Arial view - 50's McNair Kaserne 32nd Signal emblem

A cold war look at the former home of the 32nd Signal Battalion, the 201st Signal Company, the 17th Signal Battalion, and some other groups.
 
The 70s
1970-71

The following images are courtesy of David Hoff.


David writes:

I was in Hoechst from Oct. 1970 to Oct. 1971. I got there as a Sgt. E-5 after a tour in Vietnam. I was head clerk for the 125th Sig. Battalion of the 25th Infantry Div. at Cu Chi. I became the head clerk of the 32nd Sig. Battalion.
I have an article from The Overseas Weekly, Vol 26, No. 8, 21 Feb. 1971, about the deplorable conditions in the kaserne – crumbling paint, walls, etc. It also has 5 pictures illustrating the problem.
I also have an article from The Stars and Stripes, 8 Jul, 1971, about Sgt. Jeffrey Garrett, who took a European discharge from Hoechst, bought a bike, and traveled 2,000 through Europe. Another article in The Stars and Stripes, also 8 Jul, 1971, is about my working on my family’ genealogy while in Germany.


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"Despite all the nostalgia, McNair was a mess in 1970-71. I am attaching photos of an article in The Overseas Weekly, published in Feb. 1971 in Frankfurt. I didn’t see any notice of this problem on the website.
The first photo is the front page of the newspaper".


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"(T)he second photo is the back page of the newspaper)

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"(T)he other two appear inside."

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"(T)he other two appear inside."

 
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"The first is an article about me in the Stars and Stripes. I’ve always been interested in family history. Since my tour in Hoechst, I have learned that my Hoff family came from Weidelbach, Hessen, which is about 70 miles north of Hoechst. To think that I was only an hour and a half from my Hoff origins, and never knew it, is painful. My g-g-g-g-grandfather Jacob Hoff was born there in 1751. Over the years I have gotten good at reading the old German church records and have traced my Hoffs back to the early 1600’s. I am now thinking about returning to Germany next spring to visit Weidelbach; the Black Forest, where my mother’s family came from; and then several places in Switzerland where other ancestors had their origins. I will probably visit McNair as I will no doubt be close by. I haven’t been back to Europe since 1971. I am now 70."
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"The next two pictures are of an article about Jeffrey B. Garrett. He was a talented linguist and mastered basic German rather quickly. As the article mentions, he continued with his German studies at Schwaebisch Hall after his bicycle tour."
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"The next two pictures are of an article about Jeffrey B. Garrett. He was a talented linguist and mastered basic German rather quickly. As the article mentions, he continued with his German studies at Schwaebisch Hall after his bicycle tour."
 
 
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"The first two pictures are of me looking very German in my suede coat and hat beside my $200 Taunus car."
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"The first two pictures are of me looking very German in my suede coat and hat beside my $200 Taunus car."
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"The third picture shows the movie theater at the center rear. I worked at the theater for a while with Staff Sgt. Wallace. There was an old German woman who sold the tickets; we called her Blondie as I remember."
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"The fourth is of the central courtyard. The trucks look rather impressive."
   

1970-71

The following images are courtesy of Alan LeBoeuf
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"Turner on left and myself on right 1971"


(I think the "C_" on the left troops armband denotes that the person is on CQ duty
and the "U_" on the right troops armband denotes that the person is in the Unit Police.)

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"Winter 1971"

(Was someone doing donuts in the snow just beyond the Jeep on the right?)


1970-72

The following images are courtesy of Gene Darlak
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The Hoechst Castle. The owner of these photos can be seen here.
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I think this is a walkway near the Hoechst Castle.
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The owner of the photos. He labeled this as "The Wall" but I can't place the location.
...
On February 2014, H. Günter Thorwarth adds:
"I'm a German and very interested in history... (This is) called "The Wall". It is a "terrace" on the main-river side and it was a memorial for the fallen soldiers of the first world war.
More infos here":
http://www.lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/content.php?nav_id=4058
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Boats by the Main river locks. Where is this lock located?
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Another boat near the locks, wherever they are...
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Here's those locks.

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"This is the motor pool. Looking from the top of my hut, looking down Delta Co.’s line."

Hut?

 

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"Here’s one looking out of me and Bucklews window, from Delta co’s. view."

Photo taken from the building in the south-east end of McNair.

The following photos are part of a set called "Inspection Day":
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Rub your rabbit foot and hope they don't find this. Is this in the motor pool?

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A place for everything, and everything in it's place... Taken to outrageous lengths.

Note the Spec-4 chevrons on the sleeves.

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Sleeping bag and incidentals.
The following photos are part of a set called "Inspection Day":
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Note the paint job on the walls.

