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PFC Jerry Alexander:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - Nov 1965

Designation:  

Army Radio & News
Duties:  

At SCN he performed a variety of tasks; Newsman, radio personality, continuity writer, "Chronicle" script writer, TV audio man and cameraman. 

Hosted "Sunday Evening Symphony" on the radio at 11PM.

Trivia:  

A graduate of St Louis University with a BS degree in Radio Speech. He also had a background in Classical music.

Jerry's interests ranged from Ulrich Zwingli to the great Wurlitzer Pipe organ.

Biographic Details:  

Originally from St Louis, MO where he worked for WGNU radio as a newsman. Joined the Army in November 1963.Jerry planned to do extensive traveling after leaving the military and then to return to College to work on a graduate degree in Radio & TV

 

After SCN, Jerry returned to St. Louis and was employed in the news department of a St. Louis radio station. The following summer left for a Michigan educational radio station (as they called them then, this before public radio and NPR) which needed a classical music announcer. Remained there for 15 years with on-air and management duties. In 1981 took leave of the Midwest and moved to Southern California where he continued in the broadcast field with employment in public radio/television and commercial radio...as well as other media-related positions such as program syndication and closed-captioning for television and videos. After 15 years in this area, returned to St. Louis where Jerry spent nine years on the staff of the St. Louis Symphony's Powell Hall. 

Most recent info:  

Now, retired, but researching ST. Louis theatre structures for an eventual published guide/history.

Last known Location:  

Currently living in St Louis, MO

Last known EM:  

stltheatressbcglobalnet

   
SGT William "Bill" Alexander:

  

No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 1960's

Designation:  

Army Sgt. News
Duties:   News
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
A/2C John Michael Allen:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - 1964 ?

Designation:  

USAF. Airman 2nd Class. Director, producer, cameraman
Duties:  

At SCN, he demonstrated his extraordinary proficiency as TV Director, producer and cameraman.

Productions at SCN included "Musical Heritage," and "Sight in Stereo."

Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

From Edmonds, WA. Studied Architecture at Everett Jr College.

Gifted artist, musician and humorist. Began his career at WKTC (USAF Educational CATV station.)

Enlisted in 1961

After SCN, Mike had planned to return to return to the University of Washington to major in communication arts. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Gene Anagnos:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1968 - 1970

Designation:  

Supply & Newspaper
Duties:   Started in the supply room and later moved into the Newspaper department.
Trivia:  

Nicknamed "the Greek" by his coworkers.

18 when he came to SCN.

Biographic Details:  

Believed to have come from Indiana or Illinois

Rotated out after 18 months and has not been heard from since.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Lee Bayley:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Sept 1962 - July 1964

Designation:  

E5. Dance Party TV Host
Duties:  

Was Disc Jockey/TV Host for Armed Forces Radio & TV, (SCN and CFN) in  Panama. 

Lee hosted the afternoon Pop Shop from September of 62 till sometime in 63 when Peter Richards left and he started doing morning radio through July of 64.

The first day Lee moved to mornings...he started with "Good morning Mr. and Mrs O'Meara (General) and all the ships at sea...." Amador called and said he liked that so Lee did it fairly often.

Did morning show on radio, feature shows and news on the on television. 

The weekly TV shows included co-hosting a variety show that featured local entertainers as well as military personnel. 

The last few months of his tour in Panama they did a weekly show featuring local and area teenagers on a Bandstand type of show called Dance Party

Lee was the first host for Dance Party until July 64

Lee worked on various television shows, directed, ran camera, TD'd some.....but radio was his main venue

Trivia:  

Lee was in the Canal Zone when the fit hit the shan in January of 64 when the shooting and burning took place. 

Like others who were in the CZ during the Jan 64 demonstrations, Lee's wife and 8 month old daughter were evacuated out, apartment was ransacked, car was burned in the parking lot....etc.

He was positioned in the Tivoli Hotel with a few other staffers, all armed with a telephone with which they did quite a few reports until the DOD shut them down. 

Of interest, years later, Lee did a weekly television show in Tulsa featuring local teens and bands, as well as nationally popular groups like The Temptations, Stones, Beach Boys, etc.  

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Arkansas. 

Lee began his career before the military  in small-market radio at age 15 dumping waste baskets, developing a record library, and helping to paint the tower. He went on the air at age 15 when one of the staffers was ill and unable to work. Was on the air through high school and while attending the University of Arkansas with KBRS, Springdale and KAMO, Rogers, Arkansas. 

He also, attended Keegan Tech in Memphis, TN. 

Out of the army in July of 64, Lee did a quick summer semester at Arkansas and then went on the air and did the morning shows on the legendary KAKC, Tulsa...Top 40 with 50 and 60 shares. 

He ultimately became PD/VP of Programming as well as morning show talent for several years. He was the spokesman for Pepsi and their weekly TV show Pepsi Dance Party.

It was there that Lee started working with a national consulting firm which moved him to Los Angeles as Vice President of Programming for Bill Drake. 

In addition to helping Bill with the RKO chain Lee was charged with developing the syndication side of the company Drake-Chenault, ultimately programming 9 formats with 328 client stations. 

His staff included many of the leading programmers of today. 

During this time they created and produced many special programs such as The 50 Hour History of Rock And Roll that aired on approximately a thousand stations around the world. 

One of the things he had a lot of pleasure doing was producing the More Music jingles they did using the Johnny Mann singers. They were used by hundreds of stations. 

Was Operations Manager/PD of KIQQ, Los Angeles. Here they essentially created  the format called Lite AC today. Consulted sister stations. 

In 1980 The Disney Company hired him to become Vice President and GM of  TM Programming in Dallas. Led the programming team in growing from 200 to over 300 client stations. An average of 70% of their clients were leaders in their markets. 

In addition to programming radio stations they were leaders in the jingle industry producing the singing identity heard on hundreds of stations around the world. 

In 1981 he formed Lee Bayley and Associates, his own company with the objective of providing a personal, full service, consultancy to a small number of stations. They specialized in all forms of AC, Country, Oldies, plus full service FM and AM formats and News/Talk.

In addition to the music, they placed great emphasis on positioning, marketing and promotion. He worked with his first client stations for 19 years. Lee does not know of any other relationship between consultant and client close to that. 

THE STATIONS.... Here are some of the stations Lee's company worked with in one capacity or another during more than two decades of consulting radio. In many cases they worked with the FM and AM properties, or multiple stations of common ownership. 

  • WHAS, Louisville, KY

  • WAMZ, Louisville, KY

  • KKBQ, Houston, TX 

  • WDAF, Kansas City, MO

  • KFMS, Las vegas, NV

  • WLTQ, Milwaukee, WI

  • KSCJ, Sioux City, IA 

  • KSUX, Sioux City, IA 

  • KRPM, Seattle, WA

  • WISN, Milwaukee, WI

  • WLTJ, Pittsburgh, PA

  • KYKX, Longview-Tyler, TX

  • KRMG, Tulsa, OK

  • KLSY, Seattle, WA

  • KAY107, Tulsa, OK

  • KMGC, Dallas, TX

  • KIXK, Dallas, TX (now KISS-FM)

  • KBUL, Reno, NV

  • WPEZ, Macon, GA

  • KUDL, Kansas City, MO

  • WAXY, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • WAIA, Miami, FL

  • KGB-FM, San Diego, CA

  • KIQQ, Los Angeles, CA 

  • WSOC, Charlotte, NC

  • KYGO, Denver, CO

  • WNOE-FM, New Orleans, LA

Most recent info:  

Lee had been successfully battling prostate cancer the last couple years prior to his death but he died of a heart problem. Chemotherapies can cause secondary problems but it is unknown if this was an issue in his death.
Last known Location:   Died at a hospital near his home in Tyler, Texas area around Feb 17, 2013
Obit:  
http://mediaconfidential.blogspot.com/2013/02/rip-lee-bayley-radio-ex-former-tulsa.html
Charles "Charlie" Beaugh:

 

Current Status:  

Found but has not contacted Website 

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 1960's

Designation:  

Army PVT. SCN Clerk
Duties:   Charlie was the Radar O'Reilly of SCN
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

He was from Lake Charles, Louisiana. With a heavy accent he would say "he be from da Lak Chalz, Lou-wheezie-ana."

Charlie and some of his Cajan friends liked to play a card game called "Beure"  (sp. Pronounced "Boo-Ray")

Most recent info:  

NA
Last known Location:   Currently believed to be living in Lake Charles, LA.
Last known EM:   NA
  
Gunnar B. Bennett:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Dec 1960 to July 1963

Designation:  

Army. Radio & TV
Duties:  

Announcer, newscaster, technical director, but best known and received commendation for "The Pop Shop." 

