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Camp Hauge

Camp Hauge

I was stationed at Camp Hauge in 1958-59. The camp was right across the street from Camp Kinser. Our sport teams were called the Royals. Kinser’s were called the Streaks. The town outside the base was Chibana; however, you had to tell the cab driver you were going to Napunja. The current pro-basketball player with the Celtics (traded from the Jazz), Gordon Hayward’s grandfather was also stationed there at the time. He was also Gordon Hayward. He drove a truck that supplied the Marine EM clubs with booze.
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thomas(waskiewicz I changed my name since nam)mcginnis - May 11, 2020

You bring back my memories of my trip to nam in(66) I think it was 28 days on a merchant marine, GEN>LEROY ELTINGE The rough seas. I never got sea sick so at chow time I pigged out I really liked s.o.s at breakfast,when some guys saw it they would turn and run to the head or to the deck whichever was closer. standing on the aft deck was cool when the ship would fall and rise out of the water.

Glen Bradshaw - May 11, 2020

Sailed out on the Breckenridge in ’62 during the Cuban Crisis. Took us over 18 days to reach Okinawa after stopping in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Yokohama. Japan. Believe we had about 3000 Marines aboard. The only times the mess lines were short was during ruff weather. I remember the ship rocking back & forth and up & down then the screws (props) at the rear came up to the surface of the water and really jumped around allot. If you were in the aft head you really got a ride. The water on the head deck was one inch deep if the ship was steady & 6″ deep at the sides when rolling over the waves. Got a Navy certificate for crossing the international date line. The bad news was we came back the states on the same ship 13 months later. Good times on the high seas. Semper Fi Marines.

Frank Menke - May 11, 2020

I went over the pond in May or June 1961 on the Brenckinridge rough water the first day out. I ate lots of soda crackers, never got sea sickness. I also stood guard in the dependents quarters. Stood by a door , walked down a corridor checked another door then came to the original door.?

Manuel Gonzales - May 11, 2020

Went across the big pond in Oct of “64” on the Sulton. Hit typhoon a day outside of Hawaii. For nearly 3 weeks faced mean big dark waves, over 60 feet and pounded our ship until it eased up in Yokohama. Then back out towards Oki again with the storm. Pulled fan tail watch in those three weeks at Sea. Anyone who had fan tail watch went on watch dry and relieved all soaking wet. I’d do it again !!

Paul Annetts - May 11, 2020

I went over on the Hugh McGaffney…………in 1964 to Japan. We hit a typhoon out of Hawaii and I thought we were gonners! The waves came over that ship and it looked like the “Perfect Storm”. I laugh when I think about the “trough” toilet facilities……guys would roll up newspaper and send it down the trough for fun……..We had Army’s 1st. Cav. on board and we didn’t get along; started when my Corporal told me to ask a Army guy in the mess hall why they tuck their ties in their shirt……………They eventually honored their colors in Vietnam and could leave their ties outside of their shirt. I lost 18 pounds going over and again coming back to the states. Funny now but not then………………Semper Fi! Paul

Howard Hada - May 11, 2020

Somewhere in my photo collection (maybe even in some 8mm movies), I have photos/movies of APA’s with their screws in the air…I was on an old LPH and our compartment was in the stern…I remember trying to fall asleep…..and tossing and turning all night long….

Sgt. John T. Lefker - May 11, 2020

I was there in 55 & 56. I was at that time in How Company 3rd Batt. 9th Marines. No longer exist. When we got there we stayed in Quonset huts up north. Mud, mud walked on skids to get from one hut to another especially during rainy season. Later on we moved to Sukiran and shared the base with the Army. We had our own kitchen and cooks in each barracks. Great duty back then. We had Cinderella liberty had to be back by midnight.

Paul Lindner, Cpl E-4 1959-1963 - May 11, 2020

I walked through that gate many times. I was at Hauge from 6-60 through 7-61, with HQ-4-12. I was a 2533 CW radioman. That MOS is long obsolete now. Big Red Ebert was our 1st Sgt. Deployed to Camp Fuji Japan twice for live-fire exercises. One of the things that I remember from that time was when they drummed a guy out of the Corps. The entire battalion assembled while the prisoner was led out, charges were read against him (I believe he had killed an Okinawan prostitute while drunk). Then the drummer gave a drum roll, the command was given to the battalion “About Face”, and the entire battalion turned their back on him as he was led away. I believe he was going to Leavenworth. We came home on the USNS Billy Mitchell, and as luck would have it I was one of the people picked to be brig chasers for 13 prisoners who were going to either Portsmouth Brig or Leavenworth. They were all hard cases. Life was good at Hauge, the locals did all the dirty work around the camp, mess duty, garbage detail, etc, We lived in Quonset huts. The EM club was great too. Camp Hauge doesn’t exist any more.

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