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1949 Sugamo Prison Football Team

sugamo japan prison camp
Sugamo Prison Tokyo, Japan. Army football team

From the banquet program from 1949, the US Army’s Sugamo Prison Football Team was quite the competitor.

Sugamo Prison Army Football Team Roster
Roster of Squad, 1949 US Army Football Team at Sugamo Prison – Tokyo, Japan
Name Position Number Height Weight Home Town State
Barber, Francis C RH 10 5’8″ 180 Kelso Washington
Young, Harry RH 11 6’0″ 175 Mansfield Ohio
Korgie, Leonard F LH 12 5’9″ 175 Columbus Nebraska
Starnes, Donald L QB 13 5’9″ 155 West Carlton Ohio
Stanton, Raymond B Coach 14 5’9″ 188 Flint Michigan
Frank, Ernes QB 15 5’7″ 175 Enid Oklahoma
Hageny, Kenneth RHB 16 5’8″ 160 Milwaukee Wisconsin
LaFavor, Donald QB 17 5’6″ 160 Saint Paul Minnesota
Carter, Johnny LHB 18 5’9″ 160 Sand Springs Oklahoma
Oliver, William RHB 19 5’8″ 140 Palatka Florida
Costa, Edmund LHB 20 5’10” 160 Honolulu Hawaii
Belback, Arthur FB 21 5’10” 185 Cloverdale Pennsylvania
Bransburg, Richard LHB 22 6’2″ 175 Pottstown Pennsylvania
Rice, Melvin FB 23 5’11” 205 Tulsa Oklahoma
Mannio, Anthony FB 24 6’0″ 201 Staten Island New York
Soto, Lee FB 25 5’10 215 Los Angeles California
Sinda, William C 26 5’11 206 Dong Island New York
Maskevicius, John E 27 6’0″ 165 Baltimore Maryland
Cobb, Clinton Wayne E 28 6’1″ 180 Kilgore Texas
Baxter, Don T 29 6’0″ 194 Wakame Washington
Sherves, Eugene C 30 5’10” 190 Washington D.C.
Farmer, Richard C 31 5’10” 220 Ironton Ohio
Malkiewicz, Robert G 32 5’9″ 180 Milwaukee Wisconsin
Singleton, Eugene E 33 5’9″ 165 Middleton Ohio
Ruddock, Jules B T 34 5’11” 185 New Orleans Louisiana
Huff, Jack G 35 6’0″ 197 Stevens Point Wisconson
Miller, Robert T 36 6’3″ 245 Quincy Illinois
Perry, Robert E 37 6’1″ 172 Clare Michigan
Hopson, Travis E 38 6’1″ 182 Dallas Texas
Stepnick, George T 39 6’0″ 180 New York New York
Compton, Arnold G or T 40 6’0″ 199 Chicago Illinois
Hickey, Joseph E 42 6’1″ 170 Syracuse New York
Lewis, James E 43 5’10” 163 Albany California
Murphy, Robert G 44 5’9″ 205 Minneapolis Minnesota
Puccini, Leslee T 45 6’1″ 250 Fresno California
Phillippa, Teddy T 46 5’9″ 200 Detroit Michigan
Howard, Roberts RH 47 5’10” 140 Charlotte North Carolina
Greiwahn, William G 48 5’10” 170 Adrian Michigan
Coffil, James G 50 5’8″ 175 Beverly Massachusetts
Dearman, Alfred V QB 49 5’11” 150 Elida New Mexico
Team Manager            
Sears, Ernest E         Washington D.C.
Ernest, Frank         Enid Oklahoma
Eugene Shreves         Washington D.C.
Roster of Football Squad
Army #8 Football – Sugamo Prison – Tokyo Japan
Sugamo Football
Program from Sugamo Prison Football November 1949

Just look at those big numbers on the board. Undefeated in the year 1949. Did Yokohama Area Enginers show up to the game?

