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I was BASOPS officer at Moron 62...64

We lived in Santa Clara and I commuted to Moron daily w/Bill Stockwell who was my co-pilot.
—Guest John Taylor

Moron 1958 to1961

I was stationed in the fall of 1958 and as a airman my wife came at my expense. It was a wonderful tour. I have returned many times to Spain and it changed greatly. It was uncorrupted by outside influence and that changed quickly. I was in the A&E bldg and most of my companions are deceased. The Hotel Cristina is gone, what a loss. Triana is now yuppie village no more gypsies. No more milk and bread carts donkey powered. No more piano players on carts. The Star apartments are a little different with shops.
—teddya1

Mike

As I said previously, we lived in Santa Clara housing from '58-'62. I went back in '92. Santa Clara had been torn down and turned into a housing project with several multi level buildings. Downtown Sevilla looked the same as it did in '58-'62, and I had no trouble finding my way around. It was still beautiful. My only disappointment was that it wasn't safe to hang out in Maria Luisa park at night. I have fond memories from my childhood of us eating at outdoor restaurants there at night, and taking a what seemed like magical carriage ride afterwards through the Park. I can still smell the aroma of the food from the restaurants and hear the clip-clop of the horse hoofs. I don't think life's ever been as good as those times.
—MichaelLipkin

Mike

We lived in Santa Clara housing from 1958-1962. I was in grade school. Living in Sevilla, and in Spain in general was one of the best times of my life. We lived in M3-B with a view of the Cruz Campo beer factory out of our back windows. It seemed like one continuous party, from the festivals, to the parties at our house, to parties at the villas and homes of Spanish friends . I remember the pension we stayed in for weeks when we first arrived; Senior Manolo, the wealthy toy store owner; Juan the fruit vendor, Manuel the gardner; Amparo and Conchi the maids; the Sunday afternoons procession of curious Spaniards through the housing area; the gypsies; Senior Pepe's tiny one person car and his bar in Casengeha (sp!); Stink Village; Senior Cabo , commander of the Guardia Civil; eating snails; pigeons on my head/shoulders in Maria Luisa park; riding to school in troop carriers before the school the buses arrived; trip to Torrejon AFB hospital for our tonsillectomies; flamenco; tappas.
—MichaelLipkin

Sad to say...

Am currently at Moron AB as a US civilian.I too fell in love with pretty much everything about Moron and So Spain.Then I realized Moron AB is void of any culture of its colorful past.Since I work directly with the aircraft personnel who are based here, TDY or just on a stop over, I have asked maybe hundreds of folks the same question....."Tell me something about Moron's past? No one has ever uttered the word Chuck Yeager or Chrome Dome or any of the many historic events that took place here.In 2005 I vowed to change that.Went to the Spanish AF and asked them if they had any murals depicting the bases history.The public affairs gentleman said no they didn't.I asked him if they would like one.Two years later they have one.It was my "practice" mural for one on the US side of the base.Feel free to email me (bernie_costa@ yahoo.com) with any suggestions on what you would include on the wall....one event? several events? The Spanish mural can be found here http://3973cds.com/3973cdsbase2008
—Guest Arizona

@Bill

Bill, whoever your father was, chances are that I knew him. The 67th Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Squadron (67 ARRS) wasn't that big, and I shipped from Prestwick AFB, Scotland down to Moron AFB with him in July '66, and finished my tour there in Jan '69. I visited both Prestwick and Morom AFBs in '72/73. At that time they were occupied by the Royal and Spanish Air Forces (respectively) and I couldn't get past the gates; but I did make contact with with the small staff at the Naval Courier Station at Prestwick, that had stayed on. I didn't live in Santa Clara myself but I was a frequent visitor. Depending on your age, I might have met you. Those years in Spain were some of the best and most formative of my life. I was pretty fond of pipas too (who wasn't?), and I still miss the daily-fresh bread from the panaderias. My best friend married a local Sevillana girl and I kept in touch with them for years...ironically, they settled just miles from my wife's home town. What are the odds? 0_
—Guest Phil Troutman

