Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.


G.I. Jive

 

 

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G.I. Jive   Jiving over Pictures of Life on Base , G.I. Jive is a 1944 song written and originally performed by Johnny Mercer. The single was a hit twice in 1944 by two different performers: Johnny Mercer hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for one week and peaked at number thirteen on the pop charts. Three months later, Louis Jordan, also made it to number one on both the Harlem Hit Parade and the pop chart with “G.I. Jive”. The B-side to Jordan’s version, “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”, was also a successful release. The song was the biggest hit of all the songs dealing with soldier life during World War II. Deana Martin recorded G.I. Jive on her 2013 album Destination Moon.

G.I. Jive

Performed by Johnny Mercer
Recorded 1943
Written by Johnny Mercer
This is the G.I. Jive, man alive,
It starts with the bugler blowin’ reveilee
over your bed wen you arrive.
Jack, that’s the G.I. Jive,
Rootle-tee too! Jump in your suit,
make a salute, (Spoken) Voot!
After you wash and dress, more or less,
You go get your breakfast
in a beautiful little cafe they call the mess.
Jack, when you convalesce,
Out of your seat, into the street,
make with the feet! (Spoken) Reet!
If you’re a P.V.T.
your duty is to salute the L-I-E-U-T;
But i fyou brush the L-I-E-U-T,
The M.P. make you K.P. on the Q.T.
This is the G.I. Jive, man alive,
They give you a priavte tank,
That features a little device called fluid drive.
Jack after you revive,
Chuck all your junk,
Back in the trunk,
Fall on your bunk. (Spoken) Clunk!
This is the bunk! (Spoken) Clunk!
Soon you’re countin’ Jeeps,
But before you count to five,
Seems you’re right back diggin’ that G.I. Jive.

[lyrics transcribed from the sheet music]

Museum of Military Memorabilia


G.I. Jive is a 1944 song written and originally performed by Johnny Mercer.


Three months later, Louis Jordan, also made it to number one on both the Harlem Hit Parade and the pop chart with “G.I. Jiv


Deana Martin recorded G.I. Jive on her 2013 album Destination Moon.

Museum of Military Memorabilia

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