PORT LYAUTEY GUESTLOG FOR THE YEAR 2006
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POSTED: 12/24/06 @ 2200 hours
GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS TO LOU, MAX, TOM, AND ED......
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MY SHIPMATES THAT SERVED IN PORT LYAUTEY YEARS AGO...TO EACH OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ME, MY WIFE FLO AND I WOULD LIKE TO WISH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILIES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND ADD TO THAT A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR....
I HAVE HAD A FEW MEMORIES OF MY TOUR OF DUTY THERE, AND WOULD JUST LIKE TO BEND YOUR EAR FOR A MOMENT AND SHARE THEM WITH YOU....
JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, A COUPLE OF MY MATES WENT TO THE HANDY MANS SHOP THAT WAS IN BACK OF THE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER, USED HIS EQUIPMENT TO SAW OUT A WOODEN STAR, PUT LIGHTS AROUND IT, THEN WITH THE AID OF HIS LADDER, PLACED IT ON THE REAR OF THE OUTDOOR THEATER SCREEN, SOMEHOW THEY RAN AN EXTENSION CORD SO THAT WHEN YOU CAME UP THE HILL (THATS WHAT WE CALLED IT) YOU COULD SEE THE STAR ALL LIT UP. (IT REALLY PUT A LUMP IN MOST GUYS THROATS).
THE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION, (I WAS IN CHARLIE) PLANNED A CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE EM CLUB IN TOWN, I THINK WE ALL CHIPPED IN FOR SNACKS AND FOR A BAND. ALL OF THE OFFICERS AND THEIR WIVES WERE INVITED, AND THEY SAT ON ONE SIDE OF THE CLUB, AND THE THREE DIVISIONS NOT ON DUTY SAT ON THE OTHER SIDE.
I SAY THIS AS I RECALL THE NAME OF A LT. JG WHOSE NAME WAS DIEBLER (I THINK MY SPELLING IS OK) HE HAD HIS WIFE THERE WITH HIM, AND SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY. THE GUYS WERE DARING SOMEONE TO GO OVER AND ASK HER FOR A DANCE. GUESS WHAT, ME AS A YOUNGSTER, (THEY CALLED ME JUNIOR) WAS FINALLY GIVEN THE DARE....
I ROSE, WENT OVER TO THE LT. JG, AND ASKED PERMISSION TO DANCE WITH HIS WIFE. I STILL RECALL HIS RESPONSE, "DON'T ASK ME, ASK HER". AND SHE ACCEPTED....
WE DANCED, (IF YOU COULD CALL IT THAT) I RETURNED HER TO HER TABLE, BOWED AND THANKED HER, THEN I THANKED THE LT. FOR THE PLEASURE.
MY SHIPMATES COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I HAD DONE AND THEY GAVE ME A STANDING OVATION.
CHRISTMAS EVE, I HAD THE EVENING WATCH, AND AS I WALKED BACK TO THE BARRACKS, I COULD NOT HELP BUT SEE THE STAR SHINING, AND THINK OF HOME.....WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE BARRACKS, I COULD HEAR AN ACCORDION PLAYING CAROLS AND A BUNCH OF GUYS STANDING AROUND THE BUNKS SINGING ALONG..BEFORE LONG IT SEEMED THE ENTIRE BARRACKS PERSONNEL WERE THERE SINGING CHRISTMAS CARROLS. THESE EXPERIENCES TO ME WILL NEVER LEAVE MY MEMORY AS LONG AS THE GOOD LORD ALLOWS ME A MEMORY.
IT'S BEEN 56 YEARS AGO NOW, LOTS OF CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE OVER THERE, AND I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY THOUGHTS TO ALL PERSONNEL THAT SERVED THERE AT ANY TIME.
BEST REGARDS TO EVERYONE,
FLO AND HARVEY MOORE.....(WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF OUR 55TH ANNIVERSARY)
POSTED: 12/20/06 @ 2000 hours
I was transferred to VR-24 in Port Lyautey when we decommissioned the USS Antietam CVS-36 in the spring of 1962. Went up to Rota when the squadron moved up there in the fall of '62. There, I was assigned to the gas pool were I drove those big yellow trucks and fueled all of those aircraft for 2 years. Lyautey was a strange place and sometimes I wonder if it was real.
If anyone out there in the real world remembers a guy who was 6'8" and was from Georgia, I sure would like to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. I really would like to hear from Robert Rogers, Jack Wallace Eubanks and John Ezell. Perhaps we can get a reunion on the east side soon.
Thanks to all you gobs who served.
POSTED: 12/19/06 @ 0700 hours
I was one of last 23 members on base at Sidi Yahia, my name at the time was Denise Tate, RM3 arriving in 1976; I would love contact with any one during this time; I sure miss the gang and think often of those HCMB days and what happen to everyone.
And also of interest for others, I had a 1961 cream colored VW convertible that I can't remember who I bought it from but I had it during my time at Sidi. Also I have a Golden painted pair of Hand made Scissors made of plywood that are supposedly the ones used to open the base ceremony, found in storeroom when closing along with a Moroccan Flag on a green stick and an Accordion used by Red Cross.
POSTED: 12/16/06 @ 1125 hours
It has been a long time since I logged on. I first logged on in 2002 if I remember correctly. I am still looking to make contact with any of the Medical Staff stationed there 1951 thru 1953. I was stationed there during that time attached to VR-24 as a Flight Corpsman. I worked in the Medical Record Office when not flying. I am looking for Joe McCaffrey, Dale Medrud, Dave Miller, Bob Anfinson, Tom Draper to name a few of the Crew. My E-Mail is email@example.com if anyone wishes to contact me. I am now living in Mattapoisett, Ma. On the shore of Buzzards Bay. Jim Touhey, former HM2 AC USN.
POSTED: 12/15/06 @ 1900 hours
My name is Michael Gass and I was stationed in Sidi Yahia in 1968 and 1969. I was an RM3 and I worked out in the antenna field receiver building. This was my first duty station and I did not know how lucky I was.
There was an earth quake while I was there with only minor damage. I also remember a major heat wave where the temp got up to near 140 as I recall. I remember the beach, visits to Kenitra, and train rides around Morocco.
There were lots of good men that I met there, but I have not had contact.
Such a long time ago. Thanks for bringing back the memories. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
POSTED: 12/09/06 @ 1615 hours
I was stationed in communications beneath the high school 1969-70 with CYN3 Kevin O'brien, RM2 Frank Schwenke, RM1 Ed Schmutz, CYN3(RM2) Bob Davidson, Capt. Abrams, Commanders Carson and Mooreman, CWO Dameron, ESO Ltjg Farnsworth.
