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Dawg Flight's Heralded Sports Teams 1970

Updated 29 October 2010

Dawg Flight Softball on the Hill 1970 and 1969

The 1969 and 1970 Dawg Softball Teams placed first in the softball league on the Hill and won the Shulinkou team championship.

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(Click on Photos to Enlarge)1970 photo (left) by Dick Ferretti     1969 photo by Ron Mundwiller

  (Left photo) Some of the members of the 1970 Dawg Flight Championship Softball Team accepting their first place trophies from Colonel William J. Barnes, base commander, in Spring 1970. (From left) Ken "Cool Hand" Larsen (WA), Dave "Hondo" Rauh (MA), CMSgt (NCOIC) Loyd "Gus" Harris (Coach, Captain and Pitcher), John "JB" Davis (MD), Bill "Marty" Martin (MD), SSgt. Ray Adams (AF), George "Sergio" Rasetta (OH), and Bill "Gordy" Gordon (NY). Missing from the photo are Dick Ferretti (NJ-taking photo), Kevin "Kai" Strebel (NY) and several other team members.
  (Right photo) Several members of the 1969 Dawg Flight Championship Softball Team on the Hill. Identified team members are: (first row-from left) Unidentified (green jersey), Lt. John "Bob" Jones (Dawg Flight's Commander: 1969-70), U/ID, U/ID. Coach CMSgt (NCOIC) Loyd "Gus" Harris (far right), (second row-from left) Jerry Corder (202), Bill "Marty" Martin, Ron "Squatty Body" Mundwiller, John "JB" Davis, U/ID, U/ID, (third row) U/ID, Rick "Big Kahuna" Muller (hat), (fourth row) Unidentified.

July 2, 1970 Shu Lin Kou Devil Dog newspaper provided by R. Lentz
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  (Left article) "...Colonel William J. Barnes, base commander (27 Jun 69-27 Jun 71), tosses out the first ball to kickoff the 1970 softball season on the Hill, June 22, 1970." The "Dawg" team is standing behind Col. Barnes in the article's photo.
  (Right article) "...Charlie Flight's Gene Kramer makes a triple play against Dawg hitter John "JB" Davis in a losing effort... Dawg Flight wins the first game of the season against Able Flight 10-3."

The "Dawg" Softball Team at spring practice preparing for their season opener in June 1970. Please contact
The Phantom with any corrections, if you aren't mentioned, or if you have additional team photos to share.

(Click on Photos to Enlarge) Spring 1970 photos by Steve Swallom

1. An April 1970 shot of a group of Dawgs on the backstop bleachers (base Gym in background):
(Front row-from left) Bob "Dorf" Ellendorf, John Savino (#24)
(2nd row) Bill "OJ" Simpson, Larry "Jeep" Reuben
(3rd row) Tom "Jorgy" Jorgensen (yellow), Sam Dairyko (shades), Dick Ferretti
(4th row) Dale Wollan (hat), John "JB" Davis, Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (fatigue cap), Ken "Cool Hand" Larson (hat, shades)
(Top row) Rick "Pancho" Sanchez (bat) and Curt Dunn (glove). Base Gym in background.

2. 1970 shot of the "Dawg" softball team getting ready for practice (see next photo, #3).

3. (Previous photo enlarged). The "Dawg" softball team getting ready for practice. (From left) Bill "Gordy" Gordon (far left-black pants), Steve Perrine (yellow shirt), U/ID (plaid hood), Dick Ferretti (hat-blue shorts), Mike "Mouse" Emerson (hat, red shirt, shorts), Bill "OJ" Simpson (#22), Dale Wollan (hat-foreground), Sam Daryko (shades-blue jersey), John "JB" David (white jacket-drinking), U/ID (shades), Larry "Jeep" Reuben (blue shirt), Ken "Cool Hand" Larson (hat-raised hand), Bill "Marty" Martin (white jacket), Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (hat-glove), Lee "Rhee" Higgins (black cap), Larry Briske (raised hand), Ray Adams (jacket-far right).