Found a video from the WWII museum on one of the guys listed on the roster: Dearman, Alfred V QB #49
Football field from the air at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, Japan

Ham Radio Field Day 2021

My first Crack At Field Day

After a hurricane his south Texas in 2017, a lot of folks broke out their books and studied up to be an armature radio operator. I was one of those folks. After acquiring a few pieces of gear and mounting an antenna on the house I was all set. Time went on, we moved away from Corpus Christi, but I still kept tinkering with my ham gear. Field Day (ARRL Field Day) has been on the ham radio to-do list for a while and since I’m working at the Communication Center at a hospital I figured it would be a good year to start.


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Ham Radio On The Trail

Who can use a ham radio?

The simple answer is licensed amateur radio operators.

A few years back I rode in the AZT300. It is a self-supported bike race in southern remote bits of Arizona. After 8 days on the Arizona Trail, I came home with questions about emergency communications. What would happen if my spot GPS and I became separated? At the time I was not an amateur radio operator and sat there wondering what all the antennas in the distance were for.
Some were for radio and tv, but some are for the department of transportation, amateur radio, and GMRS repeaters.

How could people on the trail use these in an emergency situation?
Can you reach them with a HAM radio? Who can use a ham radio?

The real answer to the question, “Who can use a ham radio?” comes from the FCC test bank for the technician level ham radio license.

Derrick Perrin's bike on Mr Lemmon
Derrick Perrin’s Mountain Bike on Mt Lemmon, Arizona

FCC Question T2C09 – 12. Are amateur station control operators ever permitted to operate outside the frequency privileges of their license class?

  • A. Yes, but only when part of a RACES emergency plan
  • B. Yes, but only if necessary in situations involving the immediate safety of human life or protection of property
  • C. Yes, but only when part of a FEMA emergency plan
  • D. No

So if you are studying for your technician license you do not have a license at all. So this question is for everyone. The answer is “B”.

The key to the answer is that if all other communications have been tried then you ‘yes you, as in anyone without a license’ can use a radio to make emergence communication calls. Any radio, any frequency, any way how.
§ 97.403 Safety of life and protection of property. No provision of these rules prevents the use by an amateur station of any means of radiocommunication at its disposal to provide essential communication needs in connection with the immediate safety of human life and immediate protection of property when normal communication systems are not available.

We cant stress how important it is to have your license . Its really easy to study and test for your tech. Just do a search for the local amateur club in your area and there will be an old man there who would love to help you get setup.

How does this help on the trail?

Mountain Bike and a Ham Radio
Ham radio on a mountain bike

A good cheep radio like the BTECH UV-5X3 has 128 programmable channels that can be setup for everything from ham radio repeaters to Motorola Blister-pack family radio channels to a mix of other municipal frequencies.

2 way radio repeaters and how they work

Family – FRS & General Mobile Radio Service GMRS Bands

Just like the ham radio bands there are repeaters for the blister-pack radios. You can Google search you area for local GMRS repeater networks. Here is a video showing how to program these bands into your hand held radio.

Programming your HT for FRS and GMRS radio bands.

Do Your Homework – Read and find out what might save your ass on the trail.

So the main concept here is getting your hands on a radio and prepare by learning how it works and how you program it. I use chirp to program my handheld 2-way walkie talkies. The frequencies you put into the radio will be important. You can also program channels for scanning only. If you want to listen to the national weather service, you can do that.

Radio Frequencies I would use for the Arizona Trail.

The NOAA weather radio channels for the area

Santa Cruz County 155.71500 – County Emergency Services – EMS Dispatch 155.02500 – SCRUZ-ROADS – Public Works 155.23500 – Santa Cruz Valley USD – Schools


154.40000 – Fire Department – F1 – Dispatch 154.43000 – Suburban Nogales FD F2 – Dispatch


154.41500 – Fire Department – Dispatch

Sonoita Pima County

155.22000 Sheriff- Search & Rescue volunteers 154.17500 – Fire Department – Dispatch

Mt Lemmon

146.96000 – K7UAZ Ham Repeater 224.06000 – KA7LFX Ham Repeater 151.04750 – Air Evac Medical Helicopters 155.32500 – Air Eval Tuscon All FRS and GMRS including the popular repeater pairs. Any Municipal fire or EMS that operates on FM.

