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Since: Mar 10

San Diego, CA

#1015 Jan 16, 2011
Hi, James,
I was stationed in Poitiers, Det. A of the 313th Signal Co., from 4/66-1\67. You would probably really like the Yahoo Group for guys stationed at Poitiers. You need to Google Yahoo Group, then type in Caserne Aboville, since that's the name of the site. There are many pictures of the post at Poitiers and Ingrandes posted there.
Barry Fox

Since: Oct 09

Chattanooga, TN

#1016 Jan 16, 2011
John Lucas wrote:
Our family was stationed at Caserne Lariboisiere (Fontainebleau, France) from 1951 to 1965. My father, Walter Lucas, DA civilian, worked at the post engineers. I attended Fontainebleau American school from 1st grade (1958)to 9th (1966). Mr. LeBrun was the school principal. We lived nearby the small village of AVON (halfway between Caserne Lariboisiere and Camp Guynemer, AFCENT). After the school day, I worked at the commissary, as a bag boy, for tips. In 1966 we moved to Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Does anyone remember Mr. Davis, history teacher, circa 1965-66?
John, I knew your father, my good friend C. Stephens worked in the post enginees from 1957 to 1960. I was over there a lot.I was station in Fontainebleau France from 1956 to 1959 at Caserne Lariboisiere, Hq Det. Next door was AFCENT. In 1956 I ran the gas point in front of the 33rd Hospital the rest of my tour I worked in transportation, drove fuel tankers, school buses and about anything else. I was there again in 1963 for about 1 year and was back in transportation. Part of my job was to drive school buses in the local area and also the High School bus on Friday and Sunday to Dreux also drove the Post CO sometimes. Some students came home most weekends and some only every other or once a month. I would make the trip with just one bus two or three times a month and other times we could have 2 buses, a baggage truck and a car. We made one rest and gas stop on the way back . When I first was station at Fontainebleau I was 17. I loved Fontainebleau it was the town that I grew up in. There was a Bar Tabac on the corner Chas Pierre and mom and pop Pierre became my French mother and father I was 20 when I left Fontainebleau the first time. In 1964 to 1967 I was station in Paris downtown at NATO HQ, Porte Dauphine, until April 1967 when NATO moved. I wife Francoise Tourneur was from Fontainebleau we met in 1956 and married in 1959. She and her mother worked at the Military Hospital. In 1964 she worked for the PX in Fontainebleau and 64 to 1967 the PX at Bel Manior.
Elie Foubert

North York, Canada

#1017 Jan 17, 2011
Anybody remember Le Week-end Cafe at the corner of Rue de la Reine and Ave Victor Hugo? The smell of Gitanes, expresso and the sights and sounds of the 1960's were pretty cool to a 10 year old kid.

Looking at Google earth it appears to be a bakery now. Across the street was a Citroen-Mercedes dealer.

those green Saviem buses usually meant that us kids stood from the SHAPE school all the way to Boulonge.
Bob Gaudio

United States

#1018 Jan 17, 2011
I recently completed scanning all the papers I collected during my time of service, 1964-1967. One of the items was a type of business card that I picked up around 1965 from a Chinese restaurant in downtown Paris. I Googled the address on Google Maps, and the restaurant is still there - the exact same banner that's on the little piece of paper that I saved about 46 years ago!

293rd Signal Company, Fontainebleau, FR 1965-1967.
Pamala Brown

Chapel Hill, NC

#1019 Jan 18, 2011
Elizabeth Vallet wrote:
Anyone out there who lived , worked or attended school in the 1960's in Orleans, France? Wuld love to share memories.
Our family was stationed in Orleans France in the 60's. We lived in military housing do not remember what the name of housing. I remember the school was called LaChapelle and my teacher was named Mrs. Basket. She was a very thin african-american woman.
Al Boka

