"The Navy Is the Best Thing That Has Happened to Vieques..."
(See J. O'Neil, pp. 62-66, November 1999;
P. Santiago, p. 8, December 1999 Proceedings)
Lieutenant Colonel C. L. Guthrie, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)—I enjoyed the superb article by Captain O'Neil on the practicality and realpolitik of our use of Vieques. My Vieques experiences go back to the 1950s and 1960s, when we young Marines thrived at Camp Garcia, Vieques Island. There were about 300 of us there, and our population swelled by 1,000 or so when the amphibious ready groups came ashore for training and during other exercises and events.