Gunnar recounts that he was recruited to CFN by NCOIC Jerry Duval  from Ft Kobbe Dispensary after being a medical records clerk for a month despite Gunnar having no prior experience. He became the regular Pop Shop host after Sid Stark, and also did radio-TV news stints, audio shifts, some producing and directing. Gunnar also did a lot of radio, some TV news reading, ran audio for TV and some camera work, as well. 

Trivia:  

Was also Interservice Tennis Champion in 1963, and was named to the All-Army Team, Interservice Tennis tournament in Denver in '63 but  injured his back, quit tennis and and became one of the better amateur golfers (9 USGA events, including semi-finalist in the Sr Am, a 3 Sr Opens, and twelve British Ams, Sr Ams and a British Sr Open). 

Also known at CFN for his girlfriend, Ann Kalb, the Weather Girl.

Biographic Details:  

Went back to college after service (U of Miami, AB '66 (Radio-TV-Film major, photo-journalism minor), and graduate work at Ithaca College (International Broadcasting - studies in 8 European countries) and worked as PIO for the USDA for a year before grad school at Syracuse U (Graduate Assistant and Head of International Broadcasting Seminar - hosting 50 media people from 30 countries).

 Later joined Group W at KFWB, Los Angeles (research and sales) and RAR, Chicago. 

Became broadcasting consultant (Storz, Storer, Globetrotter)

General Manager at WIXI & WDOK-FM, Cleveland. 

Founding partner of East Coast Broadcasting, which owned, among others, WLNG AM&FM, Sag Harbor, NY. 

Upon his fathers death, took over family wood products business, and sold that. 

Later sold broadcasting interests, and become agent and broker for National Life of Vermont, working in Chicago, then opening offices in Linville, NC and Bal Harbor, FL, until the early '90s as well as becoming one of the better amateur golfers (USGA Senior Amateur semi-finalist, 4 USGA medals, twice low amateur in the Panama Open). 

Later, merged his company with Barnett Banks, and became VP of Private Client Services in Southeast Florida. Retired when Barnett was sold to what is now Bank of America.

Most recent info:  

Gunnar lives in Aiken, SC, and still plays scratch golf as a super-senior) and loves to cook (see "Chicago's Classiest Cuisine" for some recipes).

 Now a member of the prestigious Society of Seniors, he still plays some of the better events from his home in Aiken, SC. 

Last known Location:    Aiken, SC
Last known EM:   {gunnarbennettbellsouthnet}
  
Lt Hank Benson:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

Army. Southern Command News
Duties:   Editor Southern Command News
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
SGM Stan Bishop:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's - late 70's

Designation:  

NCOIC?? Engineering
Duties:   Well respected & Highly thought of by his coworkers
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Don Boddy:

   

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:   Don was the only Black American on the CFN staff during that era. 
Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Davis Thomas Boreanaz (aka: Dave Roberts):

 

Current Status:  

Found but has not contacted website

Tour of Duty:  

1958 - 1961

Designation:  

News Director
Duties:   CFN News Director
Trivia:   Graduated from Syracuse University and was a very professional newsman.
Biographic Details:  

Born in Buffalo, NY. Went to work for WAER FM in Syracuse, NY in 1954, then Wolf AM. Then WBUF in 1956. In 1961 went to WKBW as the weatherman plus hosted childrens show "Rocketship 7" and "Dialing for Dollars." Used stage name "Dave Thomas." 

 

Joined WPVI in 1978 as the morning show "AM Philadelphia" co-host and changed name to Dave Roberts to avoid confusion with another anchor named Thomas. When the weatherman died in 1983, he took over that position which he still holds today.

He is also the father of actor David Boreanaz. 

He has also been inducted into the Philadelphia broadcasters hall of fame, selected Person of the year by the same and received an NWA weathercasters seal of approval in 2000. In 2009, he was inducted into the Buffalo NY broadcasters hall of fame.

 

He is also a member of the SAG and has had roles on several TV series. 

Most recent info:  

Has been the weatherman for Philadelphia channel WPVI since 1983. It is said that he will be retiring on Dec 11, 2009.

Last known Location:  

Philadelphia, PA

Last known EM:  

NA

has his own Wikipedia page
Robert A. Botzenmayer:

 

2005

  

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Early 50's to early 70's

Designation:  

Civilian. Chief Engineer
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Prior to SCN, he was an engineer with Pan American World Airways in Balboa.

Robert had retired to Bradenton, FL.

Most recent info:  

Robert Botzenmayer passed away on July 24, 2005.  His daughter Lynne Botzenmayer Armfield had moved him up near her home in South Carolina from Bradenton, FL in 2003  where he lived in an independent facility at first and later moved to assisted living.  He fell and broke a hip and never recovered.  Roberts wife had preceded him in death on June 2001. Robert had celebrated his 89th birthday just over 4 months earlier.

If you would like to contact Lynne she can be reached at 

Last known Location:   South Carolina
Daughter's EM:   {tinywabbitroadrunnercom}
   
James Bradley:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's - early 70's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

     
A1C Brock L Bravo:

 

 No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

USAF

Duties:  

SCN Newspaper Staff

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Randy Bretz:   

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Nov 1968 - May of 1970

Designation:  

TV Director
Duties:   Randy directed television, produced documentaries, did some radio news. 
Trivia:   Randy & his wife, Jan lived on Calle 21 in Panama City, welcomed their first son into the world at Gorgas Hospital, enjoyed countless picnics on the causeway at Ft. Amador.
Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:   Currently Senior Vice President for FACTS Management Company in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Married to Jan 33 years.  3 sons and 9 grand daughters.  
Last known EM:   {rbretzaolcom}
   
Brian Brosamle:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

Camera, anchor
Duties:   NA
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   Was a news director in Madison (WI), then moved to Iowa

Most recent info:  

NA
Last known Location:   Currently back in Madison, WI as a news director.
Last known EM:   NA
  
Steve Budkiewicz:   

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1969 - 1971

Designation:  

Sports Writer & Sports Anchor
Duties:   Army. Radio and TV sports
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

After SCN, became a sports anchor for AFRTS-W in Washington, D.C.

Most recent info:  

From 1972 to present,  Steve has worked at WRPS (FM) & Cable Television  in Rockland, MA where he is currently the station manager.
Last known Location:   Rockland, MA
Last known EM:   {budkiewiczhotmailcom}
  
Richard Burch:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

3/69 - 12/70

Designation:  

Film Editor, Camera
Duties:   Began working as a film editor and later as a camera and audio technician.
Trivia:  

His motorcycle was popular among his coworkers.

Was married Laurie from the CZ for a while.

Biographic Details:   Worked for CBS before leaving the industry.

Most recent info:  

NA
Last known Location:   Last known to be living in New Jersey in the 70's
Last known EM:   NA
  
SSGT John Burke:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1959 - 1963 1965 - 5/1966

Designation:  

Army. NCOIC Radio & TV
Duties:  

NCOIC over Radio & TV, HQ 5th Army between 1959 and 1963.

Held 4th on SCN's "Dawnbusters" every morning from 5 - 6AM.

After arriving at CFN in 1963, he returned to the US after 8 months

In 1965, he returned to SCN to finish out his 20 years and retired May 1966.

Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

Originally joined the army in 1946. Spent the first 17 of his 20 years with the Army, in the MP's.

Joined AFRTS in 1959 at AFKN-PUSAN.

In 1963 after 8 months at CFN, he returned to the US where he became a PM investigator & Publicity NCO at the Recruiting Main station in Chicago until returning to SCN in 1965  to finish out his 20 years.

He retired on May 1966 and returned to his native Illinois where he & his wife were living and working with the Chicago Police K-9 section of the Interstate canine patrol out of Chicago.

Most recent info:  

NA
Last known Location:   Last known to be living in Chicago, IL
Last known EM:   NA
  
SP5 John A Caton:

    

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 70's

Designation:  

Radio

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Jan Christensen:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

Announcer

Duties:  

He hosted "Symphony Hall" each afternoon. 

Trivia:  

Introduced many CFN'ers to classical music. 

Spent most of his off-time reading and playing chess.

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Joe Ciokon:

 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1959 - 1964 and 1974 - 1977

Designation:  

Navy JO1 (later JOC). TV News anchor

Duties:  

Worked at both CFN and SCN.

