POW Times Two

POW Times Two

In 1960-61, I was Maintenance Officer for 3rd AT at Camp Schwab, Okinawa. My Maintenance Chief was Gy.Sgt John Vogel. He had been captured on Wake Island in WWII and was a POW. Then came Korea and again he was again captured and was a POW of the Chinese.

I'm not sure if the Marine who wrote you is the same John Vogel, but if he is, I would sure like to contact him. I last saw him when I was transferred back to the "Land of the Big PX."

Edward L. Dodd, 1stLt

Here is a photo of us, Lt. Dodd and Gy.Sgt Vogel with one of their Ontos.

Semper Fi​ 

3 thoughts on “POW Times Two”

  1. Did you know Capt Robert Bridges. He was one of the first of the Ontos groups to be assigned to Vietnam. He taught Marine ROTC in Memphis TN. He was one heck of a Marine.

  2. I was at Camp Koza, Okinawa in ’61 (3rd Pioneers) I remember You Guys at Swab. I believe it was Typhoon Hilda that took down our Quanset Huts that year. I also remember the Ontos at Kaneohe Bay in the late ’50s. I was in H&S Btry 3rd Bn 12th Marines 1st Marine Brigade FMF T.H.

  3. In 1958 I was Radio Chief of the 3rd Anti-tank BN (Ontos) at Camp Hanson, Okinawa. At that time it was all mud and we lived in 13 man tents. When a Typhoon would come we tore down the tents and got in to a trench. Being a SGT. I still had to do SGT of the guard. Since there were both Anti-tankers and Tankers on the base the bamboo hut we used for a bar and whatever was usually torn down each night with a fight between the two groups. So, as SGT of the guard we always went over there and stopped the fights and knocked a few heads. When a sold building was built and the troops had to wear their uniform the fights all stopped. For liberty we went to Kadina to enjoy curbs and sidewalks we didn’t have.

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