Posted: Apr 24, 2013 6:20 PM by Jessica Holley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Apr 24, 2013 6:57 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - It's a building rich in history, NAS Corpus Christi's Bay Club, but now it too will become a part of history as new memories will be created inside its brand new club, which opened Tuesday.
An old bottle cap and peeling wallpaper gives a glimpse into the past of what the 70 year old Bay Club had once been. It was the place you shared a beer with friends, after a day of flying.
"I do remember lots of local girls coming here, and mostly for the pageantry because everybody was dressed up in their military uniform with their brand new wings on. Money is flying at the bar tender and drinks are flying in the other direction," Commodore Rex Curtin, Air Wing Commander on Base.
Commodore Rex Curtin and his long time friend Colonel Dave Kerbs shared stories and reminiscenced about all memories that fill the walls of the old club.
"I watched my roommate one of my closet friends propose to his now bride in one of these chairs. He was down on his knees, she was standing on the bar," say Commodore Rex Curtin.
In the ball room, thousands of men were winged some notable men including John Glenn, George Bush Senior, and Senator John McCain.
"And to see the smiles that moms and dads have as they put on a set of wings on their kids, right here in this room there is so much of that history and nostalgia in this room," says Colonel Dave Kerbs, Marine Aviation Training Support group 22.
"I remember sitting at that table right over there watching the Gulf War kick off and being like everyone else in the room, brand new Enson Lt JG in the navy trying to figure out what does that mean for us," says Commodore Rex Curtin.
But no matter where their flights took them, the club was never forgotten.
"We never forgot it no matter where we were in the world. If we'd catch up with each other and were winged with in a certain period of time of your warrior comrades the conversation eventually steered back to Corpus, and this club," says Commodore Rex Curtin.
As the doors finally close to the Bay Club, new memories and legacies will be created at the new club just down the street. The officers say flying is only part of the trade, the camaraderie found inside here makes up the other half.
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