Along with MSG Bob Foster and USAF Sergeant Ed Johnson were part the only four person news team. They all wore their respective uniforms on air and the navy white, army green and air force blue gave the engineers fits trying to chromakey. The other part of that news crew was Mrs. Silvia Thomas, volunteer that did the local weather and women's news.

Trivia:  

A black belt in judo. 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

He retired as a Navy Master Chief in 2003 and is a civilian employee in the Public Affairs Office of the Pacific Air Command in San Diego.

Last known Location:  

San Diego, CA

Last known EM:  

{joejtsucoxnet}

  

Wayne Claibourne:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

64 -65

Designation:  

USAF. Radio DJ. 

Duties:  

Hosted Pop Shop 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Richard Clark:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's - early 70's

Designation:  

Radio DJ

Duties:  

Was a radio DJ on the overnight shift.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Last known to be living in San Diego

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Rich Clements:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

Radio & Production

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

David Cohen:   

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

mid 1968 to Nov. 1969

Designation:  

TV Sports Anchor, director

Duties:  

Became a well known Anchor and director for SCN.  Teamed up with Paul Hogan to create one of the best news teams at SCN.  The 1968 Elections was a key highlight best remembered in Dave's career at SCN.

Trivia:  

A second item of fame was Dave Cohen's "Facial Expressions" which kept the rest of the crew in stitches and earned him the nickname "The FACE."

Biographic Details:  

Lived in the Canal Zone from 1961-1964 and graduated from Balboa High School in 1963

Attended Canal Zone College for a year before going to the University of Missouri

Met Jack Harry when he assisted with color commentary on some high school sporting events covered by SCN

Later worked with Jack Harry again at WDAF-TV in Kansas City

Worked in the media from 1970 - 1988 as a reporter in Utica (NY), Kansas City (MO), Chicago and San Diego.  

Most recent info:  

Has been with the San Diego Police Department as a public information officer since 1988.  It's a civilian position.  He is the Media Services Manager in charge of media relations, their video unit and the crime stoppers program

Last known Location:  

San Diego, CA

Last known EM:  

{djcsanrrcom}

  

Tom Colvin:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's - early 70's

Designation:  

TV Sheriff Tom. 

Duties:  

NCOIC of Radio.

Hosted the SCN Afternoon show as "Sheriff Tom."

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Believed to have originated from Tennessee.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

SSGT Jorge Comacho:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

April 1964 - January 1966?

Designation:  

Army. Engineering

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

During his CZ tour, he lived in Cocoli with his wife Susie and daughter Susan.

Biographic Details:  

He spent 8 years at Ft Ord, California before arriving at SCN in the Canal Zone.

Considered California his home although he was born in Puerto Rico.

Prior to his military career, Jorge worked at WKAQ radio in Puerto Rico as an engineer. 

Jorge had been assigned to many overseas tours with the Army including Japan, Korea, Hawaii and Spain. Other overseas assignments included Cairo, Istanbul, Casablanca and Naples, Italy. Most of his assignments were with the American Embassies where he inspected electronic equipment.

He planned to retire from the Army with 20 years of service when he left SCN and intended to return to California to continue working as a radio & TV engineer.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Jim Cook:  (aka: Jim Fields)

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

Young, but with a very professional sound, very much into R&R which was still somewhat in its infancy at that time.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

From upstate New York where he had used the air name "Jim Fields."

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Chief Richard "Dick" Craigen:   

 

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Nov 62 - 1965

Designation:  

USN MRC. NCOIC News Dept. & Photographer

Duties:  

Arrived at SCN in 1962. He maintained a high degree of excellence due to his excellent judgment. 

Although he was well known as a skilled photographer, he maintained that it was only a hobby.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Joined the Navy in 1944 where he was involved in WWII and the Korean Wars.

He spent 15 of his 20 year career at sea.

After leaving in 1965, he was to be assigned back to the US for Recruiting Duty. 

He and his wife Lucille had 2 children, Dan and Mary. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

May possibly be living in Washington state.

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Charles Crawford:   

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

April 1964 - August 1965

Designation:  

USAF OIC

Duties:  

Assigned as OIC of SCN in April 1964 where he strived for the higher standards of commercial broadcasting.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Native to West Hartford, Connecticut. Working Summers in commercial radio, he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Radio & Television.

Joined the USAF on 7-4-1957 and became an instructor pilot in Texas for several years.

Left the USAF in Aug 1965 to return to the US to obtain his MS degree in Radio & TV at Syracuse University.

Married with 4 children at the time he left SCN.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

After leaving SCN, he went on to CBS TV Network and later CNN

Last known EM:  

{cbcrawfo1junocom)

  

Wayne Cummings:

   

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

News

Duties:  

It is believed that he came to CFN in 1962 and did mostly news. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Peter Cuzzo:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's - early 70's

Designation:  

Radio DJ

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Jean Decker:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's

Designation:  

SCN Secretary & receptionist

Duties:  

In addition to her secretarial and receptionist duties, Jean was responsible for  typing the weekly program schedule for SCN and see that it is finished and ready for printing in the SCN newspaper.

She also typed the television logs and prepared the Canal Zone Calendar for Radio and TV.

Trivia:  

She also took the time to sew on stripes and buttons acting as Den Mother for the SCN troops.

Biographic Details:  

Her husband, MSGT Carl Decker was with the USAF Fire Dept at Howard AFB where they lived with their three children at the time, David, Gary and Cathy.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

SP5 Mortimer De Leon:  

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

64 - 66? two tours

Designation:  

Army. Spanish news & NCOIC Broadcast Ops & acting 1st Sgt

Duties:  

He was  transferred to SCN in December 1964 as the chief Spanish News Announcer from his assignment with the 74th Quartermaster detachment in the Panama Canal Zone . 

In addition to announcing the Spanish news on radio & TV, Mortimer also wrote and edited his own newscasts.

Mortimer returned to SCN for a second tour as NCOIC Broadcast Ops and acting 1st Sgt.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Gurabo, Puerto Rico.  Attended the University of Puerto Rico where he also played the Saxophone in the ROTC band.

Joined the US Army in December 1962 where he attended basic training at Ft Jackson, SC and then attended Quartermaster school in Ft Lee, VA.

He was transferred to Stuttgart, Germany with the 35th Quartermaster battalion where he served from 1963 to 1964. 

Mortimer planned to continue his education in Civil Engineering when he completed his tour of duty in the Army.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Current Location unknown, but a good possibility that he returned to Puerto Rico.

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Del DeMontreux:  

  

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's, early 70's ?

Designation:  

Army. Radio DJ and TV news anchor

Duties:  

News Anchor  and radio DJ at SCN.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Became one of New York's top DJs at WHN (now WFAN). 

Was the Mets PA announcer for many years until his stroke in Sept 1999.

Most recent info:  

Del is continuing to recover from his stroke and lives in Maspeth, NY with his wife. Del will accept mail.  

Last known Location:  

Maspeth, NY

Last known EM:  

{Treuxaolcom}

    

?? Dempsey:

   

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Steve Dick:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Nov 69 - Aug 71

Designation:  

Radio DJ

Duties:  

DJ radio his first year at SCN. Due to his Kansas accent, he was assigned do a Country & Western radio show at 5 am even though that was not his specialty. Steve later did afternoon and evening shifts such as “Underground”.  

Steve soon became a video switcher (TV) for the remainder  of his tour

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After SCN, Steve worked as a radio announcer at a Radio/TV station in Kansas and a photographer for the a well known Kansas Sports team.

Married for many years and has two children. 

Most recent info:  

Currently living in Lawrence Kansas working as a photographer for the KU Jayhawkers. Current passion is fly-fishing.  Still trying to learn to play the guitar and speak Spanish. Doing well and very happy. 

Last known Location:  

Lawrence Kansas

Last known EM:  

{rstevekuedu}

  

Larry Dove:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Sgt Jerry Duval:

   

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

60-63?

Designation:  

NCOIC SCN

Duties:  

In addition to his duties at CFN, also recruited several new talent from other bases in the CZ such as Gunnar Bennett and David Gerli

Trivia:   Jerry claimed to have been shot out of a bomber in WWII, and fell over 10,000 ft WITHOUT A PARACHUTE!  

In those days, CFN was severely understaffed in 1960 to 1961. The crew all worked split shifts, and put in 90-hour weeks for a number of months. Duval continued efforts to find new talent to lighten the load.

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Richard Ehrbar:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

Army. Radio

Duties:  

No details

Trivia:  

Over the years, he spoke often of his tour in Panama and his pet monkey.

