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 Any Panama Canal Zonies Out There in ARFCOM?
Zenhog  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 12:13:18 AM
Any other Zonies in ARFCOM that grew up or did time in Panama?

My family lived on the Pacific side of the Canal Zone from 1959 through 1968. We lived in civilian housing in Balboa and later in Corozal near Los Rios. I was there till my thirteenth birthday and friggin' loved it down there. The beaches, the Tivoli Hotel, spaghetti night at Ft. Amador, the Yacht Club at the Causeway, empanadas at the Diablo Clubhouse, pizza and lasagna the Napoli, Summit Gardens, Taboga Island, Santa Clara, water skiing on Gatun Lake....ah yes. My dad was a Spanish teacher at Balboa High School and later at Canal Zone College. Then we moved to Texas.....

I bet it would have been a great place to be stationed in the service; Panama City had great nightlife.



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RaffNasty  [Member]
9/26/2011 12:26:22 AM
I attend the panama convention every year in florida.
Andrew  [Life Member]
9/26/2011 12:36:13 AM
I was at Ft. Kobbe, 1976 and 77. 3/5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. I loved that place.
Think about the Canal Zone all the time.
Zenhog  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 12:39:58 AM
I have seen pics from the reunions but have never been to them. They probably turn into a rumfest with people walking the plank.
RaffNasty  [Member]
9/26/2011 12:42:42 AM
There is quite a bit of rum involved ;), but good people all around.
Zenhog  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 12:44:52 AM
Originally Posted By Andrew:
I was at Ft. Kobbe, 1976 and 77. 3/5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. I loved that place.
Think about the Canal Zone all the time.


Yep, I often have flashbacks. I got a pet coatimundi from someone at Ft Kobbe. What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.

centex_SR-15  [Member]
9/26/2011 12:51:24 AM
I was born in the Gorgas Army Hospital in 1971 and practically grew up in Ft Clayton. My dad loved Panama and every time he got transferred stateside he'd finagle his way back. 71-73,78-81,83-87.
DrJWelch  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 12:55:51 AM
boyd29  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 1:15:04 AM
Ya'll were on the wrong side I was living in FT. Davis 72-77. Peacock bass in Gatun lake, parakeets waking you up saturday morning, lizards running across water, howler monkeys late at night in the jungle. Damn I miss that place and time
VictorUnit  [Member]
9/26/2011 1:21:20 AM


1996 for 3 months across the street from Rodman AFB

USMC 1/2
CavVet  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 1:48:06 AM

Originally Posted By Zenhog:
What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.


Two Nieces and one Nephew were all born in teh Zone....


I remember visiting in the mid 90's, Josephines was the spot. All you could drink, $25 cover, the most beautiful Columbian women you ever saw.


One such young lady I met downrange...



161Infantry  [Member]
9/26/2011 2:14:51 AM
Ahhh sweet Panama....the whore house by the bus station in Balboa..Las Cas cada(canals with carp), Cariba hotel, Saloy........good times...90-91
enigma1  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 6:03:50 AM
Ft. Davis & Sherman, playa langosa. Many moons ago.
Lorax  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 6:30:35 AM
There seems to be a lot of interest in Americans picking up and moving there in the past few years. I was there last year and met a few who had come all within three years. Younger couples who are enjoying the lifestyle and the savings.

Panama was nice, I thought.
cn6145  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 6:48:59 AM
Never lived there, went twice on business.(Colon) Met some nice people.
ABNAK  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 7:19:06 AM
Originally Posted By Andrew:
I was at Ft. Kobbe, 1976 and 77. 3/5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. I loved that place.
Think about the Canal Zone all the time.


Spent 3 years in Panama (3Jan84 to 26Dec86). Initially at Ft. Clayton in the mech unit until it was deactivated, then the bulk of it in the Airborne (HOOAAHH!!!) battalion at Ft. Kobbe.

