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Snafu at the Former Plattsburgh Air Force Base

- EvilGentleman - Saturday, September 1st, 2007 : goo

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Last weekend, my friend wanted to make sure the new repairs on his car were sound, so he decided to take it for a short test ride. So he and I went across the border to Plattsburgh, located about 45 minutes drive from Montreal in upstate New York.

After we ate at Ponderosa, we cruised around Plattsburgh a bit. The former USAF base there had been converted into an industrial park, so we checked it out. Lots of really cool old military buildings to take pictures of, although I forgot my regular camera, and had to use my cellcam.

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Most of the streets on the base were named after states. Including this one, which was embarassingly misspelled. I may not live in America, but I know how to spell "Arkansas", and this was not it.
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The only thing this leaves me to wonder, is who screwed this one up? Was this sign erected by the USAF, or is the Town of Plattsburgh the culprit? Either way, it is a shame to see such ignorance in a place that once housed Strategic Air Command B-52 nuclear bombers.

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serlingrod: 2nd Sep 2007 - 01:06 GMT

you've never heard of Arkanas? It's right between Missoui and Louisana....

EvilGentleman: 2nd Sep 2007 - 01:36 GMT

With Misisipi and Tenese on the east, and Teas and Olahoma on the west, right?

grange: Good one ...lol

CarbineM4: Is Arkanas anywhere near uranus?

zagg: 27th Jun 2008 - 01:45 GMT

Here's hoping this was a case of two people wanting to have the street named after their home states, so a happy medium was chosen.

David Welch: 22nd Aug 2008 - 19:54 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsbugh AFB from Jul 83 to Oct 86. To bad it had to close, it was a nice assignment.

EvilGentleman: 22nd Aug 2008 - 20:09 GMT

I hear ya. I used to love watching the heavies and the swing-wings take off from Plattsburgh when we would be shopping there back when I was a kid. And as a former base brat myself, I can tell you, things are no better on the other side of the border. Here is a little of my personal history living on the airbases. While I was growing up, these were my father's postings:

1969 - 1971 CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia
1971 - 1973 CFB Sarcee (Calgary, Alberta) (Closed)
1973 - 1976 CFB Slemon Park (Summerside, Prince Edward Island) (Closed, now a Coast Guard SAR base)
1976 - 1980 CFB Curtis Park (Chatham, New Brunswick) (Closed, now a retirement village)
1980 - 1983 TCTI (Cornwall, Ontario) (Now Nav Canada Training Centre, with most of its training facilities stripped away)
1983 - 1989 CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia

As you can see, Greenwood is the only base still functioning, and even there, things have been scaled back. Definitely a shame, but that's life in the military world.

David B Perry: 14th Nov 2008 - 03:05 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base,fron 1966 to 1970,best yers of my life.Was so sorry to hear it closed down,both my sons were born on base/My oldest son told me he went to visit the base,but it was gone.Why are we closing so many of our bases,are we letting our guard down?It kind of broke me heart,so many good memories and friends,I made during my duty.

Don USAF Retired: 28th Nov 2008 - 00:08 GMT

I was staioned at PBURG from june 1958 util may 1963 the real reason bases were closed was so x
congress could send the money to other countries as a free b. they colsed GEORGE air force base in CA and they could fly the desert 360 days a year.

Gary Wood: 8th Apr 2009 - 15:13 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB from Dec. 1957 to June 1960. It was one of the best times
of my life. Being a SAC base, we had many alerts, which kept all of us very busy.
I remember launching the B-47's with the JATO assist which caused the traffic area
to be very smokey. PAFB was a beautiful base, the townspeople were great, and the
scenery was just beautiful. I will always remember my time served at PAFB

Laurence A. Brown: 19th Jun 2009 - 23:07 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsburgh from August 1958 to Janurary 1961, it was the home of the 380th bomb wing 8th Air force, I remember blazing the trail on route 9 to Montreal
so many good memories not much to do in town we partied at a place called the house by the side of the road, often wanted to go back for a visit, if you were in the Air Force and were not stationed there you missed a treat

A. Gregory: 10th Jul 2009 - 13:54 GMT

I served at Plattsburgh AFB from mid-86 through 88 after a year at Kunsan AB, South Korea. Enjoyed the North Country a helluva lot. Would move back there now if I could. My wife and I just returned home to Pa. from a trip to the Adirondacks, including Plattsburgh. Was amazing to see the place as it now exists, including a pax terminal for the new international airport.

anon (24-176-139-122.dhcp.plt.ny.charter.com): 17th Aug 2009 - 01:24 GMT

Yeah I noticed that too when I was jogging on the base. They probably never even noticed when it was done.

Sue Fenton - PAFB 62 - 66: 13th Sep 2009 - 19:47 GMT

My dad was stationed at Plattsburg AFB from 1962 - 66 - he had to retire after a heart attack. We lived on Montana Drive,my mum was English. Does anyone remember my dad...he was a Staff Sergeant and taught Judo, he had a stammer. He also was a bouncer at Club 500 for a while. I went to Northside Elementary School and had friends called Linda Murphy, Rhonda and there was a boy called Patrick....

Dewayne Louria: 23rd Oct 2009 - 00:27 GMT

My father was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB (did weather). We (Brenda, Michelle, Eddie) lived on Kentucky Circle, went across the street to Northside School (3rd grade Mrs. Patnode) and loved the snow, ice and backyard hockey. Great place went back in 1988 it is still beatiful country.

joan : 28th Oct 2009 - 03:30 GMT

I used to live in plattsburgh and in the 80s had alot of friends on post and lost touch with many wondering how to look them up (facebook not helping)

EvilGentleman: 28th Oct 2009 - 04:05 GMT

You might want to start here:

www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45861094177&ref=search&sid=539626592.4166407987..1

(It's a Facebook group titled "I was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB")

Although you are probably not a military veteran, I would imagine the folks there may be able to point you towards some way of finding what you seek.

As a side note, I find it pretty cool how some of my posts wind up turning into message boards for defunct communities. My articles have wound up becoming a very heavily populated waypoint, with some links put there by former residents, and sometimes even functions as a secondary message board. The internet is so cool that way.

If anyone knows of any P'burgh-related websites or groups, please feel free to post the links here, so that the lost souls who wander this way can be reunited with the rest of you once again.

Ann Marie Reel: 29th Nov 2009 - 07:10 GMT

My family was stationed at PAFB in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Have lost contact with most everyone I knew there. I attended Monty Street Elem and then Plattsburgh Middle. My email is annreel69@yahoo.com.

Patty Hinten: 7th Dec 2009 - 09:59 GMT

We were stationed at PAFB from 1991 to 1993 and it was our first Air Force assignment. My husband worked in Public Health at the base hospital. We lived on Nevada Oval and our sons went to school at Our Lady of Victory Academy. Our daughter was born at the Champlain Valley hospital. We have very fond memories of Plattsburgh and the base.

Steve Mostovyk: 23rd Dec 2009 - 14:32 GMT

Stationed at Plattsburgh 71 thru 73, 380th SPS, any ex-ramp rats out there, walking "Close In", in the snow, drinking beer at Brodies? Nice to see something about "P"burgh on the net.

William Taylor: 24th Dec 2009 - 02:14 GMT

Does anyone know a William Bowles who was based at Plattsburgh and served in Brize Norton Oxfordshire UK approximately from 1960 to 1965? He was with the 380th bomber wing.

Shannon Bryan: 30th Dec 2009 - 08:13 GMT

My dad was stationed at Plattsburgh from 1977- 1982. I also went to Monty street elementery school. I lived on Missouri Circle. I would love to find others (and a particular few I remember). Thanks for the link on Facebook.

Robert Marion, CMSgt (ret): 30th Dec 2009 - 19:11 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsburgh from April 1990 to April 1993 in CE. It was a great assignment and a very beautiful part of the country. I loved to work out at the old fitness center. Hope to visit someday.

David W. Welch: 12th Jan 2010 - 23:02 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsburgh from July 1983 to October 1986. I worked in the Personnel Division.

Casimir (Ski) Karasinski: 20th Jan 2010 - 08:01 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB in 1972 and again in 1974 to 1976. Was in 380th Supply Squadron / in the warehouse and pick-up and delivery. Hung out at Helen's Hideaway and the Pizzeria just off base. Great people and great times.

Bryan Boudle: 24th Jan 2010 - 14:32 GMT

I was stationed here from 1986-1992 in the Security Police Squardon. Great assignment and a great base, too bad it had to close.

DDodge: 29th Jan 2010 - 03:16 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB in 1961 with the 820 Combat Defense Sq. It was my first base. I remember how cold it got in the winter as we humped the B-47's and KC-97/s. I remmber the "Trail" and hitchhiking home to New Hampshire. It was get a great base in those days. During the winter that "hawk" could really fly.

Hal F. Kenyon: 5th Feb 2010 - 18:15 GMT

I was stationed @ Plattsburg from 1962 to 1964 arriving from George AFB,I remember the U-2 which flew out of the base and also was a single engine jet mechanic in base opereation.Lived off basew at Cedar Birch trailer park which I'm sure many have forgot about!

Dennis Raikakos: 13th Feb 2010 - 20:32 GMT

Stationed at PAFB May '64 to May '66. Still love the place. So much has changed. They moved the B-47 to the other side of Rt 9. She looks very sad. Traffic circle now instead of a light between the bases. Found a few friends still living up there. Anyone remember the Falcons? Played at Brodies a lot. Still get up there every couple of years. DO NOT MISS THE COLD!!

Bruce : 15th Feb 2010 - 19:53 GMT

I worked at Adirondack Dining Hall, formerly Saranac DH on the new base, also in the ROTC Dining hall on the old base 1976-1979. I last visited the site in 2005. Adirondack Hall looked pretty good, but obviously closed for a long time. Of course the building where the ROTC dining hall was located has been converted to residential units. So much of the housing on the new base standing, but half torn down. Sad to see.

Phil Rowley : 6th Mar 2010 - 05:51 GMT

Stationed at PAFB Jan 59 - Jan 63 in 380 CDS as sentry-dog handler. Loved the base but not the cold. Stopped by base in late 90's after it closed. The AP barracks was still standing and all rooms were still filled with furniture. Great food at chow hall. Chefs always took good care of us during winter weather by sending food out to posts.

Joe Urdzela: 10th Mar 2010 - 05:51 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB from 1971 thru 1974. First with the 380 SPS and then 380th CSG. Did 3 years and got an early out in 1974. Went back and visitied the Base in 2001 and it was kind of depressing seeing all the buildings closed up. As Steve (above) said many off duty hours spent at Brodies and the "Office Bar". As someone above said I do believe we have let our gaurd down by closing all these facilities. Life goes on...

Dana Bryant: 26th Mar 2010 - 22:19 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB from 1963 thru 1967. I was in the 380th WHS. Great in the summer but COLD in the winter. Had a great time and worked with a lot of good people. I wouldn't trade that for anything.

Billy Unsworth Jr: 4th Apr 2010 - 22:27 GMT

My dad was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB bet.1969-1971, his CO was Col G. Abendoff. We lived in Iowa Circle and I went to Southside Elementary School (6th grade Mr Dorey). My mother was also English. The summers were hot, winters really cold with lots of snow yippee. I remember one friend called Scott Frost. We really had good times as kids and have many memories. We retired to England. It's sad to see what's happened to the base, I do hope to return some day!

Herbert Andrew: 8th Apr 2010 - 22:32 GMT

I was statione at Plattsburgh 1956 to 1958. Was a member of the 820th Operations Squadron working at the communciation center. Our reunion will be in Plattsburgh August 20 and 21 2010. My name is Herbert Andrew phone nbe is 410 822 4794. Would like to hear from former members of Plattsbirgh AFB.

Roger Williams: 9th Apr 2010 - 01:41 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB from Jan.73 thru Aug 77 in the 380th.Transportation Squardron under Col. Russell Stevenson and OIC.Capt.Doug Turbeck I had a blass, much fun,i really miss the place. My nick name was( Willie )Williams I drove the only yellow Olds on base 1970 Rally350 with yellow wheels and spoiler. I miss the yard.I'll never forget the place ever.

