I was 3 years old when my father
was transferred here between his tours of duty in Vietnam.
He was in charge of main-taining jets and we lived here until
I was 8. Then we moved to Santa Ana for a year and then to
the Lighter Than Air base in Tustin. But the exchange and
commissary were at this base and many events took place at
El Toro, so even when I wasn’t living on the Tustin
base, we were here at El Toro quite a bit.
After high school, I worked at the exchange, in electronics
at the one-hour photo booth. We attended movies here because
the theater only charged a dol-lar. We also attended church
here. Our gym was here. We’d wash our cars here. And
of course, we’d never miss the Blue Angels air shows.
We were always over here.