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greg machnowski

Reston, VA

#1226 Apr 21, 2011
Larry McCabe wrote:
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I went to high school at Poitiers. I lived in the dorms. One of the girls I went to high school with was Jo Thornton. Her dad was stationed at Braconne. She was probably the girl you tried to date!!:-)
hi larry, my name is greg machnowski, my father jerry was a d.a.c also in munitions
my sisters shelley and lisa went to poitiers high as dorm students my sister jill and i went to school
on base. i remember you guys and your sister joan.we lived on the economy. we got there in1961 ,
i think. my brother gary ran acrosse joan , while living in northern va .back in the late 70's early 80's.
i live in reston va. greg machnowski
Gene Crowley

Miami, FL

#1227 Apr 23, 2011
Bryan Hackett wrote:
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Hi Gene, I was at Braconne1957/58 in Det C.2nd squad. I think I remember you.I was a M-47/48 tank mechanic at shop 2. a few of us were transffered to Fontenet just before you guys moved into the new barracks. The old tar paper shacks were great though . LOL :-)
Please contact me at [email protected]
Hi Bryan
Sorry, dont remember you or shop 2. We were behind shop 4 before we moved into shop4.
Yes, the old shacks were quite a living experience! Sorry you didnt get to enjoy the new digs!!
Al Boka

AOL

#1228 Apr 24, 2011
I am posting another message just in case there may be some new subscribers to this web site who may have been at Orly Airport USAF between 1957 and 1961. I was assigned to the 7370th Flight Service Squadron, Det. 2. Would like to reminisce about Paris in those days.

[email protected]
Gerald McCurdy

Surprise, AZ

#1229 Apr 24, 2011
I was assigned to Co. C 83rd Engineer battalion at Ingrands France fron Jan 1964 to June 1966. After DeGaulle kicked the american forces out the 83rd was transfered to Manhiem Germany. My first wife was from Chatellerault. Great memories!
Bob Huntley

High Springs, FL

#1230 Apr 24, 2011
Earl Upham wrote:
I was born at La Chapelle Hospital myself. I was only 5 or 6 when I lived there. I am not sure what period you were there but you may have been there the same time in the same place as I was. The only way to find out for sure is to compare notes. I will get more info from my mother who is still alive. I am trying to find out how to get my birth records for proof of age as retirement is just a very short time away I need proof of age that is acceptable here. Mine do not show up as proof so I need to find out where to go and how to get what I need to proceed with acquiring the needed records. I don't even know if the hospital is still there. Anyway I would love to hear from you to see if there is a past between us. Thanks!
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Your parents should have resistered your birth at the US Embassy in Paris. Try the State Department. My son was born there also, and we had no problem getting his "Report of US Citizen Born Abroad".
Bob Huntley

High Springs, FL

#1231 Apr 24, 2011
tom fournier wrote:
my name is tom fournier. I was stationed in Orleans france com z headquarters from january 1957 until may 0f 1958 would like to hear from anyone that was stationed around that same time my e=mail [email protected]
Hi Tom,
I was there from late 58 to Mar 63. I worked at Post Engrs (Foret d'Orleans) was barracked at Maison Fort, Saran and later got married to a French girl. We lived in Olivet near her folks.
Alan Carter

AOL

#1232 Apr 25, 2011
I was stationed at St Andre de L'Eure Normandy from Nov 62 thru Jan '64 (US Army Aerial Support Center APO 253) We used to go to Bel Manoir every pay day in order to buy clothing etc. (Our PX was too small). Would love to hear from anyone else that was there at that time.
Frawley BECKER

United States

#1233 Apr 25, 2011
Dear Alan Carter --

Finally! someone who was stationed at St. André de L'Eure! I'm a published book author and published playwright working on a novel (fiction) and there's a scene in my book that takes place at your old base in 1960. I've been in touch with a US Army man in New York whose job it is to help writers and screenwriters be accurate. Even he didn't know about St. André!(I remember it being a small base, out of the way, between the Air Force bases at Dreux and Evreux, west of Versailles.)
Would love to speak to you and possibly send you the short scene that occurs there (in the EM Club) for accuracy. Here's my e-mail: [email protected] Please contact me, and maybe we can eventually speak on the phone. I was the civilian Entertainment Director attached to Special Services at Camp des Loges (Hqs EUCOM)from 1958-1961. Mille mercis!