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OK. Everyone raise your hand if the first thought you had was "Zig-Zags".

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I guess this is a footlocker. We didn't have them when I was there in ~76.

1971-72

The following images are courtesy of Kenny Wilkins

Kenny writes:

I was around the corner at the P&A Battalion from Mar 71-June 72. I couldn't believe the good B/W aerial shot of the place... My first wife lived with me there so I lived on the economy and in the barracks or as they called them billets. I also remember the "Zoo" as you remembered. My unit did troop transfers and I worked in the print shop and also ran the unit PX where we sold drinks, smokes and odds and ends. It was called the HHD P&A Battalion APO 09757. That little store that sold snacks close by out the door near the theatre was called Vivos when I was there.


Thought I would add a little more info. In the late fall of 1971 my unit-HHD P&A Battalion V Corp replacement station-part of the 21st replacement station located near the Frankfurt Bahnhof started collecting money for a German orphanage for Christmas. It will be 40 years this coming Christmas that we did this. I have told hundreds of people that even though it was the first and only Christmas I spent away from home or my Mom and Dad it was the most memorable Christmas of my entire life.
We were to sponsor about 50 orphans and each troop put in $5 each pay day for about 3 months. Each girl was to get a baby doll and carriage and miscellaneous girl items-each boy was to get a wagon and assorted small boy items. The day was so touching and I still remember being sad thinking none of these kids had parents-not even one parent. Those kids ranged from like two to nine years old. The memory of their little faces lighting up with the presents and the food made it my number one Christmas of all times.
Now you know before this story ends there had to be something that happened that day that just shouldn't have happened that would make someone also remember the day for another reason-right? Well-the print shop NCO was sort of fat and red cheeked so he was Santa--well-he started the event well, but his habit of Jagermeister dependency kicked in and he got very red faced--was trying to get one of the commanding officers wives to sit on his lap-and yes he was there also. Anyway, the ending of a special day ended with this crazy but funny memory---and I don't remember what happened to the NCO-Sgt. Goldsworth--but it was just a slight butt chewing compared to what it would be today!  Kenny

Kenny is talking about Michael Barracks, which housed part of the 21st replacement group back then

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I think this is Kenny. Note the ubiquitous photos on the locker door.
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I think the guy on the right looking to his left is General Westmoreland.
Is that a Ford Galaxy in olive drab paint? I don't recognize the location.
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Is this a Mach-One?
I think the apartment building in the left rear of the photo is the building that was just south, west of McNair... But I'm not sure.
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The sign indicates that this is the Hoechst train station, but I don't recognize the buildings in the background at all.
Maybe it's the station at Hoechst - A.G.?
The steam engine and cars are old enough that they may have been used for transport during WWII.
Some of the 'cargo' they may have transported during the war can be a very sobering thought...
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I think that this apartment building is/was near downtown Hoechst near the bahnhof.
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This was the closest strassenbahn stop to McNair. Does anyone know exactly where it is? I used it once or twice, then just walked to the train station, unless it was raining or something.

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The Hoechst Castle?

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Stadt park.

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An articulated bus. I think this is the street between McNair and the Stadt park.

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The Hauptbahnhof getting a face lift.
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The poor bus on the left looks sad.
Henninger Turm Henninger Turm Henninger Turm
Henninger Turm
(Don't know what it is about that restaurant. I only went there a hand full of times. I guess I only went there when I was in good spirits and wanted to treat someone I loved to a good meal. D.S.O.)
Clock shop
Everyone that ever saw the old clock shop commented that it looked like a postcard.
I remember further up that street the Eischenhimer Tor--a metal sculpture thing--sorta big and decorative.
Hoechst Castle?
(T)he arched doorway is at the river and when enlarged-you can see the water marks from flood levels.

(I think this is an entrance to the Hoechst Castle down by the Main river. D.S.O)

  Main river?
(T)he old german down at the river drinking a beer.

(This may be the ferry across the Main river over in Hoechst. D.S.O)

 

1971-74

The following images are courtesy of George Lopez.
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Troops have decided to name this truck "VEGA" complete with a cartoon drawing.
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This looks like a field problem convoy in action. Signal 209, 217, 219, and 207 headed out or back. Still no sign of a 5/4 ton truck but there is a jeep in the line.
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Deuce-and-a-half truck. The shelter in the bed of the truck is actually designed to fit in the back of a 5/4 ton truck. I don't see any 5/4 ton trucks in the photo. This may only be a fluke though. Truck markings indicate truck #302 of the 201st Signal Battalion. I think this photo is taken at the far north of the motor pool, looking to the west. The large building in the far right of the photo was just west of McNair Kaserne.
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Photo of one of the McNair rooms.
Notice the lockers with white towels on hangers displayed.
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Deuce-and-a-half trucks set up in the field.
I don't know what the trucks were used for. Maybe 36C cable rigs.
Still no 5/4 ton trucks in sight but there is a Jeep shown in the right rear of the photo.
Notice the fire extinguisher flanked by a shovel and a sledge hammer on the left.
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The troop responsible for setting up the extensive safety system.
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Photo of one of the McNair rooms?
Notice the olive drab desk and the non-Army chair the troop on the left is using.
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A little R&R on a river or lake, Maybe the Main river?
This may be an Army raft but I am not sure.

