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Comment by Adrian Hernandez on November 8, 2019 at 9:05pm

Great post Douglas.  Wow what an experience.  Or should I say nightmare.

Sounds like a scene from a movie.  Did they at least give you band-aids in jail for your wounds?  

I can’t imagine what an Olongapo jail cell would be like.  Not too clean, with bacteria on all that you touch.  

You were lucky not to come down with something just from being in there.

I envision the jail cells like in that 1973 movie Papillon. 

 Wait.  You didn’t eat bugs to survive, and try to escape that same night did you?


Comment by Douglas James Riley on November 8, 2019 at 4:33pm

Got violently chased out of a girl’s house by family members about 2 in the morning.  I was picked up by Olongapo police trying to find my way back to the base. as my clothes were ripped and a few cuts and bruises, the police were going to let me go, and charge the family, but I couldn’t find the house again (motorcycle with sidecar took us there).

Law was: off the street by 2300. Didn’t matter if it was a bar, hotel, or someone’s residence, just Off the Street.

I stayed in the Olongapo jail for the night, turned over to SP in the morning. As punishment is demanded by the local authorities; verbal reprimand by ship’s CO (I was TAD, not ship’s company) which restarted good conduct medal time.  

CO advised that I could have it expunged back in the US, but I never bothered to try.

Great times!

Comment by Adrian Hernandez on November 5, 2019 at 12:26pm

Ah yes.  The old Martial Law.  Had forgotten that.   Put in place by order of President Marcos no doubt.  Well, we certainly complied. 

All those Olongapo law enforcement folks carrying shotguns and clubs were to be avoided to be sure. 

But what happened to military personnel on liberty, that were picked up after curfew?  Olongapo police jail?  And what was punishment from Commanding Officer?

Comment by Raymond Romero on November 3, 2019 at 9:44pm

To Adrian Hernandez.

2300 curfew was due to Martial Law.

Comment by John W Sargent on June 29, 2019 at 6:41pm

I was there a few years before a part of our lives we will always  remember. 

Comment by Adrian Hernandez on April 4, 2018 at 7:00pm

Was Jeepney, don't know about these days. Probably something politically correct.   But also back then there was a curfew imposed at 2300 hrs.  At least along Magsaysay Blvd.  You had to be off the streets.  Either in a hotel that had a bar and you planned to stay.  Or back to base.  I wonder if there were other hiding places.  Also wondering why our bar hopping was cut short.  Why a curfew so early?  At least 2400 or 0100 would have been better.  Maybe because a lot of us were wasted by that time and shouldn't be on the streets late, yes?

Well we made every minute count back then.  It was truly a fun town.  Glad I was there.

Comment by David De Rooy on January 31, 2018 at 10:16pm

Olongapo, what a fun town. 

is it Jeepney or is it Jitney?  I think Jeepney, how about you?

Comment by Norman Atwater HTCS on September 23, 2017 at 10:14am

Served with CTF73 / COMNAVSURFGRUWESTPAC Feb78-April 81 in the Det by Spanish Gate  Was on a MTT team and 3M inspections on the ships under CTF73 did 2 years single and then found my true love there been married 37 years now also live in Cebu Pi part time.

Comment by Wayne V. Morris on February 22, 2017 at 2:51am

Subic Bay........oh yeah visited in late 50's while stationed on USS Midway and USS Coral Sea.  Finally returned in 1972 through 1976 when assigned to the U.S. Navy Class "A" Recruiting Station.  Great 4 years spent mostly on the golf course!  Wayne Morris, YNC

Comment by Armando Cisneros on August 3, 2016 at 8:19pm

I was also on the USS Coral Sea the first I went to PI.  Good cruise, discoverd a new world, and good times.  I was attached to AIMD hydraulic shop.  Also made the USS Ranger  cruse when we collided with the USS Wichita during a fuel unwrap.  One of those guys that did not make it was AN Swab from the Metal shop from squadron VA 195 that I was attached with.  We made the last deployment with our A-7 Corsair A/C before the Navy decommission the  squadron as a an A-7 squadron and got re-commission  as a FA 18  at NAS Lemoore, CA. Not a very good cruise, lost a bunch of sailors during that period.

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