The same as in Asmara, this Spook's Alley is named after the legendary "King of Gross" Lawrence D. McKay. "Spook" McKay was a man who let his actions speak louder than his words. His escapades were primarily of the humorous nature seasoned with a touch a perversity. Life to Spook was truly like a "box of chocolates". You didn't know what you were going to get until you put it in your mouth, gnashed it with your teeth, rolled it around once or twice and then sucked it down.
The 4th USASAFS Spook's Alley is a forum for lighthearted, humorous stories dealing with the off duty life of ASA Personnel stationed at Kagnew Station, Asmara, Eritrea, Ethiopia. Most of the stories posted here will deal with real life situations and are not suitable as family fare. These stories are not edited for content or language. No names will be changed to protect the innocent, only the guilty.
Slight embellishments due to lack of long term memory by the authors are to be expected.
The views and opinions expressed here are those of the individual Authors and do not reflect the attitude held by the majority of the US Military personnel that were stationed at Kagnew.
There are six sections in Spook's Alley, each of which can be reached by clicking on the appropriate Green Door below. The Lexicon is a list of words and phrases used by Kagnew personnel. Spook Tales has stories about the living legend, Larry "Spook" McKay. Stories are tales told by former Kagnew Station denizens. Mama Kathy has stories about a lovely lady that some of us knew very well. Sergei Berets contains letters received from a former Russian Lieutenant who served in Eritrea as an interpreter in the 1980's. Pizzazz contains my annotated Military History.
Your submissions to Spook's Alley are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.