JOHN BOSLEY: 10th Apr 2010 - 00:55 GMT

i WAS STATION AT THE BASE FROM 80-84 IN THE SVS SQUADRON.i COOKED AT THE ALERT BUILDING MOST OF THE TIME.Inflight kitchen also.I VISITED A FEW YEARS AGO AND FOUND IT QUITE SAD TO SEE THAT THE BASE WAS NO LONGER A AIRFORCE BASE.Use to fish across from the alert facility from time to time and use to ride my dirtbike in the back of the flight line.The best years of my life up that way.Loved watching the fb111s take off at night with the afterburners lighting up the sky.............Drop me a line if anyone remembers me or was in the unit at that time.Jbboz01075@aol.com

Todd M: 8th May 2010 - 21:30 GMT

That's odd. I've never noticed this before, and I lived on the base from 1980-1990 (and still work there now). I'll have to check that our when I go to work next week. LOL

tjungbluth1@hotmail.com: 12th May 2010 - 21:07 GMT

I had the pleasure of being stationed at P.A.F.B from 1974 to 1976. I was in the AMS Squadron. I also have great memories of being there. Yes It was very cold during the winter months which seemed to go on forever.Stil looking for our squadon coomander Bill Magill great Capitain. I also rember the nights at Brodies and Goobers downtown. Great beer chaeap My nix name then was Texas Ted. If you rember me drop me a line. tjungbluth1@hotmail.com

Teresa James : 14th May 2010 - 02:07 GMT

I was adopted there! In 1965 I was adopted by a major who was stationed in Plattsburgh. Interestingly enough, mom was from Plattsburgh and dad was USNA. If this sounds familiar please drop me a line. taj@spiritone.com

Thomas Murallo: 19th May 2010 - 21:15 GMT

hi all, i was stationed at Plattsburg AFB,N.Y. for 11 months and then transferred to Brize Borton England in 1957.i worked in vehicle maint.on the new part of the base. would like to hear from some of that era. e-mail, nugget37641@aol.com.

Paul Goodman: 22nd May 2010 - 15:41 GMT

Stationed at PAFB from 1961-64, worked in the Hospital Pharmacy. What a great place to work and and play. Brode's,
Mr. Patches, Rouses Point Hotel and more were great places to party. Could drink at 18 in those days. The medics moved into the old base right next to the firehouse in 63.

Amalia Ortiz: 9th Jun 2010 - 01:05 GMT

My mother and stepdad were stationed at PAFB from 1989-95 when it finally closed. We were one of the last families to leave and it was one of the saddest days of my life. I have a lot of great memories there as a kid and still keep in touch with the kids I once knew. I went to Northside & southside elementary schools, as well as peru junior/senior highschool. Even now at 27 I still think about those days....

Jim Ford, CMS., Ret.: 10th Jun 2010 - 04:51 GMT

I remember PAFB very well, I was there(57-63, 63-65) assigned to the Supply Sq.(we had a tuff softball team) Of course the "Trail" was the place! The "House Beside of The Road" had its moments too.
I have thought of going back up through the North Country one of these days, maybe soon.

anon (r74-194-175-76.mthmcmta01.mthoar.lr.dh.suddenlink.net): 16th Jun 2010 - 06:33 GMT

I Remember Plattsburgh AFB from being a child, of course i'm a military brat, from 1978 to 1982 now i currently reside in Springfield, Missouri., not too far from Arkansas, from expirience of knowledge the state of Arkansas has roads and highways in much better condition than any road i've seen in Oklahoma and far better condition than that of Michigan roads. As far as sirlingrod and EvilGentleman, i find it embarassing that you the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana,and Arkansas; You can't even spell them right, do you tards even live in America?!? WTF LOL! perhaps it was too hard to graduate kindergarden, it took you 26 years to finally give up, because playing with elbow macaroni was too hard for you. LOL!!!!

YourMaster: 16th Jun 2010 - 06:39 GMT

No shit dude! damn, we have both lived in Arkansas for 6 years and move out to Missouri, hell at least we have more than a "pre-school drop out" education, FFS. EvilGentlemen, do yourself a favor, Get hooked on phonics, and learn to spell simple english. Watch too many shows of "Hooked On Beastialty" just didn't do you any justice! LOL!!!

Bruce Hale: 19th Jun 2010 - 18:19 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsburgh from Apr 86 to Dec 89. 380th SPS/Law Enforcement. I visited the area with my wife and son in 2008 and could not believe the change. It was a great assignment and met a lot of good people there. It's to bad it is closed now but the memories will last forever.

Jim Hefferon: 14th Jul 2010 - 06:10 GMT

Knight W018 !. 73 - 74. Froze it off in the WSA. Warmed it at the " Swinging Turtle ". Love and Kisses from New Jersey.

JOE PETRANOVICH JUL2010-08;00GMT: 18th Jul 2010 - 18:35 GMT

I WAS STATIONED AT PLATTSBURG FROM MAY 62 TO MAY66 I WAS IN THE 556SMS THE CREW THAT I WAS ON WAS CREW 61 COMANDER WAS CAPTAIN WETSALL WE HAD A GREAT CREW WE HAD GOOD SHIFTS WORKED ONE ON AND 4 OFF IF WE DIDENT HAVE CLASSES I MET MY WIFE THERE AND HAVE BIN MARRIED FOR 45 YEARS A GREAT PLACE TO BE STATIONED.

Michael Jones : 19th Jul 2010 - 21:04 GMT

I was at Plattsburgh in CE from feb 1980 until March 1995 then I worke on the redevelopemt Corporation there. It was a great place before politics steped in would like to hear feom anyone there at the time my email is kasmikjo@btinternet.com

Herbert Andrew: 12th Aug 2010 - 22:11 GMT

would like to hear from 820 operations squadron plattsburgh in the late 1950's

Herbert Andrew: 13th Aug 2010 - 18:48 GMT

Hope to hear from former Plattsburgh AFB veterans. Would like to locate Bob Miller who worked at base communications as a teletype operator in the 1950's.If you know him or can help me find him I would appreciate.I have tried serval searches including Air Force Locator. Thanks, Herbert Andrew(Andy) 410 822 4794 Easton, Maryland

Jack Haney: 17th Aug 2010 - 20:27 GMT

Was in Group HQ from 1967-1971. Worked in accounting building. Looking back it was a great base with great people and the towns people were nice to a old southern boy. Would go back to visit but I'm afaid it would be too depressing. Also miss brodies and their open face steak sandwich. The NCO club had $ .10 beer nights once a week. Is Brodies still open? A lot of good comments on this site. Best to everyone.

billy smith: 23rd Aug 2010 - 00:59 GMT

Was stationed at plattsburgh 1962 to1965 worked in the engine shop and engine maint on the flight line on B47,s Got to like it after a while but only during the summer Went to Brodies a lot. Alot of fun growing up.

peter mastracy: 25th Aug 2010 - 04:03 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB 1969-1973.Worked in GP Vehicle maint. shop. Lived in the transportation barracks.I loved Plattsburgh and spent time at brodies and other bars there. I visited the base this year. All the bars have gone and most of what I remember of the base buildings are gone or in ruins. I left feeling as if someone tore a chunk of my heart out. I only wish I would have taken photographs of all the buildings as they where then, including my old barracks which is no longer standing. It,s been 40 years. No clue where the time went. I'm sure I'm not alone.

john james: 26th Aug 2010 - 19:29 GMT

I was a sentry dog handler at PAFB from May 67 to May 68. I went there after a tour in Vietnam (Phan Rang & Tuy Hoa). I handled threes dogs while I was there Princess, Nasty (prince) and Dasso. I will always remember the old base. I met my wife while station there from Montreal.

Mike Levine - 27 August 2010: 27th Aug 2010 - 22:36 GMT

Graduated lackland Sentry Dog School January 1959--Stationed at Plattsburgh until 1961. On the squadron softball team. Made all star... On base boxing team..

Dave Smith: 1st Sep 2010 - 23:08 GMT

I was stationed at the base hospital from 86 to 89. Some interesting facts about Plattsburgh AFB: Plattsburgh has the largest "slab" of concrete on the eastern seaboard. Since Plattsburgh had such a long runway, it was designated as an emergency landing site for the space shuttle! It was a great base, it is a shame it had to close. There had been a military presence there since the War of 1812.

Bill Yates Jr: 7th Sep 2010 - 21:15 GMT

My late father was stationed at PAFB from late '66 thru late '71. I loved it there as a kid, I attended Northside Elem and across the street from that school was Southside Elem. There were a lot of fun times in the area, especially when we had snow! LOL I remember the street named Arkanas sorta, we lived at 5530C Montana Drive, near Kansas Ave & Missouri Ave. It was cool to see all the state names as a kid. I was sad too when the base closed. I have fond memories of the area, especially playing sports for the youth center programs and we loved fishing off Saranac River into Lake Champlain. Fun fun times!! I hope to one day visit again!

Stores like Grand Union, Grand Way, Carol's Hamburgers, etc.

D. Coffey: 26th Sep 2010 - 21:18 GMT

My dad was stationed at Plattsburgh through 1974. I went to kindergarten there, and my siblings were in 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th grades the year we left. Had great memories of base living. The one memory that stands out for me is playing on these large, silver pipes that were above ground in the outer perimeter of the base housing. It's been about 38 years since I've been there, but I still remember it well.

Lori Gardner: 21st Oct 2010 - 15:23 GMT

My father worked on the base when I was born in 1964. I am presently looking for a man that I was told was my biological father. He worked in the VME lab back in 1964. I was told his name is Donald Clark. Not sure if the last name is spelled correctly. This really doesn't pertain to what everyone else is posting but I thought it might help me in my search for my biological father. Any info. that anyone can be sent my way would be greatly appreciated. To be honest, I don't even know what the VME lab stands for. So if anyone can help me with that too! I will check this site from time to time and see if anyone posts any helpful info. to me. Thanks.

Lori Gardner: 21st Oct 2010 - 15:31 GMT

I said Donald Clark worked in the VME Lab in 1964 but it may have been 1963. Also another bit of info. that may be helpful is my last name at birth was Ross.

Clayton Bowman: 8th Nov 2010 - 07:10 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB 1989-1995. I was one of the last Security Police that left the base (for Minot AFB, ND). I enjoyed my time there.

Lavinia: 17th Nov 2010 - 22:49 GMT

My dad was stationed at PAFB. He worked in Supply/Fuels Division, and if I recall correctly he helped to draw the design on the watertower (?) We lived on base from 1983-1987/8 on Idaho Ave. We then moved off-base. I have some great memories of PAFB. Miss the teachers we had there (Ms.Harrris, Mrs Miller, Mrs Sunderland, Mr Woodruff) - great schools

anon (ool-43536236.dyn.optonline.net): 22nd Nov 2010 - 22:39 GMT

Is was stationed at plattsburgh afb fro 69-71. I was a sgt working as a cook.Love the base and assignment.Winters were rough.Frequent patron of Brodies,Filiones. Would love to here from and one who served during that time period. Can be reach at ggregory1020@optonline.net. The name is George Gregory and I live in New Jersey

Bill Glasscock: 3rd Dec 2010 - 02:26 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsburgh from 71-75...Winters were hard,and long..but the rest of the time was great!!

george gregry: 3rd Dec 2010 - 20:45 GMT

Totally agree,especially the summer when the french canadians came to town

Bob{WAHOO}Watt: 21st Dec 2010 - 03:46 GMT

I was at P-burgh from Nov 1964-April 1966.I was amember of the cds k-9.I had a great time at P-burgh.Brodies Felians L&M motel@restaurant the beach PaPa Joes across the street from th old base. My barracks was right across from the Chevy dealer it was called Santa's Chevy.My dog's name was Prince nicknamed AOO.That was his ID#.If any one has an inclination please respond P.S I don't miss the cold.

