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By kjfitz @ 2005-06-27 15:17:35
The US community in the Naples area includes service people and their families from each branch of the US Armed Forces. The total community population fluctuates around 10,000. The bulk of the US community in the Naples area is Navy, with Air Force personnel second in number, followed by the Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. US civilians, Department of Defense or State employees and family members round out the community. Most of the Army and Air Force personnel are assigned to elements of AFSOUTH. The US Army Element of AFSOUTH is located on the AFSOUTH Post. The Element provides personnel support to all US Army personnel assigned to AFSOUTH, including the NATO Communications School in Latina, Italy; LandSouth Headquarters in Verona, Italy; and the Advanced Command Post at Thessalonikia, Greece. In addition, there are two AFSOUTH liaison officers assigned to Ankara, Turkey and Athens, Greece.
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Analogman picture
@ 2005-07-14 16:39:08
This place is one good earthquake away from sliding down the hill into the bay.
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@ 2006-03-16 09:07:25
where is the FLAMINGO club
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@ 2006-05-06 17:28:41
The Flamingo club is the building east of the main compound and south of the football field (looks like it has a big, white tent in the middle). It's the building with the green pool on the north side.
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@ 2006-05-17 08:18:14
must be the "new" flamingo club. i seem to remember it being somewhere NW of compound on a hill.
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@ 2006-05-17 09:37:20
I agree with Analogman. That's where I remember it too.

I also seem to remember that the thin slot between the big main administration buildings (at the north end of the central quad) and the mountain behind them has multiple large tunnels leading back into the mountain.
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@ 2006-05-18 08:11:23
wish i had a legend of what those buildings were from 1968-71, worked thier but don't remember, especially where were the barracks
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@ 2006-05-24 06:45:46
the flamingo club in picture used to bo the O club 68-71. Flamingo club was the NCO club and was near the Bowling center area. Officers were mad because gambling was allowed at flamingo(slots,cards etc.) but not at o club. Flamingo club cleaned up when fleet was in.
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@ 2006-06-19 08:20:47
I stand corrected. I was talking recently to a friend who is stationed at AFSOUTH, now called Joint Forces Command - Naples, and the Flamingo Club was, and still is, on the hill above the pool. The building in the SE corner of the facility, with the smaller pool, used to be the Officer's club but is now simply called the international club. It's used for all manner of functions. The Flamingo Club is still there but isn't used much any more. There is the occasional conference there, and the NATO band sometimes uses the building for practice, but as a club it's pretty much defunct.
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@ 2007-01-01 16:06:34
I served on the ComSubFlot8 staff from 1969 to 1971. I helped run the Submarine Fleet Broadcast which was a secure space located in the U.S. Navy Communications Station which was located in the southern most building on the the east side of the "Quad". ComSubFlot 8 was located in the north most building on the west side of the quad. The barracks was the big "u" shaped building just east of the big pool (only the south wing was in use), the Flamingo Club was just up the hill from the Barracks. One of those building betweent he barracks and the Quad housed a movie theater.
There were several retail shops from the various NATO countries located in the southern most building on the west side of the quad. The tunnels mentioned earlier were used for storage and also housed an emergency communications station. We used to test it on occasion. The south wing of thge southern most building on the east side of the Quad housed the galley. They made a mean grilled ham and cheese sandwich! To get into the "back room" of our Broadcast space you had to have a Top Secret, Atomal, Crypto security clearance. Submarine service was about the last to use manually encrypted radio traffic. Once decryped a message from King Hussein of Jordan (via our embassy)addressed to the president of the Untied States while a 4 star Admiral stood over my shoulder!
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@ 2007-01-04 16:11:21
Have you guys taken a look at this site in LL? It looks like a jungle just sprung up in the middle of Naples.
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@ 2007-01-04 16:20:40
That's amazing. And more than a bit scary really. I shrugged off all the censorship up until now but the quality of this type of this censorship is very good.
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@ 2007-01-04 16:46:28
I think that they have read my advise on this post : http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/24576/
But they forgot to call me... :)
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Anonymous
@ 2007-01-18 11:22:22
what is LL
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@ 2007-01-18 11:42:21
LL is Live Local (Microsoft's version of Google Maps (GM). Just click on the "Live Local" under the middle thumbnail image above.
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@ 2007-02-28 09:18:21
Does anybody remember the name of the 2 bars outside the main gate?
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@ 2008-03-02 18:02:35
Wow.. I know it's been a couple of years since the last post. I was in the NAVCAMSMED bldg on AFSOUTH in 82-83. I was an ET. Went through a couple of earthquakes.. scary to see the big chunks of missing plaster showing the rebar. I did have a lot of great times there though. I remember the pizza joint outside the gate.. where we'd run to and bring back dinner.
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@ 2008-10-24 18:19:43
Hi Guys,
Referring to your memories of 'The Flamingo Club'...correct it was on the hill. I should know because I worked as a girl vocalist/guitarist with a resident band for Mecca International in 1975. Anyone remember Angus the MD/keyboard player? Those were brilliant days & I had an absolute blast!
Great to read your memories. Sandie (still gigging in the UK)
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@ 2009-10-26 11:05:21
I was stationed at AFSOUTH from Jan 1970 to Dec 1972. I worked in what was called Tunnel 4. It housed a comm. center and support staff (maintenance, etc.). While I was there, the maltese govt kicked NATO out and the command and staff from there moved to Naples. For a while, the comm. staff shared space with us in Tunnel 4.

