My name’s Chuck Fraley, and I basically grew up in Marlow Heights, Maryland, starting from around 1965, until we moved away from the area in late 1973. As an Air Force Brat, we lived in Japan, Colorado, Texas, and a couple of other places in Prince Georges County, Maryland (the old Dennis Grove apartments off of St. Barnabas Road, and 28th Parkway, just up from Oxon Run Park). I lived in Marlow Heights in an area of duplexes then known as Deer Park Heights, which was between Olson Street and St. Barnabas Road.
I lived on Akron Street, and these duplexes were also located on Beaumont and Culver Streets, Dallas Drive, and Raleigh Road. Raleigh Road intersected with St. Barnabas Road and Olson Street. The top of all our streets intersected with what was then known as Walnut Drive, which became Deer Park Drive.
I lived in Dennis Grove Apartments ’66-’67 and may have attended Oxon Hill ES, then moved to 28th Parkway in Hillcrest Heights for a few months in ’67 and attended Green Valley ES. When we moved to Deer Park Heights the Summer of ’67, I attended Sandymount ES from 4th through 6th grades. My 4th grade teacher was Mrs. Weiner, 5th grade was Miss Doyle, and 6th grade was Mr. Rich. I also worked at the Red Barn (which we used to call the, “Dead Barn”) on St. Barnabas Road) for part of the Summer of ’72. I quit there and took a job at Jr. Hot Shoppes in the front of Iverson Mall in Hillcrest Heights. I worked there from ’72-’74. I was also a Block aka Grit for a few years, before falling victim to bell bottoms/flares, butterfly collar shirts,“stack” shoes, and that “feathered” hairstyle of the 70s.
I attended Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High School all three years of 7th through 9th grades, from ’70-’73. I attended only one semester of Potomac Sr High School in the Fall of ’73. We moved from Marlow Heights to West Virginia in late ’73. Both sides of my family are originally from the state, and that’s where I graduated from high school (Meadow Bridge High School). I also have two sisters, Lorrie and Sharon.
When I graduated from high school, I joined the Air Force and made a career of it, staying for 20 years. In that time, I was stationed in the Philippines twice, Italy, Arizona, two tours at the Pentagon, and retired from the service in late 1996 from Bolling Air Force Base. I have also visited England, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaii. I served for 20 years in the Air Force.
I am married and my wife, Maria, and we have two children, a daughter, Evelyn, and son, Carlo. I also have an older son, Damien. We live in Maryland, just outside of DC.
– Chuck Fraley
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