Bainbridge Sunday to reconnect past associates

Naval historical group holding reunion to keep memories of center alive

August 07, 2005|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

During World War II more than 50,000 military and civilian personnel worked at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center on a plateau overlooking Port Deposit and the Susquehanna River.

Survivors still have memories of the days they were stationed there.

They remember Hall of Fame baseball player Stan "The Man" Musial washing windows of the barracks.

They remember Jack Benny, Count Basie and the Andrews Sisters performing at the amphitheater.

On Sunday, the Naval Training Center Historical Association Inc. will hold Bainbridge Sunday to welcome past associates back to the Navy boot camp that closed in 1976.

Michael Miklas Jr., 75, of Charlestown in Cecil County was based at Bainbridge in the early 1950s. He was dating the commander's secretary and took her to the movies on the base. He remembers admission was 12 cents.

He also remembers what was called Bainbridge Sunday, when several thousand moms, dads, wives, husbands, sweethearts, brothers and sisters would come for visits.

Miklas is an official of the historical association that is working to keep those memories alive.

The reunion is scheduled from noon til 5 p.m., rain or shine. Visitors should use the main gate off Route 222. Admission is $1, but children under age 6 are free.

The event will feature tours of the base -- which shows the result of 30 years of neglect -- as well as entertainment and refreshments. Parking is free.

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