Looking for information on Sgt Richard E. Veasey,or any other MSG who was assign to FBIS Karavas Cyprus(Radio Station Jun-Jul 1974 during Turkish Army Invasion of North Cyprus .
We have info on Veasey and one other marine (SSGT Gutierrez) who were part of 7 MSG assigned to FBIS and were quartered Kyrenia prior to the trouble..Note: SSGT Gutierrez retired from USMC and is deceased.
MSG School 15 Hun 71
Kampala, Uganda 21 September 1971
1972 watch stander Monrovia Liberia
September 1973 transferred to Beirut,Lebanon as NCOIC
1 September 1973 promoted Staff Sergeant.
December 1973 to July 1974.NCOIC ,Karavas(FBIS) station
Awarded Navy Commendation Metal for successful emergency evacuation of FBIS
He attended MSG school on June 15, 1971, and upon completion, transferred to Kampala, Uganda, September 21, 1971. On July 17, 1972, he proceeded to Monrovia, Liberia, as a watch stander. In September 1973, he transferred to Beirut, Lebanon as NCOIC of the detachment. On September 1, 1973, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.From December 1973 to July 1974, he established a new MSG detachment at the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) station in Karavas, Cyprus, and as NCOIC of the detachment carried out a successful emergency evacuation for which he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. The President of the United States recognized SSgt Ernesto K. Gutierrez for heroic achievement in connection with the safety and evacuation of American and British Nationals in a hostile combat environment July 15 through 23, 1974. SSgt. Gutierrez, NCOIC of the Marine Security Guard, Karavas, Cyprus, was in complete control and command throughout and was made responsible for the safety of all personnel in the FBIS by the Mediterranean Bureau Chief who had no staff or other personnel qualified to undertake such an assignment. With complete disregard for his own safety and fully aware of the personal dangers involved, SSgt. Gutierrez exposed himself to save American and British National Personnel. His actions directly relate to the safety and well being of those persons as well as their safe evacuation.
On July 22, 1974, SSgt. Gutierrez braved a naval bombardment to rescue two American employees of the FBIS. The employees, caught in the open, were in danger from bursting ordnance when SSgt Gutierrez rushed from the safety of the FBIS building, amid shrapnel from a direct hit on a steel antennae tower, and maneuvered the two government workers at the risk of his personal safety to a safe haven. His action was instrumental in preventing serious or fatal injury to the two employees.
On July 23, 1974, SSgt. Gutierrez volunteered to enter hostile lines and evacuate American and British Nationals from a potentially dangerous environment. During one leg of his trip, SSgt. Gutierrez was confronted by soldiers, stopped and searched at gunpoint, he displayed cool professionalism and maintained his composure thereby preventing a potential confrontation with the invading forces. After obtaining the release of nine Americans and an undetermined amount of British National families, SSgt Gutierrez calmly led them through the lines to an evacuation point. During this entire period, SSgt Gutierrez gave precise instructions to Marines and civilians on safety procedures. Pointing out safe areas within the bureau to protect personnel under fire, he was instrumental in preventing injury, especially when the bureau was subjected to much shrapnel from mortar and artillery fire. Many rooms in the building were devastated, however, due to the cool manner and professional advice to all concerned, not one person was wounded. The positive control, sound judgment and timely and decisive actions undoubtedly were the determining factors in the safe handling of all personnel under his control. His courageous and prompt actions in the face of great personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and that of the United States Naval Service.
SGT Veasey was also involved in driving FBIS Bus across Turkish/Greek lines and recovering US Personnel.
Any one have any help??