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Pictures of Ramey AFB Puerto Rico

Doug Kurkoski has posted some wonderful pictures of Ramey on Flickr.  Doug shared with me the following:

“I was stationed at Ramey as a SSGT in the Base Budget Office in 1972-73.Some of the photos are ones that I took myself, but many of them are from a slideshow that the First Sergeant (MSGT Dick Drake) of the CAMS (Aircraft Maintenance Squadron) used to orient newcomers to the base. He gave them to me as souvenirs when I left as the base was closing in 1973. If I turn up any more photos, I will post them as well.  My purpose in posting these photos on Flickr was to make them available to anyone who might be interested, and your setting up a link to them will be very helpful in doing just that. So far I have received 440 hits on that set of photos, so I know that there definitely are people out there who are interested.”

I’m certain anyone viewing this post will appreciate these photos.  The photos are bright, colorful and labeled.  For anyone who served at Ramey, these photos will be a trip down memory lane.

Thank you Doug for keeping the memories of Ramey alive.

Ramey AFB Puerto Rico

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215 Responses to Pictures of Ramey AFB Puerto Rico

  1. James Arthur Major Jr. 19 Nov ’10 at 5:46 am #

    Hello. My father was stationed at Ramey and I was also born on base.I would love to see any and all pictures you might have of the base. I am curious if you might have known my father. His name was James A. Major. He was there in 69. thank you very much.

    • loriann79 19 Nov ’10 at 11:27 pm #

      Hi James! Thank you for finding us and welcome to the Ramey AFB Historical Association Blog! I would recommend you subscribe to this blog so you will receive all the new updates. Currently I’m busy working on the Ramey AFB website, but I do plan on uploading more pictures to this blog in the very near future. On this blog I’ve placed a link to our Facebook page. This is an active site and many of the group members have uploaded wonderful pictures of the base, and someone might very well have known your father! And last but not least James I would highly recommend you consider becoming a member of this excellent association (we have many members who were born on the base). Go to (there is a link on this blog) our website at Click on the link “Become a Member” and this page will give you information about becoming a member and the many benefits you would receive. We have a reunion coming up next March in Puerto Rico! Details about the reunion is also available at the website. So James welcome aboard and I look forward to hearing from you again!

      Lori Mischke Webmaster and Secretary for Ramey AFB Historical Association

      • Anonymous 27 Jul ’11 at 8:06 pm #


        • Terri Erianne 13 Oct ’14 at 7:55 pm #

          Did anyone know my father Joseph Erianne. I was born on base on July 18th 1966.

      • Jim Wilson 19 Aug ’14 at 11:37 am #

        Lori, is the Pictures of Ramey AFB comments site still up. I haven’t seen any updates since the first part of July, 2014. Thanks.

    • Ron 26 May ’13 at 6:51 pm #

      My name is Ron Hill I was stationed at Ramey AFB, Purta Rico at the end of 1964 and the 1965 and I’m hoping to locate any information concernng an incident tat occured off base one evening at a local rum shack he incidnt involved two or three officers on a TDY mission out of Forida I was told. The incident involved these officers and several other local airman. There was an argument that ended with a fight were the officers were both badly injuried and at least one of the officers ended up in the hospital, and at least one of the airman was court martialed and being sent to levenworth fed pen. receiving 25 years to life.
      Any bit of information concerning this incident would be very helpful.
      I can be reached here or via e-mail at: or by phone at: (510) 750-6574 or P.O. Box99131, Emeryville, CA. 94662.

      Thank you for yor time and attention in this matter.

      Ron Hill

    • Earl Rust 14 Apr ’14 at 12:59 pm #

      I was stationed there from 1952 till june 1955. Wonderful place, Our oldest daughter was born there in the base hospital. I was in air sea rescue and was crewchief on an h19 helicopter. We lived off base at Quebradilus and later close to Isabella. The day after our daughter was born I was visiting the wife and dau. when an earthquaqe struck,what an experiance.

      • Lindsay 10 Sep ’14 at 6:04 pm #

        Hi Earl. My grandfather, SGT George Frazier was stationed on Ramey AFB the same years. He was also on Air Sea Rescue. And his first child (my uncle) was born there, as well.

  2. glenn (joe) LINDEMANN 6 Jan ’11 at 7:24 pm #

    i really liked the pictures of tropical acres…it is shame the buildings look the way they do now…my wife and i lived at 1574 D powell st from may 1972 to june 1973…i was a sgt in accounting and finance from 1`971 to 1973 at ramey

    • ronald stratton 26 Sep ’12 at 5:00 pm #


    • jim telese 19 Jun ’14 at 10:51 pm #

      I lived on Powell street too from 67 to 69

    • jim telese 11 Oct ’14 at 9:28 am #

      My family lived on powell st too from 67-70.

  3. Lecia Ann (Doubblestein) Gibson 15 Jan ’11 at 9:39 am #

    My father was in the Crash Boats in 48-50 maybe 51 His name is Kenneth Ward Doubblestein. We lived in a little house across from the Airport on Base. I would love to hear from someone who knew him. My sister was born there in 1950. I have such great memories even though I was very young. I would like to see some pictures of that era. Thanks for reading.

    • earl 14 Apr ’14 at 1:08 pm #

      I was in air sea rescue from 1952 tlii 1955 but did not see the guys from crash boat much, theu stayed down the bay most of the time. But last year I met a guy that was there same time as I was,he was in crash boat group, I have also met two more guys that was there same time as I was, one of them is a membeer of our church, what coincidences.

  4. kathleen connery ring 7 Feb ’11 at 7:02 pm #

    My father was Cmdr Jack Connery, a Naval commander who helped to close the base. Ilived w/ him and went to Ramey School during my Senior year of high school, 1974. We lived in the BOQ on the cliff. I used to work at the base nursery nights and weekends.
    I would love to see any photos and touch base with any of the 33 students who graduated from that year.

  5. Deborah A. Baker 2 Apr ’11 at 9:09 pm #

    Hello, I used to live with my folks on the airforce base in puerto rico in the early 1960′s :-) I was a little gal then but remember the folks talking about when we lived there. I even had my tonsils taken out there at the hospital. I did go to school there kindergarden on up to 2nd grade. I rememeber the big planes :-) when your little every thing is bigger lol. I think pop was a sargent not to sure I cant ask him he is heaven now with mom :-(

    • Florence Wright 13 Jan ’13 at 1:38 am #

      We lived in Puerto Rico from 1959 to 1963. Children went to school there. Enlisted – last name Wright living at 147 D Street.

      • Randy G 10 Mar ’13 at 12:36 am #

        I lived on “L” Street, Harrison Lane and “Wing Road”. My hot girlfriend was JoAnne Hinshaw………………….. Randy

  6. Thurman Clifton III 5 Apr ’11 at 2:26 pm #

    was there in the 60′s. really liked it a whole lot

  7. Jerry M Dunham Msgt Ret. 6 Jun ’11 at 1:05 am #

    I was station at Ramey 1959-1961 My oldest son was born at Ramey Hosp. I was a 2 striper (was called then A/2c ) stripes were hard to come by then. We lived in Isabella on an old coffee Plantation own by Dr. Hernandez. Very few Airmen under Staff lived on base. A few A/1c lived at FHA. This might be closed now. I did not see them on the pictures, for those who remember this is where the B-52 crash in the play ground, Col Porterfield was killed in that crash. This happen Approx 2 or 3rd of Jan 1960. I was in Telephone Maint and Repair. I put a lot telephones in these buildings. One of them was the Porterfield house (this was a house for VIP.Quite a few Presidents stayed there.) I really like the pictures. Thank You.

    • Jerry M Dunham Msgt Ret. 8 Jul ’11 at 2:40 am #

      Correction on B-52 crash it was Feb 1st

      Jerry M Dunham Msgt Ret

      • JUAN ACEVEDO 29 Sep ’11 at 4:37 pm #

        Sir Jerry M Dunham. i live in Puerto Rico close to the base… it still open but just the underground base for submarine

      • Marvin Haymon 8 Jan ’14 at 1:48 am #

        I well remember the B-52 crash of Feb 1st 1960. I was there. I was in fire department. That night at 10:52 pm S/Sgt Zolton Chezmedia & I was just arriving at the mess hall for midnight chow. As we were getting out of the P/U we heard a bi

        Marvin Haymon

        I well remember night of Feb. 1, 1960 10:52 pm. “I was there”. I was in the Fire Department. S/Sgt Zolton Chezmedia & I was just ariving at the mess hall for midnight chow. As we getting out of p/u we heard a big boom. Sgt Chezmedia made the statement ”I didn’t think the navy was supose to be setting off that dynamite after dark”. When we got inside the mess hall, there was a message came over the speaker—all personal report to you duty stations, there has been a crash on the runway. We went big the fire station, got our bunker cloths. When we got to the crash site were give a hand line {fire hose}. then came rescue,this was not fun. —-I remain MARVIN HAYMON ph# 337-392-9442

    • Jim Wilson 11 Sep ’12 at 3:36 pm #

      I was at Ramey from Oct 1958 until the spring of 1961. I was in the Air Police, but later transferred to the Radio and Television station. One of my shows was the 780 club (780 on the dial) with top 40 music weeknights 6:30 to 7:30 pm. I also did the Ramey Bandstand on the TV station 1960 until I left in 1961.(similiar to Dick Clark’s show)
      I remember the B-52 crash. I knew some of the airmen on the plane. I was on the air at the radio station when the plane crashed. I heard a heavy boom, and saw a huge flash of light reflected in the sky. My first reaction was that we had been bombed.
      Of course, in a few minutes we received a call to begin broadcasting (public) information relating to the crash.

      • Charles ( Chuck ) Houston 8 Oct ’12 at 3:35 pm #

        Chuck Houston T/sgt Retired.
        I was stationed at Ramey afb 1957 – 61. Remember the crash well. I was in the Air Police on “C” flight under Sgt Raymond Armstrong. Such a wonder no buildings were destroyed in the small ara the plane was set down as many thought. In fact I worked with a A/1c Wilson on “C’ Flight…..just wonder if it was you. Lots of memories…all good.

        • Jim Wilson 9 Feb ’13 at 2:19 pm #

          Chuck, just read your item. I was an A/2c (Ramey 58 to 61) I remember Sgt. Armstrong. Boy he was something else! The guys asked me one night to play “Nothin’ Shakin’. I did and he responded by making them clean their area of the barracks with shoe brushes. I was safely at the radio station, so he couldn’t get to me.

          • F. Dwayne jenik 28 Dec ’14 at 12:33 pm #

            I was posted at War Plans the night it crashed, in fact I was watching it do “touch and go’s”. On its last one it couldn’t gain altitude, rolled to the right, made a U turn over my house outside gate 6, and crashed in a playground between two rows of houses in FHA. Ever since that night my wife is a “white knuckle flier”. I was a 2 striper and worked with SSgt Miller, SSgt Sandoval, A1C Walls.

      • Debbie 28 May ’14 at 7:36 pm #

        I remember you… dated Carla and I dated Jim Malloy!

        • Jim Wilson 29 May ’14 at 2:17 pm #

          Debbie, you certainly have a good memory! Unfortunately mine isn’t so good. What was your maiden name. Did we go on double dates, etc?

          Carla and I saw “Summer Place” at the Warner Theatre. Of course, every time I hear the Theme from a Summer Place, I drift back in time to Ramey, and it seems like yesterday.

          I lost touch with Carla soon after she married Joe ? and they moved back to the states.
          Jim Malloy and I kept in touch for many years, but lost contact in the late 70′s.

          Jim Wilson

        • Jim Wilson 30 May ’14 at 1:34 pm #

          No need to answer the questions, I remember you now. Good to hear from you!
          Those were the days….


