Millington, Tennessee


May/June 2008


Millington is home to a Naval Support Activity not far from Memphis.   Besides having one of the nicest campgrounds we found at any base, it is now home to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, the Navy Military Personnel Command, and the Navy Recruiting Command.  Gerry had numerous tours of duty at the first two commands when we were in Washington, D.C.   Would you believe that we reconnected with another Navy couple from our earliest (married) tour in the Navy, Jim & Karon.  We discovered their latest address because they bought their current home from Jack & Millie.  And we have discovered that we were back in Virginia at the same time years later.  Their daughter Debbie even graduated from high school with our son, Mike, and Jack's daughter, Susan, was also in their class (of 800-900).  It was fun catching up on lots and lots of years since our last visit.

We also got to see Elaine and Crystal while we were in Millington.  Elaine is the mother of Karen from Jacksonville - and Crystal.  We had met Carl in Louisiana a few years ago, but this was the first time we met Crystal's son, Richard.  Elaine is the one responsible for getting Gerry back into horses during our first tour in Corpus Christi. 

Gerry enjoyed the golf course at the base, and we both enjoyed a couple of concerts presented on the grass outside the clubhouse on two successive Friday evenings.  Elaine and Crystal and family joined us for one of them.  Another day Elaine took us out to Tunica, Mississippi, to see the casinos there.  It is quite a place.  There are lots of casinos, but they are scattered across the country side.

We also spent a day in Memphis on Beale Street, and later went back to watch the Memphis Redbirds (the St. Louis Cardinals' farm team) play the Nashville Sounds.  Memphis won 9 to 4.  One of the pitchers was called up to pitch for the Cardinals the very next day.

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