Ricky Unsworth: 23rd Dec 2010 - 13:44 GMT

I wonder what it was that Plattsburgh had, that the people who had the previlage to live there hold such fond memories - including myself. Lived there 69-71, went to southside school and had a lovely teacher called Mrs Schultz. Met some real good friends, Mikey who also lived at Frankfurt AFB, same as me, Gerald Dupre (not sure on spelling)and many more. This was by far my favorite place and would love to re-visit one day.

Ron Dahly: 5th Jan 2011 - 14:50 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB from 1967-1970. Reading entries here about Brodies and Filions (sp?) brings back many fond memories - except during winter blizzards. I, too, feel it was the best time of my life. Looking for people I knew, including Donna Douthworth, Ron Gonzalez and anyone else who remembers me. My email is rdahly@neo.rr.com.

Bob{WAHOO}Watt: 7th Jan 2011 - 23:17 GMT

Lets hear from some 380cds from64 66 I was in K9 and loved to party.C flight was a good party flight and so was b flight.come you guys lets hear from you. remember Knowls lewis oxford tripp lt.allen Wahoo Watt

george gregry: 11th Jan 2011 - 15:06 GMT

Ron,
I was there 69-71,I was a mess sgt. my roomate was robbie schramm.I date Margaret Roberts who also was stationed there

Randy Cummings: 14th Jan 2011 - 07:27 GMT

Ron,
I was there briefly Oct.'68 to Mar.'69, worked in hospital. Do you remember Mike Kooch from Florida? Or Larry Little from Florida also? How about Arthur Kolhagan? Or a guy named Buckingham (don't remember first name). There was a hospital corpsman named "Joey." And a girl from Wesconsin who worked on the wards. "Bob" worked in the office near the cafeteria in the hospital. He was 23, and I thought he was really old (I was 18). I worked with a civilian named Juanita Bunrick.

Ron Dahly: 16th Jan 2011 - 14:34 GMT

Hi George (I already emailed a response to Randy Cummings),
I vaguely remember Margaret Roberts. I spent alot of time around the WAF barracks (lol), and eventually married A2C Phyllis Tomlin, and was good friends with Donna Southworth, Linda (soon to be Linda Gonzalez) and Scotty (forgot her last name). If I saw a pic of you, I might remember you, but not sure.
Until my enlistment ended in July 70, I was NCOIC of clothing issue at Supply, and NCOIC of the Honor Guard, and other duties.

george gregry: 18th Jan 2011 - 00:17 GMT

Ron,
You must have passed through the chow line a a few times.Don't remember alot of names but it sure was good times you don't forget.

Ron Dahly: 18th Jan 2011 - 23:14 GMT

George,
The chow hall was one of my favorite places. To this day, I miss the S.O.S. and have never had it as good as it was at P'burgh. For short, I ate there everyday for 3 of my 4 service years. You guys were great.
Now, about Margaret Roberts. Yes I do remember here now. I have no personal memories other than that she was friends with the group of women I knew.

george gregry: 19th Jan 2011 - 00:06 GMT

RON,
Funny thing about SOS,during the process I would taste it to ensure it had the proper seasoning,but never was able to enjoy a plate full. It really is amazing the amount of people who have fond memories of p-burg.
Have never been able to reach out to Margaret to say hi.I think she did 20 yrs and is now retired.

Paula (Greene) Perry: 19th Jan 2011 - 08:40 GMT

I was station at PAFB from 1974-1977. Work for the 380th ARS. Have been trying to locate any one that use to be a boom operator. Some of the names were (Charles Hall, Jesus Avila and Limus Walker) Also, Alfred Wright (he was a cook at the hospital) Rhonda Irving (worked for AMS)

Randy Cummings : 22nd Jan 2011 - 06:41 GMT

George,
You had some good competition when it came to rustling up SOS. You may have known a CMS named Tyson, whose service went all the way back to Army Air Corps in WWII. He had some truly twisted stories he told me about his time in Occupied Japan. He and "the Boozer" (Smith) could both make excellent SOS at the hospital cafeteria. Often, meals there were served to the hauntingly beautiful background music of a Burlington radio station. (Classical Gas, by Mason Williams, Hooked on a Feeling, by B. J. Thomas, and Age of Acquarius, by the Fifth Dimension were all fairly new releases in late '68 and early '69, if I remember right.) One day, we were sitting around a table enjoying some fine chow when the radio came on with that part in "Hooked on a Feeling" were they say "Hooka Hooka Hooka Hooka," and we all nearly choked with laughter. But that song captured the feeling of P'burgh, and even today when I hear it, that's what I think of.

Bob{WAHOO}Watt: 23rd Jan 2011 - 01:04 GMT

any one from 380 cds from around1964 to 66 you can go to 380 cds.com

Kristy Robertson: 24th Jan 2011 - 17:05 GMT

My dad was stationed there from 1982-1984. He worked on the flight simulators. Lived on Illinois Drive. Went to Peru Jr. Sr. High. Good times. Remember it being so cold that we could skate from our house to the outdoor ice rink.

Rita Jenkins: 9th Feb 2011 - 05:44 GMT

My husband and I were at PAFB 71-73. He helped keep the F-111A's flying working in Job Control and I worked for General Dynamics offering tech support. We transferred in from Carswell AFB when the 340th moved there. The street signs don't look military issue to me and besides, the snow piles up so high you can't see them anyway. We lived on Maryland and had great friends & neighbors. Good times! Does anyone remember when the F-111 landed at the civilian airport instead of the base landing strip and ran off the runway into the trees or whatever and the pilot had to walk to the terminal and call the base and tell them where he was. The maintenance crew had to tow the plane back to base through the middle of town minus two wings. Like I said, good times.

Karen Kowalewski-Lacasse: 9th Feb 2011 - 22:55 GMT

My first husband, Dennis, and I were stationed at Plattsburgh from Jan. 1976 to June 1977. Our son, Kevin was born while we were stationed there. I remember the cold days and nights, but also have good memories. I met some good friends, before we were sent to Lakenheath AFB, in England. Dennis' friend, Phil Miller was also stationed there. Does anyone know whatever happened to Phil? He was there from 1976 to 1980.

Dan White: 18th Feb 2011 - 22:43 GMT

it's real nice to read about PAFB. Brings back many memories. I was a medic in 64 and 65 and remember being in the barracks in the old calvary buildings across the road. Really nice because each room was different and then they moved us on base to new barracks and every room was the same. Wasn't Brodies a place where you could dance on Fri and Sat nights? i dated a girl form Montreal and was there almost every weekend. We also went to a place just outside the gates and bought schooners and shot darts. There was also a place downtown that we went to all the time. Thanks for sharing.

Bob{WAHOO}Wattfeb.13 2011: 20th Feb 2011 - 01:15 GMT

Anyone from 380 cds(combat defense) during the 60's My nickname was wahoo Watt.I was there in 64-66,in K-9,SGT Wells.Knowles where two of K-9 SGT's.SGT Oxford,LT.Danke,Elliot.Brodies was good Felions Mr.Patches,PaPa Joes across from the old base.Wahoo Watt feb 19 2011Posted

CCamp: 23rd Feb 2011 - 07:24 GMT

Looking for a man that was stationed in Brize Norton between 1958/60. His name was Jimmy Bugarelli, was probably somewhere between the age of 21 and 27, not sure of spelling but he was nicknamed Bugsy.
Does anyone know of him?

PAFB 1960s: 1st Mar 2011 - 17:52 GMT

Would anyone happen to know the Merrill family that was stationed
at Plattsburgh Air Force Base during the early 1960. when I was in high
school I had a good friend named Pat Merrill. She left the area just
before our senior year and I would love to know what happened to Pat

Joan Bragg

Sabourjh@gmail.com

anon (pool-108-3-246-71.bltmmd.east.verizon.net): 6th Mar 2011 - 07:39 GMT

I knew a Kowalewski at PAFB.....if I remember correctly he worked at night sometimes at the supply warehouse.....tall dark haired guy.....I worked in pick-up and delivery and we sometimes worked together.....I was there from 72 to 76.....also remember a guy from POL that got shot and killed in the supply baracks parking lot while riding a bike.

Karen Kowalewski-Lacasse: 14th Mar 2011 - 19:59 GMT

If you knew a Kowalewski, you probably worked with my ex., Dennis. He worked nights, most of the time he was there. We were stationed at PAFB in 1976. He is retired, now, and living in Utah.

Bill Szabo: 17th Mar 2011 - 05:30 GMT

I was stationed at the base hospital from 1986-1995. People may remember me mainly from the Emergency Room / Acute Care Clinic. I also worked in Nursing Education, where I taught the EMT classes, CPR and Self Aid and Buddy Care. I spent a large chunk of my life there, and 2 of my 3 children were born there as well. Haven't been back to visit since I left, though I think about it often. It will probably be very depressing to see the base as it is now. I have many good memories of the "North Country." Did a lot of diving in Lake Champlain (Looking for Champ...,) skiing, sledding (Fox Hill and PAFB golf course,) hiking and hunting galore.....kept very busy up there. If you remember me or want to talk, etc. I can be reached at billjr.szabo@gmail.com (God Bless)

Bill Glasscock: 20th Mar 2011 - 23:55 GMT

The guy that got shot in the parking lot behind the supply barracks happened in aug or sept of 75..it was right after i was discharged in july of 75..He was a Ssgt at pol but i can't remember his name..

Nelson Eddy USAF Ret.: 3rd Apr 2011 - 16:06 GMT

April 1955, arrived PAFB..barracks were not completely ready, no combat planes, only one mess hall in operation, Bell was still completing the phone line installation, was wet, cold and muddy, but we survived. During the next several months before the first B-47E arrived, we busted our balls getting every0thing operational. We at the 380th A+E squadron were working 24/7 just to get our flight line up and going, to say nothing of FM and IFR squadrons also trying to come on line. It was hell for six months, then it all clicked and everything fell into place and all was right with the world.
The next year and a half were the best of my young life until I was reassigned.
Will never forget the experience of going from just a snotty nosed kid to full manhood. Damn, I loved that place and the experience I got.

george gregory: 5th Apr 2011 - 15:17 GMT

It's amazing the fond memories people have of plattsburgh.

380th SPS LEO: 10th Apr 2011 - 12:48 GMT

I was a 380th Security Police Squadron LE member from 1975 to 1979at Plattsburgh AFB. I actually never took notice to that sign being incorrect. Counld have been that way all along. We spent more time making sure the base wa safe and secure than studying the street signs I guess.

Ashley Ciocca: 11th Apr 2011 - 03:08 GMT

My uncle was station there from 1989 to 96 when we where one of the last family to leave. I attended northside elemenarty school. I use to hang out with Doug Chris crystal micheal ryley and his brother and sister and a bunch of others. So much fun back then to bad it closed.

Patrol dog Handler: 14th Apr 2011 - 01:36 GMT

I, was assigned to the patrol dogs with the 380 sp between 1970 and 1973. Reassign to Korea. I to froze in the WSA. Chipper was one of the first dog to walk the FB 111's

A lot of good nights at Brodies

A2C William Kephart: 5/4/11: 4th May 2011 - 19:04 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB from 1962 - 1966. I was with the 820th then 380th CDF, I worked the flight line then Base Police. My supervisor was SGT. Sergeant and Tuggle. Great times at Brodies and dating the girls at the college.

Bob{WAHOO}Wattfeb.13 2011: 5th May 2011 - 18:52 GMT

Hello William Kephart.My name is Bob Watt,I was in K-9I was there from Oct 64 until april 66.Sgt was my last NCOIC I worked for.Are you in touch with any of the troops from that time period?Please reply Wahoo Watt

380th SPS LEO: 7th May 2011 - 00:25 GMT

I did enjoy my four years in SAC at Plattsburgh. It was very cold in the winter, but nice in the summer. Kind of sad that it is gone. I do remember Happy Herbies (titty bar) and The Office, not remembering Brodies. Was that the one right off base?

380th SPS LEO: 7th May 2011 - 00:35 GMT

Rita Jenkins: That pilot was my captain in the Security Police Squadron when I arrived there in December 1975. Made him a cop after that expensive incident. Can't remember his name right now, but it may come to me if I ponder on it awhile.

