Findland Air Force Station
David A Lindmeyer

AOL

#25 Sep 4, 2009
I was stationed at Finland AFS from July 66 to Sep 67 when I was discharged from the Air Force.
I worked in supply all the way up on the hill. I
live in St Louis Park, Mn now. I have been back
up there a couple of times to look at the place.
Deborah Reynolds Riley

Little Rock, AR

#26 Sep 22, 2009
My dad Elmer Reynolds was stationed at Finland Air Station in 1964-1965---I attended the 5th and 6th grades at Finland Elementary School---We lived on the Air Base for most of that tour and we loved every minute of it. The people of Finland were so friendly and the school was great. Would love to have shown my children that place. We still have friends there.
DON BRINGMAN

AOL

#27 Oct 7, 2009
I WAS STATIONED AT FINLAND FROM 59-63. I MAINLY MAINTAINED THE AURORA GAP FILLER RADAR. ANYONE REMEMBER ME?
Sue Bishop

United States

#28 Oct 28, 2009
john hiiva wrote:
my dad phillip (dick) hiiva worked there when I was a kid growing up 1966-1973..I tried to take my wife for a visit and a guy on a tractor came at me with a gun to ask if I saw the private property sign I just drove by?? scary felt like backwoods of Idaho somewhere??
My former husband, Art Deren, and I lived in an apartment attached to the home of Phil and Kathleen (?) Hiiva in Beaver Bay. Art was stationed @ Finland AFS at the time. We were expecting our 2nd baby, who, like our first son, was born in Two Harbors. This would have been late 1967 to the summer of 1968. Are you their son?

Beautiful country! Would love to show my fisher-husband the area.
James Venchuk

Washington, DC

#29 Nov 10, 2009
I was station at Finland from 71 through 73. I was a clerk for the commander and the 1st Shirt. Also did some bartending at the NCO club. Anyone remeber Fred, Tillman or Barrett. Been back up there a few times. Seems like someone could figure out something to do with that piece of land. Funny how people end up all over the place. Have a good Veterans day
Jim Schullo

Clearlake, CA

#30 Jan 6, 2010
Robert Keefer wrote:
I was stationed at the 756th from l956 thru 1958, was on Able Crew and was housed in the first barracks on the right (behind the guard shack)just inside the gate. in 1957 was in charge of the Rec Hall, the library, the band and sporting goods, and was the editor of the Scanner. Was married in 1957 and bought a mobile home in Duluth and had it moved to the base. At that time there were only 12 mobile homes just outside the main gate and the housing units had not been started yet. My first daughter was born in Duluth in 1958. We lived next door from Henry O'Hara and Dean.... If anyone knows Henry, or Robert Fortmuller, or Rod Rodriguez, I would like to hear from them. I won the name the chow hall contest in 1957 (Galahad Gardens) and had my name placed on the wall in the chow hall. We transfered to Grand Rapids in Nov of 1958 and was then the editor of the Searcher. Anyone out htere with any information on this period of time would be appreciated. E-mail at [email protected]
To Robert Keefer, I am writing an article about the Ground Observation Corps in Nashwauk, Minnesota during the summer of 1952/53. We would phone in the location of all aircraft flying in the Nashwauk area. I believe we phoned in the information to the Finland Station, using the code words "METRO COCO 52 BLACK". After the GOC program ended, we toured the Finland facility in the fall of 1952 or 1953. I would like to know the date when the Radar Station was built and when it was commissioned. Also the dates when was the Grand Rapids, MN Radar Base activated and decommissioned. Email to jdschulloATgmail.com
m woolfson

Medford, MA

#31 Jan 7, 2010
i spent from sept 1957 to aug 1959. i loved the base and the local towns. it was the first time i was in a place where all of us blended with the local communities. the people i met while there are incredibly warm not like the weather.
Mike Swan

Poway, CA

#32 Feb 24, 2010
I was stationed at 756 from 1957 to 1958; first barracks near guard shack. Played softball and baseball with Captn. Gold. Hung out in Two Harbors. I remember well the Finland P.O.and tavern,restaurant with small cabins across the street. The snow piled half way to the top of telephone poles. Great memories but San Diego sunshine is more my style. Hope to hear from others. [email protected]
Skip Coo

United States

#33 Oct 19, 2010
Good to see all the comments from old "756th" folks. Count me as another. I was stationed there from 1976-1977. It was my first assignment in the Air Force. I was a radar operator. I don't remember a lot of names, but I think my supervisor was Dave Trott. He was a MSgt at the time.