1970 photos by Steve Swallom (Click on Photos to Enlarge)

1. (From left) Dennis "Oly" Olson at fence, Dave "Hondo" Rauh at bat, and Dick Ferretti catcher. (1970 photo)
2. Paul Diggins connects. (From left) Dick Ferretti (catcher), U/ID (behind backstop), Mike Keogh (pole), Dave Bloomquist (yellow shirt), U/ID (stripes), Mike Emerson (red shirt & shorts), Bill Simpson (red cap), Steve Murphy (yellow shirt), Ray Adams (far right-blue jacket). (1970 photo)
3. 1970 shot of Sam Dairyko at bat and Dennis Olson at fence.

1970 photos by Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (Click on photos to enlarge)

1. (From left) Curt Dunn (coat-far left), Sam Dairyko, John "JB" Davis (bat), George "Sergio" Raseta (blue jersey), Bob Gravenstuk (black hat), Steve "Murph" Murphy, Larry Reuben, Dick Ferretti (kneeling), Nelson "Shaky" Carpenter, Larry Briske (glasses), Bill "Marty" Martin, Greg "HT" Todd, Dennis Olson and others. (1970 photo)
2. "Shoeless" Jim Emerson at bat as Dick Ferretti catches. (1970 photo)
3. "Hot Dawg" George "Sergio" Raseta makes another great catch. Sam Dairyko is left fielder (background) and unidentified shortstop (far right). Background (identified Dawgs-from left): Larry Reuben (brown jacket-far left), Nelson Carpenter (shorts), Greg Todd (blue shirt), Dennis Olson (glasses), (1970 photo)

  Note: George "Sergio" Raseta (OH) was an outstanding three sport athlete on the Hill who played on the Dawg championship softball and basketballs teams (see photos below and next page). He also played quarterback on the league runner-up Dawg flag football team and was an avid golfer (see photos below).

1970 photos by Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck and N. Carpenter (photos 4. & 5.) (Click on photos to enlarge)

1. Lee "Rhee" Higgins connects with Steve "Murph" Murphy (catcher) and Rick "Big Kahuna" Muller (umpire) behind the plate. (1970 photo)
2. After clearing the bleachers, "Dirty Al" Brewer continues to hurl obscenities in Chinese at the opposing ream while finishing off a case of "Schlitz" pejyo. The base Gymnasium is in the background.(1970 photo)
3. After being beaned by a pitch earlier, right fielder Bob Gravenstuk contemplates bunting or running for cover.
4. 1970 shot of Dale Wollan bat. Background (from left) Steve Murphy (behind plate), John Savino (jersey-no. 24) and Curt Dunn (far right-white T-shirt drinking).
5. 1970 shot of "heavy hitter" Rick "Pancho" Sanchez.

1969 Dawg Flight Softball
(Click on Photos to Enlarge)1969 photos by Ron Mundwiller (1968-70)

1.) Ron "Squatty Body" Mundwiller (1968-70) on deck during a 1969 Dawg Flight softball game on the Hill.
2.) Ron Mundwiller at bat during a 1969 Dawg Fight game on the Hill.
3.) Shortstop Ron Mundwiller during a 1969 Dawg Flight game on the Hill.
4.) Ron Mundwiller singles to left center for the Shulinkou Devil Dogs base team during one of several All Taiwan Island Tournaments, 1969. On deck is Jimmy Lee, Devil Dog center fielder.
5.) Ron Mundwiller on first base following his hit in the previous photo.

1970 Dawg Volleyball on the Hill

"...certainly one of the most fearsome volleyball groups ever to grace the Shu Lin Kou court". [The "Devil Dog " newspaper]

April 17, 1970 Shu Lin Kou Devil Dog newspaper provided by Steve Murphy
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The undefeated (5-0) 1970 Dawg Flight Volleyball Team won the league championship on the Hill. The
article above appeared in the April 17, 1970 edition of the Shu Lin Kou "Devil Dog" base newspaper.
Missing from the photo is Bob Ellendorf who departed Taiwan and the Air Force prior to the award ceremony.

