The New Home of Marine Air Control Squadron Eight

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Dedicated to the officers and enlisted men of Marine Air Control Squadron 8 who served with unwavering spirit and unit pride.. Semper Fi!

Happy 243rd USMC Birthday, MACS-8ers!

Happy and healthy New Year 2018 to all you MACS-8ers!!

I have completed the work on the blog design and all the photos I had have been posted to the Flickr widget on this page.  All you have to do to see more MACS-8 photos is to click on the blue “More photos” text and it will bring you to my MACS-8 photo stream page, then click on “albums” to see all photos in any album..  

Check out the “Where R U?” page for MACS-8ers who have not been located to date. Maybe you could help us find someone…  OORAH!,  Kent (KA) Miller, Blog NCO

Helpful Scuttlebutt:  1. Remember to bookmark this home page. 2. On Home page, if you leave a comment/reply you can view it by clicking the blue balloon  3. Most pictures can be zoomed when you click on them.  4. All comments have to be approved before they will appear on a particular page (I review them quickly).  5. Click on the menu headers, they also have text/photos, such as Reunions..  6. Every day changes/additions appear, so what you saw yesterday is different from today’s updates.  7. Click on blue Newsletter links (make sure you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer) on Past Reunions 2009 thru 2015 and it will come up automatically!  8. Comment, comment, comment!  Everyone will enjoy seeing your input.  And lastly send me photos for inclusion on Flickr by attaching them to an email to my gmail account listed above.  9.  Use the Bulletin Board to post notes to your buddies or enlighten us with any current information interesting to all MACS-8ers.

 

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24 thoughts on “The New Home of Marine Air Control Squadron Eight

    • John, good seeing you and Pat at the reunion this year.. Thanks for the comment.. Memories is what it is all about and glad you are enjoying our blog site experience.. Kent

    • Ken, thanks for the comment. Our blog site IS a place where MACS-8ers can post and converse with each other. Thanks for the money offer, but this blog site is free and my time is well spent for you MACS-8ers! Kent

  1. HEY GREAT LOOKING SITE, LOOKING FORWARD TO TALKING TO SOME OF THE GUYS . HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO MAKE A REUNION YET, BUT STILL HAVE HOPES TO GO TO NEXT ONE.

    • Thanks for the nice complement Dan. Also am enjoying the comments and replies from some of the guys. The reunions are great, so see you at Hot Springs, AR! Kent Blog NCO

  2. THIS IS A BIG QUESTION FOR ME..DOES ANY ONE KNOW IF THERE
    ARE ANY PICTURES OF ‘ MACS-8 SITE’ OPA-LOCKA FLA.
    ALSO ANY PICTURES OF ‘ MACS-8’ PAGE FIELD, PARRIS ISLAND..
    WOULD BE GREAT IF SOME ONE HAS OR KNOWS WHERE TO FIND.
    SEMPER FI
    KEN

    • Hi Ken,
      I have a few photos of the radars at Page Field (I was a radar tech), but little else. I was at Opa-locka also (and Atsugi), but no pictures from there. Not sure how to get the photos to you on this website.

      Semper Fidelis,
      Don

      • Don, once again thanks. As blog editor I can only upload photos, so you can send Ken Overman those photos to his email address: overmanpapak@aol.com. Also I would appreciate if you would send them to me for inclusion in the future photo section on this blog. My email is under the Blog NCO menu header on the home page. Kent

  3. FIRST, LET ME WISH ALL …MACS-8ers.. A HAPPY BIRTHDAY…

    DON: I WAS STATIONED AT OPA-LOCKA.. JULY OF 57.. MADE MOVE TO
    PARADISE ISLAND .. OOPS, PARRIS ISLAND ..58…THERE BEFORE
    RADAR CAME ON SITE..
    WAS IN UTILITY SECTION.. SCRAPED OUT AREA FOR BUBBLE HUT,
    UPSIDE DOWN HUGE [WATERMELON HALF]..
    MANY THINGS TO TALK ABOUT AND REHASH WITH SOMEONE OF MY ERA…

    AGAIN …HAPPY BIRTHDAY ..SEMPER FI..GUNG-HO..ETC. KEN
    LATER DATE WILL THROW OUT FEW NAMES ….
    ‘ BIG MIKE ‘ COMES TO MIND..HE WAS A S/SGT. AT THE TIME.

