You Cant Take My Soul - Ultimate (16) - Strong To Survive (Cassette, Album)
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Enjoyed reading this. Nice job describing what only one who was there can! Jeff, I remember the two beggers, I tipped them at least once back in Shiny stuff thrown at SR divers. Aggressive shoeshine boys — although we had an armed RP gate guard — occasional racing stripe awarded. But it was a very violent place at that time. Funny how command filtered everything to fit their narrative requirements. Not like aggressive pan-handlers. Trying to rob the casino and the hotel. Interesting times, as they say.
I worked Armed Forces Police at the gate and in town. But, duringwhen the fleet was in, it was a very interesting place. If anyone has photos of the base and the bars, plz post. My cameras were stolen out of my locker. Rode an ammo ship from and made 3 cruises to westpac. Lots of liberty. Married my wife of 45 years there in Got married at a church in town.
Stationed at NavMag Lots of adventures there. Hard hat once cruise in Subic in 72 or 4 months. Was there during the base strike in the mid 80s. Was stuck in town and snuck back on base the first night of the strike with a dozen marines by jumping a fence outside town and going through the jungle. We went straight up the side of a steep hill hand over hand pulling each other up. Yeah, lots of memories.
When I was on the Leftwich we hit a sub and were in dry dock several months. Best port in the world. When you put your foot on the box a knife was put to the tendon on the back of your ankle and if you did not hand over your money they would cut the tendon.
That cruise and from to I had never of this happening. Hard to describe the changes in O city between the beginning of force escalation and the later, almost ten years later, interactions. The shoe shine was one gimmick. There were others; the taxi charges sometimes times the fare when the fleet was in town. The girlfriends picture trick. The wallet snatch obvious where one pickpocket worked with others to trip the sailor or marine as he tried to chase down the pickpocket.
It did get better, safer, as time went on. Not because of anything we did. Noobs had no idea what had gone before. And, having said that, there were some very decent people in the PI.
David, I was at Subic from Always had a lot of respect for you guys going out in town among the PC. Remember the squid who was messed up on something bad and raped a pregnant dependent by the bowling alley?
If he would You Cant Take My Soul - Ultimate (16) - Strong To Survive (Cassette been in a Middle Eastern country his punishment would have been far more severe. He shamed the U. Whatever he was on the pusher got away with it. Hey Dave! My favorite port. I was stationed there from to The aligator was in front of Paulines.
Learned to like baluts. Hey Stubby, thanks for the memory clarification on Paulines! That definitely sounds very familiar. It sounds like you had some interesting duty there after your time on the Franny H.
Congrats on the baluts, LOL! Was there in Did balut once! It was raw, not boiled Tried dog once as well…loved the monkey meat! Oh man, you must have really been toasted to eat a raw one! I used to like those steamy doughy things with the sweet BBQ meat filling in the center. One time I asked a mama-san in a club what the meat was in the center and she told me it was dog. I think those steamed dough things are called hum-bao. I met My late wife of 31 years on Thursday, January 16, during my third time in Subic.
I tried to get stationed there inbut I had to take shore duty which I did in Pearl Harbor. I was in the L Club, I met a woman named Christy here, from Leyte, she had a son from a Marine, she was very honest with me, we spent a night together, later I seen her with a new boyfriend and she saw me with my girl friend who became my Wife on Thursday, April 5,we stayed married up to Saturday, March 6, when she passed away, my wife was a wonderful woman, great wife, great mother, we had 3 children during our 31 years of marriage.
I now cook Filipino food. I spent a lot of time at the Sierra Club in and What was the name of the group that was there whose lead guitarist was Manny? Great times! I was always in the rufadora and the valentines club. One club I had a lot of fun with on a side street was the tiger lady. Well, mine is the best, we had a RMSN that when the kids wanted him to buy the ducks and feed to the gator, he just said the hell with the gator and bit the head of himself.
If I remember right…. I was sent back to the hospital, and while waiting for my ship, I invested a lot of time drinking and whoring. I worked security from O City to Grande Island. There were a lot of ways to get yourself messed up. Most fleet visitors had no idea how many guys got robbed, rolled, hurt, and occasionally killed. They just saw it as an Adult Disneyland of bars and brothels.
