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name: Sgt Ray Parr

message: 1980-83 CSC 3/5 Cobras! Scout Platoon & Training NCO. We trained hard and played hard!
date: March 07, 2013 - 11:39 pm

name: Janet Skaggs Maddox

message: My father was stationed at Howard Air Force Base from @1968-72. We lived downtown for one year , then on base for the remainder of that time. I remember a friend I had a fees doors down named Cindy Robeen. I attended church at Cocoli Baptist church. What great memories!
date: March 04, 2013 - 07:58 pm

name: Docia Goodloe

message: I just loved living in the Canal Zone! I was in Ft. Amador from '72-'74 and then moved to Ft. Kobbe from '74 - '77. Went to Diablo Heights Elementary and to Curundu Jr. High. I still have my Jr High yearbooks!
date: March 01, 2013 - 06:32 pm

name: June Gibson Lee

message: Lived in Kobbe from "48 - "53....before that Ft. Gulick on Atlantic side. Attended Balboa High School...was 15 when we left. Lived on road to Kobbe Beach, only 2 wooden houses there...Dwayne Manley lived across street. What a wonderful time of life.... Has anyone been back it easy access? Would love to know.
date: December 24, 2012 - 07:23 am

name: Roger Sharpnack

message: I was in the Army and stationed at Ft Kobbe from Oct '76 - Oct '78 and have fond memories hanging with the "Zonies" (as we referred to you guys) at Kobbe Beach, the parade grounds behind the barracks and the pool. I'll have to dig up some pics I have and post them! We weren't officially allowed to fraternize with you but at 18 I was just a kid myself and nobody really seemed to care. I remember telling stories about the "real world" and how we couldn't wait to go back. We didn't realize how special the time was in the 'Zone...
date: December 22, 2012 - 11:30 am

name: Bobby Leonard

message: My Father, John Leonard, served in the Tank Company 33rd Infantry Regiment in the Canal Zone. I have a picture of the whole Company taken December 16, 1954. All the guys in this picture look like they had a pretty good time. After leaving the service my Dad married my Mom in 1958 and had five children. He worked for the U.S. Post Office for thirty three years and retired as Post Master of Folsom, PA. He passed away November 18, 2012. My Father loved his country and felt honored to have served.
date: December 17, 2012 - 04:21 pm

name: Omar Castellanos

message: 87-94 Started out in Balboa elementary, then dad got base housing moved to Howard Air Base, then went to Kobbi, then went to Curundu Left during 8th grade. Always wanted to go back.
date: December 01, 2012 - 07:20 pm

name: Chuck Keating

message: Anyone out there at 20th Infantry during the period of June 1956 to Dec 1957. I was at Regimental HQ with CWO Haynes and Major Schless. I believe the Regimental Commander was Col Miller
date: November 13, 2012 - 04:11 am

name: Kathy Lakatosh

message: Howard Air Force Base New Housing 1971-72 Curundu Jr. High
date: October 28, 2012 - 01:16 pm

name: Christina Rodriguez

message: I lived at Ft. Kobbe from 1968-1970. I had a horse named Deuce at Howard stables. My maiden name was Gruber. I have two brothers-Chris and Leo, and a sister Robin. We lived next door to the Thompsons.
date: October 14, 2012 - 10:08 am

name: Robert Smith JR

message: My father Robert was at Kobbe from 62 to 65, he said he was the 17th man in hqts hqts 3rd Btn in 1962. Dad is trying to locate William Oxendine and other friends who served with him there.
date: September 17, 2012 - 08:19 am

name: Tom Beattie

message: 1958-1960 We are planning a trip to Panama in the next few months.
date: September 10, 2012 - 08:49 pm

name: Xenia Ventimiglia

message: Thanks for setting up this website...It was great to go down memory lane of Ft. Kobbe . I lived there for nine years until 1975. Living on Ft. Kobbe was truly a wonderful experience..My hope is to return for a visit in the near future.
date: September 01, 2012 - 06:52 pm


message: You may want to add me to your list of kids: 1973 Cocoli, 1974-1976 Fort Kobbe, Curundu JH 76
date: July 18, 2012 - 06:17 pm

name: Michael Strong

message: Terry Carr...My father was Maj. David A.Strong and he worked at Hdqtrs during the time you were there. Did you know him? You should post some of your photographs on this website. My brothers and I would love to see them!
date: July 11, 2012 - 09:39 am

name: Terry Carr

message: I was an Army photographer in the lst Battle Gp, 20th Inf. at Fort Kobbe from 1959 through 1961. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. Especially looking for a guy name Harold L. Moon. I worked out of Battle Gp Hdqtrs for Lt. Col Grover G. Smith. Col John R Wright Jr. was commanding. Lt. Col Lunsford was XO, Maj. Robert D. Danforth was Adj. Fine men. A privilege to serve under them. Didn't know many Kobbe kids except Col. Smith's daughter, Betty.
date: July 05, 2012 - 07:23 pm

name: Gary Strong

message: Hi Brenda! Can't wait to hear more. Please ID any "unknown" photos.
date: June 25, 2012 - 09:59 am

name: Brenda Johnson

message: So excited to have found this site! My brother, Benny, passed away in 2004 - and my twin brothers, Pat and Mike, are alive and well. I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As soon as I set up my new E-mail account, I will make further contact.
date: June 22, 2012 - 11:35 am

name: Franklin Blunt

message: I enjoyed looking through the pictures. It sure brings back memories. I believe you have a couple listed incorrectly though. Did Kobbee have a movie theater and pool? Shouldn't they be listed as Howard AFB? We only lived at Kobbee for about a year, in sub-standard housing, (anyone remember those?) and them moved onto Howard. Love it!
date: May 24, 2012 - 09:03 am

name: Penny Griffith

message: Hi! I lived on Fort Kobbe 1976-1979, a wonderful experience. I recall Kobbe Beach - the shark fence, the Howard YMCA dances, the Howard Theatre, and having to square dance during PE at Kobbe Elementary. I can be reached at (deleted). I plan to return for a holiday within the next two years. Take Care, Penny Griffith
date: May 02, 2012 - 12:32 am

name: Gerald White

message: Served with A CO 3/508abn Ft.Kobbe 1962-1965
date: April 28, 2012 - 08:47 am

name: Sierra

message: Our family was statined at Ft Kobbe 1953-54
date: April 11, 2012 - 04:53 pm

name: Richard Ramsey

message: My father was stationed at Fort Kobbe 1976-79, it was an amazing time. I feel so fortunate to have had an experience that few were able to live.
date: April 09, 2012 - 07:32 am

name: maribel McSwain

message: Lived at Howard AFB 72-76, attended Howard Elementary and Curundu JH. How do I add my name to the Kobbe Kids list?
date: January 29, 2012 - 10:45 am

name: oscar murray iii

date: January 13, 2012 - 01:03 pm

name: Barbara J. Granillo Allison

message: Lived at Fort Kobbe from 1957 to 1961 or 62. My father was MSgt Antonio Granillo ( Moter Pool ) He spent a lot of time at the Hobby Shop too. We lived across the street from the Church and there was a Mango tree in our front yard, yum. Loved living there:)
date: January 07, 2012 - 10:58 pm

name: calvin hickerson sr

message: Date: Saturday, Morning, 4:21:AM: December 17, 2011 From CALVIN HICKERSON [SENIOR] EMail Address: Good Airborne Morning [Smile] I' was station at Fort Kobbe During about August, 1966 Through August 1967. With Charlie, Company 3rd 508th Battalion Airborne Infantry Regiment. 82nd Airborne Division. and Charlie Company, 1st 501st Battalion 101st Airborne Division Fort Campbell Kentucky, and Vietnam Conflict August 1967 Through October 1967. Also with Charlie Company 1st 503rd Battalion 173rd Airborne Brigade [Separate] Infantry Vietnam Conflict From October 1967 Through March Tet Offensive/CounterOffensives 1968. Also with Engineering Company Supply and Support Battalion 173rd Airborne Brigade [Separate] Infantry Camp Radcliff South Vietnam Conflict From March Tet CounterOffensives 1968 Through December 1968. ALL AIRBORNE FOR LIFE. For AL GAVE SOME. SOME GAVE ALL. P.O.W.'s and M.I.A.'s STILL IS GIVING IT THERE ALL. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR2012. May GOD Bless America. You and your Family now and forever.AMEN. Airborne Creed. Airborne All The Way
date: December 17, 2011 - 02:53 am

name: Fulton Stone Jr.