    • larry s kesler 2 Feb ’13 at 8:10 pm #

      I was in the air police at that time , and at the crash site , I believe the left wing broke off and went back out toward the runway . One small section where the star on the side is was all left of the plane where it lay . I went to Ramey from Tucson , also on a c-121 that caught on fire leaving Charleston , in Feb- 1959 . I left for K.I. Sawyer in northern Mich . June 1961 . Both of these SAC bases are closed now , and Sawyer was brand new in 1961 . I was in the K-9 for the last part at Ramey , and traveled all over the old bomb area off base where the kennels were . We ate a lot of fruit from the trees there . They took my dog away from me the last couple months , and gave me a pickup with a BAR man . Castro was stirring up trouble and we had tons of rockets and ammo stored in the old bomb area to protect . Ever thirty minutes a c-134-a was either landing with ammo , or taking off empty . We only worked nights in the k-9 , so we got to eat in the pilot’s mess hall , good food . We had 50 more troops shipped in from the states at that time , and it wasn’t untill I was at Sawyer that I fully understood the gravity of that situation . The missles went back and I finally got my discharge . My dog’s name was Russ # 084X , an old Army dog from Panama . Strange how you remember some things . Davis – Monthan AFB at Tucson was my first base in 1958 , they had KC-97s, B-47s , and F-86s in ADC , still one of my favorite fighter planes . At Ramey I saw LT.COL. James Stewart , Pres. Ike , and the big brass himself LeMay . I also had to guard the U-2s in that hanger . Once we had a hurricane warning , and had to move into that hanger with our dogs tied to our bunks , turned out to be a noisey night , with no hurricane .

      • Nick Salem 25 Mar ’13 at 5:09 pm #

        Larry, did you ever learn to play the guitar?? I was with you there. I had Rex, until he had to be put down, then I got Duke. I don’t remember their numbers. Aiello was NCOIC. We sure had some good times, I left I think early 61.
        Nick Salem

  8. Anonymous 25 Jun ’11 at 10:15 pm #

    I was at Ramey Air Force Basse from 1955-1957. My father was the band leader (W2 at the time) and the unit was in the quonset hut a few blocks from the run way. We were there during transition from 36′s to 52′s. We originally lived in the “older” section of housing two blocks from the old movie theatre before moving to the “New” 450 unit of Wherry section consturcted in 1957 were we lived for one year before trasnfer to state side at Sheppard airforce base at Wichita Falls, Texas (B 52’2 SAC also). I was present during hurricane Betsy winds of 115 miles an hour. The new Wherry quarters were right next to the golf course. I use to walk across the course through the drainage area and climb down the cliff to the Beach area and fish. I remember the “evacuation” drills were the entire base of non estentile personnel and dependants would drive 30 miles into the center of the inland to “avoid” nuclear problems. Cold war days.

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  11. Howard 1 Aug ’11 at 2:44 pm #

    Hi my name is Howard Nilsen and my father was stationed at Ramey from 69 to 71. I was a Sophmore & Junior and my sister Niki (Nancy) graduated in 70 from Ramey HS (with Victoria Principle). We have GREAT memories of our times there. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

    • Lori Mischke 7 Aug ’11 at 11:14 pm #

      Welcome Howard!
      So glad you found us. My name is Lori and I am one of the site administrators. Currently members are working on developing this site so more stories and pictures of Ramey AFB can be shared. Also listings of current RAFBHA events will be posted, so please bookmark this site and plan on visiting with us often.
      We have other members who graduated from Ramey HS, and they too have great memories. So happy you found us!

    • Don Kovacs 25 Jul ’13 at 1:26 pm #

      Howard do you know about the Ramey AFB High School Facebook page ?

    • Don Kovacs 25 Jul ’13 at 1:35 pm #

      do you know about the Ramey AFB High School Facebook page ?

  12. Ray Fox 9 Aug ’11 at 11:40 pm #

    My dad was station at Ramey from 1965-1968. I was about 8 yrs old at that time, had a lot of good times and memories.

    • George R Hamilton 13 Feb ’13 at 4:29 pm #

      Ray, I was there at the same time and was about your age.

      • Fran Hynek 16 Jan ’14 at 8:56 pm #

        Ray and George, I was there also in 1966. I was 10. It was a lot of fun. I remember the two theaters, I think they were the Roxy and the Warner. My friend’s dad ran one of them, so I got in free!

        • George Hamilton 18 Jan ’14 at 10:09 am #

          Where did you live and go to Elementary school?

          • Fran Hynek 1 May ’14 at 12:30 am #

            I lived on Borinquen Dr. I don’t remember the name of the school, but I remember it was really close to a pool because we had swimming lessons during the school day. I have fond memories of the Roxy and Warner theater, and of course the awesome beaches. Sorry it took me so long to post!

  13. Joe Crowell 14 Aug ’11 at 9:48 pm #

    My father Willaim Richard Crowell was a pilot and we were stationed at Ramey in the early 60′s. 2 of my 6 siblings were born there. I remeber the Officers Club, Sailfish over the entry and swimming lessons at the pool. Great way to begin all of my fondest childhood memories. I hope to visit there some time soon!

  14. Mike Dorn 1 Sep ’11 at 7:56 am #

    Posted in the wrong place the first time :) Meant to add this to the comments on the pictures, which brought back many wonderful memories of my three years there…

    My father, Stuart Dorn, was stationed at Ramey from 1970-73 (base closure) as part of the 53rd Weather Recon. I remember my three years at Ramey like they were yesterday (was in 4th-5th and 6th grades while there). We used to live on A street and I remember exploring a lot of the base on my bike. One of my favorite places were the WW2 era gun pits (at least I think that is what they were) that were on the ridge line that ran toward the service club/library (they were approximately opposite where the gym was). They were overgrown at the time, but there was a trail that ran through there, and I would take a book up there to read. I also remember taking my bike down the hill at the service club (you weren’t exactly supposed to do that) for a thrilling ride (you had to pull up pretty quick at the bottom, or you wound up in the street that was over by the PX).

    • Jim Brock 15 May ’12 at 9:29 pm #

      I rode down that hill on my bike! PX, Warner Theater, Roxy Theater (I saw “The Ten Commandments” there. My first banana split at the little hamburger stand. We saw Billy Graham preach on the lawn of the Airman’s Club.

      • Jeff Burandt 25 May ’14 at 7:47 pm #

        In the 5th or 6th grade two of my buddies and I all road “the hill”. Two of us were able to stop but one couldn’t and had to blast across th street nest to the PX. No cars were coming so we all had stoires to tell when a few months later the APs put up a sign: “No Bycicle Allowed”

    • Lisa levy 12 Jan ’13 at 12:07 am #

      Mike, my sister Bebe and I lived on A Street from 1969-1972; I think I remember your name. Did you go to E Street school? My name was Lisa Bryant then, and I was in 2nd – 5th grade in puerto Rico.

      • Mark Hicks 10 Mar ’15 at 12:12 pm #

        I remember the names. Lisa Levy rings a bell. I also believe I played baseball with Kovacs. Name is Mark. Do you remember a Mrs. Bateman? She was a teacher’s aid.

        • Bill 11 Mar ’15 at 8:57 pm #

          Mark Hicks,

          Were you a student at Ramey? If so, What is your dad’s name?

    • Don Kovacs 25 Jul ’13 at 1:37 pm #

      Mike: Did you know the Morey sisters

  15. marilyn poore 10 Oct ’11 at 5:08 pm #

    Our family was station there 1964-1967. It was the only place whereyou could wear shorts 365 days a year// We went thru Hurricane Faith had puppies in the middle of it.We lived offbase IN San Antonio, rented from the locals and had some of the best friends that you would want. Also had two of my kids born there.Would love to return there one day.

    • Lori Mischke 23 Oct ’11 at 12:21 am #

      Thank you Marilyn for your comments and visiting the site. Ramey AFB Historical Association is scheduled to hold their 2013 reunion in Puerto Rico :-)

  16. Rob Grant 3 Feb ’12 at 1:15 am #

    My dad was S/Sgt Robert Grant, assigned to the 72nd Bomb Wing, from early 1964 through 1967. We lived in Isabella for about four months and then moved onto Ramey; I was seven when we arrived. When we were living off-base (dad, mom, my sister, and brother) I remember the blue Air Force bus coming to the end of the street to pick us up for school to Hook Road Elementary and then taking us home. After moving onto the base it was a five minute walk, our address was 105 Hook Road. My memories of watching B-52′s land and guessing the color of the parachute that would deploy, going to Rifle Range Beach and every other beach both on and off the base will always be with me; I learned to how to snorkle first and to swim second. It was the most fun I ever had as a child. I returned 12 years later as Coast Guardsman stationed aboard the USCGC Sagebrush in San Juan and learned to scuba and spending all my free time at the beaches around the island and even going back to Ramey several times and traveling throughout the Antilles and Leeward Islands on leave.

  17. patrick stammers 23 Feb ’12 at 5:58 pm #

    lived on ramey from 64 to 68. my father was tech sargent james stammers of the 7nd bomb wing. lived at 143 m street. we moved from ki sawyer to ramey. whata shock. great memories. baseball boy scouts 8 man football great weather year around swimming.

  18. Don Kovacs 10 Mar ’12 at 6:22 pm #

    I was stationed at Ramey from 1970 to 1973
    I worked in Recreation Services (Airmans Club, Lifeguard at the Beach, Base Gym)I returned to complete my degree at Inter-American U until 1975
    If the AF let me stay at Ramey…I would have reenlisted

    • ronald stratton 26 Sep ’12 at 5:09 pm #

      I think ypur supervisor was a MSGT Plant whom I ram into at Little Rock Arkansas racquetball tournament. Played alot of racquetball outside and Badminton inside the gym. Red Stratton

      • Don Kovacs 25 Jul ’13 at 1:33 pm #

        Ron; Yeah I ran into Bob at the a AF competition between Air Combat Communications sqds. Jean Sangster) was my civilian supervisor…but I knew Bob well…her was a good guy.

    • Bob Fassio 3 Aug ’13 at 12:20 pm #

      Don – My name is Bob Fassio. I was stationed at Ramey from Feb 70 – Feb 73 and
      worked at the USAF Conference Facility. I was a TSgt at the time. If your office participated in any conference activities I probably worked with you. I lived on Harrison Drive, near the NCO club.

      • Don kovacs 19 May ’14 at 6:29 pm #

        Hi Bob…i worked for Maj Hehir…i used to take the Generals surfing when they came down for conferences

        • Major Byrd 11 Oct ’14 at 8:31 pm #

          What ever happened to Major Hehir, Jean Sanster, and others who worked with them? I was in the 53ed WRS 70-73

  19. Tina 26 Mar ’12 at 2:26 pm #


    My father was stationed at Ramey AFB from 1970 to 1973. He was Capt. Willie Byrd who also coached and played basketball on the base team. It’s great to read a few articles from those that were stationed there and remember the wonderful times. I was about 8 years old then but I do remember using flattened boxes to sled down the hill near the library and the outdoor skating rink behind the gym. Wish the base never closed…could have stayed there forever.

  20. Michael H. Gerhardt 4 Apr ’12 at 10:43 pm #

    I am a Ramey AFB native, born there in 1959. Stumbled on this site while researching my birth certificate which I found out is not valid after 2010. Learned the certificates Augadillo as the birth town. From the pictures I have seen the area looks like a paradise. Personally I don’t have any recollections of the place as I was only six weeks old when my parents PCSed from there.

    Now I am getting ready to retire from the Air Force (CIV) and may have to make it there to check it out.


  21. Jonathan Tross 27 Apr ’12 at 9:13 am #

    I was born on Ramey AFB in 1952. My dad was stationed there and I left when 2 years old. Haven’t been back. I’m told that the Marriott Courtyard is built where the old hospital was located. Is this true?