Gil Brown RM2 ~ email@example.com
POSTED: 12/09/06 @ 1140 hours
ET attached to NTC Kenitra from 9/74 until 3/76. Worked for ETCM Tom Ellington (a class act if ever I met one.). Worked in Admin as a crypto tech with other duties as a UHF/VHF Transmitter tech/trainer for the Moroccan Air Force. Lived out at Mehdia Beach (2nd level) most of the time I was there. Great memories ---some now embarrassing!
Douglas W Smith
POSTED: 12/06/06 @ 2215 hours
I went to grade school there 61-64 and high school, graduating in 1971. My baby sister was born there in October 1970. I enlisted in the Navy there in 1971 and retired as an AOC. Great times there at MAMAS and some of the other bars. Cheese, olives and Heinkein, great combo.
Joe Yeo, son of Larry Yeo Sr. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 12/06/06 @ 0730 hours
My uncle, Cpl. Ronald L. Babcock was killed by a fellow Marine January 20, 1958 at Port Lyautey NAS, Morocco while on duty. I'm interested in hearing from anyone with any remembrance or details about the shooting. The family was told, and I'm sure it's correct he was shot by accident by a friend, fellow Marine while mishandling their 1911A1 .45cal pistols. I can be reached at email@example.com
Sgt. USMC 1975
POSTED: 11/25/06 @ 0930 hours
I'm R. Keith Geren, I was in Sidi Yhia from April of 1956 to November 1957. I was a RM1 , worked at CCB. I would to contact a Joe WArnes who taught me all about the CCB. My son was born at NAS on October 2, 1957 just two days before the first sputnik was launched. We lived at No. & Rue A Briand. It was a great experience and have always wanted to go back. We enjoyed our time there, skiing in the Atlas Mtns and visiting a place called Happy Valley. Would like to hear from anyone who was there during that time. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 11/24/06 @ 1200 hours
Hi, Bob Broadbent USN RET AKCM, VR24 July 61 to July 64 AKC. Made the move to Rota 63, Son born in Port Lyautey 3 weeks after arrival , my 1957 chevy arrived three weeks later while we lived in the Mermos Hotel and was promptly droped from the ship to the ground flat as a pancake. Enjoyed my stay in Morocco.Great golf and good softball teams.
POSTED: 11/15/06 @ 1100 hours
I am a french boy, born in Port Lyautey in 1942, and my father had a job in the Navy as interpreter, his name was David Elmaleh, quite small and very white hair.He worked for 15 years for the Navy. When I was 14/16, I always listened to the Navy radio brodcasting, and we here in Port Lyautey knew Bill Haley, Elvis, etc...before the europeans. Also I remenber the donuts that my father had in the supply, and remenber the Eldorado milk bar, named for the USS Eldorado, created by Mr. Broussard who married a french girl like a lot of you lucky men.
We have a society of people living formerly in Port Lyautey, web site, http://gharbaoui.free.fr. Please excuse my very bad english. Best regards and thanks to you for what you did in those times. We also have a website in french: http://aakppa.free.fr.
Les Hauts D'Argency C7
617,rue de Bugarel
tel : +33(0)872141941
POSTED: 11/15/06 @ 1100 hours
My name is Richard ROMEIRA from Kenitra . I' m searching for Gary MORGAN , a very good friend of mine, he was in Kenitra,in the Navy during years 62/64. If you find him, please mail: ROMEIRA8@aol.com
Thanks a lot.
POSTED: 11/09/06 @ 1900 hours
Hey there!. My name is Bob Mandel. Served in VR-24 from May 1952 to January 1954 and then to VF-44 in Jax. Arrived as ATAN and departed as AT2. Knew Morse Code and was Assigned to flight crew. Memory getting bad but can remember another AT, Jacquette....... Aviation Storekeeper, Peter Nissen from the midwest, another AT from New Orleans, Ray Borello, and there was a band of country music guys that would meet every night in the Storekeepers quonset hut and make "music". ........ I now live in Setauket, Long island, New York and can be reached at email@example.com for any reason.....Au Revoir
POSTED: 11/07/06 @ 1900 hours
People out here want to hear from you. Was a great time. Medhia beach, French bread and wine, was a good time. We remember you, and the beach.
Seebee on the base, 1968 to 1970. Would like to here from you.
POSTED: 11/06/06 @ 0915 hours
My name is Roger Avent. I ran across you site by accident. This is great and reading the entries bring back a lot of memories. I was at the Transmitter Facility from FEB. 72- Sept. 74. Although I had a room in the barrack at Bouknadel I also had a villa in Kenitra off of Mo -V. Meet lots of good friends and would like to here from anyone who was there during the same time frame. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roger Avent, USN
POSTED: 11/02/06 @ 2010 hours
I very much enjoyed the Port Lyautey website, Lou, thank you. Here is a quick overview of my 4 years in Morocco, a place I still hold dear to my heart.
Traveling on the U. S. S. Constitution from New York to Italy and in a new VW bug from Germany, my mother and I arrived in Morocco in 1966. We were joining my sister and her husband, the Peace Corps Doc, in Les Oudayas, the old walled city of Rabat. On arrival in the city, we got lost trying to find the American Embassy. A gentleman, realizing the difficulty in communicating directions, rode his bicycle in front of our car and lead us right to the Embassy! I felt very safe in the Kasbah being the only blonde running thru the cobbled ways. There was a small shop at the end of our street where we bought fresh Moroccan bread and Danish butter cut from a huge block. Nearby, a communal well and an oven where women and children brought their bread to be baked. Bahdia, our maid, became like a second mother to me. We communicated in a mixture of French, Arabic and hand gestures.
While in Rabat, I had one year at a girls Catholic school, L'Ecole de Jeanne D'Arc, and one year of Calvert's Correspondence School at home. In the summer of 1967, our mother was traveling in Europe and left $200 with my sister in case of an emergency. We had an emergency! We had to buy a horse! Chico, a beautiful, high spirited, buckskin colored Arabian stallion was housed at the base stables and was my introduction to military life.
After my sister and her husband returned state side in 1968, my mother and I moved to Mehdia Plage. My mother, Caroline Ezhaya, was dating a Seabee, George Podchelne, at the time. He bought a moped for me...from horses to motorcycles. I started school at Kenitra American High School and mother got a job on the base. The Oasis, teen club, movie theatre, outdoor theatre, pool, things were very different on the base. There was a group of wild and crazy motorcycle riding servicemen who frequented the beach. I have a photo somewhere of a group of us on the beach and another taken outside a nightclub in Kenitra. I remember dancing the night away and emerging from the club at dawn. Don't remember the name of the club, though.