Which it was. It was also not a good place to take shortcuts off the beaten path. Even if you were an SP, in uniform, with brassard and nightstick. Those Proahs could run circles around our fastest Liberty Boats. Guns would have been nice, too. So why do you guys keep asking for 45s? Could it be the big gouge on the bow? They just never would believe it at home.
Back to Yokosuka for the dry dock. Embassy in Manila for me to get the legal capacity for us to get married, the guard at the Embassy just let us right through, the guard used to be supervised by my late father in law, so he knew my late wife and my military I.
Uy at City Hall there in Olongapo City. Bill we beat those critics who said that my marriage would only last up to 5 years at the most.
Next month on March 6 will be 6 years since my wife passed away. We were married a month shy of exactly 31 years when she passed away. My ultimate goal if for me to be living back there in Olongapo City by the month of October, for good. Stubby, do you recall Dave? Remember the Spanish Gate. We use to eat there on the way to the Club for happy hour where the drinks were about 10 cents. Then we would hurry out the main gate.
When the liberty limit was reached in town, the gate was closed off. This may have started when the Battle Groups increased. Man Stubby, your memory is great! Yes, now I remember the Spanish Gate. I know that the couple of times when I left there, the sidewalks felt like walking on a waterbed all the way back to the ship!
I once talked a new guy into wearing his dress blues on liberty in Olongapo. He was very popular with the ladies must have sweated off 10 pounds. The base was outstanding with the beaches dungaree, all hands, Cubi Point, Grande Islandgolf, bowling, horses to ride. There was even a football team that played in full pads against Guam, Japan, Okinawa, Clark, and maybe Korea. The players were mostly TAD from the large ships.
When I was on the Connie we had an OS there for the whole cruise. I went to a game during the rainy season once. Too windy to use umbrellas and trash cans beeing tossed around but the game went on. Brought back some memories.
I was there well before any paving of roads or sidewalks…. Spent lots of time in Subic City…. And could I tell you stories. I just had a bunch of them after doing 3 tours all with extentions there and at Sangley Pt. Anyway enjoyed the read…. Went to Olongapo all the time. Only club I can remember with my failing memory was the East Inn which was way at the end. Many Autralian sailors requested and love to fight. I almost got married, but got shipped out before I did. Many fond memories.
Dave, I was also stationed at San Miguel. Was there from January to July I was a Radioman. My name is Frederick Smith. I worked at the Terminal Building in the Relay center. Our barracks were the quonset huts on base. I live in Palmer, MA. Took a few trips to Po Town, but only when Subic was void of ships. We would rent a micro-bus, stop at the San Miguel brewery in San Antonio for a case of beer and finish it by the time we got to PO.
My recollections of Subic are hazy as we were hammered before ever arriving. I have a better memory of the Cross Roads at San Miguel. There was a kick ass band at the UAC in those days. The bars at the cross roads would rotate the pay day floor show. Jim, I tried to email you thru the email address left on my web site but the emails are bouncing. Contact me at steve. I went to the cross roads many times. Went to one bar where I went to the bathroom which was a glorified out house with a cement floor.
One night I went to the bathroom, and the cement floor gave way and I was able to grab the fortified sink and found myself hang waist deep in the waterie shit. Thank god I did not go down all the way. Went back to base, threw away my clothes.
And took a long shower. Dave, that is all part of the fun. You can tell that story now and laugh about it. You probably laughed about it at the time I reckon. Great times in Po City that is for sure. I am Australian and was in the Navy at the time. Had some great nights in Olongapo. It was further down the road away from the base and on the left side of the road. I lost my cherry to a girl there named Linda back in February of when I was His name was Marvin Wixom from Detroit.
One thing I did wrong and was told many times not to do. Eat a taco from the street. Monkey meat on the stick was ok. By 4 that morning I was burning the toilet water. He turned around to his medicine safe and worked the combination and removed a couple of little white pills. Their instruments were knock-off originals but DAMN those filipino fellas could cover a song.
Just realised I cannot post a photo. Hello Chuck. Would love to see some Olongapo Photos. I have some. My email address is frapperncurls gmail. Best time in Olongapo. Hope to hear from you mate. Went to the P. Will never forget the bus ride from Manila to Subic.
