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Charlie Battery - Kleingartach

The Barracks Area - 1959 - 1969



- Click Here For Larger Image -What...? Another Wrecked Jeep...!

The account of this incident is taken from F. J. DeGrado’s photo album:

Jeep Malcome wrecked on mail run March 8, 1961.

Sgt. Bowden received internal injuries & a broken kneecap & fractured leg.

Malcome was driving and hit a tree. He received a fracture skull, internal bleeding, fractured wrist & arm, fractured knee, chip chin bone, twisted back.

Article 15 for negligence, busted from P.F.C to Pvt.




Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Naeger And The Physical Plant Crew

A candid shot of Marion Naeger and the Germans who worked in the Physical Plant. That building, seen at the top of this page, generated all of our heat and hot water using large boilers. If you followed the fence it would run behind the barracks down to the main gate.

There was a crew of 3 or 4 Germans who manned the facility skilled in boiler technology. I only remember one of their names and that was Morris, a tall thin fellow, who had a moustache. I can't remember the names of these guys, caught and running for cover, in this photo.

Naeger held a distinct position at Charlie Battery because of his German decent, and fluency knowledge of the German language. In fact, Uli Pfingstler tells me that Naeger actually spoke in the dialect of the Zabergäu region.

Naeger was an interface between the Germans and the Orderly room when clear communications and understandings were required.

So one could often see him walking around the barracks area with a hammer in his hand. But that didn't mean that he was actually working on something... he was just “looking busy”. A common joke of the area.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Wayne Berlinsky


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Bulldozer - Wayne Berlinsky’s Toy




Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Hebbie Phipp’s Cherry Picker




Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Charlie Battery Reservoir

The reservoir was our water source, and it was also a play pool for the local ducks in the neighborhood.

They love it and were regular visitors, and they were the only ones who didn't have to show an ID to get on to the kaserne

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Yours Truly And My Good Friend Ken Nendick At The Reservoir

I think a lot of these winter shots of the barracks area were shot on the same day. Sometimes you just have to get out and get some air and do something different. And when not on duty, and that means if we were on duty we would be somewhere else, you just hang around the barracks.

So, that means doing something like going out and taking pictures and, I must say, I am so glad we did. We would trade cameras so everyone had a picture for there collection. We rarely went anywhere without our cameras.

The reservoir was our water supply, so it was a vital resource. It had a road around it that became a spare parking area for all the GI vehicles that began to accumulate.




- Click Here For Larger Image -A Stream Below The Reservoir

This winter scape compliments of mother nature really caught my eye and I just could not resist capturing it on film. The way the water of the stream has undercut the snow banks reminds me of an intaglio etchings I used to do in art school.

The whole scene is perfectly composed, and not by me. Mother nature truly is the perfect artist...!




- Click Here For Larger Image -Troops Hoofin’ It To The Launching Area

Left to right: Windell Kelly, Jim Di Tursi, behind Jim is Bobby Hare, Bobby's cousin Billy Reaves, and does anyone remember who the last person to the right is?

Please let me know if you do...





- Click Here For Larger Image -The Main Gate Locked In Winters Icy Grip