Corry Station was first established and called Corry Field. Corry Field was the first auxiliary field established by the Navy to support flight training operations at the Pensacola Flight School. In 1922, a site north of Pensacola was obtained from the Escambia County Commission on a no-cost, five-year lease.
The airfield name honors the memory of Medal of Honor recipient LCDR William Merrill Corry Jr., who died as a result of burns received while attempting to rescue a fellow officer from a crashed and burning aircraft. LCDR Corry was a passenger in the plane, was thrown clear of the crash, and then attempted to save the other pilot. LCDR Corry was one of Naval aviation’s pioneers, having been among the first aviators to receive the Navy’s “Wings of Gold” and the first Floridian to become a Naval aviator.
At the end of the lease period the site was deemed too small. A new and larger site located three miles north of NAS Pensacola was presented to the Navy by the County Commission.
On November 1, 1928, the new site was dedicated Corry Field and the older field became an outlying field (OLF) known as Old Corry Field. Old Corry Field Road in Warrington remains as a vestige of this early symbol of Navy flight training.
In 1932 construction of hard surfaced runways, hangars, and other buildings transformed Corry Field into a first-class training field, one of the first airfields in the United States to be hard surfaced. The new Corry Field actually consisted of two separate fields, each with three asphalt runways. The longest runways were 4200 feet in length.
In the years preceding America’s entry into World War II (WWII), primary flight training, fighter training and multi-engine land-plane training was conducted at Corry Field. An instructor school was also housed there. In 1943, Corry Field was designated a Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) and primary flight training was moved to other airfields in the area. For the remainder of the WWII, Corry Field hosted advanced training in multi-engine land-planes, using SNB aircraft. A transport squadron operating R4D and R5O aircraft was located there as well, because the runways at NAS Pensacola were too short for the safe operation of these aircraft. At the end of the war, Corry Field was decommissioned as a NAAS, but remained an active training field until its closure in 1958. At the time of closure, Corry Field provided the basic instrument portion of primary training in SNJ, SNB, and T-28 aircraft.
Communications/Cryptologic Technician Training
During WW II, the U.S. Navy Radio Station operations at Bainbridge Island,
WA was comprised of Supplementary Station that included a Communications Technician (CT) intercept School. In October, 1951 training was officially established as a U.S. Naval School, Communications Technician (Supplementary Training), however, it closed three years later in December, 1953.
Shortly after WWII, on October 1, 1949, a second CT “A” school was established in U.S. Naval School, Imperial Beach, CA, near San Diego. When the school closed in Bainbridge Island, only the Imperial Beach CT School remained. On July 1, 1957, the school was redesignated Navy Communication Training Center (NCTC) Imperial Beach, CA; however, three years later it was decided to relocate at Corry Station in Pensacola FL.
In March, 1960, more than a year of inactivity, NAAS Corry Station was redesignated a Naval Communications Training Center (NCTC), and during the summer contractors worked converting hangar bays built in the early 1930s for fighter planes into classrooms and laboratories. On January 3, 1961, NCTC Corry Station opened its doors to the first class of CT training. LCDR Carmichael, an On the Roof Gang member, was selected as the first Officer In Charge (OIC). Years later building 3744 is named in his honor.
In September, 1973, the Chief of Naval Operations changed NCTC Corry Station to Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC), Corry Station, Pensacola, FL. NTTC Corry Station was among the first Navy technical schools to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation certified the courses of instruction offered giving students college level credit for courses completed.
The facility’s mission became more diversified with the addition of the Naval Schools of Photography and the Consolidated Navy Electronics Warfare School. In January, 1990 the NTTC Corry Station’s training capability expanded even further as the first Opticalman/Instrumentman school classes convened (which closed in 1996), Instructor and Information Systems School. From 1995 to 1999, Corry Station served as host of multi-service electronic warfare training, with the addition of the Joint Aviation Electronic Warfare School. During this time, NTTC Corry Station assumed responsibility as the Executive Agent for the Communications Signals Collection and Processing Courses for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS).
Establishment of the Center
Early in 2003 the Center for Cryptology was established under the Navy’s Revolution in Training (RiT). Center for Cryptology was one of 14 military controlled institutions Learning Centers under the Naval Personnel and Development Command (NPDC) tasked with developing and maintaining the Sailor/Marine training continuum.
On January 10, 2005, NPDC authorized the establishment of the Center for Information Dominance (CID), Corry Station. On January 31, 2005, CID commenced operations by merging the Center for Information Technology (San Diego) and the Center for Cryptology (Corry Station, Pensacola).
Because CID was established from an ongoing training enterprise, its first classes, consisting of Cryptologic Operators on the east coast and Navy Operational Security Staff Planners on the west coast, graduated the very next day. The Secretary of the Navy formalized the merger in OPNAVNOTE 5450 on June 28, 2005.
