Object of the Day

Transfer Ceremony

We have a large collection of photographs from the Transfer Ceremony, including this one.

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Were you present for the transfer ceremony?  What do you remember most from that day?  What do you want others to know?

Please share with us in the comments section below!

9 Comments

  • Robert Raymond dixon Gordon

    “This should have never happen”. Robert Dixon retired security officer, Panama Canal Commission, Canal Protection Division. (CPD) Operation Just cause december 20th 1989, recipient. Let history conclude this game.

  • Robert Raymond dixon Gordon

    I have conducted security & surveilance patrols on the east, canal bank from Gamboa, to Paraiso reach in order to prevent the continuos theft of cables, for the bank lights placed there to asist night transits at said location. During that time, I wrote numerous reports regarding the Gold hill which to this time and date poses a threat to the Canal. Some work has being done prior to the date that the canal were reverted to the Panamanian administration, but it should be removed, period. Do not wait forhose post panamax ships or errosion to bring it down. Robert Dixon, retired security officer, 29 years & five months of faithful service to the Panama canal Commission, former agency of the U.S. Goverment.

  • Reginald Hayden

    My wife Beverly (BHS 56) and I were present for the celebrations. It was a festive week and we were pleased to celebrate with our many dear Panamanian friends. It truly was a very historical event that we were proud to be part of!! Reggie Hayden (BHS 55)

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  • Robert Dillon

    Source…

    Secrets on Torrijos-Carter Treaties Declassified

    http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4135331&Itemid=1

    For more credible information on the same subject, search wiki leaks for “Canal Zone” and “bomb” and you will find the U.S. State Department memos from the U.S. Embassy in Panama to D.C. regarding the same, as well as the meetings that they had with the Dictator requesting that he stop the bombings. They (the State Department) kept it secret because they felt that should it become public, the U.S. legislature would not give up the Canal.

  • Robert Dillon

    A day that shall live in infamy.

    Forced by threats of terrorist attacks, the U.S. capitulates and gives the canal, for which it had clear title, to a brutal military dictatorship, along with payments of billions of dollars.

    I’m sure the 10 million dollars we gave Panama in 190? as well as the individual payments made to property owners after the purchase of the French assets, more that compensated for the additional properties.

    Furthermore, in 1989, the U.S. paid for the removal of the dictatorship and the liberation of Panama.

  • Robert Dillon

    See the titles for properties which we obtained from the French canal company including those that they obtained from the Panama Railroad Company, here…

    ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00019315/00001/1x?search=map&vo=

    …and a nice color coded map from back of the document here…

    ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00019315/00001/484?search=map

  • bogna

    I am so glad the zone got busted up. I never encountered more small town minded creeps in one place in my life. I hope all those layabouts got displaced and forced to find real jobs. All your precious homes are now in ruins, torn down or full of locals. Good.

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