  22. J Michael Machacek 2 May ’12 at 1:11 pm #

    Was in the Air Police (Base Police) from 1963-1965 at Ramey along with Dave Albanese, loved being stationed there!
    Do you guys remember “The Linner Dinner” The Pizza Place (Paioli’s) outside gate 5, The Chicken and Rice Rum Schack outside gate 1, and who could forget the “original” Corona Beer” (brown bottles) that used to be owned by a Puerto Rican company before being bought out by today’s Mexican company! Anybody remember the fruit called “Caneppa’s”?

    • Lisa levy 12 Jan ’13 at 12:12 am #

      I think I remember that fruit! Were they also called “puerto rican cherries”- I light yellow cherry with a very sour flavor?

    • Ron H. 1 Apr ’13 at 6:50 pm #

      I was at Ramey from 1963 to 1965 and worked in the electric shop. There was an incident off base I beleive in 1964 where two TDY officers were invloved in an altercation with some airman and the officers were hospitalized. I believe an airman or two were court martialed and sent to levenworth for an unknown period of time. Would you happen to know of or remember such an incident? Names of those involved are anything else?

    • Ron H. 1 Apr ’13 at 7:08 pm #

      Hello Albert:
      My name is Ron H. and I was at Ramey in 1963 to 1965 and worked in the Electric Shop as an aircraft aand missile electrical repairman. Do you remember hearing about an incident that happened off base one week end I think in 94 were two officers at PR on a TDY mission got into an altercation off base and ended up in the hospital. A couple of airman were charged with the crime, received a court martial and one or more were sent to Levinworth. If you remember this please let me know names or anyrhing else about that evening.

    • Anibal Flecha Ortiz 19 Jun ’13 at 10:51 pm #

      Sgt. Anibal Flecha Ortiz at Ramey, Civil Eng. Scuadron 1964-67, Yes, a local sower zap fruit called Quenepa.
      From North Dacota to Ramey, what a change. It was paradise. Was ready to deploy to Nam. 24/7.

    • Rita a. Davidek 31 Mar ’14 at 8:24 pm #

      My husband was stationedat Ramey 1965-68. In the Refueling squadron–navigator. I remember kanapas. W loved them and never found them again. Kids went tio school there. Beautiful beaches. Did lots of skin diving a Lancers

    • Holly Summers 21 Aug ’14 at 11:14 am #

      I remember canneppas. super sour ,my mom called them snotball with a seed!

  23. J Michael Machacek 2 May ’12 at 1:13 pm #

    Meant to say “Liner Diner”

  24. Liz Redwine 21 May ’12 at 4:29 pm #

    My dad was stationed at Ramey from 1970 to 1972. My older sister Penny and I went to school there where she graduated in 1972. I loved living there, had the best time of my child hood life.

  25. Bob Brietzke 5 Sep ’12 at 10:52 am #

    Loved Ramey A.F.B. Was a dependent there from Nov.63 until Aug.66. Lived off base in San Antonio on Montana Rd. Then moved on base and lived at 147 Lighthouse Dr. My dad is retired MSgt. Ray Brietzke. He worked at the base gym building and ran the PCU unit. I was in Jr. High during my time at Ramey. Loved every minute of it and have nothing but great memories. I never tire of telling and re-telling stories about the base. The Warner and Roxy movie theaters, the outdoor roller skating rink behind the base gym, Crash Boat Beach, the football games especially against the dreaded Antilles Pirates, kiddie bingo at the NCO Club and swimming at the Airman’s and NCO Club pools just to mention a few of the places and things I remember. Oh yea….and the Lazy R riding stables.

  26. Michael Kud-Kudijaroff 17 Sep ’12 at 10:08 pm #

    To all of you who read and write on this site and all of you who say “Wish I could go there, or I will someday go there, or I have great memories while I was there” all I have to say is that time on this earth is short and we do not know when we will be called to the big base in the sky. My good friend Ed Anderson talked to me on the phone and I told him that I had another commitment and I would not be there and I would see him next year and next year never came for Ed and I did not see him ever again. So this coming reunion(2013) I will beg, borrow or steal enough to make the reunion so that I will not feel bad if I will go to the big base in the sky and miss my friends. I too enjoyed my two years at Ramey Air Force Base(Paradise)

    • Chris 22 Sep ’12 at 3:44 pm #

      Well stated, Michael. Look forward to solving the world’s problems with you next March!

    • Don kovacs 19 May ’14 at 6:33 pm #

      Ted there is a Ramey high school friends fb page …look it up..they have reunions

  27. John Hermann 12 Nov ’12 at 4:44 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    I was stationed with your father at Ramey. Altho assigned to the CAMS, I flew with your dad TDY to Germany. After base closure, I joined the 53rd, and the 1st ACGS, at Keesler. I remained in hell (Keesler), for 14 months until I could wrangle an assignment to work on the railroad in Thailand. If he’s still with us, please remember me to him.

  28. John Hermann 12 Nov ’12 at 4:58 pm #

    Hi Tina
    I worked for your dad as the CAMS material control officer. I remember him as a good guy who did a great job in aircraft maintenance. My job was cut after about 1.5 years, and I was transfered to base supply equipment management until the base closed. If he’s still with us, pls give him my best.
    John Hermann

    • Major Byrd 11 Oct ’14 at 8:40 pm #

      I am Tina’s dad. Thanks for remembering me and a big thanks to God that I am still with the living. Retired in 81 and living in Stone Mountain, Georgia. By the way, I spent a tour working on the railroad in Thailand in 69.

      • John H Hermann 12 Oct ’14 at 7:27 pm #

        Hi Bill! Good to hear from you again. Like you, the AF and I parted company in ’81. Making the most of my logistics experience, I went to work as a HQ Puke for the USPS in DC. I spent the next 21 years working logistics problems all over the country. Even made it back to PR a couple of times:). I retired a couple of weeks before 9/11, and we left VA for Iowa. Connie (wife), developed lung cancer, and passed in ’04. I gave Waterloo, IA a year (why, I don’t know), and moved back to Virginia in ’05. My two daughters and families live near by me in the Ashburn, VA Area, and I’m enjoying retirement.
        BTW, I was at U-Tapao, on a MAC logistics assignment during ’75-’76. Went from there to 22AF, Travis. The railroad was an interesting experience. I’ve been back there twice for reunions, and can happily say that the Land of Smiles has grown up.

        John Hermann

        • Bill 2 Jan ’15 at 9:58 am #


          It looks like we were stationed on the same bases. I was stationed at McGuire in the Logistics Ready Center (LRC) after leaving Ramey then Travis in 1977-79 (60th Field Maintenance and Maintenance Control). Hope all goes well.


          • John Hermann 2 Jan ’15 at 3:06 pm #

            Now that’s amazing that we were stationed at the same base (KSUU), at the same time, and never ran into each other. I was there 1/29/76 – 4-1-81. 22AF LGRS, as chief of fwd support, and then chief of Acft and gen support Divs. Spent a lot of time on the road in Asia. You may remember LTC Bud White, 22AF LGM. Bud White and I frequently traveled as a team, since many maintenance issues in the field frequently involved supply. I can remember chasing Red Devil problems over at the 60th FMS. And yes, at maintenance control, where all the parts requisition info was kept.

            Pls stay in touch!
            John Hermann

  29. Gail Williams Kehl 30 Nov ’12 at 11:55 pm #

    Well here it is midnight Dec.1st 2012 and I stumbled across this sight.My husband was stationed at Ramey in 1964-1966. He was inTransportation Squadron. Airman Richard Williams ( Dick). Our daughter (2nd child of 4) was born on base. They were the best two years of my life. Great memories, beautiful weather, and hoping to go back soon for a vacation. My daughter was born May 8th just about when the Dominican problem was in full swing. I will never forget the sound of the B-52′s and other planes circleling for 24 hours waiting for thier turn to land, the flight line was full. I can almost still here the windows vibrating and of course the sound of the B-52′s. Loud but a very comforting feeling. Thanks for the memories. I will return to this site.

    • Lynn Taylor 13 Feb ’15 at 11:56 am #

      My dad was stationed at Ramey – 62 to 65. I too remember the Dominican Republic crisis. They closed the schools to use them as barracks, took up collections of magazines, razors, tooth brushes, etc. for the additional personnel. I recall artillery on the playgrounds and very, very tight security.

  30. albert s gonchar 1 Jan ’13 at 9:00 pm #

    I was stationed at Ramey from 1962 to 1964,I was with the 72nd AEMS,have alot of fond memories. one Christmas we had Santa and his rainrdeer hanging outside of our Quarters ,he looked like he was really flying.I also remember (piolis) outside of gate 5,we used to go there all the time,a lot of good fun.I hope to visit Ramey again.

  31. Franklin (Bob) jackes 2 Jan ’13 at 5:20 pm #

    My name is Bob Jackes and I was a KC-135 Aircraft Commander in 1970 on my first assignment in SAC. Stood many alerts there as well as up at Goose Bay Labrador. Liked the weather much better @ Ramey. See you in March 2013 maybe.

  32. Henry H.Wolf 14 Jan ’13 at 4:57 pm #

    Hello All,I was stationed at Ramey from June 1948 until Jan.1950.I was assigned to the 5900 Maint Sq.I was a buck repairman MOS 648.Our shop was in hanger #5.Spent lots of off duty time at the Mars station KP4AJ.

  33. Joe Lindemann 25 Jan ’13 at 6:22 pm #

    I was at Ramey from Dec 71 thru jun 73. Iwork in Acctng and Finance under
    capt Pierson and Msgt R Stratton,.,I was a sgt and married to Jean ..We had a great time and lots of fun..Miss those days gretly…Joe Lindemann

    • ronald stratton 29 Mar ’13 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Joe Sure wish I could get in touch with you.

      • Joe Lindemann 14 Apr ’13 at 9:42 am #

        Ron,Jean and Ilive inSpencer Ia…Telephone 1-712-580-2152. address 907 w 4th str. Spencer, Iowa 51301….Drop a line sometime or e-mail me at Benice to hear from you again!!!!!!

    • Don Kovacs 6 Aug ’13 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Joe…I was also in the 72 CMBT Support Sqdn then

      • joe lindemann 5 Jul ’14 at 4:39 pm #

        Don, if I remember right you were alittle taller than me abo
        ut 6 ft and you had brownish hair and curly?

  34. George R. Hamilton 13 Feb ’13 at 4:27 pm #

    I was a dependent of MSGT George C. Hamilton who was in Supply. I attended the Elementary School (4th-6th grade). The years stationed there were 1965-68. I went to the “skating rink” quite a bit. My name is George Hamilton. Anyone out there have a memory of this? The years at Ramey were my happiest in growing up in the military.

    • Carroll Lanning 1 Jan ’15 at 9:10 pm #

      I was station in the 53rd weather and I was at the skating ring a lot. That were I got my skate and I still have them. that was in 1965 -68 Carroll Lanning

      • George Hamilton 1 Jan ’15 at 9:53 pm #

        Carroll, I was a dependent at Ramey from 65-68. I also went to the skating rink a lot. I remember the songs they played there. Seems like a SSGT Dixon used to manage it?

      • terri erianne 2 Jan ’15 at 6:30 pm #

        I was born July 18th 1966. We lived off base but my dad Joseph Erianne spent time on base doing the activities. I went back 3 years ago but did not get a chance to go up to the base as I was on a cruise ship. I hope to return someday.

  35. Michel Veigh 9 Mar ’13 at 9:13 am #

    I was a 5 year-old kid when dad in 1959 was stationed at Ramey AFG as technical food supervisor. The only memories I have are those of a paradise and the Ramey Air Force Base Officers Club swimming pool. I don’t know why I suddenly wish to find out more, so here has the search engine led me. Great photos, seventies but still sort of fixes up a bit the puzzle of my souvenirs.