The impetus for this change was the Navy’s Executive Review of Navy Training (ERNT) published in July 2001. The ERNT determined the Navy’s training, however effective, was inefficiently delivered and was failing to adequately integrate new technologies into training development and delivery. Acting on the ERNT’s recommendations, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) created Task Force Excel (TFE) to begin the monumental task of fundamentally reorganizing the Navy’s training infrastructure, methods and outcomes. The RiT was the collective term used to describe this reorganization effort.
Navy training has continued to evolve and always focused on changes to improve productivity and save unnecessary costs. In 2010, NPDC was disestablished and NETC N7 assumed the responsibilities to increase training effectiveness. Their immediate goal was to ensure prompt development, deployment, and delivery of effective, high quality training, leveraging state of the art technology and philosophies to satisfy approved and resourced Fleet requirements.
CID has also evolved and in the fall of 2011 incorporated naval intelligence training; disestablishing the Center for Naval Intelligence and realigning the Navy and Marine Corp Intelligence Training Center (NMITC) and Fleet Intelligence Training Center (FITC) under CID. Additionally, two shore training detachments were established as commands and titled, CID Unit Corry Station Pensacola (CIDUCS) FL and CID Unit Monterey (CIDUM) CA and assigned the cyber training mission. CID currently manages all individual enlisted and officer training in the professional fields of Cryptology, Information Technology, and Intelligence. CID is responsible for 16 Learning Sites, which includes; four commands and two detachments conducting training throughout the United States and Japan. Specific commands listed below.
- CID LS PACNORWEST, WA
- CID Unit Monterey
- CID Unit San Diego
- CID LS Yokosuka
- CID LS Pearl Harbor
- CID LS Medina, TX
- CID Det Goodfellow AFB
- CID LS Keesler AFB, MS
- CID Unit Corry Station, Pensacola FL
- CID Unit Hampton Roads, VA
- CID LS Fort Meade, MD
- CID LS Groton
- CID LS Mayport, FL
- CID Det Fort Gordon
- CID LS Kings Bay, GA
- CID LS Jacksonville, FL
More than Navy Training
The courses managed by CID are technical training courses specifically designed to prepare individuals for serving in Fleet and National Security positions. Completion of a course is documented in the student’s official military training record and by the awarding of a course completion certificate. As a military training organization, CID does not conduct training specifically designed for certain college “levels.” Through review by the American Council on Education (ACE), courses are evaluated for equivalency with civilian training in terms of semester hours and levels. Some programs are recommended for college equivalency credit at the Lower Level, Upper Level and Graduate Level.
Officer and Enlisted Students
Rate/Designator ~Average Throughput
Cryptologic Technician Technical 2,731
Cryptologic Technician Collection 3,353
Cryptologic Technician Interpretive 2,063
Cryptologic Technician Maintenance 791
Cryptologic Technician Networks 1,369
Cryptologic Limited Duty Officer 113
Cryptologic Chief Warrant Officer 147
Information Warfare Officer 978
Information Systems Technician 10,002
Information Systems Officer 574
Information Systems Limited Duty Officer 182
Information Systems Chief Warrant Officer 100
Intelligence Specialist 2946
Intelligence Officer 1552
Intelligence Officer Reserves 1602
Corry Station Commanding Officers
Naval Communications Training Center (NCTC):
CDR Ben Fricks, Jr. Mar 1960 Aug 1960
*CAPT Rudolph J. Fabian Aug 1960 Jun 1961
CDR Ben Fricks, Jr. Jun 1961 Aug 1961
CAPT John S. Lehman Aug 1961 Jun 1965
CAPT James C. Hargreaves Jun 1965 Jul 1966
CAPT Gaspare B. Tamburello Jul 1966 Jul 1969
CAPT George P. McGinnis Jul 1969 Aug 1971
Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC):
CAPT Emerson C. Dehn Aug 1971 Sep 1973
CAPT Donald H. Rand Aug 1974 Jun 1977
CAPT Jerome J. Galinsky Jun 1977 Jun 1980
CAPT Charles L. Burns Jun 1980 Jul 1982
CAPT Denny M. Carder Jul 1982 Nov 1984
CAPT David C. Gill Nov 1984 Sep 1987
CAPT Joseph D. Burns Sep 1987 Jul 1990
CAPT Ivan M. Dunn Jul 1990 Jun 1993
CAPT George M. Schu Jun 1993 Aug 1996
CAPT Hugh F. Doherty Aug 1996 Aug 1999
CAPT Ronald J. Wojdyla Aug 1999 Aug 2001
CAPT Edward H. Deets Aug 2001 Nov 2002
Center for Cryptology:
CAPT Edward H. Deets Nov 2002 Aug 2004
CAPT Kevin R. Hooley Aug 2004 Jan 2005
Center for Information Dominance (CID):
CAPT Kevin R. Hooley Jan 2004 Aug 2007
CAPT Connie L. Frizzell Aug 2007 Jun 2009
CAPT Gary Edwards Jun 2009 Oct 2011
CAPT Susan K. Cerovsky Oct 2011 Sep 2014
CAPT Maureen Fox Sept 2014 Present
*OIC of COMINT Station “C” on Corregidor Island Philippines. On February 4, 1942, CAPT Fabian was in the first of three groups to evacuate off the island because of the Japanese invasion of the Island. CAPT Fabian established COMINT intercept site in Melbourne Australia for the remainder of the WWII.
