people in military bases in France in...
Alan Carter

Peoria, AZ

#2952 Oct 28, 2013
Jeanie wrote:
My dad, Don Jacks, was stationed in St. Andre, France in 1961-'63. He would like to get in touch with some of the guys he played ball and bowled with on base.
Hi,
I was stationed at St Andre de L'Eure (APO 253) from November '62 'til Jan '64. don't remember your dad by name but it was a small base so we had to run into each other. I was the Property Book clerk, I worked for W-2 Mueller. The base bowling alley was run by a guy named Large. Some of the other names I remember are,Ruffner, Butman,Bradford (Armorer) Sgt Webb,(Supply Sgt.) Westman,(Company clerk) McCloud (the front gate MP). The company commander was Capt. Eugene M Donnelly. My e-mail is [email protected] would enjoy hearing from your dad.

Alan Carter
Butch Wester

Interlachen, FL

#2953 Oct 28, 2013
Robert, I believe I remember your dad as a trick chief for one of the shifts. We had groups who rotated shifts. I worked on a special shift which did not rotate. So, I saw all the shift personnel at one time or another. I'm sorry I don't have any photos of your father. There are other people on this forum who may have been working more closely with your father. How's he doing these days? Hope you have memories of those days as fond as the ones I have.
Robert Foster wrote:
My Dad was a comm center specialist supervisor at 257th Sig Co at Camp Des Loges from 1963-1966. He was a Staff Sargent at the time. I went to Paris-American Elementary school at the time. Does anyone remember him? I am looking for photos if anyone has any.
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PatEUCOM

Versailles, KY

#2954 Oct 29, 2013
Ray Courtemanche wrote:
I was stationed at Camp Des Loges from 1958 - 1961 with the Air Force element. I worked at the DEPCINCEUR Hqs under an army captain Howard F. Goldberg and then later under an Army Captain Hausmann who had received a battlefield commission in Korea. DEPCINCEUR at that time was an Army General Williston B. Palmer. CINCEUR was Air Force General Lauris Norstad (who was also SACEUR and stayed at SHAPE Hqs.)
I recall your name.My husband,W.B.Watson, worked for Capt.Goldberg too.I saw Norstad a few times(in staff car.)Don't recall Hausmann. Capt.Goldberg was a nice guy. CDL was my first encounter with military. We married in April '56 and our first tour was at DesLoges. Do you recall the thick fog on SHAPE Hill?We drove that way getting from CDL to Petite Beauregard after we moved from Villennes just past Poissy.Do you remember a Sgt.Johns?
james cornwell

Hollis, NH

#2955 Oct 30, 2013
MERCIER jean Bordeaux wrote:
To James Cornwell,
Hi,
In what yours year father belonged to Bassens??
The camp of Bassens did not stay for a long time!
Thank you?
Cenon, Bassens it is Bordeaux and town(conglomeration)
my dad was stationed in camp bassens from 1956 to 1959. we lived in the american housing in cenon. i went to la rochelle and poitiers for school. when i was in the eighth grade i went to an american air force school in the merrignac air base.i met a man recently that tore down the camp soon after we left jim
james cornwell

Hollis, NH

#2956 Oct 30, 2013
Bert Erbin wrote:
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Hello Harold,
I was stationed at Camp Bassens 1961-62 with the 264th Trans.Co. during the berlin crisis build up and drove my jeep to areas such as Bordeaux, La Rochelle and so on. I have a few pictures taken at Bassens but don't know how much they show of the camp.
my dad was stationed there in 1956 to 1959. he was the first sergeant. they unloaded ships then sent the supplies across fance.
james cornwell

Hollis, NH

#2957 Oct 30, 2013
my father was stationed at camp bassens from 1956 to 1959. we lived in an american housing in cenon. i am trying to locate patricia walthall and linda whose father was stationed at camp bussac.her father was a sgt. either e6 or e7
Jerry C

