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Ramey Air Force Base Photos 1963 – 1965

Thank you again to RAFBHA Member, Dave Albanese for sharing these photos and memories

F-104 Star Fighter at Ramey Air Force Base, 1965

Back to back F-104 Star fighters deployed to Ramey AFB During the Dominican Republic crisis in 1965.

Photo taken by Dave Albanese, Base Air Police A flight.

Gate 1 at Ramey Air Force Base, 1963

The “Three Amigos” working Gate 1 RAFB PR 1963 from left to right, A2C Dave Albanese, Sgt. Evaristo Reyes Lebron, and A1C Mike Machacek. It was a day shift which always had a PR Policeman work front gate with Base Police when avaliable. Sgt. Reyes taught us a lot about local customs and was a Great Guy.

Peace is our Profession / Ramey Air Force Base


General Curtis LeMay at Ramey Air Force Base

General Curtis LeMay, Chairman of The Chief of Staff of the USAF at 1965, Ramey AFB P.R..  Airman Dave Albanese at bottom of stairs of KC-135 LeMay Aircraft at Ramey for General Staff meeting. Notice how similar this is to Air Force One. I’m standing at Stair Ramp to aircraft. Air crew in white are From Gen. LeMays Air Crew This was Gen. LeMays last World wide USAF conference as he retired shortly after. He was know as The “Airmans General”.

Guarding Air Force "One" - General Curtis LeMay's Plane at Ramey Air Force Base

A2C Dave Albanese Guarding Air Force “One” on a overnight stop at Ramey AFB in 1964. It was quite a Honor I was assigned along with their own Air Police security that flies with the plane.


20 Responses to Ramey Air Force Base Photos 1963 – 1965

  1. J Michael Machacek 21 Feb ’13 at 1:13 pm #

    Check this out Dave!

  2. Sonya Fox 25 Feb ’13 at 6:36 pm #

    Very beautiful sunset.ery nice photo’s. I’m sure it brings back a lot of memories.

  3. Donald DeHart 15 Mar ’13 at 12:12 pm #

    Thanks for the Pics. I remember a trip in about 1963 from James Connally AFB to Ramey in a T-29C upon which I served as a navigator instructor. That night I played bingo at the O’club and won a go-cart which we loaded on the plane and took it home.

  4. Mike Morales 30 May ’13 at 9:12 pm #

    I lived there as a kid in 1970, i have a couple of pictures of me i’d love to post.

    • Maria Roman 28 Jun ’13 at 8:37 pm #

      I used to visit there with my uncle Jaime that was a retired soldier, to buy in the PX and with my cousin to visit another cousin that was stationed there. I remember that gate, as a child of nine or less years old, that gate scared me a lot, because my family members were always telling us before entering the gate to be silent, with no comments, or they do not let us in. The same with my uncle Jaime, a Korean war veteran. I always remember this place during those years. Were the final 60′s. I remember the beautiful green areas, the Palm trees of the main entrance, the soldiers going around. I still have memories of the apartments where my cousin was living with his family. Was a beautiful place. I try to figure out today where were this apartments, and I do not find them. I don’t know, if they still there. Because this Base, and the cultural approach between us in this northwestern area English language is common between us.

  5. A/2c Ted Sampson 27 Jul ’13 at 12:30 pm #

    Was there in 1963 during conversion from RB-36 to B-52 Was a mechanic on the 36 but worked on base aircraft during conversion. Lots of memories and friends which I would love to talk with….

    • Scott 27 Jul ’13 at 2:01 pm #

      It was good duty, Ted

  6. Ted Sampson 27 Jul ’13 at 12:33 pm #

    Anyone at Ramey 1961 – 1963 drop me a line

    • Al Gonchar 5 Aug ’13 at 2:12 am #

      Ted, I was stationed at Ramey from 1962 to 1964, I was in 72nd A&E and later in 72nd FMS.lots of good memories,I enjoyed my tour

    • Stephen Edward smith 30 Sep ’13 at 4:11 pm #

      Would you happen to remember a Sargent Paul Anthony Smitt that was stationed on the base back in those years he is my father and I am trying to locate him and where he and his wife lived in Aguada I live in Aguada now

  7. Bobbie M. McIntire 18 Aug ’13 at 10:09 pm #

    My Name is Bobbie M. McIntire, I was stationed there from 1964 to1966, I was a missle mechanic on the hound dog missle that the B-52 carried under wing, I have video’s and pictures on the base, I loved it there, and wanted to stay, but they said 2 year duty only ,So I went back state side and got out.

    • Chris 24 Aug ’13 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Hound-dogger. Not many of us show up on this site. I was Guidance/Flight Control on the AGM28B ’68-70, so we missed serving together. You have any photos to share with RAFBHA? I’m Editor/Publisher of the quarterly “View from the Tower” newsletter. Anything of historical significance, whether the Hound Dog, barracks, base or Puerto Rican lifestyle.

      • Bobbie McIntire 24 Aug ’13 at 6:29 pm #

        Yes, I have pictures on the base and in the barracks also at crash boat beach and some movies.

  8. Jamie Ellis Crisp 19 Aug ’13 at 6:28 am #

    My dad was stationed at Ramey – not sure the dates, but I know he was there in July of 1963, because I was born there…would any of you happen to have known him – Ronald C. Ellis? He went on to make a career in the Air Force, retired, and later passed away of cancer. Just curious about anything I can find about his time at Ramey. Thanks.

    • J Michael 19 Aug ’13 at 6:39 am #

      What did Ron do, what type of cancer?

      • Jamie Ellis Crisp 19 Aug ’13 at 8:09 am #

        I know he was in instrumentation in the AF…not sure if he was doing that yet at Ramey or not…he had lung cancer. Daddy (and mom) went many places after Ramey…he was in Mississippi, Cocoa Beach, and retired from Moody…his heart was always with the AF!

  9. Jamie Ellis Crisp 19 Aug ’13 at 8:14 am #

    I actually found this site trying to find out how to get a birth certificate! Just found out the one I have is not considered “valid” since it was issued prior to 2010! I sent a request in to Puerto Rico…hoping they have it even though I was born on base. On a side note, I am getting with my sisters to go through pictures of daddy’s so I can share some that he may have had from Ramey!

  10. robert (bob) davies 12 Nov ’13 at 10:39 pm #

    My dad was station their from 59-62, My sister was born their in 60, I remember b-52′s flying over house, pool at officers club, & All the drills. Want to see more pic.s from then.

  11. George Berry Jr 23 Jul ’14 at 12:33 pm #

    I was stationed at ramey 1956 I was in the 72nd installation squadron I was a truck driver for detail of picking up prisoners at the stockage and drive them on detail to clen up on the base we also had an armed guard riding shotgun so we kept uor runways down.. I would always voultaneer when I could for the armed parade in san juan on different military occasion parades I also drive a pickup truck at nite with a jet fogger on the back worked manually by an airman the fying insects was a big problem there on barracks area and also dependente area I enjoy my tour of duth there they have just end the Korean settleman…..after tour of duty and obligation to a.f. I was honorably discharge a/2c…George berry jr…..

  12. Scott 23 Jul ’14 at 2:32 pm #

    George – 1956 was a long time ago. Ike was president. Worlds War II had been over only 11 years. MoPar products had the tall fins. Things have changed.

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