message: My father was stationed at Ft. Kobbe from 1957-1960. He was a MSgt Fulton Stone and at the time and worked in S4 supply. I was aged 7 through 10 and fondly remember my time there. I do not remember the street or house number nor the name of the elementary school. Would like to find someone who was there during the same time period so I could possibly get more information. Thanks.
date: December 16, 2011 - 01:12 pm

name: Chuck Keating

message: I was stationed at Fort Kobbe June 1956-Dec 1957. I worked at regimental Headquarters for Major Shaless and CWO Haynes. Was in HQ&HQ CO. CO was Capt Early. Only guy I remember was Lou Aueliti. Died 2003 Any one ther at that time contact me. 16 Nov 2011. Sherman,TX
date: November 21, 2011 - 01:32 pm

name: Chuck Keating

message: I was stationed at Fort Kobbe June 1956-Dec 1957. I worked at regimental Headquarters for Major Shaless and CWO Haynes. Was in HQ&HQ CO. CO was Capt Early. Only guy I remember was Lou Aueliti. Died 2003 Any one there at that time; contact me
date: November 21, 2011 - 01:28 pm

name: Vincent /Marty Martinez

message: We lived on Howard AFB from 83-89ish. My dad worked up at the clinic and we lived right at the bottom of the clinic hill first house on the left,his name is Marty Martinez and I'm Vincent Martinez his son, sooo many awesome memories from Panama where do I even begin..I think I was the only kid on base with a Go-Cart :) Stephen Higgs was a friend so was the Webbs who lived next door to us they were from Vegas I think ya my friends name was Shawn Webb, then Tim and Anthony and their sister who sometimes had seizures lived I think a couple doors up,we used to climb to the "Beacon" everyday almost God we rode our bikes all over that base and I think we covered every inch of that jungle while playing. I was also the only 10 year old kid who ran thru Howard pool naked on a dare lol.We rode that bmx track and played in the flood waters fished Lake Gatun and walked the streets of downtown Panama, it's one place I'll never forget as long as I live, I consider Panama my second home :) My dad Marty Martinez retired to Vegas and had another kid my little sister who is 19 and we are all in Vegas doing just fine but I miss and have missed Panama for a long time. I hope I get to go back and it would be cool if I met up with some of my old friends from there. I'll post some pics in here shortly. See ya
date: August 30, 2010 - 12:25 am

name: Chuck Abbott

message: Leaving the Canal Zone did not hit me till later in life.
I left in 1974.
Return in 1975 and left again in 1977.
Return in 1980 for a month.
Return in 1981 for a month.
Return in 1983 for a month.
Return in 1986 for a month.
Class reunion in 2009.
Boy do I really miss HOME.
date: August 23, 2010 - 01:07 pm

name: Randy Acosta

message: Hi Panama
date: August 21, 2010 - 06:50 pm

name: James Brotherton

message: Gary, you have my very old email in the Kobbe Kids List. Please update to (omitted) instead of the address. Thanks,Jim
date: August 21, 2010 - 03:30 pm

name: Gary L Strong
email: ponyblanket@verizon.netmessage: I think a live cam overviewing Kobbe would be in all our interests. Want to ask Dell or Panama Pacifico if they would support one?
date: August 21, 2010 - 09:51 am

name: Sharon Cressy Neel

message: Hi everyone...does it seem to anyone but me that it just can't have been that long since we were at Kobbe???
date: August 20, 2010 - 05:13 pm

name: Ann B Heller

message: this is a test to see if your guestbook link is working! Ann
date: August 20, 2010 - 02:06 pm

name: Richard Cressy
email: richard@cressy.netmessage: Looks like it works. Looks great
date: August 20, 2010 - 12:17 pm

name: Richard Cressy

message: So far, so good. Looks like there is still an issue with the Smilie; it says "add html code for closing Smilie". I will try it and see what happens. OK, it put the code there but not the smilie. Maybe it will work if I go out and back in.
date: August 20, 2010 - 12:15 pm

name: Jay Boyd

message: Just trying the guest book for Gary. It really looks great.
date: August 20, 2010 - 11:55 am

name: Kristina Yager (Kosik)

message: Hi there! I was in Panama as a child. 2nd-5th grade. 1972-1977
My third grade teacher was Mrs. Speed. My 4th grade teacher was Mrs. Yule. My Spanish teacher was Senorita Best. I miss Panama (as it was and will never be again) It's great to be amongst Kobbe kin. Related not by blood, but the bond of love for a paradise lost.
date: August 20, 2010 - 08:53 am

name: Gary L. Strong

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date: August 19, 2010 - 03:41 pm  

Name: Anita (Morales) Montgomery

Date posted: June 28, 2010 - 09:23 pm
Message: I forgot! I also lived on Albrook for a while. I played soccer and softball on Howard and was a cheerleader for the Eagles (lightweights).

Date posted: June 28, 2010 - 09:20 pm
Message: Hi there! I lived on Howard A.F.B. from 79-81. I went to Curundu Jr. High for 7th & 8th grade during that time. I've located some of my best friends already but am still looking for more. Contact me if you remember me!

Name: Jerry Big Bear Lupien

Date posted: June 28, 2010 - 01:34 pm
Message: Former Scoutmaster Troop 22, Ft. Clayton 1966-1967 says hello

Name: william grady

Date posted: June 14, 2010 - 02:56 pm
Message: I was stationed at kobbe in 1960-62, unit was Co C 1/20th across from Howard AFB.

Name: Patricia Getman Callahan

Date posted: June 09, 2010 - 06:58 am
Message: In 1942 after most dependents had been returned to their stateside homes, there were 12 or 13 married couples where the wives were Canal Zone residents. We were all moved into the nice new quarters at Ft. Kobbe/Howard Field. I was one of those wives. We were there until August of 1943 when my husband was reassigned to stateside. I am BHS 1939, CZJC 1941.

Name: carmen duclos

Date posted: June 07, 2010 - 06:58 pm
Message: I lived in Ft Kobbe from late 58-62. I attended Ft. Kobbe Elementary School...I think my favorite teacher was Mrs. Ateek (First grade). Loved playing kick ball, the fire drills, climbing up the stairs to my classroom. Two friends
Robert Amendolora and Ellen his sister. His dad was a doctor at the dispensary. I can still the house I lived in , but cannot remember the address. Sadly both parents have passed away. Does anyone have pictures of the school?

Name: Sharon Cressy Neel

Date posted: June 02, 2010 - 08:22 am
Message: Hi All,
Lived at Ft. Kobbe from 1959-1964. Graduated from BHS in 1962 and was married in the Ft. Kobbe chapel in December of 1963. My bridesmaids were Susie Heimer and Terri Lockhart...anyone remember them, or Jim and Ann Brotherton who lived up the hill from us.

Name: Darlene Roberson

Date posted: May 21, 2010 - 05:06 pm
Message: Randy told his sis, and sis found the guest book. I love ginups. I am not able to find any very often. What a wonderful way to remember our childhood.

Name: Randy Benge

Date posted: May 21, 2010 - 06:54 am
Message: had no idea any body had a club about where we lived when i was 7 years old . i will tell my sis about this.

Name: Jane Curtis

Date posted: May 21, 2010 - 02:40 am
Message: Hi - I saw that you have a Tharon Alford in this mission. I have been looking for Bobbie and Tharon Alford (sister and brother) for years (since after Maxwell Air Base), and I wonder if he is her brother and remembers me, might he get in touch with me at (deleted)

Name: Nita Young

Date posted: May 03, 2010 - 06:06 pm
Message: My family lived at Ft. Kobbe from 1959 to 1964. I attended an elementary school there from Kindergarten to third grade. I remember my kindergarten teachers name was Mrs. Davis. My best friend was Emily Best. We lived on Elwood Ave and also on Mitchem Street. My youngest brother was born there. I have great memories of going on car rides into the interior and riding through the locks in the canal.

Name: Les Bridges

Date posted: May 03, 2010 - 02:36 pm
Message: Looking for all of our old friends from Howard/Kobbe/FarFan/Albrook

Tim Franklin Sue Anderson
Teri Bridges Cindy Franklin
Dale Wold Howard Teen Club

Name: Kerry Murphy

Date posted: May 03, 2010 - 07:52 am
Message: Lived on Kobbe Hill during 1969-70.

Name: Darrell Kirton

Date posted: April 26, 2010 - 07:31 pm
Message: Was at Kobbe elementary from 2nd to 6th grade. Those some of the best times of my life. I was blessed to also have parents that were born and raised in Colon and me, my brother and sister were also born in Panama. My father was stationed at Howard. I would love to speak or just contact my friends from that time. I am now in Hampton, V.A. I work for Northrop Grumman and I am now 34 years old. I am honored to be a Kobbe kid. 83-87

Name: Fitz Glasgow

Date posted: April 26, 2010 - 02:43 am
Message: Hi, I lived in the "new 500" area on Ft. Clayton from 71-73, but also lived on Kobbe hill 65-68. We left in my junior year at Balboa High school. I really miss the canal zone. The beaches, teen clubs, fishing, etc.. We had a paradise, didn't we?

Name: Darrell Kirton

Date posted: April 24, 2010 - 11:16 am
Message: I was at Ft Kobbe from 83-87. Looking to find old friends.

Name: Richard Cressy

Date posted: April 07, 2010 - 02:52 pm
Message: Hey Jack; I just read your comments on your visit to Panama (I know, it's been awhile since I visited the site), great trip and great write-up. I am making my reservations for the New Orleans reunion and hope to see everyone there. Everyone reading this should make their reservations ASAP.