CID Unit Corry Station Pensacola (CIDUCS) FL
By 2005, CID HQ Corry Station was managing all Navy Information Technology (IT) and Cryptologic training worldwide. However, training members of the armed services was performed by CID Detachment Corry Station, the subordinate command. During this time CDR Roy Bertram at CID HQ had the responsibility of serving as CID HQ XO and CID Detachment Corry Station Officer-In-Charge.
In order to make Navy Information Dominance training more mission-effective, CID officially stood up CID Unit Corry Station (CIDUCS) command on November 14, 2011. This new command came from CID Detachment Corry Station Unit. CDR Lucy Sung, serving as CID HQ XO and OIC, established the new command as Plank Owner Commanding Officer in accordance with Navy precedent and pay grade eligibility rules.
CIDUCS Commanding Officers:
CDR Lucy Sung Nov 2011 Jul 2013
CDR Christopher Bryant Jul 2013 Sep 2015
CDR Christopher Eng Sep 2015 Present
The Evolution of Corry Station continues
On February 2, 2016, the CNO, redesignated the Information Dominance Corps to the Information Warfare Community. As a result of this announcement, CID HQ Corry Station proposed the command name change to Information Warfare Training Center (IWTC). CIDUCS followed a similar proposal, but the command included the name Corry in the name because of the historical significance of the name “Corry.” Both commands are waiting for name change request to be approved. Since 1961, regardless of the name of the command, Corry Station never stopped training members of the armed services in the art and science of cryptology!
Tenant Commands onboard Corry Station NASP Base
Information Warfare Training Center (IWTC) HQ, Corry Station. As the Immediate Supervisor In Charge of 16 subordinate learning sites or units, the mission of IWTC is to deliver full-spectrum Cyber, Intelligence, and Information Warfare training to decision superiority. IWTC Corry Station manages learning sites at following locations:
CID Unit Corry Station provides technical and military training in Cryptology, Information Technology, Electronic Warfare, Cyber Operations and Instructor Training to produce well-trained, motivated and disciplined personnel in support of U.S. and Allied operational forces.
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Pensacola. NIOC Pensacola’s mission is to execute cyberspace operations and SIGINT tasks in support of naval and joint forces and national tasking authorities. NIOC Pensacola is subordinate to Fleet Cyber Command/Commander Tenth Fleet (FCC/C10F).
Department of Homeland Security, Pensacola
MARDET NAS Corry Station, FL
Pensacola Boys’ Base – Hosts Pensacola Boys’ Base under the guidance of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, it serves as the temporary home for some troubled teens that have in one way or another run afoul of the law. Volunteers spend at a minimum one hour per week to be a mentor and positive role model for a troubled youth.
Building and Rooms Dedicated on Corry Station
The three barracks are dedicated on Corry Station to honor those enlisted cryptologist who were killed in action.
Building 1082 (Smith Hall) – CTC Melvin D. Smith was KIA while serving in the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967. Chief Smith was an instructor at Naval Technical Training Center (Corry Station during the 1960s).
Building 1084 (Traughber Hall) – CPL Stephen L Traughber was KIA while serving in Vietnam in first Radio Battalion September 10, 1967. He was 21 years old.
Building 1090 (Graves Hall) – CT1 Curtis A. Graves was KIA while serving in the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967.
To honor the On the Roof Gang instructors and to connect Corry Station to the Naval cryptologic history, the following school-house buildings are dedicated on Corry Station are dedicated:
Building 511 (Kidder Hall) RMC Kidder was served in the Asiatic Fleet and was the first On the Roof Gang instructor (OTRG).
Building 512 (Gunn Hall) – Served as an OTRG instructor.
Building 513 (Daniels Hall) – LCDR Daniels served as an OTRG instructor while enlisted.
Building 514 (McGregor Hall) – OTRG member and instructor.
Building 516 (Pederson Hall) – LT Perderson was killed while serving in the USS Enterprise operating in the Indian Ocean on January 13, 1975. He served as an EWO, AEWO, Instructor in the following squadrons: VAW 13, VAQ 129, VAQ 130 and VAQ 137.