Here I had grown up in Colorado riding in the mountains and lived overseas for over a year and never had I had the ride like that ride.
Had to hit the 1st bar I could find to settle my nerves. The P. A lot different than Taipei. Fond memories of both places, but still have to give the nod to Taiwan. Thank you for the photos. I was there from to and regret I never risked taking my camera outside the main gate.
During the cruise I was assigned to Shore Patrol every duty night in port. I usually spent the night walking back and forth along Magsaysay, but one night they had enough SPs to assign me to the Olongapo jail to take custody of any sailor unfortunate enough to be arrested by the local constabulary. The city was home to three political parties at that time; and the party controlling local government incarcerated the other two as outlaw gangs.
The back wall of the jail was a line of three cells separated by bars. The place was illuminated by a single naked bulb dangling by an electrical wire from the ceiling in front of the center cell. Each cell was standing room only. Male members of the two gangs were in the two outer cells to prevent them from injuring each other through the bars.
The center cell was for female prisoners. There was a small crowd of visiting friends outside the cells bringing food to the prisoners since none was provided otherwise. The crowd was generally attired in shorts, tee-shirts, and shower sandals, but the immaculately groomed police wore crisply pressed military-style khaki uniforms and carried M16 rifles. Thanks Al, for the comments! You notice I have no photos at night, hehe.
It was a different perspective on an evening in Olongapo when you were stone cold sober. We broke up a couple of fights, but it was pretty uneventful for the most part.
If we saw a sailor taking a leak in an alley we made sure he came back toward Magsaysay and not wander off in the other direction. Do that and you may never be seen again! There was a club down at the end of Magsaysay where it met Rizal that I think was up on a second floor. We were supposed to break up a crowd but nobody was causing a real problem so we let everyone have their fun.
Sounds like the New Jollo Club where once a sailor swallowed a peso coin during a show and was taken to Cubi Point Hospital to have it cut out. I was in Subic, 70, 71, 72, 73 off and on. I was on the Connie Our favorite nite spot was Club Fuji and the attached Hotel Belmont.
How funny, I still have have business cards and receipts from the Empress Hotel…. It takes me back to my youth. I still remember you could here the Sierra Club when you hit the end of the bridge. Let me know when you get there for good. Post some memories of the past. Well thanks for keeping these memories going for so many people.
Keep us all up to date pls and post new pictures when you get home. When the boat reached the Island, most of the passengers headed for the Navy club to the left, but I chose to explore the outdoor recreational facilities to the right on my own. When I reached the far end, I found an off limits sign where a single lane dirt road continued walled in by nearly impenetrable jungle vegetation on either side.
It had rained the day before, and I could see no recent footprints or vehicle tracks on the dried road surface of raindrop pocked mud. No one was watching from the cleared area behind me, so I decided to take a short trip down the road.
I was almost immediately hidden from the clearing as the road curved into the jungle. I continued cautiously watching for footprints or recently disturbed vegetation beside the road. I found none and followed the road around the island to ultimately emerge from the jungle behind the Navy club. Enroute I found numerous concrete fortifications some damaged by second world war artillery fire and a rusted 6-inch coastal artillery gun being overgrown by the jungle.
There was also a rocky beach on the South China Sea where the water was decidedly clearer than the turbid sandy beach on the bay side recreation area. On later trips I took a mask, snorkel and swim fins to explore the coral reef off the rocky beach. It was like swimming in an aquarium with the colorful tropical fish and reef animals.
I never saw any pirates, but there were numerous small, transparent jellyfish which were difficult to see and relatively painful when I accidentally let them touch exposed skin. A tee-shirt was usually adequate protection, but I recall a painful episode when one got inside my shirt. Another time I took my camera to get photos of the old coastal artillery disappearing rifle of what the Army had called Battery Flake of Fort Wint.
As I was focused on finding a good perspective for natural lighting of the subject, I was discovered by one of the Filipino security personnel employed by the base.
He was patrolling the road on foot with a shotgun. He was happy to help me continue my photographic documentation, and would theatrically posture with his shotgun to clear subject areas of interest before I entered.
