Bobby C. Wolfe

Military History

December 1953 to July 1976

1953-1954                                                                                                                                  San Diego, CA: Basic training and Radioman A school:                                 SR, SA, RMSA






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Some of the Texas and Oklahoma folks   



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1954-1955                                                                                                                                U.S.S. YUMA ATF-94 (Home Port Pearl Harbor HI)                                                                     RMSN, RM3

Adak and Attu Alaska; Portland Or. And San Diego, yuma1025b[1]300px-Yuma_(ATF-94)[1]


made RM3 55


1956-1957                                                                                                                         U.S.S. JASON ARH-1 (Home Port, San Diego)                                                                                      RM3, RM2

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San Diego, CA: Pearl Harbor HI; Sasebo, Japan: Hong Kong; Yokosuka, Japan; Kobe Japan

made RM2 56




1957-1958                                                                                                         Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) Taiwan, Taipei                                                                                     RM2                 

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Matsu Island

aleuts1944_zpsdf17a1e2Transportation to and from the Island. Not this plane but similar to it. Chinese PBY with no markings.

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1959                                                                                                                                       Bainbridge Md, Radioman Class B school                                                                                                             RM2, RM1

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Had orders to U.S.S. Hancock….. almost: but got them changed to Japan instead


made RM1 59



1960-1962                                                                                                                                                       Fleet Activities Sasebo Japan                                                                         RM1


TDY Navy Communications Station Yokosuka Japan: School AN/FGQ-1 B-2 Table

and later intro to TSEC/KW-26



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1963                                                                                                                                                   U.S.S. ELDORADO AGC-11, Home port San Diego,

                                                                                                                                                              School Mare  Island, CA. KO-5, KW-22                                                                                                                       RM1

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When I returned to the ship from school, I telephoned the detailer in Washington, D. C. to check on completion of school assignment of NEC (Navy Enlisted Codes).  He ask me what I was doing aboard ship, because the NEC for the KO-5 was not aboard any ship and was a shore duty piece of equipment.

I said that was my second question.  He gave me a choice of duty station in Hawaii, Alaska, or the Philippines.  I chose the Philippines, (Naval Communications Station, San Miguel).

I was transferred to the RP, and was met at Clark Air Force Base by my sponsor.  We did not go to San Magu, but to Sangley Point, they had disabled and moved the KO-5 out of San Miguel and I was re-assigned to Sangley.








1964-1966                                                                                                                          Naval Station Sangley Point RP (NAVCOMSTA PI).                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                    Factory Rep school KW-26 Clark AFB PI                                                                                               RM1, RMC

TDY Camp John Hay Bagio, Philippines, Subic Bay Naval Hospital, NavComSta San Miguel

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ASW letter 64

Burroughs KW-26

KW26 diploma





Short trip to Da Nang, Viet Nam in Temporary Additional Duty (TDY) in October 1966:







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made Chief RMC

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1967                                                                                                                      U.S.Navy Instructor training school, San Diego: Instructor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                RMC – WO1  AUS



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made WO1


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1967-1968                                                                                                                                                     Ft. Monmouth NJ.

                                                                                                                                          Communications Officer School, student: Instructor                                                                                 WO1 – CW2




Army Instructor school1968

promoted to CW2 Aug68

Promoted to CW2



MOS: 721A Cryptographic Technician




1968-1969                                                                                                           Defense Communications Agency South East Asia Mainland (DCA SAM) Saigon, Viet Nam                              CW2


                                Another section covers this time frame in more detail.


1970-1972                                                                                                                             HQ4th –HQ5th U.S. Army Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, Tx                                                                        CW2 (USA)



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Temporary Duty travel to: Ft. Bliss, Ft Hood, Ft. Leonard Wood Mo, Ft. Riley, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Polk, Ft Wolters,  Ft Sheridan,  Fort McCoy, WI, and other post throughout the Army area that covered the central part of the United States.

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AF maint Mgt Info course


Inside the quadrangle at Ft. Sam Houston






1973-1974                                                                                                                                                              HQ 8th Army Seoul Korea                                                                           CW2 – CW3 (USA)

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Will have to go back a few months.  While still at Ft. Sam Houston, the list came out for promotion to CW3, I was not on the list. However I did know several of the people on the list and a couple of them had been class mates when we were selected to the Warrant Officer Program.

I called the WO detailer in Washington D.C. and his first words were, “I have been waiting for your call, and the reason you are not on the promotion list is because you have a missing evaluation.  It is a very important one, the one from your time with DCA in Viet Nam.

To get reconsidered, I would have to get an evaluation by the persons who wrote and approved the Officer Fitness Evaluation.  I knew where my rater (Air Force Captain, now Major Alex Dwellis, stationed at Wright Patterson AFB OHIO) his boss in Viet Nam was a Navy LCDR Anderson who was stationed in Colorado and the Commanding Officer Walter J. Harbort was stationed in Germany.

I called Al Dwellis and explained what was going on and what was needed to fix it. 

To make the story just a bit shorter, Al wrote a new evaluation and forwarded it to Andy, he wrote his portion and forwarded it to COL Harbort.  The completed *(eval) was forwarded by the Colonel to the proper office in D.C.

I was reconsidered by the review board and was added to the promotion list and actually picked up promotion points over many of those on the list. Apparently they had written it so that I “did not walk on water, but only sunk up to my ankles” as Al put it….

Another important point is that Col Harbort was Commanding Officer of DCA-SAM and as I learned he was to be my boss at 8th Army in Seoul Korea.  We got along very well in Viet Nam and also in Korea.  I do not suppose that it had anything to do with the fact that he was born 15 years before me on March 20 in Segine Texas.  No, that would have no bearing on our relationship.

I had been in Korea for about 2 months and was called into a Staff briefing for Col. Harbort.  Here I met the Commanding Officer of one of the Signal Detachments who told me that he had been carrying me as AWOL for two months.  When I arrived in Korea, Col Harbort has sent a driver to pick me up at the airport and take me to Yangsan Base, where the Headquarters was located.  He assigned me to a position on 8th Army Communications Electronics staff as ComSec Officer. (He had forgotten to tell the other CO who worked for him, what he had done).

I was cleared of the AWOL and continued to work on 8th Army Staff for the rest of my tour.

8thArmyComsec Crew

This was my crew.  The young one in the middle had only driven a car or truck with automatic transmission.  I found that out the hard way, but that is another story.

Col Walter J

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Picture from Viet Nam section the cup in lower right corner is being held by Col Harbort..

Preomotion to CW3



1974                                                                                                                                                        White House Communications Agency                                                CW3



1974-1975                                                                                                                                                  1st  Signal Brigade Seoul Korea                                                                            CW3 Tango Facility:


MOS 341A, cryptographic equipment repair technician


When stationed in Korea in 1973-1974 I had submitted a “BennieSug” (Beneficial suggestion) to improve message handling and delivery to addressees within the 8th Army Headquarters.  Upon my return to Korea in 1974, I discovered the suggestion had been implemented. I reopened the request and was awarded a Cash payment for the savings.








1975-1976                                                          AutoSeVoCom (Automatic Secure Voice Communications) Team Chief, Provisional Signal Detachment Taipei Taiwan.                            CW3

TDY travel included: Hawaii, Okinawa, Japan, and  Korea

Worked as primary MOS 341A, Cryptographic Equipment Repair Technician.


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QA course 76




1976                       Retired 1 July 1976

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