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Kings Bay is a HUGE, beautiful base with a good bunch of it protected wetlands. This is the home of the US Atlantic Fleet submarine force. The base was set up so every building is with a 15 minute walk and shuttles took you from the front area back to the waterfront. It has all of the facilities that every other base has - medical, dental, schools, daycare, a golf course, the admin buildings.
When I was faced with the unpleasant (to me - other peope love it!) prospect of becoming a Boatswain's Mate (being a low-ranking nobody that had dropped out of a technical school, I worked in deck department - chipping & painting) I looked around to see what I would be interested in doing instead. NSB had a weather office and since weather forecasting and such is interesting, I went and talked to the people who worked there. So I had thoughts of becoming an Aerographer's Mate. That would have been pretty awesome, although I likely wouldn't have spent much time on a ship. I don't recall what happened, probably that I screwed around and didn't have enough time to get my qualifications done, so instead I got into the post office with the thought that I could have a great job when I got out of the Navy.
Kings Bay is located near St. Marys GA and about 7 miles from the Florida border. We made lots of road trips into Jacksonville and Fernadina Beach. St. Marys was the cutest little southern town. I loved to drive around and look at the houses and I think I was shocked to see palm trees in peoples yards like we have maples here!
I lived on the ship for a while, but then got an apartment off base. My bedroom overlooked the base and every night at 10:30, base security would drive around the perimeter road and their headlights would shine in my window.
This is pretty awesome - the USS Bancroft was decommissioned and instead of scrapping it into razorblades like the Canopus (sniff) was - they recycled the sail into a monument and it proudly stands by one of the gates into the base. This was dedicated in April 2000, on the 100th anniversary of the submarine forces.