Someone mentioned pizza at Napoli's. Oh yeah baby! Then there was the seafood place on Via Espana called La Cascada. My first wife and I lived in Chorerra and then got housing in Cocoli. Used to drive up the Pacific coast to Coronado Beach sometimes and camp overnight. Being a grunt there sucked but I guess that goes for just about anywhere! However, it was a pretty good duty station in hindsight as I still love tropical places to this day.

My current wife and I are planning to go there on one of our annual winter "Tropical Getaways" we've done for 19 straight years. Maybe this coming Jan. or Feb. There is an all-inclusive resort called Royal Decameron which is a couple hours from Panama City. It is right near Rio Hato, where the Rangers jumped in during the invasion. Would like to spend a few days there and then one or two nights near the city to see all my old stomping grounds and eateries (see above ).



ETA––-the Ancon, those idiot Moatengators doing bar jumps at the Ovalo........

Nicco61  [Member]
9/26/2011 7:22:49 AM
'93-'99 at Howard AFB. Lived up by the O' Club on Howard for a year and then moved downtown in Marbella right off Avenida Balboa. Yes Peacock bass fishing in Lake Gatun, Fried Corvina and Patacones in the bohio's at Kobe Beach and .30 cent Panama beers. Coatamundi's getting in your trash cans, Iguanas, Howler monkeys , Sloths and Coconut crabs. My youngest daughter was born in San Fernando hospital on Via Espana. I ran the E-club and O' Club at Howard.

How many Zonians does it take to change a light bulb?



2.......One to call housing maintenance and one to mix the bloody mary's.
ABNAK  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 8:09:28 PM
Bump for the evening crew......
161Infantry  [Member]
9/26/2011 8:11:32 PM
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By Andrew:
I was at Ft. Kobbe, 1976 and 77. 3/5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. I loved that place.
Think about the Canal Zone all the time.


Spent 3 years in Panama (3Jan84 to 26Dec86). Initially at Ft. Clayton in the mech unit until it was deactivated, then the bulk of it in the Airborne (HOOAAHH!!!) battalion at Ft. Kobbe.

Someone mentioned pizza at Napoli's. Oh yeah baby! Then there was the seafood place on Via Espana called La Cascada. My first wife and I lived in Chorerra and then got housing in Cocoli. Used to drive up the Pacific coast to Coronado Beach sometimes and camp overnight. Being a grunt there sucked but I guess that goes for just about anywhere! However, it was a pretty good duty station in hindsight as I still love tropical places to this day.

My current wife and I are planning to go there on one of our annual winter "Tropical Getaways" we've done for 19 straight years. Maybe this coming Jan. or Feb. There is an all-inclusive resort called Royal Decameron which is a couple hours from Panama City. It is right near Rio Hato, where the Rangers jumped in during the invasion. Would like to spend a few days there and then one or two nights near the city to see all my old stomping grounds and eateries (see above ).



ETA––-the Ancon, those idiot Moatengators doing bar jumps at the Ovalo........



Steak and Shrimp...50cent screwdrivers.....
ABNAK  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 8:16:05 PM
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By Andrew:
I was at Ft. Kobbe, 1976 and 77. 3/5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. I loved that place.
Think about the Canal Zone all the time.


Spent 3 years in Panama (3Jan84 to 26Dec86). Initially at Ft. Clayton in the mech unit until it was deactivated, then the bulk of it in the Airborne (HOOAAHH!!!) battalion at Ft. Kobbe.

Someone mentioned pizza at Napoli's. Oh yeah baby! Then there was the seafood place on Via Espana called La Cascada. My first wife and I lived in Chorerra and then got housing in Cocoli. Used to drive up the Pacific coast to Coronado Beach sometimes and camp overnight. Being a grunt there sucked but I guess that goes for just about anywhere! However, it was a pretty good duty station in hindsight as I still love tropical places to this day.

My current wife and I are planning to go there on one of our annual winter "Tropical Getaways" we've done for 19 straight years. Maybe this coming Jan. or Feb. There is an all-inclusive resort called Royal Decameron which is a couple hours from Panama City. It is right near Rio Hato, where the Rangers jumped in during the invasion. Would like to spend a few days there and then one or two nights near the city to see all my old stomping grounds and eateries (see above ).