Building 3744 (Carmichael Hall) – LCDR Carmichael was an OTRG member and the first OIC of Corry Station. Responsible for moving cryptologic training from Imperial Beach California to Corry Station in 1960.
Building 1099 (Kidd Hall) – Isaac Campbell Kidd was an American Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. Kidd was killed on the bridge of the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the highest ranking American killed by the Japanese during WWII.
Building 3781 (Mast Hall) – CDR Peter A. Mast served in the NAVSECGRU throughout his career. He died on October 7, 1988 as a result of from a heart attack while conducting physical training onboard Corry Station.
Building 3711 (Gym) (Wenzel Hall) – EWC Rodger A Wenzel died on May 9, 1976 from cancer.
Building 535 (Gary R. Schuetz Memorial Clinic) – This was the branch medical clinic, now the veterinary clinic. CWO3 Schuetz was a Physician’s Assistant. He died on September 25, 2002 from liver cancer. Building 535 was dedicated in his honor in late October 2004.
Mr. Chuck Bragg conference room located on the upper deck of building 501. Mr Bragg is a retired CTOCS and former Executive Director to the Commander Officer. He provided primary oversight of all NTTC/CID detachments from the late 1970s until 2007.
Mr. Dan Lynch Conference room located in building 513, room 134. Mr. Lynch was in charge of Cryptologic training systems on Corry Station. This room was dedicated between 1999 and 2000.
EWCM(SW) Richard A. Mahanke Conference room located in building 3781 (Mast Hall). Master Chief Makanke served as the Fleet/Functional Integration Manager for Corry Station.
James Daniel Campbell (JD) MGySgt (ret) died on February 23, 2009, while serving Information Assurance Manager (IAM) for Corry Station.
EWCM(SW) Wayne Pollock Conference room located in building 516, room 122. This room dedicated on June 21, 1999.
Corry Field auxiliary field Flight School …………………1922-01 Nov 1928
Corry Field outlying field (OLF)…………………………….01 Nov 1928-1943
Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Corry Field………1943-1958
U.S. Naval School, Imperial Beach, CA…………………01 Oct 1949-Jul 1957
NCTC Imperial Beach, San Diego, CA………………….Jul 1957-Mar 1960
NCTC Corry Field, Pensacola FL………………………….Mar 1960-Sep 1973
NTTC Corry Station, Pensacola, FL………………………Sep 1973-Jul 2003
Center for Naval Cryptology (provisional)……………….Sep 4, 2002
Center for Naval Cryptology (officially established)…..Nov. 19, 2002
Center for Cryptology Corry Station (established)……Apr 28, 2003-10 Jan 2005
CID HQ, Corry Station…………………………………………10 Jan 2005-Mar 2016
CID, Detachment Corry Station…………………………….2007-14 Nov 2011
CID, Unit Corry Station………………………………………..14 Nov 2011-Mar 2016
IWTC Headquarters (proposed)……………………………Mar 2016-Present
IWTC Corry Station (proposed)…………………………….Mar 2016-Present
U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA)
Center for Information Dominance (CID) Headquarters
Center for Information Dominance (CID) Unit Corry Station
U.S. Naval Air Stations of World War II, by M. L. Shettle, Jr.
Edited by Mario Vulcano
20 March 2016 at 06:30
I have been consistantly going back and forth to Corry Station since 2001, and I can vouch for just how much and how often this place changes. Unfortunately more for the worse than the better, but it has definitely changed a lot over the years.
20 March 2016 at 17:52
Your missing CTMC Ricky Howell who died of cancer in/around 2005 or 2006. The conference room in I think 511 is dedicated in his honor.
29 April 2020 at 01:14
GREAT HISTORY AND I REALLY ENJOYED READING THE HISTORY.
21 March 2016 at 18:02
Jermell – This is a first heard for me! Because I work on Corry Station I will investigate and correct if this is true. Thank you for stopping by StationHYPO.
22 March 2016 at 21:02
You all forgot to list the Cryptologic Technician Administrative Rating!
1 April 2016 at 20:24
Kimberly, great catch. Everyone seems to forget about the CTA rating (just joking…well, not really). As a former CTA (I was proud to be commissioned before they were merged with YNs), I half-joke that the Navy getting rid of the CTA rating is the worst decision the Navy has made in my 22+ (and still going) career.
9 August 2016 at 06:34
Miss Corry circa 2002
17 August 2016 at 17:21
I was talking with my father and he was remembering stories of a Captain Craig, Commanding Officer from about 1955. Any idea what became of him?
11 October 2016 at 20:35
I went through EW “A” school in 1984-1985. I loved NTTC Corry Station. I remember they had a beer dispensing machine. This was one of my favorite bases.
27 January 2017 at 03:21
I went through CTR A school in 1968-1969…Great experience.