  36. Lived on base in the early sixties ,dad. Steve Wilson my name is stephe also nickname tiger loved living on base

  37. Josie Maymon 27 Mar ’13 at 9:26 pm #

    hi all,
    I used to play at Ramey’s “Teen Club” from 1965 thru 1967 with my group “The Imitations”, we were from Mayaguez Then with “The Exkurzhune” 1968-1969 at the Officer’s Club, the Cafeteria on the hill, the beach, (Crash Boat??) and other places on base. In 1968 we did a “smash show” (like The Who used to do) at the E street Gym, and we were banned from the base! I have a silent movie of that night. (no sound), but we were playing Vanilla Fudge’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and The Beatle’s “”Hey Jude” in the movie. Fortunately Gilda’s mother kept “vouching” us in and we kept playing private parties. (Gilda Bates was a fan of our group, I think she lived on D Street in front of Dave McPhearson’s house). I have great memories of those years playing at Ramey. Regards to all.

  38. Robert E. Arrington 10 Apr ’13 at 10:06 pm #

    Hi to everyone who loved Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, and still loves the memories. Our Father was MSgt James (Jim) Arrington. Our Dad was in Supply in support of the B-36′s. We were there from August 1954 to May 19 1956. Our Mother’s Name was Lois (Penny) Arrington. I have a younger brother Ralph Arrington. Ralph was four years old and I was 14. I was in the 9th and 10th grade at Ramey AFB High School. I went to school with the greatest kids I have ever met, Tom Goodnight, Pat Bonner,John Major, Judy Yost, Karen Gilliam, Roy Johnson, David Roe (He went to the Air Force Academy and became a Major General in the Air Force). I ran into David when we both attended Squadron Officer’s School in Montgomery Ala. His Dad was Major Roe and he was involved in so many of our activities. Tom Goodnight and I worked at the ‘Drive In’, across from the Base Theater in the Exchange Cafeteria area. I was also involved in the High School’s Year Book ‘Recuerdos’. Our dad had a stroke (thrombosis of the brain) and was air evacuated to Walter Reed. He was paralyzed and never recovered. He was medically discharged from the Air Force in 1956. They left Ramey on February 22 1956. and he passed on November 2, 1956. I stayed with MSgt Tom Ward and his family until May the 17, 1956. I will will always be grateful to him and his family for this kindness. Our Mother was the bravest woman I ever met. She managed to buy her own home and would later see her sons through college. She would later be The founder of Chapter Number ! of the Society of Military Widows. She had read about Tess Alexander’s efforts to form an organization for the benefit of Military Widows. She had a bug “Hong Kong Flu’ and had to rest in bed. She had am lot of time to think and organize. Someone mentioned earlier ‘“The Linner Dinner” The Pizza Place (Paioli’s) outside gate 5, The Chicken and Rice Rum Schack outside gate 1, and who could forget the “original” Corona Beer” (brown bottles) that used to be owned by a Puerto Rican company”. I will never forget them. Tom Goodnight and I used to ride our bikes every where, on base and off. We decided one day to go and have a pizza and a beer (my first). We had drank about 1/2 of the our beers, when I heard my name called. To my great surprise, it was my Dad. He loaded our bikes in the trunk of the car and took both of us back on base. It wasn’t pleasant for either one of us. Come to find out one of the guards at the Main Gate knew my Dad, and he let him know where we were. I was a Boy Scout and an Explorer. We used to camp at Lake Quatajaca. Believe it or not we could hear the drums across the lake on certain nights, It was my first exposure to Voodoo. Does anyone remember the remains of a Spanish Lighthouse on the beach? We went through Hurricane Hazel and I saw the water come through the louvers on one side of the house and out the front door, the calm during the eye, and in a few minutes come through the other side of the house and out the back door. I have dreamed many times about Paradise on earth, but would never go back because I didn’t want to destroy the memories. Later I would land at Roosevelt Roads, on my way to attend an Inter-AmericanDefense Board meeting. I stepped onto the stairs, took a breath, returned to my seat. It was painful.
    Wish I had some pictures to share, but I had a house fire a year ago February and all of the pictures and yearbooks I had burned.
    Bob Arrington, USAF Major Ret.

    • Clint Gilliland 14 Aug ’13 at 7:08 pm #

      I am Clint Gilliland and was at Ramey from 1949 through 1955. My parents were there through about 1962. I graduated from Ramey High School in 1955 and have the ’55 Recuerdos Yearbook. Your picture was on the freshman class page – you were Class Vice President! My sister Karen was a year ahead of you. Let me know if you would like me to scan some of the yearbook pages.

      We had a 50th reunion of the Ramey Class of 1955 (54-56) and we all agreed that we had some of the best times and opportunities at Ramey.

      We camped out at the Spanish lighthouse in the boy scouts. It seemed like we were in another world. Since the rifle range was there that area was off limits so it was a rare opportunity to go there. I had some work at the Arecibo Dish in 1971 and drove by the Boy Scout camp at Lake Guajataca. Also visited Ramey but would not have been able to visit my “home town” except that a teacher I knew was still there and got me on the base.

      I was at another class reunion actually on Ramey in 2002. My house, CO-88, is now in the fenced Coast Guard area. But one of our class members had some pull and we got to visit the area. The school is still in use and the Coast Guard area still looks like the old Ramey.

      Clint Gilliland, Menlo Park, CA

      • John Hermann 14 Aug ’13 at 10:04 pm #

        Clint, I lived at 193A 5th St, at Ramey, directly across the street from the old high school. My tour there was from 5 May ’70 to 1 August ’73. The old H.S. became the on-base home to Inter-American University, where I took MBA classes.

        • Clint Gilliland 15 Aug ’13 at 4:23 pm #


          There were four duplex houses on 5th street (behind the school). Yours was one of them. The house closest to Wing Road (toward the north) was turned over as a “Teen Club” around 1953. I am not sure if just half of the duplex was used. Previously an old wooden building on the far side of the runway west of the FHA housing had been the club. Once a week (Friday night?) there were get-togethers and dances.

          I went to the old high school until the new school opened in 1952. The base post office was in the very corner of the PX and the loading dock faced the school and 5th. street. I had a mail box key and could check the mail at morning recess. In those days non-airmail came by boat and “boat mail” only arrived on Wednesdays. This is when packages arrived. If I had ordered something I could see if it arrived. If it did not the next chance was the next week.

          When the new school opened the Air Force took over the old school as training detachment classrooms for B-36 maintenance. There were many training aids on the open hallways. After hours I investigated a cut away J-47 jet engine and a 28 cylinder R-4360 engine. Very educational.

          Clint Gilliland
          Menlo Park, CA

          • John Hermann 16 Aug ’13 at 10:10 am #

            Clint, our half of 193 5th St, was closest to Wing RD, and came equipped with a big side yard, which I fenced in for our dog, Ralph. A funny story… The house was already air-conditioned when we moved in. However, the window on one side of the AC was covered only with a piece of heavy-duty cardboard, which my wife nagged constantly at me to replace immediately, if not sooner… Which I didn’t. One night, the whole family woke to the sound od RIIIIIP! Assuming that we were being burgled, I grabbed my Luger and flashlight, and prepared to meet the thief, clad only in my underpants. The flashlight cought a long black tail dissapearing into the kitchen. A rat the size of a large cat had broken in. I saw him crawl under the counter, where he stayed for the next two days. I called CE Etamology. No one on duty at nite. The next morning after a family breakfast at the club, I called the CE commander, and he had two monster rat traps delivered to 193A. Meanwhile, my wife had the kitchen door barracaded, which resulted in many more club meals. BTW, rats don’t fall for cheese… They prefer rotting raw bacon for last meals…

            PS. Guess who went thru one of those, “Long, long dry spells”, following the demise of King Rat?

            John H.

  39. Angel I. Camacho 27 Apr ’13 at 7:39 am #

    I was in the AF from 1951 to 1974. Was never stationed in Ramey, however, visited the base in the early 60s on a three day pass from Bangor, Maine, Came in a KC135. I would like to know of any members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stationed in Ramey during the very early years – 30s, 40s, 50,s, 60s, 70,s, etc. I live in Aguadilla now and I am writing the history of the Aguadilla Ward. Any information and photos of those years would be greatly appreciated. My address is: Angel I. Camacho, 243-F Urb. Marbella, Aguadilla, PR 00603. My phone is: 787-658-6023 and my Email is: Anything about the church in those days would be of great help. Thank you. TSgt Camacho – Retired

  40. Julie 27 May ’13 at 5:18 pm #

    My dad was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force. We lived at Ramey Air Force Base from 1968-1970. I went to school on base from 3rd to 5th grade. My best childhood memories are from Puerto Rico. We lived on Crown Road and shared a phone line with our next door neighbors. I remember there was a record low of 68 degrees while we were there. We had adapted to the climate and needed our jackets to go to school! Beautiful Puerto Rico! We attended and were members of Borinquen Baptist Church, which was off base. Our favorite meal every Sunday was rice and beans that we bought on base at a cafeteria. Don’t remember the name. My mom begged the cooks to give us the recipe when we had to leave. We still cook rice and beans from time to time to this very day. We lived there when we our country first walked on the moon. There was only one television station on-base that was in English. I remember the Kracko the Clown show, and everyone had the opportunity to be on that show and tell there jokes and riddles to Kracko. In the summers almost all the kids on our block, of all ages, would play hide and seek or kick the can! We didn’t mind having one television station. We spent the majority of our time outside enjoying the beautiful weather!! I hope to visit Puerto Rico again and see the places where I use to live and play. Is that possible? Can you visit the place where the base was or is it all in a museum?

    • Josie Maymón 27 May ’13 at 6:00 pm #

      Ramey became housing for local Aguadillans, they bought the houses. Now there is a commercial airport there, called Borinquen Airport if I am not wrong. you can fly to Ramey from the US, (from Florida and New York, daily flights), If you were there in ’68, did you go to the dances at E-Street Gym? Rice & Beans, Puerto Rico’s daily diet, healthy food. I’m not from Ramey, but I used to play live music there from 1965 thru 1969. I’m from Mayaguez, one of my friends at Ramey was Gilda Bates and David McPhearson, who lived on D Street.

    • George Hamilton 27 May ’13 at 8:06 pm #

      I Lived on Lighthouse Dr. near the golf course from 65-68 and attended the Elementary School by the base pool. Went to both movie houses and the skaing rink. Dad was a MSGT in Supply (MSGT Hamilton). Played baseball and was there when Bob Gibson, Orlando Cepada and Elston Howard came to visit the teams right after they won the World Series is 67.

    • jim telese 19 Jun ’14 at 10:59 pm #

      Julie, I told a joke on the Kracko the Clown show.

    • Frank Justicia 15 Feb ’15 at 5:58 am #

      My name is Frank Justicia. I am from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I am a retired US Army Reserve officer. In my young years I spent times at Ramey, where I had relatives who were active Air Force. My wife, to whom I have been married for 36 years, was at Ramey from 68 to 72 as an elementary school teacher. We always made frequent trips to Ramey throughout these years and always enjoyed re visiting the base. The base is still there, pretty much the same. Must everything is in private hands now but the buildings are practically intact. Runway, hangars and arpt. facilities are used now as a regular passenger airport with a fair amount of airplane activity. Jet Blue, American are some of the airlines which land there nowdays. Also, Air force Aircraft come in regularly. A part of the base has been fenced in since base closing and is used as a Coast Guard base. I suggest you go to Google earth on your computer and navigate to NW Puerto Rico and look over the whole base. It will come to life!