ETA––-the Ancon, those idiot Moatengators doing bar jumps at the Ovalo........



Steak and Shrimp...50cent screwdrivers.....


I remember their seafood platter was so full it had stuff hanging off the plate, all for $7 (granted, this was 25 years ago).

cmxterra  [Member]
9/26/2011 8:17:40 PM
born there in 70. Military brat. Lived in Balboa for three years. Grandfather was a canal police officer to boot.
161Infantry  [Member]
9/26/2011 8:17:57 PM
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By Andrew:
I was at Ft. Kobbe, 1976 and 77. 3/5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. I loved that place.
Think about the Canal Zone all the time.


Spent 3 years in Panama (3Jan84 to 26Dec86). Initially at Ft. Clayton in the mech unit until it was deactivated, then the bulk of it in the Airborne (HOOAAHH!!!) battalion at Ft. Kobbe.

Someone mentioned pizza at Napoli's. Oh yeah baby! Then there was the seafood place on Via Espana called La Cascada. My first wife and I lived in Chorerra and then got housing in Cocoli. Used to drive up the Pacific coast to Coronado Beach sometimes and camp overnight. Being a grunt there sucked but I guess that goes for just about anywhere! However, it was a pretty good duty station in hindsight as I still love tropical places to this day.

My current wife and I are planning to go there on one of our annual winter "Tropical Getaways" we've done for 19 straight years. Maybe this coming Jan. or Feb. There is an all-inclusive resort called Royal Decameron which is a couple hours from Panama City. It is right near Rio Hato, where the Rangers jumped in during the invasion. Would like to spend a few days there and then one or two nights near the city to see all my old stomping grounds and eateries (see above ).



ETA––-the Ancon, those idiot Moatengators doing bar jumps at the Ovalo........



Steak and Shrimp...50cent screwdrivers.....


I remember their seafood platter was so full it had stuff hanging off the plate, all for $7 (granted, this was 25 years ago).

Sometimes you could take the waitress home as well........that was alittle extra....

ABNAK  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 8:22:16 PM
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By Andrew:
I was at Ft. Kobbe, 1976 and 77. 3/5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. I loved that place.
Think about the Canal Zone all the time.


Spent 3 years in Panama (3Jan84 to 26Dec86). Initially at Ft. Clayton in the mech unit until it was deactivated, then the bulk of it in the Airborne (HOOAAHH!!!) battalion at Ft. Kobbe.

Someone mentioned pizza at Napoli's. Oh yeah baby! Then there was the seafood place on Via Espana called La Cascada. My first wife and I lived in Chorerra and then got housing in Cocoli. Used to drive up the Pacific coast to Coronado Beach sometimes and camp overnight. Being a grunt there sucked but I guess that goes for just about anywhere! However, it was a pretty good duty station in hindsight as I still love tropical places to this day.

My current wife and I are planning to go there on one of our annual winter "Tropical Getaways" we've done for 19 straight years. Maybe this coming Jan. or Feb. There is an all-inclusive resort called Royal Decameron which is a couple hours from Panama City. It is right near Rio Hato, where the Rangers jumped in during the invasion. Would like to spend a few days there and then one or two nights near the city to see all my old stomping grounds and eateries (see above ).



ETA––-the Ancon, those idiot Moatengators doing bar jumps at the Ovalo........



Steak and Shrimp...50cent screwdrivers.....


I remember their seafood platter was so full it had stuff hanging off the plate, all for $7 (granted, this was 25 years ago).

Sometimes you could take the waitress home as well........that was alittle extra....



Don't even go there.......my buddy and I, being drunk and irresponsible as married men, picked up a couple chicks at Venado Beach one day. Didn't actually do the "wild-thang" but a few weeks later several of us GI's and wives went to La Cascada for dinner (not him mind you). Guess who I discovered worked there? Ordered a seafood platter (as usual) but couldn't eat a damn thing!

161Infantry  [Member]
9/26/2011 8:26:24 PM
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By Andrew:
I was at Ft. Kobbe, 1976 and 77. 3/5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. I loved that place.
Think about the Canal Zone all the time.