380th SPS LEO: 7th May 2011 - 00:47 GMT

I remember hearing of the shooting. Happened just before I arrived. From what I remember an airman had a rifle in the barracks and was playing with it by aiming through the scope at humans in the parking lot. Thought it was unloaded and pulled the trigger killing the SSgt. A good friend, K9 trooper, accidently shot himself in the face playing with his revolver in the K9 hut near the WSA. I am starting to get many flashbacks now of PAFB.

380th SPS LEO: Captain Hoffman!!!!!

Frank MacDonald: 19th May 2011 - 02:12 GMT

Found this page by accident. That base was by far my most enjoyable assignment in the Air Force, and I miss it to this day. Got there May of '87, and left for Nellis AFB in Las Vegas in 1991. Was reading a comment posted in this "thread" from 2010 from Amalia Ortiz. Yeah Amalia, I remember you. I was Scott's boss. If this is the same Amalia, Maria's daughter? This is wild. Look me up on Facebook Amalia. Would love to hear from you, see how you're doing. Talked to your folks awhile back. Life, etc., get's inn the way, and we don't call like we want to, but was great talking to both, even if I DID have to make two calls. LOL. Take care.. Be safe...

380th SPS LEO: 26th May 2011 - 23:51 GMT

I kinda posted this incorrectly, but what I meant to do was say that the pilots name that landed the FB-111 at the local airport was Captain Hoffman, Hal was is first name I think.

Carol: 31st May 2011 - 15:05 GMT

I saw a post from a Joe Urdzela. That name sounds familiar, someone from my mom's past. Actually have a picture of my mom and Joe I believe it was taken in London. I think they had met in Mississippi first though.

Rich Solomen: 6th Jun 2011 - 00:59 GMT

I was sta.at PBURG From 6-58 till 5-62. Last 2 yrs I was a Asst.CC on KC97-52-2766 with Sgt.Sullivan.Loved going to the Bull Pen(alert area).Hung out at Brodies, Arnies,going to Beas Spaghetti House on City Hall Place and the Jet Flite.Met a lot of cool people,wonder where they are now?

george gregory: 11th Jun 2011 - 14:40 GMT

looking for info on margaret (maiden name roberts)now married name free,just want to say hi to a very good friend after many many years.Heard she retired from usaf and lives in ohio

52 Co-Pilot: 22nd Jun 2011 - 06:33 GMT

I arrived at P-Burg in Feb 1968 with lots of snow all around. Assigned to 528th Bomb Sqdn. They put me on the crew that was on the BUF that crashed at Thule. Left the North Country in Jan '71 after all the B-52s had gone to Fairchild. I remember the cold winters, but especially the beautiful autumns-hardly any better place for fall foliage. Went back in 2009 and was saddened to see all the ops buildings gone and the alert facility deteriorating. It is gone now,though. Not the same beautiful base for sure, at least on the new base side. Old base side looked pretty good though.

DALE TREMBLAY: 23rd Jun 2011 - 01:09 GMT

Owned BRODI'S from 1969 to 1973.I also played in the house band from 1961 to 1968. If you remember the STARFIRES and would like to see a 7 min. slide show of the band with recorded music from 1962 Google: ROLAND JUNEAU THE STARFIRES AT ST MARYS PLATTSBURGH NY. Hard to believe thats from 50 years ago!!! Hope you enjoy!

Steve Zolner: 23rd Jun 2011 - 07:30 GMT

To Paula (Greene) Perry: 19th Jan 2011 - 08:40 GMT above who is looking for some of the boomers who were at PAFB, Limus Walker was my boomer for a couple of years back in the early 70's. We went Bulletshot together and a tour of Young Tiger together as well. I've been trying to find him and some of the rest of the crew for quite some time. The AC was Rich Mastretta, Copilot was Jim Quaily, I was the Nav and Limus was the Boomer. Rich was a quiet one, married to a Canadian gal I think, Jim was the only unmarried one on the crew and Limus, well Limus kept us all together and laughing when things got rough. He was a great boomer to have on crew. My son Brian was born at the civilian hospital in Plattsburgh. I was medically grounded but sure did enjoy my time at PBurg, went on to Intel, them R&D, then DSMC in DC, the the Shuttle program at Vandenberg AFB in CA the n to Cape Canaveral and launched Delta II rockets w/ GPS satellites on them in to geosync orbits. I have retired twice now and am living in FL with my second wife.

Steve Zolner: 23rd Jun 2011 - 07:40 GMT

Does anyone here know how to retrieve record like TDY orders etc. from their time in SAC. I want to try so I can find some old friends. I found a friend (Eric Rogers) who lived next door to me in one of the 4plexes on base by sheer luck. He was racing in Alaska and my sister saw his name as a new racer and was following him. She happened to mention he had been stationed at PAFB in the early 70's so I wrote to him. His name sounded so familiar. Sure enough he not only remembered me but remembered I lived next door to him. I sure would like to get a hold of any one of the guys on my old crew, I have some questions for them about some things that happened while we were overseas. Things that haunt me and I need answers to. Anyone who can help, please let me know. I was at Pburgh in the early 70's to mid 70's.

george gregory: 24th Jun 2011 - 16:43 GMT

Dale,
Brodi's was the place to be in the earlyu 70's.Music was provide by the FranklinBros with Sp,encer Bosworth on bass guitar,whose father I believe was a dj on the local radio station.

Harold Robinson: 28th Jun 2011 - 15:02 GMT

Plattsburgh was my first duty station after completing Admin School at Amarillo. I was assigned to the Orderly Room in the then 820th Supply Squadron. I was single and lived in the barracks. The 820th Supply Squadron eventually became the 380th Supply Squadron. Got married in 1964. Lived above Gordon's Bootery in a small apartment and then at 67 Oak Street. Eventually moved on base but can't remember the address. All I remember is when you drove onto the new base the road split into a "v" and our place was on the right as you drove down the road. Arrived in early 1963 and left in September of 1966. I remember the wooden fence around the parking lot at the new base chapel was covered with snow when I got there. Didn't know it was there until the snow melted. Our daughter was born at the base hospital in 1965.

Richard Levenson: 9th Jul 2011 - 23:40 GMT

I was stationed at pafb from May 69 to December 70. I went to Fairchild aft with the wing. I worked in AMS on bomb nav system. Have visited the base twice in recent years. Miss the summers but not the winters.

Jerry Misik: 20th Jul 2011 - 19:09 GMT

Stationed there from Sep 70 thru March 81. Great place. I worked in Finance on the old base. I was up there last fall (2010). They were teraing down the alert facilities. They put up a new terminal on the north end of the runway. The heating plant is gone as well as all the piping. Almost all teh north side housing has been removed and some on the south side. Gas station is gone. They have be refurbishing the hangers. Hospital is gone, teh B47 was move across Rt 9 and a FB 111 is next to it. The crossing between old and new base is now a traffic circle. The fule tanks off base are gone, but clare and carls is still there. The buildings on the old base circle are still there, but all the new officer's housing is gone. I heard rumors taht they were planning to move an Air Guard unit up there. I was there when the SSgt was killed. I was there when the FB111 landed at the local air port. It was SAC unit, but it was good place to be.

peter mastracy: 21st Jul 2011 - 07:11 GMT

Dale, Don't know if you remember me but I used to wait tables for you at Brodi's in the early 70's. I lived in NY close to Rochester (still do) and would bring back a case of Genesee beer for you when I went home to visit. At that time a big blonde headed West Virginian used to bounce for you by the name of Gary Mounts. He's no longer alive but I remember him well. We used to party together, mostly at your place.I actually met my wife at your place while she was at Our Lady Of Victory School. We are still married after 37 years. Guess I owe you one!

dale tremblay: 24th Jul 2011 - 19:44 GMT

Hi Peter, Yes, I remember you. And I certainly remember the Genessee beer! I moved out west in 1973, and a year later, I made a national beer commercial for Genessee, and I still enjoy the frosty brew today!!37 years with an OLVA grad...boy you owe me nothing! I graduated from MAI, and we played a lot of games against OLVA.I had many friends there! Really good to hear from you! BRODI'S is long gone. It's an apartment complex now. I'm retired, and living in Port Orange , FL.I hope you and your "bride" are well! Take care! Dale

dale tremblay: 24th Jul 2011 - 21:17 GMT

That's "GENESEE", Peter! You'd think I have seen enough beer labels to know how to spell my favorite brew!However, keep in mind that most of them were "upside-down". Is that really an excuse?? Dale

george gregory: 25th Jul 2011 - 13:16 GMT

How long has Brodi's been gone,what great memories.I was stationed at plattsburgh for 2 1/2 years.That was the place,Gene weren't you part of the Franklin Bros band?

george gregory: I mean't Dale

peter mastracy: 26th Jul 2011 - 23:29 GMT

Dale, It's great to know that you're doing ok.Remember, it does'nt matter how you spell Genesee as long as you enjoy it! Believe me I contributed to the Hemlock lake beverage's bottom line many times and still do. I was in Plattsburgh last memorial day weekend with my bride. All the spots we used to frequent are either gone or changed into something else. The only place left is the Monopole which still looks the same.I was at the base from '69-'72. Those were great times. To bad we can't go back.I do remember Bea at Brodi,s and the Office on Bridge ST. I'm guessing, was she your aunt? She was really something,but I'm sure you know that. Anyway it's great to hear from you too! If it gets to hot in Fla. you can always visit Plattsburgh!Take care of yourself,Pete

Spencer Bosworth: 27th Jul 2011 - 00:25 GMT

All I can say it was the best three years of my life, playing for mostly the Air Force, Town people, and some college. What a great mix and what a great time!

george gregory: 27th Jul 2011 - 14:19 GMT

Spencer,
For some reason you were the one I remembered from the band,probably because of the long hair.Your dad was on a local radio station? Great times

george gregory: 27th Jul 2011 - 14:19 GMT

Spencer,
For some reason you were the one I remembered from the band,probably because of the long hair.Your dad was on a local radio station? Great times

Spencer Bosworth: 28th Jul 2011 - 00:48 GMT

You're right George, and thanks for keeping the memories alive

george gregory: 28th Jul 2011 - 14:11 GMT

Memories are what we have to look back at.Peace and happiness

Carol : 2nd Aug 2011 - 05:31 GMT

regarding Joe Urdzela: 10th Mar 2010 - 05:51 GMT comment. Are you the same Joe Urdzela that knew my mother, Her name was Glen, she was english. Did you ever live in Mississippi around 1962?

Dusty Harmon: 7th Aug 2011 - 15:32 GMT

To Bob Watt"
Hi Bob this is Dusty. I have been in Florida for the past 29 years. My (3) boys are grown and our (2) adopted girls are still at home. I have worked for Siemens/Westinghouse for the past 44 years and Iam currently the plant manager our parts distribution warehouse. I saw Ted Baldwin thru the 70's, but have lost track of him. You can contact me at dustyharmon@bellsouth.net

Bob{WAHOO}Wattfeb.13 2011: 8th Aug 2011 - 05:43 GMT

Hi Dusty,Wow I was talking to Hoot Gallagher today and he asked me if I had ever heard from you. I remember you called me when I was going to college in Mississippi in the late 60's Wasn't Baldwin's name George?Me and Tim Lewis live on Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada.We live about 70k from one another and visit often.So much to catch up on.rReach me at robertwatt@shaw.ca.Got asmall re-union going in Sept Sguigna Tim,Hoot me Joh Devincentis's Widow Helen.Canady can't come because he is having toe surgery.Joe Altenberger Has also passed.D.J. Lives in Florida and suffered a stroke last year.Great to hear from you.E-Mail me soon please

Brian Griffin: 24th Aug 2011 - 19:29 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB from early 62 until 64. First the 4108th A&E then it changed to the 497th A&E. We took care of the KC 97s. Lots of ORI's. The Kennedy assination, the Cuban Missile Blockade, TDYs to Sonderstrom, crew member on KC97s, Brodies for fun and games, Canadian chicks from Montreal for fun, A great bar for cold beer and chile right outside the main gate, another great bar down by the bridge over the river downtown, lots of nice scenery. Cold Cold winter, driving on Lake Champlain. I ended up marrying the daughter of the Supply Squadron commander. Lots of good memories and good times, not including that ill fated marriage.

