Marvin somehow found this blog and emailed me today. It's my first contact from a Marine who was stationed on Adak. The Marines lived across the street from the Seabees, and would come and visit us when they wanted to kick back and have a few beers. Marvin has insight into the secret places that we were instructed not to even look at! Great to hear from you Marvin, and thank you for your service to our country. ~Bob
I am a retired Marine who was stationed on Adak in 1985. I was curious, did you have Marines stationed there when you were on island? When I was there, it was common knowledge that "the pound" existed and what was stored there. No one would officially confirm it, but it was probably the worst kept secret on a island of no secrets. Matter of fact, from the only clump of trees on the island, if you looked over your shoulder you could see the compound as plain as day. Of course, the old saying, "the best place to hide something is right in plain sight" worked out perfect there, because from what I understand, no one ever found it that wasn't supposed to know where it was in the first place. Everyone who visited the Adak Forest, was watched quite extensively, for just that purpose. I'll never forget the mushroom cloud the nuke guys painted on the wall of their work area. Well, I enjoyed your blog and like all Adak veterans, I have very found memories of that place. After 22 years, if I had to pick one duty station over again, it would definitely be Adak. Take care.
I didn't take these. I found them on a website by Paul Roberts*. He took a trip there in 2000 and took those and a whole lot of other photos. I guess being one of the few Marines that don't drink, I never experienced that side of the island, even though I helped a lot of those who did. On his site he has the pound listed as the Seven doors of doom. That must have been a nickname that came along later, for we never called it that. When I fist saw those photos, I about fell out of my chair. I thought I'd never see that place again. Everyone treated it Sooo top secret. All of us Marines were so young and motivated, we were ready to go to Moscow and take on the bear ourselves. Not a day went by that their weren't stories about soviet fishing trawlers spying on us or reconnaissance aircraft flying around. It's really sad to see it laying wide open like that. We kept that place locked up tighter than Fort Knox. I am sending you a link to his website and a few others I found. You can use anything I type on your blog, but if you are going to use his photos you might want to ask Paul if he doesn't mind. I'm using the photos strictly for personal use.
*Bob, I was looking at Adak sites on the internet when I found your blog. Of course you are welcome to use the picture of the Seven Doors of Doom. Like you when you saw the picture, I was excited to be able to walk into the facility that had been sooo off limits. Paul Roberts 9-11-08