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Emmet Molloy's Blog – May 2018 Archive (3)

A day in Bay Hill Galley, Gitmo 1968-1969 Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

I had the alarm set for 4:00 am to be in the galley for 4:30. It is already hot, as most every day on the island. I fill the big stainless coffee urns and have a cup myself. I drink it black. Then, from the recipe card, which is made for quantities of 200 portions, start the “soup of the day” in one of the big steam kettles. I will work with a wet towel around my neck and swallow the salt tablets from the dispenser that hangs on the wall. If working the grills I make eggs to order for the…

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Added by Emmet Molloy on May 16, 2018 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Lazy days off in Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

Being a cook at Bay Hill Galley, I worked port and starboard, 15 days a month worked with every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. There were about six cooks to each watch as I recall, and two night bakers total, who alternated. On an off day I might go lift weights after breakfast, then write a letter to my girl or go to the commissary store. Then perhaps drive to Windmill Beach (we had our own truck) where the iguanas hung out on the cliffs along the beach. I had a mask, snorkel and…

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Added by Emmet Molloy on May 16, 2018 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Lambert’s Point Naval Deperming Station, Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va.

Consists of several free standing piers forming 3 Deperming slips, barracks and process control building. It was built in the 1940’s. 

I was here in 1967 wrapping cables around ships, mostly submarines at that time, for the deperming process and one of two commissarymen on the station. We had a fifty foot liberty launch to get back and forth from the station to shore. I had my car parked at the landing. The barracks consisted of a room full of racks, a tv, a pool room and a dining…

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Added by Emmet Molloy on May 3, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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