Photo of the Week
February 22, 2009
What a great capture in time and a great view for our Canal Zone memories.
See below for after
posting comments and additional photo.
and comment submitted by Bob Newell:
Thought you may be interested in this 1956 photo of the FDR after being fitted with an angled flight deck. She was too wide for the locks so she was on a goodwill tour as she went around South America.
Post publication post from CZ Images visitor:
The photo of the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt was taken in 1957. I had the opportunity to go on board for a tour while it was in Balboa. The FDR only had propeller driven planes on board because its flight deck was too short for jets, as I remember. I also remember more than the usual number of sailors and midshipmen in town, especially at the YMCA.
Former resident of Fort Gulick (1955), Curundu (1955), and Quarry Heights (1955 - 1958)
Thanks for posting the picture of Diablo Heights. In the picture to you can see the Diablo Heights Elementary School, where I was going (1949) about the time the picture was shot. There was the big athletic playing field we enjoyed during lunch and recess behind the school building.
And down at the end of the field was a big mangrove swamp that constituted the canal bank along Diablo. Now there was no chain link fence( as there would be today), and during recess as 11 and 12 year old boys we inevitably drifted down to the swamp for adventure. There was an abandoned ‘canoe” that had been fashioned from an auxiliary airplane fuel tank bisected lengthwise. It was all too exotic and exciting and I played hooky one afternoon by staying down at the swamp after recess until the bus came to take us home to Fort Clayton.
Thanks for the memory jog.
Thanks to all for submitting comments and photos.
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