast Guard spells it with a "K". Go figure.

 
TRABZON

Trabzon (left)as it looks today.
Google Earth coordinates are:

Degrees, Minutes, & Seconds
N40°59'38", E39°43'49"

GPS
N 40 59.633, E 39 43.817

(Click photos to enlarge.)





(Two above photos from about 1964.)

Tom Bock
Recalls Trabzon, 1966-67

 

New contributor, Wayne Bohannon, has supplied a pictorially interesting take of "the old days" in Trabzon and a story to match. July 4, 2010 we've added Wayne's account of going back to Turkey, meeting old friends, an event which garnered press coverage, as well! We have the actual articles.

 

Mike Chapman
Trabzon, 1963

 

James L. Clark was stationed at Trabzon 1957-1958.  [Ed:  I heard from James 18 Jun 2014.  He didn't give any info except where he served and when.  I've asked him to send a "Story" and any photos he may still have from Trabzon.  Hopefully, he will respond soon.]

 

Lew Culkin fires off a multi-faceted report on his 1958-1959 tour at "Trab".  It is a nicely illustrated tale of his life in a small military unit coupled with the complications of having to travel back to the U.S. for emergency leave, and the build-up of the Trabzon base overlooking the Black Sea.

 

Don Eddy has asked for help from personnel stationed at Trabzon from Oct 1958 to Sep 1959, for information about an incident on the "American Beach" concerning injury to USAF GIs from some kind of explosive device.  This is in support of a disability claim by Don.

 

John Duhaime
1958-59 Trabzon and the things a maintenance guy goes through.

Jack Gallimore
Trabzon Homepage.  (Jack's website is no longer active.) Jack, can you contact us for a valid address for your website?  Does the website still exist?  If not, let us know so we can remove the link.

Joe Hornsby provided us with a story about his USAFSS assignments and, in particular, his time at Trabzon

 

Ted Guasconi's
Data at Smokey Stover's old website.  An unbelievable collection of photos from Trabzon, including the photos of the British Canberra jet that was forced to land at the short Trabzon airstrip, but overshot the runway.

Ron Harmon
A Trabby from 17 March 1958 - 2 March 1959

 

Larry Jaffe
Trabzon 1966-67 - 104 new photos added 2/3/2008!

Tom Karjala
Images of Trabzon,1959

Ed Kohler
Trabzon, 1959

 

Richard MOORE
Trabzon, 1959-1960 (updated 07 Nov 2013).  (Includes his tour at Iraklion AS, Crete.)

 

CMSgt Michael (John) Nagle
At Ankara, Samsun, and Karamürsel, 1956

 

Jim Palmer
is aboard with photos of leisure time in Trabzon/Boztepe where he was stationed July 1956-July 1957.

 

Jim Pearce
contacted us on 13 Mar 2024 and has provided his short story about Trabzon.  Hopefully, he still has some photos from Trabzon that he will share with us.

 

Richard Schneider
Joined us 25 Feb 2014, but hasn't posted any stories or photos yet.  Please contact him if you were there in 1966-1977 and knew him.

 

William "Smokey" Stover
1962-63 Trabzon