When we left Morocco in 1970, a piece of me stayed. For a time, a word in French or Arabic would come to mind and I would have to search my memory for the English translation. Thirty-six years later I still wear, almost daily, the gold hand of Fatima I treasure. I have not returned to Morocco but would love to do so. Bahdia did visit us in Massachusetts the year after we returned. She stayed with us for about six months and experienced a New England winter. She also visited my sister and family in Saudi Arabia when they were there in the '70's.
If you are interested, you can check out the KAHS website at www.tmw-kahs.com.
My email address is: email@example.com.
POSTED: 10/28/06 @ 1900 hours
My name is PFC. Stephen Vano, stationed from July 1957 - July 1958 at Kenitra, Bouknadel and Sidi Yahia. I think your website is great! I would love to hear from former marines or sailors there at the same time.
Stephen Vano (firstname.lastname@example.org)
POSTED: 10/19/06 @ 1215 hours
Looking for any VP 3 squadron member who "visited" here for the 6 month tour in 1952 to 1953. My email is Rlav823@aol.com. We are having a reunion in May of 2007 in Savannah Ga. Bob Lavin AM2
POSTED: 10/10/06 @ 1410 hours
My name is Gene Voyles. I served at the communications Relay station at Sidi Yahia in 1958-1959. Anyone serving there at that time is invited communicate with me. Liberty into Port Lyautey was fine. The Red Cross service center there was staffed with great women and fine off duty experiences. Exciting lockdowns during "uprisings" added to the experience where we had to spend the night in town rather than returning to base before expiring liberty.
POSTED: 10/04/06 @ 0810 hours
Eugene Muth, was attached to Fleet Intelligence as a civilian (IBM) from 1963-1964. Does anyone remember him?
Please E-Mail me at email@example.com . Im also trying to learn about his military service and his marriage to my real mother, Pat McKenzie Muth.
POSTED: 09/30/06 @ 1220 hours
I was stationed in Kenitra in 1966-67. I worked in the communications station below the high school on the base. There were about 10-12 Radioman who were there when I was. Willie D. Green CYN3, firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 09/28/06 @ 0530 hours
Found the website while doing a search on Sidi Yahia.
I am Larry F. Lachat B134811. I was a CTT3 at Sidi Yahia from around June of 69 till we got an early out in August of 70. I would like to contact some of the guys I worked with there, both to hear how they are, and also because I need help. I have psoriasis pretty bad, and it started while I was on duty there. It wasn't diagnosed as that, it only showed up as a small rash on my forehead, and I was treated for it there. However, those records are not part of my official records, so would like to hear from anyone that remembers me and remembers that rash. I need a buddy letter or two to get the VA to reevaluate my request for disability.
We were a group of guys that all bought motorcycles while we were there. Mostly 450 Hondas, one guy bought an old BMW, and if memory serves me one of our group bought a 750 Honda. We rode together all over Morocco, and had a great time. The only name I remember was Gracey, that was his last name and that is what everyone called him. I can be reached at email@example.com. Contact me even of you don't remember the rash.
Larry (Latch) Lachat
POSTED: 09/25/06 @ 0730 hours
Hi....Looking for buddies that did a tour of duty June 1965 through October 1966 at Sidi Yahia, Morocco. Is there a web page with a list of enlisted? Looking for Pete Edwards of Maine. Richard Olson of Minnesota Morken of Red wing Minnesota.
sam Lovold RMSN
POSTED: 09/20/06 @ 0800 hours
Greetings to all the Shipmates that served in Port Lyautey...
I looked at the guest books, and I guess I am one of the oldest sailors in the bunch...
I arrived in Port Lyautey in February/March 1950. I was a seaman apprentice, but got my 3rd stripe about a month later. I had been to Tech School in Norfolk in 1949, sent to the State Department with a Buddy, and we we cleared for some secret info, and received passports. Members of the next class was sent over by Troop Transport to Casablanca. I and my Buddy were flown by MATS, from Westover Field Mass. We found out why all this was different when we arrived and the job we were to do. After 56 years, I don't think it would matter, but we did take an obligation, and I still adhere to it.
OK, my name is Harvey E,. Moore, when I left I was a Petty officer 3rd class, with a TE Rating. I do understand that the TE rate no longer exists. However it was involved in Communications, Teletype operation and Maintance.
I have been in contact with a shipmate that was looking for some of his friends when he was there in the 70"s. and was surprised to learn of the name change, However somewhere in my memorbilia I have photos of Port Lyautey, Rabat, (The sultans guard, palace etc) It's been a long time and I feel that lots of the photos are yellow.
I remember in front of the mess hall, the shrubs on a bank spelled out U S. N. A. F. Port Lyautey Navy-214. It was always kept neat and trimmed, Also in one barrack there was the PX, then the Pool Room, Then the Library, and Last but not least the Chapel....
May God Bless each and every one (Sailor and Marine) that served at that Station ,,,
Harvey.....(Nicknamed....Junior...Dinty...Rebel...) and always Hey You.....e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 09/18/06 @ 0845 hours
Hi, I was station TDY from March 12th to June 21, 1955. We had four F9F 8 Cougars, We were off the Intrepid CVA 11. I was an airman. I learned to play golf on that Course. Enjoyed being there 51 Years ago. Walter K. Hughes , Sr
POSTED: 09/16/06 @ 1330 hours
I am looking for anyone who knew John Salvatore Laratta while stationed at Pt Lyautey in 1951. Also like to contact T.B. Clark (rank unknown) .
Cal Reneau (Capt USMC ret)
POSTED: 09/14/06 @ 1500 hours
I was transferring some slides to computer and thought I would search the past. My family and I were stationed at NCS Sidi Yahia from 66 to 69. Going through the slides brought back memories.
Ddan Wheatley RMC retired.
POSTED: 09/06/06 @ 1900 hours
This may be a shot in the dark, but my grandfather was Razi Jabbouri. He used to work on the military base in Kenitra. That's where he learned English. His nickname is "blacky." You wouldn't know of anyone who might know him?
My mom was born in Kentia and met my dad in the peace corps in the 70s. She moved to the states back then and that's why I'm here in the states, not a bad deal. :-)
Thanks for your help.
Adam J. Wiedenhaefer
POSTED: 09/05/06 @ 1530 hours
My father, Donald Richards, was stationed at Port Lyautey around 1955-1958. He was the XO of VQ 2 during some of that time. He flew P4Ms and A3Ds. I was just a kid of about 8 but remember quite a bit of the fun we had while there.
My father died 3 years ago. I'm hoping someone might read this who remembers my dad. I'd love to hear from anyone who can tell me a little about that time so long ago. I hope to hear from some folks who remember my father. About the only name I remember is CDR Sparks, who was CO at the time my dad was XO. It will not be too surprising to hear many of his old shipmates has passed on, that was such a long time ago.
I also went Navy and retired in 1994. I was in VP most of that time. Seven years active and another as a reserve with VP-67 out of Memphis TN.