1972-75

The following images are courtesy of Terry Griffey

Terry writes:
I was stationed there Nov 1972 to Feb 1975 I met my wife there and we have been married for 35 years now. My wife was also in the army and stationed at McNair. My wife and I were in the Unit Police and she was the first female UP at McNair.
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3 day concert Frankfurt 1973.
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3 day concert Germany 1973.

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3 day concert Germany 1973 Chuck Berry.

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3 day concert Germany 1973.
(Note the Military Police (MPs) in the background.)

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McNair soldier Luigi at 3 day concert 1973.
(It looks like they used local biker clubs for security. I know that the Frankfurt chapter of the Hell's Angel's provided security for the Journey - Pat Travers concert when I was there in the late 70's.)

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Company Commander McNair 1974.

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McNair's first WACs getting to know Germany on the Rhine 1974.
(History being made here, folks.)

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First female WAC assigned to McNair 1974.
(Unknown which person he is referring to, nor where this photo was taken.)

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First Female Unit Police at McNair 1974.
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Front gate McNair 1973 Unit Police.
(Also known as the east entrance. Open 24/7365&1/4. The vehicle entrance is on the left and the human entrance is on the right. The round black contraption with the wires going to it was a light switch (I think). The quad is visible in the back of the photo.
The Stadt Park is directly behind the photographer.)

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Front Gate McNair 3:00 AM 1974 Pfc. Mark Little Unit police.
(This is a photo of the back side of the front gate, looking east. Photo taken from a window that faces the quad.
Looks like the Education Center was behind the door on the left.)

German Policeman
German policeman in park across from Mcnair.
(This would have been a Polizei in the Stadt Park.)
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Group photo unit police 1974.
(I think this photo was taken at the main (east) entrance.)

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Mail room clerk McNair 1973.
(The mail room was always a good place to be.)

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Mail room McNair 1973.
(See, I told you it was a good place to be. Just look at the smiles on these troops.)

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McNair service club 1973, a GI band.
(I think this was also known as the NCO club?
I think it was located next door to the theater.)

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McNair service club 1973.

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Annie a teacher McNair Education Center.
(Anyone know where the Ed Center was located?
Also, any idea what U.C.G.A. stood for?
Note the C-ration can on the desk in front of the G.I. and the real tin Coke can to the right of him.)

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McNair soldiers on frozen lake in park across the street.
(This would be the Stadt Park.)

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McNair unit policeman Syprion.
(Those aren't regulation glasses. I didn't wear the regulation glasses either. If I got hassled for wearing non-regulation glasses, I'd just say "Do you want me to take them off and drive this truck into a tree then?)

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Field problem Aug 1973.
(The girl on the left reminds me of Letty in "The Fast and the Furious". Must be the glasses. Sorry for the modern day reference here...)

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Mike Brown and friends motor pool McNair 1974.
(Actually, this is in the quad at McNair, looking east I think.)

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Officer of the Day inspects guard duty 1974.

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PFC Griffey Sgt. Dobbs unit police McNair 1973.

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PFC Vicki Brown first WAC Unit Police 1974.
(Note the earplugs in their clear case dangling from her right shirt pocket.)

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PFC Vicki Brown relaxing during a field problem 1973.

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Vicki Brown and Noel Sanchez KP field problem Aug 24 1973.
(Note the diesel water heater being used in the left water (trash) can.)

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Vicki Brown KP field problem Aug 24 1973.
(Note the last-first name imprinted on her name plate. I have never seen one like that.)

Bikers
Tiny McNair soldier rode with a German motorcycle club.

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Unit Police at front gate 1973.
(I think the S.G. stands for Sergeant of the Guard.)

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Unit Police front gate McNair 1973.
(Note the khaki dress uniforms.)

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Unit Police front gate McNair 1973.

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Unit Police inspection 1974
(Note that this troop is wearing his dress-green uniform.

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Unit Police Inspection 1974.
(The east end of the south wing of McNair is in the background. It housed the Mess Hall when I was there in '79.)

