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USMC LTA Base (LTA = Lighter Than Air (Dirigibles at one time) Formerly listed as USMC LTA (Helicopter Base) Santa Ana, CA.
I am the one who got the name changed to USMC LTA Base, Tustin, CA. I was there when George C. Scott played in the movie Hindenburg. The Tustin facility being a copy of the Lakehurst facility in New Jersey where the Hindenburg Zeppelin burned up before World War II. I was there when an attempt was made to do a round the globe balloon 'trip' which failed miserably and never got off the ground but instead dragged the crew down the runway and almost beat it to pieces in the 'maneuvre'.
I was there when a farmer leased the agricultural area on base to grow parsley. "'Parsley'? Why parsley," I asked him. He said, "Well, somebody has to grow that green stuff they put on your plate in restaurants." He went on to ask me if I actually ate the stuff which is really good for you but . . . . BUT a lot of restaurants re-use the stuff that customers dont eat and it may got from plate to plate to plate so (he suggested) "If you don't eat it, do me a favor, crush it under your foot on the floor or just break it into little pieces and leave it on your plate." This farmer also grew corn and he always left a few sections for us 'gleaners' to go and help ourselves. Those were the days. I miss Tustin and El Toro as it used to be.
Submitted by: John Teale, Commander, British Army, Corps of Royal Engineers assigned to US Navy/MC West Coast operations. Five years in Tustin. Now in Washington (state) at Bangor Submarine Base.
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