North Las Vegas, NV

#1020 Jan 20, 2011
Gail Marshall wrote:
Just came upon this website and thought it tres interesting. My father was stationed with US Air Force at Orly from '56 to '60. We lived in base housing in Grigny/Viry Chatillion. I would love to hear from anyone who might have lived there/been stationed there. My folks sadly have passed on. And there's still so much I would have loved to ask them about that time in my life. I was 8 to 12 yrs old. And my heart still lives there. I've been back a few times. My sister and I even visited our old house where the current residents welcomed us in to look around. Paris is my favorite city in the world. I'd live there if I could afford it. I'm planning to go back 10/2010. Some of the things people have mentioned in their posts sound familiar, and I'd like find out more.
I was stationed at Orly field from Dec. 1957 until Dec. 1961. I workedin the operations building nearby the flight line and was assigned to the 7370th Flight Service Sqd. I returned again to France in June 1965 to Chateauroux but, alas, had to leave for High Wycombe, England just a bit over one year later when Charles DeGaulle booted the US Forces. I have been back several times and Paris was and remains my favorite place on earth. Jon "Al" Boka.
Andy Chapelle

Ann Arbor, MI

#1021 Jan 20, 2011
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Our family was stationed in Toul and Nancy in the early 1960s. We lived in Nancy for almost a year then moved into a U.S. military subdivision in Toul. My sister and I went to Jean D'Arc Elementary School and I remember my confirmation by the Bishop of Nancy.
I loved my years in France. We were in Paris and Provence a couple of years ago, but I'd love to return to Alsace Lorraine. The countryside was beautiful and the French people so friendly.
Andy Chapelle, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Patti

College Park, MD

#1022 Jan 21, 2011
Mireille Emery looking for Gene Thieman (Toul Depot 507 Eng Co 1957) possibly retired back to Moberly Mo. Any info appreciated.
Paul Cohen

Ridgewood, NY

#1023 Jan 21, 2011
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
Phillipe- I was stationed in Poitiers from December 1962 to March 1965. My memories were of the many French students that helped me learn to communicate in French. We would meet at the bar Rugby downtown. They loved when I brought them American cigarettes. They enjoyed them better than Caporal and Gitanes.

I remember the Salon de The, Fink, the Salon De Balzac, Chez Michelles, and the Sol Y Sambra night club.

I met a wonderful girl who was an exchange student from Denmark. Who, with her family, entertained me for a week in Denmark.

The French people were very friendly to those Americans that tried to learn the language.
Steve

Forney, TX

#1024 Jan 21, 2011
Andy Chapelle wrote:
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Our family was stationed in Toul and Nancy in the early 1960s. We lived in Nancy for almost a year then moved into a U.S. military subdivision in Toul. My sister and I went to Jean D'Arc Elementary School and I remember my confirmation by the Bishop of Nancy.
I loved my years in France. We were in Paris and Provence a couple of years ago, but I'd love to return to Alsace Lorraine. The countryside was beautiful and the French people so friendly.
Andy Chapelle, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Andy we lived there too during that time frame and went to the elementary school on base at jean d'arc.Was the American sub division called Regina Village by any chance?What grades were you in and what specific years were you guys there?We were stationed in France approx. 1962 until summer of '65.I don't remember right off hand any of my teachers names but I believe I might have some old report cards that would tell me.
Adolf Minaschek

Sierra Vista, AZ

#1025 Jan 21, 2011
I had a great time while stationed in St.Nazaire/Donges from June 1964-1966. Did not finish my three years as promised. President De Gaulle kicked us out. My French wife and I went back many times for great vacations.
Adolf Minaschek (SFC/US Army-retired)
christiane virmont

Grenoble, France

#1026 Jan 22, 2011
bonjour
cherche photos de l'esquadron 7th radio relai , basé a vierzon a coté de chateauroux (france)
cordialement .christiane
Elizabeth Jensen Oliver

Paterson, NJ

#1027 Jan 23, 2011
My ex-husband (James Jensen) and I lived in St. Germain en Laye while he was stationed at Camp de Loges from 1965 through Oct. 1966. We spent our first couple of months in a lovely old pension where the personnel were so kind and taught me about French cheeses and wines. It was my first introduction. I was 20 years old. The apartment we found and moved into was on Rue d'Hennemont, a modern apartment building with a cemetary across the street that I named "the quite village". Many other American militery personnel lived in that building, along with many wonderful French people. I worked on the base during our stay, and would often walk through the forest to get to the base. In the summertime, I used to swim in the pool at the base during my lunch hour. I recently Googled the address of the apartment building where we lived and was able to see it and the entire street.
We did not go to Germany with many of the other military personnel, as I was expecting my first child and wanted him to be born in the US. We had a second stay in France, this time in Paris, living in the 16th arrondissment directly across from UNESCO. My husband's tour of duty in Paris was with the Vietnam Peace Talk delegation.
MERCIER jean Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