Douglas K. Richards
CDR USNR - Retired ~ e-mail: email@example.com
POSTED: 08/30/06 @ 0800 hours
George Rasmussen "Rass" Metalsmith 2nd Class P.O. writes:
I was with mobile construction battalion #7 employed at Port Lyauty two different times, the first five months of 1953 and the last five months of 1954. I remember going to the clubs in town watching the French Can Can dancers and drinking Stork beer. Had great liberty in Rabat & Casablanca. "Great Duty". Any Sea Bees who were my shipmates, E-Mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 08/27/06 @ 1900 hours
I served at the USNCS from 1970-72
Richard Middaugh ~ e-mail: email@example.com
POSTED: 08/14/06 @ 1245 hours
Hello everyone, glad to see that you made it too!
I was stationed as a Postal Clerk 1974-75 in Kenitra. It was in Kenitra at the tender age of 17 that my life would be so impressed that at 49 I am thinking of retiring to Morocco. If anyone has some information that would be helpful I would be in debt to them. I guess that I have never fully left Morocco to this day and feel the need to return.
David Bartlett Hackbarth, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 08/12/06 @ 1530 hours
My name is Jim Geddes. I was at Port Lyautey 1953 thru 1954. I was a bow gunner and flight electrican on a P4M. My plane Captain was Nick Potts. I retired in Feb 1969 as a LDO-Lt. Any friends can e-mail me at email@example.com
POSTED: 08/12/06 @ 1530 hours
Great duty in du Moroc. Air Traffic Controller....1952-1954.
AC2 Jere Smith, e-mail: prtype@aol.
POSTED: 08/07/06 @ 1405 hours
My name is Ron Wheeler, I was stationed in Morocco from December, 1964 to February, 1967. I was a corporal, then a sergeant in the Marine Corps and divided my time about equally between Kenitra and Bouknadel. During the time I was there, Kenitra went from a Naval Air Facility to being the 'Morocco-US Naval Training Command'. Teams of Navy and Marine instructors taught classes on communications, electronics, etc. Also during that time, the USAF brought over several F-5 Freedom Fighters for the Moroccan Air Force with a contingent of USAF officers and NCO's to teach them how to fly
and maintain them.
The Marine Barracks commander at the time was LtCol Canton. He had been raised in Morocco and had actually been a school chum of King Hassan II. He spent as much time at the embassy and the royal palace in Rabat as he did in
I bought my first car there -- a 1965 MGB. Paid $2258.00 for it, brand new. As I remember, gas on base cost about 19 or 20 cents a gallon. I drove all over the country with it -- Tangier, Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Meknes, Ifrane -- beautiful country. I spoke enough French to struggle by and I never had any problems finding food, drink, lodging, etc.
Does anyone remember the MUSLO Club in Rabat? It was an adjunct of the US Embassy there. It was a great place for dinner and drinks.
One strange thing -- in playing 'where I've been' recently on Google Earth [worldwide satellite and aerial photo imagery], I happened to find the old Bouknadel Transmitter Site. The striking thing is completely unchanged! Actually, it's just a bit bigger than it was in 1967, but the buildings all seem to be in perfect shape. The gates, the antenna field, the transmitter compound, the three big triangular towers in the compound, they're all still there! The pool still has water in it. It's like a time warp. I would
think that they might be old images, but this technology didn't even exist back then. It's obvious that the place is still in use. The communications technology [hf troposcatter] has long since been replaced by satellite and fiber optics, so it can't be the same old thing. Does anyone know what the place is being used for [and by whom?]
POSTED: 08/01/06 @ 0715 hours
Rudy Oetting: S/Sgt USMC 2/54 (age 17) to 1/59: Parris Island; NAS JAX; NATTC Memphis; Cherry Point, NC; NAS/MCAF Iwakuni, Japan; Cherry Point; Port Lyautey/Kenitra March to Dec. 1958. My Dad served in the USMC from 1918 to 1921 in the US and Haiti.
At the time I was in, the 2nd Marine Air Wing flew the two engine R4Q1s (Japan) and 2s (US) Flying Boxcars from 1951 thru 1961. I was back from Japan and flying as a radio operator with MAG-35 VMR-252 (now VMGR) at Cherry Point when we got orders to send a 3 plane detachment to Port Lyautey to support the 6th Fleet in March of 58. The R4Q2 was not pressurized (the crew could access oxygen masks as necessary) and we seldom went above 8,000 or 9,000 feet which meant we were often in weather. Our first trip to Port Lyautey that March started from NC to Bermuda. We waited a couple of day for the right winds and then on to Lajes AFB, Azores. That leg was in weather and took 10.5 hours. After that all flights went from NC to NAS Argentia (8 hours), Newfoundland to Lajes (8 hours) to Port Lyautey/Kenitra (6.5 hours).
At that time, as you know, the US shared the base with the French and they were fighting In Algeria. We would often taxi out to head out into the Med or Spain etc. while their jets were going to do some of their business. For us it was great duty: flying all over the Med, end to end and into Europe. In July that year our whole Group was ordered over to Port Lyautey after the then 21 year old Saddam Hussein and a few other thugs assassinated a Middle East leader and President Eisenhower ordered Marines and elements of the 82nd Airborne Division into Beirut to keep the peace. It was also at that time that it hit me about the fact that our Corps was operating on a shoe string budget. It took us 32 flight hours and 4 stops US to Beirut to carry just 30 Marines. The USAF out of Pope AFB, NC did it in half the time with one stop carrying 90 paratroops (6X more efficient) with the great C130 Hercules (still 4 years away from the Corps). Not only that but I went over with an all enlisted crew (pilot and co-pilot included who were enlisted prior to WWII, served as offricers in WWII, got called back for Korea and were just completing their 20 so they could retire at the highest grade previously held).
The time I spent in Port Lyautey was limited but enjoyable with occasional trips to Rabat and Casablanca (play it Sam). The contrast between the more modern cities and the medina was starkly interesting and was magnified when our flight path took us over Tangier .or for that matter when we flew directly over the Port Lyautey prison coming in for a landing. The major advantage for the crews in the R4Q was that the views from the wrap around windshields was incredible
It was very sad that 6 weeks after I took my discharge in Jan. 59, one of VMR-252s planes with 32 of my former squadron mates aboard, on a return flight from Port Lyautey, and trying to get home late at night (1AM) crashed on approach at Cherry Point with only one survivor as many family members stood and watched.
My 9 months flying out of Port Lyautey was truly one of the more memorable times of my life.
Rudy Oetting,e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 08/01/06 @ 0715 hours
My name is Nora (Falls) Salvador, and I lived in Kenitra with my parents from 60 to 63. My father, Harold Fambrough, was a 1st class radio man in the Navy working at Bouknadel Base. My mother's name is May and my brother is Peter Reynolds.I can't remember any names of any one except Richard Fisher who was also in the Navy.Does any one know us?
