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Comment by Adrian Hernandez on November 27, 2019 at 4:31pm

LOL!   Douglas I can just imagine you coming aboard with half your shirt missing.  At first everyone must have thought you were in one of those infamous bar fights. 

 The ones where everyone would hit each other with umbrellas and chairs.  The ones where I would immediately hide under the table with my girl friend from.  

And then try to make a dash out the door while the Olongapo Police were coming  in with

clubs swinging.  LOL!  What a trip that Olongapo was.  Yeah.  Would like to go back to that time too.

For a little while at least.  

Comment by Douglas James Riley on November 25, 2019 at 8:09pm

No bugs or escape attempt Adrian!  I can’t even remember the jail, but I remember the SP taking me back to the base, and the captain’s mast (only one in 8 years). No medical care for my minor bumps and scraps. After I couldn’t ID the house, they treated me like every other drunken law breaker and tossed me in the cell.  Ships crew and my boat crew gave me good ribbing of course, when I was escorted back aboard by the SPs with half my shirt front missing.  
I should go back, miss those days! 

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.

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