We talked about our backgrounds and jobs as he escorted me back You Cant Take My Soul - Ultimate (16) - Strong To Survive (Cassette the Navy club. He turned out to be just another guy collecting a fee for each customer he could bring in. He had a couple of side routines for making sure I spent all the money I brought with me and he established his percentage rather than the club owner. As we were walking down Magsaysay, he surreptitiously pointed me out to a conspirator who then made a clumsy attempt to pick my pocket.
He promptly suggested it would be safer if he carried my money. I had only brought a few dollars with me, so I played along to see what happened.
He called one of the hostesses over as soon as we selected a table at the club. A friend aboard a minesweeper awakened in his bunk one night to find one Album) the shipyard employees searching through his trouser pockets. Do you remember the story about the truckload of Japanese cameras and stereo equipment being stolen from the Subic Bay post exchange and ramming through the main gate to disappear into Olongapo? Air Force personnel had a similar story about one of the Clark Field crash trucks running through the front gate with sirens blaring.
I wonder if the Filipino would have fired high if directed to shoot an escaping thief. Thanks again for more Subic Bay memories, Al! It seems as if most of the locals were networked or in cahoots somehow to separate sailors and G.
I only have one vague memory of Grande Island. Some buddies and I took a water taxi out there one evening to have some drinks at the club.
All I remember there is stepping off the water taxi and walking the narrow dock toward land. It was night-time and there were lights under the dock illuminating the sealife below in the crystal-clear water. It felt sort of like walking over an aquarium.
I have a similar memory of Grande Island Al, did the same thing exploring the island by myself a few times and also with a hostess who worked at the Sampaguita Club. I was on TDY for 3 months while awaiting transport in I did a couple Honor Guard details for Filipino servicemen who died and had a friend on base who was a local boy and he took me home a few times but otherwise I stayed on the base. This was on Saturday, December 9, My late father in law was U.
Hi my name is Carina. I live in Hawaii now but originally from Samar Philippines. She has a half brother who is John Smith named after his father who John Smith too. He was an Air Force. By any chance, do you know him? They are both are looking for their parents. Their mom died already. Thank you in advance. Some of the clubs could be rented for a private party. One of the Australian ships held a party allegedly beginning when the Australian crew simultaneously removed all their clothes.
That event was long remembered by the surprised party hostesses. It was possible for a sailor to swap duty stations with another sailor holding an Identical billet on a different ship.
I met a division officer who related a swap story illustrating the possibilities. As I recall, one of his third class petty officers was in the midst of a difficult family situation which was likely to degenerate into a hardship separation, or at the very least distract the sailor from his duty responsibilities.
So a swap was arranged with a sailor from a returning ship as his ship prepared for deployment. The division officer reported the replacement petty officer was a good performer at sea, but made various arrangements to live ashore whenever the ship was in Subic Bay.
The first visit to Subic Bay was marked by the new sailor informally scheduling a division party at an Olongapo club which rewarded him with an individual room with food, drinks, and hostess services for as long as the ship was in port. New sailors returning to the ship reported the colorful party with stories encouraging shipmates to visit the club on subsequent nights ashore. The environment encouraged testing limits to provide new experiences maintaining the popularity of the club for subsequent visits to Subic Bay.
Ultimately the wild party excesses killed You Cant Take My Soul - Ultimate (16) - Strong To Survive (Cassette of the hostesses. The replacement petty officer was reportedly arrested by Philippine authorities; and the ship sailed without him.
I first reported for sea duty in I did it from a ship in Pearl Harbor with another ship in Norfolk in Probably the worst decision of my life. When you ha swapped from the ship you were on in Pearl Harbor for a ship in Norfolk, VA as the worst decision you ever made in your life, I agree with you there entirely. The Med cruises and Med ports minus the Spanish ports are overpriced.
I spent Thanksgiving day in Cannes, France, that place makes Japan look like a bargain in comparison. Westpac cruises and Westpac ports are the best. I took part in the swap program. On Nov. We had both just made 2nd class BT, and had about the same amount of time left.
I ask if he wanted to try a swap, He said sure. We both put in a chit and it went though. We both got orders in about two days. I got to stay in San Diego till Nov 15 then back for 3. I liked the Tin Can Navy much better. The cruiser was great in heavy seas, but the Tin Can was a lot more lax when it came to rules and regulations.