Too bad about the Flamingo Club. Some very good entertainment came through there whuile I was there including the British band "Freddie and the Dreamers".

Jerry Scannell
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@ 2009-10-26 11:08:52
To the person who worked at ComSubFlot8 --- do you remember Larry Buss and Mike Paulsrud?? They were very good friends of mine. We lived in the same apartment complex out by Carney Park...
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@ 2009-11-23 06:29:09
I served my 2 years National Service at Afsouth Naples from 1955 - 1957 with the Royal Army Service Corps., together with about a dozen or more UK personnel (AirForce, Navy,Army).
It was a great joy to be there as I was due to be posted to Germany but it was changed at the last moment....phew what luck!
I remember the Flamingo Club very well on the top of the hill and have seen many a good man being carried out feet first on a Saturday night back to his barracks......good job it was all downhill.
I remember the 'poor man's morning' on a Sunday when all of the beer was free there.
There was a small cinema on the base which also acted as a Theatre and I joined the theatrical group as a scenery/lighting technician (didn't know much about that as I was only 18 yrs of age!) but had a great time,
I have a wonderful rather large certificate on my wall which shows my service there signed by all of my buddies from the USA, Italy etc and is certified by Colonel W M Edwards, USA.
my pride and joy.
Wonderful memories
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@ 2010-01-25 08:37:02
Ah, the Flamingo Club... many memories WAY back. I was stationed at NavSuppAct 510 from 1962-64, up on Via Caravaggio, where I worked in the Navy Hospital on Via Manzoni. Weekends at the Flamingo Club were a regular event... the Veal Cannelloni was fabulous. I still have an "Octoberfest" beer mug from the Flamingo Club. One Sunday morning in 1963 I woke up in a stall in the men's room at the club, having spent time talking on the big white phone and then passing out. The club was closed and locked up tight, and I was powerfully hung over. The Navy hospital on Via Manzoni served the U.S. forces people from AFSouth, and their families. It was replaced shortly after I left in 1964 with a new hospital closer to AFSouth, which in turn has been replaced by the present hospital somewhere out of town. If anyone remembers that old hospital, it is easily viewed on Google maps at this URL: (it is now an apartment house): http://maps.google.com/maps?layer=c&cbll=40.832585,14.211873&cbp=12,249.76,,0,-5.95&ved=0CB8Q2wU&ei=cMVdS73-OIeuNbrtmaQJ&ie=UTF8&ll=40.832585,14.211873&spn=0,303.486328&z=4&panoid=qyUBlcOYudsHLIH1F0zidA
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@ 2010-01-25 08:50:08
The old Naples hospital had become Forest Sherman Elementary School for NATo kids by the late 60s. I remember my 3rd grade class had a million dollar view of the bay out my window.
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@ 2010-04-05 19:48:46
I worked in BCA(Broadcast Control Authority)at Comsubflot 8 from 1969 to 1971/a couple of guys I worked with--Tom Davis, Mike Bond,Courtney(from NYC)/Dave from Dallas-any of you ex-flot8ers remember them?

