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Toronto, Canada

#290 Nov 10, 2009
Hello Simone, those Cherry Phosphates were also known as Fizzies and they came in tablets of different flavours; i brought some to our lunch near the Petit Lycee cafeteria to make the horsemeat taste better, and the French Prefect actually came over to investigate my hi-tech drink and take it away. Guess he knew better! A lunch card was 7.50 FF per week and paid by the parents. I spent my own money to buy Petit Beurres cookies and eat the whole package instead.

Calgary, Canada

#291 Nov 10, 2009
Westhalls & Skirrows rings no bells.How about Hallets?.My dad told me about Forestall.He was a few years younger.My father & his dad car pooled together to Belguim in the last year I remember his dad as being deathly skinny & having bushy eyebrows. As for your memory it is incredible obviously you were not at Woodstock.I as well have many pictures & some film.They say life is short I feel I have been around forever,yikes !As for my Number it is four Zero three two eight six six three eight two.If you get the machine sorry I am having a power snooze .Regards Rick
larry griffin


#292 Nov 10, 2009
jim finn,my name is larry griffin,I played on the little league ball team at camp braconne,in 58 or 59,our field was just outside the main gate,did you have a coach named silvernails,it's been a while and things are fuzzy,would love to have pictures if you know of some somewhere or a book perhaps,we also lived in ruelle and angoulemme.

Milton, NY

#293 Nov 10, 2009
I went to Camp Des Loges from Vietnam in 1963 to 1964. We had so much fun there. I worked in the Bel Manoir Motor Pool which was around the corner from Versailles. I was 20 years old. We use to go into Paris in the General s car. Ronnie Dout would drive me. Bruce Spunagle from Oklahoma and I from Red Hook NY at teh time use to go to the French weddings and party. We use to go over to the Marine Quarters and Parth there. My favorite was the Sun Club in Paris. Loved the music and the Dancing there .. it was great there. I loved Paris and prayed for President Johnson to extend the troop for one more year all over the world. I prayed but it did not happen. Montmare where all the Artis lived was great .. had a girl friend there and she always had a Hot Tottie ready for me when I came to see her. Love the jon bonnes.
I loved the country side.etc.. Camp Des Loges had a NCO Club where we would dance all the time to the Beatles with a fantastic band from England. Missing it... they were great times. Tom Parisella

Toronto, Canada

#294 Nov 11, 2009
Yes, I missed the drug scene completely. The Hallet twins I remember; I have the class photo of us in 1965 by the way. Thanks for your number; will call you on the weekend if that is ok?
When we went to Germany, Mike Macdonald was in my class for two years and both of us were jokers, only he got paid for it.
Bryan Hackett

Grass Valley, CA

#295 Nov 11, 2009
Hi Karl, I was at Fontenet 1958, I was a tank mechanic M47/48's. I had been stationed at Braconne before. I'm in Ca. too. Email me at [email protected] I have pictures to share, hope you have some also.

Karl Kramer wrote:
I've tried posting before but nothing appeared (for me). I was stationed at Fontenet, France, from 6/55 to 8/56. It was an ordinance depot and I was signal in post communications. Winter in '55 was cold! cold! cold!....and in spring I've never experienced such mud. It was like glue! We lived in old German buildings that still had German signs warning about the water and labeling the buildings. There was a runway that stretched across the camp that came from a huge opening in a hill where fighters were apparently kept to defend the submarine pens near La Rochelle. Well, I'm going to post this right now instead of continuing to write. Hope this time it works. Would enjoy hearing from anyone who was there.

Toronto, Canada

#296 Nov 11, 2009
Hello ricky, the real Harry is here
Harry Forestell: A man ahead of our time
By Mark Giberson, BJ/84

Harry Forestell, BJ/85, is right where he wants to be—five time zones ahead of most of the competition. Since this past November, Forestell has been telling sleepy-eyed Canadians what’s been going on in the world while they’ve been snug in their beds.

As co-host of CBC television’s CBC News: Morning, Forestell begins his work day around 6:00 a.m. But unlike his viewers — and his competition in other networks — Forestell, 44, lives and works in London, England. And that makes Forestell literally one-of-a-kind — the only host of a North American television morning show who’s stationed outside the continent.

I must be missing something.
Frawley Becker

United States

#297 Nov 11, 2009
To Tom Parisella --

You seem to remember quite a few details from your time at Camp des Loges. I was there from 1958-1961 as a civilian Entertainment Director attached to the State Department. Directed and produced all the plays and musicals for SAC bases. In 1961, I left foreign service and produced the first Edward Albee plays in France (1963), bringing the actors over from New York. Later I worked in films as a dialogue coach in Paris. At present, I'm a published book author and published playwright. Would love to chat with you about some of those memories, like the Bel Manoir Motor Pool. I only remember the PX there. I'm presently working on a novel that has that time frame and locale as one of the settings. Could we chat? If so, please send me your phone number and the best time to call you. You have to spell out the numbers in words (like "eight") in your message, because this site rejects any letter with what appears to be a phone number. If you'd rather not do that, that's okay. Then perhaps you'd send me your e-mail address and I can list some of the questions I have. You can put my name in your search engine and info will come up on some of my writings. Or I'm also on IMDb for some of the movies I've worked on. I'm legit, a vet myself, though that was earlier than the years I worked at Camp des Loges. Hope to hear from you. Mille mercis!
Frawley Becker
Frawley Becker

United States

#298 Nov 11, 2009
Tom Parisella!

Sorry! Forgot to include the essential! Her's my e-mail address. Hope to hear from you! [email protected]

Frawley Becker

Calgary, Canada

#299 Nov 11, 2009
How did you happen to miss the drug scene ? it had to be on purpose.I hit it,but I am allright now.