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Unit Police Sgt. Griffey guard shack front gate McNair 1974.

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Unit Police wedding McNair Chapel 1974.
(This is the only photo of the Chapel I have, so far.)

1974 Snack Bar
Snack bar McNair 1974.
(This is the only photo I have of the snack bar, so far. Is that the west parking lot outside of the windows?)

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Platoon photo McNair 1973.

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Platoon photo 1974 McNair.
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Putting up the flag McNair 1974.


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Sgt Griffey Unit Police McNair front gate.

1973-74

The following images are courtesy of Harlen Wampole.

Harlen writes:
Here are some photos from ’73-’74. The photo with the arrow was my billet. That would have been the ‘south’ wing. Several times we dropped bottles of wine to awaiting buddies on the street below the south wing. I think there was a ‘trinkhalle’ near that side of the Kaserne."
The trinkhalle he is referring to is Uli's.
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Photo probably taken inside a room in the kaserne. It looks like three E-3's (Private First Class) and an E-4 (Specialist-4) in the middle rear.
You were not supposed to wear your hat inside of a building though...
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This looks like a formation of some type. Photo taken from the north side of the quad looking south-east. The east entrance is on the left, then the headquarters building in the middle, and the south wing on the right.
Note the troops on crutches. A "profile;" was a good way to take it easy while your body mended.

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Front (east) entrance to the kaserne on top and a foosball table on the bottom.
Notice the military bus on the left. Maybe the sick call bus. Also the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, the V.W. Beetle, and the Corvair.
Not much to say about the foosball table. I can't figure out where the photo was taken.

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Photo taken during a minor renovation of the kaserne. That must be why it looks so shiny. Photo taken from the sough side of the kaserne and looking to the north-west.
The first floor of this side of the kaserne housed the snack bar, bank, barber, laundry, and some other businesses.
Sharp eyes will note the antennas on the roof near the middle-right of the photo. These were the MARS station antennas.
Trivia: The phone switch for the kaserne was in the roof under the "Voice of V Corps" sign. I once spent a lazy afternoon visiting with the lonely (and quite lovely) operator working there.
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Photos taken from about the middle of the south wing looking north across the quad to the north wing.
This is a great photo showing a contrast between summer and winter.
The females were billeted in the south wing and the secure equipment vault was located in the basement under the right side of the south wing.
Trivia: The German government supposedly paid for all of our electrical bills. It shows in the upper photo.
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The title of the photo is "Motor Pool" but I can't determine the exact location.
Photo is a typical deuce-and-a-half. with a equipment shelter on back. Maybe a RATT rig?
Markings denote that this is truck "SIG-306" of the 201'st Signal Company .
"Voice of V-Corps" was our motto at the time.
Anyone remember the reason for the round plate on the left front of the radiator grill?

1974

The following images are courtesy of Robert Thomas.

Thomas writes:
I was in HHC Radio repairman. After visiting IG Farben on the Strassenbahn I heard a BOOM thinking it was construction I did not pay much attention till I arrived back at the barracks and found that Bader-Manhoff had taken a life there right behind my departure. I have a few photos to share. Trying to get them onto Google World. Last month I made contact with one of my colleges from 1974. The buildings were refurbished in my stay. I had heard Sig was the origin of AFN in the Schlosse.
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Caption: "Did you say Barry"

Photo of troops looking at photo. Note the reel-to-reel tape deck. Is that a Teac?
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Caption: "Houches Stapark monica Gaby Iris"

Photo most likely taken in the Hoechst Stadtpark.

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Caption: "McNair inside"

Photo taken from the north end of the kaserne, looking south-west. I think the trucks are 5 ton with lifting arms on the back but I don't know why they were parked in the quad.

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The east entrance.

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Caption: "Picnic on the Main."

For the more observant of you, the answer is no, the Monica here is not the one that lived across the hall from me.

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Caption:" Pictures fade like memory but this was home."

That it was... That it was...

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Caption: "Reggie Christies Stereo Cabinet."

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Caption: "What a hood ornament."

This photo most likely shows the north-west corner of the quad. It also shows your typical Army Jeep.


1974-77

The following image is courtesy of Edward Ozogar.

Edward writes:
Me in 1974, lived on the Caserne and worked at the Fabens building at V Corps during the day. Victor Base, Voice of V Corps Switchboard.
Regards,
Ed
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Photo titled: "Victor base picture".

Was this in the IG? Farben building?


1975-77

The following images are courtesy of Kim Roehrig
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Photo titled: "201st on the second floor".

