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Nav Comm Sta Sidi Yahia Morocco.

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Nav Comm Sta Sidi Yahia Morocco.

a small base 30 minute drive east of Kinetra Morocco. A security group activity triangulating on radio transmissions in the Mediterranean

Veterans: 17
Latest Activity: May 8

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Old Navy No. 214

Started by Francis Arthur Herman. Last reply by Michael J Kilbride Nov 25, 2017. 4 Replies

How well I remember.Served therein 7/62 to 7/64.Security Ops in middle east, among other Ops.Remember visiting medinas in the following cities:RabatSale (outside Rabat)CasablancaTangierKenitra of…Continue

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Comment by James R King on May 8, 2020 at 1:57am

My family and I arrived in Rabat early August 1970 and stayed at the Mamora Hotel (I think it was) which was nice and had a swimming pool. I was a CTO1 and I immediately was assigned as assistant watch chief on section "D"  on top deck of comm building at Sidi.  Section chief was CTOC Arlan Storandt.  After 2 months in hotel, moved into a villa on last street in town before highway to Rabat-Sale.  Lived there for 10 months then got housing out at Sidi.  Left Sidi end August 1972 for Keflavik Iceland and upon arrival there on Sept 30 1972 found out I had made chief.  What a surprise!  I was initiated in less than 36 hours after my arrival.  I was able to buy some khakis at the Navy Exchange but had to borrow a set of blues for the initiation ball from a "T" brancher who was about my size.  The blues were a bit baggy but then who was I to complain?  I enjoyed my 2 years at Sidi and while there we had a Moroccan houseboy named Charky Ackary (think I spelled it right) who actually begged me to take him with us which I could not do -- what a heartbreaker for all of us.  My 2 sons and wife loved him and he and our German Shepherd dog got along famously together.  We all cried when we transferred.  We gave the dog to a family whose parents in the states bred them for police and/or watch dogs or rescue dogs, and after my family got to Iceland and we got settled there I learned that Charky had gotten a job with a dental tech at the Kenitra Base.

Comment by dennis carpenter on March 22, 2018 at 10:19am

was there 1959 to 1961.  worked out in the antenna field tuning receivers.

Comment by Roy W. Andrews on August 6, 2015 at 9:38am
Just read the whole comment from old navy. Yup do remember that GDF day. Forgot about that till read the whole piece.
Comment by Harry L Kirby on August 6, 2015 at 9:15am

Served at Sidi from 2/69 to 6/70.  Was in Charlie Section CTO.

Charlie Section and others who served with people at a second duty station have been having a reunion every two years since 2004. Also, CTs think about joining NVCA--just google it.

Comment by KENNETH R PTASNICK on May 2, 2015 at 9:28am

Served at Sidi fm 4/70 to 4/71 Communications Technician "O" brancher. Loved the country..good times especially downtown at the "REX"...Would like to hear fm the old gang..Davis, Murphy, Diller, Peine, Claybrook and others....

Comment by john william vincent on April 30, 2015 at 3:27pm

I was there from 1966 to 1967. I was a CTR just out of school at Corry Field, Pensocola, Fla. We had some great times at the Fleet Club. My good friend Chester Dore' and I traveled all over Europe when we left there. He went to Rota and I went to Bremerhaven, Germany.

Comment by Jim Standrich on March 23, 2015 at 11:14am

While I was not actually stationed there, I was sent there TAD twice.  Interesting culture back then (1966-1967)

Comment by Stanley Neely on November 28, 2014 at 8:53pm

I served there from 7/76 to 7/77... I was at that time a RM1 but was assigned to base security for 9 months then worked in Tech Control.  Loved Morocco and spent my off time touring the country in a Land Rover.

Comment by Roy W. Andrews on November 14, 2014 at 4:59pm
Hi. Was at Sidi from 5/62 to 11/63. Did go to the Med for 7 months. Did not mind being there at all. Just before I left I was coming back from the club and there was a guy from my hometown sitting on a bunk, what a surprise.
Comment by Gary G Glass on May 26, 2014 at 7:14am

My year in Sidi was a hard lonely time. I had only been married for three months before I arrived and my wife and forthcoming child were back in New Orleans. Although I met many good shipmates while there and saw some really nice places, my loneliness almost consumed me. I was in charge of a group of Radiomen that were sent to Rota, Spain, TAD for about 8 weeks and it was a very good break from Sidi.

 

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