FRAWLEY BECKER

Since: Apr 11

Houston, TX

#1234 Apr 25, 2011
Fontainebleau, France 1964-1967

Does anyone have pictures of the Casserne from this era? I've found the US Army Casserne location on Bing Maps but don't remember the exact location of the school, bowling alley, Boy Scout house, library, NCO Club, PX, Chapel etc.
I'd appreciate any help clarification I can get.

Anyone have pictures of the Air Force base? The Little Leaque baseball fields, the location where Cub Scout day camp was held, the swimming pool, etc.

I am also interested in contacting classmates 4th (Ms Gallagher), 5th (Ms Hanks), & 6th grades and anyone from this time period. I was in Cub/Boy Scouts and played baseball in the summers of 65 & 66.

Thanks,
Jim
JOHN LUCAS

Columbia, MD

#1235 Apr 25, 2011
Jim:

Although this web site depicts photographs of Caserne Lariboisierre (Fontainebleau, France) way before the '60s timeframe, I think they are neveretheless interesting:

http://www.bellifontana.fr/avon/cpa/avon_cpa_...

I have previously searched for and viewed "Caserne Laribiosiere" on Google maps and other similar map/satellite view sites; however nothing that I have found identifies the specific buildings or their functions. The only thing that I saw that had changed (from an aerial perspective) is that there is some sort of "compass rose" painted on the parking lot surface where the (previous) chapel, Boy Scout/Cub Scout building, laundry were located.

JOHN LUCAS
Fontainebleau (1952-1965) and grades 1-9 (1957-1965)
Jim Best wrote:
Fontainebleau, France 1964-1967
Does anyone have pictures of the Casserne from this era? I've found the US Army Casserne location on Bing Maps but don't remember the exact location of the school, bowling alley, Boy Scout house, library, NCO Club, PX, Chapel etc.
I'd appreciate any help clarification I can get.
Anyone have pictures of the Air Force base? The Little Leaque baseball fields, the location where Cub Scout day camp was held, the swimming pool, etc.
I am also interested in contacting classmates 4th (Ms Gallagher), 5th (Ms Hanks), & 6th grades and anyone from this time period. I was in Cub/Boy Scouts and played baseball in the summers of 65 & 66.
Thanks,
Jim
Walt Bollech

Philadelphia, PA

#1237 Apr 27, 2011
Alan Carter wrote:
I was stationed at St Andre de L'Eure Normandy from Nov 62 thru Jan '64 (US Army Aerial Support Center APO 253) We used to go to Bel Manoir every pay day in order to buy clothing etc.(Our PX was too small). Would love to hear from anyone else that was there at that time.
Hi Alan,
What was the name of your signal company at St Andre ? I was with the 275th..later the 257th Signal Company at Camp des Loges. I believe we had some personnel there. My e-mail is [email protected]
Walt Bollech
Alan Carter

AOL

#1238 Apr 27, 2011
Walt Bollech wrote:
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Hi Alan,
What was the name of your signal company at St Andre ? I was with the 275th..later the 257th Signal Company at Camp des Loges. I believe we had some personnel there. My e-mail is [email protected]
Walt Bollech
We did have Signal personell at St Andre, but as I recollect they kept pretty much to themselves and I don't remember any names. They weren't in my barracks.
Alan Carter
Gene Walsh

Eatontown, NJ

#1239 Apr 27, 2011
Alan: I believe we did have some 275th people stationed there as Walt wrote.
I went there once to do some work on the 2 maybe 3 position manual switchboard.
The board was operated by some English guy who cursed like a sailor.

As I remember there was a big building rising up in the middle of nowhere. If I'm not mistaken one of the activites there was parachute rigging--though I don't believe we had any airborne or infantry in France during the 60's.

Do you remember the English tailors at the back of the PX at Bel Manior.I bought sports jackets and suits there--so called custom made. I remember that there always seemed to be a bump in the left shoulder. Hey they were cheap!!!
Alan Carter wrote:
I was stationed at St Andre de L'Eure Normandy from Nov 62 thru Jan '64 (US Army Aerial Support Center APO 253) We used to go to Bel Manoir every pay day in order to buy clothing etc.(Our PX was too small). Would love to hear from anyone else that was there at that time.
Gene Walsh