  41. Bob Yates 27 May ’13 at 11:22 pm #

    I grew up at Ramey AFB. My dad was Lt. Col Robert D. Yates. He was the president of the skin diving club. We lived at Crashboat Beach. Would like to see some pictures of Officer’s Beach, Rifle Range Beach, the old lighthouse, Hobo Beach, and of course, Crashboat Beach. One of our best friends there was Gary Garrision. Gary passed away several years ago. Dad is 88 now and mom, Katie Yates is 85. Mom worked in the base exchange as well as in the school system. I went to Interamerican Univ where I graduated in 68, then worked a year teaching at Rosy Roads.
    I came to FL after enlisting in the air force-got out on a medical and just recently completed a 35 yr career teaching in FL. We loved Puerto Rico but it’s a scary place to visit now with all the crime. The one thing I will never forget is those rice and beans in that cafeteria on base someone else mentioned-my mouth is drooling on the keyboard, lol. If anyone knew my dad or wants to get in contact with him, send me an email.

    • George Hamilton 11 Jul ’13 at 4:52 pm #

      Bob, I had a classmate in Elementary School (67-68) named Tracy Yates… any relation?

    • Don Kovacs 25 Jul ’13 at 1:30 pm #

      Bob do you know about the Ramey AFB High School Facebook page ?

    • Clint Gilliland 14 Aug ’13 at 7:54 pm #

      I am Clint Gilliland and was at Ramey from 1949 through 1955. My parents were there through about 1962. I graduated from Ramey High School in 1955. My best friend in high school was Steve Garrison. I can’t remember his father’s name but it sure sounds like Gary Garrison was his father.

      The Garrisons arrived from Waller Field, Trinidad in early 1949 and lived in an old wooden quarters on what is NE Road almost to the FO-1 Commanders quarters. Mr. Garrison was the base water plant engineer. After SAC arrived most civilians could no longer live on the base due to a shortage of quarters so they moved to the Crash Boat area into a house half way up the side of the hill. Mr. Garrison was a very early user of SCUBA gear and was the skin diving club.

      A funny story:

      The club bought an older sail boat (1952-1954?) and decided to fix it up. There was a hand pumped toilet (navy parlance – head) that needed to be removed. It was pulled out but no one had an idea that it was below the water line. The boat sank just off the Crash Boat pier – in probably 20 feet of water. Being Air Force people several 5-man life rafts were borrowed and the skin divers stuffed them under the deck. When the valves were pulled the boat did float but some deck damage was done.

      Evidently the keel was gone so concrete was poured into the hull to ballast the boat. Steve and I swam out to the boat shortly after this. It was very odd to walk around below deck on the smooth concrete in bare feet. Without the keel the boat really rocked and rolled.

      Clint Gilliland, Menlo Park, CA

    • John Kinstle 21 Apr ’14 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi Bob. I was stationed at Ramey from 1969 until 1973. I used to be in both the dive club (Sea Lancers) and Surf Club. I was into surfing more than diving, but enjoyed both. As I recall, your dad was a great diver. I think he used to dive with Ray Eldridge a lot. I still stay in touch with his step kids, Barry and Terry Hagedon, and their Mom, Norma Eldridge. My time at Ramey were the best years of my life. Loved it there. I live in Jacksonville, Fl now.

      John Kinstle

  42. John Hermann 28 May ’13 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi Julie,
    I last visited Ramey during the summer of ’92 while in PR on business. The former base is open to all, save the Coast Guard housing and shopping area. I’ve looked at the area extensively via Google Earth, and many changes are evident since we left in August ’73. I’ve also read comments about the high crime rate on the island, and probably won’t be going back.
    Good luck!
    John Hermann
    RAFB ’70 -’73 (22nd MMS, 1640th CAMS, 1640th Supply Sq)

  43. Jim 3 Jun ’13 at 11:48 am #

    Hello All,
    My Dad was stationed at Ramey from 61 to 64. He was an Jet Engine mechanic. We also (saw another post) lived on Lighthouse Drive and my sister and I attended he brand new elementary school. I recall it was on the edge of the hill. My Dad’s name, Wyatt Brackin (Went by “WJ” & Brack).

    • George Hamilton 11 Jul ’13 at 4:44 pm #

      Jim. I lived at 116 Lighthouse Dr. from 66-68 and attended the same Elementary School. If I recall, you could see the ocean when we rode our bikes to school. 116 was closer towards the golf course than the lighthouse.

  44. Mike Murray MD 20 Jun ’13 at 2:29 pm #

    I was a medical officer, Internal Medicine, at Ramey AFB hospital from 1966-68. A B-52 crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff in July 1967. Four crew members were killed, three survived. I remember taking care of the navigator who had a knee injury.

    • Bette A McCullough 6 Aug ’13 at 4:30 am #

      I remember when that happened, at the time I was a Junior in High School and lived at 110 N.E. Road.

      • Ron 6 Aug ’13 at 4:41 pm #

        I was at Ramey from 1964 and 1965 and sometime in late 64 there was an incident that took place off base on PR-2 at a rum week end where two officers (there on a TDY Mission) were hospitalized with life threatening injuries as a result of a physical altercation with a couple of airmen, The airmen from what I remember, were court martialed and sent to leavenworth federal pen. Does anyone remember this incident and if so, do you remember dates, places or persons involved?

    • Peggy Moeller Mead 22 Feb ’15 at 9:50 am #

      I lived on Cliff road and just graduated from high school. still remember how horrible that was-seeing the search & rescue look for the crew members, the smoke and helicopters. Very frighting !

      • Jim Felmlee 22 Feb ’15 at 10:08 am #

        HI Peggy, I also worked in the Hospital as Chief Clerk for the Squadron Commander. I also worked the appointment desk for a while. I served at Ramey from 1970-`1972, I have many memories working at the Hospital. I got to know a few of the doctors there very well. Flight Surgeon Dr. John Walters and I were best of friends. I lived on Seventh Street. Just revisited the base in spring of 2014 after 42 years. Made a point to visit the former Hospital. I’ve been trying to locate some old friends who worked in the Hospital. Hoping to make it to the reunion this spring. Great to hear a comment from someone who worked in the Hospital.

        • Kent W. Koelz 7 Mar ’15 at 10:36 am #

          Hi Jim. My name is Kent Koelz and I was at Ramey from 1970 to 1972. I worked as clerk for the hospital dining room under MSgt Gilliam. My office was at the back of hospital on the way out to the loading dock. When my wife (Judy, worked at the base credit union) and I left in 1972 I sold my beautiful red Austin Healy to Col. Hertz. You might remember he had a couple old MG’s of which only one of them ran. I would love to come back for a reunion.

  45. Pete 23 Jun ’13 at 10:04 am #

    Hi folks

    Proud AF brat here. My father did 50 years of service. He has since passed and I have his plaque singed by Ronald Regan! I put in 33 years with DoD and my youngest son has 7 years with the BPA. We love the USA!

    We lived there in the mid to late 50′s. As a child I have fond memories of Santa arriving in a helicopter wearing red shorts. I loved the weather and swam like a fish all year long. We were there from my 1st thru 3rd grade. As a child I had no fear of going anywhere. The people on the base were the best. For Halloween I would go to the Airman’s barracks and get a pillow sack full of candy.

    A hurricane destroyed our living quarters. At that time we across from the guard house. My father had to be promoted since he moved into better quarters requiring another stripe. He ran the NCO Club and had the Tiger Burger Drive Inn built in the day.

    I have plenty of stories to tell!!!

    Ramey is on my bucket list to visit!!

    • Michel Veigh 7 Jul ’13 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Pete,

      I like the way you describe your time in Ramey, reminds me that way of life.

      Not much information to supply, we were in Ramey late 1959, dad was a technical food supervisor, I was about to be six years old, I remember colors, smells (kerosene, fresh cut grass, warm beer (that smell I later defined), and hamburger grills !

      Then we returned to NY, dad’s office.

      Little memories but strong.

  46. Patricia Drake 7 Jul ’13 at 11:13 am #

    My husband Larry Drake was an airman and worked in supply from late 1966-1968. He remembers your dad.

    • George Hamilton 11 Jul ’13 at 4:48 pm #

      That is too cool. Thanks Patricia.

    • Fran Hynek 16 Jan ’14 at 9:14 pm #

      My dad was also in supply at that time, Sgt Denny Kennedy.

  47. Michel Veigh 7 Jul ’13 at 11:48 am #

    Nice to read you all.

    I was six years old in 1959 when dad made the technical food supervision in Ramey, as I stated above.
    Six yeard old and still, those memories of a child, emotion and, there, emotions of beauty.

    I know this place is not that of exuberence, army is placid, but yet a testimony.

    Love America, I do,

  48. Bob Brietzke 8 Jul ’13 at 9:21 am #

    I also lived on Lighthouse Drive at 147. Was at Ramey 1963-1966. Dad worked in the Physical Conditioning Unit at the Base Gym. Great times while at Ramey and Puerto Rico.

  49. STEVE OLSON 20 Jul ’13 at 2:11 pm #



    • Don Kovacs 25 Jul ’13 at 1:28 pm #

      Steve…did he fly the fights up to McCoy AFB (Orlando) ? what years

    • Billy Bryant 8 Feb ’14 at 9:28 pm #

      Played football with Bobby Olson, Coach Thompson called him “Needle Head Olson” because of his small helmet size. Have a great picture of Bobby catching a pass during one of our many victories. I left Ramey in summer of 64. My Dad was the pastor of the Borinquen Baptist Church. What a place to go to high school!

      • Jeff Burandt 25 May ’14 at 7:41 pm #

        Billiy, I know you. We went to your dad’s church. Your mom taught me in the 4th grade!! You were in highschool probably with my sister Cecile Burandt

        • Eurston Rollins 21 Feb ’15 at 2:49 pm #

          Jeff, I am Eurston Rollins and was Pastor of Borinquen Baptist Chruch from Aug. 1964 to Aug 1968.. I knew your father and family well; and fond memories of all of you.. So good to hear about you an family..

          • Jeff M. Burandt 22 Feb ’15 at 9:42 am #

            Pastor Rollins! I remember you driving a Karmann Ghia. You had two young sons and I was also in your wife’s class in 5th or 6th grade. You also ordained my Dad as a deacon. Dad went home just after Christmas in 1999 and Mom did the same in 2011.

    • Joan Bissonnette Renegar 17 Apr ’14 at 6:15 pm #

      Hi Steve, I do remember you. My father was Lt. Col. Al Bissonnette and we lived at 72 Hook Rd. (Circle?) until we left in July of 1962. I agree that Ramey was a great place to live and it was very hard to leave there.

  50. Linda Ruark Carns 22 Jul ’13 at 4:23 am #

    I lived at Ramey AFB in 1950. My father was stationed there for three years. I went to grade school for the 2nd-4th grade. We lived on Cliff Road and as kids, we ran all over that base. BX, Officer’s Club swimming pool, movie theater and climbing all the rocks on Cliff Road. We also would catch land crabs on the large hill on Cliff Road after it rained. I remember chasing the TNT truck when it drove by the quarters spraying. My parents were good friends with the Don Q rum owners so we spent a lot of time in Ponce where the rum is made. They loaned my father the use of one of their air plains which my father flew us to Ponce on weekends. Back then, he would leave it parked on Ramey. I could ramble a lot more but I loved it there. Have thought about it often over the many past years. I’m 70 now but remember it well……better than what I did yesterday!!! Go figure? Linda Ruark Carns

    • Dee Goforth Snoha 27 Oct ’13 at 1:47 am #

      Hello to all who lived there and loved Ramey. I lived there 3rd – 5th grades, 1962-1965. This is for Linda – I too lived on Cliff Road! It was F.O.14, on the corner, right across from the hill and big field. We had a big green belt behind our backyard I loved to explore. There was some kind of a launch pad with a sort of rocket on it in the green area. Do you know anything about that? I know I didn’t dream it! I remember the Sky Room and Bingo at the Officers’ Club. I had friends Chris Jacobs, Debbie Brennan, Joyce Fleming, Linda Johnson. Rode my little old red bike everywhere. My sister was in Junior High. My dad was Chief of Supply. So great to hear from you.

