The VFW Club

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Cocoli, Canal Zone

The VFW Club in Cocoli, was the number one watering hole on the west bank of the Panama Canal. A lot of strange things happen there. The club was located on the outskirts of Cocoli, so the jukebox could be played very loud. Panama Beer flowed like water......

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Cross over the bridge. To get to Cocoli after the ferry stop running from Farfan to La Boca point one would use the Miraflores Locks swing bridge. What an adventure! It was best to leave a few minutes early just in case one caught a ship locking through either northbound or southbound. I can tell you now it was quite a memrable experience to see a battleship going in harms way. As a little kid living Cocoli the Miraflores Locks bridge was the center of our lives...

Nestle on the west bank of the Canal on the Pacific side was Cocoli. It was a town filled with many activities for both young and old. We had everything! We enjoyed the night life at the Cocoli Clubhouse with movies, Bingo games, bowling, great food and some nights there was even a dance on the second floor. Of course by midnight everything closed down except the VFW Club. What a great place for veterans and their families...

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Lifeguard is always on duty...
Singing in the Rain...
Boogie Woogie Bugler Boy of Company B
Liberty Call... Liberty Call

The Chiva is racing into Cocoli or passing the Cocoli VFW....Parada...Yo dije parada! No me digas que no! Dale mas fuerte!Yes this will be our first stop and one of many if you stay on the Chiva as we explore a lost paradise at the crossroads of world commerce in the heart of the universe. This enchanting land where magic is at your fingertips is only a few hours south of Miami. I plan to give you a preview of what it was to have had the good fortunate to have been born in Panama and spend all my early years in the old Canal Zone. Yes, Welcome to my corner of the world. We also plan to visit Cocoli… the best little town site on the banks of the Panama Canal. Enjoy your visit. You are welcome to join us we go to the beach or just go on safari. If there are any questions or comments feel free to E-Mail Me… I will try to answer them manana. God bless you and yours… And you all come back… you hear? Hasta la vista and Buena Suerte! May the Force be with you…


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