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  1. Remained friends with Leroy Vaughn, Tim Saunders, Nick Campbell. Leroy is down in Arizona last I heard. Nick is a doctor up in Montana. Tim (TJ) is retired and living about two hours drive from me near Salinas and Monterey, CA. I live in Antioch, CA. After my discharge in October 1969 I went to work for Reynolds Metals Co. with Tim for about six years. Worked for Grundfos Pumps (Danish company where I used to go to our European divisions once or twice a year. Worked for Jefferson Smurfit Corp, an international corrugated packaging company as Regional Quality Manager. I used to have 17 west coast plants, 4 in Mexico. Retired from there in early 2009. Got bored and went to work for the competition, Georgia-Pacific Packaging in December 2009. I’m a Quality Manager in their San Leandro, CA plant. I’m 68 and still working full time. Drawing my pension from Smurfit and full Social Security. Working hard every day and still enjoying it. What German company did you work for? I will try to send you some pictures soon. You can email me

  2. I was with a PFC with MABS 27 at Cherry Point and was sent there in early to mid 1962 as the field electrician, I made sure the generator was running and the lights on either side of the matting runway were working for the night time touch and goes the pilots practiced. Always remember the sound of the pilots kicking in that over burner when they either missed or the hook jumped the cable There was very few of us, we lived in a GP Medium tent just a short distance off the main road.
    During the days with nothing going on I would walk on over to an old pier sticking out over the water and fish and get a little sun. All and all pretty boring job
    Prior to President Kennedy’s arrival we helped set up the bleacher reviewing stand. I never got closed to him but watched from a distance. I never had a camera to take pics and would like to see some from that time frame if anyone has any

  3. Francis- I was there in 67 also and worked on the installation of the SATS field. GySgt Dukinok (the Duke) was the NCO in charge of the installation. Also GySgts; Joswick and Royal. After we went operational I was sent to Germany with a small group of 7011s to dismantle and ship a complete SATS system that was used by the Germany Air Force. They launched and trapped F104s. 1967 was quite a year at Bogue. Sgt. Doug Morris

  4. Served at Bogue 78 and 79. Was a Crash Crew Section Leader during this time. Really enjoyed the night time due to only having 13 of us on the base after the field secured at 1600. Great times and great memories. Pictures posted on this site make it feel like yesterday. Will always be proud to be a Bogue Rat! Semper Fi to all!
    Skip Nix, SSGT, Greensboro N.C.

  5. Bogue Rat 77-79. Tony Gorges. I was a SSgt. at the MATCU. Hi and Semper Fi.

  6. Served from January, 1980 through June 1983. Communications platoon during the draw down / reduction.

  7. I enlisted in November 26, 1943 I was 18. After Parris Island, I was stationed at Cherry Point, training as a control tower operator. I was relieved shortly after and sent to Bogue for emergency and night landing practice (touch and Go’s) for SBD’s and TBF’s.
    My partner and I lived in a rooming house and went to the field on orders with a light and radio on a pipe tower. It was probably the best duty a Marine could have.
    We were eventually ordered to San Diego and shipped out to Guam where we spent the rest of the war.
    At my age, I will be 92, I would like to hear from anyone who served, either at Bogue, Cherry Point, Guam or even Parris Island at that time.
    Do I qualify to buy a patch for my Grandchildren’s archives?
    Thank you all for keeping all this alive.

  8. Served and lived at Bogue Field with MATCU-61 from 1973 until 1975, if anyone was there at around the same time, let me know. Thanks

  9. I was station at Bogue Field in late 1970. Spent more time at the Waterworks then I can remember. It was a great place to be stationed back then.
    Rich Rossi was my CO, great guy!

  10. At Bogue L & R (although it was really just Recovery then as the Cat had just been phased out) from 79 thru May 79 before being shipped to Cherry Point Station. Then back again in May of 81 to checkout and rotate to Iwakuni. Neat place, helped put together the first Harrier ramp there. Reunion being held there June 2nd 2018, lots of Rats will be present. Went there for the 2012 reunion as well, Shelly Point nothing like I remembered…

  11. Hello! My brother in law worked at Bogue Field in 1980 but was stationed at Cherry Point. He has filed a claim with the VA as he developed early onset dementia and the private neurologist says the water was at least as likely as not the cause, but because the records show that he was at Cherry Point, they are denying him benefits. He has written a letter detailing how he drove his Platoon to Bogue Field and Lejeune every day and traveled around performing maintenance on runways.. it has been suggested that we need to find another Marine from that time period who could attest that this was a normal routine. If you can help, please email me at or call or text at 703/801-2238. Thank you!

  12. Hey hey fellow crash crewmen I am former Sgt John M. Johnson I was stationed at Bogue Field in 1980 till about 83 I was a cpl then Sgt and reenlisted for Pendleton. I found this sight and just wanted to shout out to my buddies Sgt Kenneth oree Young and Larry hobbit Wynn and to all marines at Bogue Sempler fi

  13. I was stationed at Bouge from 66 to 69 , we installed the first catapult and aluminum mat runway and tape arresting gear.

  14. Station at bogue saw a couple names I remember,Paul pierce , larry chambers,Doug Morris , Doug u and I rented a house off base until I got out in 1970 , good to see your doing well

  15. Crash Crew 1970-71, with Cpl Dan Haney, Sgt JC Brady. Drove MB5s Flight ops were 24/7. F4s, A4s, and A6s. Witnessed one of the first AV8As , during my tour. Semper Fi to all you Rats!