Jerry Ashburn(from Little Rock, Ark)
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@ 2010-04-27 23:56:21
I too, worked at BCA from 1963-1966. Don't recognize any of those names mentioned in your blog.. I still live in Bella Napoli!
Wylie Miller
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@ 2010-07-14 18:44:56
i was stationed at marine barracks, naples from 1971 to 1972. i was just watching ghost hunters international and it reminded that i knew and stood guard duty at a very haunted building at afsouth. naples. does anyone remember these buildings being haunted like i do, or was it just my imagination?
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@ 2010-09-08 06:47:30
I was also at HQ AIRSOUTH 1970 -1972 and remember the Flamingo Club well, also the Brit. Room where we met up for lunch!?! We also sponsored the RN chaps kicked out of Malta.
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@ 2011-03-25 12:04:38
I was stationed at AFSOUTH from 68-72. Worked as a Security Policeman with the Carabinere in Bldg L. The Flamingo Club was, as has been stated, on the hill close to the bowling alley. While there, I was in charge of the vehicle registration section with a Carabinere named Mario. As such, I used the comm tunnel and a key punch machine to mechanize all vehicle registration records. Great time in Naples but don't remember any significant earth quakes. A road in Pozzouli opened up on one occasion.
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@ 2011-06-27 21:43:01
I was a cryptograher in the tunnel 1959-1861). AFSOUTH and my duty there(U.S. Army) remains one of my fondest memories of all time...I am 72 years old now! Anyone remember Humpty Dumpty? Ciao for now. Chuck Cochran V6NhKT
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@ 2011-07-29 09:21:42
I was stationed at Afsouth 1971-74 and worked in tunnel 4 before being sent to Proto, the underground war hdqtrs in the mtns North of Naples. As a 21 year old with an apartment in Arco Felice, a little Fiat 24 spider, and golf with my buddies at Carney Park, and drinks at the Flamingo Club, I remember being happy as a clam. That's when Naples was okay, been back since and its awful now. Gangs, crime etc. Shame cause it really is a beautiful spot in the Med.

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@ 2011-08-09 21:10:43
correction to 06 27 11, I was at AFSOUTH 1959-1961. One of the bars outside the gate was diMartinos owned by a deportee from the states, Papa we called him...he had a good looking daughter named Lucy who liked to go to the Flamingo with her whole family if she could be invited by a GI! Those were the days!
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@ 2011-09-09 17:22:25
Can anyone shed some light on a 21mm round brass token that reads the same on both sides:
FLAMINGO / 5ยข / CLUB

Was it used in the Naples Flamingo Club? If you can recall when and how it was used, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Offline if you'd like - tokens at gmail dot com
John
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@ 2011-10-05 11:55:18
I worked in JLO (Joint Liaison Office) Bldg Q (looking at the square. Q was the one just up from front gate. Head shed is the big one at back. L was the one with all the shops/post office/small PX...ETC.. I was there from 1962-1966 and again 1968-1071. A lot of memories. I recall the Hosp on Manzoni, HS on Manzoni, New Hosp (my Daughter born there) how about the roof garden at the commissary? and that Dika-Dika waiter at the flamingo club... I loved the cannalloni.. Any one else beesides me got a 8x10" of humpty signed with hurry back .... love and kisses!!! One of my most cherished possessions.. bless her little heart!! LOLOL
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@ 2011-10-05 12:25:14
I wrote the entry above -- I'm the JLO guy. anyone recall the big Black MC at Flamingo name Willi -- Wolly bulley!!! drove a gold color Cutlass Sup? I sold him that car. Big names at club. Louie Armstrong, Red Sovine, couple others I saw. What great place and memories... I even remember my house address.. 143 Via Caravaggio....
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@ 2011-10-08 20:48:47
We were in Naples, Italy 1969-1972. Cam was at COMFAIRMED by the commissary. Ardie(wife) was the RN Director of the NATO Base Nursery on AFSOUTH (Day Care). Those were really some good times and we loved the Flamingo Club. We knew Willie and his wife Idessa who was part of my nursery staff. Great people and many memories. Halloween was always a big fun affair at the club, too. We are retired in AZ now and loving our life. Mr C has a nice job at Luke AFB with the Exchange and Ardie totally retired from nursing after 50 years! We too have a Humpty Dumpty plague, but not sure she is still in this world.z???
We lived in a villa out in Via Fusaro near the Med sea. About 10 years ago, several from the COMFAIRMED
Staff had a reunion in Manhatton and one of our dining experiences was in Little Italy area. Probably 25 of us attended and had great time. This is a nice web site. Our friend Ed Woody sent it to us recently. An added note about all that alabaster and Murano glass we brought back. Very valuable if you still have it.
Thanks for letting us share. ARDIE & DON (CAM) USN Retired
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@ 2011-11-21 12:40:00
The 5 cent token was for the nickel slot machines in the stag bar at the Flamingo Club...lost lots of them! Chuck, AFSOUTH 1959-1961.
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@ 2011-12-01 11:49:57
Is the JLO still in operation in Bldg Q or anywhere else on the base?