My E mails are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 07/029/06 @ 0915 hours
My name is Gary Catherman in San Diego California. My Father was stationed in Port Lyautey in the late 60's early 70's. Our whole family was fortunate enough to go with him for his tour of duty. My brother and I consider those years to be some of the best of our lives. Was a great time. We lived in town (Kenitra) until Military housing was available. Was a fantastic experience that we will never forget. Anyone out there who remembers Chief Petty Officer Martin Catherman or his wife and two sons, Jay and Gary, please feel free to contact us.
Might anyone know the whereabouts of a Bob Washam stationed on the base in 1969 thru 1972. Was in Shore Partrol. Also Chief Wilkins and Chief Reeder. Any help would be appreciated.
My email address is email@example.com
Would like to share experience with anyone else who was a part of that time and life.
San Diego California
POSTED: 07/024/06 @ 0630 hours
Have just spent a most enjoyable morning and afternoon reading this excellent website.
I served with CBD-1521 from October 1948 to February 1949 as a yeoman YN3/2 and after a few months TAD to school in the states, returned to Port Lyautey to complete my tour where I was assigned to the Staff of Commander Fleet Air Activities, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean as writer.
Thinking back brings a host of memories.
I remember particularly the day of arrival when disembarking passengers from a MATS R4D were met by an iguana perched on a packing crate smoking a cigarette. I lived in a quonset hut that had the capacity of 14 men, but seldom held more than 8 or so. It was a bit cooler up on the hill overlooking the airfield, until you got closer to the river.
The SeeBees were engaged in housekeeping and maintenance duties and were kept busy converting the camel barns (French barracks) into offices and improved living spaces.
I remember standing guard duty with a shotgun watching Arabs infiltrate the area and make off with whatever they could. We weren't allowed to shoot, but we were supposed to shout to scare them off. Didn't work
At the time I arrived, off base visits were restricted to Cinderella Liberty which meant we had to be back on base by 1100. Always stopped by the Snack Bar down by the gate and had a half or a dozen fried eggs and a can of baked beans before bed. Later on there was no curfew.
Obtained a Moroccan hunting license and weapons permit and spent many weekends up in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains hunting partridge and huge Belgian Hares. The married guys would set up a huge barbecue over in the Married Enlisted Quarters to be enjoyed by all.
The stables were popular and many an afternoon and evening were spent riding along the perimeter of the base through the tank farm, antenna farm and around the dump. There was plenty to do other than assigned duties.
There were many friends from that time, but I will not mention any names. At my age, I am afraid that I will learn that they have passed on.
Yes, Port Lyautey was a wonderful tour of duty.
R. L. (Bob) SHIRK, LCDR USN (Ret)
POSTED: 07/020/06 @ 1330 hours
I am Pat La Fleur and I was in Port Lyautey from Aug. 1954-Aug. 1956. My Dad was LCDR Ernest J. La Fleur, VR-24 Terminal Officer. I was in the first graduating class at the high school in 1956 and we had a total class of 3 Seniors, all of whom live in California. Those two years were the best. I use to frequent the Red Cross Center in town and several of the high school girls had a Saturday radio show called "Teen Timers." The first year in PL we lived in town and the second year on the base, by the Marine Barracks. I also worked in the Exchange during the summers. Who can forget the outdoor movie theater??? I would love to hear from anyone who might have known my Dad (he passed away at the age of 51) or me. I'm sure I danced with many of you at the Red Cross Center. Great site with so many memories. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 07/06/06 @ 0500 hours
WAS WITH VP21 1953 TO 1955. ANY SQUAD MEMBERS?
Harold Hahn, AL3/AT2. E-mail email@example.com
POSTED: 07/02/06 @ 1650 hours
After getting discharged from the Marine Corps in 1952,my dad,who was working for Steers- Grove in Port Lyautey got me a job with him.Since I had electronics experience,I went to work at the reciever site installing all the cables and radios.My dad installed the antenna field.You may remember my dad.He always had his boxer dog with him.My wife was with me on this job.Anyone wishing to contact me,can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org .My name is Pat McGuigan in Baltimore,Md.
POSTED: 06/27/06 @ 1150 hours
Hello, I am Tim Hamlett, Son of LtCmdr Clyde J. Hamlett (ret). My father was stationed at Port Lyautey from 1957-1959. I was born during his tour there. I believe he was part of the communications unit. I enjoyed the photos and I have many slide photos of the city and the people of Morocco. If I can locate them and copy them to the computer I will submit them. Thank you and keep up the good work.
POSTED: 06/21/06 @ 1150 hours
Please help me get my new adress out to JJ and all HCMB. My computer crashed Ihave been down awhile.
Thanks, Mike Hadden ~ email: email@example.com
POSTED: 06/12/06 @ 1150 hours
Proud to have served in Fasron 104 in 1956/1957. AE2 Michael Roe.
email: MCROE37@ yahoo.com
POSTED: 06/11/06 @ 1200 hours
You have a very nice site which has brought back a lot of memories. I was a CT stationed at NCS Sidi Yahia from 68-70. It was a little ride to Kenitra and Boug beach for liberty but well worth it. I had a couple of good trips to Casablanca and Rabat also. Thanks for the site.
Howard (Howie) Dahill
POSTED: 06/03/06 @ 0745 hours
I own a Port Lyautey ashtray made from a piston and adorned with Navy wings dated 1945. I would love to know more about it and who made it if that is possible. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors note! The ashtray may be seen by clicking here
POSTED: 06/02/06 @ 1030 hours
Hi, my name is Sheldon Willer. I was stationed at the xmtr site from July 68 to Jan 70...I googled bouk a little earlier and saw Tom Makin's photos including the group photo .I'm in the center with the sunglasses. I would love to hear from anyone.
Hope all is well.
Shelly Willer, E-mail: email@example.com
POSTED: 05/30/06 @ 1800 hours
My name is Tim Spiese and was an YNSN that worked in the Captains Office, Administrative Building, from April 1965 to April 1966. The CO at this time was Captain Darby and the XO Captain Hansen. Working in the office at this time was YN3 Terry, YN1 Guyton (made YNC), and YNMC Caudill. The Personnel Office was run by PNC Travers and the Legal YN was YN2 Simmons.
I made several great friends during my year tour of which one remains very close up to this day. Luckily we see each other a few times and year and converse regularly via email. His name is Bill Filer who worked in Social Services and was a lifeguard at the pool behind the EM Club along with maintaining the gym. Another long standing friend was PNSN Dan Perkins who retired a PNC.
