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Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba GTMO


Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba GTMO

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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 Gary Lennert on August 7, 2013 at 10:51am

Rear Admiral John D. Bulkeley posing in front of the new water plant, sometime mid/late 1965.

Comment by Gary Lennert on August 7, 2013 at 10:43am

This is one of two houses that we got moved to after we got thrown out of the Bay Hill Barracks for being too rowdy. We were working very long hour and would come back to the barracks at midnight or later and not want to sleep…

Comment by Gary Lennert on August 7, 2013 at 10:38am

Admin Building, Admin Hill. This was taken from our back yard sometime in late 1964.

Comment by John Kellett on August 4, 2013 at 10:21pm

Edward Staples, if you are planning to attend our 2013 reunion in Chattanooga, please register soon.  You can obtain details about the deadline at

Comment by Edward Staples on August 3, 2013 at 10:52pm

John Kellett I missed your reply to my post some time back, Sorry. I might look into a reunion at some point that sounds fun. Thanks


Comment by John Kellett on August 2, 2013 at 9:30am

It would be great if I get to meet you in October.  Enjoy the summer, Gary!


Comment by Gary Lennert on August 2, 2013 at 6:54am

John, I see you were at Willow Grove. When I went off active duty in '66, I joined the reserves in Buffalo. I transferred to Navel Air because the week-end warriors worked better than going every Wednesday. We used to fly S2's to Willow Grove. I went there several times for schools. I remember sitting in the "19th Hole" a bit. The last class I went to there, I was the only enlisted person in the class. It proved to be an interesting couple of weeks. I'll look at October. I've been gone more than home for the last two years.  --  Gary

Comment by John Kellett on August 1, 2013 at 9:00pm

Gary, I see that you live in SC.  Why don't you try to join us for this year's GITMO reunion in Chattanooga.

Comment by William F. Norris on July 28, 2013 at 9:13pm

The base library, coffee shop, open air theatre, photo hobby shop, beaches, fishing boats and sail boats were good diversions when we were off duty.

I was amazed, but pleased to find that there were fast food restaurants on base. I remember on a trip to Kingston Jamaica, ordering a burger in what was reported to be a "good" restaurant. It looked like a burger, but did not taste like beef, and the only condiments that tasted like home was the  onion. The catsup and mustard looked the part, but that was as close as it got.

When I was working for Burns and Roe on the water plant we ate at the air station, and it was very good chow. Bay Hill fed good, too. After transferring  out and going to ComCruDesLant, and serving on two destroyers, I would have liked to go back to GTMO. As you know, when a tin can is in rough seas, and  storms, cooking may or may not happen, and being able to eat, and keep it, may, or may not happen. Tied up, the destroyer food was not bad.


Comment by Gary Lennert on July 28, 2013 at 6:11pm

I think the place we spent the most time was at the coffee shop across the street from the library. It would have been between the open air theater and the main road to the Marine base and NSD / FTG / Windward AirBase. I'm way to old to remember this stuff......  --  Gary


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