How about 'pinburgers" at the bowling alley? A game of "horsecollar" in the Enlisted Club? Ham steaks and a carafe of vino at the Flamingo Club? Singapore Slings? Meatloaf with a full egg in the middle at the cafeteria in Bldg Q? San Franciso bar downtown?
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@ 2012-01-10 18:34:14
I WAS STATIONED AT THE MARINE DETACHMENT IN 1954 -56 AND WAS BILLITED IN THE HOTEL GRILLI. WE PROVIDED SECURITY FOR THE 6TH FLEET HEADQUARTERS, COMMISONARY AND NATO HEADQUARTERS AT BAGNOLIA. AT THE TIME I LEFT NAPLES CAPT. F. GORE WAS THE COMMANDING OFFICER. SGT HARVERY KIRK WAS ALSO THERE AT THAT TIME. I REMEMBER A FEW OTHERS BUT WILL NOT PUT THEM DOWN AT THIS TIME. MY DUTY STATION PRIOR TO NAPLES WAS AT 8TH & I ON THE SILENT DRILLTEAM
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@ 2012-02-20 13:09:38
Stationed at AFSOUTH 1970 to 1971. Worked in Intel Div. Lot of 10 cent beers/pizza at Flamingo. Remember Bill Smith, Brookie, Sam N., Ron Palmer, Sid Puter. Back and forth trips to Rome a lot.
Great experience and time. Lived on the bay in Lucrino. Tough duty.
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@ 2012-04-13 13:56:37
I just discovered this website. It sure brings back the memories! I was scanning some old slides from when my family lived in Naples, '68-70. Attended Forrest Sherman Elementary (3rd-5th grades), and was a patient in the "new" (curved) Navy hospital. The Flamingo Club used to have family parties on weekend mornings. Does anybody remember what days or how often? It always started with kids dancing in front of the stage while a band played, then kids bingo where they spread out a bunch of games & toys by the stage and each winner got to go up and pick his/her own prize. Then adult bingo where players had to buy a paper punch-out card and fill in the entire card to win a stereo or some other big prize. Then a buffet lunch (maybe the buffet came before the adult bingo, I forget).

