From the article: Installation Overview --Moron Air Base, Spain
Have you ever been to or stationed at Moron Air Base, Spain? Tell us all about your experiences. Share Your Experiences
- 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
Local looking for pictures of the past
- Hi, I was born ('78) and raised in Santa Clara and I'm trying to collect pictures of the live in the neighborhood when it was a base. I've always being intrigued by how different the streets and the people that inhabited them before me were. If you could send me any pictures/images that you might have of that time it'd be highly appreciated!! email@example.com Maybe we can start a blog to show them with your permission? Muchas gracias!!
- —Guest Alvaro Palma
- Dad stationed there from 1957-1961. Lived first at Santa Clara, then moved to Moron AB. Great place! Best assignment of our careers. Spanish Air Force flew World War Two era German aircraft. Chuck Yeager, USAF test-pilot, was there for a time in the 1950s
- —Guest Dennis Crowley
- I was there fro m 75 to 77 and back several times TDY with the 160 SPS from Rickenbacker in 87 and 90. I had a great time being there. The country side and people were beautiful, if anyone that was stationed there around that time that would like to contact me I would like to hear from you. Roy sheets I think still lives there and a spanish friend of mind that was working for the Navy there, Jose Luis Vicente, if anybody would know them please give them my Email address at CaptBob3@Suddenlink.net thanks Viva La Espana.
- —Guest Bob BaldersonAKAMcClod
- My father was also stationed at Maron AFB from 1966 to 1968, after transferring from Prestwick AFB due to its closing. Lived at J 13 B in santa clara. Remember teacher Ms. Moss. Riding commercial bus to Santa Clara to school and buying pipas from pipa man for 2 pisatas.
- —Guest Bill Boomer
San Pablo-Santa Clara 1959-1961
- I lived at J-57B in Santa Clara with my parents and sister. I had Mrs.Harris for second grade and Miss Kane for third grade. I remember Sunday School and summer Bible School and Mrs. Norton's Good News Club. I recall little league, cub scouts, Stink Village, Feria, Semana Santa and attending a bull fight. We also visited Gibralter and North Africa. We also visited the Naval Base at Rota. I remember not having TV and listening to baseball games on the radio, including the !960 Series and the Mazeroski home run. I believe the Spanish Air Force had WW II era German planes at San Pablo including the ME 109. I recently made contact with a classmate from 2nd and 3rd grade, John Madden. I also corresponded with Marty Sheridan who was about 5 years older. I'm currently in the Harrisburg-Gettysburg area of Pennsylvania. I would love to hear from anyone who knew me or family in Spain. I'm at LJGrier24@hotmail.com.
- —Guest Larry Grier
San Pablo 66 - 69
- From fall of 66 through summer of 69 my family & I called Sevilla (Santa Clara) home. My father Roy Paxton, was stationed at Moron and we lived at Santa Clara, like most. I have a wonderful life but I'll always swear that these years were the best. I'd like to piggyback on Brian Hinkle's comments above as it seems our feelings are the same. Let me add the snack truck, the Pan Man selling bread, maids, lizards on the hedges, Terry Spangler ball field, youth center, Fanta Limon, the radio station with Jeff Garret. Mostly I'd like to point out to Brian that Kenny Smith was our neighbor. We lived at I-6-B and he was in A. He and my brother Glenn were the same grade, two ahead of me. I remember when Kenny got his bottle of High Karate and came over to let the family smell him. We were in BSA Troop 315 (Rat Patrol) and loved the camping too. Billy Ortega & I both liked Amy Robins, I didn't like Billy. We've been back several times over the years and Sevilla just feels like home.
- —Gary Paxton
Collecting photos and information
- My father stationed 63-69. I was born there, one of the last child born. I'm still leaving in Seville. Trying to collet photos and information from the place I was born!!
- —Guest Tony
My formative years
- I remember the pipa man, the guy with the cart who sharpened knives, Feria, stink city, Howard Johnson's (Venta de Los Reyes, but nobody could pronounce it) And Mark Halava and his black umbrella. He carried my books to school. My dad was stationed there from around 1966-1969. Great childhood memories. The smell of downtown Sevilla and the taste of the chocolate. The people at the market starting a food fight with fresh fruit because my Dad had a super 8 camera and they all wanted to be on film. Wonderful life.
- —Guest Becky Garcia
San Pablo 1966-68
- My father was stationed to Moron when they closed the Prestwick AFB in 1966. It was a fun 2 years. Loved Feria and Semana Santa was so different and interesting. Spent 6th grade by the Chapel, then got to go to the Jr Sr HS with the "big kids". They thought they were so cool - penny loafers with no socks! Too bad they closed the base; rehydrated milk, no ice cream, cokes with cigarette butts in the bottom. The base housing is still there - but looks so different, walls on the street and all. Anybody from the old times come here? Kenny Smith, Greg Hodges, Debbie Michaels? Orange fights with those sour oranges? The Pipa Man? Camping with the BSA, and having the Guardia Civil thinking we were smugglers? Oh, good times.
- —Guest Brian Hinkle
- My father was stationed there from approx 1957 - 1961. I was born in Sevilla in 1959. We lived in base housing. My mom and dad loved it there. My mother recalled the Cristina Hotel in Sevilla as a favorite restaurant/night spot.
- —Guest Kathy W.
Santa Clara Housing
- Wondering when they closed the military housing in downtown Sevilla. It was located close to San Pablo Air Base
- —Guest aubrey evans
- I was NCOIC of Santa Clara Housing, downtown Sevilla from 1958-61. When did they close this housing
- —Guest Aubrey Evans
- Was at Moron AB 63-65 In C.E. was in Ground Pow. Great ambiente in Seville & Torre M. plus. Friendly people great Feria.
- —Guest carlos sanchez
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