|U.S. NAVFAC Nicosia, Cyprus .. 1958|
|Images and narrative by Tony Spatafore|
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ANTHONY J SPATAFORE|
U.S. NAVAL FACILITY, AMERICAN CONSULATE GENERAL, NICOSIA, CYPRUS
Departing Winter Harbor with orders reading the
wearing of civilian clothes is directed, and first class
air if other means not available. I went to the Naval Receiving Station Brooklyn, New York. From there I was sent
to Charleston AFB, Charleston, South Carolina. The young Airman (WAF type) said she couldn't process me since I
wasn't in uniform. I pointed out my orders read "Civilian Clothes". She gave me a strange look and processed me
through. When the call came for Officers and Civilians to board the plane (C124 type), I picked up my bags and
boarded the plane. While at the Naval Air Station Port Lyautey the Mess Master at Arms wanted to know why I
was in civies. I showed him my orders. He didn't say a thing. Well, no military flights to Cyprus, so off to Rabat,
where I boarded an Air France flight to Paris. From there to Rome and Milan, Italy - then to Athens, Greece.
I spent two days there. Finally boarded a Cyprus Airways DC3 (Gooney Bird) to Nicosia.