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GROWING UP IN GLOUCESTER CITY: The Gloucester City Coast Guard Base Circa 1968

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--Looking at the photo below there are two tall buildings that stand out. This is a guess, is the first arrow on the left pointing to St. Mary's Grammar School?  Regarding the second arrow on the right, would that building be the Hunter Street School?  Comment below if you have a guess. Check out the Christmas menu below the photo. The Coastguardsmen ate pretty well. 

 I never paid much attention to the Coast Guard Base, it was always there when I was growing up.  The property was given to City residents by the federal government in 1990-91. Personally, I wish it was still the home of the U.S. Coast Guard. It was part of my childhood. I can remember seeing the "Coasties" playing softball on the field closest to King Street in the summer. Also, remember students at Gloucester Catholic using the field for gym class in the spring and fall. During the time I worked for the post office, (1967-1978) one of my deliveries was to the base. The base office was on the first floor, of the four-story building, and carrying the bags and bags of mail up those 12 or more steps, along with packages, was a real workout. Every once in a while one of the guys from the office would come out and give me a hand. 


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