Spent 3 years in Panama (3Jan84 to 26Dec86). Initially at Ft. Clayton in the mech unit until it was deactivated, then the bulk of it in the Airborne (HOOAAHH!!!) battalion at Ft. Kobbe.

Someone mentioned pizza at Napoli's. Oh yeah baby! Then there was the seafood place on Via Espana called La Cascada. My first wife and I lived in Chorerra and then got housing in Cocoli. Used to drive up the Pacific coast to Coronado Beach sometimes and camp overnight. Being a grunt there sucked but I guess that goes for just about anywhere! However, it was a pretty good duty station in hindsight as I still love tropical places to this day.

My current wife and I are planning to go there on one of our annual winter "Tropical Getaways" we've done for 19 straight years. Maybe this coming Jan. or Feb. There is an all-inclusive resort called Royal Decameron which is a couple hours from Panama City. It is right near Rio Hato, where the Rangers jumped in during the invasion. Would like to spend a few days there and then one or two nights near the city to see all my old stomping grounds and eateries (see above ).



ETA––-the Ancon, those idiot Moatengators doing bar jumps at the Ovalo........



Steak and Shrimp...50cent screwdrivers.....


I remember their seafood platter was so full it had stuff hanging off the plate, all for $7 (granted, this was 25 years ago).

Sometimes you could take the waitress home as well........that was alittle extra....



Don't even go there.......my buddy and I, being drunk and irresponsible as married men, picked up a couple chicks at Venado Beach one day. Didn't actually do the "wild-thang" but a few weeks later several of us GI's and wives went to La Cascada for dinner (not him mind you). Guess who I discovered worked there? Ordered a seafood platter (as usual) but couldn't eat a damn thing!

I was single so it was all fair game... Damn fishing on Gatun lake for Peacock bass, nearly forgot about that....Hotel Washington in Colon(major shithole city)....spearfishing off ff Ft. Sherman...good times.

Zaphod  [Life Member]
9/26/2011 8:27:44 PM
Order of the Ditch, 1993.
alphajaguars  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 8:28:13 PM
Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Zenhog:
What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.


Two Nieces and one Nephew were all born in teh Zone....


I remember visiting in the mid 90's, Josephines was the spot. All you could drink, $25 cover, the most beautiful Columbian women you ever saw.


One such young lady I met downrange...





Somewhere I have a t-shirt from there.

Except I remember the cover charge at $20.

A Co Jaguars 5/87 INF Ft Davis APR93 - APR95
161Infantry  [Member]
9/26/2011 8:30:06 PM
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Zenhog:
What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.


Two Nieces and one Nephew were all born in teh Zone....


I remember visiting in the mid 90's, Josephines was the spot. All you could drink, $25 cover, the most beautiful Columbian women you ever saw.


One such young lady I met downrange...





Somewhere I have a t-shirt from there.

Except I remember the cover charge at $20.

A Co Jaguars 5/87 INF Ft Davis APR93 - APR95
Still have my HHC Hellcats 5/87 T-shirts from 90-91....

alphajaguars  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 8:34:37 PM
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Zenhog:
What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.


Two Nieces and one Nephew were all born in teh Zone....


I remember visiting in the mid 90's, Josephines was the spot. All you could drink, $25 cover, the most beautiful Columbian women you ever saw.


One such young lady I met downrange...





Somewhere I have a t-shirt from there.

Except I remember the cover charge at $20.

A Co Jaguars 5/87 INF Ft Davis APR93 - APR95
Still have my HHC Hellcats 5/87 T-shirts from 90-91....



I have mine, too. Damn thing still fits!

There are a couple of Facebook pages dedicated to Panama. There's a Ft Davis one, and a 5/87 one. I have re-connected with a bunch of old buddies there.
82ND-ABN  [Site Staff]
9/26/2011 8:38:33 PM
Jungle School in the late 80's then OJC in Dec. '89.
ABNAK  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 8:42:44 PM
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Zenhog:
What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.


