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Catherine Johnson

United States

#248 Sep 20, 2009
My mother was born in Saumur France February 1960 to a French mother named Ginette Daheuille and an American soldier named Reginald Koval. Koval was stationed in or around Saumur in 1959. Reginald was commonly called "Reggie" and had dark brown to black hair and light blue eyes, "and looked a little like Elvis" he was supposedly from the eastern United States. My mother never got the chance to know him, so if anyone has any information that could be helpful it would be greatly appreciated.
Terry

United States

#249 Sep 20, 2009
Philippe wrote:
I'm looking for American citizens who have lived in military bases in France up to the sixties. I'd like to listen to their memories, possibly see some old pics. If I can get in touch with a sufficent amount of persons, I'd like to write a book about these specific circunstances.
Looking forward to hear from you
Sincerely,
Philippe
Hi Philippe, My Father was stationed at Harbord Barracks in Orleans around 1963 to 1965. My family lived in a small concrete block house right down the road from the back gate of the base. We could see the base from our house. We had a french family that was friends of ours and I think their son's name was Philippe and he had a sister. I was thinking their last name was Armond. I'm not sure.
Terry

United States

#250 Sep 20, 2009
My email address is [email protected]
Terry

United States

#251 Sep 20, 2009
Elizabeth Vallet wrote:
Anyone out there who lived , worked or attended school in the 1960's in Orleans, France? Wuld love to share memories.
HI ELIZABETH. MY FAMILY WAS STATIONED IN ORLEANS FRANCE IN 1963 TO 1965. MY FATHER WAS STATIONED AT HARBORD BARRACKS. I WENT TO SCHOOL AT MAISON FORTE.
ELIE FOUBERT

Toronto, Canada

#252 Sep 21, 2009
Hello Cindy, although we lived in SHAPE VILLAGE Block 10, I had friends in Grand Terres; they were Canadians called Jim Skirrow. I remember there was a mini mall there with a toy shop and I bought the James Bond Aston Marton DB5 metallic car there.

Small world!
Pat Ditzel

Pasadena, CA

#253 Sep 23, 2009
My father was the Army port commander at St. Nazaire in the late 50's. We lived in La Baule/Pornichet.
I'd love to hear from others who were there around that time.
Erbie

United States

#254 Sep 24, 2009
Steve wrote:
Hi Daniel,On a whim I started googling for Army brats whose fathers were stationed in France during the 60's and came across your entry.We were stationed in France from '62 to '65 specifically at such bases as Joan d'arc,Toul,Nancy..in fact I went to school at Joan D'arc and my father Sgt. Hicks was working on that post.I used to be able to visit him from time to time at his office after school.We lived in base housing eventually,the place was called "Regina Village" as I recall..does that sound familiar?There were some old German pill boxes on the hill behind our house that we used to explore all the time.It sounds like we are contemporaries,heck we may have even known each other,I believe I was there for my 3rd thru 5th grade.We were sent stateside in '65 and man you are right,what a culture shock.I was used to everything being in French and to see only English everywhere was amazing.Hope to hear from you,maybe we crossed paths back then.I have not returned to France since we left but would like to bring my family there someday to show them where I have been.Give me a shout back and that goes for any other Army brats who may have been there in the same time frame...I do remember this cute little Blonde girl that lived a couple house's down LOL. <quoted text>
Hi Steve and Daniel. I am not a classmate, but rather was a GI stationed at the Joan of Arc Hospital in Toul in 1961. I was a mechanic, then a parts specialists for the 525 Engineer Company (Dump Truck). The "Five Deuce Five" was exactly that, a company of 48 dump trucks. Our trucks worked on military building projects all over France and some parts of Germany. Our barracks were in the hospital at the top of the hill just behind the BOQ (Bachelor Officers Quarters). If I am not mistaken (correct me if I am wrong) the school at Jeanne d'Arc was at the top of the hill also. There were a couple of other companies headquartered at Jeanne d'Arc also, but I can not remember their military designation. One was a transportation company that had tractor trailers and another was a medical company. There was also a company of "Polish" guards that pulled most of the guard duty at the complex. Steve the "old fort" you spoke of is in Villey le Sec which is just over the hill from Jeanne d'Arc. If you do a goggle earth search for Villey le Sec and search around you can see the outlines of the fort and some pictures of it. You might also want to go to Wikpedia and help them out. They are looking for information on the the Joan of Arc Hospital in Toul. Jeanne d'Arc still operates as a French hospital today.
Frawley Becker

La Canada Flintridge, CA

#255 Sep 24, 2009
Hey Erbie and Steve --

Am I crazy, but wasn't the place Jeanne d'Arc, not Joan d'Arc? Adter all, it was France, non?

Frawley Becker
Tony Butler

Demopolis, AL

#256 Sep 27, 2009
My dad (William(Bill) L. Butler was at the Nato Bldg. downtown Paris. We lived at an Apartment Complex called "Grand Tier" I think.
We would go watch a friend by the name of Eddie West play football at Camp De Loges. My brother and I attended school at the American Garsge school. If any one can help me find where the "Grand Tierre apartments were I would appreciate it..
ELIE FOUBERT

Toronto, Canada

#257 Sep 28, 2009
This looks like Grand Terres, go to Google Earth and find
48 53' 53.88" N and 2 3' 43.5" E.
ELIE FOUBERT

Toronto, Canada

#258 Sep 28, 2009
ELIE FOUBERT wrote:
This looks like Grand Terres, go to Google Earth and find
48 53' 53.88" N and 2 3' 43.5" E.
Sorry, but that location is actually where I lived; I can't for the life of me retrace Grand Terres and come up with a location, but give me time.
Steve