27 January 2017 at 12:23
CAPT Donald H. Rand Aug 1974 Jun 1977
Capt. Rand took over August 23, 1974. This was my 18th birthday. We had a few at the ceremony. This day brings back a lot of memories. Corry was a great time in my life. July 74 – Mar 75. CTR
23 October 2020 at 11:16
I was there late 66 and early 67 as a Marine, I was and R brancher. Thanks for posting this Mario.
27 January 2017 at 22:26
I was at Corry Station back in 1972, with the Marines of Company K.
27 January 2017 at 23:37
CT”R” School Sep 69-May 70
Returned Jan 76-Jan 80 Base Police
28 January 2017 at 00:37
I went through CTR school back in 1966. Then on to Bremerhaven, Germany, for three years in Charlie Section,
18 February 2019 at 22:42
Terry, I was a Marine at Corry in 1966 ad went from there to DLIEC and on to Japan for 2 years in Kamiseya and finally with the 1st Radio Bn in Vientnam. I arrived in Kamiseya the day the N. Koreans took the USS Pueblo. We had several sailors and 2 Marines on the Pueblo and later in 1969, I was still there when the N. Koreans shot down our EC-121, again loosing men from Kamiseya. I love 5 friends on that downing. I was an R branches, how about you? Did you know any of the Marines while you were there, assuming you were in the Navy?
2 February 2017 at 21:49
Amateur Radio Station WA4ECY / Navy MARS Station N0NIG/NNN0NIG was established on Corry shortly after the move from California. History is now at the Command Display. Jim Walters, CTTCS(SW) N4SAR currently maintains the Corry Amateur Radio Club license for WA4ECY and the two vhf/uhf repeaters atop Naval Hospital Pensacola.
1 March 2017 at 21:55
I went through CTT A school here in 1984, as well as TEBO school, then spent two and a half years at NSGA Misawa, Japan (Section 1, 53 Div.)
21 June 2017 at 18:30
Memories of Corry Station from May 1967 thru January 1968. While in training for CTR there were benchmark moments in the history of the Naval Security Group we all experienced during this time. The mistaken attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli combat aircraft that June and the USS Pueblo the following January will stay in my memories of Corry Station and my enlistment in The Navy. After Florida I was assigned to NSGA Hakata Japan. There we lost shipmates and fellow military to the downing of the EC-121 Warning Star by the North Koreans. The Security Group was an unknown factor in our defense system until the 1960,s and Corry Station was too. For me it is of golden times with dedicated shipmates and those we lost in service.
12 July 2017 at 17:51
CTR “A” School NCTC in 1970.
26 October 2017 at 14:53
James V. Rathbun, CTT2
Stationed at Corry Field in 1968 went thru “R” and “T” branch training and then stationed at Ft. Meade MD attached to the NSA headquarters thru 1971. Had good experiences at both locations. Proud to have served my Country in the U.S. Navy!
16 November 2017 at 18:22
I completed Class A School for CTR in 1961 when it was known as NCTC Corry Field. I stayed in building 502 which was the main barracks. After graduating from Class A School, I was assigned to Karumasel, Turkey. While stationed in Turkey, I requested TAD to the Meditteranian. I served Three months on the USS Forrestal and Five months on the USS Enterprise. After finishing Active Duty, I remained in the Naval Reserves until retiring in 1989 after 29 years of service.
12 March 2018 at 21:18
Command Master Chief for Commanding Officers Denny Carter, David Gill and Joe Burns
22 March 2018 at 16:38
Attended NCTC, PNCLA, FLA from Nov 16, 1968 through June 3, 1969 for CT(R) training. Joined the Base Marching Band (trumpet), went to Mardi Gras in NOLA, and played Taps at several military funerals in the area. Attending this school was truly an exhilarating experience, one which I’ll never forget.
27 May 2018 at 22:23
Graduated CTR Class 25 Bravo on November 8,1966 CTR 1 Roy was my instructor
18 February 2019 at 22:45
I graduated in 1966 also, will have to look at my photos of our class, only 3 of us were Marines in my class. I cannot recall if I graduated in Nov or Dec of 66.
8 July 2018 at 00:38
84-85 great memories (RIP CAPT Denny M. Carder, oh he of the pink Cadillac), end of alcohol in student rooms, Danny Boys and Crosswinds nickel and quarter beer nights, Ray the hypnotist, great live bands and comedians replaced with ‘videos’, excellent burgers and spicy fries at Speed Line, Trader Jon Weissman allowing 8 of us to bring in a pony keg @ $2 a head after party was rained out on beach,great instructors, ‘tastes great, less filling ‘ echoing in the quad.
9 July 2018 at 20:05
Attended CT “O” school in 1971, enjoyed NCTC, most of the class filled the aircraft carriers contingents. I was on the Saratoga and did a Med cruise as well as a Gulf of Tonkin stay in 1972.
