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Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba GTMO

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Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba GTMO

Website: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/Guantanamo/
Veterans: 64
Latest Activity: Aug 16, 2016

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hats, jackets from gitmo

Started by Ernie Rossi. Last reply by Doug Nichols Jun 3, 2013. 1 Reply

My Time in GTMO

Started by John T. Rubbo May 11, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by John Kellett on March 31, 2015 at 8:29pm

I just got back from a wonderful week in Guantanamo Bay. If any of you ex-GTMOites would like to join us for next year's trip to Guantanamo Bay, go to www.gitmobay.org and join the Association. Details for next year's trip should be available within the next few months. This year there were only 48 of us on the trip.

Comment by Raymond Kozlowski on March 31, 2015 at 8:38am

Was stationed in GTMO 63-65 at the Fleet Training Group (FTG) served under Commodore Pridmore.  One of the last remaining true Commodores from WWII

Comment by John R. Thompson on March 23, 2015 at 11:10am

Stationed at GTMO from 1969 through 1972 at Crain Hill as OS1 / AIC

CDR Sherouse was OIC.

Hated the Goats they bumed to many cigaarettes.

Spent many hours underwater with Blaze Pearson my diving partner and loved the fishing.

Comment by John Kellett on November 29, 2014 at 8:00am

If everything continues to go well, members of the Guantanamo Bay Association will be going back to GTMO for a week, in March 2015.  We are limited to 70 visiitors.  Even though the  buildings have changed dramatically, I am looking forward to this trip to a place where I was stationed at in 1960-62.

Comment by Stanley Neely on November 28, 2014 at 9:59pm

I was stationed at GITMO in 1973 as a RMCS. loved the diving.

Comment by John Kellett on August 8, 2013 at 9:10pm

Oh, so you were referring to the Captain of NSD, not the Commanding Officer of the Naval Station.  Now I understand.

Comment by Gary Lennert on August 8, 2013 at 3:24pm

John, The NSD communications room was on the second floor of the NSD admin building by the docks. We did not have any radio gear so all messages had to be sent from the radio room in the base admin building where you were. The only way to get them there was to take the punched tape from the TTY machines and drive it over. How things have changed! I believe the actual radio communications center for the base was up in the hills behind the navy exchange.

Comment by John Kellett on August 8, 2013 at 3:13pm

Weren't the Captain's Office and the Radio Room both on the first floor of the Admin Building?  They were in 1962.

Comment by Gary Lennert on August 7, 2013 at 8:58pm

Bill, thanks for sharing that. I will see if I can find a copy.. I did not know he had the CMH.

In late 1964 I was transferred to NSD communications. That consisted of a small room across from the Capt's office with two model 33 teletype machines and two women. One worked days the other nights. Once we type the information onto paper tape, I had to drive it over to the radio room for transmission. Very high tech... I mentioned below that shortly after we arrived in Guantanamo bay we got moved to two houses. There were about 25 of us in the crew. Half were in my house and the other half were in the house next door. Bill Norris was in the house next door. It was an interesting arrangement. Twenty-five 20 year old sailors with no supervision that got thrown out of their first residence for being rowdy.

Comment by William F. Norris on August 7, 2013 at 8:29pm

John, Gary Lennert and I were very familiar with the raising and lowering of the flag on Admin Hill. Quite often we were outside at that time of day.

There is a great book written about Admiral Bulkley, I believe it is titled, Sea wolf, and I have a copy.  We all knew that our Admiral was holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor for rescuing General McArthur and others from the P.I. at the outbreak of WW2, but after reading the book, I found that there was a heck of lot more to him then that. If anyone gets the chance to read it, I think they will have a hard time putting it down. I did.

 

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