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Members Photos of the Navy Base, Former Shipmates, and of Derry

We'd like you to consider sending a THEN and NOW picture for inclusion on the web site, and also copies of any old pictures you might have from your tour at Navcommsta Londonderry.   So, get on up in your attics, or down in your basements, and see if you can find some! After all, it's the pictures that really bring back fond memories, and your fellow alumni enjoy seeing new ones! 

How to get your photos on the Web Site 

If you have access to a scanner, you can scan your photos and send them via E-mail as JPEG files to  Web Master Dennis Kolodziej   Or, if you don't have access to a scanner, you can mail them to Dennis Kolodziej at: 37349 Judd Rd., New Boston, MI 48164. All mailed pictures will be returned upon scanning. 

NOTE: When viewing photos, should you receive "THIS PAGE NOT FOUND" or "THIS PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED" error messages, or a box with a  RED "X" instead of a photoclick on the "REFRESH"  icon located at the top of your Internet browser screen to correct the problem.

New PHOTOS added each week are highlighted in yellow

Photos...... (click on: VIEW)

Do you recognize or know anything about the background of this life ring? :  VIEW.

Old pictures of Derry (127) submitted by RM Gene Graeff: VIEW.

The following is an excerpt from "Building the US Navy's bases in World War II: History of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineering Corps, 1940 - 1946". The article tells the construction story of the various Naval facilities in Northern Ireland and includes a map and photos. :  VIEW

SK2/c Jack Johnston's 1941-44 Pictures (31) of People, Derry-NOB News, Life Magazine, newspapers, and the Base:  VIEW

PO2/c Herbert Paul Spencer's 1942-44 Pictures (5) taken at Talbot House and various locations in town:  VIEW

Mr. Ivor Browne's submission of a destroyer at port in Londonderry:  VIEW.

RM Mike Ponder's submission of magazine cover titled "The War Illustrated" Vol 6 No 133, July 24, 1942, America In N. Ireland   VIEW

PhM1/c Andy McKaye's 1942-44 Pictures (9) taken at Creevagh Base of the NOB :  VIEW.

WO1 (Machinist) Stanley Sienko's 1942-45 Pictures (5) of him taken at various locations in town and at the NOB:  VIEW

RM Ted Nevel's submission Picture of US Navy Ship Yard located at foot of Buncrana Rd and the Foyle - 1943   VIEW

MM1/c Bob Reiss's 1943-1944 Pictures (8) of people at Springtown and Londonderry US Navy Yard Shop 5:  VIEW.

MM1/c Stuart Lee Rice's 1943-44 Pictures (29) taken at Springtown Base of the NOB :  VIEW.

PFC Earl D. Cox's 1943 Pictures (15) of Company B Marines and huts at Beech Hill camp, local girls, Honor Guard, and field manuevers: VIEW.

PFC Bud Hansen's 1943-44 Pictures and newspaper articles (10) on Springtown, Beech Hill, and WWII Memorial in Washington DC:  VIEW

PFC Ralph Langley's 1943-1944 Pictures (22) of Company A Marines and huts at Beech Hill camp:  VIEW.

RM2/c Charlie Hayes's 1943-44 Pictures (5) of People taken at the NOB and the 1943 Christmas Menu   VIEW

U.S.N.O.B. Londonderry "CPO" and "Female Dancer" cast metal ashtrays. "CPO" photos provided by Garland Summerall USN(Ret) and David Burhans. The "Female Dancer" photos provided by RM Paul Wise: VIEW.

Photo of F1/c William "Billy" Duduk and a wee girl standing by a pram, taken approximately 1944.  Photo of F2/c Stanley Welc and Hut 16 personnel taken May 1, 1944. Submitted by Joe Farren: VIEW.

RM Joe White's 1944-46 Pictures (31) of People, Derry, and Springtown Base: VIEW.

The following is a paper written by Derek Waller, documenting the history of the demise of all the U-Boats that surrendered at the end of WW2:  VIEW

Y Chris Paul's 1945-46 Pictures (11) of People, Derry, and Clooney Base: VIEW.

RM Andy Janer's 1950-51 Pictures (7) of People, and the Base: VIEW.

ET Earl Russell's 1950 Historical Postcards (4) of Londonderry: VIEW.

TE Charles "Hop" Hopkins 1950-53 Pictures (49) of his Family, People, Derry, Clooney and Rossdowney Bases: VIEW.

RM Art Waterbury's 1956-58 Pictures (7) of People, and the Base: VIEW.

RM Keven Land's 1957-60 Pictures of People, and the Base: VIEW.

