------------------Mon Feb 7 21:15:33 PST 2000
Great web site. I spent my time across the tracks in a
P-80 cockpit and sleeping in tents. I didn't know the 86 drivers
had bungalows with hot/cold running H20, or I would have visited
now and then. If I remember right, those guys even had an ice
machine! I was there August '53 in the 45 TAC RECCE. Fond memories.
------------------Wed Jan 19 11:13:49 PST 2000
Hello, my father was on a carrier in WWII. I have
his scrap book and I got see him in action. I was so very
proud. When he died a year ago I realized that he never
told me about his days and nights in action. I am now a
Respiratory Therapist and I am looking to get involved at a Veterans
I have the up-most respect for the veterans that made
our country what it is today. The U.S. Navy sent an officer to
present my mother with a flag and the officer simply stated "Please
accept this flag on behalf of a grateful nation". I
guess I just wanted to say thank you to you and all veterans and
may God offer you every blessing.
------------------Mon Jan 17 08:46:03 PST 2000
Just reviewed your web sight. It brought back memories.
I was stationed at K-14 during '52 and '53. I was in the
335th FIS -Chiefs-
------------------Thu Jan 13 20:03:58 PST 2000
Hi John, Really enjoyed this site. I was a Surveyor
with the 811th Engineer Aviation Battalion from Oct 1952 thru
Oct 1953. We pulled up one half the metal strip and paved
while the fighters would take off on the other half. When
I left, the strip was paved and we were extending it. Have
a few pics myself of the fighters at ready, and taking off.
Appreciated the aerial view of strip.
------------------Thu Jan 13 09:34:52 PST 2000
Thank You VERY MUCH for this site, it is quite a Wonderful
Gift to us that weren't quite old enough to take on the infamous
"Mig Alley" ourselves. God Bless the soldiers
that had to loose their lives to protect the virtues of Liberty
and Democracy that the U.S. holds so dear. And may God Bless
those who served over MiG Alley and came back home to teach the
tactics that were learned and polished to the next generation
of jet drivers. I Sincerely Thank You All for your devotion
and balls of steel to stare at the enemy and never blink!
"Fighting The Good Fight"
Dan Fowler (Houston, Texas)
------------------Mon Jan 3 13:16:58 PST 2000
Hi, my name is Edward Funaro, I really enjoyed your site.
It brought back memories of my tour at K-14. I was with
the 67th Tac Recon Wing, 6166th weather recon squadron as a radio
mechanic and operator. I was there from March 1952 to March
1953. I would like to hear from anyone there in my outfit
at that time.
My Email is CATUSEd@AOL.com
------------------Wed Dec 22 21:41:43 PST 1999
I would like to thank you for the great time and effort
you have spent on this site. My father had just went
into the military in 1953. In talking with my mother, dad
had worked on the F-86 Sabre engine. He was trained as an
instructor and spent 28 years in the Airforce.
Thanks once again for the great web page and the feeling
I get when I am on it. God Bless all who have served
in the military defending our nation.
- Jeff Strahan
------------------Mon Dec 20, 1999:
Last October, James Richards remarked in your guest book
about the Mig15 that landed at Kimpo in 1953.
I've just read the "Flight Testing" section
of the Mig in The Historic Wings Website which I accessed through
Of particular interest to me was the section about "Flight
Testing". That section tells about testing on Okinawa and
at Wright-Patterson, but doesn't mention testing at Eglin AFB,
FL. Eglin was the Air Proving Ground Command at the time
the Mig was sent there for testing.
I was in refueling then and performed that "service"
several times during the Mig's stay. We had to special order JP-1
fuel and designate a refueling rig solely for the Mig.
Even though it had been several months since the "defection",
that aircraft was still a novelty. One of my particular recollections
is that of watching "comparison" flights where the Mig
and another aircraft would start takeoff at the same time. It
was amazing to watch the Mig zooming up and away while an F-86
was just barely lifting off.
Another feature which intrigued me was when an armorer
demonstrated to me the simplicity with which the cannon and two
machine guns, the Mig's armament, could be accessed and reloaded.
