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JW Hanson 
07/06

Where do you live now? Hooper, CO

How many years were you in the desert? 4

Are you willing to help with pictures? My dad has hundreds

Are you willing to help with stories? Sure

Comments:
Lived at 343 Robalo Street from '54 - '58. Went to Vieweg for kindergarten and first grade circa '56 - '57. My aunt Arileen Butcher was a teacher when I was there, but I had Pat Olson. Fell off my bike trying to catch the bigger kids, got ko'd and woke up to Doc Drummond staring at me. Remember Corny's ponies and his shoe store, Western Auto, base pool, movie theater, trips to the mountains and the ocean and the desert and Disneyland. My dad was a civilian who worked for the Navy -- he loved it there. My mom loathed it. She won, and in the summer of '58 we moved back to the frozen tundra.


Chuck Warner 
07/04

Where do you live now? Ellicott City, MD

How many years were you in the desert? 10

Are you willing to help with pictures? Sure

Are you willing to help with stories? Sure

Comments:
Lots of memories. Lived in Inyokern and R/C from 84-94ish. Went to Pierce elementary, Murray Junior and grad from Burroughs in 93. Honestly, don't miss the heat but do miss my friends/family that happen to be still there.


Patricia R. Davis Email
07/04

Where do you live now? Larkspur

How many years were you in the desert? one year

Are you willing to help with pictures? no

Are you willing to help with stories? yes

Comments:
In 1945 I went up to the NOTS to work for a civilian contractor.  My job took me all over the base.  Each morning I arrived at the motor pool to see what kind of transportation was assigned to me for the day.   Usually, it was a pick-up truck.  One day there wasn't one available, so I wound up driving a monster military vehicle.  Heady stuff for a very young woman.  I remember coming "home" at the end of the day to discover our Quonset hut was knee deep in sand. Oh well. Routine. Also eating in the navy mess hall.  It wasn't like dining in my mother's loving home. I am 92 years old now, but I still remember the excitement of being there and I will never forget.


Joni weber Email
07/04

Where do you live now? Oxnard california

How many years were you in the desert? 13

Are you willing to help with pictures? No

Are you willing to help with stories? Yes

Comments:
I was born in 1951 in Drummond Hospital, Ridgecrest. My brother Dennis in 1954. My older brother John was born at China Lake. We lived on the navel base at at the time but it was known as NOTS. We went to St Ann’s in Ridgecrest and moved to Oxnard as my father was reassigned to Port Hueneme.I can remember so much of growing up in the desert. It was so much fun. I remember the All faith Chapel on the base and moving the alters for different religions. The Saturday afternoon movies, the indoor swimming pool.


Harold Nelson Email
06/24

Where do you live now? San Diego

How many years were you in the desert? 5

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes

Are you willing to help with stories? Yes

Comments:
Whatever happened to the High Desert Saloon?

Why did JDs and Bamboo Club close?
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