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