Getting sent so far away at the young age of 18 was not thrilling to me at the time but looking back now it was one of the best times of my life. As the saying goes If we only knew then what we know now.
Your web site is a blockbuster idea that brings lost friends together again. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me or any of the men mentioned above.
POSTED: 05/30/06 @ 1230 hours
I was stationed with the US Navy 6th Fleet Communications Center in Port Lyautey in 1955 and 1956 as a Yeoman (YN3) responsible for sending/receiving Crypto messages. I am interested in finding fellow servicemen who served with me during that period.
POSTED: 05/29/06 @ 1300 hours
I am the daughter of Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blaine Keith Farnsworth and Mrs. Betty Ann Farnsworth. My father was stationed in Kenitra from 1965 to 1968. I was not even born until 1971 so only my two older brothers remember Kenitra. One of my brothers discovered a picture www.portlyautey.com/Luncheon_O_%20Club.jpg. We believe my mother, Betty Ann, is pictured fourth from the left. She was a member of the wives club. At home we have a picture of her and the other ladies dressed in tights with bunny ears from another function. I was interested in attempting to contact any of the other ladies who are in the posted photograph. My mother died in November of 1997, but my father lives in Corpus Christi, TX still where I was finally born and grew up.
Diane Farnsworth, e-mail: email@example.com
POSTED: 05/27/06 @ 1400 hours
William H. Heino Sr. ADR3. Just checking in. 7/22/1955. Briefly. Remember the strange looking sight of these ocean going ships crossing the desert. You remember those rides to town in those tiny cabs. It was like a clown car. And I'm sorry I slept in somebody elses bunk after visiting the enlisted mens club. One side of the barracks looked just like the other side. VAH-7 Patuxent River, Md., 6 month detachment for Med. cruise aboard USS Interpid, and USS Ticonderoga. Thanks for the memories.
POSTED: 05/27/06 @ 1325 hours
My name is Jim George, but when I arrived at Port Lyautey in April, 1960 as an AGAN it was Jim Gyurcso. My parents changed the surname while I was in Africa. Imagine my fear when Chief Paul Gentry approached me while I was plotting a weather map and told me the Admiral wanted to see me. I thought my drinking exploits must have caught up with me, but it was only to tell me my name had been changed through the courts in Pennsylvania. It took me quite a while to get all my records redone to show my new last name.
My first few months were spent as duty driver for the Fleet Weather Center and my main job was to drive up on the highest hill on the base where a machine was located which sucked in the air and passed it through a filter. I had to change the filter once a week and send it back to the U.S. where it was analyzed for radioactivity.
Having completed AG "A" and "C" schools at Lakehurst, N.J., I was finally assigned to the little shack on the hill next to the seventh tee on the golf course. That's where I spent the rest of my tour of duty, filling and releasing neoprene weather balloons. It was great duty. We only worked four four-hour shifts a week. We had a lot of people in the weather detachment and no one ever complained about having to work too much. Really had a great time when we worked the midnight shift. Being that we were in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone our balloon launches were every six hours and the midnight one was one of the more important ones. After coding all our info and sending it out to the world, we were allowed to get a special breakfast in the mess hall. There would only be 20 or 25 guys on the base who were privileged enough to get this treatment. The cooks would simply put out the ham, bacon, sausage, eggs and other goodies and allow us to cook our own meals -- including using as much of the food as we wished. However, the eggs weren't of the best quality because they came from chickens which were fed fish and the taste carried over into their eggs.
While working in the weather shack, we had a large vat in which we were supposed to treat our balloons in hot water before filling them with helium. Being that no weather officers ever checked on us, that vat became our drink receptacle. We'd fill it with soda, beer, mixers and booze. Had a pipeline with some of the VF squadron guys who would pick up liquor for us when they had a layover in the Azores. They'd sell it to us for a small profit.
As officers would be playing golf they'd stop over at the shack and ask if there was anything they could drink. We'd only point to the vat and let them have their way. We never asked for any money, but invariably they would throw a buck or two in our direction and continue on with their round of golf. Never made a lot of money, but it helped stretch our meager pay.
Can't remember many of the names of guys I worked with, but do recall that one of the officers in the weather office had a first name of Shirley. I believe his last name started with a "P." He sure took some ribing having a girl's name.
My 18-month tour was by far one of the best in my eight-year hitch. Great times in downtown Kenitra, especially at some of the outdoor cafes. I distinctly remember ordering a beer and getting a plate of olives, salami chunks and bread for about 50 cents. It was an easy way to stretch your money which always ran low right before pay day. Enjoyed trips to Rabat and Casablanca. The pizzas in the Fleet Reserve in town were some of the best I ever ate. Also remember serving Catholic mass in the base chapel.
Left Port Lyautey in November 1961 and went to Davisville, R.I. for duty as the leading AG on the USS Investigator (AGR-9). Got married in September, 1962 and then became part of the Cuban blockade the following month. After that spent 2 1/2 years at Pensacola and finished up with an 18-month tour on Midway Island. Then became a journalist and retired in 2004 after 37 years in that business.
If there is anyone out there who may remember me, drop a line. It's always nice to hook up with past acquaintenances.
400 Oleckna St.
Throop, PA 18512
POSTED: 04/27/06 @ 0500 hours
I was a dependent at Lyautey in 1952 and 53. Was a 4th grader at the dependents school at NAS Port Lyautey and lived with my parents, Lt and Mrs. Wh Farmer (USNR), at Mehdia Beach. there was a family named Slagle down the street. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who lived in Lyautey in those days, particularly anyone who was a student at the school or who attended a summer camp in the summer of '53. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for making this site available!
POSTED: 04/19/06 @ 1130 hours
Talk about a blast from the past. I was going through some old photos today and found a photo of the French portion of the airstrip looking up the hill towards the water tower and Admin building where I worked. I'm Curt Larsen PN3 from the Personnel Office at headquarters. Just for fun I did a Google search for Port Lyautey and the first hit was this site. I'll scan the above photo showing all of the French fork tailed vampires lined up on the apron. I'll send it along in a bit. While clicking away at my old Underwood typewriter I did several jobs in that office, one of which was the Transfer Yeoman. I used to receive all of these IBM punch cards transferring people out. One of the destinations was NAS PAX. I didn't have a clue where that was but now by a freak of fate I live right across the Patuxent River from it and they fly patterns over my house everyday. I've got tons of old slides and B & Ws of the base during that period which I try to scan and send along. Port Lyautey was my first duty station. I enlisted wanting to go to sea but my only sea time was going over and coming back. I showed up in the Personnel Office when I reported and the Chief Ray Fuller scanned my service record to assign me somewhere. I typed 28 words a minute so I never left that office. He just showed me a desk. So much for sea duty. I was always interested in history and spent a lot of time exploring the old Portuguese Fort overlooking the mouth of the Sebou. Many years later, I became an archeologist during research in the Persian Gulf on the island of Bahrain. I guess Port Lyautey was my entre' to that interest and work.