Capt Ward's 1957-1960 and 1967-1970 Pictures (21) of the Clooney Base:  VIEW

Capt Ward's 1957-1960 and 1967-1970 Pictures (6) of the Rossdowney Transmitter Site:  VIEW

Capt Ward's 1957-1960 and 1967-1970 Pictures (34) of various military and social functions and events at NCS Londonderry:  VIEW

RM Ron Spadafora's 1959-60 Memorabilia (3) of People:  VIEW.

RM Richard 'Russ' Russell's 1959-61 Pictures (20) of People and Derry   VIEW

RM Phil Wade's 1959 - 1962 Pictures (2) of Basketball Team: VIEW.

RM Paul Leonard's 1959 - 1962 Picture (1) of All Star Softball Team: VIEW.

Helene Rizzo Foltis's 1960 - 62 Pictures (15) of People: VIEW.

YN Jerry Hansen's (60-62) Mementos (3) from the 1992 Reunion in Derry:  VIEW.

RM Byron Hodgkin's 1961 Pictures (17) of People, and Derry:  VIEW.

YN Jim Nugent's 1961-64 Pictures (4) of People: VIEW.

RM John Rannell's 1962-64 Pictures (8) of People and Derry: VIEW

YN Joe Couch's 1962-64 Pictures (2) of Base Soccer Team: VIEW.

Civilian FRT-39/40 Tech Rep Lonnie Massey's 1962-72 and recent Pictures (18) of People, Derry, Rossdowney Base, Dungiven Base, and his family: VIEW.

Pres. John F. Kennedy Memorial Mass - November 1963 - photo submitted by LT/LCDR Donald Graham:  VIEW

RM Wade Coate's 1963-66 Pictures (30) of People, Derry, and the Base:  VIEW.

RM Jim Sullivan's 1964-65 Pictures (23) of People, Base, and Derry: VIEW.

RM Chuck Brozek's 1964-68 Pictures (51) of People, and Derry: VIEW.

RM Steve Dacey's 1964-66 Pictures (6) of People, and Base: VIEW

ET Ken Baker's 1964-66 Pictures (70) of People, Derry, and Ireland: VIEW

RM Paul Wise's 1964 and 1973 Pictures (13) of People, Base, and Derry:  VIEW.

RM Roy Spencer's 1964-67, 1969-73 Pictures (50) of People, Base, and Derry: VIEW.

RM George Galligan's 1965 Picture (1) of People: VIEW.

RM Jerry Keenan's 65-67, 69-70, 76-77 Pictures (14) of People, Base, and Derry: VIEW.

RM Mike Sansone 1965-68 Pictures (22) of people: VIEW

RM Buddy Eidson's 1965-69 Pictures (13) of People, Base, and Derry:  VIEW.

RM Bill Scudder's 1965 - 1969 Pictures (3) of people: VIEW.

RM Willi Braun's 1966 Pictures (2) of People:  VIEW

Elizabeth Baker's 1967 Picture (1) of Derry: VIEW

ET Walter Dean's 1967 Belfast Telegraph "American Diary" newspaper clipping; Pictures (3) of Blarney Castle and St. Patrick's grave: VIEW.

SK Ken Mushitz's 1966-68 Pictures (18) of People, and the Base: VIEW.

CYN Ken Craddock's 1966-68 Pictures (36) of the Base, and Derry:  VIEW.

RM Darrell Danielson's 1966-68 Pictures (6) of People: VIEW.

RM Rick Cavazos' 1966-70, and 1975-77  Pictures (19) of People:  VIEW.

Civilian John Duddy's 60's Pictures (8) of People:  VIEW.

ET Tom Wolters' 1965-67 Pictures (3) of the Base:  VIEW.

RM B.L. "Buddy" Whitehead's 1963, 1967 Pictures (11) of People:  VIEW.

ET Larry Frame's 1966-68 Pictures (13) of People, and the Base:  VIEW.

RM Gordy Bauschka's 1966, 1989 Pictures (3) of People:  VIEW.

Capt Ward's 1967-1970 Pictures (22) of the Dungiven Transmitter Site:  VIEW

Capt Ward's 1967-1970 Pictures (21) of various holiday and social functions and children's parties at NCS Londonderry:  VIEW

RM Dick Heinrich's 1967-70 Pictures (3) of People and Derry: VIEW.

RM Edward J. 'Murph' Murphy's 1967-1970 Pictures (5) of People, the Modulator, Then and Now:  VIEW.

SH Larry Smith's 1968-69 Pictures (5) of People:  VIEW.

CYN Larry Wagner's 1968-69 Pictures (40) of People, the Base, Derry, and Ireland:  VIEW.

The Modulator 25th Anniversary Issue - 10 July 1969 - submitted by Capt Ward  Pages (28):  VIEW

Ward/Lynch Change of Command - submitted by Capt Ward  Photos (9):  VIEW

RM Rod Craven's 1969-71 and 2009 - 2010 Pictures (23) of People, Eglinton, countryside, and the Base: VIEW.