Biographic Details:  

After SCN, became Sr VP and co-owner of The Research Group.  He was a respected consultant in the radio industry. 

He always loved and had a passion for radio. 

He was married to Barbara Ehrbar and had two children; Anne-Marie and Robert Ehrbar (who also has a passion for radio and works for SLY 96 FM in California). 

Most recent info:  

Richard passed away in June 1998. 

Last known Location:  

Richard lived in San Luis Obispo, Ca for over 20 years. 

Daughter's EM:  

His daughter can be reached at:  {AngelSloaolcom}

  

JO3 Jerry Evans:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1964 ? - Mar 1966

Designation:  

USN. Artist

Duties:  

Jerry was assigned to the Newsroom at SCN as well as SCN morning Radio.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Began broadcasting at KUVY & KNOR Radio in Norman, OK while attending OU.

Worked at WKY TV in Oklahoma City, OK. 

Entered the Navy in 1961. 

Was assigned to Kenitra, Morocco whre he worked with AFRS station WNAA and the Kenitra Kourier newspaper doing every type of job from Janitor to Editor.

Jerry left the Navy in March 1966 to return to his hometown of Binghampton, NY.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Joe Fields:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's

Designation:  

Artist

Duties:  

Joe was a very talented artist and well liked among his coworkers

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Don Findley:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

late 50's to early 60's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

Don said his main ambition in life was to become a character actor. The perfect age for a character he insisted was 35, so he planned to return to the West Coast and be a beach bum until he reached that age. 

Biographic Details:  

He was from Portland, Oregon.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

J02 Frank W Fisher:

 

 No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

USN

Duties:  

SCN Newspaper Staff

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Bill Fleming:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - 1964

Designation:  

Army. Radio & TV

Duties:  

May have worked on the "Cosmo the Crew chief" afternoon show.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Bill left the Army and went to work with Jack Mulvain at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh where he had convinced Jack he should go. 

Bill put their first film processor into operation. He had never even seen a film processor but when Jack told him that was the only job open at the time he went to the library, read up on film processing and convinced them that he could do it and he did. 

He later became an outstanding editor but not being one to play the corporate game, left for something more rewarding. Being one who lived life on his terms he eventually went back to free lance announcing and became one of the best in this area. 

He and his son, who owns a recording studio, had joined forces to produce number of award winning radio commercials. He lived about five minutes from Jack  Mulvain in Pittsburgh, PA and was Jack's son's Godfather.

Most recent info:  

Bill Fleming died on Dec 22, 2005.

 

His Obituary By Joe Fahy, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, December 26, 2005 follows:

 

William Alan Fleming / Award-winning radio personality
July 13, 1938 - Dec. 22, 2005

For more than 40 years, Pittsburgh area residents heard the versatile voice of Bill Fleming on radio ads or talk shows, a lake-smooth baritone that could be mellow, commanding or even comical.

In a recent radio spot for Kennywood Park, his voice seethed with intensity. "They emerge at twilight, when the sun sinks low on the horizon and darkness commands the sky," he intoned in the commercial about riding amusement park rides at night.

By contrast, he portrayed an overbearing, neurotic announcer in earlier humorous spots for Iron City beer.

Mr. Fleming, 67, an award-winning announcer and radio personality, died Thursday at his home in Dormont. The cause of death was not immediately available, his family said, though he had congestive heart failure and diabetes and had been depressed since his wife of 43 years, Judith Manion Fleming, died of lung cancer in June.

Mr. Fleming also had a natural talent for other aspects of the business, working at times as a producer or technician in radio and television, family members and friends said.

"Bill loved an audience," said Jack Mulvain, a former technical director for KDKA-TV who met Mr. Fleming in the Army in the early 1960s. "If he had an audience, he could go on forever."

A Pittsburgh native who grew up in Sheraden, William Alan Fleming was born in 1938 to Carolyn N. Fleming and William Alexander Fleming, who worked in the insurance business.

He had an early interest in public speaking, participating in the debate and speech teams at Langley High School and working as a master of ceremonies for student talent shows, said his son, Scot.

Mr. Fleming graduated from high school in 1956, then worked at a radio station in Kittanning before serving in the Army from 1962 to 1964. He served in Panama and worked with others to produce radio and television broadcasts for members of the U.S. armed forces in the region.

"I never met anyone with so many ideas," Mr. Mulvain recalled. "He was very creative."

After they left the Army, Mr. Mulvain said Mr. Fleming persuaded him to come to Pittsburgh, where he landed a job with KDKA. He said Mr. Fleming also got a job at the station, working in film processing even though he lacked experience.

"He went to the library, read some books and convinced the boss he could do it," Mr. Mulvain recalled. "That's how smart he was."

Mr. Fleming also worked off and on as a radio talk show host for KDKA in the 1970s, then was a production manager at Magic 97 FM in the 1980s, his family said.

In later years, he focused mostly on freelance announcing. Most recently, he was perhaps best known for his radio spots, including a humorous commercial involving an announcer who complains about broadcast regulations while opening one Iron City beer after another to celebrate Christmas and other holidays.

In another, he tries to promote the beer while using the wrong script -- one purportedly for "Madame Vanguard's Love and Leather Emporium."

Mr. Fleming "had a voice you couldn't ignore," said Terrence McClusky, who wrote the spots. He said he sought out Mr. Fleming after hearing his ads for the Pittsburgh Maulers, the city's short-lived USFL football team, in the early 1980s.

Mr. Fleming won many awards for his work, including national Silver Microphone awards, local Addy awards and March of Dimes Achievement in Radio awards, his family said. He was an expert in 3D film production and a founding member of a group interested in amateur wide-screen filmmaking. The organization, the American Widescreen Association, named an annual award for audio excellence in his honor, his son said.

Yet "the best part of him was his romance with my mother," said his daughter, Erin Fleming. After her death, "he just couldn't make his life work without her."

Besides his son, of Green Tree, and daughter, of Dormont, Mr. Fleming is survived by a brother, Gordon, of State College, and a grandson.

A calling will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Hershberger-Stover Inc. Funeral Home, Crafton, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.

Last known Location:  

Pittsburgh, PA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Sgt Pete Franquet:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1968 - 1972 & 1974 - 1975

Designation:  

USAF. Radio DJ

Duties:  

Bilingual newscaster Radio and TV

One of the most fluent bilingual broadcaster during his time at SCN. 

Was the voice for the TV and Radio production of "Learn Spanish." 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After retirement, Pete became a flight attendant on United Airlines flying the Central/South American routes.

Most recent info:  

Currently in Florida still working for United Airlines.

Last known Location:  

Florida

Last known EM:  

{PFRANQUETaolcom}

 

Jack Frediani:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

Engineer 

Duties:  

A Balboa high school sophomore who used to do engineering for Gunnar Bennett.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Semi-retired and self employed

Last known Location:  

Living in Sonora, CA. 

Last known EM:  

{jrmlodecom}

   

Gerry Fry:  

1965

 

 

2000

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1976

Designation:  

Civilian Program Director

Duties:  

After 12 years in commercial radio and TV in the Pacific Northwest and California, Gerry became Program Director of SCN in 1964. Served 12 years under 10 officers in charge. Both daughters were born at Gorgas. During his tenure, they established the first videotape facilities, color television, live satellite events from the states, and stereo FM service.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

In 1976, Gerry was selected to be first Program Director of the Navy Broadcasting Service in the Pentagon; served six years living in Northern Virginia. 

Appointed Director of Programming for the worldwide Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in Hollywood in 1982. Served 14 years until the AFRTS Broadcast Center was moved to March AFB in 1996. 

Most recent info:  

Since retiring in 1996, Gerry has done background acting in movies, TV shows and music videos. He is also Audio Historian and Webmaster for Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, and serves on their Board of Directors. They have over 430 members and honor entertainment industry celebrities at five annual luncheons.

Last known Location:  

Rather than move, elected to retire and continues living in Thousand Oaks, CA with family. Gerry also appears as an extra in several movies such as "Ali" and "Legally Blonde 2" among many others

Last known EM:  

{gerryfryroadrunnercom)

   

Jimmy Fulmer:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

64 - 66

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

From Arkansas. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

   

Carl Gentry:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

Skipper Andy

Duties:  

Carl Gentry played Skipper Andy on the "Lilac" with Happy Hoyer as first mate for the SCN Afternoon Show. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

David Gerli:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

61 - 62

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Was a cook at Hq Kobbe (became a cook on the way to RdeP on the old UNS Upsher with Gunnar Bennett), before Guntis persuaded MSgt Jerry Duval (CFN NCOIC) to bring him over CFN.  