28 August 2018 at 23:19
I wasn`t in the Navy but I lived in forest park, about a quarter mile north of Corry Field. 1956 I was 7 years old. My friends and I would walk through the woods to the fence( 10 foot tall with three strands of barbed wire) and watch the airplanes do touch and go`s. I think they were T-28`s. As we got older 8 or 9 we walked west until the fence turned south through Jone`s swamp. About a few hundred yards south was there shooting range .It was just a berm about 20 foot tall best I remember.Between the berm and the fence was an aircraft bone yard, a kids heaven. We would crawl under the fence and play in the old airplanes.We would take turns pulling watch ( for SP ) from atop of the berm.The planes downwind leg was right over my house. I loved to watch them. Broke my heart when they closed in 1958.
12 October 2018 at 18:51
Got there on Memorial Day 1969 and left just before Thanksgiving for Kami Seya. Was in Co K. The wood barracks with no air conditioning (whine). Would take a dip in the pool across the street after spending too long at the Navarine club. Nothing like a cool swim at 2:00 AM. Was in Orange Beach a couple years back and called Correy to see if I could get on base to look around. They said “no problem” all you need is a Dr. license and proof of insurance. I drive for over an hour only to be told at the gate “there is a security warning and no civilians are allowed on base”. So things never change. Met some good people and some real A holes. Sedio was one. To this day I’d love to say “hi” in some dark alley.
Closed down Kami Seya in June of 1971, went to 2nd Radio Battalion, 91 wonderful days at GITMO, lost a stripe and $50.00 while there. Learned the meaning of “arbitrary and capricious” discipline that served me well as a Business Agent for the Operating Engineers later in life. Would like to find Mike Milton from Marietta GA, or anyone who served in Co E Marine Support Battalion. “Every day’s a holiday and every meal a feast”. AR dit dit
26 October 2018 at 00:56
Arrived at Corry Field on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1969.
Graduated CTT school March 1970, 26T. Went to San Miguel,
Philippines. Had a fabulous time in both places. Always regretted not staying in Navy.
8 November 2018 at 17:45
Went through basic ‘R” and intermediate “T” branch training in 1963 before being sent to TUSLOG Det 12 in Istanbul. had a great instructor in R named CPO Scherz. he literally saved my career by not giving up on me when i had trouble assimilating morse code between sixes and eights!
8 November 2018 at 18:40
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14 March 2019 at 21:30
Went through CTR-A-school @ Imperial Beach in 1957. Never new it was so short lived!
14 March 2019 at 21:33
Sorry for anonymous its Frank Cote
16 March 2019 at 04:47
Was in second class of r school in 61. Finished r and went to T school at Goodfellow Airforce Base in SanAngelo Texas. Was stationed on Guam for a year and a half.Finished my enlistment at Skaggs Island Napa California. I really enjoyed the Sec Group and was proud of the job we were doing during the Cold War.
20 April 2019 at 19:22
With due respect to Admiral Kidd, I believe the senior officer killed by the Japanese during WW2 was General Buckner on Okinawa.
21 April 2019 at 12:42
Thank you. I will correct this statement.
21 April 2019 at 15:52
I thought this was a great history of Correy FIeld and like many of us, I am proud to have been a part of this operation. My only issue is that there were a number of Marines who also attened ths schools there and would love to see more information about our involvement there. Overall, a great history.
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22 April 2019 at 16:37
Watching the evolution of Correy Field over the years reflects the evolution of NavSevGru and ultimately the state of CTs. The effect of September 11, 2001 has changed so many things in intel. So be it.
19 June 2019 at 19:41
Wow, things have changed a lot. Anyone else belong to NTTC in 1987-1988 or know of any CTR’s during that time.
4 February 2022 at 16:23
EW here. I reported to Corry in January 1988. We might’ve crossed paths at some point.
4 February 2022 at 16:39
Sorry, I hit Corry 1968 when the plane hangars were still there
19 June 2019 at 21:04
I was in the 4th class of “O” Branchers….There were probably about 10 Marines total there at the time…..Had a Master Sergeant in charge – I think his name was VanDeVeer??, I was held up after basic school and had to “Stand by” for several months waiting for my clearance to get approved. At that time we had a pretty good deal. We were called “GSB’s” for Graduate Stand By’s and my assignment was to clean classrooms at the end of the day. Usually about 6 hours time. I remember a couple of other GSB’s from that time. I sailor named Poteat, my best friend and fellow Marine Dempsey Stowers, a Sailor named CT Edminston – a few others. GSB’s were under CPO Green (or Greene). A great guy. He wrote me up a few times for various misdeeds but when I went to Captains Mast he was as supportive as could be!
