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Patricia R. Davis Email
07/04/19

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
07/04/19

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
06/24/19

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?


Dr. Kyle Oleynik Email
05/05/19

Where do you live now? South Gate

How many years were you in the desert? not applicable

Are you willing to help with pictures? yes

Are you willing to help with stories? yes

Comments:
There are many great desert views through Nevada into California. I remember seeing many cactus and amazing landscape with rocks. The desert is warm you have to plan safe.  For persons searching for a great site to communicate with members all around the globe, Vale Conga is a good site to share pictures, videos and content. Get started today at Vale Conga.


Jon Kerr Email
04/29/19

Where do you live now? Mesa, Arizona

How many years were you in the desert? 1961-currently

Are you willing to help with pictures? sorry, my brother swiped all the pictures

Are you willing to help with stories? not much to tell...

Comments:
I first moved to China Lake in the fall of 1961 and lived there until the summer of 1964. The only person from our old group that I ever see is Chip Blenman who lives in Tucson as does his brother Bing who I never see. In our living room on the wall, we have a photo of John Kennedy driving over to the Blenman's house in the same Lincoln the he was riding in when he was shot and killed. A couple of years ago while taking a winter vacation to Death Valley, we drove to China Lake so I could show my wife our old neighborhood that she had heard so much about. Ivar Hiburgh's side of the street looked pretty much the same. Our side of the street was completely stripped down, houses all gone, trees all gone... When we got back to Death Valley they told us that was because the homes were all full of asbestos!
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