The 201st was billeted in the building at the north-east end of McNair Kaserne. If you walk out of the east entrance of the kaserne and headed over to the motor pool, then you would walk right by the 201st building.
Zoom in on the enlarged photo and you should be able to see some of the antennas on top of the kaserne.

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Photo titled: "raines oates helcher hogan andrade 1977".

I just know there's a tractor somewhere close by.
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Photos titled: "Sgt Sloan 1975" .

Photo shows a Sergeant E-5 troop in his Class A uniform.
Anyone remember what the paperwork posted on the door was all about?


1975-77

The following images are courtesy of Carol Huntinger
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Photo titled: "Bobbie Snell at Peggy's".

I can't figure out where Peggy's was.
Note the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can.

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Photo titled: "Bobbie Snell at the NCO club '75".


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Photos titled: "Kenny Wyatt at Sue's picnic" .

Note the old pull-tab can.

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Photo titled: "fooling around at the Kaserne, Jerry Bice '75".

Well, OK then!

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Photo titled: "This is SP5 Jerry Bice on the CW side of the NCO club. "

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Photos titled: "Peggy and Bucky's on base apartment june '76" .

I never even knew McNair had married troop housing when I was there...

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Photo titled: "Dave Saliamis and Dave Mulder".

Any guesses at the make/model of the vehicle on the right?
I'm guessing a Corvair.

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Photo titled: "Caldwell, Dave Salianis and Dave Mulder".

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Photos titled: "big celebration with the gang."
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Photo titled: "Berry McCracken, Tamey and Earl Weekly".

Note the hot water radiator.

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Photo titled: ""Kid" Ganseriet "

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Photos titled: "Ron Richmond off base"
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Photo titled: "Jane Bawden and Andy and I at Garmish ski school "

Carol didn't say where this school was.

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Photo titled: "Bucky and Peggy at the base '76"

Was this at the Rec Center?

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Photos titled: "Santos, Debbie Henderson and Dave in Holland on a back packing trip"

1975-79

The following images are courtesy of Bonnie Orgill.
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Bonnie says: "(M)e ready for a field inspection. I can't believe this is me when I look back at this! I was not army material!".

This photo shows Bonnie in one of McNair's rooms. Her wall locker is behind her and the corner of her bed can be seen on the right of the photo. Bonnie is wearing her regular fatigues with a field jacket and an orange (what's it called?) denoting a special unit of some type. She has her Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) mask in its pouch and strapped to hang on her left hip. Around her waist is her web belt with shoulder strapping. Finally is her helmet and M-16 automatic rifle. Bonnie is well fitted for a mid-winter afternoon stroll... or a strapping good time laying in some muddy parapet (foxhole) waiting for the bosses to let her go home.

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Bonnie says: " A fun summer field prob.."and "I do recognize on the first left Darcy Stedman - was a roommate of mine."

In this photo, Bonnie has her shirt sleeves rolled up and shirt un tucked to help keep her cool in the hot summer heat. She is also wearing her regular hat instead of her helmet, as some of her fellow troops have on. You will notice the butt packs being worn by her coworkers.
This photo looks like it was taken in the field somewhere, perhaps Hill 518.
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Bonnie says: "Lunch time formation at McNair."

Photo taken from the north-west corner of McNair, looking into the Quad. The east entrance of the Kaserne is on the top of this photo. Notice the "STOP" sign for vehicles drive out of the quad.
Yes, we had to all get in a formation so we could march over to the Mess Hall to stand in line to eat.

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Bonnie says: "Myself on the left and I just can't remember this girl's name. We were you guessed it right – on a field problem."

You can see the top of one of the big tents used during Field Problems. I thing the pipe in the distance between the ladies is the exhaust stack of a diesel heater used in most tents. It's a wonder them things didn't kill us all.
Either it is snowing, or we are witnessing the end of a pillow fight. My money say's it is the former.