I remember Captain Fabian …..the day he left I was walking by bldg 1 and he asked me if I would help him load his car. Pretty good guy as I recall.
I have great memories of Correy…not the least of which is the day I met the girl I ended up marrying. Met her at the McDonalds just outside the gate and we are still together after 58 years!
28 June 2019 at 21:18
My father was stationed in Pensacola 1956-1958 reportng for duty as Shore Patrol. I have a picture of him on a government issue Harley Davidson painted battleship gray with USN on the tank. Spent his time chasing aviation cadets that liked to drive fast I guess. We lived in the enlisted base housing off the end of the primary runway. As a 6-year old, having SNJs and T-28s taking off over your head every morning was something that for me never got old. I can still hear a T-28 five miles away.
9 September 2019 at 19:44
I went to EW “A” & EW “C” schools May to Sept 1986 & Jan-Oct 1989 respectively. Corry was a 1st class base & Pensacola a great town and would’ve done my whole navy hitch there if they’d let me. I’ll never forget Crosswinds enlisted & petty officers clubs and waitresses Janice, Christine and others, ray beam, the big video screens, had some awesome times there with Sarah, Julie, Mike, Craig et al. Great pool, Tiki bar, track, weight room, theater, billiards hall (home of the beer vending machines!). also great library. Remember Trader Jon’s, Sams nightclub and rumrunners?
2 December 2019 at 13:30
Co. K from 11/68 to mid year ’69….dates fail me now. Lots of brothers from this period I’d like to reconnect with. Only need mention of names to jog any memories. I now live in Pensacola and have tried to enter the base,but having only served 3 years I’m not allowed. Seems a shame since NCTC Corry Field was my home and holds so many memories.
2 December 2019 at 14:00
i called from Orange Beach about five years ago while on vacation and asked if i could look around after having taken the R branch course 6-1-69 to 11-20-69. The guy in charged said no problem if you have a valid drivers license and proof of insurance. I drive 1 and 1/2 only to be told they have a security alert and no civilians are allowed. Some shit never changes.
6 December 2019 at 16:53
I was stationed at Corry 1964-65. Started as CTR but ended up as CTT. It was a great place with many wonderful memories and the best were the white sand beaches. Only instructor I remember and I had several different ones was Chief Damron.
6 December 2019 at 20:18
Looking for name (cto) killed Da Nang Vietnam 1971. Com Shack hit by rocket, can’t remember exact date. Seems he, at least, deserves a building named after him?
6 December 2019 at 22:20
Anonymous: Below are the cryptologist who were killed in 1971.
12 December 1971 – RG -407 C-2A transport aircraft went down between the Philippines and Vietnam killing 10 Sailors, six were Cryptologist:
CTO3 James M. Coon, USN
CTISN John M. Deremigio, USN
CTOI Donald E. Dickerson, USN
CTOSN Stephen H. Elliott, USN
CTRI Walter R. Woods, Jr., USN
CTM2 Gregory K. Zeller, USN
21 January 1971 – SGT Robert Hrisoulis, USMC, KIA in Vietnam
7 December 2019 at 19:04
Thanks for posting these names. Could you tell me the Marines who were cryptologist who were killed in Vietnam in 1970? Thanks.
7 December 2019 at 20:53
10 March 1970 – SGT Larry Wade Duke, USMC, KIA in Vietnam.
Here’s a post I did to honor him in 2016, on his birthday, March 10:
10 December 2019 at 22:07
Mario, thanks for taking time to send over these names. This is still not the Marine who perished in that crash. I appreciate your efforts. Have a great Holiday Season. Tom
10 December 2019 at 22:23
Mario, I apologize, you are correct about Robert perishing in Nan 1971. Here is the info I was finally able to find, thanks to you.
ON THE WALL: Panel W5 Line 58
This page Copyright© 1997-2018 http://www.VirtualWall.org Ltd.
Home of Record: Detroit, MI
Date of birth: 11/27/1950
Service Branch: United States Marine Corps
Grade at loss: E5
Promotion Note: None
ID No: 384547318
MOS: 2571: Special Radio Operator
Length Service: 02
Unit: OPS CO, 1ST RADIO BN, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
Start Tour: 07/15/1969
Incident Date: 01/21/1971
Casualty Date: 01/21/1971
Status Date: Not Applicable
Status Change: Not Applicable
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Repatriated: Not Applicable
Identified: Not Applicable
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Helicopter – Noncrew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land
Data accessed: 12/10/2019
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8 January 2020 at 06:40
Attended class A school CTR 1971,
I remember doing security rounds a night where you had to put the key into the watch clock at each station as you checked each barrack. We as Navy men were warned to not go to far into the Marines barracks, as they would grab you.
waiting for clearance I had to clean the club. Messy job but I did it well
Finally graduated 2nd in my class and was stationed in Bremerhaven Germany.
