"My mother has fond and precious memories of growing up on the Post. I love to hear her heartfelt memories of life at the Vancouver Barracks with its great sense of community and the closeness that was pervasive amongst the soldiers and their families in those gentler years between World War I and World War II."
Remembering Beavers at the Barracks
"One building that was used belonged to the rifle club that had target shooting in the basement. I learned to shoot and handle a rifle there."
One “gazebo” wedding party followed a bagpiper across the parade field to the Marshall House.
"Our two-storied duplex had 11 rooms and was more than adequate for our family of three."
" I do remember the snow, in the winters and the Parades they had in the summer."
"A highlight of each weekend was the USO dance, chaperoned by some of the City folks and officers from each troop. The young USO women would gather by the High School Pharmacy, at 26th and Main Street, then be driven by truck to and from the dance area."
" Jobs were very hard to find and I couldn’t afford a four-year college to further my education."
"Pay in 1960 for a private recruit on active duty was $90 per month."
"It seemed like we had more snow in the 50s."
Remembering his service in the barracks
The sergeant was a woman?
"Silently, we crawled around the grounds. Empty and occupied buildings were searched with caution. Our bikes always close by!"
"I had never seen such beautiful old furniture and lovely oriental carpets."
"The population of Vancouver at that time -- 18,000."
CreditsVancouver Barracks project team: Marsha Matta, Andrea Damewood, Tom Vogt, Steven Lane, Troy Wayrynen, Zachary Kaufman, Mark Bowder, Adam Coddington, Jeff Bunch, Robert Holcomb and Dave Kern