I lived in the barracks and bought a green 1970 Camaro for my first car. Got it from a local.

I really enjoyed my time there. Yeah, it was cold, but the locals were nice, and so were the folks I was stationed with. I remember going to the NCO Club many a night, and playing softball on a base team against the locals.

Those were the days.
Skip Cook

United States

#34 Oct 19, 2010
Sorry to post again so quickly, but didn't see that my last name was wrong. It's "Cook", not "Coo". Oh well, guess I need to learn to type better.
Donald Wales

Palm Springs, CA

#35 Oct 23, 2010
Roger Thompson wrote:
Howard, The name sounds very familiar, tring to put a face with it after all these years! I was stationed there from 62-65 also. I was just sitting here after Christmas thinking about the old radar site and decided to Google it. I had heard the site was closed down but also wondered if anything was left. Take care!
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I was stationed at Finland, AFS, MN for a while in 1962. I came to the station in Aug. 1962 and lived in barracks bldg 1 upper floor. I was in in commmunications and worked the switchboard and CRYPTO. My roommate was Paul Teegarden who was a Military Policeman. Then in Nov.62 I suddenly got sick in my room in the barracks (vomiting blood from the mouth)and had to be taken by the base ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, MN. I was operated on and had my right lung and rib removed. I never did get to come back to Finland, AFS. My clothes and other belongings were packed up and sent to Kansas City, MO. I had a 1953 (or 54) Bel Air 4-door blue chevy that I never did get back. If anyone remembers me or my getting sick I would like to hear from you. Also if you remember my roommate Paul Teegarden who I said was a Military Policeman.
If anyone has any pictures of the base or know who to find some would you please let me know.
Donald Wales
don bringman

AOL

#36 Oct 26, 2010
stationed there from 1958 to 1963. mainly worked gap fillers(aurora/upson)
Asonwhoremembers

Sioux Falls, SD

#37 Nov 22, 2010
john hiiva wrote:
my dad phillip (dick) hiiva worked there when I was a kid growing up 1966-1973..I tried to take my wife for a visit and a guy on a tractor came at me with a gun to ask if I saw the private property sign I just drove by?? scary felt like backwoods of Idaho somewhere??
Hello, my family was also stationed here in Finland back in the 70's when i was 6 years old, my father was Larry Stoever if anyone remembers, I have been back here a number of times and explored most if not all of the old base and buildings, includeing our old house. I also have noumerous pictures of everything if anyones interested all taken in 2006 plus various old ones rangeing from 1950's - 1970's. I can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]
Mack Hutson

United States

#38 Feb 12, 2011
I have been reading all the comments from the Air Force guys and the relatives and boy does it bring back the memories. The 756th was my first assignment out of radar school at Keesler. I was there from September 1966 to August 1968. I was put up in barracks two upper and I worked on the AN/FPS-26 as a tech.

Now I knew it was going to be cold, but when the supply Sargent issued me that really heavy parka with the wolf hair trim around the hood, I realized how badly I under-estimated the cold. Walking up the hill to the towers in the morning at 25 below was a real eye opener. Hey, and the cooks fixed up some really good food at the mess hall from time-to-time.

First night there, some fighter jets out of Duluth buzzed the site, coming in over the treetops, going like hell, and scared the crap out me. I have never heard or experienced anything like it before or since.

I also remember Phil Hiiva. Wasn't he a civilian contractor who was an expert on some of the radars. I think I remember consulting with him on technical issues as they came up on the FPS-26.

Some of us were friends with a family down the road on the way to Finland. Don't remember the name anymore. The father used to take me fishing to some of the nearby lakes in the summer. Then we would go back and drink beer with his wife and the other Airmen that would be at the house. What a great time.

