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01/30/2014 Note from 1/Lt Hunt

I was asigned to Murphy Dome from January 1956 to March 1957. My rank was 1/LT and I was an intercept controller AFSC 1644. I came upon the website quite by chance and have enjoyed it very much as I have really fond memories of my time spent there and it was good to see some names I recognize, especially the commander, Lt. Col. Ord Fink. Interestingly, we shared the same bathroom in the officers quarters as I recall as our rooms were adjacent to each other. In addition to intercept controller I was also food service officer and safety officer. All in all, a great experience. Another name I recognized was Bubba Dorrance, another controller and good friend with whom I shared some good “bar” moments in Fairbanks. Another highlight for me was being selected to control the F-89 crew at the 1956 Alaskan Air Command Weapons Meet at Fire Island, Alaska where we won both the high and low altitude competitions. I still treasure the sterling silver trophies I received.
Looking forward to hearing from anyone who might have been there at that time and who might have come in contact with me.
Giles K. Hunt
PO Box 473
Ironton, MO 63650


07/01/09 from Joe Bender

John,  I arrived in Alaska early July 57 and departed Sep 58. When the site was converted from a 15 month to 12 month tour of duty, my term was reduced to 14 months.  My home of record was PA.  I was trained at Scott AFB in Air-To-Ground Radio; but when I arrived Murphydome, they assigned me as AIC of Point-To-Point (in spite of my protests that I didn't know anything about the equipment).  I soon learned TRC-1 transmitters and CF-1 and CF2 bays, etc (and not to cross Sgt Legg).  Denny Reber and I shared a room and worked P-T-P until the arrival of SSgt Boggs.  When he arrived, I was moved into the position of AIC of Air-To-Ground.  I have aproximately 4 dozen slides and six or seven pictures that I will attempt to place on disc and get to you.  Maybe you can place them on the site for other's possible pleasure.   I, have 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren (all in GA and I live in NC).  My eMail address is for anyone who cares to contact me.  You take care and have a great day.   Joe Bender



04/09/09 from Dennis Reber

Hi John,
Nice piece of work in setting up the links...... they're perfect.  The photos are so interesting and bring back many wonderful memories.  Many thanks to both "Airmen" Lombard and Eselby for so generously sharing them and for your outstanding job of putting them up for the rest of us to enjoy.
Sadly, I don't have any pictures to share.  Due to a strange irony, I had a number of rolls of film being developed at a photo shop in Fairbanks when one of my hunting partners on the Dome, Lt. Larry Joseph was rotating back to the lower 48.  Before he left, he asked me if I would mind if he picked them up and made copies of them and he'd return the originals to me.  Of course I agreed.  Unfortunately, he neglected to send those originals to me.  A year or so later, he was separated from Malmstrom AFB, in Montana and on his way home in Ohio, he stopped to see me at Lincoln AFB in Nebraska where I had been reassigned from the Dome.  We spent a couple of hours together over coffee and he showed me the pictures and said he'd almost forgotten about them but that he would get copies as soon as he got home.  That, unfortunately, was my last contact with him.  Soooo, if anyone reading this has knowledge of the whereabouts of Larry Joseph, he has lots of interesting hunting, fishing, camping and assorted Dome photos.  I'd love to see them again myself.  Sad tale but true!
Best wishes, John, and many thanks for your work on this site.