Bob Dunn: 27th Aug 2011 - 19:23 GMT

Bob Dunn 380 SPS 1973-1974 What a hoot brodies,big brothers,Mothers,The Monopole up the alley, and The Kodiak out of town with the Big Bear out front.Deffinately The Ramp Rat was there LOL. been back many times to visit pburgh I live in Amsterdam NY.... lottsa great memories look me up on fb sometime. :-{)

Bikenraider99: 16th Sep 2011 - 03:56 GMT

I grew up on PAFB from the late 80's to the early 90's. My dad actually retired from there and we moved back to TX in 92. We lived off of Indiana dr, right behind the NCO club and Southside school. Just got back from visiting the area about 4 days ago. Stumbled on this site too.

Ruben

Kelly: 20th Sep 2011 - 10:42 GMT

Hi was station 1988 to 91, security police, Looking for Patches for same. Can someone help me out, Kellye12_1999@yahoo.com. E-mail Me.

SABRINA: 21st Sep 2011 - 19:25 GMT

I WAS BORN IN THE PLATTSBURGH AFB HOSPITAL JULY 1959
ANYBODY ELSE BORN DURING THAT TIME?

Jenna Stewart: 12th Nov 2011 - 08:22 GMT

I believe we were stationed @ PAFB 1984-1987. My father, Gary "Reggie" Stewart was a major then. We lived on Club Rd and U.S.Oval. I have so many fond memories of those houses! From what I read, the base has changed quite a bit. I use to play on the Old Barracks all the time & would always get in trouble. I remember starting a grocery delivery business that serviced the Old Base. I would ride my bike to the Grand Union outside the gate to get whatever my customer needed (no minimum order) and deliver it promptly for $.75. Congrats to those who got in on my special "lack of business sense" rate.

George Savoie : 23rd Nov 2011 - 05:14 GMT

I was born there in feb. 1957, does anyone remember my father,his name was George also. I think he worked in roads@grounds!

Carmelita Mcknight: 23rd Nov 2011 - 05:50 GMT

Was any one there in 1961-65 and used to go to club for kids. Used to get Shirley Temple Also was in a talent show

Robin Richardson: 29th Nov 2011 - 16:06 GMT

I was born in Oct. 1960 there. My father was Charles (Chuck) Kasa. He was a jet engine mechanic. I was only two when we left to come to Chanute AFB in Illinois so I really don't have any memories from Plattsburg.

Terri (Moyes): 8th Dec 2011 - 04:13 GMT

Military brat PAFB 1979-83 Indiana Dr. --- It was fun reading all the posts which brought memories. Our father was SPS went by "Pops" or "Clancy" perhaps cause he was older for his SSgt (Moyes) rank. My mother Frances worked for years at the NCO club behind our house near Southside Elementary.

I had to laugh when I finally read someone discussing the silver water pipes that ran through the base. As a kid my friends and I would play Star Wars.

This lost but, not forgotten base has held a lot of my childhood memories and I long to return to just see the place again.

george gregory: 21st Dec 2011 - 22:29 GMT

Does anyone know? There use to be a italian pizzeria on the main drag and it was located if my memory serves me correctly on the 2nd floor. One of my favorite places back in the early seventies while stationed there

Rich Solomen: 22nd Dec 2011 - 21:12 GMT

Arnies Restaurant was on Margaret St.,had a bar downstairs and Italian food upstairs.On City Hall Place there was Beas Spaghetti House.That was also on the second floor. I was sta.there from 6/58-5/62

Roger: 26th Dec 2011 - 02:26 GMT

Stationed at Plattsburgh between 1963 to 1965 820th Combat Defense, also guarded the Atlas F missile sites. Flight line was a terror during the winter months walking around the B-47's and KC's. Been longing to go back for a visit, but haven't gotten to it yet.

george gregory: 26th Dec 2011 - 16:55 GMT

Roger,
I was a mess sgt.stationed at p-burg. I worked midnight chow for a period of time and served those who worked security on those b-47's.Gave those guys anything they requested.1969-71

anon (S010600226b646a80.du.shawcable.net): 6th Jan 2012 - 02:16 GMT

Roger 26 dec. what flight where you with.I was in k-9 at that time

anon (68-114-68-10.dhcp.plbg.ny.charter.com): 6th Jan 2012 - 14:28 GMT

Trying to locate Robbie Schramm who served at Plattsburgh Air Force Base during 1969

george gregory: 6th Jan 2012 - 17:27 GMT

Robbie schramm was my roomate for 2 yrs.

george gregory: 6th Jan 2012 - 17:28 GMT

I spoke to him before Xmas,how do you know him

george gregory: 6th Jan 2012 - 21:45 GMT

here' my e-mail anon ggregory1020@optonline.net I'm trying to locate margaret roberts who served with us during that time period

john bosley: 27th Jan 2012 - 16:47 GMT

will anybody admit to remembering the drive in out on rt 9!!LOL.GONE NOW.

george gregory: 30th Jan 2012 - 23:31 GMT

wasn't it called super 87 ot was that another one

anon (30.sub-166-248-14.myvzw.com): 4th Feb 2012 - 22:59 GMT

byron marzan, i was stationed at p-burg from 74-78 in sps (L/E) remember brodies, the store tavern and the swinging turtle. loved to hunt, fish and sking. lots of excellent memoties, wish i could go back in time. was working when that guy got shot, was a real mess. lookinf 4 bob doherty, mike minnie, keith schauer or vic nathan. also paula, maiden name habsen, worked in base finance, my e-mail is byonmarzan@hotmail.com hope to hear from old friends soon

chuck inks k9 duke: 14th Feb 2012 - 21:47 GMT

arrived pafb dec 1955-1959 great place to serve fellow k9 handlers richard knowles ben frye gallagher obanion sgt. english tyler sure miss those days

chuck inks k9 duke: 14th Feb 2012 - 21:47 GMT

arrived pafb dec 1955-1959 great place to serve fellow k9 handlers richard knowles ben frye gallagher obanion sgt. english tyler sure miss those days

chuck inks k9 duke: 14th Feb 2012 - 21:51 GMT

would like to contact fellow k9 handlers trained at fort carson

Ron Stratton: 15th Feb 2012 - 05:39 GMT

I was stationed at P'burg 1963-65. Winters were COLD but it was quite a learing experience. Was in 820th Transportation Heavy Equiptment Maint.Spent some off duty time at Brodies,Mr.Patchies and even the Orange Julip. Thought of some old friends when reading this site:Rich Cerrato of Watertown,N.Y., Tom Arnold NCOIC of HE Maint., Jerry Sefranic of Ohio. Left there and spent the remainder of my enlistment in sunny Lybia, but also got to see Spain,France and the Azores Island for a very short period of time. Hope to get back to see what is left of the base sometime.

Phil Rowley: K9 Silver 3F58: 23rd Feb 2012 - 02:50 GMT

Jan 59 - Jan 63 (380 and 820 CDS)
Does anyone remember Lts. George and Hugh Tole? This was the only time in 3 years that we had an inline inspection with dogs. Lt. Tole decided to have us un-muzzle the dogs. Ergo. You know the rest of the story, but here it is anyway. "Garr", handled by Ralph "Beetle" Bailey, bit the inspecting Lt. on his butt. I ended up rushing lt. Tole to the hospital for medical treatment. Alas,no more inspections.

bob wahoo watt64-66 k-9 princd aooo: 24th Feb 2012 - 03:13 GMT

Knowles was my last kennel master.He was an airman first when I arrived in oct 66.He was in base police.Sgt. Wells was the kennel master when I got there.Does any one know who got my dog Prince A000?

Joel Stewart USAF Ret.: 16th Mar 2012 - 14:54 GMT

I too worked at the Saranac Dining Hall from 1975-1976 and lived in the Services Sqdn. dorms with the SP's. There were lots of cool bars in P'Burg...but the only names I remember are the Office and Monopole Pizza. Good times!

george gregory: 16th Mar 2012 - 17:39 GMT

69-71 mess sgt main dining fight kitchen,and during the summer the officers mess hall.

george gregory: 16th Mar 2012 - 17:39 GMT

69-71 mess sgt main dining fight kitchen,and during the summer the officers mess hall.

mark baker: 21st Mar 2012 - 13:05 GMT


PAFB was my first duty station from 1973 -1974 and was lucky enough to get a second assignment there from 1981-1983 . I was a fuel specialist my 1st tour was mainly on that very cold flight line refueling aircraft, my 2nd tour I worked at the gas station for military vehicles. I was also employed at the wood hobby shop

Keith Schauer: 25th Mar 2012 - 21:24 GMT

Hi all! Keith Schauer here. I was stationed at 380th SPS (LE) from '75 to '77 before PCS'ing to Naha AB, Okinawa. Byron Marzan - I tried emailing you, but the email was returned, sorry! Wish I knew where Bob (Rock) Doherty was now, helluva guy! Last I heard Mike Minnie was in Fla running his own PI firm. I ran into Paula (Hansen) in '85 or '86 at Lowry AFB, she was passing thru TDY. She still looked awesome!!! Remember the Adkins, Brian and Brad? How about Toni, the CMSgt's (Ret) daughter? God, the stories are flooding back! I'm at vinestgang@yahoo.com. Would luv to hear back from friends!

James: 27th Mar 2012 - 09:50 GMT

I lived on Iowa Circle in 1961. There was a girl named Pam and another named Mildred. We had a small dachshund. Wow, 50 years! God bless everyone who lived there, hope they are all alive and well!

bob wahoo watt64-66 k-9 princd aooo: 31st Mar 2012 - 05:11 GMT

Bob Wahoo Watt 63-66 k-9 cds.Does anyone know what happend to Sgt Oxford?

Gas man: 1st Apr 2012 - 00:37 GMT

PAFB '73-'75. Hosp Sq. Ran the ER, and then did all the ENT work until I left for my residency in anesthesia. My son was born @ CVPH 7/75. Loved all the fishing, and winter activities.

Rich Solomen: 2nd Apr 2012 - 17:58 GMT

Has anyone been to PAFB this year? Are any of the barracks on the new base still there? I lived in the brick barracks on New York Ave....

Joe Gerhart: 7th Apr 2012 - 00:14 GMT

Hi all, i was a medic in the 820th med gp from '66-'69. Worked mostly in the wards and a bit in the clinics. Remembering john whitten, homer barr, nurse jeanie ryder(sp) great group of MD's and nurses. Anyone out there a 820th medic shoot me an email. Joseph_gerhart@yahoo.com


kathryn: 8th Apr 2012 - 19:42 GMT

Looking for a guy who is five foot one Irish American with brown eyes and curly dirty blond hair from the base around 1966-67?
He would stand out in pictures. Do you remember a guy like that?
email me. kathryn@whatacatch.net

Kristyn : 27th Apr 2012 - 14:57 GMT

Does anyone remember the Swinging Turtle Lounge on Lake Champlian (off Route 9, I believe). My father was stationed at PAFB from 68 - 71 ... Richard Keirstead ... he was the bar manager at the Turtle ...

TEASEO BOMB SQUAD: 27th Apr 2012 - 17:17 GMT

My mother used to work at the Swinging Turtle as a hooker I'll ask if she remembers your dad.

george gregory: 28th Apr 2012 - 18:13 GMT

My memories of plattsburgh are very good,don't remember the swinging turtle i too was there 1968-71 mess sgt
Filione's Brodi's are the two that stand out

TEASEO BOMB SQUAD: 30th Apr 2012 - 19:08 GMT

Anyone who was going to the Swinging Turtle in 1973 and having sex with a bar hooker you might be my father.. I'm looking for my dad. My dear mother worked as a hooker for years but from 1972 until 73 when she got pregnant with me she worked only at the Swinging Turtle. Anybody that thinks they may be my father please hit me up on Facebook.. Or come to a BS. BBQ this summer. I don't have a job so I have lots of time to hangout and catch up. Hit me up dad. Peace. BOMB SQUAD FOR LIFE .... WHAT WHAT !