  16. My name is Mary and I am a student volunteer at Stetson Law Veterans Advocacy Clinic, which provides free help to veterans trying to get disability benefits from the VA.

    I am trying to find information for a client about drinking water being brought to Bogue Field from Camp Lejeune, particularly during the early 1980s. Do any of you have information or evidence of this?

    If you have any info, please feel free to contact me at or call at (727)562-7374. Thanks for any help in advance!

  17. To all Bogue Rats I served with, wish we could all get together for a reunion.

    GySgt P. Arthur (ret.)

  18. I spent a few weeks (about a month and a half) in the field here from Cherry Point in 1981. Can’t remember exactly when, but do remember it was spring after I returned from 29Palms and before I left in July for Okinawa. I’ve hear rumor the drinking water at the field was hauled in from Camp Lejeune but haven’t found anyone who can validate this. Anyone out there that can validate this?

  19. Eddie Joe Thurman was at bogue field 74-76 as basic electric 1141. I remember living in the barracks, which turned into s4 ,then transferred to cp bld 200 barracks and cattle truck to bogue. Got my training at courthouse bay camp Lejeune . Just received my health records from the time . I am trying to reassess nerve damage issues. any information Sempher Fi

  20. I was stationed at Bogue Field from late 1972 to March 1975. I was an office rat. Would love to hear from anyone there at that time.

  21. Hey Murf! I was there with you July 74 to Jan 76. Another office rat. We are looking for anyone that was there.

  22. I served with MATCU-61 as an air controller from 1971 thru mid 1974 then transferred to K-Bay. Lots of great memories and miss the numerous friends I made there. Roger Bartlett, Dave Crane, Brent Peevers, Bob Cook and so many others are really missed. Retired in 1996 as a MgySgt and miss the “brotherhood”.

  23. I was there from 68- 72 any 7011s out there from this time I would like
    to here from you.remember the trailers,and the long walks to the showers!!

  24. I was there end of 71 discharded Jan 72 was 7011. Think I went to school with roger Malone at lakehurst.

  25. did you keep in touch with any other 7011s ? I was discharged in feb 72 so we were there at the time. were you in Okinawa?

  26. I was in Okinawa. Think you made us some wall plaque’s. Did not keep in touch. Just learned how to use this . are you in Ohio ?

  27. Sub Unit #1 WERS 17 SATS. FUTIMA. OKINAWA. 70 – 71 . went to viet nam for. a few month’s. We had a friend named R L Mitchell from grand rapids mi.

  28. Mitch and I were together from boot to discharge. sorry to say he passed in 2012. Do you remember Lee Dixon? Are you in Ohio?

  29. Sorry to hear of mitch’s passing . Did you keep in touch with him ,or anyone else? I do remember Lee. Not in Ohio remembered that you were from there. I live near Port Huron Michigan. Been trying to look up a few name’s . Thinking of taking a trip before time runs out.

  30. I talk to lee every once in a while. I went to see mitch in 2010, but I use to call to him one the phone.I don’t know how I could get your phone #
    then I could give it to lee.

  31. I believe I have a crash truck that was based at Bogue in World War Two.

  32. I was stationed at “Bogue by the Bay” from the fall of 1971 thru mid summer of 1974. I served with a great group of guys out at MATCU-61. Arrived straight out of ACA and GCA school in Glynco, Ga., so, Bogue was my first actual duty station. Best friends with Roger Bartlett, Dave Crane, Brent Peevers, and so many more! Still remember when Pete Mitchell arrived with a new group of future controllers just prior to my departure in 1974. I stayed in the Corps thru 1996 when I retired as a MGYSGT. I still have lots of fond memories and don’t regret my time as a Marine one bit. Would love to hear from Roger Bartlett, Dave Crane, Brent Peevers, and any of the Diesel Generator mechs that served with me.

  33. My name is Marvin Wayne Green. I reported to Bogue Field in 1971 from NAS Glynco as a radar tech with MATCU-61. I was a sgt at the time and stayed a little over a year before being sent to MATCU-60 in Iwakuni.

    I was an avid runner and enjoyed my time there. Many memories. One in particular that wasn’t a good memory but still remember till this day. SAR called over to see if anyone wanted to take a ride. The bird was going to go out over the bay and get checked out. It was going to do a couple of touch and go’s. When it was making it’s approach there was some malfunction and the pilot tried to make it to the beach but crashed. I was in the ATC trailer checking on a problem when I heard the controller talking back and forth before losing comms. Our CO immediately got the controller and sent him home on leave. Thankfully no Marine accepted the offer to go on that ride.

    I had served the first three years (1969 – 1971) at Lejeune as a radar tech (5951) serving with 1/8, 2/2, and 3/6. I do remember the water trailers but was not aware they were sent from Lejeune but that would have been logical. Being stationed at Lejeune I did receive info about the water problem there but not affected by any issues. That case was settled some time ago I believe.

    I was in the Corp from 6/1968 – 11/1977 and then in the reserves from 11/1977 till retiring in 1988. I ended up as a CWO-4. MOS 5953/5950

  34. I was at Bogue in 1959 when it was opened again when the first Cat was installed. I was one of first 7011. Then in 1966 a temp. Officer 7002 I retired in 1973 a master gunny e9 my permanent enlisted rank. Loved Bogue and the 7011 Field. USMC Ret. Semper Fi
    PS I am 83 now.

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