This is a short list of the frequencies you should be looking for. The little handheld radios are not that powerful. The best way to operate at long range is to have a clear line of site. Make sure nothing is between you and the receiver you are trying to hit.

There are ways to upgrade the radio by installing a better antenna, or a larger battery pack. As a bikepacker, or hiker you will have to weigh in on what is important to you.

I hope this helps stir up some ideas and other ways to stay safe on your next outdoor adventure.

Can’t share or like someone to good health

Quit kidding yourself folks. Quit doing something to make yourself feel good when you can do something that matters. There is no way in hell you can share or like someone to good health. It doesn’t matter if a post gets a million likes…. nothing happens. Share it on every country. .. still nothing. You want to do something positive get down on your knees and pray. Don’t pray? Medatate or what’s the sissy thing folks say, “positive thought” Yea do that and you will be miles ahead of social crap.
These post are the 1980s version of a chain letter or the 1990s chain email. You forwarded that one email to 10 people and we’re did that get you? It got you on a shit list.

Please, please, please if you see someone in need please stop and take a second to pray.

I’m working down my list of thank you cards for folks who took time to pray of me and my family during my battle with cancer. Thank you and sorry for your soar knees.

Rant complete,

New day, New doctor.


Today was great. I will elaborate more later but just wanted to let everyone know we are talking with doctors this week and coming up with cancer action plans.
I didn’t hear what I wanted to hear today, but I did hear what I needed to hear today.
I’m going to get some real world work done and should have a video for you on Thursday.

Take care now

Still Running Drugs

I’m sitting here getting a new bag and trying to figure out some research on my chemotherapy protocol.
It all seems to be uncharted territory. The protocol has only been used for 7 years so we don’t have a lot of information about long term issues that typically pop up with other chemotherapy drugs.

Take care,

MDA Giftshop


They sale a lot of great things in the gift shop, but this cool sticker is not one of them. To get one of these you have to go in for a few days of iv fun.

2 clots can’t keep me down.

Sorry for not updating you sooner. I’m ok and lived to enjoy my family another day. We did, and still do, have a major concern regarding my right arm. I have an IV line that was set to stay in me till the end of all my chemotherapy rounds. We have been carefully flushing and caring for it since we left MD Anderson.  Two days ago a few spots in my arm got soar. I grew up trying to be tough but life with cancer doesn’t afford me the opportunity to take one for the team and keep trucking. Any little issue is a big issue in my life. So I checked my pride at the door and went to the minor emergency center to be examined. They had concerns and bounced me for a sonogram. The sonogram tech can’t say anything but the way the scan went I could tell something was not right. They bounced me back to the urgent care clinic and they to the ER. The ER folks differed to MDA and after a while I got a blood thinning shot in the gut and a prescription to have 2 per day till I get my line checked at MD Anderson. 

So my blood is working at anticoagulation. We hope this reduces the clots and won’t lead to the clot moving to another location. I shoot up morning and night to make all this happen. I had to get over the fear associated with jabbing a sharp needle into my tummy fat and pushing a drug. Once you realize it is tummy shot or more blood clots you stick it and forget it.

So it’s somewhat normal now in Perrin Land. We were not planning on a trip to Houston till chemotherapy time, but it looks like we will be there on Monday. Plans are for me to get the pic line pulled and then catch up with Kendra and the kids at the Houston Zoo. We might make it to the Big Thicket on Tuesday if things go well. If we plan anything than being in Houston often our plans get tossed out the window and we are needed back in Houston.

Hope this fills you in. If cancer was only about taking your medication and eating right this would be easy. You have medication for you medications and a big road of unknown hurdles you have to jump. You don’t know when or if you will start to have side effects. Just a lot to learn and there is no manuals for me.