Name: Glenda Collins

Date posted: April 01, 2010 - 10:56 am
Message: My dad was stationed with the Air Force in Panama from 1959-1961. We first lived in Lacona and then Rodman. I went to Kobbe from K-2. I remember Miss Johnson, Mrs. Ateek, and Mrs. Falador. I remember riding the big green army buses and coming home every day for lunch. I was in the Brownies and had a friend named Marsha, whose mother was the leader. My neighbor was Rhonda Gunther.

Name: Figueroa,Myra

Date posted: March 25, 2010 - 01:17 pm
Message: Hello, My name is Myra Trucco (Figueroa). I lived in Fort Kobbe and Howard AFB from 63-66.I went to Kobbe Elementary 3,4,and 5th grade. I had Mrs. Tapp,Mrs. Boyd that Irecall. My friends were the Negron sisters, Myrna and Carmen and Sylvia McFarlan and her sisters Diana and Donna. Ihave a little sister Brenda, and two older sisters Norma and Linda who went to Balboa High. We lived next door to the Smiths from Montgomery, Alabama. I remember a Sally Boblett who was pretty spunky, I wished at the time I could be more like her. Hope everyone is doing well. I am married with four children and live in Washington State. Thanks for posting this site. It would be fun to hear from other Kobbe Kids.

Name: Myra Figueroa

Date posted: March 25, 2010 - 01:07 pm
Message: Hello, My name is Myra Trucco (Figueroa). My family lived in Panama's Ft.Kobbe and HowardAFB from1963-1966. I went from3rd to 5th grade at Kobbe Elementary.I recall Mrs.Tapp and Mrs.Boyd as teachers. My friends were the Negron sisters, Myrna and Carmen., also Sylvia McFarlan and her sisters. A memorable person from the childhood was a Sally Bobblet. She was so spunky, I thought she would become a famous actress. I've enjoyed visiting this site. Oh, I have 3 sisters. My two older sisters went to Balboa High, Norma and Linda. Thanks for the memories! mt

Name: alvin , johnson

Date posted: March 17, 2010 - 03:34 pm
Message: HI" I was stationed at FT.KOBBE for a period of four year's with the 242nd. AVN. my family and I' lived in the housing area down by the BEACH, my eldest son attended FT. KOBBE ELEMENTRY SChOOL during my tenure there,I'M wondering is there a site or a shop where I' ccan purchase one of the FT. KOBBE gone but not forgotten patches. I' still have my 193rd. and SUGARBEAR patches I' would love having a FT. KOBBE,C.Z patch as well. please inform me of where I' can locate one of them.

Name: Mark Williams

Date posted: March 17, 2010 - 01:48 pm
Message: I have a sister named Gloria. We lived on Lloyd Ave, a couple roads over from the pool and theater. Dad was stationed at Howard AFB from 1977-1980. We went to both Howard Elementary and Ft. Kobbe. I was in Kindergarten-2nd grade, Gloria was 3 years ahead. Our closest friends were Trina Taylor, Joey and Shelly Messina, and Lora Bullard and Amy Lava. The pictures on this site are wonderful. They bring back memories of 30+ years ago.

Name: mercedes

Date posted: March 01, 2010 - 02:48 pm
Message: My Dad was stationed at Howard back in 1961 - 1964, he's trying to find fellow airforce buddies to set up a reunion.

Help... His name is Louis "L.C." Parker he married my mom who is from there her name is Beverly M. Wilson, she also lived in Balboa.
Is there a place I can go to look up former enlistees.

Name: America Vila-German

Date posted: February 22, 2010 - 07:58 pm
Message: I attended Ft Howard Elementary School from 1977 through 1980. It is quite exciting to find your page!

Name: Penny Griffith

Date posted: February 22, 2010 - 11:26 am
Message: ----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Penny Griffith

Sent: Sun, January 31, 2010 11:57:39 AM
Subject: Kobbe Elementary School
Hi !

I lived at Fort Kobbe, 1976-1979. Attended Kobbe Elementary for 5th grade and then went on to Curundu.

Penny Griffith

Name: lewis white jr

Date posted: February 19, 2010 - 12:22 pm
Message: I know i'm not a kobbe kid. I was stationed at fort kobbe , in 1989 to 1990.I was in the 536th engineer battletion. I enjoyed the pictures that I have seen on your website. The pictures bring back fond memery's of my life spent there.

Date posted: February 15, 2010 - 10:36 am
Message: Subject: Old Kobbe Elem student has a question

Dear Jack,

We lived on Kobbe/Howard from 1963-64 and I attended Kobbe Elementary during 6th grade. Two things after all these years still dog my memories:

First, the history or whereabouts of my 6th grade teacher, the one and only Jane Wooden. I found an e-mail address for her -- -- but if Jane is still bouncing around the planet, she must be in her late eighties or even beyond. Any word about her? She was something else.

Second, during that year (63-64) we devised a class project: a 4-ft x 8-ft mosaic of the Isthmus. Our class worked o this darned near the entire year and it was to have had a place of honor somewhere on the ground floor of the school. My family returned to CONUS in May, 1964, then were restationed in Panama from 1967 until I left for college in Boston in 1969. (My folks remained in Panama until 1973). I never ventured over the bridge during our second tour there, so I lost track of the school and the mosaic we had designed and built. Any idea what became of it? (Sure hope it didn't end up in a dumpster somewhere).

Thanks in advance for any tidbits you might provide this long-ago CZ-Brat.


Mike Hassell

Name: Angel Castillo

Date posted: February 11, 2010 - 07:42 am
Message: Hello Jack and Sandy. New website has great pics! Update my email address and information on site. I lived in Ft Kobbe 1963-1964, during the 4th and 5th grades. I lived across the street from the church, then moved to Ft Clayton for my 6th grade class. I was on the Kobbe elementary track team and the coach was Mr. Reyes. I attended BHS for my 10th grade and left stateside during the summer '69. I returned to Panama in 1973 and was stationed at Ft Clayton. My oldest daughter was born in Gorgas. Though I don't remember anyone at Ft Kobbe I have great memories that last forever. Thanks for your site. Angel Castillo

Name: tommy warren

Date posted: February 08, 2010 - 07:28 am
Message: we lived on howard 1969 to 1971 second street from pool and theater about four houses down.
used to play little football for howard eagles.
we used too ride our minibikes on a field behind the pool.
we rode our bikes too kobbe beach and throw rocks at the
iguanas and the seasnakes. I was thirteen and in the seventh
grade at curundu jr. high. remember names like doug terry penny eddie .loved panama alot of great memories!

Name: Cyndi Terrell

Date posted: February 02, 2010 - 07:43 pm
Message: i lived on Howard AFB from 1974-77

Name: alfonso ortiz

Date posted: January 30, 2010 - 05:07 pm
Message: station at ft.kobbe in sept.1976 to feb.1977. went back for training in 1978.

Name: joey garcia

Date posted: January 28, 2010 - 06:39 pm
Message: i lived at fort kobbe, diablo heights and howard afb.
found fernando esclopis on facebook, looking for ed treadway among others.
living and grinding in chicago illinois now.

Name: thereza hollash

Date posted: January 27, 2010 - 01:33 pm
Message: Loved it there! Want to go back!

Name: George Gonzalez

Date posted: January 18, 2010 - 01:47 pm
Message: I lived in Ft Kobbe, Vista Hermosa and Ft Clayton from 1952 to 1955. My father was in the infantry there. We left for Ft Devens MA. in Oct 1955. I remember the mango trees next to our quarters and the trucks spraying for mosquitos. I was about 5 yrs old and my brother Jose was 7 yrs old.


Date posted: January 13, 2010 - 04:45 pm
Message: I went to Ft Kobbe Elementary from 1985-1987, i think then on to kurundu air force myself following my dad's footsteps

Name: P. Niepsey

Date posted: December 24, 2009 - 10:50 am
Message: I lived in Farfan just inside the Kobbe security gate 1955-57. My sister went to the elementary school that was hidden by what I called the jungle. Was that the Kobbe elementary school?

Name: Richard Gallardo

Date posted: December 20, 2009 - 10:32 am
Message: Looking to connect with other Howard Eagles football players; I played for lightweight thru heavyweight fron 1975 - 1978. Football coach was coach Fratacelli 1st year, Bolar 2nd year... I attended Curundu JHS & was friends with alot of the Zonians that played for the Balboa Rams, etc...

I lived in the corner house on the way up to the "Dispensary" in Howard. I attended Ft. Kobbe Elementary before going to Curundu, 5th & 6th grade. Fun memories...

Name: Richard Edgar

Date posted: December 15, 2009 - 08:36 pm
Message: It was one of the greatest times. I lived in the pool and went to the movies every week in 1958-1959 at Fort Kobbe. We also live at Fort Clayton in 1957. I was aged 7 to 9 years old.

Name: Steve Harris

Date posted: December 13, 2009 - 07:21 am
Message: We lived on Howard AFB from 1961 to 1963 in one of the duplexes. I was aged 7 to 9 years old and have fond memories (even found our house in one of the pics) of exploring and playing on and around 'beacon hill'. Still remember a boyhood friend, Ollie Brown, next door neighbor and the Hagar family and a few other families. Remember looking down the hill to see the pool and theatre, etc. Watching 'The Longest Day' when it premiered.

