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    ..on the Naval Base we guarded they had ''Midrats'' [ I think we called it that ] ..chowhall was opened till I think Midnight---for the on coming and off going watches [ Naval and USMC ] .......so, one of our watches was from 8-midnight--so, the ongoing watch [ 12 to 4 am ] would RACE around the base early to pick up the Marines on watch--and barely make it in time to get some chow before closing ....we would jump and tumble into the back of a pick up and they would zoom off ...no formal changing of the guard/etc
    ......I loved having a cheeseburger and eggs with hot sauce [ all in 1 meal ] for Midrats
     
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    thanks for replies ......I did a lot of snorkeling and scuba diving in Hawaii...we got to take the course for free---and not for military training...only had to pay about $20 for the manual
    ....how long was the trip to Jamaica or Haiti? what time would you come back to Cuba from there? were these US naval ships? thanks all replies
     
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    Left Cuba early evening on a Friday and arrived at either Island the next morning. Just for the weekend. USS Norris DD-859 or USS Glover FF-1098. When either was there for fleet training. On the Glover I chose to sleep up on the deck overnight between something, I forgot exactly the details. It was a very long time ago. But it was warm tropical breezes and the stars were beautiful.
     
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    ..what was Jamaica and Haiti like? I'm guessing somewhat like a few places I went to in South America.....the cities had ''modern'' areas, but we went off the ''map'' in some places.
     
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    Haiti was poor, very poor and still is. They sold nice wood carvings. Kids begging for a nickel or a pair of shoes. Sugar cane as an industry so to speak. They had then, voodoo shows which I passed on. Nasty looking spiders and you could pick up some nasty diseases there if you weren’t careful. This was Port-Au-Prince. They have had government problems through the years, that the U.S. Navy was forbidden to send their ships there for liberty. As you have probably read, it’s a real mess now.
    Kingston Jamaica was enduring a garbage strike while I was there. Went to some bars. The guy I was with from the base had been there before and knew a nice family that lived up in the mountains there. It was nice and refreshing to go up where it was cool and have a nice meal and talk with them. The family had a nice daughter our age who was very nice and refined, unlike the whores in Haiti. I suppose you could find them in downtown Kingston too, but we didn’t look. We rented a car there, almost smashed it by not being used to driving on the opposite side of the road. That’s all.
     
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    ..wow--what do you think the voodoo shows were?
     
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    ..we were walking around Manta, Ecuador looking for bars.....we went down some streets that were ''deserted'''....one local yelled at us , ''hey, come up here'''....we asked ''cervesa'' [ beer ] ..he said yes...we went up some steps and it was an apartment [ like something from 1950s New York ] .......it was a family party with relatives--- for a daughter who just had some religious thing [ teenagers ] ....they had this old, simple record player...and we had a good time ..I tried to communicate with grandma ....then we went out to get some more alcohol and came back .....
    ...they insisted that we dance with the girls --we couldn't refuse
     
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    I heard they cut off a chicken’s head or something, some other rituals that I wanted no part of. Some guys went, I didn’t. I drank some rum in a bar and talked with some girls.
     
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    like Live and Let Die !!! or Thunderball
     
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    disregard
     

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