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Charlie Battery - Kleingartach

The Barracks Area - 1959 - 1969



- Click Here For Larger Image -Cook Otis “Smokey” Davis

Sgt. Otis L. (Smokey or Gunsmoke) Davis discussing his Mercury convertible with one of the physical plant's workers.

Anyone remember the workers name. It's not Morris, he was taller and thinner.




- Click Here For Larger Image -Gourmet Chef Donald Pruitt

Don Pruitt finishing his cigar before going back into the mess hall. I think the guy in the doorway and probably on KP, is Aaron Kimbrough of the Launching Area

What do you guys think... Anybody know...?





- Click Here For Larger Image -On KP

Duty we all looked forward to every month .... Right...!

I am glad we have at least one photo of the kitchen, and our contribution to the service it provided us. The food was actually pretty good, except when they served "LIVER"...! I just could'nt do it....!

By the way, can anyone help out with an ID for this hardworking GI?

Image by John & Charlotte Standerfer - Texas - 1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Lionel Gonzales And Rob Peterson Hammin' It Up

Once again Nendick convinces Lionel and Rob to wash his car.

He probably promised he would drive them to Brackenheim to drink beer. I'm surprised he is not sitting in his car taking pictures of them while they are washing it.

Image by Ken Nendick - Chicago - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Griff Lift

Bill Griffin testing his mettle on this amazing little machine.

After triple back surgery, and quadruple hernias, and a year of physical therapy, Bill was fine. (Just kidding)

He was fine!


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Alpha Section Chief SFC Deal Washin’ His Lavender Olds

Sergeant Deal was my Section Chief. He is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was a good Section Chief, with a sense of humor and fair play.

I think the other guy in the picture is Sgt. Vincent E. Skinner, Charlie Section Chief... Anybody know...?

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- Click Here For Larger Image -BCO Captain Eugene Wroten and PFC Robert Hamilton

Captain Wroten was an extremely well liked Battery Commander. “Click here” to view a tribute we have assembled in his honor and it can which can be viewed if just .

How we felt is all in that document, so nothing more needs to be said, unless someone else would like to add a comment here in this area.


Image by Ken Nendick - Chicago

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Dress Right... Dress!

Early morning formation, before chow. The long shadows show that the sun is still low on the horizon, having recently risen.

Still a lot of cars in the parking lot. I can spot my section chief SFC Festus Deal's two tone lavender and maroon 1957 Oldsmobile seventh one up the row. A real cruiser on those small German roads.





- Click Here For Larger Image -BCO Captain Mullen Giving Chopper Rides To The Troops

I did get the opportunity to have a ride in this chopper and it was a neat to see the whole site, and the expanse of The Heuchelberg, from the air.

 

Bob Ware, the Generator Tech in the Launching Area, has a great story about his chopper ride experience.

“Capt. Mullen was a helicopter pilot plus CO of Charlie Battery... He was always trying to fly enough to keep everything current. I believe on a particular Sunday, either in 1961 or 1962, he flew up to the barracks, landed and asked if anyone wanted to take a ride with him, of course I volunteered.

I never rode in a helicopter in my life, also had not flown in a fixed aircraft. We took off, turned out toward the Schloss, adding elevation at the same time. When we got passed by the Schloss, and not saying a word, he dropped down low over the Vineyards in the Valley...

The drop being totally unexpected and so quick, caused my stomach to rise as fast as we had gone down. I didn't throw up, but I'm sure my shorts got soiled by this maneuver. It was a great experience.”

Image by Ken Nendick - Chicago

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Camp Followers Trying to Cash In

This is such a fine looking structure with fascinating architectural lines. I think maybe the architect was influenced by the Bauhaus Movement of the 1930's, with its form and function having that industrial look.

If you look closely in the Pop-up Image you will see, to the far right, a couple of Deutschland's finest...!

At least that's what I think it is. I know I never saw any GI's in a skirt, so I'm sure that's not it.