1970 Dawg Football on the Hill

  The 1970 Dawg Flight Football Team, coached by CMSgt. Loyd "Gus" Harris, placed second in the Shu Linkou flag football league on the "Hill". The Dawgs lost a close and hard fought battle against Charlie Flight in the championship game played under the lights in October 1970. The other teams in the league were the Dawg "203s", Able Flight, Charlie Flight and Navy.

Dick Ferretti (NJ)
1970 photo by Vandierdonck (Click to Enlarge)

Shots of the Dawg Football Team practicing with the Dawg 203 Football Team prior to the start of the Fall 1970 season.
Please contact The Phantom with correct identities, if you aren't mentioned, or if you have additional team photos to share.

1970 photos by Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (Click on photos to enlarge)

1.) Defense (from left): Bill Simpson, Don Wilson, Dick Ferretti (LB), Dave Rauh, Mike Perhach (LB). Offense (from left): Fred Kirschstein (end), Jack Brown, Ken Larsen (center), Ted Johnson (guard/203) and Dave Bloomquist (203/foreground).
2.) Same players as previous photo.
3.) Defense (front to back): Mike Perhach, Don Wilson, Dave Rauh, Bill Gordon, and Larry Reuben. Offense (front to back): Ted Johnson (203), Dave Bloomquist (203-behind Ted), Al Brewer, Jack Brown (head shot) and Ken Larsen (blue shirt).
4.) (From left) Bill Gordon, Dick Ferretti and Larry Reuben.
5.) Russ Hanegan (203).

1970 photos by Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (Click on photos to enlarge)

1.) (From left) Al Brewer (jeans-hands on knees), George "Sergio" Raseta (QB-standing), Ken Larsen (blue shirt), and Jim Briggs (yellow shirt). Kneeling (from left) are 203s Dave Bloomquist and Dave Root (headband).1.) Bill Gordon (RB/QB), Dick Ferretti, Larry Reuben
2.) (From left) Al Brewer, Dave Root (203-Headband) and George Raseta (QB).
3.) (From left) Jim Briggs, U/ID, Russ Hanegan (green shirt), George Raseta (QB), Ken Larsen (C), Al Brewer, and Don Wilson.
4.) Jim Briggs (with ball), Larry Reuben (behind Briggs) blocking U/ID (headband), Mike Perhach (glasses) and Ken Larsen.
5.) Brewer, Briggs, and Raseta (background).

1970 photos by Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (Click on photos to enlarge)

1.) (From left) Briggs, Dave Bloomquist (203), Wilson, U/ID (yellow shirt), Russ Hanegan (203/head shot), Simpson (#19), Brewer (back to camera) and Perhach.
2.) Raseta (far left), Wilson, Ferretti and U/ID.
3.) Dave Rauh.
4.) (From left) Rauh, Hanegan, Ferretti, Gordon, u/id (headband), and Wilson. Linkou fire-truck is in far right background.

Missing Dawg football team members from the above photos include CMSgt. Loyd "Gus" Harris (Coach), Roger "SSgt" Lentz (Captain/LB), Jim "Mouse" Emerson (DL), Ken Bushee (DL), and Dennis "Olie" Olson (OL), SSgt. Johnny Jackson (DL) and others.
Missing Dawg 203 team members from the photos include Kevin Strebel (QB), Jim Fitzgerald (Receiver), Jim Haverstock (OL), Mike Keogh (OL), Jerald "Tiny" Richardson (OL) and others.

Dawg Basketball on the Hill

1968 Dawg Flight Basketball Team (Click on Photo to Enlarge)
photo by Tom Jorgensen

The 1968 Dawg Flight Basketball Team (above) during a game in the Linkou Gymnasium against Able Flight. Dawg players (blue & white uniforms): #10 Terry Curley, Ron "Guppy" Roach (across from Curley) and "Unidentified" (foul line). Dawg Bill Toni, the game's referee, is behind the basket (dark clothes, white shoes).

