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My dad was transferred to the Dahlgren base in 1959 as an Aviation Electrician at the airfield. I, as well as my brother and sisters, spent three very happy years at the Dahlgren school. I fondly remember Mrs. Helen White, Mrs. Mary Davies, and Mrs. Mary Clark. All were exceptional teachers, and had close relationships with the students and their families. I received my love of History from Mrs. Davies. Her classroom was set up with a fireplace and colonial winged-back chairs. My mother reuphostered the chairs. Mrs. Davies also had a general store built inside her room. Each week, two students were allowed to sit in the general store during the entire day. History really came alive in Mrs. Davies' classroom.
- Barbara Wisdom
“During the late 1930s, my dad used to take me fishing from the boat he manned as part of his duty. It was the same boat that he often stood duty on as FDR came down the Potomac River for occasional visits in the area.”
- Ollie Chenevert
Thousand Oaks, CA
“In the 1950s, there was the time—6 a.m. Saturday to be exact—when Bill Kemper (aka “Uncle Bill” to many Dahlgren children) called to ask if I would like to climb one of the old velocity towers to see and photograph a new litter of osprey chicks that had been born earlier that week. We did, despite the momma osprey’s objections.”
- Jack Kunlo
“Miss Dunnington, who taught sixth grade at Dahlgren School in the 1950s, still sits on my shoulder reminding me to finish what I start or ‘you’ll never amount to anything in your life!’ She scared the Be-Jesus out of me, and I’ve always been grateful.”
- Lynne Reynolds (formerly Warren)
Many of the friends I made back at Dahlgren are still a part of my life today. In fact, I met Theresa Lyon in third grade at this school and we now live in the same apartment! The memories and friends I made there really do last a lifetime.