Fayetteville, NC

#2958 Nov 1, 2013
Hi Jerry,
My father was stationed there in September of 1964 and later moved to PDC HQ in Fontainebleau in 1966.
Other NCO names I remember were Sgt Weitzel & Sgt Wolfkill. Dad was also in the 543rd in Neubrucke, Germany in 1969.
He retired after 22 years.
How long were you in the Army? HELLO JIM ! I retired from the Army. 1961 to 1981. You mentioned Sgt Wolfkill. I do remember him. As a matter of fact, he lives near San Antonio, TX. The name of the town is Schertz, TX. His full name is Robert Wolfkill. I mentioned before, my brother-in-law, Sgt Jerry Moon was stationed with the 543rd and he knows Robert Wolfkill. Also Jerry mentioned that he remembered Sgt Best. I went from Basic training in 1961 to France. I stayed until June 1964. I came back to Ft. Benning and was put on orders in 1966 back to France. We stayed in France until the big pull-out. Finished my tour in Germany
Jim Best

Fayetteville, NC

#2959 Nov 3, 2013
Jim, I forgot to type in your name. Check my message on post # 2958.
Jane

Las Vegas, NV

#2960 Nov 4, 2013
PatEUCOM wrote:
<quoted text>VERY INTERESTED IN PICTURES.My husband and I were stationed at CDL 1956-1958.Loved that little post near the woods in St.Germain.We lived in Villennes sur Seine west of the post then moved to Petite Beauregard.We shopped at Bel Manior after Beleriot .I can't recall how bel Manior looked but recall Beleriot. Thanks for post and offer of pictures. [email protected]
My family lived in L'Hautil par Triel and my father worked at CDL. There from 1962 - 1965. Would love to see photos!
Jane

Las Vegas, NV

#2961 Nov 4, 2013
My family lived in L'Hautil par Triel aqnd my father worked at CDL. There from 1962-1965. Would lov to see photos!
Jim Finn

Orrs Island, ME

#2962 Nov 4, 2013
I haven't been on here for a long time. I was stationed in Braconne from Dec '57 to June 59. My e-mail address is now [email protected] I played post level basketball for Braconne (we made the BASEC finals against Orleans in l958 or 9. They beat us on their homecourt for the championship. I also played baseball. For about 1/3 of the year i did my regular job, working in the vehicle maintainance for a guy named Sgt Shreeve.. Anybody out there?
Terry C

United States

#2963 Nov 5, 2013
I was station in Orleans, France from Feb 1965 to the beginning of 1967. In was in the exodus of our command when it moved from Orleans, France to Worms, Germany. We had just completed a new Communications Center in Orleans and had to leave it there.
Terry C

United States

#2964 Nov 5, 2013
Bill Ferris wrote:
I was stationed at Hqs & Hqs Co, Caserne Larboisiere, SA Fountainbleau, Fr from Nov 62-Oct 64.Had some great times in Paris. Mostly at The La Boheme bar on Monparnarse. The A bar, canada Bar and Nebraska Bar on Rue Pigale. Would like to hear from anyone who was there at that time.
I was stationed in Orleans. I worked at the Caserne there. I was in a signal company there. I have been to the Canada bar many times. We help role call in front of The Nebraska bar New years eve 1966.
We were relocated in 1967 to Worms Germany.
Bob Gaudio

Paw Paw, MI

#2965 Nov 5, 2013
Terry C wrote:
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I was stationed in Orleans. I worked at the Caserne there. I was in a signal company there. I have been to the Canada bar many times. We help role call in front of The Nebraska bar New years eve 1966.
We were relocated in 1967 to Worms Germany.
Terry,

I believe I was there in front of the Canada Bar on Christmas Eve 1966, drinking out of a flower pot. I have a good picture of the Canada Bar a few months after we left for Germany. Went on a 3 day pass back "home". I was TDY a lot to the 257th Sig Co. at CDL - US EUCOM Com Center - we had circuits to Saran in Orleans for the haul back to the States. If you would like the Canada Bar picture, email me robert.gaudio "at" gmail.com
Bill Ferris

Bath, ME

#2966 Nov 7, 2013
Terry C wrote:
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I was stationed in Orleans. I worked at the Caserne there. I was in a signal company there. I have been to the Canada bar many times. We help role call in front of The Nebraska bar New years eve 1966.
We were relocated in 1967 to Worms Germany.
Hello Terry. Nice to hear from someone who knows about the Canada Bar and the LaBoheme etc. I arrived in Fountainbleau in Nov 62 as an 18 year old kid from Maine. We were very lucky to have had those years at that time in that place.(Paris) I do have a picture (modern day) of the Canada Bar. I'll send it to you if I can figure out how to send it. Take care Bill Ferris, Bucksport, Maine [email protected]
richard hite