Two Nieces and one Nephew were all born in teh Zone....


I remember visiting in the mid 90's, Josephines was the spot. All you could drink, $25 cover, the most beautiful Columbian women you ever saw.


One such young lady I met downrange...





Somewhere I have a t-shirt from there.

Except I remember the cover charge at $20.

A Co Jaguars 5/87 INF Ft Davis APR93 - APR95


I always felt sorry for guys stationed on the Atlantic side. Boring as fuck over there.

When I first went to Panama there were 3 infantry battalions: one at Ft. Davis, one at Ft. Clayton, and one at Ft. Kobbe. The one at Ft. Clayton was deactivated and the one from Ft. Davis was combined with the remnants at Ft. Clayton (and some of us went to the Kobbe unit). For the majority of my 3 years there the only infantry units were on the Pacific side. Apparently they eventually stationed another battalion at Ft. Davis again, eh?



FWIW I went through jump school at Ft. Sherman, where they had JOTC at. The whole 2/187th was being activated onto Airborne status (Alpha Co. was for a long time the only company on status). Those of us who weren't Airborne qualified could either go to jump school or go to the leg 1/187th at Ft. Clayton. I wanted to go Airborne anyway, and my buddies were at Kobbe, so I was cool with it. We figured "Woohoo, 4 weeks TDY at Benning!"

Not so much.......

3/7th SF Group tasked an A-Team to run a MTT Airborne course right there in Panama at Ft. Sherman. They had a 34ft tower. No women in our class; them Green Beanies dogged the fuck out of us PT-wise. Final run was from Ft. Sherman to the locks, ~ 8.5 miles. Turned us around and started back the other way! We were like WTF?!?! Turns out a battalion from the 82nd was mass-tac'ing into Gatun DZ for JOTC right then and they wanted us to see the show. Talk about motivating! Eventually turned around and ran back to the locks for the trucks to pick us up. Ended up being ~ 9.5 miles total by the time we were done.

ETA––-I have 20 jumps total. Not a damn one was CONUS! 19 in Panama and 1 in Honduras.

alphajaguars  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 8:49:41 PM
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Zenhog:
What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.


Two Nieces and one Nephew were all born in teh Zone....


I remember visiting in the mid 90's, Josephines was the spot. All you could drink, $25 cover, the most beautiful Columbian women you ever saw.


One such young lady I met downrange...





Somewhere I have a t-shirt from there.

Except I remember the cover charge at $20.

A Co Jaguars 5/87 INF Ft Davis APR93 - APR95


I always felt sorry for guys stationed on the Atlantic side. Boring as fuck over there.

When I first went to Panama there were 3 infantry battalions: one at Ft. Davis, one at Ft. Clayton, and one at Ft. Kobbe. The one at Ft. Clayton was deactivated and the one from Ft. Davis was combined with the remnants at Ft. Clayton (and some of us went to the Kobbe unit). For the majority of my 3 years there the only infantry units were on the Pacific side. Apparently they eventually stationed another battalion at Ft. Davis again, eh?



FWIW I went through jump school at Ft. Sherman, where they had JOTC at. The whole 2/187th was being activated onto Airborne status (Alpha Co. was for a long time the only company on status). Those of us who weren't Airborne qualified could either go to jump school or go to the leg 1/187th at Ft. Clayton. I wanted to go Airborne anyway, and my buddies were at Kobbe, so I was cool with it. We figured "Woohoo, 4 weeks TDY at Benning!"

Not so much.......

3/7th SF Group tasked an A-Team to run a MTT Airborne course right there in Panama at Ft. Sherman. They had a 34ft tower. No women in our class; them Green Beanies dogged the fuck out of us PT-wise. Final run was from Ft. Sherman to the locks, ~ 8.5 miles. Turned us around and started back the other way! We were like WTF?!?! Turns out a battalion from the 82nd was mass-tac'ing into Gatun DZ for JOTC right then and they wanted us to see the show. Talk about motivating! Eventually turned around and ran back to the locks for the trucks to pick us up. Ended up being ~ 9.5 miles total by the time we were done.