Name: frankie moulder ferguson

Date posted: December 04, 2009 - 05:25 pm
Message: Lived at ft kobbe 1957-1959 1 to 3 years old

Name: Richard Mousaw

Date posted: November 26, 2009 - 10:35 am
Message: We lived on Howard AFB from 1970 to1976, went to howards elem and Curundu JH was in 1976 7th grade Ms.Hern's class
that was a great time growing up in the jungle, all the accident's on the road coming into the base by our house(base housing) building go carts to survive the down hill run and strong enough to make the first corner...LOL not to mention all the forst we had in the jungle ( that we weren't supposed to go into) one of the worst memories was swiming at kobbe beach, getting stung by jelly fish, and life guard blowing the whistle to get out of the water(sharks)....and then JAWS came out....don;t think i ever went back into that water again. well anyways it was a great part of my live growing up there, boyscouts, baseball, and trips with moms girlscouts camping trips. Just a note for people wo remember

Name: June Gibson Lee

Date posted: November 25, 2009 - 06:41 am
Message: I lived at Ft. Kobbe down by the beach at the foot of Kobbe Hill. Only 2 wooden built houses there at the time. 1948-1952. We left there just before Chirstmas 1952 to return to the frozen north. Such great memories of old friends (Dwayne Manley lived in the other house across from us). We were literally in the jungle! All kinds of critters, sloths, snakes, armidillos.....wild kittens I rescued....Dwaynes horse and her foal we pulled out of a pit the foal fell into behind his house in jungle.. Lived at the swimming pool and movies - old theater and the new which was just built before we left. The teen club, PX pin ball machines and great ice cream sodas.
Roller skating in the hangers....and on the air strip.... and the boxing matches held in hangers that I attended with my fatheer. Wish I could go back.

Name: Norm Herman

Date posted: November 20, 2009 - 03:59 pm
Message: I am a Army brat (and retired USAFR). Personally, during my school years I was not outside of Conus, though I have a number of friends who were in PR and are involved in reunions of Army brats. BTW, regarding William A Kobbé himself. He was 22 years old in 1862 when he enlisted as a private in Company K, 7th New York Volunteer Infantry. He was not a drummer boy. In 1863 he mustered into the NY 178th Volunteer Infantry as an officer. I personally own a document signed by him in November 1865 when he was a captain and Aid-de-camp to General Henry Davies in Montgomery, AL after the Civil War. Hope your site attracts many former brats and personnel that served at Fort Kobbé

Name: David Holmes

Date posted: November 18, 2009 - 11:45 am
Message: Great hearing about everyone that was stationed in the CZ. I was stationed at Howard AFB from 1973 - 1976 and lived in older housing. Does anyone have any connection to what was being sprayed to kill the Mosquitoes? There are a lot of people with health issues that were stationed in the CZ. Unfortunately you can't get any benefits without solid evidence of what was sprayed while we lived there. Thanks

Name: Jana T Hammers

Date posted: November 16, 2009 - 06:27 am
Message: I am Married to Michael Glenn Hammers we live in Rochester, Ky we have four sons Michael Glenn,Jr 25, Matthew Shawn 23, Martin Cooke 21, Mark Elias 21. Mike was in the Navy. He now drives a truck, been driving for 24 years. We will be grandparents in April 2010. He has talked a lot about living in Panama.

Name: Thomas A. Owensby

Date posted: November 12, 2009 - 11:44 pm
Message: Hello there. I was a Kobbe kid, who lived on Howard AFB, but attended Kobbe and Howard Elementary school from 1975 to 1977. Attended Curundu Jr High for 7th Grade, than our family moved to Scott AFB, where I graduated and joined the Army. Now live in Sacramento, California, still in the military reserves. Best time of my growing up years in the Canal Zone. Would love to hear from other CZ Brats

Name: Chuck Pekor

Date posted: November 11, 2009 - 07:28 pm
Message: I wasn't a "Kobbe Kid," but I was statoned at Ft. Kobbe for awhile in 1962 and 1963. Went through the Jungle Operations Training Center, and spent some time in the bush during late 1962 and early 1963. Was brought in and assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Co. as an Asst. S-2 NCO. (Really a glorified clerk-typist). I dropped out of high school and joined the Army at 17, so I was 18 or 19 during that time, not much older than some of the high school military dependents that I guess were "Kobbe Kids." It was a great place to serve, after they brought me in out of the bush. Good memories. Sad that it is all gone, but I'm glad to see that someone remembers.

Nov., 2009
Chuck Pekor
Atlanta, Georgia

Name: Mark Polston

Date posted: November 04, 2009 - 10:44 pm
Message: Lived at Howard AFB 1968 thru 1971 our house was on the last street of Howard and across the street was Kobbe.
I went to Kobbe elementary and one year at Curundu Jr. high school. Who members swimming at the beach at Kobbe with the shark net and looking for sea shells when the tide would go out? Good Times. And by the way my Father used to run the bowling alley at night and I got to help him. Great times and memories!!

Name: Steve Pearson

Date posted: October 27, 2009 - 11:32 pm
Message: My father was stationed at and I lived at Howard AFB from 1976-1979 ("New Housing" area). Went to Curundu Jr. High for 8th and 9th grade and then went to Balboa High School for 10th grade. Then, we transferred back to the states (Texas). I played basketball on the Howard AFB Eagles team for a couple years. Friends included: Denny Bonewitz, Jeff Garland, Dwayne Friday (and his little brothers), Stanley Livingston, Stanley Roper (and his brothers). It was a GREAT time of my life. Lots of good friends and memories.

Name: Susan Doggett Jones

Date posted: October 26, 2009 - 02:12 pm
Message: Lived at Howard AFB 1969-1972. Started school there - K through 3rd grade. Anyone remember Mrs. Muchacharro? (Not sure if that is spelled right or not!)

Name: Jimmy Stockard

Date posted: October 22, 2009 - 06:42 pm
Message: I was stationed at Ft. Kobbe from 1954-57 with the 937th. I was frequently off on TDY to places like David, the Rio Hato Drop Zone, and Portobelo. I was rotated in as a cadre in the Jungle Warfare Training Center at Ft. Sherman from time to time. You great website brought back many memories.

Name: Frederick Fritz Byerly

Date posted: October 17, 2009 - 12:16 pm
Message: A decades ago friend sent me this from those wonderful days at 117 Ft.Kobbe housing. 1967/8 to 1972. I recognize some of the names especially from Kobbe elementary Howard elementary and that crazy long bus ride in the quasi cheeba to Curundu. Tons of memories 98% happy and those awful notices from activity in Nam. Every one was soo young there I remember ancient was 40 years old..

Name: sam harvin

Date posted: October 07, 2009 - 11:18 am
Message: Some of the best times of my life!

Name: Pamela Stroud

Date posted: October 01, 2009 - 10:16 pm
Message: I lived in Ft. Kobbe from 1956 to 1959. Those were some of the best years of my life! The memories are still so vivid today!

Name: John Willis Pop Willis

Date posted: September 28, 2009 - 12:17 pm
Message: Please drop me a line if you know me!! I ran the Youth Center on Howard/ Howard Teen Club from 1970-1975. I would love to here from anyone that remembers me!!

Pop Willis

Biloxi, Ms 39532

Name: clarence gibson,jr.

Date posted: September 26, 2009 - 12:01 pm
Message: i went to school at ft kobbe and curundo 1977 thru 1979. i ran track, play baseball,soccer,basketball,flag and tackle football for howard eagles.

Name: Penny Chamberlain-Barber

Date posted: September 22, 2009 - 09:22 am
Message: I lives on Howard AFB Between the Tean club, Movie house and the swimming pool. My family lived there 68 and 70. I was one of only two girls on the swim tean ages 16-18, I'm looking for the other girl. I know her nane was Dorthy and she had a brother on the team also. There last name could be Hill or Hall. I remember her brother was younger and he could Dive better than anyone down there at the time.

Please advise if you have any information on Dorothy


Name: Mike Word

Date posted: August 30, 2009 - 04:34 pm
Message: I was stationed at the 536 Eng. from 1992-95. I worked in the dining facility.

Name: Debi Sprague

Date posted: August 28, 2009 - 07:22 am
Message: Best memories of my life were from my time on Kobbe Hill from 72-75. Riding at Howard stables, Santa Clara beach parties, Kobbe beach, The snack bar above the PX, and softball...oh yea, and the teen club marathon dances! Where can I get a guinip!? I loved the sandbag candles on Christmas Eve...such a special time, and Balboa High School was great...could not believe I had to move stateside right before my senior year, and could not graduate there :(

Name: susan ambrosino

Date posted: August 25, 2009 - 06:22 pm
Message: i just found this web site and think its great. i lived on kobbe hill from 1973 ri 1975 sometime around there. sandy anson, jerry and gary they were twins and jackie with her great danes and my brothers rick and mike and paige orendorf and ppl of have forgotten their names. i just wanted to be added on this list. panama was a great time for me with a lot of great memories

Name: Gary Strong

Date posted: July 26, 2009 - 05:19 pm
Message: Thomas,
You recalled "the grass curled up as you walked across it" ...this stumped me until I remembered the little sensitive plants that were fun to poke and watch move. Could this have been the whole lawn?