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Photos by Larry Wilson (Baker Flight 1970-71)

1970 Basketball Game on the Hill - Dawg Flight versus Baker Flight (Dawg Flight was base champs 1969, 1970 and 1971).

1.) Mike Keogh (left), Bill "Young'un" Meyer (left background) and a Baker Flight player (right-unidentified) in the Linkou Gymnasium during the Hill league's 1970/71 season.
2.) (From right) George "Sergio" Raseta (far right), Ted "Teddy Bear" Johnson (center) and Jim "Mouse" Emerson (#35).
3.) (From left) Bill Meyer, Mike Hine (under basket), Don Wilson (#24).
4.) Guard Bill "Young'un" Meyer (left) and Larry Wilson (right-Baker Flight).
5.) Larry Wilson (right) takes a break on the Baker Flight bench.
    Dawg Flight team members missing from the photos above include Bob Koenig, Nelson "Shaky" Carpenter and several others. "Shaky" was AWOL for a some of the games due to other commitments in "Town"... The Dawg jerseys with the Chinese characters were "Shaky's" idea who had the jerseys tailor-made in Taipei.

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Photos by J. Boex, S. Edwards and M. McCarron (courtesy of "")

1.) The Shulinkou base gymnasium. Home of the championship Dawgs and Devil Dogs basketball team. Dawg Flight was base champions 1969, 1970 and 1971.
2.) The Devil Dogs team bus (SLKAS Special Services Bus).
  Devil Dogs coach CMSSgt Loyd "Gus" Harris (Dawg Flight's NCOIC: 1969-71): "...Colonel William B. Barnes (base commander: 1969-71) was definitely a "jock" type commander. There were at least two buses with the "Devil Dogs" logo on them. As coach of the Devil Dogs Basketball Team we always traveled in one of the (SLKAS Special Services) buses with a logo to Tainan (Air Base), CCK (Taichung) and other gyms...including to play the Chinese National Team and Chinese Air Force, Army and Navy teams. Those buses were also used for regular trips with the troops (flight trips down-island and McCauley Beach)." [2008]
3.) SLKAS Special Services Bus parked behind Able Flight's barracks. The base Tennis Courts are in the far right background behind the bus.

Dawg Duffers on the Hill

The "First Dawg Challenge" was held in 1970 at the 5-hole, par 3, pitch and putt Golf Course located next to the antenna field at Linkou. At the time,
these Dawgs never realized they'd be playing together again 34 years later in the "Dawg Challenge" at the 2004 Dawg Flight Reunion in Las Vegas.

Photo by Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (Click to enlarge)
(Bottom Row-from left) Unidentified and Lee "Rhee" Higgins.
(Top Row-from left) Ray "Rudy" Sorensen, Dave "Doink" Vanderdoink, Jim "Mouse" Emerson and George "Sergio" Raseta.
1970 photo was taken at the base Picnic Pavilion located on the back side of base adjacent to the Linkou golf course.

The 1970 shots below show the Dawg Duffers in action. Please contact The Phantom if you can correctly identify the Duffers in these photos.
The Linkou 5-hole, par-3, pitch and putt Golf Course was located on the back side of the base behind the Operations Building.

1970 Photos by Dave Vandierdonck (Click on photos to enlarge)

1. Dave Vandierdonck (wearing a Dawg Flight jacket). The water tower, Barracks, Compound, Ops Center and antennas are in background. New construction to expand the rear of the Operations Center is shown in the far right background.
2. Ray Sorensen. The golf clubs (foreground) were checked-out from Special Services.
3. George Raseta (left) and unidentified. The overhead lighting was for security around the base perimeter fencing.
4. George Raseta 1970.

1970 Photos by Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (Click on photos to enlarge)
The Shulinkou golfers in the above photos are unidentified.

Linkou International Golf and Country Club
(Click on photo to enlarge) 1971 photo by J. Parker

May/June 1971 shot of George "Sergio" Raseta with three caddies at the nearby Linkou International Golf and Country Club as he
prepares to tee-off during an 18-hole round of golf with about 10 Dawg Flighters including Johnny Parker, Brian Brady and others.

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