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The Officer's club was built by the officer flight crew members who were assigned by crew to wirk on the club when not scheduled for a mission. It is a "great place" to put the problems of yesterday behind you and also the problems of tomorrow. The "opening" was night to remember! It was like being in civilization again. Most of the "brass" were present as well as the ladies of the island.

It was rumored after the war, the club would be burned to the ground immediately after the club's deactivation party when the place was closed. Military Police were advised of the plan and put out a perimeter guard. The "Fire Bugs", with a gasoline refueling truck, were stopped by the MPs 30 feet from the Officer's club and the "fire bugs" were taken back to their quarters and put to bed.

The next day the officer's club, the equipment and all supplies were sold to the 29th Bomb Group, who were also based on Guam for one dollar. A report was submitted that officially cleared the books with the auditors. So many great memories of it.
source: Joe Semanek, Airplane Commander, Crew 23

The following photos were taken at Officer's Club Opening 23 August 1945. They were from the collection of the late Brigadier General James H. Thompson (then Lt Colonel Operations); Provided courtesy of Richard Kelso, son in-law.
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