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Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece

I have quite a bit of memories from this island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. If my dates are correct (probably not), we lived there sometime around 1967 to 1969.  We lived off-base near a woodshop and a bakery. I would walk every evening to the bakery and get a fresh loaf of Greek bread for dinner. I remember a dancing bear that would come by. His Greek handler would have him dance while he played the tambourine. When finished, my dad would “tip” him with a couple packs of American cigarettes (Marlboros!). There was a Greek family that loved to come over and watch Gunsmoke on our American TV. I especially remember that my dad, who loved sports growing up, started the first youth baseball league on Crete. Instead of the Commander (Col. Louie Miller, Jr.) throwing out the first pitch to a catcher, he threw it into the middle of all us boys gathered together. I came up with the ball and it sits on desk to this day. You can see it here:

Baseball photos


153 comments for “Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece”

  1. I was stationed on Crete 1980-1982, LGS Supply. Remember the great times there. Still would love to go back even though base is closed just to see.

    Posted by Greg Brock | October 19, 2016, 11:29 am
  2. They had 2 reunions this year and are signing up for 2017

    Posted by Harold SIVERD | October 19, 2016, 5:17 pm
  3. I was stationed there 59-60. So sad to see what has happened to it.

    Posted by Clell Lewis | January 17, 2017, 9:12 am

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