Lusby, MD e-mail: email@example.com
POSTED: 04/18/06 @ 1405 hours
I was a LT in the Navy Medical Corps and twice visited the medical facilities at this base. I have very good memories of my visits and the good times I had while there. As I recall I was there briefly in June of 1960. I recall also that our MATS plane stopped in Argentia and loaded in a couple of barrels of fresh lobster and that when I returned we took with us fresh, prime steaks from Morocco.
James Rock, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 04/18/06 @ 0945 hours
My name is Sam Cherribi. I work at Emory university and I'm very interested in knowing more about the life of US marines in Port Lyautey the American base near Mehdia. I' working now on an ethnography of the place. I want to interview former US marines about their memories and reconstruct the richness of their history.Please if you can help me in finding the puzzle of that history.
Best, Sam Cherribi
POSTED: 04/17/06 @ 1535 hours
I was stationed there with VB132 in 1944 and would like to get in touch with anyone or there family members that served with me. Peter Shumway was the Squadron Commander I have intered some of my fellow crew members in the WWII Memorial and would like to enter as many as I can get information on. Family members can search the Memorial at www.wwiimemorial.com.
Larry Gandsey email@example.com
POSTED: 04/07/06 @ 1000 hours
HAD AN ENJOYABLE TOUR OF DUTY THERE. WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK FOR A VISIT.
Joseph Wise, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 03/27/06 @ 1945 hours
I have very fond memories of my service at NAS Kenitra during 1963-64. email@example.com .
Tom Carlisle, PT2,USN
POSTED: 03/21/06 @ 1230 hours
Just returned from from spending the winter in Tangier and Kenitra. Sorry to report that the handsome, Moroccan, door man in the red Fez hat, from the Hotel Mamora, passed away last July from cancer. He will be missed.
D. Raynor, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web-editors note! Following is a photograph of the hotel staff of the Mamora Hotel in the late 1950's including the door man, Aghzane Hoummane. When he retired from the Hotel Mamora he did not want to stay home so he went to work for the son (Abdallah Essadiq) of the original owner of the Mamora Hotel who now owns the :Hotel D'europe, ex Hotel des Princes.
I remember him quite well. May God receive him and give eternal rest to his soul!
POSTED: 03/14/06 @ 0930 hours
LOOKING FOR LOUIS RIGOLO IN NAVAL STATION PORT-LYAUTEY ., WORKING FOR STEERS & GROVE FROM 1953- 1960 ENGINERING DEPT., FOR THE NAVY.
MAY E MAIL IS .... CCZ1992@AOL.COM... WILL TAKE ANY INFORMATION FROM ANY BODY THANKS
BEST REGARDS ., JACK. ABECKJERR
POSTED: 03/12/06 @ 1630 hours
I served at the CommSta in Sidi Yahia in '64 & '65. I was an ETN2 when I left there in '65. I worked at the Receiver Site just off base (out in the middle of the antenna fields). Lots of memories about Sidi Yahia & Kenitra. My memories of Sidi Yahia ands Kenitra are all good. Kenitra was a good liberty town, especially the Fleet Club. I even played golf once at the course at the Naval Air Facility.
Sorry to see that they are not there any more. What has the Moroccan Government done with the bases at Yahia, Slimane, Bouknadel and above all the Naval Air Station of Port Lyautey?
I would like to hear from someone else who served over there, especially around that time.
POSTED: 03/05/06 @ 0600 hours
HI, my name is Norm (Slick) Davis, was stationed at Bouk from Feb 72 to Mar 73.. looking for guys stationed there during that time period.. Especially WILL LOUQUE, TOM UPTON, AND BOB LEONARD..OR anyone else there during that time period...found this site by accident and think its great... my e-mail address is SAILOR7175@AOL.COM hope to hear from somebody ...thanks...Slick...:)
POSTED: 03/04/06 @ 1810 hours
I was a Postal Clerk, working for Chief Fox and Miles, from August 1961-August1963. Best duty station I had during the 6 1/2 years I served.
Terry Jordet PC-3
POSTED: 02/28/06 @ 0820 hours
I was surprised to see a site for Port Lyautey. My father was stationed there, and my family lived there from 1955 until he retired in 1958. I have great memories and a lot of 16m film of the base, and also many trips to Rabat, the Sultans Castle, Marrakesh etc.
He was a carrier based fighter pilot in WW11. I remember several times getting to fly with him when he took the UF or the R4D to Gibraltar. Our first quarters (quonset hut) were on the corner right across the street from the Transit Hotel.
He retired Capt. Edward H. Bayers.
The website is great..... Thanks for the memories!
Ed Bayers Jr.~ e-mail:email@example.com
POSTED: 02/27/06 @ 0800 hours
Thanks again Lou for this great site. 12/1975 - 7/1978 will always bring back special memories for me. That was my time in Morocco. NCS Sidi Yahia, 2-2-96, freedom, great friends, great times, what more can I say. I spent time at both Sidi and Kenitra. Sidi will always be my favorite.
The older I get the more I think about the past. Morocco in particular. Life is funny. Why is it that when life is happening we never seem to take hold of it and really enjoy it at the time. It's the looking back that brings so much enjoyment. I can honestly say, looking back on Morocco, my what a wonderful time.
As a Seaman I had my own apartment in Kenitra. I will never forget. I paid my landlord 4 bottles of Early Times Bourbon a month. In return, he provided me with an apartment, a maid, water, and electricity. What a deal! I shared the apartment with a Morocan gal. I married her (I never said I was smart). Life was good then.
I remember the times when I couldn't wait to leave. Now, it would be so nice to be that young, dumb, and full of fun again. Just give me one long-weekend back in Morocco the way it use to be in the late seventies. I would then be ready to go to my eternal reward.
I signed into the guestbook last year and I check it often for new people signing in. I would be delighted to hear from anyone stationed in Morocco, whether I know you or not, I can relate to the stories.
Marcus Wilbanks, RMCS, Retired
San Antonio, TX
POSTED: 02/23/06 @ 0930 hours
Served there in 1965 at the station hospital with a great crew of corpsmen, doctors, and nurses. Also worked with Moroccan aid Rihani Larbi...Great guy. "Corpsman UP!" Left Maroc for a tour in Vietnam as field corpsman with Marines (3rd Mar Div)
Two great tours of duty. Thanks for maintaining this site. I'll wander back now and then to see if any others from the hospital pass by.