Also, my father (Navy HMC) worked at a NAS somewhere north of Carney Park, but I can't find it on Google Earth. I remember it was about a 40 minute drive north of our apartment in Baia (just west of Pozzuoli) and included a drive along the straight "4-laner" and through "Red Square" which was a round-about that had an obelisk in the middle topped by a star. My mother told me about a geological void that opened under the base's runway, which took big bucks to fill in with concrete. Can anyone tell me where to find this base, or what might have become of it? Thanks!
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@ 2012-04-13 15:19:27
We would have attended Forrest Sherman Elementary at the same time. I was in 3rd grade at FSE in 69, the last year it was still at the former big white hospital building in Naples overlooking the bay before moving over to the 'horseshoe' at NSA. I remember the parties and bingo over at the Flamingo Club. My dad was a weatherman at the Naval Air Station too but it was on the southern edge of the Naples International Airport on the East side of Naples, not north.
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@ 2012-05-14 07:14:22
I WAS STATIONED IN NAPLES IN 1954 FOR 21/2 YEARS AND BILLETED AT THE HOTAL GRILLIE. OUR COMMANDING OFFICER WAS CAPT. FRANCIOUS GORE. WE GUARDED THE ESSO SHIPPED STORE, NAVL HEADQUARTERS IN DOWNTOWN NAPLES, THE GUGGEHIM BLG AND ALSO SENT MARINES OUT TO NATO HEADQUARTERS IN BAGNOLI. SOME OF THE MARINES I REMEMBER ARE LIPINSKI, SGT KIRK, NICKELS, SGT SMITH AND SOME OTHERS, DOC SAVAGE, POWELL KESSIMERE, REED, LAMBERT THOMAS, AND A FEW OTHERS THAT THEIR NAMES SLIP MY MIND. I REMEMBER TWO RIOTS THAT WE WERE IN INVOLVED IN DURING MY TOUR AND CLAIR BOOTH LUCE WANTED US STRUNG UP BUT THE CARBINERS STUCK UP FOR US AND WE ONLY RECEIVED OFFICERS HOURS.
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@ 2012-07-08 15:42:05
To anonymous posting from 2012-04-13; I think you mean your Dad was at NSA. Out the Afsouth main gate to the next road take a left and go up the hill towards the san germono motel, keep going straight past humpty-is she still there-dumpty, then down the hill to NSA. I was there with my family 1968-1972. John Fedele
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@ 2012-07-15 10:29:47
I was stationed at Afsouth Post (Depcomstrikforsouth) from 6/1960 to 6/1962 and was a mwmber of the 1862 Cincusnaveur championship basketball team and would like to visit the post, with my son, sometime later this year. What procedures do I need to follow to get permission to be on the post?
Marty Mooney RM3
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@ 2012-07-15 14:38:34
Oops. Just reread my comment above and noticed the 1862 date which should read 1962. The Flamingo Club was at the top of the hill from the enlisted men's barracks. Also on that hill was the pitch and putt golf course. There was no swimming pool. The bowling alleys were established during my time on Afsouth post and was managed by a very pleasant young Italian fellow named Tony. Wish I knew his last name.
mooneymarty@yahoo.com
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@ 2012-08-08 07:02:20
I was in a Band called Pandoras Box and played in the Flamingo Club during the 70,s and have fond memories of the club the people and the smell. Great times
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@ 2012-08-14 11:55:15
Served as a E-6 Radioman 1968-1971 in Tunnel 4 with Cincsouth communications. Lived in Parco San Paolo near the stadium in a new group of high-rise apartments. Enjoyed eating in the Italian Mess Hall and pizza and strong coffee in Building L. Participated in Proto excercises every year. Kids loved Carney Park and I was a member of the CCC fast pitch soft ball team as a catcher catching for a semi-pro civilian defense worker unil I injured my arm sliding into base. Kids loved Edenlandia.
Stayed in the Domintiana when we arrived and can't remember the hotel when we left.
Brought over a 67 Rambler Rebel left it there when we transferred out. Though my wife and I smoked at that time, we had ration coupons left over to swap for gas. My wife became pregnant shortly after we arrived, but went on many base sponsored trips to Pompei, Rome, Amalfi , the islands and much more. Brought over two girls who went to the grammar school on base ane left with another newborn girl. Many more good and some not so good memories but mostly good! Gil
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@ 2012-09-20 21:44:13
i remember being stationed there at the motor pool in 82-late 83. lived in the barracks in pozzouli. i don't remember seeing humpty dumpty, but almost got picked up as a working girl for walking down the wrong side of the street. cars would stop and swing their doors open! walking from
afsouth to nsa! omg! who knew. wild times. I remember edenlandia and going on the roller coaster and having to duck your head at a certain point or possibly suffer a skull fracture. got married there, stupidly,my request chit was denied, believe that, all i can say, i should have listened! i was 19! admiral crowe was our cic. cool to see him on an episode of cheers later when he was joint chief of staff. really nice man, actually.
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@ 2012-09-20 21:47:46
ate a lot of grease at the flamingo club! but at the theater at AFSOUTH you could get a chili dog and a pale ale for around four bucks and go watch a movie. cool!