Name: Thomas L Ferrell

Date posted: July 26, 2009 - 12:10 pm
Message: Was at Kobbe age 11-12 in 1954-55. Played Lil League BB and lived near olympic pool. Remember guinups, Chivas, scouts, the beach, and sneaking into the movie theater. Also reading comic books at the PX, playing the pinball machines there, and the songs on the juke box. Delivered papers up Commissary Hill, ran behind the DDT spray trucks w gas mask on, recall the grass curling up as you walked across it, the little flexible gourds growing on trees and full of fluid that could be squirted out when the tip was pinched, the shark net at the beach, and so much more...

Name: Monnette Twink Rowland
Date posted: July 18, 2009 - 03:04 pm
Message: I was at Kobbe Elementary 59/60 and 60/61 and then 2 years at Diablo Jr. High. Debbie Dill, Brenda Smith, Vivian Kosan were my best buddies.

Name: Gary Strong

Date posted: July 13, 2009 - 06:30 pm
Message: It would be nice to retire in the old Kobbe area. Things are going big dollar commercial there ...apparently. And Disneyland Panama is coming nearby too. Panama is growing up so quickly! At my age, I'll have to settle for the Great White North, eh.

Name: Samille Harris Clark

Date posted: July 13, 2009 - 04:39 pm
Message: I am a Kobbe Kid. My Dad was in the Army and we live up the street from the MP Office from 1955 - 1958.
Mrs. Kresse was my Principal and the elementry school.
Glad to find a group of you. Any of you still living in Panama. I am thinking about possibly retiring there.

Name: Warren Street

Date posted: June 28, 2009 - 10:19 am
Message: A Kobbe Kid mentioned that Albrook Field was on the Atlantic side of PANAMA but it is actually on the Pacific side and Francis field was on the Atlantic side. I was stationed at Howard during 1947-48. At that trime Kobbe was mostly jungle.

Name: Nathan DeLon

Date posted: June 17, 2009 - 10:05 am
Message: I was station at Kobbe in 1974 with the 518th Engineer Co.
I loved it down there and really miss Panama.I've thought
about going back,but after reading your story of how things
have changed, I know I'd be disappointed.I was when I went
back to visit Ft. Hood,Texas.The best thing is memories are
forever!Great site!

Name: Tim Aldridge

Date posted: June 10, 2009 - 06:04 am
Message: My dad was stationed at Howards AFB from '68-'79. Looking for anyone who attended Kobbe elementary during this time.

Name: Jim Brennan

Date posted: June 08, 2009 - 08:14 pm
Does anyone have any information on this man
I have some important information to give him
Thank You for Your Time
Jim Brennan

Name: Michael Jawson

Date posted: June 02, 2009 - 12:35 pm
Message: Living in fort kobbe Howerh AFB was so great. From going to Kobbe beach to the movies on Sat morning for .15 cents and then going to th pool. And those bus rides to school with good friends. There are so many names I have forgoten But the faces are still in my mined. Names like Keven Conners, Jakey Miller, Davied, last name forgot.We all had so much fun growning up. From riding bikes to playing army. What a wonderful experience it was with family and friends .

Name: Nicole

Date posted: June 02, 2009 - 06:42 am
Message: I lived on Howard Air Base in the Panama Canal Zone from 1969 to 1973. This website brought back many memories of my time spent is such a rich culture! There really isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my childhood in Panama. What a wonderful experience it was!!! I remember the shark net at Ft. Kobbe beach and many girl scout events there. My dad was a TGST working on planes at HAFB. I went to HAFB elementary school and my brother went to Curundu.

Name: Michael Jawson

Date posted: June 01, 2009 - 01:18 pm
Message: Hi My name is Michael Jawson. I lived in Panama Fort Kobble , Haward AFB in 1963 to Sept 1967. My Dad was in the Army the 508th Combat Engineers.Living in Fort Kobble was some of the best times growing up.I live in Madison Wi. I am a fire fighter-EMT For 25 years.

Name: Gary Strong

Date posted: June 01, 2009 - 08:33 am
Message: Here is the auto-posting Kobbe Kid Guestbook.
It is not quite right.
It will act screwy.
You and I can't fix it.
It was better before I touched it.
...this sounds like our lives!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009 6:29AM
Fort Kobbe
From: "Kerry Murphy"

"Found" the Kobbe Kids web site and wondered how I can get listed. Lived on Kobbe Hill 1968-1970 while attending Curundu and Balboa. I was in class of 72 but moved back to US after sophomore year. Really trying to find Brian Compton, Ron Mahan, Suzanne Mahan and Lee Phillips all of whom where friends in CZ then and first three lived on Kobbe Hill. I think get listed on your site might help me find them.   ...or vice versa.
please advise. Thanks
 Kerry Murphy


Friday, March 6, 2009 10:59 AM
Re: Kobbe Kid, 1971-1974

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for writing. Yes, we are still managing the Kobbe Kids website, but at present time are without a webmaster. I will save your email and get back to you as soon as we are able to make updates..
Thanks again
Jack Frediani
Kobbe Kids

On Fri, 3/6/09

Subject: Kobbe Kid, 1971 -1974

Dear Jack,
Hi! Are you still managing the Kobbe Kids website? I haven't thought about my life at Ft. Kobbe until recently, and, feeling nostalgic, decided to look around on the web today. I was taken in by Gary Strong's photos of Kobbe and, while his photos pre-date my time there, they captured my attention and recalled an amazing life and unique experience like no other.
We lived on Kobbe Hill from June 1971 through mid-1973 or 1974. We then moved to Ft. Amador until June 1976. My father was a GS-level DoD employee. My two brothers are Mike and Tony. Our neighbors were the Gunther's, the Jackson's, the Morgan's, the Huffcut's, the Mosquez', the Totaro's and many other great folks whose faces I remember, but not their names! Me and my brother Tony attended Kobbe elementary - me for just one year, the 6th grade, and Tony for the 5th and 6th grades. I graduated from Curundu Junior High School and attended Balboa High School for one year. My brother, Mike, attended Curundu Junior High School and is a graduate of Balboa High School. He played football on the Balboa Bulldogs team his Junior & Senior years.
My father was President and Treasurer of the local Lions Club and my mother was active in the Officer's Wives Club. I played folk guitar and sang, and performed on stage at Curundu. I was also in the orchestra playing violin (2nd chair) at Curundu for two years and then joined the choir (under Mr. Chapman). I ran track for Kobbe and Curundu. I vied for the title of Miss Canal Zone in the 1974 (I think) Miss Teen America Pageant against one other gal who got the title and represented the Canal Zone in the stateside contest. I was a cheerleader for the Howard Eagles football team for at least one year and had many friends on Howard including Susan Shipman, Terry Haggerty, Karen Spurlock, Chuck Gammons, and others.
I do have photos from the period I would like to post of Kobbe, Ft. Amador, Panama, etc. If you have any references to the names I've mentioned here, or know of anyone who lived on Kobbe Hill during the period I did, I would appreciate their contact information. Thanks so much for your site!
Lisa M. Castillo
Herndon, Virginia 20170

From: Lori Davis
Subject: Memories

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2009, 9:41 AM

Wow, I was born in 1964. My dad was stationed at Fort Kobbe my first, second and third grade years 1970-1973. What memories you have brought back. I do remember the Spanish teacher, the shark net, elementary school, the airport, the bridge that raised up to let the ships go underneath, the hospital, the commissary that had the daycare (tent) in the parking lot & even the girl scouts selling cookies in front, the canal zone, the rain, ginnups, mangos, our banana tree in our back yard, the piñatas, movie theater.. you remember the carnivals? It seems there was a carnival all the time somewhere. OMG, how old do I feel right now! I traveled many places being an army brat; I can actually say that Panama was the most beautiful place I had ever lived. Thank you for letting me have some great memories!
Lori "Cookie" Davis


:32 AM

hi sandy, i lived in the canal zone h.a.f.b. from 74-77 and have looked at your site! It brings back fond memories of an outstanding place, i was wondering if thr jerry(tiger) that is in the memorian was a softball player at that time? also if you have any information on what h.a.f.b and ft. kobbe look like today and it's uses! thank you  

Lee  Richard


Friday, December 12, 2008 7:01 AM

Ft. Kobbe
Sandy,   I was browsing online and came across your website. I lived in Panama from 91-93 and attended Ft. Kobbe elementary along with 2 brothers and a sister who went to middle school and HS across the canal. My name is Sam Solhjem. Ill be updating my information on the website. I also keep in contact with a lot of friends who were there as well. Nice to see that we have a way to keep in touch.