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Bonnie says: "Rifle range somewhere in Germany."
I cannot identify the location either. The photo was taken during the summer as the troops practice firing their M-16A1 rifles.
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Bonnie says: "This picture is of 2 of my closest friends, Dave Smith (Smity) and Mike ? We had picked up Smity’s mom that day at the flughafen (airport) and gone to see Koningstein castle. We did a lot of hiking that day and this picture was taken down in one of the dungeons of the castle. It was pitch black in that room and Smity had lit a match so we could see a little."
I am not familiar with the Koningstein castle, having never been there. Note the mud on their knees.
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The title of this photo is "Reforge75" but Bonnie did not add any comments to it.
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Bonnie says: "Do you remember that alley way just in front of the kaserne? (we used to call it “blood alley” in my time) This picture was taken of me in front of the little kindergarten that used to be there along the way."
Blood alley is the walkway that started at the south-east corner of the Kaserne, next to the railroad tracks, and parallels the west side of the tracks all the way to the Hoechst bahnhof (train station), almost. I walked through Blood Alley many, many times, but I never knew it by that name.
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Bonnie says: "I do recognize "Rubino" I believe side shot. Me of course the blonde hair. I think this was not some kind of long stay field problem but a field exercise we were doing for the day."
This looks a lot like photo #2 above. You can get a better view of the web belt straps and a canteen worn on the troop on the left.
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Bonnie says: "I remember this picture very well. It was a girl named Patty's birthday from HHC company and we ran into this helicopter pilot while out in the field. Don't remember the location, but we got a little ride and it made our day! The only ones I recognize in this photo are a girl named Sheryl I believe in the forefront and Patty on the far right and Debi and me of course. Some of the guys look familiar though and I think were in A company."
This photo was taken at the Kitzigen air field. I think this is a Huey (UH?) helicopter. Note the arctic winter gear parka hood worn by the troop on the left.
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TASS VAN
Bonnie says: "In this one to my right is BJ (don't remember what that stands for). Think he was from CA. Then of course Brad Severin. I am still confused about his name. I think I used to call him Lance. He was from Newport Beach, CA."
Kim Roehrig tells us "I sure do remember Severin. I roomed with he and Sloan when I first arrived in country. The TASS van in the picture is the A/N TTC25. I worked on the later version, A/N TTC38 while I was there."
Diane McManus informs us that the gentleman on the left of the photo standing behing Bonnie is Jerry Ness.

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Bonnie says: "In this one, my dear friend Debi Ruberto and my Sec. SGT. Lawrence. Joe Herndon behind Debi. The other one I don't know.

Diane McManus adds: (the troop on the right is) "Jerry Nees-he was a mechanic in D Co.  Lives in Pa.  His ex wife Pam is a close friend with whom I continue to be in weekly contact."

This is another photo taken in the TASS van. The insignia on the troop on the right denotes that he was a Private First Class (PFC)

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Bonnie says: "This was taken when I was still in HHQ's company. I initially started out there and then got orders to move to A company. So I made some friends from there. To my left was a girl named Patty and to my right was Christie Lyons and behind me was "Bits." Don't remember her full name. She was only about 4ft. 11 inches I remember."
Photo probably taken in a room at McNair. Note the curtains and the hot water pipe on the right of the photo.
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Bonnie says: "In this one I am on the far right and I only recognize I think SGT. Copeland?
Looks like this photo was taken in the motor pool. I guess that the camera is pointing to the south/west. If so, then the apartment building seen in the left window was located just south/west of McNair itself.
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Bonnie says: "Just me up in my room in the lovely barracks."
You can see a 220 volt wall socket to the left of her chest of drawers. Also not the floor buffer on the right of the photo. I think everyone in the Army had ample opportunity to learn how to drive a buffer.
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Bonnie says: "Can't really tell who's on the left in the photo. Then of course good ol Mike Gerkins. The next guy's name is on the tip of my tongue. Then is this Chino on the end anyone?"
Kim Roehrig adds: "Ace is the Philippino on the end. Next to Ace is Benevides. Ace's last name was Acebedo as I recall. They were both in wire operations platoon. Cable humpers.
Steve Sloan added: "Not sure if thats Mike on left. I don't remember him that tall / thin and I don't think he smoked cigarettes. Guy on left has wedding band and a little mustache like Sammy had. I'm thinking that might be Sam and Thurm holding hands, but not sure if Sammy was still around when Ace was there.
This photo was taken in the quad of McNair Kaserne but I can't figure out exactly where it was taken. The troops are in their regular Army uniforms. The sleeves are rolled down indicating that it is not summertime.
Kim's use of the term "Cable Humpers" probably refers to the MOS of 36C20, "Wire Systems Installer."
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Bonnie says: "Here's Chico in front of our bay at the motor pool. She doesn't go by Chico anymore but would be remembered more by that nickname I think.
It was really weird when I went back a few years ago. They were in the process of tearing down the old motor pool. My how had it changed!"
The paper she is holding must be nothing but bad news, according to the look on her face.
You can see one of the old 5/4 ton trucks on the left aside of the photo as well as the back of another behind her left shoulder. I think these were made by Jeep? We phased them all out soon after I arrived in 1976 and replaced them with Dodge trucks.
I cannot figure out the orientation of the photo. Maybe someone can help me out and identify the civilian looking buildings and where they were located for me.
And changed it has, Bonnie. I didn't even walk over to the old Motor Pool area when I visited in 2008. There just wasn't any Motor Pool left to photograph.
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I remember this! We hosted some German soldiers for a few days. Anyone remember that? This was over at our rec center the Germans looking on. I think we went to the rifle range with them.  I didn't go that time though.
What Rec Center are we talking about? Or maybe this is a photo of the field over by the Gym? If so, it is the first photo I have seen of that area back then.
I really need to code in that map of the Kaserne showing the buildings sometime. Until then, here's a link to it.
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Bonnie says: "This was taken when I first got over there in Germany and was in Headquarters Company. I'm on the bed and then Christy Lyons with the dark hair and Connie Flake from Arizona. I was good friends with Connie's sister Ann. She's one I've been looking for.

