I was stationed in Memphis in 84/85. NSA Millingtons is now an admin base. The schools are gone, moved down to p'cola. The mall of Memphis has been plowed under. Too many homicides happening inside of the mall.
well i have to admit, i was born there, lol so my opinion is prob biased. lol i have been visiting there all my childhood....even met elvis once in a store there. so i guess thats why i enjoyed it so much the 2 times i was stationed there.
Yes I do live in the Memphis area. I moved here from NY/PA area about 4 years ago. I've been up to the base several times and i got myself lost. The old chow hall is now the fitness center. All of the multistorie brick building are gone as well as a majority of the old billiting. McDonalds no longer exists. I believe it was taken over by NEX.
Originally posted by sandidge: are you from that end of our great state frank? i havem't been back to memphis since 97.
Memphis ended being my most favorite duty station. Course we were all full of pizz & vinegar back in our A school days
Was back in Memphis a couple yrs ago for a few days. Took the Mrs to see Elvis' house and ate some outstanding dry rubbed ribs at BB Kings down on Beal st. It was cleaned up real good there. Didn't swing by the NAS. At the time I had figured it was already gone since I had heard that training had moved to Pensicola. Lots of great memories and a great town.
I hate to tell you this but as of 2006 the Bele has been taken back by eh AF adn is at W/P AFB in Ohio.
Originally posted by sandidge: almost forgot, for all you aviation buffs, the b-17 memphis belle is up on northside being refurbished. they have tu;rned northside into a civilian airstrip now that the aviation stuff moved to pcola
really? i hadn't heard that. last word i saw was she was at northside being reworked again. i knew there were some folks want the af to take her back, but didn't know they had actually done it. thanks for the heads up by the way frank, is the vigilante still there, or did they ditch that too?This message has been edited. Last edited by: sandidge,
My Grandpa retired from NAS Memphis, I remember being little and my grandma taking us to the Officers club to go swimming, or to the big indoor pool. I also remember seeing all the planes in the field on the north side of Navy road that were used for firefighting practice. A few years ago I worked for the Y, and we had our "camp" on what used to be the hospital property, its just sad to see the state that the base is in now.
i jsut yahoo mapped millington, it gives a great view of what they have done there! the r2c vigilante is still there in front ot the chow hall. it looks like even some of the school buildings have been razed.
Originally posted by Delta53: Definately a great place to start a career! Still pretty much fresh out of boot camp with pockets full of money, more beer than you could possibly drink at the club and nudy bars! What was the name of the topless bar as you went out the gate, made a left, crossed the railroad tracks and it was there on the left?? Was it the Anchor? I remember stubling back with the boys on many a night - ah, the worry-free life of a PFC!!!
That was the Mermaid Club in 1980. Me and my buddy dan used to wear cowboy boots in there with a beer in each boot. We would each first buy one of their overpriced beers from the waitress. When that one was nearing empty one of us would go to the head (beer in hand) and once inside kill and discard the can, and pull out a full one from a boot. Anything to save a buck!
Originally posted by RW60: Anybody remember "Animal House" barracks S-238? There was a rumour that the Navy had once condemned that barrack but then decided to keep it a little longer for us jarheads to use! I was there in 1980 during a heatwave and no air-conditioning in the squadbay, plus being on barracks support waiting to get into ADJ school really sucked. Animal House was right next to a squid barracks that had a beer machine and we boots were really envious of that! The squids we knew said they were allowed to drink in their tv lounge. They made a point of having the duty NCO's desk in a position to keep an eye on it.
Like someone else already mentioned there was a great E-club, and I agree it was the best one I remember too.
I flew into Millington once in the late 90's with a fellow flight instructor. We rented one of the Navy flying club's T-34's and put a couple hours on it.
Oh yea... the heat wave of 80. That was hotter than a sumbich. I stayed in "animal house" right below the brig, for about 2 months while Bks 412 was remodeled. When we got back in that air conditioning it was so sweet!
You have the name "Hilton" correct but not he barracks numbr. It's 451 and I was there when it was about 6 mo old. It was an all male barracks and the WM's lived in the tall red brick buildings across from the chow hall. As of now the field in front of 451 is now a building and the majority of the old navy billeting is gone.Bldg 453 was known as the "Holiday Inn"
Anybody remember "Animal House" barracks S-238?
In response to your question RWO60 I lived at the "Animal House" but the new one barracks #453 also known as "The Hilton" because it was new and hi-tech in 1985 4 man rooms with personal head,intercom service , mail boxes and W.M.s on the 1st deck yes we had a plaque proudly displayed in the t.v. room the read "United States Marine Corps Animal House" ( anyone remember that anchor that wound up on the 3rd deck?) [/QUOTE]
Did my A school there in 71. Funny I don't remember a lot about it. I do remember we never went outside the gate for liberty. always caught the bus to downtown Memphis. Don't know why. Never went to the Eclub either for some reason beyond my grasp. It was downtown or stay in the barracks. Stayed in the two story open squad bays. They were broken up into room areas by our wall lockers. The head was towards the front, Showers to the left and cr^pp#R$ to the right. Barracks/duty NCO office at the very front left "day room" to the right. Across the way was the Drum and Bugle Corp with the precision Drill team.They practiced out front and had the ugliest Bull dog I ever seen. Don't remember the chow hall either, but I mast have gone there. Remember the scuttlebut that it was run by a WM captain. Remember a lot of not so nice scuttlebut about her but I never met her or seen her for that matter that I can remember. I remember two root canals done by base dentist there and all four wisdom teeth being pulled at the same time and right back to class.(teeth all pulled at the same time not pulled and root canals) If memory serves me right we had a T38 I think it was for school training. I do remember a USO show one night in one of the hangers on the other side of base.Can't remember her name. She was a country singer, the one who sang Harper Valley PTA. Well thats about what I remember of NAS Milington/Memphis. I guess my fondest memory would be recieving orders for Cherry Point NC. Oh yea I remember the Squids continuosly trying to cut our formations. Emphisis on the word TRYing!!! They never made it at least not how they had hoped to!!!
A great place to start off a military career in '83. Fought my first Sailor there(LOST),crashed my first car there(total) Probably should have got my buff kicked out of the corps there. Finally met My Wife there(25 yrs.) Man I miss those days.Semper Fi!