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(Washington Post)   "Temporary" Navy Annex building across from the Pentagon to be torn down after only 70 years   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 58
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2013-01-07 01:08:12 PM  
A bunch of the buildings in San Diego's Balboa Park were supposed to be temporary, built for the 1915 California Panama Expo in 1915.
 
2013-01-07 03:38:42 PM  
Occupants at the annex dismissed warnings to prepare to vacate the property by the end of 2011. But those warnings became heeded after food service was cut off.

WTF! Exactly how does our government operate? You had to starve them out?
 
2013-01-07 05:09:48 PM  

cirby: /most of the people interred at Arlington in the last half-century or so died of old age


Yep. Nowadays the people buried there have to have had either some sort of political connections or had earned some of the higher rated medals under combat (silver stars or higher although there's some wriggle room for bronze stars depending upon other factors) or have made the highest ranks (E-9 for enlisted or O-7 for officers, essentially a lifetime of service). While some younger people meet the first requirement (they are pretty rare) it's far more likely that the people bet laid to rest there now died from old age and even then a lot of people who might have met the requirements are laid to rest in private cemeteries in family plots instead. Arlington is not a busy place as far as cemeteries go. A lot more visitors (and tourists) than there are burials.

There are a lot of other national cemeteries for veterans but Arlington is reserved for what can only be considered the elite when they started running out of room decades ago. While this (the demolition of the Navy Annex) adds room for more plots I don't see them loosening the requirements as once the extra space gets filled up as they probably won't be able to get any more room.
 
2013-01-07 05:26:45 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: A bunch of the buildings in San Diego's Balboa Park were supposed to be temporary, built for the 1915 California Panama Expo in 1915.


UCSD for many years used quonset huts left over from WWII when the campus was an Marine Base called Camp Mathews. When I was stationed there they were being used for the Drama Dept. I used to ride my bicycle in the area. There was even a gate guard station there that had graffiti protected in plexiglass from some of the marines stationed there. Not sure if it is still there or was moved to a museum; it was cool to read it.
 
2013-01-07 05:48:42 PM  

Radioactive Ass: cirby: /most of the people interred at Arlington in the last half-century or so died of old age

Yep. Nowadays the people buried there have to have had either some sort of political connections or had earned some of the higher rated medals under combat (silver stars or higher although there's some wriggle room for bronze stars depending upon other factors) or have made the highest ranks (E-9 for enlisted or O-7 for officers, essentially a lifetime of service). While some younger people meet the first requirement (they are pretty rare) it's far more likely that the people bet laid to rest there now died from old age and even then a lot of people who might have met the requirements are laid to rest in private cemeteries in family plots instead. Arlington is not a busy place as far as cemeteries go. A lot more visitors (and tourists) than there are burials.

There are a lot of other national cemeteries for veterans but Arlington is reserved for what can only be considered the elite when they started running out of room decades ago. While this (the demolition of the Navy Annex) adds room for more plots I don't see them loosening the requirements as once the extra space gets filled up as they probably won't be able to get any more room.


Don't know what's there so I don't know feasible it is, but Fort Myer borders the western edge of Arlington Cemetery. In theory, they could dismantle the buildings there and expand the cemetery that way too.
 
2013-01-07 05:56:31 PM  

jkl65s4: Don't know what's there so I don't know feasible it is, but Fort Myer borders the western edge of Arlington Cemetery. In theory, they could dismantle the buildings there and expand the cemetery that way too.


It's a national historic site so I'd guess that it wouldn't be easy to do in reality, although of course it probably could be done if they had a pressing enough need for it.
 
2013-01-07 06:24:22 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: [www.nps.gov image 550x304]

Army Basic Training in June 1979 in a World War II 'temp' building. Not as nice as the one pictured. Supposedly, they could burn down in two minutes. There were a lot of war stories about them doing so. I remember one about two trainees melting shoe polish and accidentally flipping the tin. The burning shoe polish hit the side of the building at the place went up.


The last I knew, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin still had barracks buildings that looked almost exactly like the one in your picture (and some of the Cubans who were housed there after the Mariel boatlift rioted and burned down at least one of them while I was at basic training at Fort Lost-In-The-Woods, Misery... err... Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri).
 
2013-01-07 10:53:31 PM  
"I remember the old annex... When I visited, I wore an onion on my belt (which was the style at the time). Now, back when the annex was built, the Pentagon only had 4 sides on account of the war rationing..."
 
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