Friday, October 31, 2008 12:50 pm

Thanks you for your interest. The topic, "Are you a Zonian?" has been debated many times by many people for many years. I was there in the early 60's and was high school age, but I have no idea if you will know the people that I will mention.
The last time I was involved in this discussion, was approximately 14 years ago. I live in California, and Lesley Hendricks of CZ Brats, who lives on the east coast, for some reason were both up all night long. For many hours, to both of our enjoyment, she and I wrote back and forth regarding this topic. We finally decided to let Dino Barkema make the decision. Dino is our age, still lives in Panama and is very well respected. His simple response was, If you feel like a Zonian, you are a Zonian.
Obviously, everyone, including you and I, are allowed to have their own opinions. Just because he said it, dosen't make it so, but I agree with Dino completely. And no, that doesn't mean that I win you loose. It only means that we both are entitled to our own feelings and our own hearts. Please keep in mind, that just because I feel that I am a Zonian, it doesn't take anything away from you. They are my feelings and I am forcing them on no one.
I am sorry that this topic is one that seems to concern you to the point that you feel you have to write about it. I also hope that my explanation helps you to understand that each of has our own heart and we are the only one that has any say about what is in it.

By the way, did you know that the Gov. of the Canal Zone was a U.S. Army General. I wonder if he felt he was a Zonian.

Jack Frediani

Kobbe Kid

From: Desiree Hillard
Subject: Desiree Hillard

Date: Friday, September 26, 2008, 10:03 AM
ok... I'm a missing Kobbe Kid. Will you add me as found now? My 6th grade teacher was Ms. Crumbpacker. She got married 1/2 way through the year to a Naval officer. I can't remember her maiden name.

Another missing kid from Kobbe that was in my class was Tonya Brown. Her Dad was OSI. Lost touch with her when I was in 8th grade.

Thanks for putting this together.

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 14:21:54


Per Balboa High School 1962 yearbook, she graduated in that year and her last name is spelled DEAR. I recognize her picture and have her marked as someone I knew. But, since I was a sophomore and she was a Senior we would have hung out in different circles. Our website co-owner also graduated in 1962 and I have forwarded the info to her.
Thanks again -


On Fri, 8/29/08:


While stationed in Ft. Kobbe 1959-61 I met a real nice young
lady by the
name of Donna Deer, her father was a Sgt. she traveled many
times in a bus going
from Kobbe to Ft. Clayton, I surely like to know what ever
happened to her,
please drop me a  line.

Heiko  Co. C

Sunday, August 03, 2008 7:16 PM
To: Gary Strong
Subject: enjoyed photos & Ginny Jansen info
They were great and brought back fond memories. Can someone pass on any info
about Ginny Jansen to me? I was at Kobbe & was in BHS class of '61. Email or
Billy Ashley,214 Couch Ln,Scottsboro,Al.,35768. Call 256 259 2301   cell 256
599 7320 anytime. Would like to hear from anyone who wants to say Hi. No cure
for Panamania.

Thank you,Gary.....

Regards, Billy

Subject: Re: enjoyed photos & Ginny Jansen info

Date: Monday, August 4, 2008, 9:13 AM

Hi Billy,
Thank you for writing a note.
I do not remember Ginny Jansen, but will forward this to Jack Frediani.
Are you related to Martha Ashley?



Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 3:07 PM

Subject: RE: Way-back Machine!

My goodness!  I need to digest where places were. Obviously
my pre-teen sense
of direction was 'flawed'. My work PC won't let
me watch this so I'll send it
home to enjoy and read your report. I'll do more
research on-line too about
Howard. This really was early days. It seemed very unused
and I remember
being able to roll greenish-black mold off the window
screens. We had 'honey
bears' running in and out of the jungle too.
Yes, add me to the list!  I was Joan Peters back then. I
believe we got there
in 1954, but it must have been a year or two later that I
was at Fort Kobbe,
lets say 1955-57. I only remember the bus rides and looking
for sharks in the
water (?). I most remember having ant lions in a wood
pencil box and lifting
the desk top to check on them. I remember we had 30 minutes
a day of Spanish
lessons that I'm afraid didn't stick with me.
Thank you so much for your reply and help with my memory!


Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:42 PM
To: McKinney, Joan
Subject: Re: Way-back Machine!
Actually, Fort Kobbe is on the Pacific side and Kobbe and
Howard were the
same base. Albrook is also on the Pacific side, but you did
have to cross the
bridge at the Miraflores locks to go from Kobbe/Howard to
Albrook. I can't
say for sure, but I believe Howard was called France Field
in the earlier
years. I went back last October and have attached my report
from that trip.
Also, here is a link to the pictures.
Also, if you wish, let me know your name at the time you
were there and I
will have you added to the list.
Much thanks -

Jack Frediani

Subject: Way-back Machine!

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 12:45 PM

Hello Jack,
I've been browsing for pictures of the Canal Zone the
past couple of days and came across the Kobbe Kids. I was in Panama with my family back in
1954-57. I was only 8-9-10-ish when we were there, so I've been looking to validate my
identification of slides my late dad took that I just had printed and am
putting in an album. He was a Master Sargent in the Air Force.
We first came to the CZ on the Pacific side and lived at a place we
called "France Field". We were non-coms, but got to live in officers quarters. It
was sparcely settled around us and the jungle was not that far from the back
of the house. I don't find anything about France Field in Google. Do you have
any idea if that was actually part of Howard AFB? After a year or so we moved to the Atlantic side to Albrook AFB.
On the Pacific side I went to South Margarita; on the Atlantic I rode the bus across the canal to Fort Kobbe.
I'm just curious what you think about France Field.
Thanks for any enlightenment!

Joan McKinney

Houston, TX

Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 22:32:41

I am reporting a sighting of 2 of your missing Kobbe Kids! As a matter fact, I know the whole family! I was fortunate to marry the man of my dreams and He is Jimmy Pecor. Actually I know him by the name of Jim! Jim and I live in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The Pecor family was at Fort Kobbe in 1957 to 1961. Their parents are Leonard and Manuela Pecor. Leonard passed away 9 years ago. Manuela is still living in Oconto, WI where the family moved after leaving Panama and she will celebrate her 86th birthday next week. John Pecor lives in Durango, CO. and he is married to Sandra and has three kids. He works for the Bureau of Land Management. I emailed John also and gave him the Kobbe Kids website. Jim was a Senior Mechanical Designer for over 30 years, retired and now is enjoying life as an Over the Road Trucker. He is having a ball and loves seeing the country. I just happened to check out some friends of mine who moved to Panama and happened across your website when I googled Fort Kobbe. Boy, I really enjoyed it! Thanks so much for maintaining this wonderful memory. Jim has said over and over again that those were the best years of his life....still
hates winter and sleeps with a quilt on in the summer.      He was one of the few Pecor kids that was born in Panama in 1947. Since he was born in July....says that he was acclimated at
birth and should never have left the tropics!  I would love to hear about another reunion. Please keep me on your email list. Thanks so much!

Karen Pecor

Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 09:28:06
From: "Kerry Murphy"
Subject:   Kobbe Kids Web Site

I wandered on to the Kobbe Kids web site and am wondering how I can get my name listed on the site. Lived on Kobbe Hill from 1968-1970 while I attended 9th grade at Curundu and 10th grade at Balboa. Left after sophomore year and have lost touch with all of my friends from way back then. Would like to list contact info in case any of them wander by the site. Specifically looking for Brian Compton and Ron Mahan who were my closest biddies on the hill and Jon Dunham who was another friend who lived at Howard.
Appreciate any assistance you can give me to get listed on the site or any other ideas you might have about how I can find my old friends. Thx.
Kerry Murphy

Subject: Re: Kobbe © '58 to '61
Date:   Thu, 1 May 2008 12:42:53

Hi Sandy,
Yes to Alabama & the junk store, but I am going to close soon. My wife died recently & I don't want feel tied down even if I don't go anywhere. Andy was a dog I had when my mail changed. Thanks for getting back to me.


Date:  Wed, 30 Apr 2008 23:23:57 EOT
Subject: FROM RON





Subject: Kobbe @ '58 to '61
Date:   Tue, 29 Apr 2008 20:31:39

HI, Sandy. Some memories are getting fuzzy, but others will live on, on & on.
Billy Ashley ...BHS class of'61 barely.

Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 18:11:33 EST
Subject: Panama Canal Zone

My name is Arthur C. Bonevich,   Artie for short. I was station at Ft. Kobbe 1960/63.
Combat Support Co., 1st Battle Group, 20th Inf. Scout Platoon. (CS-1 BG/20lnf)
My two children Debbie Marie, 23 May 1962, Artie Jr., 19 Aug 1963 were born at Gorgas Hospital.
Thought that you would like to know. Or maybe post it.



Subject: Kobbe
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:44:10
From:  "Mike J. Weirich"

Hi Jack,
Always enjoy going back to visit your Kobbe Kids site. Someday I hope to visit Kobbe and see all the changes in person. I am already on the list but do not have an email listed. If possible, I would like to put it on.
When we left Kobbe, my dad was stationed at Norfolk , Virginia . We live in Virginia Beach and have been here since living Kobbe.
I lived on Kobbe hill (right above hole #7) on the golf course. We were the only Navy family to have lived on Kobbe. I believe it was Vargas Street or Lane.
Do have a question. I went to Diablo Jr. High. I only see one other person who has it listed. By any chance, do you know when they closed Diablo?
Mike J. Weirich

Date:   Mon, 18 Feb 2008 21:55:27 EST
Subject: Kobbe Elementary School

Our family lived in Farfan and I attended Kobbe Elementary for 6th grade in 1964-65. Then I went to Curundu for the next two years before we moved to California.

