Living On Military Bases and Posts

Craft Shops

Looking for something to do in your “spare” time on base? Thinking of taking up a new hobby?
The base craft shop may have exactly what you’re looking for—and then some, with tools and instructors for a wide range of hobbies.

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Marines and Toys for Tots—Semper Fi!

Thomas shares with us his memories of his father, who would sometimes don a different kind of uniform.

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The Stars and Stripes

When living overseas where the local paper is usually in another language, having access to The Stars and Stripes was like getting a letter from home, and our way of connecting with the United States.

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Eyes Right! A Return to Jefferson Barracks

“A visiting stranger might sense the ambience of a host of uniformed marching spirits parading with rifles reflecting the bright rays of an afternoon sun. I first stood here as a seven-year-old to scratch my initials like thousands before me on that cannon.”

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Life in Mannheim, Germany

Some military families hated going overseas, but we viewed it as an adventure. We were told we going overseas to Mannheim, Germany, but all we heard was, “. . . flying on two planes and jet to get there.”

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Japanese Paddy Houses . . .

“I remember when we first got there we had to live in a paddy house until there was a house ready on base.”

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My First Car

What could you buy for $100 in 1974?

A slightly used, but not abused, 1959 VW Beetle, that’s what!

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Saturday Matinees at the Base Theater

“Going to the movies with a dozen or so buddies added greatly to the enjoyment, especially when you could get seats in the first two to four rows down in the center section. Girls had their own groups, at that time boys and girls kept to their own ‘tribes’.”

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The Parachute

In a time when there was no TV broadcasts, many Military Brats found hobbies and reading to occupy their time, as we did.

One day an orange and white parachute came into our lives.

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Little Boxes

Remember the song by Malvina Reynolds with the words: “Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky, little boxes on the hillside, little boxes just the same.” Military Brats know all about those “little boxes.”

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Earning Extra Money

Regular paying jobs for Military Brats were scarce or non-existing on many military bases, but somehow we found ways to earn a little extra money to stretch our weekly allowance.

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Food—on and off-base

I was a growing teenager when I lived in Germany, so I needed food, and lots of it! I still have some fond memories of my time in Germany involving food. Where to begin? How about the base snack bar. Cheap, basic food maybe, but it sure tasted good.

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Making a Buck at Beale

“We have one job left.”

“Ok!”

“It requires one year of janitor experience. Do you have one year of janitor experience?”

Sitting at the bottom of that missile silo that first night on the job convinced me having high connections that get you into low places can be a good thing.

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The Things We’ve Seen

The daily routine of life on a military post was often boring, but once in a while something would happen to shake things up a bit.

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42-E Lincoln Avenue

Moving from small house in suburbia of Columbus, Georgia to across the ocean to a typical apartment building in Mannheim, Germany. . . was an adjustment for our military family.

Life would never be the same again.

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