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Steve Glassman:  

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

July 31, 1964 to June 1966

Designation:  

Army. Announcer, director

Duties:  

Arrived at SCN  after training at the Army Information School. Hosted "Pop Shop," the afternoon rock show, and was the weekend television newscaster, before moving behind the scenes to television production.

Directed the Dance Party show in the mid-60s, the newscasts (directed John Wilson, Tom Kirby and Del Vaughn before he left), the children's program with Nicki the Crew Chief and the late night variety show with Ed Webb and Charlie Pickard.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After a 2 year tour ended, Steve drove back to the States up the Pan American Highway.

Most recent info:  

Steve was an Attorney in Los Angeles and was still married to his Canal Zone sweetheart after celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in 2009.

 

Steve was still practicing law but had added a role as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the California State Military Reserve, 40th Infantry Division (M) Support Brigade where he held the rank of Major.  For the past eight years he provided legal advice and preparation to members of the California National Guard mobilized in support of OIF/OEF. Stephen was promoted in rank to Lt Colonel in the California State Military Reserve in 2010.

 

After Stephen died suddenly on June 15, 2012, his closest friends & coworkers expressed their dismay to us about the lack of memorial or obit or notifications and the hasty cremation and ashes spread at sea. According to his friends & coworkers,  no one was notified he was in the hospital nor of his death. His friends & coworkers  all expressed discomfort with the sudden death, quick cremation without any notifications. No one was invited to any memorial services.  If not for the California State Military Reserve, there would have been no obit, no announcement or memorial at all. This information was provided by his closest friends and coworkers who requested for it to be added to his bio.

Last known Location:  

Died from a sudden unexpected death in Los Angeles, CA on June 15, 2012

Obit:  

 http://csmrsoldier.com/2012/06/26/lt-colonel-glassman-dies-at-69/

Terry Glenn:

     

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

63 - 65

Designation:  

USAF. Technician

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Roy Greenwood:   

 

  

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Sept. 1967 to June 1969

Designation:  

US Army. SCN News

Duties:  

Arrived at SCN in Panama on Sept. 1, 1967 as Specialist E-4. Worked as Sports Editor for SCN News from Nov. 1967 to Aug. 1968, promoted to Sergeant E-5 in Feb. 1969 and became Assistant Editor of SCN News. Had duty weekends working in SCN Radio preparing and delivering news reports.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Graduated from DoD Journalism School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Dec. 1966.

Enlisted in the Army June 1966

Departed Army in June of 1969. 

Married Zonian/Panamanian Cynthia Ricord in June 1968.

Most recent info:  

Still married after 31 years, have 3 children.  Works for IBM as Software Account Manager.

Last known Location:  

Living in Los Banos, California

Last known EM:  

{roycynthegridnet}

    

John Gross:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

69 - 71 

Designation:  

Army. SCN TV Sports Announcer 

Duties:  

An excellent announcer and good at sports. 

Anchored the 10 o'clock news "Focus" with Don Molino until he left. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Iowa.

NBC Sports Director for NBC in Dallas

Traveled with the Dallas Cowboys

12 years at ABC in Detroit

4 years at ABC in Minneapolis, MN

Has published a story in a best selling book "Chicken soup for the sports fans soul"

Most recent info:  

Currently works for NFL Films and is a Photojournalist for KTSP-TV in Minneapolis, MN and the Vikings.

Last known Location:  

Minneapolis, MN

Last known EM:  

{Jgrossat5aolcom}

   

Ron Harbaugh:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

69 - early 70's. 

Designation:  

announcer

Duties:  

News announcer.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Lived in Topeka, KS.

Worked in Providence, RI as a news anchor

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Ron is currently in Kansas.

Last known EM:  

{rharbaughabc6com} 

 

Ken Harrelson:  

   

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - ????

Designation:  

Radio DJ

Duties:  

Hosted the CFN radio program, "Bunkhouse," a weekly music radio program playing country music.

Ken had a very southern, country, accent which blended well with the Bunkhouse theme.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Red head from South Carolina

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

SP4 Jack Harry:  

1965

   

 

2001

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Oct 1964 - 1967

Designation:  

Army. Radio & TV Anchor

Duties:  

Joined the Army in July 1964 and was assigned to SCN in October 1964. 

Jack was the sports director for SCN radio and host of the Silver Dollar survey show as well as working in the SCN news dept. 

On weeknights, Jack anchored the news and sports on SCN TV as well as hosting Pop Shop.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Quincy, IL. Started his broadcast career in High School as a DJ for WBBA radio in Pittsfield. 

Jack went to the Southern Illinois University in 1961 where he became a member of the Saluki Broadcasting team. which traveled all over the US covering the Southern Illinois University football and basketball games.

Jack continued his DJ work at SIU by working as a DJ and sportscaster for WCIL radio in Carbondale, IL. 

Jack left the Army in 1967 and planned to work in TV sports in Houston, TX.

He later worked at WDAF-TV in Kansas City

He has been a sports director for KCTV-5 in Kansas City, MO where he recently  took early retirement and went to work for another broadcasting company in the area.

Most recent info:  

Jack is still in Kansas City and active in his broadcasting career. Rumors are that he found Dick Clark's fountain of youth and looks the same as he did when he was in Panama.

Last known Location:  

Kansas City

Last known EM:  

{Sportsman1943aolcom}

 

A/1C Glenn Hartman:  

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's 

Designation:  

USAF Engineer  

Duties:  

Glenn came to SCN as an engineer to maintain the Radio & TV broadcasting equipment in tip top condition.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

From Hastings, Nebraska where Glenn was a manager of the Parts and Service Dept of a garage.

After joining the USAF in Jan 1962, attending basic at Lackland AFB in TX, Technical school at Keesler AFB in MS where he learned broadcast engineering and was then assigned to Lowry AFB in CO for a year and a half.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Bill Heitman:  

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 1960's 

Designation:  

Puppeteer for TV afternoon

Duties:  

Puppeteer for Christopher the Kitten, Columbo the pup and the Grinlatz Rock Quartet on the children's afternoon TV program "Nicky the Crew Chief"

Trivia:  

Was an avid collector of silver dollars from the Panama hotel casino's in the 60's.

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Bill Hodgeson:

  

No photo available

 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

May 1959 - late 62

Designation:  

OIC & MSGT

Duties:  

When Bill first arrived at CFN, he had such a terrible Texas drawl, CFN wouldn't let him on the air except to do "Bunkhouse Round-up" from 11 to noon each weekday and "Western Swing Party" on Saturday mornings. 

They assigned Bill as the record librarian but he also did some TV production; camera, audio, directing, etc.

Later learned to talk "Mid-American" and did a little bit of everything - even did "Symphony Hall" a few times.

Dee Trantor and Bill (Bee and Dee) did a Saturday morning show called "Music Mania." It was a Bob and Ray type production with short skits mixed in with off-beat music. They may not have had a lot of listeners but they sure had a lot of fun and often recruited other staff members to help out.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After leaving CFN, Bill was assigned to First Army Recruiting District Headquarters at Ft. Meade, Md. They produced public service announcements and programs for area radio stations. Bill was assigned to produce a C&W program but before they could get it off the ground a Maj. Malone (WAC) walked into the studio one morning and saw Bill reading a copy of "Billboard." She decided that if he had nothing better to do than "sit around and read magazines," they must not need him much. He spent the rest of his time there in the message
center.

Bill put on his civvies and worked for several radio stations in West and North Texas, got married, and re-enlisted after a couple of years. Served as Press Chief with the Air Defense Command Information Office at Ft. Bliss, Tx. Took an early out and re-upped again so he could attend the Defense Language Institute to learn Vietnamese. Had a car wreck en route to Ft. Meyer and missed the class. 

Spent a while at Ft. Carson, Colo., first with the Public Information Office and then as Battalion clerk with an Infantry unit preparing for Vietnam. Before they were sent to 'Nam, he received orders to Alaska with the Fort Richardson Information Office. They were overstaffed
and he managed to get transferred to Alaskan Forces Radio Network at Elmendorf AFB. He was assigned to the news department and later became news director.

When it became apparent that the war in Vietnam was being run by politicians instead of the military, he took an early out and attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage for a year, then worked for several radio stations in Anchorage including KYAK where he did the midnight-to-six d.j. shift and did some news reporting and production. 

He was also news director at KJZZ-FM for awhile. After spending a few months on the North Slope while they were preparing to build the Alaska pipeline, he went to work selling advertising for the Anchorage Times and Daily News.