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@ 2012-11-07 20:01:39
I really enjoy all the comments . I lived on AFSOUTH (Bldg "D") '65 - '67, truely that place was the best of my life and I have been alot of places. Golf course out the side door, Flamingo Club up the steep steps, fabulous view, great outdoor movies in summer (like "From Russia with Love") , stag nites about once a month with boxing and excellent strippers, the slots, the people. Excellent bands, one-from England- was so good they hired on to play all summer in 1965. Bldg "L" with its shops and expresso bar and the two guys that worked there for about 35 years (everyday) making the best Cuppucino anywhere. The black market on cigarettes (Marlboro/Winston) and gas-coupons . AFSOUTH beach in Licola. I worked out at the receiver site in Lago D' Patria. Drove a Baby Blue 1964 Triumph Herald Convertable. Traveling up Hwy.'7', known as Via Domitziana...it went all the way to Roma. Was there when the NEW hospital was opened near NSA when the Via Manzoni hospital closed. The ever present 'Humpty Dumpty' and the smell of Sulfatara when the wind was just right. Damn, what a place, what a time ... hoped it would never end. jvilleden@hotmail.com
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@ 2013-02-24 07:58:33
I was stationed at AFSOUTH from 59 to 62. I was married on the base in Jan 62 and we had a son who was born at the NSA Hospital. I played in a band called the LITTLE DOGGIES. We played at the Flamingo Club and downtown at the Blue Bird. Worked out of the basement of Building L and we lived in Bagnoli.
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@ 2013-03-03 10:39:19
My dad was stationed there with the US Army in 1963-1966. He used to pitch in the fast pitch softball league at NSA field. I remember watching movies outside, and eating at the cafateria when my mom didn't want to cook for us. I have great memories of going to school and living with the Italians in an apartment building. My brothers and I spoke perfect Italian by the time we left, and the shore patrol visited my parents several times due to our little mischief...
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@ 2013-03-28 14:54:16
Does anyone remember where the us military rec field was at? Played some awesome fast pitch softball there from 1964-1967
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@ 2013-04-08 16:22:31
carney park
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@ 2013-05-19 15:07:37
Flamingo Club! Thanks for memories....1969-71 here. Paul and Paula Band, many others. The house band
duo downstairs was "Italo and Erasmo" piano and drums, very popular. I lived in a group house in Licola and
took the bus to Proto. Hard to find info about Proto on the web but I had heard that it was built by Kesselring
during WWII and eventually used by Nato.
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@ 2013-05-21 11:50:01
My heavens, what a stroll down memory lane. Like so many of you, my time spent at AFSOUTH from 1972-1974 was one of my fondest memories in the Air Force. Working with the International Police (SPs) I met so many good friends and came to truly appreciate Naples. I had an apartment in Parco Azurro, had an Alfa Romero and tried my best to consume as much pasta as I could hold, drink as much wine as I could handle and see every part of Naples possible. It was without a doubt...an experience of a lifetime and treasure the memories of those days long gone, but never forgotten.
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@ 2013-06-17 14:55:49
I read a book called "stand by to Fall out" that was written by a Marine who spoke about building's #11 and #12 - Carabinari still won't go past the 2nd floor in the time the book was referencing... that upside down ax still carries ghosts
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@ 2013-08-03 05:48:12
I was introduced to the Flamingo by a friend in 1975, a lot of good memories dancing, laughing and getting to know many cute American boys :). Memories of sneaking in the base :) to attend a dance or Bingo. Remember a Sicilian Carabinieri at the door, that hated Italian girls becoming involved with Americans, and always trying to make us go on a date with him. :) Remember a band lead by John (singer) cannot remember his last name, but loved the music. Good way to learn English for a young Italian girl, met my best friend there Rita and we live now in the same State in USA.
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@ 2013-08-15 18:15:24
I was stationed at the receiver site 8/66-8-68. We spend most summers in Lago Patria. Everything that was Bagnoli is now at Lago Patria.
I have a yahoo group. Named. "receiversite" where I have photos of the new headquarters.