ETA––-I have 20 jumps total. Not a damn one was CONUS! 19 in Panama and 1 in Honduras.



There were 3 or 4 places a wayward grunt could go to spend his money in Colon.

Or you could just grab an Expresso and be in Panama City in a little over an hour.

Interesting tidbit about me - my step-dad served in the Air Force at Howard, and my brother-in-law is a Zonie. The stories we can tell when my Mom, sister, and wife aren't around are epic.
161Infantry  [Member]
9/26/2011 8:51:30 PM
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Zenhog:
What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.


Two Nieces and one Nephew were all born in teh Zone....


I remember visiting in the mid 90's, Josephines was the spot. All you could drink, $25 cover, the most beautiful Columbian women you ever saw.


One such young lady I met downrange...





Somewhere I have a t-shirt from there.

Except I remember the cover charge at $20.

A Co Jaguars 5/87 INF Ft Davis APR93 - APR95


I always felt sorry for guys stationed on the Atlantic side. Boring as fuck over there.

When I first went to Panama there were 3 infantry battalions: one at Ft. Davis, one at Ft. Clayton, and one at Ft. Kobbe. The one at Ft. Clayton was deactivated and the one from Ft. Davis was combined with the remnants at Ft. Clayton (and some of us went to the Kobbe unit). For the majority of my 3 years there the only infantry units were on the Pacific side. Apparently they eventually stationed another battalion at Ft. Davis again, eh?



FWIW I went through jump school at Ft. Sherman, where they had JOTC at. The whole 2/187th was being activated onto Airborne status (Alpha Co. was for a long time the only company on status). Those of us who weren't Airborne qualified could either go to jump school or go to the leg 1/187th at Ft. Clayton. I wanted to go Airborne anyway, and my buddies were at Kobbe, so I was cool with it. We figured "Woohoo, 4 weeks TDY at Benning!"

Not so much.......

3/7th SF Group tasked an A-Team to run a MTT Airborne course right there in Panama at Ft. Sherman. They had a 34ft tower. No women in our class; them Green Beanies dogged the fuck out of us PT-wise. Final run was from Ft. Sherman to the locks, ~ 8.5 miles. Turned us around and started back the other way! We were like WTF?!?! Turns out a battalion from the 82nd was mass-tac'ing into Gatun DZ for JOTC right then and they wanted us to see the show. Talk about motivating! Eventually turned around and ran back to the locks for the trucks to pick us up. Ended up being ~ 9.5 miles total by the time we were done.

ETA––-I have 20 jumps total. Not a damn one was CONUS! 19 in Panama and 1 in Honduras.



There were 3 or 4 places a wayward grunt could go to spend his money in Colon.

Or you could just grab an Expresso and be in Panama City in a little over an hour.

Interesting tidbit about me - my step-dad served in the Air Force at Howard, and my brother-in-law is a Zonie. The stories we can tell when my Mom, sister, and wife aren't around are epic.

-Platinum
-SGM place with the lobster tank and the extra thick doors for ahhh nocturnal recreation
-Hotel Washington
-Tarpon Club....but that wasnt really colon....as it was by Gatun locks


alphajaguars  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 8:55:15 PM
Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Originally Posted By ABNAK:
Originally Posted By alphajaguars:
Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Zenhog:
What were your favorite places in Panama City? I wish I had been old enough to participate in the nightlife.


Two Nieces and one Nephew were all born in teh Zone....


I remember visiting in the mid 90's, Josephines was the spot. All you could drink, $25 cover, the most beautiful Columbian women you ever saw.


One such young lady I met downrange...





Somewhere I have a t-shirt from there.

Except I remember the cover charge at $20.

A Co Jaguars 5/87 INF Ft Davis APR93 - APR95


I always felt sorry for guys stationed on the Atlantic side. Boring as fuck over there.

When I first went to Panama there were 3 infantry battalions: one at Ft. Davis, one at Ft. Clayton, and one at Ft. Kobbe. The one at Ft. Clayton was deactivated and the one from Ft. Davis was combined with the remnants at Ft. Clayton (and some of us went to the Kobbe unit). For the majority of my 3 years there the only infantry units were on the Pacific side. Apparently they eventually stationed another battalion at Ft. Davis again, eh?