Returned to Texas in 1975 and worked in various capacities - reporter, editor, sales, production, managing editor, etc. - with small-market newspapers where he  met his second wife.

Most recent info:  

Bill is now semi-retired and living in Weatherford, Texas, just west of the
Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - not far from where he was "born and reared"   

Last known Location:  

Weatherford, Texas

Last known EM:  

{texwordhotmailcom}

 

Paul Hogan:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1968 - 1969

Designation:  

Radio & TV News anchor. 

Duties:  

Very versatile and talented anchor.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Became a well-known TV newsman at WMAQ Chicago. 

Paul had been a reporter at WBBM, NBC channel 5 in Chicago for some 15 years at the time of his death and was especially well known for his investigative reporting which was often aired on national news broadcasts.

Most recent info:  

He died of a heart attack at the age of 48 on January 31, 1993. Paul's wife, Kris Kridel is currently an announcer on WBBM Radio in Chicago. Their son Michael is 21 and their daughter Katie is 19 (2008).

Last known Location:  

Chicago

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Kathy Holcomb:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1950's ? - 1971

Designation:  

ASPCA  representative

Duties:  

Kathy (O'Connor) Holcomb was the ASPCA representative who brought dozens of homeless pets to the SCN afternoon show for adoption. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Her husband Clint died in 1971. Kathy and her son Vince returned to the US shortly afterward. 

Most recent info:  

Kathy died in Oregon in Nov 1984 at the age of 60. Kathy opened her home to many SCN staff and crew while she was in the Canal Zone. She is fondly remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son Vince (Holcomb) O'Connor who is currently living in southern California. Vince recently married to a Canal Zone sweetheart. Vince adopted his mothers maiden name in honor of her memory.

Last known Location:  

Oregon 

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Tom Howe:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

69 - Early 70's 

Designation:  

TV 

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Mike "Happy" Hoyer:  

Happy Hoyer

1999

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

Army. Happy Hoyer TV afternoon program

Duties:  

Hosted the Afternoon Show as "Happy Hoyer." Appeared with Skipper Andy as 1st mate.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Is now a Roman Catholic priest at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs church in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Last known Location:  

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Ray Huber:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 1960's

Designation:  

TV Production 

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

May have been from Kansas.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Arnie Huberman:   

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Feb'68 through April '69

Designation:  

Principal producer/director of all TV programming

Duties:  

From Happy Hoyer's show to the first-ever satellite telecast (Nixon's inauguration). 

Trivia:  

Lived on Calle 51 in Panama City with, among others, Pat & Gary Parks and Birdie Num Num.

Medevac'd to Walter Reed for a back injury, courtesy of the new Sgt Major (!) - continued to have back problems his entire life. 

Biographic Details:  

Created A&E Network. Ran his own executive search firm and lived in Manhattan - very happily.

Most recent info:  

Arnie passed away on July 4th, 2009 from Acute Sleep Apnea in his home in Lennox, MA

Last known Location:  

Lennox, MA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Paul Hyatt:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

late 60's - early 70's

Designation:  

Camera technician

Duties:  

Operated camera for the news.

Trivia:  

Wife used to sit and knit in the studio while he worked.

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Gabe Ireton:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

60 - 62

Designation:  

USN 58-62. Journalist 2nd Class

Duties:  

Continuity, radio DJ, TV local news, film production.

Trivia:  

Was proficient in several languages. 

His father owned the Far East Film News and his mother worked with some security agency in D.C. where her duty was to decipher garbled Russian code. 

Biographic Details:  

After CFN, Gabe worked DJ-News, WHMC & WINX radio stations, Montgomery County, MD, and WAVA "All News," Arlington, VA. 

Went into print journalism after University of Maryland studies as associate editor, Navy Times, and into daily newspapers as reporter, Alexandria (VA) Gazette and Waynesburg (PA) Democrat-Messenger. Editor, Canonsburg (PA) Notes. Beat reporter-columnist for 24 years with Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette until retirement in 1992.

Most recent info:  

Currently running small commercial print-publishing and Web-development business in Center Twp., Beaver County, PA, northwest of Pittsburgh.

Last known Location:  

Center Twp., Beaver County, PA

Last known EM:  

{bristolridgeearthlinknet}

 

Phil Jacobs:

 

Current Status:  

Found (but has not contacted this website)

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

Sports

Duties:  

A real pro

Trivia:  

Drove a vintage MG and had a sign on his desk which read in effect, "The military knows not what the military is doing. " Shades of Lonesome Dove," the sign was in Latin and apparently none of the brass ever bothered to translate it.

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Currently lives in Oakland, California

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Lt. Peter Jaensch:  

 

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

December 1964 - 1967?

Designation:  

USAF. Commanding Officer & News Director of SCN

Duties:  

He was commissioned as an officer in the USAF in December 1964 and was assigned directly to SCN.

At SCN, he was News Director and responsible for all Radio and TV news broadcasts. 

He supervised the flow of news from 5 wire services, news films and photos to SCN and the Newspaper where he was also the editor.

While at SCN, he reported directly to the Public Affairs Office, USSOUTHCOM who provided guidance and direction.

Trivia:  

He and his wife Vanessa as well as their infant daughter, Tracy Karen, lived on Howard AFB while he was working at SCN.

Biographic Details:  

Graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Journalism where as a scholar, he wrote a book on the German Press.

Peter intended to become a career information officer.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

They considered East Meadow, NY as their permanent home.

Last known EM:  

NA

 

John Johnson:  

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 1960's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Jim Joynt:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Nov 68 - July 70

Designation:  

Army. Assigned to SCN engineering dept.

Duties:  

Engineer

Trivia:  

Jim's wife was Lolly Pop Sue on the Lilac with Skipper Andy and Happy Hoyer.

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Has been working for NCR over 35 years and living in Mason City, IA with his wife, Sue.   

Last known Location:  

Mason City, IA

Last known EM:  

{jsjoyntconnectcom}

 

Sue Joynt:   

  

No photo available

 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Nov 68 - July 70

Designation:  

Lollipop Sue

Duties:  

Was Lolly Pop Sue on the Skipper Andy and Happy Hoyer afternoon Show at SCN.

Trivia:  

Married to Jim Joynt in SCN Engineering

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Living in Mason City, IA with her husband, Jim.

Last known EM:  

{jsjoyntconnectcom}

 

Ann Kalb:

  

 Photo soon to be added

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - 1963

Designation:  

Weather Girl

Duties:  

One of the real bright spots in the history of CFN was the addition of a "weather girl" in '62. It is believed that Ann Kalb was the first weather girl for SCN and worked at the station until Spring '63. 

Ann was very well-liked and appreciated by all staffers, and was popular with the audience, as well, and did a great job after getting over the usual stage fright. 

Trivia:  

Ann dated Gunnar Bennett while she was at CFN.

Biographic Details:  

Ann was Class of '62 at Balboa HS, and the daughter of a Panamanian Mother and CWO Charles Robert Kalb who ran the Officers Mess at Albrook. She also had twin brothers (who were named Charles and Robert Kalb). 

After leaving, Ann became a hostess for Southwest in San Antonio, and then married Dr Wendell C. Schorlemer and has at least two children.

It is believed that one of Ann's children is a son named, Dr Robert E. Schorlemer; also of San Antonio and member of the TX Health care council.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Ann is believed to still be living in the San Antonio area.

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Tom Kaminski:

  

 No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

USAF. Radio & TV News

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Chris Kelly:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

63 - 64

Designation:  

Army. Newscaster

Duties:  

He arrived at CFN with no experience. Bill Fleming and Jack Mulvain worked with him until he became a pretty good talent. He had a great voice to work with. 

Trivia:  

Chris was best man at Jack Mulvain's wedding in the Canal Zone. 

Biographic Details:  

After leaving CFN, Chris got the job at WICC in Bridgeport, CT which Steve Glassman was unable to accept due to military service. 

His father was a writer for the Gabe Pressman show on WNBC in New York and before that a great newspaper journalist. So Chris had roots in the business. 

After rising through the ranks to CBS Network News, he got caught in a CBS bloodletting and was let go as the CBS Pentagon Correspondent. 

Most recent info:  

Harold Dowe from CBS told one of the CFN'ers that Chris was selling real estate in New Mexico. 

Last known Location:  

Possibly in New Mexico

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Chuck Kelly:

  

 No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

Sports

Duties:  

Took over sports after Phil Jacobs left. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

He was from Louisiana and is believed to have attended LSU.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Bob Kenward:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

June 68 - May 74

Designation:  

USAF. TV Announcer

Duties:  

TV News Announcer.

