WAR STORIES FROM PARADISE
You have traveled back to 1979!
Entries are posted by the year the writer arrived, so be sure to check either side of the year you're looking for to find your old buddies, shipmates, and sweethearts! I'll update this page as I receive your warstory! No anoymous reports - only if you're willing to put yourself up to the ridicule of the world will you be entered into this Guestbook! Also, please note that the email addresses listed are those at the me the entry was received - some of them from 1997! Sorry if they don't work now...
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Gonzo = firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizenship = USA; Service = USMC; Outfit = LST Fredrick or Tuscaloosa AAV Company "Amtracs"
My_Quest = Find old friends
My_Warstory = I remember we offloded from the LST Frederick for an LTI inspection and we were on the beach for a couple of days. We were the AAV "Amtrac" company with 12 tracs on the beach. The guys I remember that were in on this quest were C.J., Yates, Deuteau, Gonzo and Dream Weaver. We partied with the Seabees one night in their BEQ's and drinking JWR and other beverages. We were all drunk as hell and ended up stealing a Navy work van and took it for a joy ride on the only road on the island. We ran out of road and ended up putting a tool box on the accelerator and driving it into the ocean. We then commandoed back to our place on the beach to pretend we were asleep the whole time. We could see the van in the surf down the beach while it was still dark with the lights still burning. What a night.
Name = Bud Biery
VT_of_a_Swallow = The last person that asked me ended up in a crevasse
My_Warstory = Deigo Garcia 1979 We were transiting supplies from Diego to the gulf of Oman to supply the Kittyhawk battle group during the hostage crises in Iran 1979. We made 5 trips crossing the equator 10 times plus the ceremonial one make 11.On one of our stops at Diego the Captain let us go ashore.We had been at sea for 55 days. I went ashore and had a donkey burger and a formaldehyde beer. When I returned back on board the Bash a crusty old chief told me I would have a back ache in the morning. He was right. He said walking on sand after walking on steel for 55 days caused the back ache.
to 1980 one
VT_of_a_Swallow = as fast as his ass can fly.
My_Warstory = At first very scared about taking orders to D.G. but that was the best thing for me and my career. Made up to senior chief engineman. (was a certified Diesel Inspector) which I feel helped me make senior chief. Any of you get a chance to get orders there for one year take them but before taking the orders ask your specific detailer to see what he can do for you. I got a "C" school out of it prior to going there and I got another "C" when I left and any ship I wanted to go to. (had to do my sea time) The Navy was good to me. A beautiful Island to be on. Wish the Navy would let me go back for awhile. Love eating the lobster and fresh fish. And getting to know all those who are there now.
= The Rock …
most beautiful place I have ever been - so natural, at
night you could see ten million stars in that sky so
clearly - never like that anywhere else. During the
day, gorgeous water and beaches - would have made a
instead it was "The Rock" .. big hard
piece of stubborn bright as shit every day coral, went
under water when it rained hard, felt like you were
completely alone when the generators ran out of gas at
night. Awesome people
really fuckin drunk
$2.00 quarts of booze at the package store, many,
many, many fun and lost days. Worked at setting up the
POL pipeline prefab yard that first tour - BU2 Moody
leading us, setting up hooches we stole from town as
they were replacing the old plywoods with the new
mobile home type and setting up that production line .. spending
those two weeks in Port Hueneme beforehand learning
equipment being sent there just for us, and then
unloading the present we hid for ourselves that
Christmas after our trailer unloaded at ship offload
and partying very hard for weeks after … lots of Gin .. and yes,
Kevin Eddy I remember that barbecue wagon we all
built. That second time
to the pier team for the entire deployment, which was
awesome for me. Worked in the water a lot of days
setting concrete forms and heavy timbers, drank beer,
smoked weed in the outdoor racketball court, Christmas
Eve ka=bomb and fallout, watching SC Ries try and help
our little LT up into the hooch that was Charlie Co
office after someone ripped the stairs off the
building one wild Sunday night right after we got
there. So many good times - so very little time.
Steve Folkes = email@example.com
Citizenship = USA; Service = USAF;
Outfit = Aircraft Maintenance
My_Quest = Iranian Hostage Crisis
My_Warstory = I was one of 34 Air Force personnel sent to Diego Garcia to convince the Iranians to release the American Hostages. We lived in the plywood/screen huts and ate by the campfire every night. We set up a stop gap system that helped supply beer and sodas for everyone until the supply ships came in. My hat is off to all of my Navy Brothers for taking us in and helping our mission. Great Friends - Great Memories.
1979 - 1980
Name = Melvin Herzing
submit_by = firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizenship = USA
Service = USN
Outfit = NMCB Five Det Diego
My_Quest = Touch Base
VT_of_a_Swallow = Brown or English?
My_Warstory = How bout the queens chickens, coconut crabs, donkey burgers, other side of the island.
Recently discovered your site and enjoy it very much. Don’t know if you are still maintaining it, but if so this tidbit may be of interest, given the touch of humor your site contains.
Bond, James Bond
Dennis McMaines = email@example.com
Citizenship = USA; Service = USN ; Outfit = USS Dixie AD 14
My_Warstory = My war story, We arrived with no idea of what lay ahead. No pier to tie up to, no beach landing spot for our liberty boats. So first thing was to build a dock to pull up to in the boats we took to shore once every 6 days for 5 hrs of liberty. It was called the Dixie pier. We were the first destroyer tender to be stationed at the rock. Performed a lot of first's durning our 5 months anchored in the bay. Loved the Mars raido connection to the states, when it worked. Cell phones were a bit in the future then. Donkey burgers, baseball, beach combing, crabs!!, swimming, best tee-shirt, "Every week is chicken choking week in Diego Garcia". The Sea bees were a fantastic group of guys. We worked together on alot of projects on the beach. Did lots of welding projects for them. They always had the coldest beer at the end of the day. If there was such a thing as a cold beer. Got to go on a refueling missiom on a KC-135 somewhere over afganistan. Filled up 2 B-52 bombers. Watched from the belly viewing place on the aircraft. Will never forget looking into the eyes of the bomber pilot. Your that close when hooked up. Enjoyed the fishing off the half sunken barge in the harbor. Coconuts,yumm. My only regret about the whole visit was, I was to young to really of appreciated the beauty, and experiance of being on such a isolated island in an area of the world that I would no doubt never be in again in my life time.
1974-1975, 1979-1980, & 1981.
Project Manager on the 1st P.O.L. facility in 74-75, Engineering Chief for PW 79-80 and Minor projects for MCB-62 in 81
Robert Reagan firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizenship = USA; Service = US Navy Seabees; Outfit = MCB10, NavSta Diego Garcia (PW), and MCB62
My_Quest = Quest? To live as long as I can
VT_of_a_Swallow = as fast as you can drink a beer!
My_Warstory = First let me say that I have two years and one month of my life on that Island. I am one of the few people who has driven all 31 miles from tip to tip. In 1979-1980 I put 27,000+/- miles on a Dodge Ram pickup in a year and most of my job during that consisted of finding places for people to sleep.
Myself and a Brit Chief that I cannot remember his
name sort of established the Diego Garcia Yacht Club
as a way for his and my troops to have something to
do besides drink, read books, fish or watch porno
movies from the library.
Bill Halley = email@example.com
I just found your site & it brings back many good memories.
I was one of the 26 Brits on the island in 1979 & these are a few pics of our (unsuccessful) attempt to catch Hector.