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Bonnie says: "Taken across the street from McNair (at the Stadtpark).  When I walked through it a few years ago, it looked so much smaller than I remembered.  I mean we used to run through it every morning and I remembered it going on and on.  It seemed to me that the park had been reduced in size and some of the surrounding land was used for condos. 

Maybe it is smaller. I didn't get much further back than the pond when I went back there in 2008.


1976 - 1979

The following image is courtesy of Mark Mills.
(Click on the photo to view an enlargement.)

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Mark says:
"The Headquarters Company basketball team playing an unknown company in the McNair gym."
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I think this is the only interior photo of the gym we have here.
Looking forward to more photos.


1976 - 1983

The following images are courtesy of Paul Durand.
(Click on any photo to view an enlargement.)

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Don't know the name of the troop here.
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Another unknown troop. Note the duffle bags on top of the wall lockers.
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A photo of a photo of a troop.
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I think that's the owner of these photos - Paul Durand on the far left. Mark Sefton is standing next to him. Yet another unknown troop in the right photo.
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Party photos?
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I think this photo is taken from the center door on the east side of the west wing. How's that for a convoluted sentence?!
Headquarters company building is on the left. Mess Hall in center of photo, It extended from the left of the building (behind the truck) over to the door on the right of the photo.
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Lots of sleeping bags and cots makes me think this photo was taken while in the field.

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Photo taken on the stairwell to D-Company. That would be in the south west corner of McNair (Thanks to Carl Thomas for filling us in on the location)


Upper left photo taken from a room on the west end of the south wing. The shoe tree is above and left of this photo. Note the sliver of the laundry mat seen in the bottom of the photo and the theater in the distance.
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Bier, bier, bier, bier, bier. Not much else to say...
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Left photo shows a troop chugging down a Jaegermeister. I'll bet he felt that in the morning.
Right photo is Uli's.
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Spc4 Ron Douvier (identification courtesy of Mark Digatono).
Note the composition of the table behind this gentleman.

1976

The following images are courtesy of Debi Ruberto.
(Click on any photo to view an enlargement.)

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Was the whole Kaserne painted in two-tone?
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Anyone know where this was taken? I am guessing the NCO club. It looks like a sergeant E-6 drinking a Henninger Bier in the center of the photo.
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Another photo of the NCO Club?
Hamburger and a pitcher of beer.

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18 May 2011: "(T)he one in the middle is Santos and then I am Carol Huttinger on the right."

Carol tells me she has more photos. I'm looking forward to getting them posted to this site.

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OK fess up. This photo reminds you of an album cover.
I think this photo was taken in the Stadt park.
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This photo shows your typical U.S. Army 2 1/2 ton truck, a "Deuce-and-a-half". This one is set up for general duty with a canvas cover over the bed.
Apparently the driver is learning that 6 wheel drive does NOT mean you can go just anywhere in it.
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A company area of a field problem, I imagine.
Anyone know what the "W/O PLT" means?
Non-Commissioned Officer tent.
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Troop hard at work.
I don't know where the photo was taken.
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Probably a photo taken in a tent at a field problem. Note the arctic hats and the thick shirt on the troop on the left.
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Beautiful country.
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Boards were used to traverse the inevitable mud found during a winter field problem.
Camouflage covering the trucks.
It looks like a commo antenna on the right of the photo.
Probably the HF stuff.
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I think this photo was taken at the same time as the previous photo was taken.
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Switchboard truck. Anyone want to list out the equipment?
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Yet another field problem.
Our young lady is wearing a field-issued thick shirt with her nametag attached.
Note the diesel heater on the left of the photo.
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A better look at the diesel heater.
I used to worry that the heater would suffocate us all, until I realized just how leaky the tents were!
It's a wonder we lived through it all.
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Now there's a good safety ladder!
I don't know what building this photo was taken in.
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I don't think this is a deuce-and-a-half truck. It looks more like a 5-ton.
Note the black-out light on the left of the truck.
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Insignia denotes a Private First Class (PFC).
Note the older style strauss car in the background.
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Troop manning a 50 cal automatic machine gun atop an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).
Note the two spare track sections visible on the lower right of the photo.
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My hair used to be as long as the girl's hair on the right. Sigh...
(Me too, Debi, me too.)
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The kind person who provided these photos, Debi, is on the left.