Host of the Friday Night Horror Movie skits "Bob's Bizerko Lounge". 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Living in Morehead City, NC.

Last known EM:  

{kenwardstarfishnetcom}

 

Major Robert "Bob" Kingsbury:

   

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

60-64

Designation:  

OIC CFN

Duties:  

CFN Commander. 

Succeeded by Charles Crawford

Trivia:   There was a story that he had literally lost his tank section in Korea, but there are no details to verify the accuracy of the story. 
Biographic Details:  

NA

 

Most recent info:  

Working for the VA

Last known Location:  

Los Angeles, CA

Last known EM:  

NA

   
Tom Kirby:

 

 

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

64 - approx 66

Designation:  

Army. Morning DJ and TV news anchor

Duties:  

Tom was the Chief announcer of the SCN radio section.

While at SCN, Tom traveled frequently, did play-by-play sports remotes on both radio and TV and hosted the radio program "Clockwatcher." 

Very talented in many areas of broadcasting

A master of Ad-libbing, play by play, interviews. Very creative.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Started in radio in 1956 when asked to host a teenage radio program for his High School.

In 1959, he was named the Jr Sports Announcer of the year for New England. He was 18 at the time when he won the award in competition in Boston, MA at Fenway Park.

In late autumn of 1959, Tom was named Sports Director of Radio Station WBRK in Pittsfield, MA.

Tom broadcasted such events as the NE Basketball Tournament and the American Legion Little League series from New England to Nebraska.

Prior to SCN, Tom was the News Announcer for KEPG TV at Ft Huachuca, AZ a closed Circuit television station.

Became a major market TV news director in the mid 1980's at KARE in MN. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Don Kizzar (Kissar):  

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Norm Klug:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

Army. Sports Anchor 

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

PFC Guntis Kupers:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1965 - 1966

Designation:  

Army.  Newsroom, Supply & film librarian

Duties:  

Arrived at SCN in Jan 1965. 

Worked in the Newsroom, supply and film library.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Born in Aluksne, Latvia. 

Moved to Germany with his family in 1944 and to the US in 1949 where they settled in MN. 

Attended University of MN where he studied art.

Inducted into the Army in late 1964.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Currently living in Prior Lake, MN

Last known EM:  

{gkupers2mchsicom}

 

Carl Alvin Kupfer:  

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

64 to 65

Designation:  

Civilian News Director

Duties:  

SCN News director

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

PFC Ron Landy:

  

   

Ron in his Rupert the Robot role on Cosmo

   

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1966

Designation:  

Army. Announcer

Duties:  

"Rupert the Robot" &  the record, music, show librarian

At SCN, he was responsible for organizing all the records in the library which included music, dramas, and recorded programs.

He also hosted a Sunday morning radio program on SCN radio.

Ron also played Rupert the Robot on Cosmo the Crew Chief Afternoon show and rumor has it that he was nearly electrocuted on the Robot's wiring one day but that did not stop Ron from his role as Rupert.

Trivia:  

Ron also acted in several local Theater productions as well as played piano and guitar.

In addition to his broadcasting talents, Ron sang and recorded  for Periscope records, wrote over 200 songs and owned his own music publishing company.

Ron was also featured in the USARSO 1965 Talent contest.

Biographic Details:  

Born in NYC. Has a BS degree in Speech from Boston Emerson College and worked as a News director for WSME Radio in Sanford, ME as well as WIDE in Biddeford, ME.

After leaving the Canal Zone, he lived in Roanoke, VA for several years. 

Ron also lived in Florida for nearly 25 years. He was the public relations specialist for a chain of Jai-Alai frontons in the 70s and 80s.

In the early 90s he started his own restaurant/movie theater.

In the late 90s, Ron moved to San Francisco to be with his girlfriend and companion, Toniann. 

Ron was married and divorced twice. 

As of 2007 Ron has 2 children, daughter Rhonda and son Ross in addition to a granddaughter and two grandsons.

Most recent info:  

He worked for Pacific Bell in Oakland, CA until his health prevented him from working. He suffered from severe health problems related to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

During his illness, Ron enjoyed chatting with his friends from SCN on the email group and having lunch with friends.

Ron had been looking forward to a new medical procedure when he died unexpectedly in January of 2004. 

His daughter Rhonda remembers her Dad's Rupert the Robot: 

"Rupert the Robot was a fixture of my childhood. Dad kept the suit for many years. When I was little, sometimes he dressed as Rupert to hand out candy on Halloween. After he and my mother divorced in '78, Rupert stood in his living room. Dad converted Rupert's lights and switches to work on household A/C current and so he could make Rupert's lights flash when we kids asked him to. Sometimes Dad would record messages from Rupert in a distorted voice on a hidden tape recorder and play the messages for us when we came to visit."

Last known Location:  

Sacramento, CA

Last known EM:  

Ron's daughter Rhonda can be reached at:

{rhondaplaytankcom}

  
p4 Jim Leach:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 1960's

Designation:  

Army. SCN Newspaper

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Last known to be living on a farm in Plattsburg, NY in the early 70's

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Neil Leiffert:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

68 to 70?

Designation:  

Army. News Anchor

Duties:  

Anchored "Focus on Today" TV News with Dave Cohen

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Jay Light:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 1960's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Ron Linderman:

    

 No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 1960's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

A Marine Lance Corporal who planned to become a hairdresser

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

   

Davey Lindquester:   

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

Navy Illustrator

Duties:  

SCN's last military illustrator

The slot was converted to civilian as the services could not provide qualified people to fill that slot.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

owns a marketing firm

Last known Location:  

Currently living in Atlanta, GA 

Last known EM:  

{dlindquesterhotmailcom}

  

Jim Lowe:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

64 - 66

Designation:  

Army.

Duties:  

Pop Shop

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Possibly from Virginia. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Dave Machianti:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

Army. Radio

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Became a paramedic after military service. 

Most recent info:  

Died quite young of a heart attack.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

John Makela:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 1960's

Designation:  

Announcer

Duties:  

His Boston accent was almost as pronounced as Bill Hodgson's Texas twang

They both spent a lot of time trying to emulate Gary Owens. 

John hosted a late-night request show.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

From Gardner, Mass. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Rich Marcotte:

   

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

Played Grandpa McKorn on the children's afternoon show.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Bob McArthur:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

Possibly connected with Cosmo the Crew chief TV show

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Chuck (Charles) T. McCann:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1969 - May 1971

Designation:  

Army. Radio DJ & TV news announcer

Duties:  

First assigned to Ft Amador and soon transferred to SCN. Afternoon DJ played the top 40 songs. 

Also was a DJ on SCN's popular "East of Midnight" radio program.

Occasionally appeared as a guest character on Uncle Bob's Afternoon show.

Trivia:  

Married Midge England (SCN volunteer camera) in Aug 72 (met in the CZ November 70 at a live SCN broadcast in Ft Clayton). 

Son, Marcus was born April 8, 73. 

Biographic Details:  

Born in Phillipsburg NJ and raised near a small town named Harmony. 

Worked at NBC in NYC as a TV camera operator after graduating from Belvedere HS, NJ in 68 but was drafted soon after.

After SCN, moved to Seaford Delaware and worked at WSUX (no kidding!) as a morning DJ. 

Moved to Wilkes-Barre, PA in June 1974 and worked at WILK as a morning DJ. Divorced in Nov 77. 

Later worked for WNEP in Nanticoke PA. 

Moved to CA then back to his parents home in NJ where he remained for about 10 years. Remarried about 10 yrs ago. 

Most recent info:  

Works for Scott Gas in a division that manufactures medical products.

Last known Location:  

Lives in Perkasie, PA

Last known EM:  

{cmccannscottgascom}

 

Ralph McGee:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

Army. Radio

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Ralph has since become a civilian technician on the staff of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Ft Meade, MD.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

SSgt Joe McHale:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

69 - 71

Designation:  

USAF. Radio NCOIC

Duties:  

Radio NCOIC and SCN News and field interviews for the news which he enjoyed immensely.

Gerry Fry had Joe do audio recorded field interviews and actualities throughout the Canal Zone and Panama. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Joe grew up in Olyphant, and worked part time for WARM-AM and WICK (where the wick burned all night) for then-owner Joe Dobbs. 

After SCN, stayed with dual print and broadcast journalism roles through Air Training Command's Moody AFB (Georgia), and 8th Air Force. 

After a short stint at Luke AFB (Arizona), spent last three years teaching at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) Applied Journalism Department. 

