New Port News, Virginia
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Way back when I was a very young girl (just turned 19) I moved to Newport News, Virginia to be with my ex-husband. He was in the Navy when we married and his ship, the USS Enterprise was in dry dock for repairs in Newport News. I am a small time girl from Kansas and had never been away from home at this point in my life so this was a huge move for me to make. My parents drove me with just enough belongings that fit into a very small trailer. We moved into a furnished apartment that was across the street from the ship yards. When we got to Newport News, on a Friday late afternoon, my husband was aboard the ship, as he had weekend duty. Bad timing for us to arrive that weekend.
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My time in Newport News was interesting to say the least. The first night, after my parents had left, and the night before the ex was off weekend duty there were people pounding on my door. I was pretty terrifed and refused to answer the door. I just pretended that no one was home. The next morning I got up to find six bottles of wine propped against our door. Navy buddies had come over to welcome me!
There was not much for a young girl, who was terrified to leave the apartment, to do in Newport News. I would not leave the apartment unless the ex was with me. I can remember remarking to him one time that there were three things that you could find on every corner in Newport News: a sailor, a prostitute and a bar. It was a Navy town without a doubt. I did not stay there long. About 4 months and then the ship left for Los Angeles and then out to sea. This was during the Viet Nam war and the Enterprise spent a lot of time floating around in the Indian Ocean. But the good thing that came from this short stay at Newport News! I came home pregnant and gave birth to our first born son 6 months later.