  51. Jane 6 Aug ’13 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi, I was a little girl when my Dad was stationed at Ramey. They used to give pony rides across the street from where I lived….base housing? we had an alley in the back. Can anyone remember this…horse rides? address? There was also a man who made wicker baskets near the base. Does anyone remember him? I know it’s a long shot but both my parents have passed away and I want to go back and find my old home. My dad was a Capt. at the time. His name was Donald Reilly and he navigated B-52 and B-47s. Thanks for any info.
    Jane Reilly Huebner

  52. Jane 6 Aug ’13 at 6:21 pm #

    Addition to message above. Sorry, the year was 1964 to 1967

  53. Ryan 18 Aug ’13 at 3:21 am #

    RAMEY…what wonderful place to grow up. Great school teachers, the beaches, teen club….That time will never happen again. We were very lucky to have lived the great days of a military family and America. It is now on the down spiral and we will become the EU. Once great, now a Third World country set to implode. Ramey……1960′s……………heaven.!!!

    • CoastGuardRules! 6 Oct ’13 at 3:39 am #

      Ramey is still the best place to live. 3rd tour Coastie. Have not found your downward spiral yet.

  54. Orlando Gallardo, Jr. 23 Sep ’13 at 12:29 pm #

    Were you a Quartermaster on the Sagebrush around 1980? From Washington State?

  55. Orlando Gallardo, Jr. 23 Sep ’13 at 12:49 pm #

    Rob, were you a Quartermaster on Sagebrush in 1980?

  56. Larry Blackwell 20 Nov ’13 at 12:42 pm #

    My father, James Blackwell, was stationed at Ramey from 1957 – 1960. I went through the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades there. I remember seeing President Eisenhower and Rev. Billy Graham while there. Other memories include sliding down “devils descent” on old cardboard moving boxes, watching AVN I guess it was called with no commercials. There was a character named “Freddy Funky” on one of the non-commercials. I remember fishing for bass with my father who was the head of the Rod and Gun Club at the time. We caught tons of fish. He was also the sponsor for the Thunderbirds when they came once. Some came to our house for dinner. I got a personalized picture of them in front of their aircraft (then the F-100). Lot of good memories. I think I lived on Circle C. I went back there probably 10 years or so ago. A lot has changed. Many of the beautiful palm trees were gone. Our house was still there though. Kind of weird feelings looking at everything. Seems that all the housing was rented out to some group/organization.

  57. Jerry Allard 21 Nov ’13 at 10:21 pm #

    I was an aircraft painter .I got to Ramey in May 1958 from Castle AFB. Merced Ca. and left Ramey in Oct. 1959 My best buddies were Harvey Eash and Ray Fowler We did a lot of scuba diving Wow what a blast.!! My brother and sister in law lived in San Jose Ca. .I was fortunate enough to get a hop on a KC135 The command pilot was Lt, Col Paul Pohlen to Castle then make my way to San Jose by way of Grey Hound bus. I knocked on their door at 04:00 Their little Poodle or as he was called “Little Puddle”. Barked up a storm and woke them up. My brother Bob spoke to me through the screen door for a few minutes before Sally told him to let me in.They thought I had a few weeks leave time to visit with them .He was in for a shock ,it was a 4 day trip one day there and one day back Needless to say we made good use of our time. We got to Castle early and I introduced Bob and Sally to Col. Pohlen S

  58. Jerry Allard 21 Nov ’13 at 11:14 pm #

    Some how they were able to get up out on the tower to watch our plane take off. . Somewhere over Texas at 44,000 ft. and at nearly full power when we abruptly hit a tremendous down draft ,we continued plunging and our air speed fell off while we were still under full power. Suddenly we hit a violent turbulence . We were in the middle of a thunderstorm There was hail ,freezing rain and positive and negative G forces that exceeded the G meter red line ..I was asleep using my parachute for a pillow. .I started bouncing up and down then grabbed the shoulder harness bar just in time because I became an astronaut .I was weightless ,,just floating .I pulled myself to a sitting position on the bench . Then we hit air and the plane stopped falling. The boom operator came back yelling at the top of his lungs .”EVERY BODY ,,PUT YOUR PARACHUTES ON”. Now i tried to remember what i was taught in that 1/2 hour what to do in a situation like this. ..”I’M DEAD”. We went forward to the jump chute or slide ,,A chute drops down below the plane to cut the wind . We then swing out over the opening and drop .The parachute will open automatically at a predetermined altitude . If it don’t open when you can make out objects like people ,cars houses . Then pull the green apple. The wire connected to the chute opens it . We didn’t have to worry because we hit an up draft so great that we went to a sitting position . We couldn’t move a finger ,the force was so great,we came out on top at 48,000 ft. Finally we got up and were told we could go back and sit down . The flight crew came back for a break while another crew took over . A passenger like me asked Col. Pohlen .”What could have happened to us during the storm?” He had a penny box of matches in his hand and he squashed them then turned his hand over and dropped the box to the deck and said..”This is what could have happened.” No one was laughing then. Three months later another KC-135 did what we did but two engines were blown off a wing and tore off the tail section . They crashed up side down in the Adirondack Mountains I think of those airmen all the time ,may God Bless and Keep them and all who have gave their all to this Great Country .

  59. Jerry Allard 21 Nov ’13 at 11:17 pm #

    I forgot to say .”We stopped at 29,000 ft then Caught the updraft. and topped out at 48,000 ft.

  60. Jerry Allard 22 Nov ’13 at 3:25 am #

    Another time we were out at a B-36 to do some painting when a B-36 was taking off in a westerly direction over the ocean . There is a cliff drop off to the ocean of about 200 feet (not sure how far) but close enough. Every day 365 yearly a B-36 loaded with an atomic bomb aboard took off with never an abort . It took all the runway and dropped out of sight. As usual when that happened we stopped work to watch as it took off. Our hearts fell and thought the worst and waited to hear an explosion . Then we hear the drone of the engines at full power then the tail section comes into view and up comes the plane . If you ever saw a movie where a class of graduating cadets toss their hats in the air and cheer ,,well that’s what we did just then. Guys were jumping up and down and cheering like that. I think the crew might have heard us, it was so loud.. well it could have happened. we were loud enough.Sorta .. If Harvey Eash or Ray Fowler is reading this get in touch with me , i sure would like to hear from you again and reminisce. who knows we might meet again sometime .. We have lots to talk about. A/1C Jerry Allard

  61. Jamie Ellis Crisp 23 Nov ’13 at 4:57 am #

    Hi. My dad, Ronald C. Ellis, was stationed at Ramey at the time of my birth (July 31, 1963), and I have some questions I hope someone could give me a little input on. I am very interested in how the base was impacted during the missile crisis – specifically how it affected the wives and children of the enlisted. I wonder if they were evacuated, or were taking precautions, or if it was business as usual. On a different note, I want to thank all of you who served…I am so glad to see the enlisted and their families get the attention they do currently – but it hasn’t always been that way. There was very little community support for the families during my dad’s career…I wish he were here for me to ask these questions about Ramey! Thanks so much, Jamie Marie (Ellis) Crisp

    • Woody 4 Dec ’13 at 6:52 pm #

      During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Ramey was on high alert. I do not recall any evacuations. The base commander asked everyone to be on the look-out for anything that looked suspicious and to report to the air police if we did. I witnessed a u-2 taking off and a small dark skinned man with a camera with a telescope lens snapping away and reported it to the air police. The man happened to be an air force officer on tdy. The film was taken from his camera and he was free to go.

  62. Bobbie Mike McIntire 27 Nov ’13 at 12:27 pm #

    Gail I was there from 1964 to 1966 as a gam 77 missle mechanic. I remember the Dominican conflict and all those planes flying over it was awsome, I loved the two years I was there, Like you say I would love to go back some day!!

  63. Boyd Woodward ( Woody ) 4 Dec ’13 at 6:37 pm #

    My name is Boyd Woodward ( woody). I was stationed at Ramey AFB. from June 1961 to June 1963. I was in the Civil Engineering Squadron as a boiler mechanic. I loved the tour of duty there. Have a lot of fond memories. The fellows I palled with knew how to have a great time. Randy West ( moose ) Claude Baker, Frenchy, and several others partied almost every week-end just beyond officers beach. Many other troops and quite afew high school girls visited our parties often. The crowd I hung around with got into a few minor offences and our squadron commander labeled us jr. Oceans Eleven. We enjoyed swimming at crash boat beach and patronizing pallos at crash boat beach. When President Kennedy put the Cuban blockade in place, our trips to town ended. Would love to hear from some who were there at that time and remember some of the same.

    • Henry Tucker 28 Dec ’14 at 5:36 pm #

      My name is Henry Tucker, I was there from 61 to Aug. 63. I worked in air freight, and Pass.service. It was a beautiful base, had lots of fun there. Can’t find any of my old pals.I remember when Pres. Kennedy landed there at midnight. I had to put on class a uniform to empty honey bucket.

  64. Mike Lenington 30 Dec ’13 at 12:06 pm #

    To Steve Olson, I remember your brother, Bobby Olson. He was a friend of mine. My dad was stationed at Ramey AFB from October 1962 to December 1964 when he was transferred to Montana. He retired in 1965. My dad was SMS James S. Lenington. He was the flight line chief for B52 maintenance. My dad died October 2011 at the age of 89. He talked about his Puerto Rico days often, right up to the day he died.

    • Josie Maymon 30 Dec ’13 at 1:09 pm #

      Ramey folks, I am from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and I used to play music at Ramey from 1965 until 1969 with my rock groups, some of the best years of my life, made many friends at Ramey who I still care about. I live in USA now. This is to let you know Puerto Rico is in a bad situation right now, a crime and corruption wave is consuming the island, fortunately the FBI is trying to clean up, they even hired a Police Superintendent from New York with lots of credentials to try and clean up crime in the streets. So I advise everyone of you to not travel to the island, and Ramey is not what it used to be, it has been taken over by locals who have turned it into essentially a pig sty. TAKE MY ADVICE, not worth risking your life for a day at the beach, there are nicer beaches in the Bahamas and Florida, Virgin Islands, even the Dominican Republic or Jamaica. A minority of criminals is holding the island of PR hostage, drug traffic and drug gang wars, people get killed for $20.00 at shopping malls, fast food restaurants, carjackings, shootings at red lights for no reason, you name it, a race of mongrols is roaming the streets day and night, having “fun” shooting people. I know my country and I won’t travel there. I wish that the US invades the island again and declares martial law, but I know that is not going to happen. So take my advice, don’t bother going there, “Americanos” are easy targets for those criminals. Take care.

