The NTC opened in 1923 and provided sailors basic and advanced training. The base reached a peak population of 40,000 sailors during he Korean War; during Vietnam as many as 18,000 recruits were there at a time. In 1997 the NTC was closed and given to the city of San Diego. Today it’s a mixed-use community of homes, shops, restaurants, cultural centers, and military museums/displays.
After visiting the NTC we went to “Dog Beach” in the town of Ocean Beach. Dog Beach is exactly what it sounds like. Then we had lunch in “OB” as it’s called and wandered the shops.
The back view of the NTC Command Center. Jim was at the NTC for nine months until he got orders to go to Guam. He said he had to go to the library and look up where (and what) Guam was. He was hoping for Hawaii, but at least it wasn’t Vietnam.
Jim and Cooper looking at the "52 Boats Memorial" at the NTC, which honors 52 submarines lost in World War II and the 3505 sailors aboard who died.
|Cooper makes friends at Dog Beach in the Ocean Beach District of San Diego.|
|Cooper ignoring Jim's commands to come.|
|Bev eating fish tacos at the Sunshine Cafe in Ocean Beach.|