WWII

U.S. Military Bases in Panama


This is a list of WWII bases in Panama, compiled by the late Harry Metzler in the 1970s from his work on CZ WW2 Postal Censorship. Dates are for postal operations but should parallel operational dates.

Cape Mala, Panama, Radio Station; open early '42, closed before 9/45

David, Panama, Naval Airfield; open early '42, closed before 9/45

Toro Point Radio Compass Station; open early '42, closed before 9/45

Summit Radio Station; open early '42, closed before 9/45

Taboga Is., Panama, Naval Base; open early '42, closed between 2/47 and 12/47

Farfan Radio Station; open early '42, closed before 9/45

Gatun Radio Station; open early '42, closed before 9/45

Balboa West Bank Radio Station [separate from Rodman??]; open early '45, closed 8/31/78

Almirante, Panama, Seaplane Refueling Facility; closed before 9/45

Upham (Coco Solo) Naval Air Station -- don't know timeframe

The following had US Navy postal facilities (not necessary the facilities themselves) that closed as follows:

Taboga Island Naval Station; closed 9/19/45

Coco Solo Naval Hospital; closed 1/15/46

555th NCBMU -- detachments outside the CZ; opened 12/28/43, closed Spring 1956

1012th NCB (Detach) -- ditto; opened 9/9/42, closed 2/44

1st Barrage Balloon Squadron, Ft Randolph; opened 12/30/41, closed 9/42 (Marine FMF troops)

Additional Bases:

Rio Hato

Coco Solo (Submarine Base)