1957-1958: While in the US Air Force

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Ben Guerrier AFB

Flag of Morocco  ,
Thursday, January 1, 1970

I found this sign I designed and painted at Ben Guerir AFB in Morocco.  It's the same design I used for the 37th Aviation Depot Squadron at Walker AFB in New Mexico when I was transferred there after my one year stint in Morocco.
 
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 EDIT on 26March2014: 
This was the first time in my life that I traveled outside the US.  What makes this journey so special to me is that during the one year stint in Morocco, I was able to travel to Spain, France, and England - and the travel bug bit my behind.   Since then, I've traveled to over 200 countries and 89 unique ones; all five continents, the lowest and highest points on earth - flew to Mt Everest, and dipped my feet in the Dead Sea several times, the northernmost and southernmost cities of the world.   

This blog covers most of my travels since this period, but some of my pictures have disappeared over the years during my 30 year working career.   We moved from California to Illinois, and back to California in the sixties and seventies.   Many of the blogs I've included here were taken from my photo albums most of which I've disassembled and stashed into shoe boxes, because they were taking up too much room.   I try to update them when I find more pictures.   I also return to see some of my blogs to refresh my memory of the places I've visited.   

It's been very satisfying to see so many visit my blog from around the world.  As of now, there's been over 35,000 hits, and this month has been exceptional in that more than 500 have visited.  Some have been kind enough to point out errors in my blog that I've been able to correct.  Thanks to all of you for making this experience sharing a pleasant one.

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The date reported for this blog is not correct, because travelpod doesn't go back beyond 1970.
My travels on this blog happened while I was stationed at Ben Guerrier AFB (SAC base) in Morocco with the USAF in the late fifties when I was able to visit Marrakech, Casablanca, Tangier, Paris, Madrid, and London.  This is when the travel bug bit me.   I was 23 years old.

January 30, 2011: While digging around my photos, I found two more pictures that I took while at Ben Guerrier AFB.  (Click on picture to enlarge.)

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If you still haven't looked at my AUSTIN blog, please do so, because one of my oldest friends drove in from Terrell, Texas, to visit with me last year.  Jerry and I have kept in touch for over 50-years through our annual Christmas cards after both of us left Morocco, and Jerry made the observation that we've known each other longer than most people are now alive and born since then. 

Our stint at Ben Guerrier AFB was only for one year, but it seemed much longer back then.   Our base was situated in the middle of nowhere about 30-miles north of Marrakech.   We had dust storms that swept through our huts and left everything covered in dust; what fun!  

BEN GUERRIER AFB:

I made a sign for our hut that said "Heart Break Hotel." 

Our home for one year:




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MARRAKECH:
A small group of us used to visit Marrakech quite often during weekends.  We once stayed at the La Mamounia Hotel where they filmed "The Man Who Knew Too Much" with Doris Day and James Stewart. 
On one weekend, we met up with some French paratroopers, and we spent the whole day drinking wine, and communicating with sign language.   By the time the MP's picked us up for "disorderly conduct," we had the French paratrooper insignias on our uniform, and visa-versa.  Unfortunately, the MPs took them away from us when they took us back to the base.




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I was able to go on an R&R to Casablanca, Tangier, Madrid, Paris, and London during my one year in Morocco. 
 












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Comments

penelope on

where can I find recordes where my dad was in the air force in 1957.
We need them because he passed awawy

c.i.222
c.i.222 on

I believe you can get your father's records from the Air Force records center in Colorado. I'll try to find a link for it, and get back to you.

Sorry to hear about your father's passing.

c.i.222
c.i.222 on

I found this link; hope it's helpful to you and your family:
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/location/location-airforce.html

Jack Woolard on

I was an Air Traffic Controller in Morocco in 1957 stationed at Nouasseur but was TDY to a small training base for F-100's for some time. The base or the town was called Boulaut or something similar to that but I can find nothing on Google that refers to it. There was little more than runway, hangars and barracks and it was built specifically for transitioning pilots into the F-100's. We controlled all the traffic from a dome-roofed 6x6. Any info?

Thx in advance--jwoolard1@msn.com

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