Un American a Gaeta – “An American in Gaeta”

Hi Frank, This is Jason Forbus, son of Hollis E. Forbus and editor of his autobiography “An American in Gaeta” (Gaeta-based publisher Ali Ribelli Edizioni, August 2020).

The book recounts the period from the end of the ’70s to early 200s during which many American families were stationed in Gaeta. With the closing of the base, facilities like the American School and exchange also shut their doors, and the same fate befell many bars and nights that had mostly an American customers.

What is left of the time when many American families lived in Gaeta lives on in the memories of many locals, service members and their families who fondly remember their time in Italy.
The book also contains many photographs of the time and a few modern ones showing the state of conservation of some American facilities.

“An American in Gaeta” is available on amazon, online shops and traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores.

About the Author

Hollis E. Forbus was born in Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1958. In 1978, looking for a solid career path, he decided to join the US Navy. Destiny entrusts him to Gaeta, where he arrives in 1979. His professional life is spent in the US Navy, where he reaches the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class, DOD Military Police and the American Embassy in Rome. In Gaeta he meets Elena, with whom he has three children: Stefano, Jason and Francesco.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 5 ounces
  • Paperback : 116 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 8833466795
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8833466798
  • Publisher : Ali Ribelli Edizioni (August 26, 2020)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.24 x 0.29 x 7.99 inches
  • Language: : English


Edward Gbur
5.0 out of 5 stars If you was stationed in Gaeta you will enjoy reading it Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020 It brought back many memories of the Navy and living in Gaeta. I loved reading it


Greg Oien4.0 out of 5 stars Old home week for Greta U.S. sailors Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020 I was on the USS Albany with the author as he started his time in the Navy. He brought back some fun memories of our Italian home. We have traveled back there more than half dozen times. Thanks for stirring up the brain to reminisce of our time in Gaeta!

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