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Tank Hill, Ft. Jackson, Columbia, South
Please note the lower left hand portion of the
photo. The Barracks second from the left is where I lived for two
months in January-February of 1972 for Basic Training. I was on the
second floor on the left side of the barracks second set of bunks from the
end facing you.. I was the upper bunk. Glen Kerr was below me.
The water tank for which Tank Hill got it's name is still there. The
WWII era barracks have been torn down and replaced with more modern
structures. This photo is looking to the North West up
Hampton Parkway which is a boulevard. My scans converge at the top.
My barracks in this photo is in the upper
right hand corner second from the right back row. This photo is
The field to the left of the barracks is where
we did PT and bayonet practice. The Buildings on the right parallel
to Hampton Parkway were the mess halls. Company HQs and the Arms
rooms were to the left of them. Again my barracks is the second from
the left bottom row. When I returned to Ft. Jackson about 10-12
years later my barracks was still there along with many of the others.
However, they were no longer in use for troop living accommodations.
Mine was being used by the Army Reserve.
To the left of the water tank was the PX were
we all went for Pizza and other non mess hall food. I remember
getting foot long hotdogs there. To the right of the water tank was
a path that took us down hill to the ranges. On the way back at the
end of the day it climb was known as "Drag Ass Hill" because that's what
you did to get back up it.
Because of today's
modern transportation systems:
- On a Sunday afternoon at home while
preparing some ground for new grass, I discovered an arrow head left by
someone that was hunting on my property long before I arrived.
This is the first one I have ever found.
Further investigation with a person more
familiar with these indicates it is more likely a side notched knife
point that has had considerable re-sharpening. The point is over
1-1/2 inches long which indicates normally a knife. It appears to
be from the Archaic Age which would make it 5,000-8,000 years old.
- The next day I can be in El Paso, TX on
business for four days. On Wednesday evening I can photograph the
NASA "Supper Guppy" at the El Paso Airport.
- On Saturday I can be at Ft. Campbell, KY
for its air show. There I can see a tank with a missile stuck in
the turret and a brand new CH-47, just delivered the week before, in the
new desert paint scheme.
Sunday morning finds me at
the Ft. Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee viewing not only the
battlefield, but Mom and Pop bald eagles perched along the Cumberland
River looking for something to feed the chicks. I was able to
photograph two of the three chicks in the nest. The third one
stayed down in the nest.
Sunday evening returned us
to home, but only after stopping by the LST-325 in Evansville, IN (no
photos) and then stopping by the Columbus, IN airport to take photos of
the F-4 Phantom there. (see Indiana Gate
Guards for photos)