1976
The following image is courtesy of Anthea Armet.
(Click on any photo to view an enlargement.)
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NCO Club June 1976. Bill and Nomie Meany on the left.

1977

The following images are courtesy of Diane Beal (McManus).
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Diane says: "Pt formation in front of D Co 1977. Main entrance door open."

This building housed Headquarters Company when I was there.
Photo taken from near the east entrance looking toward the south-east corner of the Kaserne block.
The trees on the left across the street run along the railroad tracks.
Blood Alley starts on the left of the building in the back of the photo, between the trees and the building.
Note the shorts worn on the guy on the far right!

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Diane says: "These are photos taken in the Spring/Summer of 77".

 

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Diane says: "These are photos taken in the Spring/Summer of 77".
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Diane herself made history when she was chosen for "Devil of the Month".
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Diane with her First Sergeant and C.O?

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I think this is a group shot of the female members of D Company.

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Diane says "Jerri Dyke, Denise Daigle, Diane Beal 1977. In addition to being 31Ms in 4th PLT D Co, the three of us had gone through AIT together."

Diane continues: "Denise and Jerri were not present on the day of the formal photos so I have included one taken prior to a room inspection. The fatigues being worn were the "new" style, un-starched with shirt inside pants."

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"Diane Beal McManus (31M) wearing starched fatigues (shirt out style) standing on her vehicle bearing the red devil sign-Top of the Line, for having the best maintained vehicle in D Co."

Anyone know what was stenciled on the bottom of the hood?

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Diane says: "Can't forget about stripping floors with ammonia and buying out the supply of paste wax at the PX. Then there was the ride............"

What was it, up for left and down for right? I remember the first time I drove one, I grabbed the bars, squeezed the lever, and the thing dragged me off towards the stairs.

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Diane says: "Gym-wording reads McNair Kaserne, Home of 32 SIGNAL BATTALION, Voice of V Corps  1978."
" Flag football, the only person I can recognize is #24 SGT Richard Wiesbrock. The trees along the road can be seen and then the beginnings of the buildings that led up to the Kaserne. This is part of what was so confusing to me now as all the town homes cover this area.
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Doug (the webdroid) says: Both photos are taken looking roughly south back towards McNair Kaserne itself. The high-rise building roughly in the middle rear of the photo was the building near the parking lot on the west of Mcnair.
These are the only photos of the gym that have been sent to me. Thanks, Diane!
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Winter photo of the west entrance.
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Winter photo of the east entrance.

1979-81
The following images are courtesy of an anonymous friend.
(Click on any photo to view an enlargement.)
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Anonymous: (from top-left to bottom right) "(Sandra) (T) and another cook (unknown) in the mess hall kitchen. He's making french fries, she's eating them as soon as they're done;
Unknown cook chopping lettuce;
Rossignal, screaming, is in a picture next to Sgt. (A), and also below him.
(T) is from Hitchcock, TX. (Rossignal, Allen = ??)"
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Anonymous: "The infamous quad, and I think this was A Company, after formation. Those pink curtains must be made of indestructible materials. Some were still hanging in the same windows when I visited two decades later." Photo taken from roughly the middle of the quad and looking to the south-west.
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Anonymyous: "(P) is cleaning out the oven. He should have been there as a cook when you were there. He used to bake late at night, and we'd sneak in the mess hall and raid the refrigerators. He'd give us baked goods, straight from the oven...
Across from that picture (in white) is PFC (T) , a female German civilian and PFC (F) The two pictures on the left side with everybody wearing fatigues, is in that infamous barricaded hall. SGT (W) (E5) has his back against the door, looking out for Top! The E4 that's coming thru the door was supposed to be supervising us, too. You can see some of us sitting on boxes playing cards. Below that one is Jill, the redhead (E4). She and Sheree (hiding her face, and her cards!!) were also supposed to be supervising us, but as you can see, Jill has just come back from a "run."
Next to that picture, in white is "Opa;", with (T) . He also worked in the mess hall when you were there, and long after I left. He was the go-to guy for getting rid of ration cards."

(What infamous barricaded hall?)

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Photo taken just outside of the west entrance.
You can see the coin laundry building behind the two troops.
Beyond that is the shoe tree.
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Uli's trinkhalle.
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Photo taken from roughly the middle of the quad facing west.
Notice the soft drink machines all locked in on the left of the photo..

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