Once I received orders to GITMO, I left the states in December. On my arrival in Gitmo I put my name on the list for housing. I was told it was a 6 month waiting list, but If I would accept sub-standard housing it would be sooner. The place we lived was never been a problem, so naturally I accepted it. A four room house and a bath. No A/C, but all the windows opened. the boys could share a room.
Three months later, Sherry and the boys arrived. She left freezing weather and arrived to a balmy 80F degrees.
Gitmo is split by the bay. The Leeward point is where the airfield is, I worked on the Windward side and our house was there also. The houses were furnished with furniture some would have snubbed, but once we were back together it never mattered.
The base is largely Navy to service the fleet. The perimeter is guarded by USMC personnel. their area is named Camp Buckley. Camp Buckley is where the Infamous Prison is. You could spend years on Gitmo and never see Buckley.
For single guys, GITMO is sort of lonely. There are a few girls for socializing maybe 3 per hundred. We had a lot of cookouts and parties at our house for the single guys. We were in Gitmo for about 42 months.(Before I left they were allowing Female Sailors down, which made it more bearable for the single folk)
We shipped a Pontiac Bonneville down, during our time there, we owned three more Gitmobiles. Two ‘50 Chevy's and a ‘63 Corvair. In over three years we never bought a tire. When we needed a tire, we took a jack and lug wrench to the dump. Found a car like ours, jacked it up and took the best tire off it. If our Washer broke, to the dump, find a washer like ours and pull the part. I did that a few times. As a matter of fact, the dump was called ‘Sears’.
All water is from a Desalinization Plant. It comes to your home or office hot or very warm. Few folks use their hot water heater because large feeder lines are ran above ground. Therefore the Water is hot leaving the desal plant, and the sun keeps it hot or hotter. It is perfect for a bath.
Gitmo is a unique place, maybe more tomorrow.
We only get one shot at life, no do overs, it is what it is, and that is, what you have made of it.
These cars were not covered for protection, They were the NEW models and no one was supposed to see them until opening day!
If school buses could have gotten to Lucy’s farm this is what it would have been!