A 15 minute drive from the FF, Fenton, Mo (St. Louis), is a most "Humbling experience". A visit to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Today, I took that drive from the FF, and would recommend the experience to all. I do not know how many "Hero's", are buried here, these are the people who paid the ultimate price so I can travel each week and enjoy freedom. I know we have many people on this site that are Veterans, and I so greatly enjoy the contributions of two for sure, SS and NUHusker
The JBNC, is along the beautiful and historic banks of the Mississippi, and I will show you with pictures how interesting this "Sobering" site is. I should also mention there is a wonderful County Park next to the JBNC, that is great for walking, jogging, or just enjoying nature. Here are some photo's that "Say it all"! If you are traveling from Chicago, or anywhere North of St. Louis, to New Orleans, or anywhere South, as soon as you cross the Mississippi, you will want to get off at Exit 2, go North, and take a right turn into JBNC, here is what you will see:
Was thinking SS and you when I went out there today. Thanks for your service, I was Army Reservist for six years and faced nothing like all of you.
When you make it, we'll meet again, and enjoy seeing some sights together. It was "Overwhelming" to appreciate this experience. Likewise, I will do a post on Arlington National Cemetery sometime soon. I like to go to DC over Labor Day, and take it all in!
In closing, this is still a very active place, there is The Missouri National Guard Compound there and this is a very busy place. I think the buildings go back to at least the Civil War. One thing I have never seen even at Arlington is huge headstones, listing all the members of a plane lost in WWII in New Guinea.
Here are a few more photo's for you. Picture one is self evident, two is the NG operation, note radar tower in the middle of photo and the historic "Barracks", and photo three is looking from the grounds to the JB Bridge, spanning the Mississippi!
jerrycoin, I will also be in DC in June, forget the exact dates, but am planning on taking a couple of extra days (as I always do) to go to Arlington, the Wall, and a brief visit to Bethesda Naval Hosp. Yes, there are some of the large headstones at Arlington where entire aircrews are buried. I don't think they use those anymore, though, since all the ones I have seen were from WWII. I'm very thankful that our National Cemetaries are so welll maintained.
Been buy there many times, on my way to Ralph Evans Farm, it's a great looking place. That sounds like a "Tall order" to pull off. HQ, would make a lot of sense, just to share with MI what it's like out here.
Would love the opportunity to just meet other MI's.
It would be great to see the "Old" original property, or what is there. By the way went thru my old post card collection, nothing Marriott related, but will keep looking, as I get more and more postcards.
PS Jerry I can get you into the National Cryptography Museum at NSA, Fort Meade, MD which I would highly recommend for all history buffs especially of WWII. The whole Enigma/Ultra story is there as well as that of the Venona program, amazing tales of incredible intelligence work and tide changing efforts in times of war and peace.
This is a long way from your home, but not really. It is really amazing how much we love freedom. Can you imagine this site in many other countries, it would not happen.
I hope you enjoy a great Pinot from Oregon soon, and have a salute to our ability to travel and enjoy our lives.
My service ended on a real high note. Being a Chaplains assistant at Ft. Ord, Ca., not far from where SS lives. Would work till 9 am, and have the rest of the day off during my two week Summer Camp there. Loved to go to Carmel or Monterey for lunch and dinner. Wow, that was in 1977.
Thanks for the fond memories you have brought back, but even more thanks for the brave people who lived in "Harm's Way". I only had two weeks a year plus playing "Week-end Warrior"
By the way, at Jefferson Barracks, the other day, the Missouri National Guard had a sign up, offering up to $20,000 sign-up bonus. I just about stopped and signed up!
This was the chapel I worked in! It was a wonderful job. Training in Ft. Polk, to be 11BB (Infantry), I thanked the man upstairs for not sending me to VN. This duty allowed me to go to The Sardine Factory, Hog's Breath, Pebble Beach and other places that were so beautiful.
SS, I don't remember the hospital at all. This was such a great place to spend time at Summer Camp. Sure beat, Camp McCoy, WI. Ft. Dix, NJ, Ft. Jackson, SC, another one in Arkansas. But it was six good years of doing my duty.
Thanks again, for the memories.
Guess it was opened then but I am not sure. One story only the Army could develop was that a million dollar piece of equipment arrived after the place was officially closed--the order had been delayed. But the Army managed to transfer it and not let it rot on the loading dock!