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Old 02-17-2023, 09:29 AM
 
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Anyone here remember the US Army Fort Brooke located on the grounds of El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
It was deactivated in the late 1960s and the historic site was made a part of the National Park Service.

My Dad & family were stationed there 1950-54 when it was the headquarters for the Antilles Command. Us dependent children were bused over to the Naval Air Station to attend school in grades 1-8.
Rodriguez Army hospital on the post was filled with our wounded warriors from the Korean War. My family attended Sunday Mass in the hospital chapel.

I recall going into Old San Juan with Mom to shop at Padine’s department store, going to the Army/Navy Beach Club near the baseball park by the Normandie Hotel, driving over to El Yunque to explore the forest jungle, making tours of the island to see Phosphorescent Bay and visiting friends in Ponce.

El Morro was my playground. What a wondrous place to be in one’s formative years.
All the US military buildings were subsequently removed to restore the grounds to their “pre-occupation” appearance.

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Old 02-17-2023, 11:41 AM
 
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'50's was an interesting time in Puerto Rico, I wasn't even born but I wish I had a time machine. I heard a lot of good things from that era from people that lived it.
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Old 02-18-2023, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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'50's was an interesting time in Puerto Rico, I wasn't even born but I wish I had a time machine. I heard a lot of good things from that era from people that lived it.
Yes, I vividly remember our post school bus being escorted by machine-gun armed Army Jeeps from the Navy Air Station back to Fort Brooke when the Nationalist Party uprisings broke out.
From our quarters at Fort Brooke we could hear some firing from nearby Fortaleza when they tried to storm it. At one point my dad caught some tear gas in his HQ offices. Lol

Otherwise, the Island was quite beautiful and relatively “unspoiled” yet by all the mainland tourists.

From our house on occasion during the summers I could watch the beautiful sight of the 3 or 4 mast training sail ships from Spain & the US Coast Guard gliding into the harbor.
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Old 02-18-2023, 07:02 PM
 
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Well, I enjoyed the '70s growing up in the island so 20 years earlier would have made it better. I had friends that attended FT. Buchanan schools in the base . They had their own football team and I was invited to their activities but going to a time machine in P.R. during the '50s would have been an adventure. I heard a lot of good stories how Puerto Rico was.
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I came across this while looking for how to find the old Army/Navy Beach where I used to swim. My father was the Deputy Post Commander of Ft. Brooke from 1958-1960. I, too, used to play at El Morro. I knew every nook and cranny of that fort! We used to slide down the embankment of the golf course on cardboard. I belonged to a swim team where we swam in the public pool near the fort. I went back there for the first time about 15 years ago and was able to find the remains of our house's foundation. There are many wonderful memories of living there, as I was only 7-8 when we moved there.

If anyone can give me the address of the Army/Navy Beach location, please reply. My granddaughter is going to Puerto Rico soon and wishes to visit it knowing that is where I used to swim and where I was baptized in my church. Thank you.
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