Posts Tagged ‘Naval Reserve Radar Training Station’

Welcoming a Veteran Back to The King and Prince

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

In the fall of 2015, we were proud to welcome U.S. Navy veteran Seth Burgess back to The King and Prince Resort. Mr. Burgess’s last visit with us was during World War II – all through the summer and fall of 1945, he was stationed on St Simons Island to attend Radar School. We were happy to be able to sit with Mr. Burgess and his wife in ECHO to chat about his time here 70 years ago.

Seth Burgess November 1945

Seth Burgess November 1945

We talked about how the rooms in the Historic Building were fashioned with bunk beds to accommodate all the Navy men here for their radar training. Some of his best memories included riding bikes around the island, listening to bands playing at a club near the Village, and a funny story about being his bunkman’s wingman because the girl he was taking on a date would only go if her friend had a date too.

The Radar room at The King and Prince

The Radar room at The King and Prince

Aerial of The King and Prince with radar towers in 1944

Aerial of The King and Prince with radar towers in 1944

While Mr. Burgess was here, our General Manager Michael Johnson took him on a tour, showing him our history wall.  He also posed for photos in front of ECHO, named to remember our naval radar connection to World War II.

Seth Burgess and Michael Johnson discussing The Resort's history

Seth Burgess and Michael Johnson discussing Resort history

Seth Burgess and his wife at ECHO in October 2015

Seth Burgess and his wife at ECHO in October 2015

 

A Wedding Set in Time

Monday, November 5th, 2012
King and Prince Naval Training Station

Naval Reserve Radar Training Station

St. Simons Island:  A Georgia destination wedding venue with history and soul.   Above please note your King and Prince wedding venue (lower right) 70 years or so ago when it served our country as a Naval Reserve Radar Training Station during World War Two.  On the grounds where you take your vows, brave men worked to keep our Eastern seaboard safe.  Your very room could have served as one of the BOQ (Bachelor Office Quarters).

Intrigued?  Schedule an event for the history buffs in your wedding entourage to visit the historic Coast Guard Station where you’ll see a film depicting the bombing of two US merchant ships by German submarines in WWII.

Click here to read an archived issue of Naval Aviation News detailing the operations at the King and Prince.  Click here to learn more about St. Simons and the Coast Guard Station during WWII.