Forney, TX

#259 Sep 28, 2009
Frawley Becker wrote:
Hey Erbie and Steve --
Am I crazy, but wasn't the place Jeanne d'Arc, not Joan d'Arc? Adter all, it was France, non?
Frawley Becker
Frawley:I'm sure it was,as I recall we as "Americans" sort of shortened and Americanized the name into one word and it was more of JonDarc..at least that's the way I remember it,but keep in mind that was a 9 year olds impression.
Steve

Forney, TX

#260 Sep 28, 2009
Erbie wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Steve and Daniel. I am not a classmate, but rather was a GI stationed at the Joan of Arc Hospital in Toul in 1961. I was a mechanic, then a parts specialists for the 525 Engineer Company (Dump Truck). The "Five Deuce Five" was exactly that, a company of 48 dump trucks. Our trucks worked on military building projects all over France and some parts of Germany. Our barracks were in the hospital at the top of the hill just behind the BOQ (Bachelor Officers Quarters). If I am not mistaken (correct me if I am wrong) the school at Jeanne d'Arc was at the top of the hill also. There were a couple of other companies headquartered at Jeanne d'Arc also, but I can not remember their military designation. One was a transportation company that had tractor trailers and another was a medical company. There was also a company of "Polish" guards that pulled most of the guard duty at the complex. Steve the "old fort" you spoke of is in Villey le Sec which is just over the hill from Jeanne d'Arc. If you do a goggle earth search for Villey le Sec and search around you can see the outlines of the fort and some pictures of it. You might also want to go to Wikpedia and help them out. They are looking for information on the the Joan of Arc Hospital in Toul. Jeanne d'Arc still operates as a French hospital today.
Erbie:That's all very interesting info.I wish my dad was still with us because he could tell me what company etc. he was assigned to and what they did.I may be able to look at his service history and find out that way.My mom might be of some help as well,I'll ask her if she remembers that sort of thing.I can not remember what the base configuration was,I only remember general impressions.I recall there was military operations as well as the school and the hospital but specifics elude me.I do recall that we rode to school and back in American Army buses,big old squared off dark Brown buses and I believe driven by Army personnel.The "fort" you refer to is cool however it's not the pill boxes I was referring to.The pill boxes were directly behind our house in Regina Village.There was a dirt road/path behind our house and then a field that sloped up to the pill boxes and there were trees around it.As I recall our house was all the way to the left from the entrance to Regina Village,on a street that looped.Any one out there that lived in Regina Village in the early 60's?
Roy Chace

Medford, MA

#261 Oct 2, 2009
Richard Pink wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Philippe
My name is Richard Pink
I lived in the Paris area from 1959 to 1962 with my family, Father Jack T. Pink, US Army, Mother Elaine T. Pink, Sister Judith A. Pink, Brother Ronald T. Pink. We lived in La Celle St Cloud.
Went to Camp de Loge for Commisary, Doctor, Baseball and Bowling. We attende the Paris American School in Garche. My e-mail is [email protected] if you would like to contact me


I lived in Petit Beaugard Housing from 1960 - 1963. I am looking for Bill and Betty Morgan, Army. Also Ray and Sue Ducette, Navy. Anyone know of either family?
Roy Chace

Medford, MA

#262 Oct 2, 2009
I lived in Petit Beaugard Housing from 1960 - 1963. I am looking for Bill and Betty Morgan, Army. Also Ray and Sue Ducette, Navy. Both families lived in same housing. Anyone know of either family?
Roy Chace Fall River Ma

Medford, MA

#263 Oct 2, 2009
Robert Davis wrote:
I was stationed at Camp De Loges (attached to SHAPE) from Sept 1960 to Aug 63. I was specialist 5th class assigned to the AG corp as head of the classified and assignment division. I don't recall the name Kitzmiller. Was your father military of civilian and what position did he hold? Bob Davis
<quoted text>
I also was stationed at Camp de loges from Apr 1960 - Apr 1963. However I was in the Air Force in Eucom Hdq. Lived in Petit Beaugard.
charlie blute

Marblehead, MA

#264 Oct 6, 2009
Did anyone of you play little league while you were in France. I was one of the coaches that took the Southern French *All American Children of G.I.s to the French Little League World Series that were held in Chateraux in 1960 or 1961. We lost the game. Also there were a number of kids that were students in Poirtier American High School. We also had a boy scout troop on our base as well. This was Fontenet Ordinance Depot *APO 259.
charlie blute

Marblehead, MA

#265 Oct 6, 2009
the note that I just posted should be from Beverly, MA., not Bellingham, MA. There is a big difference between the locations....
Frawley Becker

United States

#266 Oct 6, 2009
Dear Roy Chace --

I was the civilian entertainmentg director for Special Services at Hqs EUCOM, Camp des Loges, from 1958-1961. Do you remember seeing any of the plays I produced or directed. In your time frame, the most significant would have been "Lysistrata" and an all African-American production of "Heaven Can Wait" that went up at the post theatre. I left the State Departmet in 1961, then as a civilian I produced the first Edward Albee plays in France (a professional English-speaking company, with actors from New York) and then segued into the film business where I was a dialogue coacjh for Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, and many others. Do you rfemember where you were housed on the base, and what that building lookied like? Do you recall any of the "architecture" of the buildings on the base? I sort of remember the AG building -- 2 or 3 story red brick, wasn't it? Highest ranking attorney there was a Mr. Ganz (or Gantz), a GS-17 or something like that. Here's my e-mail, because that might be easier: [email protected] Many thanks
Frawley Becker
charlie blute

Marblehead, MA

#267 Oct 8, 2009
If you are not aware, Mr. Becker is an esteemed play writer and film director/producer. He is listed on www.wikipedia.com .

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