Peter: ^^hahaha!

Ernie K.: 4th May 2012 - 17:46 GMT

Hi All, I was stationed at PAFB, 380 GHS Sq. from 1969-72. Work in In-and-out processing and project transition. Do remember Brodis, Brothers 5, Beas, Lee's Fox Hill Tavern (played on their pool team), Swinging Turtle (you bet your sweet ass!) and the Royal Savage Inn. Anyone remember the Egg and Machine Shop, or the R&R Grill, and when you didnt have too much money there was skid row, Royal Ave, and the famed Royal Bar. Stayed in the Brick Barracks, NY Ave. Anyone remember the ORI's we had. Do you remember one in 1970 when we didnt get a plane off the ground......oops!
Then we shipped out the 52's and got those wonderful FB-111's in. Do not miss the windows rattling the barrack windows during engine testing from 5-7 pm. Beautiful base and area.......traded it in for Air Forces Iceland my last 13 months in the Force. I must admint Iceland at times was warmer then PAFB Winters. Coldest it got in Platts. was -44 degrees my first winter there....ouch! Anyone remember SSGt Youngblood (Blood), MSGT Bigelow, SMSGT Petri, MSGT Moore, Col. Kennedy or Mike Gray? www.bigeee@roadrunner.com

Richard: 23rd May 2012 - 02:29 GMT

My dad was stationed at PAFB from 68 to 71. Always thought it was the best place we were at during his years in the AF. Went to Southside Elementary and Peru Junior High. Will never forget Mr. Lawrence at Southside, the best teacher I ever had during my school years. Mother was English as well. Interesting how others here had English mothers. Father ended up retiring in Texas, but I'll never forget that all too short time in Plattsburgh.

Scott Ward: 7th Jun 2012 - 16:17 GMT

My Dad was at PAFB from 1966-1969 and I went to Northside Elementary and briefly Peru Central before he had orders again. I remember my teachers at Northside, Mrs Fields for 4th grade, Mrs Clark for 5th grade, and the four 6th grade teachers, Mr Brown, Mr Bruno, Mr Sousa, and Mr Rock. I played all sports there and was the junior judo champion of the base in 1969. I also hung out at the teen club. My best friend was Mike Hough aka Lump of Chicken. It was a cool experience.

Don Thomas: 9th Jun 2012 - 16:35 GMT

Jack Haney: 17th Aug 2010 - 20:27 GMT. I was there too, at a deck close to yours. Have looked to see if I could find ya several times to no avail. If you see this send me a note. ldtshort40@gmail.com

John Fonzo E8/USAF Retired: 11th Jun 2012 - 04:07 GMT

Stationed @ Pb 74-80 in CE as the Prime Beef NCO. Did NCO Prep School in 65 also also @Pb. Some of the best years of my life. A great bunch of civilians assigned to that base. I was heading back to Pb when the dumb asses closed it.

Andy B: 13th Jun 2012 - 03:01 GMT

I left there in Jun 71. Anyone remember Filion's? B-9 on the Juke-Mississippi Queen. If you came in and didn't play it you bought a round of Skaboobies. So who remembers the recipe for that???
Ah Michelle, I had such a crush; I even gave you my ring. . .
Where could you be now???

anon (ool-44c21a7e.dyn.optonline.net): 13th Jun 2012 - 13:03 GMT

Andy, I left aug 71,brody;s was my spot,with filione's a close 2nd

Herbert Andrew: 17th Jun 2012 - 20:42 GMT

Enjoyed looking at all of these comments after all of these years. I was at Plattsburgh 1956 to 1958 as cryto operator.It would be great to hear from someone of my time. 30440 North Dover Road Easton MD.410 822 4794.

Rich Solomen: 30th Jun 2012 - 20:57 GMT

I was in Plattsburgh 6/12/12,
.Arnies is the restaurant only one left on Margaret St. from my era(1958/1962).Some of the old hangers are still there,so are some of the barracks on New York Rd.Base opps.and the jumbo hanger are there also.

Kevin Yuro: 6th Jul 2012 - 05:15 GMT

I was stationed there '85 - '91 380th SPS SPOS A and D. I can't say I ever really took notice of the street sign. I see a few names I recognize in this post though, and it brings a smile to my face. Too bad they closed the base down.

James Thompson: 24th Jul 2012 - 20:57 GMT

I was stationed at p.a.f.b. 62 65 remember Brodie's and all those college girls trying to locate joe ribar and Paul Paulson he was my roommate for awhile and was also on the base boxing team they both came from the Philly area...

James Thompson: 24th Jul 2012 - 20:57 GMT

I was stationed at p.a.f.b. 62 65 remember Brodie's and all those college girls trying to locate joe ribar and Paul Paulson he was my roommate for awhile and was also on the base boxing team they both came from the Philly area...

JIM ROZEK: 25th Jul 2012 - 20:02 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsburgh from Oct.69 to Oct.71. I remember Brodies very well,although not all the nights clearly! Also remember you Dale. When I was there the Franklin Brothers were the house band. Got to be good friends with Lester Duval from the band. Does anyone know what ever happened to them? jrozek@bex.net

Anthony Rudolph: 27th Jul 2012 - 08:59 GMT

I was born in Plattsburgh and lived on the base three different times. From 63 to 70 and then 76 to 81 and 83 to 85. I went to both north side school and south side . Mr long wares was my principle and mr rock my 6 th grade teacher hated my guts. I went to Peru high too. Thyrealrednose@nyc. rr .com send me a message my dear friends

Russell Wilkes: 27th Jul 2012 - 22:56 GMT

I arrived at my first duty station PAFB in Nov of 1966. I was 17 years old and from Georgia. I just about froze my ass off the first year as I didn't have a lot of cold weather clothes other than military issue. I worked in the Traffic Management Office (LGGT) and was a part of the 380th Transportation Squadron. I remember well both Brodies and Filion's, and the Orange Julip (a fast food drive in). My first girl friend was Sharon Carey fron Schenectedy NY. She was attending the all girls Catholic Secretarial School there in Plattsburg. I feel fortunate that I was stationed there. The people were great, the area beautiful. I was discharged there at PAFB in May of 1970. I've enjoyed reading all of the postings.

ggregory1020@optonline.net: 1st Aug 2012 - 19:48 GMT

jim
i was there the same time period,both dale and spencer from the franklin bros band have made remarks in ealier responses above.

thomas murallo : 3rd Aug 2012 - 15:54 GMT

hi to people who was stationed at Plattsburg AFB SAC 1957. i was attached to vehicle maint. on the old base/new base. the winters were cold and LOTS OF SNOW! i spent 11 months there and was shipped to Brize Norton (SAC) England.would like to hear from any one o that era. nugget37641@aol.com

Bob Dunn: 9th Aug 2012 - 23:04 GMT

may 1972- april 1974 380sps Ramp Rat was here..."FIJFI" dudes I remember swingin turtle. are you a turtle you bet yer sweet ass I am, brodi's now a day care center the monopole is still there the office,big brothers,my wife still has a TEE SHIRT DANCE YER ASS OFF AT MOTHERS. How about playboy article Plattsburgh ny the best place in the world to be on Saint Patricks day 1973 besides dublin.I remember drinkinist dopenist party place I ever been and my e-mail address is rjdunn2@verizon.net shoot one at me if you remember me or others that were in that squadro place and time. LOL would love a roast beef sub from the pizzeria I still am in contact with a waitrewss that worked there thanx for this space ADIOS!!!!

Jonathan Hardesty: 10th Aug 2012 - 04:12 GMT

My dad was stationed at PAFB from 68-71. He worked in communications. We lived on base on Maine Rd for a while then moved off base. I went to school with Arnie and Timmy - their dad owned Arnies resaurant and bar. They were great. My mother taught classical ballet at the YMCA.

anon (pool-173-75-190-35.bltmmd.east.verizon.net): 10th Aug 2012 - 17:13 GMT

I got to PAFB in 1972 and stayed till 76.....remember the Swinging Turtle by the lake.....the Pizzeria and Brodi's.....usually went to Montreal on St. Catherine St.....Was in the Supply Sqdn.....Pick-up and Delivery.....Does anyone remember Sandy Davis from Supply?.....was married to a SSgt named Bill Davis.....also in Supply.....They hung out on week-ends at the Pizzeria.....Tsgt Hiott married a barmaid fom the Pizzeria named Barbara Kaska.....I also knew people that lived in Pray's Trailer Court.....had to pass it to get to the Turtle.

afbrat65: 21st Aug 2012 - 04:00 GMT

i was living at 6078d maine road on plattsburgh afb, not sure late 72 or early 73, till dec 76, i remember the school teachers at southside elementary, mr hurd, mr doorey, ms meese, mr cleveland, hmmm, i was in the 2nd -6th grade at that time, remember a Carrols restaurant out front of the base, it was like mc donalds, and a store called kings, it was like kmart between the new and old base, learned to swim in lake champlain bbrrrrrr,sneak off base to a small store called pic quiks,

afbrat65: 21st Aug 2012 - 04:04 GMT

remember visitng ausable chasm, the land of make believe, and frontier town,all of the heating radiator tubes above the ground on the new base, the tiny church on the old base, the old base was kinda spooky, would play in the woods between the school and our houses, also remember a big sewage pipe donw a hill that emptied into a creek, my younger brother fell into it,stinky, no i did not push him in ,,,,,,heehee

Russ: 31st Aug 2012 - 01:06 GMT

P'burgh was my first duty station out of Tech School. Got there on the 3rd of July (1972) and the next night at the base fireworks display almost everyone was wearing a jacket. Knew right then that something was horribly wrong. Not a huge fan of the cold. 380 FMS spark-chaser by trade -- spent many nights on the flightline with wind chill hovering around -60 or worse. Unbelievably inhumane. Not only did you quickly learn to work on airplanes while wearing those big, huge mittens they gave you but it got so cold you even learned to pick your nose with them on. Snowplows would clear the runways and taxiways then pile the snow in huge mountains near the hangars. Next May (MAY!) you would still see mounds of slowly melting snow 6 to 10 feet high. No wonder John Walker became my closest friend. Yes, it was beautiful country and yes during the summer (both weeks) the French Canadian girls would flock to Lake Champlain from Montreal to add a little flair to the scenery. I remember Brodies well for most nights and the Swinging Turtle for right after payday when I was trying to impress myself (BTW, to TEASEO BOMB SQUAD - Sorry, I'm not your dad. I was a mostly broke young Airman then and couldn't get hookers to take a personal check. Somehow they knew it would bounce.) Not the heartwarming memories most of you have expressed but it is difficult to forget your first assignment - no matter how hard you and John Walker try.

Christine: 4th Sep 2012 - 20:26 GMT

My Dad, which meant all of us, were stationed at Plattsburg '76-'80. Miss it a lot in the fall.

Mary Ann: 6th Sep 2012 - 01:45 GMT

Civilians. My husband and I are renting in the ROTC barracks in the Oval. It is our honor to be here. This place is not haunted, we co-exist with the spirits of the soldiers that have been here since 1812. Thank you all for your service.

barbara: 20th Sep 2012 - 00:21 GMT

My dad (George Mattern) was stationed at PAFB from around 69 to 72, not exactly sure what he did. We lived on Minnesota Circle, thinking they were townhouses. I know some neighbors there were Latanskis, Irby, Hood and Hicky, maybe a Bologna. Went to kindergarten and 1st grade (Mrs. Leaper), don't remember the name of the school but the principal was Mr Longware (we called him Long underwear). As a military brat, I have never felt like I had a past so I would love to learn all I can about where I lived and people I might have known.

