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Val 15-Feb-2021 19:07
Hi Neil,got your e-mail,thank you for answering to me,also appreciated uor QSO on 30m,is a new country for me here..Beautiful pictures show us where you are,amazing place,love to travel but is too far away.. :) Please keep my best wishes to you and yours.
Kind regards from Transylvania! 73&DX's Val,YO6DDF.
MJ 03-Jun-2020 16:19
Thank you for your photos of Roi-Namur. My father-in-law was there during World War II with Acorn 21.
Mark Sheehan 27-May-2016 15:42
Hi Neil,
My father was a U.S. Marine with the 4th Division during WWII and landed on Namur Island on February 1, 1944. I am writing a book on his service with the Marine Corps during WWII and his 30 year career with Pentagon and Naval Intelligence after WWII. He passed away in 1998 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

As part of the book project I have already visited all of his post locations (Parris Island, USMC Base Quantico Virginia, Camp Elliott CA, Camp Pendleton CA and Camp Maui HI as well as the other 3 landings that he was part of on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. I have collected sand from these 3 beaches for all of my family members.

The only location for the book that I have not visited is Roi-Namur (he landed on Namur), Kwajalein Atoll. I understand that USAG-KA, US SMDC and the Ronald Reagan (RTS) operates as a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command on the island so I was wondering if I would be permited to visit the beach on Namur where my father landed on February 1, 1944?

Please let me know if this would be permited and if so what I need to do and who I need to contact to obtain permission to visit Namur? I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Mark J Sheehan
(Son of William J Sheehan, USMC)
3831 Delashmutt Drive
Haymarket VA 20169
(703) 400-7770 Cell
Elaine Gooding 14-Sep-2013 21:02
Hi, Neil, I am former Marine, former HI National Guard Band. I was researching a pic I came across of the National Historic Landmark sign. I visited Roi as our band toured some S. Pacific nations for a 50th Anniversary of WWII. I guess that would have been '94-'95, or there-abouts. What was really exciting about it was that the country was celebrating its 1st Independence Day. The U.S. Navy brought a ship into the area and had a fireworks display, which the people didn't know what to make of. They also had a sailor, who was supposed to parachute into the lagoon, but he missed and went into the ocean! Thanks for all the pics you've posted. They bring back good memories.
Jon Brader.... ZL2 JBR 31-Jul-2013 22:13
Hi Neil... Good Morning from New Zealand... Expect to CU back here, remember there is a North Island to !!!!!! Thanks for popping in last night,you caused a big stir on 20m phone band. Must say excellent blog spot with awesome Photos, keep up the good work...
Dave Martin 23-Feb-2013 22:16
Back again I see. Must admit that I wish I was back there too. But at some point we all wear out. So here I sit enjoying life back in Maine.

Dave Martin
N6MQL 05-Aug-2012 22:24
Thanks for the quick DX exchange. I wouldn't mind having a real QSO some time. I'll wait for you to answer my CQ. Best 73, and thanks for answering my little QRP station!
N8ZY 30-Mar-2012 02:03
Hey Neil; just thought I'd drop you a line from the USECA club. Walt showed me your site; love the pics.
Michael Martin 03-Mar-2012 01:18
Hi Neal:

Working on radio stuff for me these days. Keeping warm in tonight's show storm.

Did you ever get the station setup in that surplus building on Roi?
I would be able to use it now.

Michael W9TSQ
Mark Williams 27-Jul-2011 19:14
Enjoyed your sites and envy the locations - especially the Marshall Islands!

I am still trying to get posted at Roi-Namur perhaps it will happen when I least expect it.

My profile is at www.beyond.com/22851615/res if you need an excellent project manager!
Brian Belesky 27-Apr-2011 21:17
Neil, great pics. I hope all is well.
Janerose 28-Mar-2011 16:37
such a gifted and talented person you are. thank you for sharing your gallery i happened to see online through google.com. My son(10) and I mostly interested in the war gallery and the military history. I am also from Ebeye..now living in the US with my husband and kids. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful collections especially the ones from the Marshall islands....my home island. Komol tata.
Richard E. Phelps 23-Sep-2010 16:55
I really enjoyed your pictures of Kwajalein and Roi-Namour. I especially enjoyed the note to you from Anthony Hastert on 28 March, 2007 concerning the USS Matanikow CVE 101 unloading planes at Roi when the second A-Bomb was dropped on Japan. I was part of a large draft of Seamen Ist class shipped out of San Diego on that ship along with the aircraft, all in a state of preservation. The flight and hanger decks were jam packed with planes. We slept on cots among the planes on the hanger deck. I went over the side on a cargo net into a launch to Namour.I served on Kwj.,Roi, and later Guam 1945-46.
Richard E. Phelps 23-Sep-2010 16:54
I really enjoyed your pictures of Kwajalein and Roi-Namour. I especially enjoyed the note to you from Anthony Hastert on 28 March, 2007 concerning the USS Matanikow CVE 101 unloading planes at Roi when the second A-Bomb was dropped on Japan. I was part of a large draft of Seamen Ist class shipped out of San Diego on that ship along with the aircraft, all in a state of preservation. The flight and hanger decks were jam packed with planes. We slept on cots among the planes on the hanger deck. I went over the side on a cargo net into a launch to Namour.I served on Kwj.,Roi, and later Guam 1945-46.
Guest 20-Jul-2010 03:18
I added a link to your historical pictures of Kwajalein Atoll on my wife's uncles war story. He landed on Roi after the main invasion however has a very interesting story. Here is the link to the story.http://hobbydog.net/102/bill_merdink_war_story.html
Bill Remick 03-Jul-2010 21:06
Neil-
Your photo gallery says to contact you if I want a copy of any of your pictures. I am interested in one. Photo of Eleanor Wilson in May 1957, it is the last one on the page. Thanks for the website.
Hal Parker 14-Apr-2010 03:19
Hey Neil,
Met you a couple of times on Roi and dove once in 04 (I think). Great site - love the history of Kwaj pics. Good luck.
Paul B. Walker, Jr. 03-Apr-2010 22:43
Neil,