Went into civilian law enforcement at Colorado from 1977 to 1985. Private Investigator at Denver until late 1990. 

1990 to present, insurance investigator. 

Still uses the skills he  began developing back at SCN. The cinematography developed into videography, and he has used that for many years. SCN gave Joe all the basics and a part of the incentive to get through the bachelors and masters degrees.

Most recent info:  

Currently Special Investigator assigned to Progressive Insurance Company's Florida Medical/Injury SIU Team, based at Tampa.

Last known Location:  

Tampa, FL

Last known EM:  

{JCPMchaleaol com}

 

PFC Ken Merring:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

July 1964 - October 1965

Designation:  

Army. Supply

Duties:  

He came to Southern Command in Panama with the 252 Signal Company as a Signal Company supply & parts specialist clerk. In July 1964 he was transferred to SCN after 3 months at Fort Clayton in a Signal Company to fill in temporarily until a new Supply Sergeant was transferred in from the States. As it was, the OIC Capt. Crawford liked Ken and kept him on even though he was only a PFC. 

Operated the Electronics Supply Department at SCN, under the direction of Mr. (Robert) Botzenmayer, the civilian Chief Engineer. 

Also responsible for maintaining and drove, the Remote Telecast Van and was also the audio engineer for remote TV telecasts

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Astoria, NY where he worked in the automotive parts dept of UPS.

Joined the Army in 1964 and attended basic training at Ft Dix NJ.

He married Eileen while on leave from SCN in November of 1964 but tragically lost his bride of 23 years in 1987. 

After her death, Ken raised their three children alone and remarried in 1998.

Most recent info:  

He has worked for IBM for the past 34 years and is a Senior Financial Advisor in their Americas Headquarters.

His new wife, 3 children and 2 grandchildren are all doing great.

Last known Location:  

Ken's home is in New City, NY about 25 miles north of New York City.

Last known EM:  

{kmerringusibmcom}

 

Bruce Miller:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found but has not contacted website

Tour of Duty:  

1969 

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Info from the 440 Satisfaction website (who showcases our site):

WABV [Abbeville SC] 1966 

WSPA [Spartanburg SC] 1968

WLTR [Biloxi MS] 1969

AFRTS [Panama Canal Zone] 1969

WTGR [Myrtle Beach SC] 1971

WTGR-FM [Myrtle Beach] 1972

WNMB [Myrtle Beach] 1972

WSPA-FM [Spartanburg] 1974

WHHR [Hilton Head SC] 1975-1976

Joined the WSPA-TV sales staff in 1976

(LSM 1977-1982; GSM 1982-1984);

moved to WBTW-TV, Florence Myrtle Beach as GM 1984; 

1988 VP/GM at WTOK-TV, Merridian MS;

VP/GM KDLH-TV, Duluth, MN 1990;

1994 VP/GM WIFR-TV, Rockford, IL

headed up a joint venture between Benedek Broadcasting and Warner Bros. TV Network 1998-1999. 

Most recent info:  

In 1999, formed Media Promotion (advertising, marketing); a leading nationwide provider of music and messages on hold. 

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

{checkitout4gmailcom}

 

Richard Miller:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

65 to 67 

Designation:  

News Anchor

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA 

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Steve Momot:  

 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Sept 68 to Dec 70

Designation:  

TV tech / Director & Production

Duties:  

Assigned to the TV dept, and ran camera and audio through most of 1969, until Jay Light and Arnie Huberman left and he moved up to the director's console. 

His other main work consisted of doing most of the photo/film production work for the afternoon show while Happy was there. They did films, personal appearances at schools and the famous slide shows set to music. 

Trivia:  

The troops loved all the shots of nearly every stewardess who had a layover in Panama... some of which became station ID's when Steve super-imposed the SCN 8 & 10 over the images.

Steve many times spent the night sleeping behind the TV sets at SCN... probably due to the lack of air conditioning in the 3rd floor barracks.

When he rotated back to the states, his dad flew down, stayed at the Holcomb's house, and on December 23, 1970 they started the drive home up the Pan American highway. 

Biographic Details:  

After SCN, Steve moved to Pompano Beach, FL and spent 9 years working for JC Penney, Co as a merchandising Manager.

Steve then worked for Southern Bell as a sales rep, leaving in 1984 to go into his own Photography business.

Steve was married to his second wife, Linda for over 30 years. They have a son, Stephen who joined the USAF in 2001. 

Most recent info:  

Steve continued to work in his photography business focusing on Weddings, heirloom photos and other creative people photos which Steve has always shown a talent for .

They have done a lot of traveling over the years, covering most of north America on the roads and have been to 40 countries, amassing frequent flyer mileage. So far they have been to China, Oktoberfest in Munich, and France for free. He was last working on India.

Last known Location:  

Steve Died on Sept 10, 2014 at his home in Pompano Beach, FL

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Dennis W Moore (Denny Moore):

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1967 - 1968

Designation:  

News Anchor

Duties:  

E-5 Army

TV News Anchor

Radio News

News director

Hosted Chronicle

produced specials on the deaths of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Trivia:  

Remembers SCN'ers Mike Kondos, Frank Costa  

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Assistant to the President and Director of Marketing and Communications for the Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest community college.

Last known Location:  

Cranston, RI

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Jim Moritz:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1968 - 1969

Designation:  

TV News Anchor

Duties:  

Was a TV News anchor at SCN. Often teaming with Steve Budkiewicz.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Jim has remained in television news since leaving SCN.

His TV broadcast experience includes Charleston, SC Amarillo, TX and Green Bay, WI.  

He has been managing editor and anchor/producer at KIEM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Eureka, CA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Currently Living in Eureka, CA and was still working at KIEM TV.

Last known EM:  

{jimngladyshumboldt1com}

 

Bill Moss (#1):

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Late sixties - 69

Designation:  

USAF. Morning DJ on Radio

Duties:  

Black Bart on TV Afternoon show

Did very clever original radio and TV production spots.

Played the notorious "Black Bart" on the Skipper Andy, Happy Hoyer & Uncle Bob TV children's programs.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Changed name to Terry Moss when working at Southern CA radio stations. He founded the LA Air Force radio production company after working DJ jobs in San Diego and LA.

Most recent info:  

Died in Colorado

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Ken Mullins:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

News 

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Was from Ohio; Believed to have been from Columbus.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

SP5 Jack Mulvain:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1961 - 1963

Designation:  

Army. Production supervisor

Duties:  

Did very clever original radio and TV production spots.

Partnered with Joe Ciokon on his Jazz show production.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Retired from KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, PA in 1996 and still owns and operates a video production company which he has had for 23 years. 

Most recent info:  

Still married to a Panamanian girl, celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2002. 

Last known Location:  

Currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA

Last known EM:  

{Pvid6aolcom}

   

Ralph Murphine:

Current Status:  

Found but has not contacted website

Tour of Duty:  

Early 1960's

Designation:  

Army. News

Duties:  

Ralph Murphine was a very bright and talented news man. He worked with Jack Mulvain and Lee Bayley to create, film and edit the CFN production "Showcase" a variety program hosted by Lee Bayley & Joe Ciokon. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Murphine has been a political consultant since 1967. He is a consultant in political and governmental communication headquartered in Quito, Ecuador. He has worked in more than 500 campaigns over the past 42 years including work for political candidates, political parties, political interest organizations, corporations, labor unions, national, state, and local governments, and others.

Murphine is one of the leading political consultants in Latin America. He has worked for 11 Presidents and an additional 17 Presidential candidates. His experience covers campaigns for president, Congress, governor, mayor, and other public offices in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.

Murphine was elected President, then President of the Board of Directors, of the American Association of Political Consultants, serving as an officer of the organization for 14 years. He continues to be a member of the Board of Directors. He also is a Member of the Latin American Association of Political Consultants.

Murphine is author of "Voter Technology in Political Campaigns in the United States," published in the Russian language for the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow. In addition, he is author of a chapter in the manual for campaign management titled El Arte de Ganar Elecciones publisher in the Spanish language by the Latin American Association of Political Consultants.

A Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the magazine "Campaigns & Elections," published in Washington, D. C:, Murphine was named International Consultant of the Year in 1997 by the American Association of Political Consultants and was the first consultant granted a special award for contribution to the profession by the Latin American Association of Political Consultants in the year 2000.

Most recent info:  

Chairman of The American Association of Political Consultants. 

Last known Location:  

Washington DC

Last known EM:  

centropolitico2000hotmailcom

 

  

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