Believed Everything I Heard

We had landing nets at 29 Palms. That’s right, landing nets right out there in the middle of the desert. They were at the enlisted swimming pool. The enlisted pool was huge and I remember hearing it said the pool was larger than Olympic size.

At the deep end it had a diving tower (at least that’s what we used it for) with platforms at 20, 30, and 40 feet in addition to the one meter and three meter spring boards on the side. Twenty feet was fun and you could almost do a belly flop from it with no damage. Thirty feet was where you had to start watching what you were doing and from forty feet, you could do some serious damage if you were not careful.

On that tower they had hung landing nets and the story I heard was; they couldn’t get authorization for an enlisted pool so they built a ‘Training Tank’ and when not training, it was the enlisted swimming pool. Crazy stories went around all the time but in 1963 I was 18 years old and believed everything I heard.

Forged on the anvil of discipline.
The Few. The Proud.
Jerry D.

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3 thoughts on “Believed Everything I Heard”

  1. I was the SNCOIC in charge of that pool in the early to mid 90’s. It was definitely larger than an Olympic size pool by several meters. When I went through the lifeguard training, it was brutal!!! Very challenging, not just the fact that it was larger than most pools, but civilians and military personnel were teaching it.

  2. I was in 3rd Guns in 64 and heard the remember that pool well. There was not a lot to do at the stumps. You could see a movie for a dime and let the dependent kids sitting in the balcony above you throw popcorn at you all during the movie. That’s why they had MPs stationed on the stairs.

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