Was in Olongapo many times and enjoyed every one. Made it to White Rock Beach a couple of times also. Snipe I remember the swap program. A chief I worked for had been in the Philippines for 9 years and told me how he would swap his eligible stateside duty for the subic duty which was considered preferred sea duty.
I think he planned on staying there till he retired. I remember rumors of some CPOs and warrant officers purchasing clubs in Olongapo and retiring there. It seemed like a good retirement income at the time; but I wonder how subsequent political changes may have affected their lifestyle. They had the greatest band who could imitate any group. A really fun place!!
I wished the Navy just would have left me there, had that would have occurred, I would have most likely retired there and would still be there.
We both entered the 3 month school with ongoing orders to our final duty station. All during the three month school, I made up things I knew he would not like about the place.
I pretty much told him he may as well get his divorce now as he surly would have one before getting out of the PI. Then as a good friend, I told him I would trade orders with him. He would love Australia and hate the Philippines.
He agreed, so I got on the phone to my detailer someone I knew and had previously been stationed withand we both agreed on the phone to him that we wanted to trade orders…With the phone call completed a week later a message came in amending both of our final orders.
He went to Northwestcape, I went back to Comsta Phil. I then took 30 days leave upon arrival, went to Cavite City, to Sangley Pt, my old duty station. The comcen there was part of ComstaPhil. I Album) left 9 months previous and my old Chief was still there. A few strings were pulled and I was slotted to return to Sangley Pt. After my leave, I went back to San Miguel to check in again, pickup my orders sending me to Sangley and left again for Cavite City….
Since my work schedule much of the time was rotating two eves, two days, two mids then 80 hours off, I had plenty of time to spend once getting there. He indicates there was nothing left of Olongapo after the scorched earth evacuations of World War II. The Navy built a community with water, telephone and electrical utilities for Filipino civilian employees at the base. Filipinos living in Banicain were relocated to Olongapo when their village was demolished.
Although they may have enjoyed new homes with public utilities, unemployed Banicain Filipinos chafed at the restrictions of living on a naval base.
Olongapo became a focal point for perceived continuation of US colonial practices. The issue reached national proportions when an American sentry at the Naval Supply Depot shot a Filipino and the Navy failed to put the sentry on trial.
In response, the mayor of Manila announced in July that American servicemen accused of crimes in Manila would be tried in Philippine courts rather than released to military authorities. Martial law was declared in Olongapo when the American owner of an Olongapo auto parts store was murdered in October I just remembered a song of the era sung by some of the talented musicians of the clubs. Can anyone recall more of the lyrics? But only three in a normal way.
I was in 7th Division and then moved over to OI Division. Nice meeting you shipmate! Dennis, this site was a great find. Was out there with you on the gunline brother, Newport News CA Hey, thanks for the comments Chuck! I remember one day I snuck up topside for a quick smoke. You guys were sitting north of us firing inland somewhere between Hue and Quang Tri.
I had my Instamatic camera with me but you guys were about a mile away. I borrowed the starboard lookouts binoculars and held one of the lens up to my Instamatic lens to get a shot of the Newport News. That distinctive sihoulette was even more awesome with all that fire-power! I just ran across that photo lately somewhere around here recently.
Take care, bro! We stopped eating and stepped into the other room and there on the stage was just a local PI band playing…What a surprise!!! The Filipinos were capable of a lot of things, I remember a shipmate who worked in the Officers Wardroom and one day he and I were sitting on the mess decks and he took the celophane wrapper from my cigarette pack and with just a few twists he made a ballerina out of the celophane. I have a lot of respect for for the Philippine People. I beiive the US did a great diservice to our allies the Filipinos.
Just my opinion. I went to boot camp with them at Great Lakes during the summer of Us 3 arrived at Great Lakes on June 27, and we left there on September 6, My very first liberty in Olongapo City was on Tuesday, November 26,it was also the beginning of 40 years of dating Filipina women, I dated 9 Filipina women in the past 40 years, I was married to one of those 9 Filipina women for 31 years, the one I married is my late wife.
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