I have, and I'm sure others such as armorers, mechanics,
etc. have their recollections of that time and place. It could
be interesting if some of those people would share their memories.
Its a great experience to be able to access your subject
specific site. You are to be congratulated. Thanks
- Tom Nielson
------------------Sun Dec 5 19:42:55 PST 1999
Hi, I am James E. Sutton and I was with the 39th FIS in
Korea 53 and 54, stationed at K-13. I read your web site
and enjoyed it. I belong to the Sabre Pilots org and I was
exploring their site, so I found yours. It is good and I like
it. Thanks for the info. By the way, I am in contact
with the MIG Pilot that defected. I have dinner with him on occasions.
We pick his mind and he is interesting. I almost got him
as I was on an approach at K-14 at the time. He landed downwind.
------------------Sun Nov 28 16:40:14 PST 1999
Although I only know your father through what you have
told me, it sounds like he was a man that made things count. I
am fascinated by the stories and the photos.
What an incredible tribute you have designed for him and
all of the persons involved. Thanks for the great reading.
------------------Wed Nov 24 16:45:51 PST 1999
LOOKING FOR INFO ON 1LT. THIEL M. REEVES USAF 12-31 53
M.I.A. KOREA HOME OF RECORD UTAH . HIS NAME HAS BEEN
ON MY WRIST FOR 15 YEARS. ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL. CPL. ROBERT
------------------Fri Nov 12 08:12:53 PST 1999
How Great to see my Uncle Mark's name! Captain Halphide,
my Uncle Mark, is mentioned in the journal
entry for the 336th's homepage [now moved to the page
linked above - webmaster]. It's wonderful.
My sister had left me an urgent message to check my e-mail.
She gave me your URL and I flew up the stairs to my office
to check it out! I am delighted and can't wait to let my aunt
and cousins know about it.
I know we will continue to check back to see any additions.
Congratulations on a great web site.
- Susan Halphide-Dolezal
------------------Tue Nov 9 19:19:05 PST 1999
I am a 7th grade teacher in South Carolina that teaches
world geography, and am a military brat as well. While searching
for some new info for my students for Nov 11th I found your
My purpose in writing to you is to tell you that I was
unaware of the squadron name, but my team at school is the Rocketeers.
I will be sharing this website with my students to add to the
history of our team. We have 130 students on our team.
Thank you and good luck,
- Libbie Tatum
------------------Sat Nov 6 16:42:13 PST 1999
My name is Katherine Halphide-Griffith. Mark Halphide
was my uncle. My dad was his brother. My sister and I are
doing genealogy for both sides of our family and I am trying to
find as much info as possible on Mark as he was a wonderful person.
I am sure you know he died of cancer. I felt a tremendous
If there is any info you can share, even stories I would
be glad to have the info. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I live in Bend, OR.
I enjoyed all of this website. Thanks.
------------------Wed Oct 13 19:20:49 PDT 1999
I knew Bill at K-14 in the 336th. I was one of the new
guys that had to learn all the songs your Dad had before we could
fly in the 336th. I had a record by Rusty Warren, the Knockers
Up gal and your Dad had a bit to do with that record but I can't
find it right now. What you have done is great.
- Jim Chapman
------------------Tue Oct 12 15:40:44 PDT 1999
Dear John Starr,
I think that your website is nothing short of spectacular.
I just missed meeting your dad as I didn't pick up the squadron
until they arrived in Misawa Japan in December of '54. I was a
crew chief and was with the Fabulous Rocketeers for two years.
The ground crewman that parked the defecting MIG
was Preston A. Lyles- AF18459130. Your web page dedicated to your
father's memory is a great tribute. I feel that it serves as a
tribute to all of those who served with such willingness and patriotism.
May God bless. I am ordering a copy of the songs on the CD. Keep
up the good work. Many thanks to you.
- James P.J. "Stretch" Richards
------------------Thu Oct 7 05:25:43 PDT 1999
Hello my name is Dick Peterson I was with the 335th sq.
from Nov. 1953 until Oct. 1954. I was a Crew Chief on aircraft
FU 945 and I would like to hear from anyone from the 4th fighter
wing. My E-mail: RPete95260@aol.com