    • When you said the name, i remembered “Big Mike Picarello”, I was in New River Sept 60, 61, but I can’t for the life of me remember what connection I had with him if any. I was a 6741 scope dope, must have had some contact with him, cause name just jumped out at me. I have a picture in mind of big happy laughing guy??
      Maybe I’m getting too far over the hill.
      Semper Fi, Dan

    • I was stationed with MACS-8 at Parris Island in 59. I have some pictures from the year book from the tour in Atsugi. Also some pictures from the barracks near the rifle range. Dont know how to send them via computer. My telephone No. is (509-465-4896. Semper Fi

  4. YES THATS HIM.. DID NOT KNOW HIM PERSONALLY ..BUT EVERY BODY
    KNEW ‘BIG MIKE’..
    WORKED FOR A REAL ” JOHN WAYNE” IN UTILITY SECTION..
    GUNNY ‘BIG JOHN TAYLOR’..6’3 OR 4 WIDE IN THE SHOULDERS AND NARROW AT THE HIPS.. WEIGHT 234-235. ALSO WAS ‘P O W ‘ WWII..
    HE DIDN’T MAKE THE MOVE TO P.I.. SHIPPED OVER TWILIGHT CRUISE
    THIRTY YEARS.. YOUR BRINGING BACK MEMORIES.. MORE LATER.. KEN

  5. FEW NAMES THAT COME TO MIND..
    SGT. JOHN ‘BIG JOHN’ FORSYTHE..[SIC]..DETRIOT MICH.AREA..MOTOR T SEC.
    SGT. JOHNNIE ‘ LITTLE JOHN ‘ JOHNSON ..CONAPOLIS [SIC] NORTH, MAYBE
    SOUTH CAROLINA..UTILITY SEC. OPA-LOCKA..1957. NEITHER MADE TREK TO P.I S.C.
    THEY WERE BUDS. ALONG WITH MY MENTOR SO TO SPEAK ..SGT./SSGT.
    ROBERT ‘BOBBY T’ GLASS..DECEASED..GOOD PEOPLE..

  6. I found this, don’t know how, but I will keep looking and find it again. Great job! The three guys who have worked on these sites are to be commended. I thank you much.

    • Larry, thanks for the post and the compliment.. Remember to bookmark the blog site so you are just one click away from finding it again! Kent Miller, Blog NCO

  7. I was stationed at Opa-locka as a 6741 in 1955. I saw a reference to Big Mike Picarello on this site, that really stirred memories. In 56-57 I was stationed at Atsugi and Mike was there then. Great guy! Big, loud, usually happy, Hard to forget him even after all these years,

    • Dan, thanks for your comment.. I served with Mike at New River, NC thru Atsugi and Okinawa 62-65.. He attended our 2005 MACS-8 reunion in Mystic, CT.. As far as I know he is still living in North Worcester, MA! You can see a photo of him in our Reunion Section under Past Reunions 2005. Just click on a photo on the right upper side of the Home page of this blog and it will bring you to my photo stream pages on Flickr where you can view many photos. Kent Miller BlogNCO

  8. Morning Marines: Mack Thomas Thornton and his sister are looking up info on Korea & other units and correct names of rivers, etc. during 1951-53 to correct stuff in their Memoirs. Hope all of you are doing well today! (Macscorps@att.net and thorntonmack329@gmail.com)

  9. Spent the better parts of 62-64 at New River in the radio shack with a bunch of 6621 guys. Still in contact with Charlie (Bill) Bascom, Doug Brane, Gary Zender and the Canadian, Bill Steinberg. Charlie has the memory to recall most of the Radio Shack officers and NCOs. I understand that our MOS designator has been changed. Hardly seems fair. Just wonder if the reunion group would consider meeting in Charleston SC with a side trip to PI for a graduation ceremony? I’m not volunteering! Ha! <khundanny@yahoo.com. Cpl Dan Carbaugh, Cape Coral, Florida. PS: A great job on the site!

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