CYN Jim Stanton's 1970-71 Pictures (15) of People, Derry, and Places:  VIEW.

PN Rod Miller's 1970-72 Link to Pictures (40) of People:  VIEW.

PN Rod Miller's 1970-72 Pictures (24) of People:  VIEW.

RM Stan Rogers, 1971, Pictures of 4 people and Bud Erickson TDY to Whitehall: VIEW

RM John Sadler's 1971-72 Pictures (19) of People, Derry, and Places:  VIEW

RM John Sadler's 1971-72 Pictures (13) of People:  VIEW

RM John Sadler's 1971-72 Pictures (16) of People:  VIEW

RM John Sadler's 1971-72 Pictures (13) of People:  VIEW

RM Dale Gilkey's 1971-74 Pictures (19) of People:  VIEW.

RM Frank McNeill's 1973 Pictures (2) in Derry  VIEW.

Civilian John 'Big John' Crumley's 1973 Pictures (7) of People:  VIEW.

RM David Rossi's 1972-74 Pictures (5) of People, the Base, and Derry:  VIEW.

RM Ted Malcor's 1972-74 Pictures (3) of People:  VIEW.

RM Frank Bertke's 1972-74 Pictures (15) of People, and the Base:  VIEW.

PN Tom Conrad's 1972-74 Pictures (23) of People, the Base, Derry, and Slieveanorra:  VIEW

PN Tom Conrad's 1972-74 Special Services Bulletins (31):  VIEW

Captain A.J. Ashurst's 1972-1974 MODULATOR Pictures (9) of People: VIEW.

RM Greg Miller's 1972-75 Pictures (10) of People, the Base, and Derry: VIEW.

RM Joe 'Smitty' Smith's 1972-76 Pictures (5) of People: VIEW.

WO1/CWO2 Bob Flint's 1973-74 and 2009 Pictures (4) of People: VIEW

Mr. Martin Foltz's submission of QSL cards received from NST in 1974 - 1975: VIEW.

RM Russ Guidotti's 1974-75 Pictures (4) of People: VIEW.

Civilian Noel McCann's 1974-75 Pictures (8) of People: VIEW.

RM Gregg Richter's 1974-76 Pictures (18) of People, and the Base: VIEW.

ET Donald 'Red' Mann's 1974-76 Pictures (20) of People, the Base, and N. Ireland: VIEW.

ET Dennis Kolodziej's 1974-77 Pictures (28) of People, and Derry: VIEW.

RM Trudy (Scott) Horridge's 1975-76 Pictures (11) of People, and the Base: VIEW.

RM David Borjes's 1975-76 Pictures (24) of People, and the Base: VIEW.

RM Mike Ponder's 1975-77 Pictures (10) of People, the Base, and Derry: VIEW.

RM John J. Ryan's Picture - Base Soccer Team - Apr 1976: VIEW.

RM Len Joslyn's Pictures (16) - "It's a Knockout" Competition - 4 Jul 1976: VIEW.

CE Ron Curry's 2009 Pictures (2) of Capt. Zane and Ron: VIEW.


Want to see more pictures? 

Please visit our NCS Londonderry Online Picture Album, featuring a lot more pictures of sailors, the base, Derry, etc., all dating from 1940's and 1950's (more to be added from the 60's and 70's in the coming weeks).

NOTE: The NCS Londonderry Online Picture Album link has been closed down and all photos contained in the album have been relocated to this page for viewing, listed above with their respective submitter: RM Joe White, Y Chris Paul, and TE Charles Hopkins.


"Derry Today" Photos...... 

From Derry Resident: RM Bill Cowan, we have forty-six pictures of Derry as she looks today. To view them, click on:  VIEW.

Bill has also sent us some much older pictures of Derry: VIEW.

Bill has graciously offered to take a current photograph of  your favorite Derry site. You can contact Bill at:   william_a._cowan@ntlworld.com   and provide him with as much information as possible about the site's name and location. If that site still exists, he will then e-mail you (and the website manager) a copy of the photo.

Base Patches from the 60's and 70's........

Here are a few of the Navcommsta Londonderry Patches that many of us purchased and proudly wore on our blue work jackets - VIEW
- If you have one that is not included here, please contact: Web Master Dennis Kolodziej

An Alumnus Remembers Derry........

Alumnus Rob Saunders, who was stationed at NCS Londonderry as a Radioman from 1973 thru 1976, first located the Alumni Association web site in January of 2001. Finding the web site inspired Rob to write this poem:  Read Rob's Poem.

The Old School Radioman........

Arthur "Ippy" Ippolito, NCS Derry alumnus, submitted this poem, author unknown, requesting that it be posted for all hands to read :  "The Old School Radioman"

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