For our 25th anniversary my husband took me on a Panama Canal cruise and I saw many familiar sites. We only got off the ship in Cristobal so I didn't get to nose around the old homestead but at least I was close!
Mary Ann Burritt Sumner

Subject: RE: Howard kid

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009, 3:25 PM

Good Evening Jack,
My name while I was in Panama was Tanna Echerd, we lived in the city before we moved to Howard AFB. We were in Panama from 1967
to (approx.) 1975. I now live in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.  Please feel to contact me or if I can provide more information on others...

TK Hinshaw

From: Jack Frediani
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 1:06 PM
To: Hinshaw

Subject: Re: Howard kid
Send me your name, age you were at the time and the years you were there, also. please supply me with your snail mail address and if you like, you phone number. This info will not be given out without your permission and will only be used to notify you for reunion contact.


From: Hinshaw
Subject: Howard kid

Date: Friday, January 30, 2009, 7:58 AM

I was a Howard kid and I recognize a few names, how do I go about adding mine or contacting a few on the list?


Lived on Ft Kobbe 1951-1952 (3rd and 4th Grades).  Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and I am convinced that there is some connection with the DDT spraying that went on at the base every evening when we were outside playing in the streets. I remember all of us kids chasing behind the trucks as they drove through the base. IS there anyone else  out there in this predicament?  My neurologist is interested in doing a longitudinal study to see if there is any correlation.  Thanks to anyone that can help me.

Patricia McDOnald Carpenter

Would love to hear from anyone else who was a Kobbe brat at that time!

   Looking for Augi. Lived in "new housing " on Howard AFB,

Remember we had the monkey blook fights.

Looking for Bunny Stevens, Emma Truitt and Barbara Johnson

We went to grade school together. Contact Sandy Draper at:

Stationed at Howard Field from 1946-1948 with 1048th Air Engineering Squadron.

Knew men at Kobbe when it was considered an outpost.THe men rationed with us

in our mess hall since they had no dining facilities. Was granted hunting priviledges

from Ft Amador Commander to hunt in jungle surrounding the camp.  

Saw animals and snakes that would scare anyone.    

Warren Street

Anyone having any pictures of Panama from 1986-89 time frame and any pictures of Kobbe Hill please contact:

Looking for Kendra Ramsdell, Jeep Cartwright, Bunny Wagner, any of the Pineda's, Cindy Sales, Rhonda Wolf and Rosanna Cruz. Lived in "New Housing" at Howard AFB.  Anyone knowing Diana, Dino, or Delma,  please contact Delma Torres at (deleted)  Happy 47th Birthday, Tracy Edmondson, wherever you may be. And God bless. Tracy's Birthday-November 12th.  Looking for Mrs. Halvosa. Would like to see how she is doing.  Does she still keep lists of her students?She taught me in 1971-72. She was an awesome teacher.

Deanna Huber

I'd like to update my email ID. I've moved 4 times in the past 4 years Florida to Boston to Iraq and now am at Ft Buchanan PR.

Anyone who knows my sister Diana or Dino or myself please contact me. Would love to hear from you.

Am looking for Kendra Ramsdell, Jeep Cartwright, Bunny Wagner, any of the Pineda’s, Cindy Sayles, Rhonda Wolf and Rosanna Cruz.

Lived in what was called “New Housing” at Howard AFB.

Delma Torres


Looking for newspaper articles on Paul Emerson, stationed at Ft. Kobbe 1948-1950.

          He pitched for the Army baseball team.  Also served at Ft Sherman and Ft Davis.

         Many articles were in the Army and Panama newspapers.  Please contact:

Linda Anders

Looking for Donna Harris, Melinda Miller, Tracy Edmonson and Terry Edmonson.
Lived on Howard AFB in early '70's--

Please contact: JMCLELLAND

I am looking for old pictures of the military bases in Panama, especially the star in front of the church on Howard AFB. Please contact:

Marie Bosley

           Stationed at Ft Kobbe 1951-1953 in Headquarters  CO., G2 & G4

 and most of the time as directior of the service club.

           Looking for a 33rd Infantry patch from that time.  Can anyone help?

Lou Van Eperen 

Thomas L.  Merriman  1954-1955 Ft Kobbe  Tank Co. 33rd INfantry Regiment

 Would like to heare from anyone there at that time

Looking for old buddies stationed at Ft Kobbe l956-1958.

Please contact: Layne Kono

Larry Bangle


Looking for Donna Grady from early 1960's.

My name is William 'Fred' Ball. I live in Kobbe for about 1959 to 1962. if there is anyone out there that has the vaguest idea who I am and that for some reason may wish to contact me you can do so on

Looking for Rachael Ortiz & Charlie Adams.  Contact: James DePass

My name is Jaqui McKee, my family lived on Kobbe Hill from 73-76, had sisters Elizabeth, Judy, brothers Stan and Steve. My neighbors were the Franklin's, Tysons, Binnions, Manleys, I would love to hear from anyone that our family knew in those days. And would like to find out what ever happened to Doug Spain whose family lived in Howard  during that time, he played football for the Eagles,and Clara Marin who lived in Farfan.

I lived on Ft. Kobbe from 1974-1975 first in lower Kobbe then on kobbe

hill. My Dad was the Chaplain then.  I was on the swimteam at the pool 

on Howard AFB. I also went to Kobbe Elementary School. during 5th

 and 6th grade.

Darren Boulware


I taught at Kobbe for nine years and would LOVE to hear from any of my kids. And if you would like to contact Libby Fulcher or Annie Laurie Halvosa, eMail me and I will print it out and mail it to them. They don't have computers.  I would really love to hear from you. "Ms. Wooden"

Jane Wooden Konecnik


What a beautiful site. The pictures took me down a trip on memory lane like I haven't enjoyed in years. Thank you for ALL of your contributions everyone.  Does anyone know where Tracy Lee, or Teri Lyn, Edmondson are these days?

John McLelland


I lived at 420C Fort Kobbe during 1980-1982 approximately. My step father was Mike Holman and my best friends were Eric, Shane and Paula Wright. I would love to find them. I was 8 when I first moved there. I attended Maranatha Baptist Church and Academy while there. Please contact me if you knew me, my mother Sharon, or my lost friends.

Leann (Gulick) Quinn


I was stationed at HowardAFB from 1977-79 and worked at the clinic. I just started a free forum called andit is opened to all. I plan on posting pictures and help people find aldfriends. Stop by or email me at  for info.

Tom Giarrizzo, USAF RETIRED


I am looking to find my brother's child that was born in Ft. Kobbe.  My brother's name was Roberto Hernandez and he was in the US Army in 1979 to 1981 at Ft. Kobbe.  His child was born in those years.

Edward Hernandez


Would anyone possibly know where Fred Ball has landed in his travels?


 I am looking for anyone I knew in Panama.  I rode horses at Howard Airforce Base.  My horse was Alazon.  I was there from 1969-1974.

Colleen Kelly

I was a dependent that grew up in Panama at both Albrook and Howard AFB.  I was there from 1973-1989.  If you remember a Joe Cassidy please contact me.

Joe Cassidy

I am looking for information on the Kinnett family who was in the military in the Canal Zone, Pac. side in 1960. The daughter's name was Wanda & went to Balboa H.S. in 1960. She dated the son of the Balboa Baptist Church minister, Reverend Beebe.

Gerold R. Cooper



My deceased father was stationed with the 33rd Infantry at Fort Kobbe from 1952 - 1955.  In particular, I'm looking for anyone who might have information about an exercise that was completed in early 1954, "Operation Balboa", where elements of the 33rd crossed through the Darien jungle from one coast to the other.   I have a letter of commendation to my father, signed by a Colonel A. C. Elegar, after this exercise, in May of 1954.  I would truly appreciate any assistance that you might be able to provide.

Best Regards,
Guillermo Rivera, Jr.


Would like to reach from friends that I knew in that area. That either

went to St. Mary's from 1970 to 1974 and then went to Curundu Jr High. My

name was Reina Miller, had a brother name Danny.

Reina (Miller) Kennon



This is really great! The best times in my childhood were at Howard and
Albrook,we even lived a bit in Cocoli.I must say though,when we lived at
Howard we had the most fun.If anyone remembers me or my brother Dino or
sister Diana please get in touch, would love to hear from you.We were at
Howard from 69-summer of 73.
Thanks so much,
Delma Torres

I was stationed at CSC 3/5th Inf from 79-81. I can still remember riding our air mattresses down the drainage ditch heading towards Howard AFB from the top of the hill. Ahy how great site!  I have a lot of old pictures if anyone is interested.

Darren Smith




I am one of the "Campbell Clan" (8 kids). We moved to Farfan from Cocoli in 1970 and lived there until 1980 and then moved to Gamboa. My brothers and sisters are; Lina, Johnny, Ray, Joanne, Mike, Ronny, Michele.(I was born after Joanne).  I was all over Howard/Kobbe for those ten years and then some later. I played football on the Howard Eagles when we use to play @ Kobbe field. I also remember playing baseball and jumping out of my cleats every time the Howitzer cannon went off @1700. Thanks for the opportunity to share the memories.


