Living On Military Bases and Posts

Movie Threatre Diversions

What can you do when it’s Saturday, with no U.S. TV broadcasts and 25 cents in your pocket?

Escape to another world and devour a big bag of popcorn!

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When Santa Wore Combat Boots

Trina remembers a very special time in her life as a Military Brat.

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Freedom with Restrictions

We were free to come and go as we pleased on base—as long as we obeyed all the rules!

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A B-52 Mid-air Collision

Life on a military base is routine and somewhat predictable. An accident, especially on a large scale is anything but routine.

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Deer Hunting on Base

“My father before me was a hunter, and I grew up on stories of deer hunting in Michigan . . . “ Greg shares his memories of hunting on base and carrying on the family tradition.

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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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