#1029 Jan 25, 2011
Elizabeth Jensen Oliver
Manasquan, NJ

It is pleasant to read your letter.
I regret that nobody did not take time to write a book on the car park of the Americans between 1951 and 1966 on the diverse cities of the Paris region, Fontainebleau and the other sites and it's the same for the car park of the American servicemen of the region Est-Nord / is from France Toul, Nancy, Metz, Châlons, Verdun etc...
Books(Pounds) were written on the western American camps of France and the South - the West of Biarritz to Chateauroux by way of La Rochelle.
I am delighted that of numerous contacts create between American and French today to remember itself these moments which were moments of happiness for a lot of you in United States.
With all my gratitude
Jean-Pierre MERCIER
BORDEAUX
FRANCE
Leslie Aubrey

Coppell, TX

#1030 Jan 26, 2011
I was born in Chateauroux in 1963, in the Indre Clinic (came to the U.S. with my parents two years later, so don't remember France at all-- have never been back there) Does anyone know what happened to this medical clinic and if it is still standing?? I would sure love to see a photo of it!
MERCIER jean Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

#1031 Jan 29, 2011
Hello, mireille szymanski emery
AOL

Velaine-en-Haye, sur le terrain d'un ancien camp militaire américain appelé« Les Baraques ».

Hello to all,
Who knew the American camp of the Forêt de HAYE between Toul and Nancy?
Did this camp depend on Toul or on Nancy?
The Base of Command of this zone seems to be Nancy?
THANK YOU FOR your answer

Bonjour à tous,
qui a connu le camp américain de la Forêt de Haye entre Toul et Nancy?
Ce camp dépendait-il de Toul ou de Nancy ?quelles unités étaient dans ce camp .
La Base de Commandement de cette zone semble être Nancy?
MERCI de votre réponse
Leslie Aubrey

Coppell, TX

#1032 Jan 29, 2011
Whoop... I was actually born in the Chateauroux Clinic (not the Indre Clinic) in Nov 1963. Not sure if it was downtown or where. Would sure love to see a photo of it!
Anonymous

AOL

#1033 Jan 29, 2011
MERCIER jean Bordeaux wrote:
Hello, mireille szymanski emery
AOL
Velaine-en-Haye, sur le terrain d'un ancien camp militaire américain appelé« Les Baraques ».
Hello to all,
Who knew the American camp of the Forêt de HAYE between Toul and Nancy?
Did this camp depend on Toul or on Nancy?
The Base of Command of this zone seems to be Nancy?
THANK YOU FOR your answer
Bonjour à tous,
qui a connu le camp américain de la Forêt de Haye entre Toul et Nancy?
Ce camp dépendait-il de Toul ou de Nancy ?quelles unités étaient dans ce camp .
La Base de Commandement de cette zone semble être Nancy?
MERCI de votre réponse
le camp etait la base de commandement de Nancy je ne sais pas les unites qui etais dans le camp Bonne journee Mireille
Anonymous

AOL

#1034 Jan 29, 2011
mireille szymanski emery wrote:
<quoted text> le camp etait la base de commandement de Nancy je ne sais pas les unites qui etais dans le camp Bonne journee Mireille
Les camps etais Toul depot - Nancy depot - Toul Rozieres air force - Chambley air force
Au revoir Mireille
MERCIER jean Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

#1035 Jan 30, 2011
Leslie AUBREY
Keller Texas

Hello Leslie.
Your birth was registered(recorded) the city hall of Chateauroux.
I advise(recommend) you to write at the Following address and you will have precision on your birth.
Ask for the copy of your birth certificate.

MAIRIE DE CHATEAUROUX
ETAT CIVIL
BP 509
36012 CHATEAUROUX CEDEX
FRANCE

Friendly
Jean-Pierre

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