Eatontown, NJ

#1240 Apr 27, 2011
Alexanders of London I believe this was the name of the vendor in the rear of the PX at Bel Manior.
Gene Walsh wrote:
Alan: I believe we did have some 275th people stationed there as Walt wrote.
I went there once to do some work on the 2 maybe 3 position manual switchboard.
The board was operated by some English guy who cursed like a sailor.
As I remember there was a big building rising up in the middle of nowhere. If I'm not mistaken one of the activites there was parachute rigging--though I don't believe we had any airborne or infantry in France during the 60's.
Do you remember the English tailors at the back of the PX at Bel Manior.I bought sports jackets and suits there--so called custom made. I remember that there always seemed to be a bump in the left shoulder. Hey they were cheap!!!
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John Rieben

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1241 Apr 27, 2011
I remember Alexanders of London very well. All of my purchases at Bel Manoir, one suit and two sport coats, had the obligatory bump on the left shoulder. Years later while on a business trip to London, I actually stumbled on their shop and I went in and had a couple of tweed jackets made. They were mailed to the US, where I had to pay a stiff import duty, and were so over sized that I had to have them re-tailored. The dollar total was far in excess of what I would have paid if I had gone to Brooks Brothers.
Alan Carter

AOL

#1242 Apr 27, 2011
Gene Walsh wrote:
Alan: I believe we did have some 275th people stationed there as Walt wrote.
I went there once to do some work on the 2 maybe 3 position manual switchboard.
The board was operated by some English guy who cursed like a sailor.
As I remember there was a big building rising up in the middle of nowhere. If I'm not mistaken one of the activites there was parachute rigging--though I don't believe we had any airborne or infantry in France during the 60's.
Do you remember the English tailors at the back of the PX at Bel Manior.I bought sports jackets and suits there--so called custom made. I remember that there always seemed to be a bump in the left shoulder. Hey they were cheap!!!
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We had airborne quartermaster at St Andre. The tall building was the shakeout tower. All the warehouses were filled with equipment which would have been dropped to our troops in Germany if the Russians started something. You had to have a security clearance to enter any of the warehouses.
Alexanders was a British tailoring chain. They had stores in almost every town in Britain.
Gene Walsh

Eatontown, NJ

#1243 Apr 27, 2011
This reminds me of the movie, "If this is Tuesday it must be Belgium." The tourist goes into a shop to get custom made Italian shoes. The shopkeeper measures him and when the tourist leaves he goes to a mail order catalog and proceeds to order a pair of off the self shoes.LOL
John Rieben wrote:
I remember Alexanders of London very well. All of my purchases at Bel Manoir, one suit and two sport coats, had the obligatory bump on the left shoulder. Years later while on a business trip to London, I actually stumbled on their shop and I went in and had a couple of tweed jackets made. They were mailed to the US, where I had to pay a stiff import duty, and were so over sized that I had to have them re-tailored. The dollar total was far in excess of what I would have paid if I had gone to Brooks Brothers.
Frawley BECKER

Los Angeles, CA

#1244 Apr 27, 2011
Gene Walsh --

The scene you mention in "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" was played by famous Italian director and actor, Vittorio de Sica, and the tourist was American actor Murray Hamilton ("Mr. Robinson" in "The Graduate"). But you don't have the ending quite right. Hamilton wants a pair of TAN shoes and de Sica doesn't understand the word "tan". Hamilton grabs two skins in the shop, one brown, the other white and tries to explain that if you mix the two colors, you get tan. Later, alone, de Sica goes to the catalog and sees 1930's brown and white sport shoes, than he thinks is the "tan" Hamilton meant. But there was no intention that de Sica would order from that catalog; the intention was that de Sica would indeed make the shoes himself, but that they would end up being 1930's sport shoes. I was the dialogue coach on that film and that scene, though pretty much underground, was actually shot in Rome. There's an entire chapter on that movie in my book, "And the Stars Spoke Back" when I was working as a bilingual dialogue coach (1964-1972) after I left Special Services at CDL. That movie was also one of the earliest ones with English actor, Ian McShane, much later a big TV star here. The person with the most balls on the film was Suzanne Pleshette, and the director was the same one who later did "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" in Munich. I was the dialogue coach on that one, too.
FRAWLEY BECKER

Since: Apr 11

High Springs, FL

#1245 Apr 27, 2011
Bob Gaudio wrote:
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Photo sent, Al.
And the rue St Denis?
Who doesn't remember such a place!
Georgia Palmer

Wichita Falls, TX

#1246 Apr 28, 2011
I taught 3rd grade at La Foret School in Orleans, France 1960-61. I would love to hear from anyone that was in our small school. Ms. Dorothy Shaffer was the principal. I have lost contact with all. If you have any info please e-mail me at [email protected] I hope someone from La Foret will see this.

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