Wasn't the two lane bowling alley just great. I had bowled since I was thirteen and bowling for a quarter a game was like going to heaven for me.

The combo post office/restaurant in Finland served some of the best tasting pizza I had up till then. When we got paid we used to go down for a quick sandwich if we were off base or going to Duluth at times. And wow, driving down that cliff into downtown Duluth in the winter made your fear factor elevate, don't you know.

After all these years there is still some residual yearning left in me to do it all over again as those two years were two of the best.
Cody Larson

Tamarack, MN

#39 Jun 14, 2011
Hi everyone, im currently going to be a senior in high school in Silver Bay which is only about 15 mins from the airbase for thsoe who don't remember. It's very interesting to hear all the stories and I'm very surprised there are so many people who still remember it up here. Sometimes I go up there with friends to explore. We go up on the fire tower and throw off paper airplanes off occasionally! The air base is now (as of mid 2011) is being guarded by 4 agents. I'm not completely positive why. Me and a couple of friends of mine tried to go up and visit like we've done in the past and ended up getting stopped by an undercover Tahoe parked near the bottom of the hill. Rumors have been flying around about possible radiation and contamination up there. I'm not sure whats going on up there as of now, but I'm looking to do some investigative work up there to find out whats really happening.
marc holland

Dayton, OH

#40 Jun 30, 2011
hi all i came to the base by my uncle when i was 10 and 11 1970-71 his name is karl groseclose and he and his family live in the mobile home part. i have a lot of fond memories from those 2 summers.sadly my uncle past some years ago from cancer i knowq he retired from the USAF i just want to see who might rember him

Since: Aug 11

Saint Petersburg, FL

#41 Aug 9, 2011
I was stationed at Finland AFS 66-67, assigned
as admin clerk for Capt DM in tower 27. Have
forgotten most names; cold must have affected my
brains. Not used to the cold climates. I was an
E4 while stationed there. Volunteered for Korea
to get out of the cold. Wasn't much better in Korea (Kimpo AB). I worked in the two lane bowling alley
for a short period of time. I do remember a CMSgt
Etheridge, but not his title. I remember we had a
bad fire at the heating plant while I was there. Also spent several hours at the NCO Club. I purchased a trailer in Duluth and had it moved to the
Air Station's trailer park. I had a neighbor who helped me a great deal. I think his first name
was Richard and he worked in one of the towers.
Does anyone possibly remember him? Still don't like the cold. Now reside in Florida. Enjoyed reading about the "old" site. Brought back a lot
of good memories. Loved the hunting and fishing in the area. Take Care.
Edward Kearney

Fort Lee, NJ

#42 Sep 4, 2011
I was stationed at the 756th in 1956 and left in 57 for Kadena air force base Okinawa. I was a radio operator and my daughter was born in Two Harbors Hospital. I too had a trailer outside the gate for a short period of time. I am now 76 and my memory is not that good anymore but I do remember a 1st Lt: Owens and a Major Lowe. I believe the CO was Col. Trimble. I do remember one thing IT WAS FREEZING....
Ray Sisko

United States

#43 Sep 10, 2011
Robert Keefer wrote:
In my former message, I failed to mention that Colonel Garvel R. Trimble was the base oommander at the 756th and Captain Meyers was the commander at the 707th.
I was the BX/Mgr from July 57-Dec 58.
I was assigned to Radar Mnt.,from Keesler
in Feb 57.

Garvel Trimble was Commander when I worked
in BX. Don Foster was the barber and also
worked Bx.

If you were there back then 1957-Mar 60,contact
me. I have fotos I'll share with you.

Ray Sisko A/2C
30352 Mnt.
USAF/USA (Ret.)
Ed Kearney

AOL

#44 Sep 11, 2011
Ray Sisko. My TI back at Sampson Air Force Base (1954) was Jack Sisko, any relation? Sampson was located in Geneva, N.Y.( Sampson Air Base was a US Navy base until after the 2nd WW)

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