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Charlie Battery - Kleingartach

Scenes of Our Local Neighborhood - 1959 - 1969



- Click Here For Larger Image -Neckar River

Please “Click Here” for a great overview of Heilbronn with Wharton Barracks in the foreground .

If you look the far left-middle of the photo just above the barracks, you will see the smoke stacks of the factory visible in the next photo at the end of the river.

Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Neckar River


Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Fest In Heilbronn

This one looks like a lot of fun. I like the colorful costumes.

It's a great photo...!

Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Fest Performers In Detail

Again, a prima photo...!

There is something to say about cultural traditions that bind a nation.

Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Piqulitta’s Bar In Heilbronn

Looks like it is trying to be some sort Beatnik Hangout.


Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Piqulitta’s Bar In Heilbronn

April - 1961

Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Summer Fest - 1966

During the summer Tom Hodges would take a generator to a Fest every weekend to provide power.

“It was great duty...!”

Left to right: Tom Hodges, Diana Twaddle and her husband Sgt. Hanford Twaddle, and finally, ?????. Diana Twaddle is a local girl from ...? and they now reside in South Dakota.

Twaddle and I were also good friends, and used to drive convoy to Baumholder, along with various escapades thrown in for good measure. He was at Charlie Battery several different times throughout the 60's.

Everyone looks pretty buzzed and glassy eyed, however, I think the burning question here really is... Were those Porkpie hats standard issue, or what...?

Image by Tom Hodges - Montana - 1965-1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Tipping A Few With The Locals

While stationed at Gerszewski Barracks these boys, on the left front to back is Ray Andreozzi and Olney (Fred) Van Zandt, and to the right front to back is Jerry Merrick and Wayne Harris. Jerry asked someone to take a picture with his camera. The scene is in a hall in Karlsruhe and maybe around Fasching (Carnival) time, just be fore Lent.

You remember, da da, da da, da da, da da, Ein, Zwie, Sofa... with locked arms and rocking left to right, with a serious Moninger Buzz...! Hic...!

You can just make out a band on the stage, and it's interesting, practically everyone one can see is “Watching the Birdie”, even the waitress down on the left.


Image by Gerald Merrick - New Mexico - 1959

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Ernie Fried And Jerry Dufour

C’mon Ernie, shut-up and deal the bier coasters...!


Image by Jerry Haslett - Washington - 1959

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Good Friends Don Crowl and Ken Nendick At The Schloss Frankenstein

This trip was a project of our travel agent Spec 4 Don Crowl, on the left in this picture. In checking his journal of 1960, Don found that we visited the Schloss Frankenstein on “Dienstag, 27 Dezember”. The next day he began initial clearing in Heilbronn to leave ole Charlie Battery for good.

The Schloss Frankenstein is up around Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt. Not exactly in our neighborhood, but just something we did that was more interesting than of drinking beer. Actually, I originally thought this picture was over at the Schloss Stocksberg until Ken Nendick reminded me that it was our trip north Darmstadt.

If you want to read more about this castle I've included a PDF article that I found on the web. Don't let the cover fool you. The article is in English. So “Click Here” for more information. The PDF is about 1 mb, so if anyone has a dial-up connection it will take about 5 or 6 minutes to download.