Dallas, TX

#2968 Nov 18, 2013
JOHN LUCAS wrote:
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JC:
Upon reading your question, I thought that I knew the answer; I would have said "Rue Gambetta". I looked at a map of on the "official" Avon website, and Rue Gambetta "begins/ends" at the border between Fontainbleau and Avon, at the intersection of "Rue Gambetta" and "Rue de la Charite", and also where Camp two walls of Caserne Lariboisiere intersect (and also the location of the Bar/Tabac).
According to a map of Fontainebleau, the road that runs along the front gate of Caserne Lariboisiere is "Avenue du Marechal de Villars" (and continues as Rue Gambetta starting at Avon).
This brings back many memories, as I remember my many walks and bike rides to school (1st through 9th grade). As we lived in Avon, my room at our family's apartment overlooked Rue Gambetta (and only after all these years do I find out the name of the street in front of the Caserne, prompted by your question).
http://www.maplandia.com/france/ile-de-france...
http://www.avon77.com/plan.php
I lived 1 block from the church in AVON,next door to the butcher shop,my daughters God Mother owned the Galleries des Avon variety store in AVON,I was there from 1954 thru 1959,i was in charge of the cafeteria at the school in camp.
Linda

Round Rock, TX

#2972 Nov 20, 2013
My family was stationed in Orleans from 59-63. I was 6 when we arrived and I am trying to gather some information. My dad was Sgt. Johnny Ruffin and he passed away before we got all the history. If any one remembers him or my mom Reva Ruffin or my siblings Trish Ruffin; Jack Ruffin; Linda Ruffin; Steve Ruffin; Angela Ruffin; please let me know.
Tom Johnson

Baird, TX

#2973 Nov 21, 2013
Linda wrote:
My family was stationed in Orleans from 59-63. I was 6 when we arrived and I am trying to gather some information. My dad was Sgt. Johnny Ruffin and he passed away before we got all the history. If any one remembers him or my mom Reva Ruffin or my siblings Trish Ruffin; Jack Ruffin; Linda Ruffin; Steve Ruffin; Angela Ruffin; please let me know.
Hi Linda,
I was at Poitiers, but we have several Members on our Yahoo Group who were at Orleans, plus we have pictures of Orleans. You are welcome to join, if you like http://stage.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/case...
John Lucas

Washington, DC

#2974 Nov 22, 2013
Remembrance: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) on Friday, November 22, 1963. Everyone seems to remember where they were at the time that they heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated. Time wise, Dallas, Texas is 7 hours behind Fontainebleau, France. At the time, I was 12 years old, in 7th Grade, and at a Friday evening Boy Scout Meeting at the Boy, Girl, and Cub Scouts “hut” at Caserne Lariboisiere in Fontainebleau, France. All that I remember about that particular Friday evening is someone interrupting the Boy Scout meeting and announcing that President Kennedy had been killed. The enormity of the news and of what had happened didn’t actually register until a few days later, when our family attended a memorial service at the Chapel. Because it seemed to me that the entire population post was there in the, we weren’t able to enter the chapel; we stood amongst a large crowd in the parking lot. A lot has happened since. Today, November 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of that tragic event, I still remember how things began to change, for life and school in Fontainebleau then, seems so bucolic and simple by comparison to now.
Pete

Pinehurst, NC

#2975 Nov 22, 2013
John, I was the same age and a dependent at Braconne Army Depot, I remember the whole post turning out for a Catholic mass the next day. Something I can remember like it was yesterday.
John Lucas wrote:
Remembrance: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) on Friday, November 22, 1963. Everyone seems to remember where they were at the time that they heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated. Time wise, Dallas, Texas is 7 hours behind Fontainebleau, France. At the time, I was 12 years old, in 7th Grade, and at a Friday evening Boy Scout Meeting at the Boy, Girl, and Cub Scouts “hut” at Caserne Lariboisiere in Fontainebleau, France. All that I remember about that particular Friday evening is someone interrupting the Boy Scout meeting and announcing that President Kennedy had been killed. The enormity of the news and of what had happened didn’t actually register until a few days later, when our family attended a memorial service at the Chapel. Because it seemed to me that the entire population post was there in the, we weren’t able to enter the chapel; we stood amongst a large crowd in the parking lot. A lot has happened since. Today, November 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of that tragic event, I still remember how things began to change, for life and school in Fontainebleau then, seems so bucolic and simple by comparison to now.

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