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Harry Lomas Album

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Chief Jesse Veach (Arizona and Ohio) is seated at the console in AFRS Kodiak. Seaman Norman Holm (Washington state) is they guy with the hat on, and Seaman Don Guill (West Texas) is the other guy. Notice the Record Library in the background.

In this photo the Chief is probably recording a public service announcement (PSA), or some dialog for the "talking" chicken or pig he had on his live afternoon kids TV show.

The TV studio was downstairs. We had a film chain with two 16mm film projectors and slide projector and two studio cameras. This was before video tape and satellite, so everything we broadcast on TV was either live or kinescope.

I lost touch with Holm and Veach after I left Kodiak for a 3-year tour on the USS Constellation. However, Don Guill (JO3), looked me up when he came aboard "Connie" as part of the press crew traveling with astronaut Col. Frank Borman, who was on a PR tour visiting troops in Vietnam.

Armed Forces Television Channel 8 in Kodiak The studio is through the windows at the right of the photo.

The film chain was behind the monitors. As I said earlier, that consisted of two 16mm sound movie projectors and a slide projector.

There were four monitors: Two for the studio cameras, one for the film chain and one "on the air" monitor.

The grey video control board was a switcher/fader and the audio control board sat on top of that. The cartridge machine is next to that and the turntable is at the bottom right of the photo.

Here's what the Coast Guard hanger at the end of Old Womens Bay looked like in '67.

The US Post Office on base. We all put in a lot of miles going to the PO to send and receive packages. My mother mailed me a two-layer cake and a can of frosting for my 21st birthday! It was a big hit with the guys in the barracks!

This is the Pacific Northern constellation that delivered me to Kodiak in February 1967, one month out of Boot Camp. I drew the arrow to point out to the folks at home the Ordnance Building that I worked in after I had finished a few weeks of mandatory "Mess Cooking".

I worked in the Weapons Dept. for a couple months until I found out there was actually a radio station on the base. It took a bit of research to find out who I should talk to about possibly transferring. It was worth the effort. Chief Veach was thrilled to have someone who actually graduated from broadcasting school (even though I had a slight Boston accent.) :-)

Naval Station Admin bldg 1967. Old Women Mt. is in the background. If I'm not mistaken, the small tower on the building was the weather observatory.

A tanker at the fuel pier in the fall of '67.

This is an official Navy photo of a Navy tug (YTM 537) rescuing a tanker that was grounded leaving Old Womens Bay in March of 1967.

A Canadian Coast Guard cutter visiting the fuel pier in October '67.

From the top of Old Womens Mountain looking toward Kodiak.

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