FWIW I went through jump school at Ft. Sherman, where they had JOTC at. The whole 2/187th was being activated onto Airborne status (Alpha Co. was for a long time the only company on status). Those of us who weren't Airborne qualified could either go to jump school or go to the leg 1/187th at Ft. Clayton. I wanted to go Airborne anyway, and my buddies were at Kobbe, so I was cool with it. We figured "Woohoo, 4 weeks TDY at Benning!"

Not so much.......

3/7th SF Group tasked an A-Team to run a MTT Airborne course right there in Panama at Ft. Sherman. They had a 34ft tower. No women in our class; them Green Beanies dogged the fuck out of us PT-wise. Final run was from Ft. Sherman to the locks, ~ 8.5 miles. Turned us around and started back the other way! We were like WTF?!?! Turns out a battalion from the 82nd was mass-tac'ing into Gatun DZ for JOTC right then and they wanted us to see the show. Talk about motivating! Eventually turned around and ran back to the locks for the trucks to pick us up. Ended up being ~ 9.5 miles total by the time we were done.

ETA––-I have 20 jumps total. Not a damn one was CONUS! 19 in Panama and 1 in Honduras.



There were 3 or 4 places a wayward grunt could go to spend his money in Colon.

Or you could just grab an Expresso and be in Panama City in a little over an hour.

Interesting tidbit about me - my step-dad served in the Air Force at Howard, and my brother-in-law is a Zonie. The stories we can tell when my Mom, sister, and wife aren't around are epic.

-Platinum
-SGM place with the lobster tank and the extra thick doors for ahhh nocturnal recreation
-Hotel Washington
-Tarpon Club....but that wasnt really colon....as it was by Gatun locks




Casanova, Claridge, and I can't remember the names of the other 2.

Then there was a strip club, but after going to Josephine's, well, it wasn't worth it.
ABNAK  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 9:02:40 PM
When I was there it was $20 a pop.



Only time in my life.......well, twice.......only two times in my life........
PR361  [Member]
9/26/2011 9:06:06 PM
JOTC in '84 I think, 2/124th Infantry Brigade, Florida NG. We were wed to the 193rd at the time, theater wise.

Helicast into Gatun Lake, Joes extraction through the canopy and dropped off in the Atlantic, lots of sneak and peak and Air assaults( Hueys for us) River crossings and sleeping on the hillside.

We never came out of the field. In at Howard, Out at Howard.

Taxi drivers had good intell though, I remember beat to shit cabs grinding up the hill to our bivouc bringing out some whores

One of the moms on my kids baseball team was born and raised there, compleately european looking, blond, pale, speaks unaccented english. Always meant to ask here if her parents weremissionarys or something. She said she grew up in a small village.

And I ended up marrying one of those beautiful, crazy Colombian girls.
ABNAK  [Team Member]
9/26/2011 9:16:34 PM
Originally Posted By PR361:
JOTC in '84 I think, 2/124th Infantry Brigage, Florida NG. We were wed to the 193rd at the time, theater wise.

Helicast into Gatun Lake, Joes extraction through the canopy and dropped off in the Atlantic, lots of sneak and peak and Air assaults( Hueys for us) River crossings and sleeping on the hillside.

We never came out of the field. In at Howard, Out at Howard.

Taxi drivers had good intell though, I remember beat to shit cabs grinding up the hill to our bivouc bringing out some whores

One of the moms on my kids baseball team was born and raised there, compleately european looking, blond, pale, speaks unaccented english. Always meant to ask here if her parents weremissionarys or something. She said she grew up in a small village.

And I ended up marrying one of those beautiful, crazy Colombian girls.


We did aggressor detail at JOTC for a Puerto Rican sister-unit to your NG outfit, and a year or two later were the FLARNG's cadre for AT. They were bivouaced in tents at Ft. Kobbe. Partied with a few of them!

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