Corrine wrote at 2008-03-27 20:22:13
How amazing, I can remember the house we lived in when my father was stationed at an Air Force Base in the middle 50's at Manhattan Beach! I wonder if it's the same place you were stationed?
The house was nice for it's time as I recall, a two story brick with a basement.
I attended a Catholic kindergarten and first grade there, can remember my best friend and her family. It's nice memories.
timd wrote at 2009-06-19 17:14:33
My father was base adjutant reporting to Col. Turner on Manhattan Beach AFB in the 50's and worked on the base closure. We lived on Quentin St. next to the Turner's. I took my first communion at St. Margaret Mary's just past the little beach and went to PS 195. Both church and school are still there. In the early 60's NY was searching for a place for a community college and bought the closed AFB as a government surplus site for education. Every bit of the old base has been razed and redeveloped...I drove by awhile back and all the houses on Quentin Street were gone. Remember the little corner store just outside the base? There's a new house there for sale for over a million bucks! Well at least you can still enjoy a Nathan's hot dog.
There are a few books dealing with the history of the area (google Gravesend Brooklyn) but they're out of print. I would still like to find out how the Manhattan Beach and Oriental Hotels of the early 20'th century resort era disappeared and turned into a military base.
timd (air force brat)
Al wrote at 2011-04-23 19:48:57
I too went through the Manhattan Beach Air Force facility in 1956 heading for Lajes Field, Azores, a MATS base. Returning 2 years later I was discharged from the sevice at the same Air Force facility since I lived close by.
Jonie wrote at 2012-02-03 05:12:20
I too was at Manhatten beach in 56 we were on our way to England and was held up because of my passport. My husband they put to work while we waited he worked in recreation can recall sitting on the rocks and fishing. We spent a month there. Jonie
ROBERT J. WIENER wrote at 2012-08-19 23:05:05
I WAS ALSO AT MANHATTAN BEACH AIR FORCE STATION FROM APRIL 1956 TO MAY 1958. I WAS A LT.INCHARGE OF CLOTHING SALES COMMISSARY AND BASE EXCHANGE. TO THE TIMID BRAT I REMEMBER YOUR FATHER AS A MAJOR BUT HAVE FORGOTTEN HIS NAME. IF ANYONE IS STILL AROUND CONTACT ME AT RRDS7@MSN.COM my name is ROBERT J. WIENER
Bud Harper wrote at 2012-11-17 16:20:15
Marion Harper: I was a pass through in the summer of 1956. The aircraft I was to travel to "French Morocco" developed an engine oil leak as we headed out to sea. It went back to McGuire AFB, and most of us went to Manhattan Air Station. We were there more than a week and I had a chance to go to Brooklyn, Coney Island. I remember riding the Cyclone roller coaster.
Larry Oldfield wrote at 2013-12-02 16:41:34
i was at manhatten air base in 1954 then to mcquire ab to st johns to tje azores then to rhine main ab and finaly to Merignac air base near bordeaux france. where i become a member of the 850th EAB part of the army's famed SCARWAF engineers..shortly after Korea the scarwaf units were disbanded
Bob Wray wrote at 2014-02-12 03:23:35
I spent a five days at Manhattan Beach AFS in early December 1955, on my way to England. The airplane refueled at Lajes, Azores and continued on to Prestwick, Scotland.
I traveled by train to Margate, England, and RAF Station Manston.
I was assigned to the 513th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the 406th Fighter Interceptor wing for two and a half years until the base closed in May,1958.
Then back to McGuire AFB for discharge in May, 1958.
Don wrote at 2014-02-23 21:24:06
I was stationed at the Air Force Detachment at Camp Kilmer N.J.and was part of the advanced party to Manhattan Beach AFS in preparation for the whole 2225th Personnel Processing Group moving from N.J. there. Was a T/Sgt. assigned to Base Engineer. I had quarters at 134A Quintin St. with my wife and son. It was a nice base and I enjoyed my stay there. Made many friends as did my wife. I left before the base closed when I was transferred to Hickam AFB, Hawaii which also was nice duty but that is another story. Would enjoy hearing from anyone who was stationed there.
Judith wrote at 2015-06-14 14:07:22
My late husband, Robert Kennedy was assigned to the motor pool, and had the lucky job of driving the base commander to the World Series in 1955,everyone drew straws, cause they didn't want to drive, because they wanted to hear the games. Wasn't until Bob got in the car, that he found out they were going to Yankee Stadium. Bob made a career as a loadmaster on a C130, first in air rescue, then special ops. He died in 1976,lungcancer,agent orange. He was 43