Schofield Barracks, HI
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18 years old, first time out of the Continental United States, a pocket full of dollars, and it was pure heaven. The post was everything that you could want. We were centrally located to all the facilities, theaters, PX, bowling alley, hamburger stand, and the amphitheater. When we Were not out in the field we could usually obtain a 48-hour pass and head into Honolulu.There was an hourly bus run that ran until about 0200 that cost a quarter. One of the guys there purchased the car and her freedom was even more expanded. Sometimes I wish I'd never left, however, the 25th Division left for Vietnam. I believe it was in February 1965. Being in a hurry to get to Vietnam. I volunteered and departed Honolulu December 2 65.
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I was stationed there with first of the 1/14th Golden Dragons "At the Right of the Line.", Sir! In 1964, 1965. 18 years old, stationed in paradise. Waimea Bay is a good place to go If you like surf in the pipeline. Upside down falls is another good place to go. And Honolulu is a good place to go. A bit on the pricey side, but as a good friend of mine told me when I got there, get invited to one party and you're in. I went back there in about 1985, flew with my wife on a KC 135 refueling tanker for the weekend. Landed at Hickam Air Force Base, changed into civilian clothes, picked up my rental car and checked into our hotel. Spent the first night with cocktails and wandering around downtown Honolulu. Hotel Street hadn't changed a bit. The next day we went out the Pearl Harbor and spent the better of the day there and just checked the local sites from their when we finish the tour. We left from Honolulu lineup the Schofield Barracks Enjoy traveling to the pineapple fields to get there and Definitely try to take the tour of the Dole Pineapple Plant. Once we arrived at Schofield Barracks I went over to see quadrangle. Stopped at the Mess Hall and Orderly room of HHC 1/14th tried to find the mortar platoon, but they were lost in space somewhere. I also checked the second floor lanai where the mortar platoon was lagered in at. At that time a day, everybody was out on detail. After a quick trip around the post. We headed out to Kole Kole Pass. A place that I will always remember, not because the Japanese flew through the Pass to bomb Pearl Harbor, but because on my first weekend in Hawaii I had managed to get so horribly sunburned that I could hardly move. Could not report to sick call as they would court-martial you or so I was told. My first Monday after the sunburn. The training schedule called for a road march to Kole Kole pass with full packs and weapon. Needless to say I was never that careless again.We spent our last day Traveling the coastline, stopping at the site where they did a major film piece for the movie, Hawaii, which we had interrupted because we were an aggressor force against the Wolfhounds. There was beautiful beaches there and the weather was perfect and it was the 1st time i had ever stepped on a sand shark. We continued up the coast ending up at the Banzai Pipeline in Waimea Bay. Not brave enough to take on the Bonsai pipeline but we did wander into the water and I warned my wife not the turn her back to the waves. She did, and the undertow tried to suck her out. I caught her by her little finger and nearly tore it off trying to keep her from going on the food chain. After that little experience. We called it a day and we headed back to the hotel in Honolulu. Many, many little shops downtown and if you love to shop and that's the place to go.
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If your looking to pocket some BAH check out Navy Housing on Wheeler Army Airfield, hunt milita communites