      • Víctor Vázquez Toledo 14 Jun ’14 at 9:44 pm #

        Hi, I am the Rev. Victor Vazquez Toledo senior pastor of King of Kings Church in Aguadilla and wish to inform all the words of this individual are extremely loaded of ignorance and discrimination. Definitivimente Puerto Rico continues to be a beautiful vacation paradise especially the western part of the island and yet we have very good quality of life. Friend that court-martialed should be in my country are you crazy, perhaps in north america is a free haven of evil, you have to see the number of schools and univesidades attacked by many local criminals. And just so you know well we are also Americans not only a teritorio for the children of this land have given their lives fighting for freedom. So friends watch these tips and improper comments. Puerto Rico continues to be the land of love and friendship. God bless you. Rev. Victor Vazquez Toledo

  65. David Inman 1 Jan ’14 at 7:46 am #

    This is the first time I have seen this site. I was also born on Ramey Airforce base on June 23, 1966. My Father, David Inman was stationed there. Very interesting. David Inman

  66. Tom Workman 16 Mar ’14 at 11:12 pm #

    I was stationed at Ramey from August 1964 until August 1966 in the 72nd AEMS squadron. I maintained defensive fire control systems (FSC 32350G). I’d love to hear from any old friends from those days.
    Tom Workman

  67. Greg Harris 23 Mar ’14 at 4:32 pm #

    My father Thomas D Harris was stationed at Ramey from 63-69. I believe he was in aircraft maintenance. I was born there in 63, so I only have a few memories of the beach and Lazy R stables .My dad worked at the stables, and my mom and brother Bill rode there. I also would like to visit Ramey again.
    Greg Harris

  68. BonnieMillay Caldwell 8 Apr ’14 at 11:29 pm #

    We were stationed,at Ramey from 65-68 . My former husband Ron Millay was a staff Sgt in 53rd Weather, my husband of 31 years is Jim Caldwell,also stationed there, worked in electric shop in 53rd Weather. My daughter was born in the hospital in Nov 67. Had a wonderful time there, played softball for the women`s team, the Rookies, still think I can play!, Have my glove still! Living there was the highlight of my early 20`s. Anyone linked here in 53rdWeather from 65-68? Would love to hear from you.

    • John Hermann 9 Apr ’14 at 2:28 pm #

      I was there from 5/4/70 to 8/?/73. First w/22MMS, with 1640CAMS, then finally with the 1640th Supply Sqdn. Deployed to Wiesbaden AB Germany, with the 53dWRS for fog flogging. When the shut down of KBQN started, I followed the 53d to Keesler, assigned to the 1st ACGS, (sister squadron of the 53d),and then back to the 53d, until I wrangled an assignment to the Land of Smiles. I’ve always missed those days in P.R., but Keesler sucked, BIG TIME.

    • George Hamilton 9 Apr ’14 at 7:19 pm #

      Bonnie, my mother played softball for the “Colleens”. 1965-68

      • BonnieMillay Caldwell 10 Apr ’14 at 3:52 pm #

        George, What was your mother’s name? I remember the team Colleens. We had a ball playing all year round.

        • George Hamilton 10 Apr ’14 at 7:04 pm #

          Ruby Hamilton. I believed she pitched

          • BonnieMillay Caldwell 11 Apr ’14 at 4:29 pm #

            I would probably recognize her from a picture, if she pitched, she was great!

        • George Hamilton 10 Apr ’14 at 7:09 pm #

          We lived on Lighthouse Dr. Dad was MSGT in Supply. I was in the 4-6th grades there. Wonderful years….Sadly, both parents have passed on.

          • BonnieMillay Caldwell 11 Apr ’14 at 4:26 pm #

            Sorry for your loss of both parents, George. My present husband lived on Lighthouse Loop, he thinks!

    • Carroll Lanning 1 Jan ’15 at 9:18 pm #

      Bonnie I was station in 53rd Weather 1965-68 then went Minot ND. I was a crew chef on the B-47

      • BonnieMillay Caldwell 3 Jan ’15 at 12:04 am #

        We were with the 53rd Weather, ex husband, Ron Millay was a staff sergeant crew chief, worked on the 130s. Daughter born there. I played softball for the Rookies, coached by Earl Slack and Larry Holub,airman. Had so much fun living there. We got out of the Air Force in early 68

      • George Hamilton 3 Jan ’15 at 7:39 am #

        My mother played softball from 65-68. The “Colleens” was the name of the team..

  69. Jose (Joe) Benitez 10 May ’14 at 1:18 pm #

    Dad, Capt. Mike Benitez (MASS, later MAC) & Family were there between ’65-’67 lived on B Street. Went to E Street School and the Middle School near the Base Pool and Bowling alley, 3rd and 4th grade. Brother #5 was born there. Hospital was derelict for many years is now a Marriott Courtyard Inn. The BOQ was turned into an inn, but believe it is now closed.
    Great times. Officers Club (still closed), Surfers Beach, Borinquen Beach down by the golf course.
    We were the first to rent what is now known as “Shacks” Bajura Beach. Unbelievable diving.
    Dad would always comment that Ramey was the Air Force’s country club, so much so the general called a meeting of all officers at the Warner Theater and said he would fly anyone’s mission if they couldn’t. They were having so much fun that they stopped flying missions. Hahaha. After many years dad told me of a “Safety Meeting” also held at the Warner was to show a photograph taken near Borinquen Beach of a UFO, have never been able to verify. He also mentioned the U2. Dad served a total of 50 years of which 18 years were on the flight line, a real task master. Miss the old man.
    For those asking about the missile crisis, all I can say is that if there where evacuations, it wouldn’t have matter much. Remember, with radiation you need Time (decay), Distance, Mass and a highly specialized air purification system, and lots of luck.
    As for crime, I’ve been back since ’86 from Boston and crime happens everywhere that has urban centers. This is the same crap I’ve heard for years. Whether it’s here, Panama City Panama or Panama City, Florida, it makes no difference. Watch out, the “natives” will get you. It incredible how much you’re really missing.
    One of the problems with Ramey was that the base closing program or BRAC (Base Realignment and Closing) was not in place and the former base floated in a perpetual state of limbo for many years. Also there were no guidelines for the new owners to follow. People left to their own devices will do whatever. You must understand ex military facilties don’t always convert over easily for civilian use and the new owners don’t have the resources of the federal government for it’s upkeep.
    In recent news, there seems to be some sort of rocket program to use the base as a platform. This to be verified.
    JetBlue flies in to Raphel Hernandez Colon Airport (check US Airways) as well as the Coast Guard which calls it Air Station Borinquen. Whatever the name… good memories.
    Semper Paratus

  70. W. Byrd 15 May ’14 at 11:32 pm #

    I was assigned to Ramey from 1970 to 1973. I was assigned to the 53rd WRS aircraft maintenance section. The Recreation section did a wonderful job of providing activities for everyone. The secretary (Donna Hatcher I believe) in the Special Services office always provided us (the 53rd WRS) with a schedule of events/activities taking place on the base. Therefore, I belonged to the Horseback Riding Club, the Diving Club, the base basketball team, and base slow pitch softball team. I even took up golf there. We (my family and friends) had great activities to engage in when we had free time. Ramey was a great assignment! I did not follow the 53rd to Kessler. I went to McGuire AFB, New Jersey.

    Retired in 1981.
    W. “Bill” Byrd
    Aircraft Maintenance Officer
    53rd Weather Recon Squadron

  71. Ted Sampson 19 May ’14 at 2:43 pm #

    Aircraft mechanic 1958 – 1960 RB-36 also base C-47 Hung out as skating rink and airmans club -

  72. Geraldean T. Bond 19 May ’14 at 10:33 pm #

    Husband, Herbert A. Bond and friends, Calvin E. Kelley, Benjamin J. Kratzer, George Nott, John Sparrow, stationed at Ramey in the late 50′s, most went there from MCDill in Tampa, and then returned to Homestead in south Florida. Herbert is now deceased.

  73. Jeff Burandt 25 May ’14 at 7:29 pm #

    I was there grades 4 – 6 from 1963 to 1966. My father was a Captain and became a Major while stationed there during the Cuban/Domincan crisis. Our family lived at 162 C street. Fond memories of Friday nights at the scating rink and the beaches. My older and brother and I went everywhere on our bike while carrying our machetes. Jeff M. Burandt

  74. Ray Ufret 20 Jun ’14 at 4:15 pm #

    My husband, Ray Ufret was stationed at Ramsey from March 69- Sept. 71. He was a jet mechanic in MAC working on C 141, C.124, C 130 and Freedom planes.

    My oldest son was born at Ramey hospital and it was sad to see it in such disrepair, but now it is serving a better purpose as a Courtyard Marriot.

    We recently moved back to the area in Quebradilla and going there brought back such good memories of the time we spent here.

    Ray also worked at the radio station for a time and refueling planes. We lived in the casrio outside of Gate 1 until we rented a house not too far outside Gate 1.

    It is good to be back for good now. If there is anyone that was there during that time, please write back. Thanks, Maria Ufret

  75. Pete Lozada 30 Jun ’14 at 1:34 pm #

    Back in the middle sixties i used to play rhythm guitar and vocals in a band called The Imitations. Dam we were good. We would play at Teen Town for $50 bucks a night. We would buy 15cts. hamburgers to keep us going through the night. Bit salty but good. Once we played ad the NCO and a fight broke loose and all hell was upset. till the military police came in. Great times . Another incident ocurred whilw we played at the beach one night. and the MP came in to check the teens for smoking pot. I remember one teen came to us and sort of filtrated in to our band, to avoid being checked on, some lucky dude, jaja.

  76. Al 8 Jul ’14 at 3:27 pm #

    Hi, I was stationed there from 1952 to 1955. I worked on the B-36 engines as an engine mechanic. Lots of hours per day but really enjoyed the days off when we got them. I guess there are not many of us old guys left that were there. Hard to find anybody.
    I finished with 30 years in the service and Ramey had to be my best place of duty.
    I have been back once but only as a stop over to another base. Just love the island !!

  77. jim telese 25 Aug ’14 at 6:50 pm #

    Great pictures. My dad was a chaplain’s assistant. We left in 1970. It was not a good place for an Italian American Catholic to work. I was an Altar boy there.

  78. Shirley 2 Sep ’14 at 8:21 pm #

    Hi, my husband was stationed there at Ramey from 72/73. He was in the fire department at the base, T/sgt Keith Bradford, we had a great life there on the base, it was like being on vacation for a year! The kids loved it there. I have tried to locate a couple we were friends with but can not find them. Their names were Larry and Sherry Wright, he was in the fire dept with my husband. They were originally from Alabama. If anyone knows of them please put a message on here. Thank you. Shirley

  79. jim weaver 26 Sep ’14 at 3:53 pm #

    I was stationed at Ramey for dec 67-69 72 fms weaver, supply , worked production control

  80. Cyndi-Marie Murphy 1 Nov ’14 at 10:02 pm #

    My father, John Myers, worked on the base with RCA as a communications engineer during the mid-1960s. I went to Hook Road Elementary for 1-3rd grade. I am wondering if anyone remembers my dad or Bob Johnson who also worked for RCA. We lived in Antique before Puerto Rico. My mom worked on the base her name was Barbara Myers.

  81. Van Huddleston 25 Nov ’14 at 1:57 pm #

    My Dad will love these pics. He was stationed there in the early 50′s. One of Rameys Ramp Rats. His name is John Huddleston

  82. Van Huddleston 25 Nov ’14 at 2:01 pm #

    We are planning a trip to Puerto Rico in January 2015 with my father who served at Ramey during the Korean War. Does anyone know if they allow any tours or visitors to the old base? He spent 3 years there and has some fond memories there. Cant wait to hear his stories while we are there.

    • Jose (Joe) Benitez 26 Nov ’14 at 12:58 am #

      The Base is open with the exception of officer’s housing near Hook Rd. School which is Coast Guard housing. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen.
      The hospital was turned into a Marriott Courtyard.
      JetBlue and possibly US AIR and Spirit fly in directly.
      Check out and stay at Villa Montaña. Head out towards back gate #5. NICE.
      Be Careful in the ocean. If you are fair skinned, stay off the beach between 10am – 2pm as not to ruin your vacation due to sever sunburn.
      Good Luck and Enjoy.

  83. Henry C.Tucker 28 Nov ’14 at 9:36 pm #

    I was stationed there from 1961 to 63, worked in air freight and pass. service. Don’t know how to search for people I served with.?