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@ 2013-08-15 18:38:45
Here is a link to a lot more pictures of the old base and area around Naples. Also one of "Humpty Dumpty" but she ain't the same one that was there in 66-68.

www.dacoleman.com/images/Italy/index.html
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@ 2013-08-23 08:19:01
I was stationed there from June 1979 to June 1982, loved Carney Park, Flamingo Club. Spent a lot of time at the club. Worked for the Provost Marshall, in Building L. Lived in the barracks, played softball for Air Force 1 team, we won a championship. My boss was Alexander Grundzenski, good man. I use to hang out with Linda Carter, she was in the Navy, Tom Noel played softball with, I also bowled a lot at the lanes on base.
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@ 2013-08-30 15:13:36
Any one work in Proto?
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@ 2013-09-01 10:38:12
Several people, including myself, have posted about working there. Enter PROTO in the search box at the top of this page for a link to that page.
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@ 2013-09-09 04:00:40
Hello guys.. magic Naples..!!

but who working at proto..?!? underground HQ..??!

ciaooo
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@ 2013-09-18 07:20:34
Does anyone recall the name of the 4 Star Admiral who was Commander AFSOUTH from 1965-1967? The second most senior US officer was V/Adm Isaac Kidd, Jr.
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@ 2013-09-18 18:36:44
How about ADM Charles D. Griffin 1965-1968?
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@ 2013-09-19 07:38:10
That's it; you're AWESOME!!!!!!! Thank you very very much!!! :-)
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@ 2013-10-29 14:16:41
We were stationed on a ship in Naples in 1972 and went to the Flamingo Club often. It was wonderful. Had a special friend, Tony Bucci, was bartended. He was a little older than us so he would be about 75 now. Does anyone know him and what happened to him since then?
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@ 2013-11-07 17:01:35
Stationed at AFSOUTH from Nov '58 to Sep '61, in tunnel #4, teletype maintenance. Lived in Bagnoli, then made ET3, moved out to Arco Felice! SFC Jack Menke was the boss.

Returned to Naples after Vietnam, in '71 as Port Services Officer, office was on the downtown fleet landing huge pier, where cruise ships come in now. Played a lot of fast pitch softball at Carney Park. Back to States in '72.

Humpty Dumpty, the Campfire Girls, DiMartino's Bar & the Hippodrome in Bagnoli......aaaah, the memories.

Took my wife there last month. Flew space-A to Capo, visited AFSOUTH first, it was totally abandoned!!!!!!!!! Moved to a huge, gleaming new place at Lago Patria. Wife & I wandered the old AFSOUTH, walked in and out of most all bldgs., including the barracks, bldg. L, the theater. A caretaker/security guard told me they plan to bulldoze the whole place soon! Tunnels seem intact, but completely locked down. Many friends, some I am still in contact with, from there. Jehlik, Birdzell, Peedee, Pete Athearn....many are gone now! Questions/comments, write me at wrobinson.va@msn.com.

Retired in 1980, live in Harrisonburg, VA now...the quiet life.
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@ 2014-01-20 10:05:37
No messages since I last posted in Nov 7, '13.
In '58-'61 time frame I had a friend in TTY maintenance, RM2 William G. Taylor, USN. He was from TX. Lost him and would love to reconnect. Anyone knowing where he went after 1961, please let me know at wrobinson.va@msn.com. I am in contact with some guys. If you're looking, let me know.
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Anonymous
@ 2014-01-21 20:15:09
I posted a while back about Paul and Paula band at Flamingo club and having worked at proto. Proto is now declassifed and if you google
"nato proto" you will find many photos that in some cases link you to larger
collections of inside proto. I never thought I'd see it again, fascinating stuff!
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Anonymous
@ 2014-02-24 13:26:11
My dad was stationed at the AF South Command Bldg 1972-1976. I attended all four years of HS at Forrest Sherman HS. Very fond memories. Many of us have reconnected on Face Book and have a FSHS page. I live in the Seattle area now and would love to connect or have dinner with a group of people to share our Naples memories. Carey Tibbetts on FB. One of the Admirals my dad worked for was Stansfield Turner, who later went on to run the CIA and has published several books, if you're interested in military/ CIA history.
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Anonymous
@ 2014-03-12 19:52:37
Trying to remember where my Coastie dad worked in Naples... My school was right next door and there was the constant smell of sulphur at school!there was also a hotel we lived in across the street before we found housing. anyone know what i am referring to?
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@ 2014-03-13 01:50:27
Anonymous
@ 2014-03-12 19:52:37

Your dad was probably stationed here:
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8287631,14.155288,190m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en
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@ 2014-03-13 01:55:34
The smell of sulfer was from Sulfatara volcano a few miles to the west. The old American Hotel was across the street and a few hundred feet to the East. Forrest Sherman Elementary School.