Very nice pictures, you are a great photographer.

Thanks for sharing a view into your world with the world!
deo_keju28-Mar-2010 01:44
Komol tata, Neil, for sharing these awesome photos with the world - for sharing your sharp eyes of the beauty of Marshalls. You remind me not to take for granted the beauty of the islands, my very home and of my ancestors! Best wishes on your journey to Afghan.
Len Roberts 09-Mar-2010 16:57
I got to your pictures from an article in the Detroit News on March 9, 2010.
Hope all goes well for you in Afghanistan.
Keith Shields 14-Nov-2009 15:02
Hello Neil,
I knew you from the Powerhouse days. Great, great photographs. You are not only a gifted photographer, but also an interesting person. Your work is especially intersting to me as my son, Eric, has just launched his career in the US Navy and I will point to your work here and ask him to please photodocument his travels.
All the best,
Keith Shields
guest 10-Jul-2009 13:35
Hi ,

I Love those pictures... very interesting...
Guest 04-Mar-2009 17:21
Your pics identify you as a professional photographer's Pro, and believe me when I say your choice of scenes are very relaxing to me...
Don AH6A
Bob Renfro, K4OF 09-Feb-2009 20:07
Nice views of Vibroplex.

73, Ren, K4OF.
Bert, K6CSL, Riverbank, CA 13-Dec-2008 04:38
Neil; Very sorry to hear about the misfortune out there. Thanks for sending the pictures, it is hard to imagine the kind of place you're operating from without them. Hope things get better and we hear you back on the bands soon.
Guest 12-Dec-2008 23:26
Thank you for the photos of Roi! They brought back so many wonderful memories.
Carol Sword (1998-2003)
Douglas Holbert 11-Dec-2008 16:05
Beautiful pictures. When was the storm that did all this damage. I spend 28 years on Kwajalein and Roi Namur. I left Roi Namur in 1999. The pine tree on the east end of building B I planted the year the BQ opened and is in front of the corner room I lived in. I was also KVZI station engineer and kept it on the air for years. Is the deck still outside the station ? Most of the plumeria trees I planted. The creeping thyme I planted because I disliked the darn mowers around the BQs when people were trying to sleep. Are the fish still in the water catchment on the road from the Marina to Tradex. I put them there to eat the mosquitos. Keep posting pictures. It brings back many positive memories.
Josh Adams 11-Dec-2008 03:21
Neil,

You may not remember me, but I worked as an IT guy on Roi from 2003 to 2004. Your photos bring back pleasant memories. I remember folks on Roi being down-to-earth and friendly.
Ms Ellamar19-Dec-2007 18:45
Hi I was looking thru your website you did a fantastic job posting all these nice and beautiful pictures GOOD JOB:)bring back memories to us here in the State I was born and raised on Ebeye and most of the time taking the boat to work on KWAJ... and soemtimes taking the plane just to visit my dad(Gabby) out there on Roi Rat Island.

Keep posting all those nice pictures:)
God Bless
Guest 26-Oct-2007 03:01
My husband Gil Foster worked on "Kwaj"from 1979-1983 From RCA Moorestown. NJ He worked on Tradex Radar on Roi Namur. We spent 4 heavenly years out there and enjoyed every moment --we have lots of freinds from NJ that we see frequently --who were there at the same time, We are retired in Florida and just last night at dinner met an engineer from GTE who said he designed the Altair System out there --he was there years before we. But told us to look you up on the internet .Glad I did --rejust reived some very happy memories Thank you for the beautiful photos.
Guest 15-Jun-2007 07:58
This is stellar work. If I ever see you, I might just ask for your signature.
Guest 07-Mar-2007 07:24
Your work is amazing!
regi olbrechts16-Feb-2007 12:52
Loved browsing trough your impressive work Neil! Boy, you travel a lot!! Regi
WA8KQQ 26-Oct-2006 16:44
Thanks for the super pictures Neil - good luck to you - stop by when you get back this way - enjoy
marie 05-Aug-2006 08:35
Hi!Neil
I like all of your picture,your really a professional.Hope to see more when you take your new picture in Aomori.
Julia Schwanitz 14-Jul-2006 19:51
Hi Neil,
This is your Aunt Judy and Uncle Mike. Enjoyed hearing about your interesting life. I am new at this computer stuff,so bear with me. Already lost one message I wrote. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Love
Ron Fair 04-Jul-2006 18:32
This is a great site , Neil! I am jealous that you made it to New Zealand --that is about the only place I haven't been that I would WANT to go to.........take care. Ron Fair