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Charlie Battery - Kleingartach

The Barracks Area - 1959 - 1969




- Click Here For Larger Image -The Heuchelberg Farmlands Spring Thaw

From this view we are looking directly towards Brackenheim and Heilbronn.

Following the road out the Main Gate and down to the trees in the distance, one can turn left to go down to Niederhofen, or turn right and go down through Haberschlacht, Brackenheim, and on to Heilbronn.





- Click Here For Larger Image -Officer Staff Joining In Celebrations In The Mess Hall

This either on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. An idea of what a holiday menu was like can be viewed if you “Click Here”.

From left to right Standing: CWO Richard C. Lawson, 1st. Lieutenant Gerald Richardson, Captain John Popovics. Captain Popovics is talking to Mrs. Lawson, and the “shutterbug” behind the BCO is PFC James Fitzpatrick.

The dapper dude sitting behind the BCO is none other than famous and infamous PFC Lionel Gonzales, a well known Detroit Bon Vivant.

Holidays at the battery were warm and festive, and I have warm memories of the attention to detail made to have them be special days for the troops. In a way to honor and show appreciation of our efforts, duty and sacrifice.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Holiday Gathering In The Mess Hall

With the Cups of Cheer and a delicious hors d'oeuvre, it appears to be a holiday celebration. I'm guessing Christmas with a cup of Eggnog... What do you thinks...?

The holiday revellers are only partly recalled. The first from the left is Staff Sergeant Roger Jarvis of the Launching Area - Assembly, the next GI is unknown, then is Fred (Olney) Van Zandt of the IFC, and the last SFC is also unknown as well.

If anyone can help identifying the two unnamed guys it would be greatly appreciated. Just send an e-mail or give me a call.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Serious Discussions In The Canteen

Solving the worlds problems was serious stuff in the Charlie Battery Canteen. And this image is no exception. Of those who can be seen from left to right are:

In the foreground is Leo Quinlan, then just behind Leo leaning on the bar, is Robert Appenzeller. And to Robert's right is Clifford Scott who is talking to Robert Hamilton, while Lester Archambeau looks on.

Finally, and most essential to this cast of characters, is the bartender... Bob Norkol.

I can't tell who the two guys on the far left are. Can you...?

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Raising A Few Moningers

Left to right; Joe Mehorczyk, Bob Norkol, and Neil Watson relax in the Battery Canteen, on the first floor and Main Gate end of the Barracks.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -R & R In The Battery Canteen

Starting in the back row, left to right:

1st Sergeant Pendergass, Hernandez, “Weasel” Camerata, Robert Appenzeller, Ernie Stafford. Those seated are "Doc" Dunn, George Hoover, Bill Mansergh, “Doc” Resendez, and Gerry Grabowski.

All celebrating Hernandez's birthday...

Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Smile Frank - You’re On Candid Camera

From Left to right: A very familiar face in the canteen is Frank Brennan, and with his back to us is Rodney Rodavich, then Ron Smith, and finally the bartender is Raymond Thomsen.

Also enjoying some canteen relaxation, in the background off to the far left, is MSGT. Hal Hudson, and to his left is Mess Sergeant SFC Warren Otto.

It's good to have a picture of Sgt. Otto, as he was not often in a situation to be photographed. He was usually back in the kitchen assuring a good meal.

Sgt. Otto gave us a great Mess Hall, which meant a lot.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Hangin’ Out In The Canteen

Other denizens of the deep are: Richard “Pic” Picariello, and behind Pic is Dale Paulson, then Bill Griffin of the IFC, Rodney Rodavich, and Ray Thomsen.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Supply Room Main Desk

Rich (Pic) Picariello, the guy on the far left in the photo just above, should remember this place. It was his office...!

Bring back memories Pic...?

Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Supply Room Supplies

If you needed it, Supply had it.... Usually...!


Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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