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Iraklion

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

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155 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
  4. I was stationed there almost from when the Air Force Station opened – 1955. Base was very small. Worked as an intercept Radio Operator out of small quonset hut.
    Lived in Dakota Huts. (6938th Radio Squadron Mobile)
    Good Duty – Liked Greece. If anyone reading this served at that time, would appreciate hearing from you….

    Posted by Frank P. Sano | February 19, 2017, 6:28 pm
  5. Hello Frank

    It seems like a lifetime ago, was
    stationed on Crete with the 6931
    Security Group, was an intercept
    operator as well. Was there from
    about Feb of 65 thru April of 66.
    I took an overseas discharge from there and took a freighter from Iraklion to a port in Italy in the heal of the boot, then hitchhiked through Europe and then got a hop home later that year.

    Sounds like we had better conditions by early 65, nothing fancy but decent. I came there from a tour in the Philippines and went what they called 2T to Crete and got my 5th strip as part of the deal.

    Pretty decent duty, I became a supervisor and worked 3 on 3 off and spent lots of time on the beach and in town and did lots of hiking in the back country on Crete into some of the villages that were really authentic.

    I now live in Redding, California originally from Niagara Falls N.Y.
    have been here almost 45 years and owned and operated a mortgage company for over 30 years before I retired in 2012.

    Tell me a little about yourself and more about what it was like on Crete in the earlier days. The pictures and U Tube video shows it to be much much different than you and I remember.

    Drop a note when you can.

    Roger Camann

    Posted by Roger Camann | February 19, 2017, 7:09 pm

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