Squadron Scrapbook
Port Lyautey/Kenitra

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Duty in Morocco offered many opportunities for recreation and interaction with a culture far different than most of the members of VR-24 had ever experienced. The scope of activities available, as well as the different interests of VR-24 personnel are reflected in the photos on this and the next page.

Visiting the exotic places that Morocco had to offer usually involved riding public transportation, which could be an experience unto itself. Most VR-24 members either rode the train, which provided excellent service, or the Moroccan equivalent of the Greyhound, but which allowed passengers to board with household possessions and livestock. The more senior servicemen usually brought personal vehicles with them to Morocco. A few of the more determined junior enlisted acquired whatever was available from other American servicemen who were selling theirs when leaving Port Lyautey. The first few photos below depict several solutions to the problem of getting around Port Lyautey, and further afield in Morocco.


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Pete Owen, Ornberger, Wank, Joe Babis, Gaston. The car on which they are leaning is Gaston's 1947 or 48 Chevrolet (1951).

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Joe Babis in his jeep, which he bought while at Hendon. It was U.S. Army "war surplus", and cheap because it was "left-hand" drive (1951).

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Bill Tyrell takes a ride in a couche, the hallmark of local transportation in 1951.

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Bill Tyrell tries his hand at driving a couche. Critique of Bill's technique by the couche owner, lounging the passenger seat, was not recorded.

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No chance of missing this speed limit sign. Lee Auger next to over-size marker on the road to Mehdya Beach, one of the squadron's favorite hangouts (1951).

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Joe Babis and his jeep in its natural envrionment at Mehdya Beach (1951).

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Squadron member, Hank Schemmel takes the sun outside the EM Club at Mehdya Beach. USN issue cots double as chaise lounges (1951). Reason for differences in club structure from the photo on right is unknown.

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The Enlisted Men's Club at Mehdya Beach in 1951. A shroud of palm fronds disguising its Quonset hut origin, the structure could almost pass for a camoflaged beach fortification.

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Robshaw, Joe Babis, and Vonadore catching some rays on Mehdya Beach (1951).

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Lee Auger and accomplice, Vaonadore, "bury" shipmate, Robshaw at Mehdya Beach (1951).

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