Joe (Pat) Campbell



I lived in Ft. Kobbe from 1970 to 1975 at 405-A. I was about 8y.o. when we moved there, attended 3rd through 6th grades at Kobbe Elem. and 7th grade at Curundu Jr. High until we left in Feb of '75. Dad was SGM Don Gilbert, Stepmother was Silvia, brothers Donny and Scott, stepbrother Eduardo and halfbrother Alex. Sister's name is Tammy

Greg Gilbert


It is a wonderful website that brought back many pleasant memories of my

adolescence from 1965 to 1968, even though I was a Ft. Clayton kid. Kobbe

beach was the best.

Frank Jones


I was there 89-92 in B Co. 536th Engineers. Can't believe its been 10 years!

Rob Harshbarger


We need more pictures of Kobbe beach.  I lived in lower Kobbe 1963-1968 and on Kobbe Hill 1973-1982.

Linda Studley-Sullivan


Kobbe's of 3 brother from Germany generation. Settled in Sullvian County Pa,

I live in Troy Pa About 6 gens down the line.

Richard L. Kobbe


 I lived on Howard AFB From 1979 to 1984......I have alot of good

memories...Best place I've lived.....I was in the class of 1984 Balboa H.S......


Byron D. Rogers


Brings back memories with visual aide from whem I was stationed there.

Chris Lemon

A Co. 1/508 ABN/INF 1990-1992


Hi to all from Buzzy Kennon.  I was all over the place 1960 to 1976.  My father was 

a teacher at Curundu room c-305 history.   He left panama in 1982...yes Coach Kennon.

Any and all please e-mail me. I am looking for Jonnie Mitchell who lived on the hill in 

Howard afb.  We uesd to go to kobbe beach. 



I retired from the Panama Canal Commission while it was a U.S. Agency, and

continue to work there in my same job for the Autoridad del Canal de Panama (ACP). 

Panama has really changed a lot...the Amador Causeway is looking great and will soon

have a hotel at the extreme end...a jetty for passenger ships has been constructed and will

 allow tourists to disembark.

Kenny Underwood


Awesome heavy duty... My hats off to you all...Steve Soriano Curundu Power

Army Base Brat...Anyone from Curundu Army Base Curundu Power. This is little Soriano

OSSO in Saudia Arabia Al- Jubail working at Desal-Powerplant.

Steve Soriano
Curundu Army Base Brat


In 1968 I moved there with my young bride as a LT US Army....My son was

born In Gorgas Hospital...Wow It brings back memories....why did we give it


George V. Donatello, CPT US Army

MG William August Kobbe was my great-grandfather.  My dad is the only family member who was able

 to visit Fort Kobbe.  The closest I ever got was a best friend in high school (in the 60's!) who had lived 

at Fort Kobbe! It seems that my brother and I have lost our chance to ever see Fort Kobbe as it was.

Christine Kobbe Allin


This site brought back so many memories for me. I lived on Ft. Kobbe from

1991 till 1992. It was an amazing experience which I will never forget.

Ya'll Have done a great job with the site and I look foward to visiting it

many times in the future.

Amanda Ballard


It brought back a lot of memories for me and I havent been in Panamain over 22 years.

We spent some time in a part of Ft. Kobbe that eventually was condemned, it was for

incoming Air Force persons, I think. I explained to my two sons what 

the shark cage was for, NO it was to keep the sharks out not in.

Tim McDonald


This site is great! I can actually see my house in one of the pictures. My family was one of the first Air

 Force families to move to Kobbe. I was there from 1961-1964. What wonderful memories.

Terri Lockhart Muha

  I grew up in Panama and lived at both Albrook and Howard AFB.

I was there from birth in 1973 till leaving in 1989. I played football in 9th grade for the Kobbe Raiders.

Joe Cassidy


 Lived A Howard AFB from 79-82.  Loved it!!   I was on the school board at Fort Kobbe.

Jerilyn Alf

 I am not a Kobbe Kid but I do envy you. I was in the Army at Kobbe from 1958 until 1960,

 and as you can see by my user name I haven't fotgotten. Coming from a big city,

I thought that Kobbe was heaven. You were very privileged to grow up there.

Tom Joyce

 I was at Howard AFB from 91-93 and before that I lived on Amador for a year.  It has been so amazingly difficult to ever discuss anything about my tour there. I was living there within weeks after Just Cause and as you well know, there were tensions between EVERYONE down there at that time. That made things just a touch more "savage" in my transition there. I would love to see if I might not be able to find some of my friends.......time to dig up the old year books.  Anyone who lived there and came back to the United States knows that any legnth of time in Panama had a profound impact on all of our lives. I am just glad to have found a place where I can visit in my private time and reflect on my life when I was there. Thank You!

Emily Anne Reynolds

   You were a privileged group to have the opportunity to live in such a wonderful environment.  I was born and raised in the Canal Zone, joined the Air Force in 1975, was stationed at Howard AFB 82-88 and 95-99.  Retired 1999, Howard AFB.  The CZ was one of the best places in the world to live, work and bring up a family!

Javier Soriano

 I moved to Panama 2 years after I was born in 1986 and moved back to the
U.S. in 1990. Then I moved back to Panama in 1995 and and then moved back to
the U.S. in 1998.  I lived on Howard AFB for 8 years total.  I used to
live near the clinic in a 4 bedroom house, I think my house number was 184. I will turn 16 on November 13th. Thanks a lot for having such a cool site guys, it brings back old

Evan Wagner

  Very nostalgic.  I spent 3 tours there in the AF.  77 to 79 when Carter
signed the new treaties, 86 to 90 when we sent Noriega on vacation and 95
thru 99.  I left early, in Jan 99 just before it got too depressing.  Have
you seen what the locals did to the housing at albrook? They renovated many
of them and they are now very nice.

Bill Wagner

 I was stationioned at Fort Kobbe c/company weapons platoon m 60 machine gun

and 90 mm recoilless rifle from about august 1966 thru about august 1967.  Welcome home all my bros

 and may [god] bless you and your family now and forever [amen] from my family to yours. 

Great Site.   Keep it coming...Airborne all the way

Calvin Hickerson

  What a  great look into the past!  My absolute favorite was the pic of ginnups!  They had to be my most favorite fruit!  We were stationed at Albrook but I remember all the great trips our family took on weekends.The shark net sure brought back memories too.  I would love to here from anyone who remembers me or my family.  We lived at Albrook and also in Pannama City.   I must have been 8-9yrs old at the time, I'm 45yrs now.  I was on a swim team  at Albrook.  I can't remember the name of my school,  but I remember a few teachers. Ms DeLaPina and Ms Faucet > must have been my 3rd or 4th grade teachers.  I also remember the Balboa club house in Balboa.We lived at Albrook during the riots and had a few families stay with us during the uprise.

Henrietta Rose Cabrera/Heldt

What a wonderful site!  You have really brought back some great memories
for a kid born and raised in my beloved Canal Zone.  Special thanks to Gary
Strong for having the foresight to take all those beautiful pictures and for
his generosity in sharing them!  Thank you and keep up the good work!  Wish
we had a site like this for the town of Margarita.

Joe Hickey

 Thanks for all the memories. I finally have a picture to go with my
description of "Guinnups". They are so difficult to explain to Non-zonians.
I told my sister about this site, she will be visiting soon.  I lived on Howard AFB from 1970-1976. I attended Curundu JHS 1974, 1975 and 1976. (7th-9th grade) If anyone would like to contact me, please do so at:

 Thanks, Denise Mousaw

I lived on Kobbe Hill house 301 around the age of 9 to 14.  I LOVED IT!  Kobbe is dreamland.  I havent been back in 10 years.  Im 24 now,  and i dream of riding my skateboard down kobbe hill on my way to kobbe flats to visit my freinds.  I still remeber my phone number!  Somethings you never forget.  Kobbe kids Rule!  Kobbe Raiders Rule. Kobbe Elementry Rules...they say!  That heaven is more beautiful then your dreams! Well it better be beautiful if it plans to top FT KOBBE. who knows.. maybe it is ft Kobbe.  A land of Grass Fields!

Pablo Manuel Vangas "slinky"

Having lived at Howard from '66 to '69 I could easily see thru the lens of Gary Strong's camera. Wow! Thanks, Gary. Great work. Great eye. I just wish I would have had the maturity and perspective at 16 to have savored it with such a sense of beauty and place. The shot of the cayuco in the mangroves at Venado is special. In 66 and 67, I was one of the Venado boys who spent countless hours surfing in the "mangies", eating fried plantains at the cantina, and munching "raspados con leche" in the village. Gary, you "speaka my language". To the creators of this site, Thank You!

Lou Nelms


I am tickled to death to find it and hope it will help me find some of the people I have been looking for for years.  I lived in Ft Kobee from 1962 to 1964 and went to Balboa High School. I was a very skinny, very shy plain jane and loved horses. I had some of the very best years of my life at Ft Kobbe.

Laura Laird Causey


¡Ya no más!