I always knew my Dad was in the Canal Zone when he was in the service (1923-29), but I never realized what an impact the Zone had on so many people. I've been going through this site and still have so much to see. It appears to be such a beautiful place. Now I need to find "Merry Hazel"'s descendants. (Daddy's old girlfriend)
Bless you Bill, I attended Pedro Miguel Elementary School 1947-48 while living at Fort Clayton. What a beautiful picture to renew warm memories of that idyllic time. Tom Russell
I loved your website and your pride in being a Zonian!
I am a Panamanian Citizen and will always be thankful to you and the ones before you;
for your service and contribution to our beautiful Panama".
God bless our Zonians; our guardians.
Panama de mis amores! aunque tan lejos de ti, tu recuerdo vive en mi, latiendo en mi pensamiento, recordando el sentimiento, que senti cuando de ti... ....me fui Marilu.
Lived in Panama for 3 tours my father, Lt. Col. Gordon K. Smith (Ret'd/USA), had there. Then when I married in 1965, my husband, a civilian and I moved to Panama City and he worked for the government at Quarry Heights. I was born in Panama at Gorgas Hospital in 1942. I wish I could still call the beautiful place my home-but, instead the U.S. gave it away! Would love people to email me on my private email. Thanks for a great site!
MY MOM AND DAD WERE STATIONED AT FORT CLAYTON C.Z. WHERE I WAS BORN IN 1947 AT THE 7452D SU GENERAL HOSPITAL FORT CLAYTON, C.Z. MY DAD WAS A 1ST LT IN THE ARMY AT THAT TIME. I AM TRYING TO OBTAIN A CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR MYSELF . I AM IN NEED OF IT TO RENEW MY NEW JERSEY STATE DRIVERS LIC. ANY IDEAS HOW I CAN GO ABOUT GETTING THIS?
Hi, I sent various emails to you, trying to make contact. I'm the security officer of HSBC Bank in Panama. Your site is interesting as much. May be you can't believe, but I'm learning many things of those era. Villa Amor was one of two very famous bordello located in ( Rio Abajo ) Panama during the 2nd. war, the other was The Casino, located at Barrio La Exposicion, among bars, cantinas, etc. Every time that a combat ship with troops going to the war front crossing the canal stop at Panama, your people visits those places. I'll will try to find the site "now" to send a picture. By the way, I'm visiting all these site "now" and taking pictures. El Casino building was latter occupied by the Instituto Justo Arosemena ( IJA ) and today is no longer exist. Last week I went to Ft. Clayton old theater. I'll send the pictures to you. Bye.