Allrighty than I shall be around my ponderosa all weekend as I do have some interest in the CFL playoffs so if you could give me a time frame that would be good if not that`s allright too. I will look forward to hear from you Elie. All the best Rick

Kansas City, MO

#300 Nov 11, 2009
Simone55 wrote:
We were stationed in Paris at Camp De Loges from 61 to 65. Lived in L'Etang-La-Ville, St. Germain en Laye on Rue Tiers and the last two years on Rue Turgot in SGEN. My siblings and I attended Paris American Schools also.
I remember having Cherry Phosphates at the American Embassy in downtown Paris....and summer camp outside St. Germain somewhere. We went on summer field trips to a Club on the River (the Seine?) called La Plage. We crossed the river on some type of small ferry to get to the pool and club. Great memories as a child.
School field trips to Paris all the time....what an experience.....along with family vacations across Europe. Every Friday was movie night on base....where I met Vincent Price and James Bond and Cary Grant on the movie screen. Sunday brunch at the officers club....the best cake I can remember.
We used to go on family outings to the woods filled with Chestnut trees and bring home bags of chestnuts to roast in the oven. And Mussels steamed in white wine.....and pomme de terre frites in brown wrapping paper at Paris flea markets.
I have tons of slides of Paris and was a big photographer.
Does anyone remember "La Plage"? Where it was exactly?
My dad was stationed at SHAPE HQ until France pulled out of NATO (I think in 1965). I was only 5 at the time but had 4 older siblings. We lived at 6(?) Rue Turgot from about 1963-1965.

Toronto, Canada

#301 Nov 12, 2009
Hey, you are looking at the biggest Als fan around, so watch out! We blew last year but not will not this year. Nothing personal.

My High School in 1970 was drug central so you didn't have to partake to see the effects in other people; besides, my dad said he would kill me first. David Jones died a year or so before his own father died of liver disease. Not a happy story.

Since my illustrious Alouettes don't need to play I can even call you your time Saturday morning at 10:00 am if you wish. Or pick a time good for you, regards, E.
Roger Rohloff

Littleton, CO

#302 Nov 12, 2009
John Rieben wrote:
I was stationed at Camp des Loges from 1957 t0 1959 and was assigned to the Billeting Office. I had a rewarding time while there and still keep in touch with a number of buddies. In August a few of us met in Denver for a mini-reunion. I have some photos of those glorious days which I review now and again to remind myself of the wonderment of being a young farm boy living near Paris and the effect it had on the rest of my life.
Is this the same John Rieben who went left Paris and went home to Muskegon, MI ? And the same John Rieben who has rental property on the Gulf Coast of Florida? If so, I worked in the mailroom at 2 Rue De la Faisanderie, July 56 to Jan 59.


#303 Nov 12, 2009
I remember your daddy & only one word comes to mind all week is Gruff ? On the other hand your mom was a Belle & always smiling . How long have you been in the Montreal area particularley LaSalle? I have not been to Montreal since I saw George Harrison & his rockin band the Hari Krishanas at the forum
Saturday morning it shall be I spend most Sat. mornings sipping coffee looking out the window wondering what I shall do today .

Have a Good un Rick
Jim Finn

Biddeford, ME

#304 Nov 12, 2009
larry griffin wrote:
jim finn,my name is larry griffin,I played on the little league ball team at camp braconne,in 58 or 59,our field was just outside the main gate,did you have a coach named silvernails,it's been a while and things are fuzzy,would love to have pictures if you know of some somewhere or a book perhaps,we also lived in ruelle and angoulemme.
Thanks for responding, but I was a soldier, played on the post baseball team, not little league. I d love to communicate. [email protected] thanks Larry.
charlie blute

Beverly, MA

#305 Nov 13, 2009
here is the web site address: , I used to go to Royan too, it was an awesome place, and I would rent a water paddle boat and ride out and play with the sea cows *porpoises *sic. When it rained in Fontenet, it rained. In 1961, it rained almost 295 days I think. There was a stream on the way to St. Jean in Fontenet, and it flooded so high that we could only get to those two bars outside the post for several weeks.
When I left France in May of 1962, the train started at St. Jean, then up to Niort, we switched at Portiers, I think, and stayed on it to Paris. At Paris, we switched again, but the people who worked on the train spoke German. So it may have been hired by the military from Germany. I might be incorrect, but I think that is how it went.

Toronto, Canada

#306 Nov 13, 2009
Dad was a type A to the hilt; Mom still the same. In Lasalle since 1991. Will call you tomorrow morning, your time 10:00 am, E.

Hope Hamilton beats B.C. since the Lions are bad karma for Mtl.

Since: Nov 09

Montpellier, France

#307 Nov 14, 2009
frank w wrote:
I was stationed in captieux la pateau from 1958 til 1960
Hello Frank, I'm looking for information about my grandmother. In 1959, she dated an American based in Captieux. I would like to find him because he may be my mum's father. Can you give me your email address please ? I would like to send you a private message about all this. Thank you in advance.

Since: Nov 09

Montpellier, France

#308 Nov 14, 2009
Hello everyone, I am looking for information about an American soldier based in Captieux from 1959 to at least 1962. My grandmother dated an American at that time and we think he can be my mum's father. If you know about it, could you please respond to my email address [email protected] Thank you very much and have a nice day everybody !
MERCIER jean Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

#309 Nov 17, 2009
Hello to all to follow upon my book on the American camp of Deceitful, you could say to me if there were Polish guards on Bases in Germany???
I suppose that YES, because a Polish guard coming back from Germany in 1958 committed suicide in the Garonne in Bordeaux, while he(it) got back the American camp of Bussac-Forêt.
Jen-Pierre MERCIER

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