Karan Lovick 1971 to 1975: 25th Oct 2012 - 19:31 GMT

My late father Ron Lovick was stationed at the base from 1971 and retired 1976
I hava brother Ron Lovick and myself Karan Lovick Spears. My late mother Emalie
Lovick worked at the BX i think in women clothing. I'm looking for a friend I
knew for a short time her name is Yavonne portia I'm not sure if the spelling is correct. I will check back later Thanks lots of good memories.

memaw-regina@yahoo.com: 28th Oct 2012 - 02:23 GMT

does any remember a person name sgt.elmer bush aka iron pants

memaw-regina@yahoo.com: 28th Oct 2012 - 02:25 GMT

does anyone remember a sgt elmer bush aka iron pants

jon b bombard sr: 31st Oct 2012 - 23:49 GMT

i was at plattsburgh from 59-65. i was just left loring..i worked on the b-36's and then the b-52's i was in the ecm shop in the 380th aems.remember lots of folks, but most of them are probably dead...i'm 74. we did have our good times and while working the nite shift it was like being in the old wild west. we spent time in the base ops coffee shop we drove a foklift (or tried to )up the sidewalk to the coffee shop and it got stuck.we called the motor pool and a wrecker pulled us out. no big deal except he brought the whole sidewalk with the fork lift. the sidewalk also went to a bird col's office.....we all made a pact.nobody talks..the guy from the motor pool was really scared and said he would not make any entry in his log.he said they really grilled him for days and the col never did find out who did it......i laugh a little now just thinking about it....anyone from this time frame can contact me by email.riabombard@yahoo.com.......i now live 50 miles from plattsburgh in saranac lake ny ps. someone earlier mentioned sgt oxford in airpolice.......both he and donnie fina were at plattsburgh and oxford got busted to ssgt...and got sent to iceland. a few years later he was back as a c/msgt. donnie fina was chief of police in saranac lake ny where we both grew up and lived. oxford and his wife are both dead

Frosty: 2nd Nov 2012 - 12:52 GMT

Stationed at PAFB, 4 Jan, 64 - 28 Mar, 67, in autopilot/compass shop at 380th AEMS. Met my future wife that summer, and married her, at Old Base Chapel, on this date 48 years ago today, (she's still married to me. LOL) And as far as ARKANSAS spelling, it is correct. (My father was from that state, lots of his relatives still there.) Base nothing like it was back then,. and flightline area is now called Plattsburgh International Airport. Black Hangar is no more. Contractor's just finishing up demo'ing it now.

Frosty: 2nd Nov 2012 - 12:55 GMT

Sorry folks. I screwed up. just looked at the picture again. Arkansas Street sign is misspelled. CES must have done it, just before the base closed.

Scott Reid: 12th Nov 2012 - 02:33 GMT

My father was stationed there from 58-62, He served 16yrs and passed away in 2008.
I was also born in PAFB Hospital..And thank you for serving,That was a tough time to serve,Thanks Again I did served 22yrs in the Army..

John Munzinger: 14th Nov 2012 - 01:21 GMT

First duty station out of tech school.Arrived Dec 24th 1961 and left in late 1965 to go to Red Horse and build U-Tapoa AFB, Thailand.Re upped at P Burgh,and first day out of NCO Prep school,got my orders to leave.Was in Civil Engr Sqd,with the infamous Msgt Moneymaker.Good times,great people and nice memories.When living on base we lived on Idaho ave.

wahoo watt: 16th Nov 2012 - 00:48 GMT

I was at P-burgh in 63-66.Do you remember why Oxford got busted?When I was there He was a master sgt When I left in aprl66 he was NCOIC of all air police.Who was Donnie?

Lou R: 17th Nov 2012 - 10:48 GMT

My family and I lived on base from February 1968 to December 1968, my step father was with the 380 FMS I believe, (My memory is a little hazy about that one)We lived on Maryland Road, and I went to elementary school at Oak Street School in town, use to go into town to visit Marks news room, and there was a pizza place in town that had the greatest pizza that use to deliver to the base, listen to WIRY, lots of great memories there.

J-F Mercier: 22nd Nov 2012 - 02:48 GMT

I'm a Montrealer who would go down to Plattsburgh with the family to shop at the Pyramid Mall, during the mid to late 70s. I would spend all day outside just hypnotised by the B-52s and the fighters come in over the mall to land. My family knew that I would still be where they left me standing no matter how long they shopped. Some of my fondest childhood memories.

Richard Karl: 22nd Nov 2012 - 17:33 GMT

I was there from '62-'65. My dad worked at the missile silos. I can remember the long, cold winters with tons of snow. The living quarters never seem to supply enough heat and I always had frozen feet. I lived on Iowa Circle. In the back was a steep slope that in the winters you could sled down it and the summers roll down inside tires. Down aways was a little wooded area where you could play and climb the trees. I attended kindergarten and 1st grade there. My best friend was Steven Henry and my worst enemy was Danny Green. Sometimes Steven and I would somehow sneek out the front gates to a small strip mall and get candy at the local store close by the gates. In the summer, daylight would be from 3am to 10pm and in winter, 7am to 4pm. We moved to LRAFB in '65 then moved to southern CA in '67 when my dad retired and have been here since. I have very fond childhood memories of PAFB.

Stephen Klein: 11th Dec 2012 - 22:21 GMT

Holy shit, Spencer Bosworth Junior, the Sunday Dreamers with Ernie Daily and Tommy Marra and the sax player burton i thins, oh and Dale the Franklin Brothers.
I saw Frankie rodriguez and Wayne roland a few years Agi. Dale I know you remember me I stood in and played with you guys a few times also worked the door. I had a WHite Porsche. I spent an awful lot of time at Brodies, I have been taling to Missy the Lead singer from the all girl Group the enchanted forest this week.

Stephen Klein: 11th Dec 2012 - 22:27 GMT

Hey Peter I remember you as well and Gary and Tom O keefe, who challenged me one night to as Andy Finelt the lumberjack to pay a cover.!
They also Bounced at Filion's

Stephen Klein: DAle my e mail is hdfat@mac.com

Chuck Williams, USAF, MSgt, Ret.: 12th Dec 2012 - 00:19 GMT

Wow! Plattsburgh was the best kept secret in the Air Force! My wife and I have wonderful memories from being stationed there '83-'86. I was the Director of Education at the 8th AF NCO Leadership School (on the old base next to the ROTC barracks). We were transferred to HQ SAC,Offutt AFB in 1986 where I was assigned as the SAC NCO PME Manager until retirement in 1991. We hated leaving Plattsburgh, it was best assignment I ever had! Still living in Bellevue NE. cwwynn922@hotmail.com

Jim Tate: 31st Dec 2012 - 15:25 GMT

Found this today and enjoyed reading post. I arrived at PAFB as a bypass specilaist from Lackland just in time for "spring thaw" in '62. I have sent some of post to "non-believers" in my area about weather. I was associated with 380 AEMS as a radio specialist. Worked both flight line and shop. The cold was a challenge and the snow was awesome to a southern boy. As a new hubby I had to work at side jobs and attend college classes when I wasn't working all night to fix B47's. So I did not particpate in "outside activities." We lived in Cadyville (The service manager and family at Chevy dealer in PLattsburg gave up apartment so we could have it and roomed wth neighbors until their home was completed)for a short time and then in Plattsburgh eventually being night managers at motel on lake front that was owned by canadian fellow whom I can not remember his name nor name of motel.I was on launch crew that followed planes to end of runway if anyone has knowledge of that procedure. Sgt. Brody comes to mine and Major Hojinecki (I got called down by safety officer many times for taking off my parka, etc. to get into radio area in tail of B47. (This comment placed as one of you might be him.) I bitched constantly about alert area being where locals could drive by to see and one could toss a baseball into, in my opinion. Cuban crisis cleared that up for me. My compliments for everyone involved with that episode. I was associated with Appollo program later in life and bragged about "Black Hanger" to many as a way of emphasis as to what the US can do if it wishes. Being past naval base, I believe, the old part of base was beautiful and new part represented new technology to me. Saluted many navy enlisted petty officers as they exited commissary as their dress uniforms matched or surpassed our senior officer's uniforms. Sent to Westover in fall of '64. Then to Vietnam in '65 and then to Clark. Ended tour in '66. Thanks to all of you for your service. If any have info I would appreciate jimtate29@yahoo.com. Have a great year.

Robert Blair A1C: 31st Dec 2012 - 15:59 GMT

Stationed at PAFB Sept 1962 to Aug 1965 with the 820th Comm Sq. Worked in radio and tv maint. at the missle sites and the GATR site just off base. Married in the base chapel in Sept 63 and my oldest son was born at the base hospital. Went to Alaska from there. After I left the service in 1968 I worked in cable tv for 37 years all over upstate NY and visited PAFB many times after it closed. It was a great place to be stationed at under SAC back in the good old days.

Clark Adams: 3rd Jan 2013 - 05:15 GMT

My late father TSGT then MSGT LeRoy Adams was in the 380th FMS Fabrication Branch as NCOIC with MSGT John Dodd they had a Warrant Officer in the section too. The base was commanded by Gen Wilson when we arrived.We arrived in MAR57 left in JUN67 when he retired. We were left at Prays motel when the Wing deployed taking my father to Brize Norton AB in England for 90 days. We moved from Monty Street to 5553D Kansas Ave as the first occupants and watched Northside Elementry School being built. My mother Nellie worked in the BX cafeteria next to the BX and on the flight line. My sisters and brother all went to school on base and ended up at Peru Junior and Senior High. I recall playing in the woods and finding all sorts of expended brass and rounds from when the "new base" was a training area of the Plattsburg Barracks. The base hospital was in the basement of a building on the Old Base near the commisary when we arrived. One of my father's last job was to prepare the B-47 for display at the main gate. We used to go swimming at the base beach until it was declared too polluted to swim at. My father would rent motorboats and take us out to the island just off the beach.If any of my childhood friends from PAFBor the schools can drop me a line at cadamspac@aol.com. Yes the winters were cold and long but as a kid I wasn't smart enough to stay inside.

Clark Adams: 3rd Jan 2013 - 05:18 GMT

To Lou R, The Marks Variety Store owners son ,]Fred Marks and his sister went to Peru JHS with me. I recall a very good bakery down the street from their store across from the downtown Plattsburg base shuttle bus stop.

Ken Haertling: 5th Jan 2013 - 13:53 GMT

Father was stationed here from 1956 to 1966. He piloted B47's. I return to the area annually. Some things have not changed. Sadly, Frosty's Dairy Bar is long gone. I have not yet had the luck to connect with anybody who I personally knew during the time we were there....kind of curious.
In any event, I'm wondering whether anybody is planning to attend the 2014 Battle of Plattsburgh celebration?

Teaonnie Barcomb: 14th Jan 2013 - 00:38 GMT

Hi all! I was wondering if someone could help me. I am looking for my mother's birth father. I do not know much about him, I am pretty sure his name was Robert Glass and he was stationed at the Plattsburgh Airforce base around the time of September 1958. My mothers birth mothers name was Barbara Lahart, if that helps. If anyone knows anything please please email me at tsmith112306@gmail.com. Thank you all for your time.

Jimmy Newsom - 380 FMSMS - 66-69: 18th Jan 2013 - 16:30 GMT

Came here looking for a post on Capt Douglas Hale or Col Richard Hornbeck. Many old memories from this post. Yes Scoobies is ripple and beer......sick, sick, sick. I am sure many of us shared the same Canook women from Brodies and trying to walk down the drive way on ice to Filions. Had my first McDonalds HB just outside the gate, but best was pizzaria just outside. First pizza in life (didnot get out much from Texas) I kept aircraft records for 380 FMS including 188 if you know what I mean.

ggregory1020@optonline.net: 19th Jan 2013 - 18:15 GMT

jim,
how i remember ripple and beer was stationed at P-Bury 69-71 was a mess sgt.Our floor would pool our money between pay checks to but a case of beer and a couple of pints of ripple.We called it a R&B party.

Gary Whisher: 28th Jan 2013 - 02:39 GMT

I worked there fome December 13 1973 till September 1995 worked at the central heat plant made alot of friends and enjoyed working there. then i stayed on working for parc till 2006 so spent 32 and a half years there.

