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The Guantanamo Bay Association will hold its 2013 reunion from October 6th through the 10th at the Choo Choo Hotel in Chattanooga, TN. You can get details at www.gitmobay.org. Mike Warman is hosting this year's affair and the first 25 registrants will participate in a unique drawing. You can call Mike at 904-417-8590 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on down and enjoy a lot of fun.
I was in Gtmo, working at Migrant Operations from 98 till 02. 9-11 was a huge experience for those of us who were there during that time.
I also lived in the barracks on Bay Hill from August 1960 until March 1962. Yes, We had the greatest mess hall that you ever saw. I respect all of the guys who were there with me, but all of us single sailors were anxious to get off of THE ROCK. When you are 19 years old and are deprived of female companionship, things are tough. We were allowed weekend trips to Jamaica when space was available on ships that were in GTMO for FTG, but when we earned $120-150 bucks per month, we didn't have a lot of money to afford hotels in Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. It has been 51 years since I left GTMO, but I am heavily involved in the GUANTANAMO BAY ASSOCIATION. I hope that some of you folks decide to join the association. Go to www.gitmobay.org for details.
I was at GTMO from Feb'64 to Feb '65, NSD, started with the cargo handling group, and after unloading, and loading everything imaginable, completed practical factors for SK, took the exam and made SK3. Transferred to topside at NSD, until my time was up, and transferred to Atlantic Fleet, Destroyers, Ellison DD864, then Conway, DD 507. While at GTMO made many friends, some on the tugs, ship repair department, PWC, and Marine site. I remember Bay Hill Barracks, and Barral Club, where the night before pay day, beer and booze was half price. You could get more than you really needed for pocket change. I did get a part time job with Burns and Roe, building the desalination plant in my off hours and weekends. That was great experience, and whetted my appetite for the profession that I followed for close to 50 years.
Later on as Bay Hill filled up with sailors, NSD guys were transferred to Admin Hill, and assigned quarters with mostly screened wall rooms with pull down blinds to keep the rain storms out. Each building had 2 or 3 petty officers living there and they kept the non rated men in line. My building had BM2 Leo Tillett, who eventually retired and joined the merchant marine. He was lost off of a tanker ( I believe ) close to Somalia on the horn of Africa. The group in my building, as I recall, George Cerretta, Gary Lennert, Donald Blount, Kosiba, Preush, Thompson, and more, but old age and the years have taken their toll. I was 18 years old when assigned to GTMO, and learned a lot, grew, and served in the best Navy in the world. It truly was an honor and a priviledge, and I would never take anything for my time in the Navy.
I am looking for a picture of the "FTG" patch,I was stationed there for a year as FTG back in '83,THANKS
Who said Banana rat?
Hey Ed, you should consider getting involved with our Association. You were at GITMO in the 80s, the same time as may of our membrs.
I was stationed at the GTMO Post Office from 86 to 88, I spent the last 9 months at the air station Post Office.
I was stationed at GTMO from 1976-1977 at the commcenter and hated every minute of it and couldn't wait to leave. I receive letters from the Gitmo organization and have yet to attend one of their reunions. This year it will be held in Pensacola Fl and I probably will attend. I'm looking for Shelly Grimes who was stationed there when I was just to say hello.
I was on Gitmo from July 1967 until Jan 1969. Worked at the Leeward Point Base Clinic as an HM2 (8452). My wife, 3 children and I lived across the street from the clinic, which was much too close to work at times. Spent most of my off duty time fishing and snorkeling. I was on the Gitmo Rifle and Pistol team and was fortunate enough to compete in the Navy matches in Annapolis, MD. The Leeward Point wives contacted me to form a group and instruct them in rifle and pistol shooting. The armory checked out the weapons to us and I scrounged the ammo from everywhere possible. Some of those gal's turned out to be damn good! Would be fun to hear from anyone stationed on Leeward Pt.
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