Lived with my wife on Ward Boulevard while at Pensacola.
23 January 2020 at 16:54
Stationed at Corry Dec 1964 – Dec 1965. Came out of boot camp to Corry. Was in ship’s company until Jun 1965 waiting for my clearance. Ship’s company was a blast (although 10 weeks galley duty working 14 hour days 12 days straight was not too much fun). Partying at Trader’s John was great. Capt. Lehman ended his Navy career there I believe, and he was a relaxed CO. Never forgot the morning when a pair of panties was flying at the top of the flag pole when morning colors was being done. Guys would dress up girls in Navy uniforms and sneak them on base. CTO school was pretty neat. Sent to Cape Chiniak, AK (isolated duty 43 miles outside Kodiak) after graduation. Quite a change from Florida to Alaska. Remember all too well the Liberty and Pueblo incidents. Have a local female bartender who was also a CTO, and we exchange stories (no females were stationed at Corry when I served there).
23 January 2020 at 19:18
Served at Corry Feb.-Jun 1966 at CT”O” A school. Instructors were CTC Roger Coates and CT1 Shipp.
First duty station after A school was NavComSta, San Miguel, P.I., Jul. 1966 – Oct. 1967. Sent TAD to DaNanag, VN Feb. 1967 to Aug. 1967 flying with VQ-1. Served at NSGA, Ft. Meade, Md. Nov. 1967 to Nov, 1969. VIsited Corry in 2015 with NCVA reunion. Base has changed considerably with the exception of the Admin Bldg. and the hangar bldgs. where our classes were held. Plan on visiiting again in 2020 with Big Look Spook reunion. It would be nice to see a tribute to the CTs who lost their lives in Apr. 1969 over the Sea of Japan when they were shot down by N. Korea. The mission was with VQ-1 in an EC-121.
4 February 2022 at 16:44
I had Chief Shipp for advanced “O” April 68
30 January 2020 at 01:06
I was stationed at KamiSeya 1964 to 1966. Looking for CTO branch contacts from that period. Went to Corry in early 70’s for Tech Control school and took my wife back in 80’s. Loved the beach trailers. It has really changed.
Now at US Naval Hospital, Yokosuka Japan looking to find the remains of KamiSeya before I leave here. TAD to PI and USS Coral Sea. Miss all the guys from that time. Memory fading, would like to get in touch with some of the old gang.
All CT’s who lost their lives should be up on a Wall of Honor at Corry station.
30 January 2020 at 01:30
Completely agree Larry that “All CT’s who lost their lives should be up on a Wall of Honor at Corry station.”. We are still here recalling fond memories of our service. They are not. They made the ultimate sacrifice and should be remembered as such. God rest their souls.
28 April 2020 at 18:23
I noticed there was no mention of the short-lived Human Performance Detachment at Corry in the 2003-5 timeframe.
29 April 2020 at 02:32
Maybe I shouldn’t tell this story …. but what the heck. Was in ship’s company at Corry (waiting for my clearance) manning the phones one day. Call comes in and woman on the phone says “I wanna get laid”. I said: “Madam, do you know this is a government Naval station that you are calling?” She responded that’s why she called. I told “Boats” (Boatswain Mate in charge next to me) what this woman was saying, and what should I do. He said: “Lynn, are you a sailor or not?” So I got her description and the car she would be driving. I notified the front gate and the Marine on duty was a buddy of mine. I told him on my authorization to let her in. Without going into further details, I became the most popular guy on base for some time! I behaved, as I was in love with a wonderful girl back home, whom I eventually married (we’ve been married 49 years now). This was in the summer of 1965. Corry and Pensacola was some kind of duty.
10 September 2020 at 15:04
I graduated CTR A school, July 1969. Got orders to NAVCOMSTA Philippines after graduation. I was TAD from there on four missile cruisers (USS Jouett DLG-29, USS Truxtun DLG(N)-35, USS Mahan DLG-11, and USS King DLG-10) in the Gulf of Tonkin 1969-1970 (Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club). From there, I went to NAVFAC Nicosia, Cyprus, which was a fascinating place where we didn’t have to wear uniforms. I got out of active duty Navy in 1972, came home and later re-upped in the reserve program. I loved it so much I served another 26 years in the reserves, and after 30 years retired as a CTRCM in 1999. Being in the Navy and being in the Naval Security Group was a great career. And it all started at NCTC Corry Station.
22 October 2020 at 22:43
Corry Station (CTT).
Misawa (extended tour to EAOS).
Loved the work, hated being in any branch of the military.
23 October 2020 at 03:36
Musa, working as a civilian at a military base, is a world apart from serving in the military. The camaraderie experienced among those who served can not be put into words. You simply have to experience it. And that camaraderie lasts a life time. It carries over into your civilian life with anyone you meet who served.