  84. Mark 13 Dec ’14 at 2:41 pm #

    This is very exciting. I was born there (casino baby) in 1972. My father was a SSgt at the time. His name is Edward Owens and my mothers name is Margaret Owens. Maybe some of you knew them. I also had an older brother would would have been about 5 years old (Eddie) and older sister who would have been 3 (Tina). My mom and dad both think the 9th image in this set was the neighbors side of their duplex. They lived in Unit 102 and that photo shows 101. It would be such a small world if that was in fact their home. My wife and I are taking a cruise that ends in San Juan on Feb 19th and we are going to stay at the Marriott for 2 nights before flying home. I cannot wait to see where I was born as I have no memory of it.

    Mark Owens

  85. Laurie (Sawyer) Johnson 13 Jan ’15 at 12:13 pm #

    My dad (MSgt Frank Sawyer) was stationed at Ramey from 1963-1967. Dad was in charge of Food Services. My mom ( Clara Sawyer ) was very involved in Family Services. We lived on Harrison Dr.. We use to hang at the NCO beach and the Officer’s beach a lot. Parents partied while we kids played and swam. I am trying to find out what the official names of those beaches were/are. Anyone know? Thanks in advance

    • Van Huddleston 19 Jan ’15 at 11:23 am #

      We were there last week with my Dad who was stationed at Ramey from 1950-54. Officers Beach is still beautiful (although ungroomed) and now called Surfers Beach. Lots of great memories for Dad and his AF buddy as we walked around on the beach hearing the stories. The museum was great and is open on Saturdays. Got some great pics there..but dont see a way to add them to this post.

      • Al Zimmermann 19 Jan ’15 at 2:21 pm #

        Hello, my name is Al Zimmermann. I was stationed there 1952-55. I worked in the B-36 engine and component change department. I remember spending times at the Officers Beach. I always thought that it was the best part of the base. I have a few pictures of myself on the rocks and the surf splashing up. Such a long time ago.
        I assume your Dad is around the same age as I am. Where did he work at? If he has a email address I would love to chat with him.
        Was there a special occasion that you were there for?

        • Van Huddleston 19 Jan ’15 at 2:31 pm #

          His name is John Huddleston , he was transferred to Barksdale in 1954 after spending 3.5 years as a Ramey Ramp Rat. . He was 55th squad air police when the B 36 was first brought there. He left as a s sgt I believe. We went on a cruise out of San Juan and spent three great days in the Aguadilla area before departure. A friend of his named Richard Cantrell still lives there in Mayaguez after marrying a local girl 60 years ago and he showed us around.

  86. Jim Felmlee 20 Jan ’15 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi,my name is Jim Felmlee. My wife and I live on the Base from 1970-1972. I worked for the Commanding Officer as Chief Clerk at the Hospital. Our home was located on 321A Seventh Street. Around the corner from the Control Tower. We just returned to visit in April 2014 after 42 years. What a change to our home and the base itself. We did visit the old hospital where I worked which is now Marriot Hotel and Casino. It was sad to see the condition of the base. We are hoping to return in April 2015 for the Reunion. Currently I’m trying to locate some old friends that worked with me at the Hospital. If anyone has any suggestions that may be of help to me feel free to let me know.

    • Kent W. Koelz 7 Mar ’15 at 11:07 am #

      You mentioned a reunion in April 2015. Could you fill me in more? I sent you a note earlier about me working in the hospital the same time as you. My email is kwkoelz@hotmailcom. I would like to attend and I nothing about the date and place. Thanks………..Kent W. Koelz

  87. Ray Ufret 21 Jan ’15 at 8:49 am #

    My name is Ray Ufret, I was station at Ramey from April of ’69 to Sept. of ’71. Had some good times there and made friends which I still keep in touch with. One who passed away about a year ago will surely be missed, his Name is Rudy Jimenez. One who was my older
    sons God Father, passed away about some 25 years back, was one of those friends you wished was still with you. His name was Pete Santago. I met them through a Club on base called the “Latin Socials”. The club was for people who enjoyed Latin music, You didn’t have to be of Latin origin to be a member. I am now living back in P.R. about 25mins from Ramey.
    I have gone back and visited the base and something get sad when I think of all the good people I met there and think were are they now? I worked on the thru flights and freedom planes which came. What is now the airport terminal was my work station. Strange to be boarding a plane back to N.Y. which is sitting on the exact same spot I used to service the C141, 124, 133, 130 and Freedom planes. By the way I just move back here about 8 months ago. Away for about 43 years. My oldest son was born on Ramey A.F.B. . I have been trying for along time to get a hold of one those good people I spoke about, so if anyone can relate a message to him I would be very thankful. His Name is SSgt Kenny Freemen
    He left Ramey about 6 to 8 months before I did. I never got to tell him how much his friendship really meant to me. I know he should be of higher rank by the time he got out,
    but it sure would be nice to talk, and see him again. There are other which I would like to hear from but there are to many and time right now is short. Hope all my friends are well,
    and for those who have passed away know that you are surely MISSED.
    SGT. Ray Ufret

  88. John Wetzel 31 Jan ’15 at 11:41 pm #

    In doing some research recently, I came across information about the B-52 crash at Ramey AFB in 1960. I was a sophomore in high school at the time and living at Ramey in what was called FHA Housing. This housing area was located towards the end of the runway, to your right, if looking down the runway from the ocean. Junior enlisted personnel lived in this area with their families, an area separate from other base housing on the other side of the runway. My dad was one of those airmen.
    While I’m sure my memory is not 100%, I do recall the evening/night of the crash. I had gone to bed (probably 8:30-9:30) and was awakened sometime later when the bomber crashed a short distance from where my family and many other families were living. My memory suggests the crash site was maybe less than 100 yards from where I was living.
    It was truly a miracle that this plane crashed where it did. Whether by the skills of the pilots or by the grace of God, the plane came down perpendicular to the runway in a large field. To the right, left and behind the crash site were houses where airmen, wives and children were settling down for the night.
    Minutes after the crash, I was standing a short distance away watching as the plane burned. I recall that several housing units to the left from where the plane crashed suffered heat damage. Miraculously, only the seven men on board died. Many, many more would have died if the plane had not crashed just where it did—in the only open field in the housing complex.
    All on the base experienced the crash in the following days, either directly or indirectly. We were all family went it came to the loss of a flight crew.
    I hope my recollection of what happened that night serves to answer some unanswered questions. I will always be amazed that somehow that plane managed to crash where it did. It was truly a miracle.

    John Wetzel

    • jim telese 22 Feb ’15 at 4:45 pm #

      I lived near the crash site. I thought it was a rumor. There was a large hole on the ground. I used to play ball with my friends near it.

  89. Ronald G. Garrison 21 Feb ’15 at 3:28 pm #

    Hi Bobby Yates, this is Ron Garrison, Gary Garrison’s cousin. You bought my 63 acres near
    Gary’s farm near Moca. As you know, there are three generations of Garrison’s ashes scattered at the end of the pier at Crash Boat. Gary’s,1970, Stephen’s, 1989 and Eric’s 1992.
    Mine will be next, sort of traditional by now. Gary, my double first cousin, was extraordinary,
    he was my mentor a generation older, born and raised in Greenville S.C. as was I and my older brothers. He went to Trinidad during the war with his wife Genie and son Stephen and
    lived on a base hacked out of the jungle. On arriving in P.R. he became fascinated with the
    place and proceeded to adjust to a “different” way of living. He bought 1 1\2 acres at the bridge in Crash Boat and built 3 houses- two for rent. Your Dad, Col. Yates was his neighbor and best friend. Gary eventually started “the Sea Lancers”, and was a pioneer in inventing
    such things as a powerhead speargun made from surgical rubber and a c.o.2 cylinder.
    The 318 lb 7 1\2 ft. grouper he killed, appeared in the second edition of skin diver magazine.
    I had the head for years. The houseboat we had in La Parguera for 20 yrs. was another story
    and will entail a book. I am surprised and glad to hear your parents are out there. Genie is
    93 in good health and living in Seminole Fla. How is your Sister Cathy??
    Sincerely Ron

  90. William Wardell 22 Feb ’15 at 4:35 pm #

    I’m Bill Wardell, ret MSgt. I was at Ramsey from Step. 68 to Jun 71 with the 60 th bomb sqdn as a B-52 gunner. My wife and I lived at 124 Northeast Rd. at the end of Hook Rd.. Our son was born there Jan 71. A previous writer mentioned birth cert. problems. This is true, we hadfun with that too. I used to help out at the bookstore/hobby shop outside the base. Best assignment ever.

  91. Ronald Garrison 4 Mar ’15 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi, this is Ron Garrison again, just to update people about Crash boat and area. One of
    Gary’s friends was Mike Politski in charge of the Electric Plant, his wife Margo was from
    Aguadilla and she later became a lawyer. Breedlove Smith, in charge of hiring civilian personel
    for the base was another. Stephan, Gary’s son designed a house for he and Lloyd his wife,
    it is on the cliff,3 acres overlooking the ocean and had it’s own beach. The ends of the house
    are shaped like a hexagon .One could sit in the shower and look out to goat island in the distance. Another friend Rafi Pagan, had a house with a dry dock on Mayaguez bay. Gary
    would pull his boat out to work on the bottom. He would use the boat to take up to twenty
    people at a time out to desacheo “goat” island. One time a storm came up and the Coast
    Guard had to tow him but the waves became so huge they had to cut him loose. He lost
    the boat. Another friend John Mashad, became my boss when Gary couldn’t dive I was mentioned as being a good diver, available so I dove for Philco ,to do with defence. Mashad
    was Navigator on the Nautilouse when it went to the north pole. I learned on the job!

  92. Clinton E.Hassell 7 Mar ’15 at 1:45 am #

    I was stationed on Ramey from Oct 1963 until Sept 1964 and I worked in the warehouse my Supervisor was CMST Hamilton but most young Airmen went to see Big Daddy Glenn when ever we had problems,He had a Band called the Conservatives that played on Base and in San Juan,I remember going fishing down the Hill behind the Officers Club sometimes almost half the Night catching Red Snappers and Groupers,I was also ther when the situation concerning those Officers and Airmens off Base One of those Young mens was in Supply also we only called him Simone,I miss walking thru those off Base apartments just outside of the Gate listing for music because that’s where the party was being held never was turned away food and Coronas and Rum,,My wife used to cook food for some of the guys that worked in the warehouse with me. My youngest son was born in the Base hospital in 65 he has completed a tour in Germany (Army) and now lives there.I had some really great times there I also worked for TSGT Lonnie Casey and TSGT Sharp Eye Washington.Those were some good years,I heard that there was a Job Corps there on Base now,I am retired but currently works for the Job Corp Program now as part time..Really good times there.Clinton E. Hassell.

  93. Gerald Allard 11 Mar ’15 at 1:21 pm #

    Hi again ,this is A/1C Jerry Allard . I’m still waiting to hear from anyone from the paint shop or the fabric shop Harvey Eash or Ray Fowler .Sure would like to hear from you. I got married and have 7 children 3 boys and 4 girls. 2 Sons served in the Navy ,the oldest was in during the hostage crisis in the 70s and the youngest retired 2 years ago with 30 years and 4 months as a Master Chief Petty Officer,, he was asked to fill his vacancy about 2 months later. He did but only with the same pay grade. He got it and will retire at age 62 ?? . Our other son served in the Army. To say we are very proud of them is an under statement. I would love to come back to see the base again if I could some day. It was the best time of my life ,I made some very good friends while I was there, I miss all of you.

    • Mark 11 Mar ’15 at 6:51 pm #

      I was in elementary school while at Ramey, but I served during the hostage crisis in the Marines. I was just curious what vessel your son was on?


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