Allen Fuller, HM3 Nany Hospitalman. firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 02/20/06 @ 1100 hours
My Name is Charles E. Fanning ... I was station in Morocco for two tours first as a second class Radioman Sept 1963 thru Sept 1965 and during the first tour I lived in town the entire tour. Second tour as a Chief Radioman, I was at Sidi Yahia in message center. Then I was made ops Chief at Bouknadel and lived there... second tour was 1974 thru 1976. During the second tour I lived in what was then the new naval housing until I went to Bouknadel... If any one remembers me my E-Mail addres is Chuckf7070@aol.com.
POSTED: 02/10/06 @ 1930 hours
I was stationed at Bouknadel 1958-1960 as a USN Radioman. Had a great time there. Keith deClercq RM1. Kdeclercq@aol.com
POSTED: 02/10/06 @ 1930 hours
I enjoyed finding this site.
After completing boot camp at San Diego, CA, in January 1951, I traveled, as a Seaman Apprentice, by train to the Naval Station at Norfolk, VA, where I remained "in transit" for my final destination, the U. S. S. EUGENE A. GREENE (DD-711). I remained at Norfolk for about 30 days, when I was transferred as a transient to the U. S. S. WYANDOT (AKA-92), on which I traveled, first to a port in England, then to a port at Casablanca, French Morocco, where I debarked and traveled by Volkswagen bus to Port Lyautey. There I spent about three days and nights in a U. S. Marine tent, equipped with a wooden floor, cots, and an oil burning stove, until I caught a ride on a Marine plane which took me to Palermo, Sicily, where I went aboard the U. S. S. E. A. GREENE about April, 1951, where I was welcomed aboard by my brother, Chief Boatswain Mate Hilary. At Port Lyautey I remember having to use a form of money, in lieu of U. S. currency, that was required on the base.
S. E. Churchwell
POSTED: 02/01/06 @ 2010 hours
My name is Raymond Motloch and I was stationed at NCS Sidi Yahia from November 1968 to March 1970. While at Sidi Yahia I was fortuned enough to be at the receiver site. Never did get use to the many different shift rotations we had to endure during my stay at Sidi. So far, from this site, I have come across one other individual, Terry McCutchen, who was at the receiver site during the same time as I. We have corresponded and hopefully we can get together one of these days and reminisce.
Other individuals I remember are Eugene "Puffy" Powell, Gary Vetter, Greg Nelson, Connors, Wayne, Bob Mercer and Geoffery Landrum. For any of those who remember Geoff Landrum, he passed away tragically in 2004. Have many fond memories of outings to places like Kenitra, Rabat, Casablanca and Tangiers. Would like to hear from others from this era. After leaving Sidi Yahia I was stationed
at the Fleet Intelligence Center for Navel Forces Europe, FICEUR, NAS Jacksonville until December 1971. Would like to hear from others stationed at FICEUR during April 1970 to December 1971, especially Jim Slack. Another person I'm trying to locate is Robert Asher. After Bainbridge RM "A" school (November 1968) he received orders to England.
POSTED: 01/29/06 @ 1700 hours
Had a memorable 18 months, from Feb. 8, 1961 to Aug.22, 1962. I wish the station was still open. I would like to visit once again. So long ago, it seems like yesterday I was 18 and 19 there.
Jerry Kirk AN USN. 63 years old. e-mail: email@example.com
POSTED: 01/21/06 @ 1350 hours
Hi Lou. My name is Ciro Farina, I was stationed in Kenitra from June 69 to Nov 70. This site has got some old friends back together. We had a mini reunion last year, and we are going to have one this year in Aug. Here are some of the guys that got together. Don (Max) Smart, Lenny Leon, Pete Kalil, Eric (Pete) Pedersen, James (Bones) Horst. We also found Larry Franklin, James (Sonny) Foster, King Smith, Terry Andress, Jay Pyle and Alan Bird. Once again thanks Lou. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
> Char and Ciro
POSTED: 01/019/06 @ 0700 hours
Stationed at Sidi Yahia 1972-1976.., lived in housing at Kenitra.. Best duty station I had in 20 years of Navy Service..Still keep in contact with friends I made there.. Would like to hear from more of them.. Cliff Preston... email@example.com
POSTED: 01/018/06 @ 1150 hours
Earl M. Clark SA, SN, SR, SA
Base comissary store and warehouse. Looking for Ship Serviceman 2nd Class Robert Bricknell from Plymton (SP) Mass and SN Philip Voland or anyone else that may have been stationed at the Comm store during that period.
Earl M. Clark BMCM (MDV) USN Ret .
POSTED: 01/012/06 @ 0930 hours
I was born there. December 13, 1959. My father Linn Meyerdirk was in the Navy. I would love to know more about Morocco and talk to others who were there during that period. I would love to know where I could order any memorabilia, as well.
Theresa Crewse - firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 01/06/06 @ 1940 hours
I haven't posted anything for a couple of years and just wanted to get on the guest list up near the top again.
I was stationed at Bouknadel from Sept 68 through June 70.
RM2 Watch supervisor at the Transmitter building. I am in touch with a couple of people from there pretty frequenctly.
Great time and Great duty station.
Jerry Bough email@example.com
POSTED: 01/05/06 @ 1900 hours
Thank you for building the Kenitra web site. What wonderful stories. I spent an afternoon catching up. And thanks to Jeri Yassi for her photos. I first visited Kenitra as a pilot with VP-26 in 1960. We
deployed to Rota, but had to fly our dry cleaning down to Kenitra. Rota was still in a state of construction. Little did I know that I would be ordered there 5 years later. I started at Kenitra as Air Traffic
Control officer, then took on more titles as more and more people were transferred out. I flew the station C-47, at first with Lou Helms, then Norm Elder, Ed Galloway, and others (sorry, guys). What a wonderful tour! Many trips to Fes, the beaches at Media, Bouknadel, Casablanca. many flights to Madrid, Munich (to pick up guard dogs for the Marines), Barcelona. And best of all, our daughter was born at the base hospital. I recently stopped by the flight operations office at the local Air Force Base, and looked at the aviation charts (first time in 27 years!) and looked for the navigation station at Kenitra. It was gone. Is the airfield no longer in use by the Moroccans? What wonderful memories. And when my wife Mary (who taught first grade at the elementary school) and I travel to a different city, the first thing we look for is a Moroccan restaurant! If I can figure out how to upload my 40 year old slides, I'll send them to the website.
Paul Hurwitz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
POSTED: 01/01/06 @ 0730 hours
On a sad note,I would like to report the passing of Mrs. Grace L. Pesce, the wife of former 1st Lt. Augustus Pesce (USMC) assigned to the Marines at NAS Port Lyautey. Some of you old timers might remember her, as she taught First Communion and CCD classes to local children at the Air Station in 1956.
On a more happier note may I wish ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR, may the coming year hold only the best life has to offer for all.