Santa Clara

My family and I resided at N-21-A while I was at Moron from March 1963 to July 1965. In an earlier comment Gary Paxton mentioned Terry Spangler ball field. I managed/coached little league ball teams while there. Terry Spangler played on one of my teams along with my son who was the same age. On 27 April 1966 Terry exited a bus on the highway at the entrance to Santa Clara and was struck and killed by a vehicle.
—Guest Sidney P. Beck, USAF, Ret

mmdjjd@aol.com

My dad was station there from 1966 to 1969. Loved living there. We were lazy because we had someone who did our house cleaning, our yard work, car cleaning etc. Yes, as others said, I love the pan man and the pitas guy. We would hitch hike to the base to go to the movies or to the pool. Played baseball and we ran all over Santa Clara. Loved to go to the youth center to dance. Also, I had for about a minute two girlfriends at the same time. I think their names were Kim and Cindy. I played army in between all the houses and had great dirt clod or rock fights. Wonderful years.
—Guest mike Page

Marine Veteran

Dad (and family) stationed at Moron AB, Spain 1967-1969. address was 'J4A San Pablo Military Residental Area', loved Seville, Spain....
—Guest Max Perry

Moron '62-'65

Father in AF at Moron, husband station at Navy Transmitter site at Moron. High school at Sevilla High. Find many former classmates of all grades at this web site. http://www.sevillahighschool.com/ My husband & I went back on our 40th anniversary in 2005. Amazing change, yet Calle Sierpes was still the same. Best years of our lives.
—Sevilla167

Guest

I am a DOD brat from 1956-60 in Sevilla trying to find others who were stationed in Sevilla during that time. Several of us have incidentally connected and are curious about how our classmates are doing.
—Guest StephZZ

great education

My father was transferred to Moron AFB from Ellsworth AFB in the summer of 1962. I turned 9 a few months after we arrived. We lived on the economy in downtown Sevilla at Calle Isabela #11. The house we lived in is still there and looks much the same. Since my mom is a German "war bride", my parents had no qualms about immersing us in the culture of the area. With camera in hand we visited all the museums, Cathedrals, bodegas (not the kind they have in New York), parks, Roman ruins and any other place that was interesting or educational. I loved the ferias and Semana Santa. I wish I could have given these experiences to my own children. The dress restrictions were a small price to pay and I found the people warm and engaging. To this day I still use the Spanish I learned then at my job here in Arizona, even though I only lived there for 3 years, and that was 50 years ago.
—jeanelise53

Electronic Technician at Moron

Was there 77-80. Lived on base with my wife and two children. The school, 1-8, had three teachers, a husband and wife and 1 Spanish teacher. Wife worked at the gas station. Besides working at the Xmitter Site, I was a bartender at eh Air Force Club and a Lifeguard at the base pool. Competition between the Navy and Air Force was fierce: Basketball, Bowling, Softball and of course, beer drinking. Had two officers: Air Force Major and a Navy LCDR. I remember when the Navy folks put "GO NAVY" bumper stickers on teh Air Force cars. It was not pretty, but loads of fun. The Spanish A.F. was always bringing my dog back to may house because it loved to run the flight line. Loved to climb Moron Mountain, go to Seville and visit the ventas. Most fun was to drive over the mountains to Torremolinas, Malaga and even take the ferry to Africa. Bad part was having to drive to Rota every week to pick up groceries. Also, having no doctor there created some problems but our Air Force Medics were great.
—Guest George Karabinos

Moron AFB

I was there in 1957 with my husband and 2 little girls. We were in the group of the 1st Americans dependents allowed there by Franco. There was no hospital, no housing no nothing and they hated us. We were there 3 yrs. We were not allowed to wear slacks/pants in public. When housing was opened in Seville, there was not 1 telephone and no way to call for help. When the base called an alert, it was done by word of mouth....on service member alerting another. It was not the dream assignment some are writing about. We were robbed many, many time.
—Guest Mary Edwards

TDY in 62

In the summer of 1962, a few months before I turned 21, I was TDY from Schilling AFB (Salina KS) to Morocco (where I got a horrible sunburn) for two weeks and then to Moron for six more weeks. I was lonely, while my young wife, my 22-month-old daughter, and my 7-month-old twin daughters were back in Kansas. (That's right--three kids by the time i was 20!) I loved going to Seville by myself to just walk and experience that beautiful city. One day the sound of Flamenco pulled me down an alley and eventually to a small tapas bar with one old guitarist and two young dancers--one female and one male--about my age. The wine was 2.5 pesetas (about 4 cents in those days). Four glasses and 16 cents later, I left with a love of Spain that has stayed with me now for more than 50 years! I can still see the wine barrels and hear the sound of castenets and heels on the hard wood floor. My (second) wife and I hope to go to Spain this summer (or next). I wonder if that bar is still there?
—Guest Robert L Moore

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