Johnny King: 7th Feb 2013 - 15:14 GMT

Hi Spence and Dale...I remember all the of great nights at Brodies and all the friends that we made and times that we shared...I will always remember Jan Stahurn...Cheech and Chong nites at Spencers place...thanks Spence...lol...and thanx to everyone for such wonderful mems...Deane and Freddie (great voices), Bea,Gramma at the bar, Mr Brodie and Pip at the back bar ( drinking ginger all and salt)...wheww...Dales big brain and Deanes energy keeping it all going...we were a family and every had everyones back back then...so much more not enough space...God Bless...long live The US Band...The Falcons, The Franklin Brothers

Mark Lagerman: 11th Feb 2013 - 20:46 GMT

My father was stationed here in the early 70'S. Great memories growing up there as a kid.
Playing in the swamp and woods near the school. Running along the silver pipes and eating at Carrols. It would be great to go back. I am a British citizen know and have livid in England for 40 years

Eileen Kaskeski: 19th Feb 2013 - 06:16 GMT

My late husband Charles (Chuck) Kaskeski were stationed there from 1980 - 1983. He worked in supply as a pick up and delivery driver and then in housing supply. We lived at 6078D Maine Rd. We lived next to Mike and Gloria Shotwell (who worked in CES entomology) and we were good friends with Eugene and Susan Fountain, and Peter and Barbara Snyder. It was our first duty staion we were newly married and had our first daughter Elizabeth was born at /champlain Valley Physicans Hospital. I have many great memories. Chuck passed away in 1997 and I hold all my memories very close to my heart

Jack Williams: 19th Feb 2013 - 19:29 GMT

To the person looking for Capt. Douglas Hale. Doug still lives in P-burg and works at Drew Automotive on route 9 south. Hope this helps.

Jane Bell; Feb 2013: 24th Feb 2013 - 07:53 GMT

I was born and raised in Plattsburgh, also remember Brodies very well. I meet a gentleman by the name of Harvey Vaughlem there in 1974 he was a younge air force man at the time I am looking for him if any one remembers him would like to find him his son is going to be 37 in October.If your out there please contact me at cassell.jane@yahoo.com or face book Jane cassell. Does any one remember him?

anon (216.27.124.2): 6th Mar 2013 - 14:47 GMT

March 6, 2013

Editorial: Base museum has potential
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Press-Republican The Press Republican Wed Mar 06, 2013, 02:42 AM EST

For 40 years, Plattsburgh Air Force Base was a source of tremendous financial, social and military influence in this area.

Base personnel made purchases of cars, homes, clothing and other goods that supported our economy.

Lives intertwined, with some military members volunteering for community groups or finding love with local people.

Residents talked about whether having the base here made us safer or put us in foreign crosshairs. They debated whether the planes coming in and out of Plattsburgh were a nuisance or the “sound of freedom.”

Whether you appreciated its contributions or complained about the problems it created, PAFB had a monumental impact on Plattsburgh and the surrounding area.

Then in the summer of 1993 — in a shocking decision that many locals remember vividly — the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission brought it all to an end. By September 1995, PAFB had been shut down.

But it never wholly disappeared. You still meet people who live in the area because they came to Plattsburgh with the Air Force. Many of us still refer to locations as being on the “old base” and “new base.” Two planes from PAFB still sit along Route 9 at the Clyde Lewis Park. And visitors sometimes stop in at the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum and other sites out in that area asking where they can find the Plattsburgh Air Force Base museum.

There isn’t one — yet.

Local history expert and Plattsburgh City Clerk Keith Herkalo woke up at 3 a.m. one morning a few weeks ago with a beauty of an idea: to add a PAFB history site to the museum campus in the city’s South End.

He took the idea to the Battle of Plattsburgh Association Board of Directors, which has a vacant building in need of a purpose. The building is on Washington Stacross from the War of 1812 Museum. It actually used to house a museum for the Air Force, with displays by the 380th Bombardment Wing and other military groups.

It needs some electrical and plumbing work, but it isn’t far from being usable, Herkalo says.

He isn’t thinking much about the funding aspect of this yet, though he has mentioned the hope that the almost extinguished Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. might want to help with creation of a PAFB museum as a “legacy project.”

Herkalo just wants to gauge interest in a new Air Base museum so the Battle Association can figure out if it can bring in revenue while serving a community need.

If you have an opinion on the idea, we encourage you to show up at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the War of 1812 Museum’s Press-Republican Theater or email Herkalo at kherkalo@charter.net.

We think a PAFB museum fits the area’s aim to promote history tourism, a growing trend nationally. With public support, it’s an idea that can really take off.


Jaibo: 8th Mar 2013 - 15:43 GMT

I was there from 1971 to 1973. I walked the flight line as part of the security. Never got to work at any of the entrance/exit gates. This was my first home away from home. An 18 year old kid from NC. Met a lot of good people. Loved it

Karen Kowalewski-Lacasse: 19th Mar 2013 - 06:32 GMT

I love reading all of the comments. My first husband and I were stationed at Plattsburgh from 1976 to 1977 until we were sent to Lakenheath England. We met many great friends. Some of our neighbors were Mike and Linda Trout and Tom and Jo Denind. I still stay in contact with Jo, but lost contact with the Trouts. Anyone know where they ended up? I would also love to located Phil Miller who trained with my husband at Lowry AFB, and then was stationed at Plattsburgh with us. They worked on the flight line together on the F111's. Anyway I have many fond memories; good friends, the birth of my son, and new experiences.

John Allen (AGE): 20th Mar 2013 - 01:20 GMT

I was stationed there from 1989 to 1992; worked in AGE (380th FMS). I absolutely loved Plattsburgh and have several friends who settled down there after they got out. I have been up several times to visit and always play a round of golf on base! I remember hanging out at the Dry Dock, French Connection, O'Tooles....and of course the good ole NCO club! I'm looking for an old friend; SGT Scott Bailey who worked in FMS and tested metal for cracks (can't remember the technical name of the job). Prior to the Air Force, he lived in both Cape Cod and Vegas. Email me "js.allen@comcast.net" if anyone happens to know him. Thanks to all who served and are serving! God Bless!

Jim Soutrhward (E-8 Retired): 22nd Mar 2013 - 17:50 GMT

I was stationed at Plattsburgh from 1957 to 1960. I had a woderful time while there. I would love to make contact with anybody who was an aircraft mechanic with the 529th Bomb Squardon during this period.

Ron Stratton: 24th Mar 2013 - 04:01 GMT

Seeing Capt.Doug Hale posted on this site makes me wonder if this is the same Capt.Doug Hale that ran a '64 Plymouth Belvedere in the SS/A class at Milton Vermont Raceway against Al Kitts '64 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt SS? If it is, he was a super good guy and driver.

Bob Finnegan: 1st Apr 2013 - 04:21 GMT

I was stationed there at plattsburgh from may 88 to apr 92. Was one of the last buck sgts before the eliminated e-4s from ncos. Worked at the fire department on old base and the new base on the flightline. My favorate place was the golf course. Lived at 6061D Maine Dr. Loved Plattsburgh. Watch the youtube video it'll bring teers to your eyes. raf12@windstream.net

Dean Seaman: 2nd Apr 2013 - 06:39 GMT

My father was stationed at PAFB Dec. '55 to Apr. '57. Mom and Dad had a trailer off base, at Clare and Carl's Trailer Court, where Clare and Carl also ran a hot dog stand (yes, also at the trailer court).I just found a website for Clare and Carl's and showed it to Mom. It is now a restaurant which features its "famous hot dogs".
Apparently the trailer court is no longer around.
Mom remembers the trailer got so cold in the winter that she could see icicles behind the couch.

Norm S: 5th Apr 2013 - 00:21 GMT

Plattsburgh was our ticket to the cool American way in the late sixties, Brodi's and Filions. The Union Hotel and other drinking spots. Met some nice folks from Plattsburgh State University, developed great friendships. So long ago but the memories are there. Today there's an airport where the base flight line was

george gregory: 5th Apr 2013 - 13:01 GMT

loved plattsburgh norm It was a great duty station with many good memories of men and women I met

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Erika McDermott: 19th Apr 2013 - 20:01 GMT

I remember PAFB but not the street we lived on. I do know there were some trees behind the house on the other side of the street that went to the PX. My father SSGT Jerome McDermott worked hydraulics on Bombers 1967-1970 and then retired as TSGT on Aug 31 1970. His nickname was Mac. My mother Catherine is from Luxemburg and spoke with a heavy accent. I went to Northside Elementry and I had Mr. LaPorta(spelling). I remeber getting caught by the MP's crawling under the fence coming back from King's. My father was not to happy to hear about that. If you knew my father please contact me at emac626@aol.com.

Richard Saletta: 21st Apr 2013 - 14:01 GMT

I was stationed at PAFB from 1967-70. Worked in 380th FMS Hydraulic Shop. Looking for people stationed at PFAB during that time, specifically FMS or OMS. I am suffering from complication from exposure to Trichlorethylene (TCE). We handled this stuff regularly to clean parts and hydraulic filters. Wonder if there are others with similar illnesses or with knowlege of this chemical used on base. I have VA claim in progress. Was tested at the PAFB hospital in 68 for TCE contamination. Anyone from hospital who performed tests would also be helpful. I you are suffering from Diabeties II, liver, kidney, liver, prostate, and gallbladder problems and used TCE while at PAFB or anywhere else, You may also have a VA case. Suggest you contact a VA councelor. Please contact me at rjsprivateyes@aol.com.

Fran Gitchel: 26th Apr 2013 - 19:08 GMT

My late 1st husband, Walter M Urban, Jr., was stationed there & got out in November 1964. Our oldest son, was born in the base hospital. Thought it was a very beautiful area and enjoyed fishing in the lake. I didn't care for all the snow (coming from Oregon where we didn't get that much), but there was sure some beautiful Autumns! Lots of fond memories from that area! Surprised to learned they closed the base!.

Donna Lees J: 3rd May 2013 - 04:26 GMT

I absolutely loved my childhood at PAFB I hope to come back to visit
We lived at 6089 C Main Rd. I remember when the B47 was being transported to the entrance of the base, looking out of the school window at southside. I had Mr Lawrence. Beautiful memories. My father's name is C/MSGT Glenn Lees. He was in the FMS AGE Squadron. I would love to have pictures of the base housing and the planes. Dad is my hero as all of you who served and are serving our country. Thank you for your time.

anon (pool-96-234-233-120.bltmmd.east.verizon.net): 11th Aug 2014 - 16:19 GMT

Name is Karasinski and I was in PAFB in 1972 until 1976.....Supply.....before that I was at Clark AB Philippines......I had an exciting time at PAFB and met some interesting people while there.....I hung out at the Pizzeria just off base and knew Roberta Lyons who worked there. She was also in the Air Force and worked there part time.....Miss a lot of the old friends I hung out with.....Sandy Davis...Cathy Kasmir...Cindy Catalano...Louise Petrilla...Beverly Aerosmith...Barbra Millar...Roseanne Mathieu and my buddies...Paul Battle...Red Perkins...Eugene Kiernan...Roger Towle...Louie LaFlamme...and countless others...really miss that place and want to go back one day.

Jery Brock: 20th Aug 2014 - 21:50 GMT

To Bob Wahoo Watt, Yes I was at PAFB 380th CDS in 1966. I was arriving to the squadron just months before your departure. I arrived about May 14-16,1966, fresh out of basic training. I was in a the group of "JEEPS" who were OJT trained on site. I have a slight remember of your name, but not much more. I remember some things about the handlers and the K-9's. I was, Initially assigned to "B" flight security. Later I was moved to "C" flight security. My room mate was one the SHORT guys. He was leaving the USAF just a couple of months after I arrived. The names you mentioned in previous postings, I remember quite vividly. Lt. John Tripp, was one of us, he walked the line as we were; CMSgt Oxford, the ruler of PAFB, I saw in Bein Hoa,RVN, in Feb.1969 just two weeks before my departure back to P-burgh. I was a "Volunteer" for a new concept for USAF Base Defense. I was a member of the 822 Combat Security Police Squadron,(Air Force RANGERS), Sniper. I tried earlier to send this message to your posted email. My system couldn't complete the sending, so I am trying again here. I would like to chat more but I will wait for your response. You may return a message to me at broc5169@bellsouth.net. Check out safesideassociation.org

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