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Steve

Forney, TX

#1523 Jul 25, 2011
Dan Moravec wrote:
To Alain Braun,
I was stationed at the Jeanne D Arc Hospital Army base in Toul with the 591st. Ambulance Co.from Sept.1963 to March 1965.Our son was born in Oct. of 1964 on Toul Air Base.He also has a French birth certificate along with his USA one.I never spent any time on that base,but plenty at the Toul Army Base down the road from there.We had a lot of fun times and traveled to 9 counties while we were there,a really great experience for my wife and I.
We just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary,so that was a long time ago,and it sure went quick.
Dan if you were stationed at the Army hospital at jeanne D' Arc in Sept.'63 then we may have crossed paths.I am an Army brat and my dad was stationed there during that same period.I went to school there and had my appendix flare up one day while at school and they took me to the hospital on base.I ended up going to either Verdun or Metz.. can't remember for sure where they removed the aforementioned superfluous organ.We eventually lived in Regina Village.. is that where you and your family lived?
Terry

United States

#1524 Jul 25, 2011
Could you please send your email address to my email address?
[email protected]
Elie F

North York, Canada

#1525 Jul 28, 2011
Bill Casady wrote:
Arrived at Evreux in June of 1966 as a jeep Aircraft Electrician. Within a few weeks, the C-130's had all departed for Mildenhall, and the Base Flight C-47s, T-33s, T-29s, and T-39 were the only birds left on base. Which was probably just as well, since by that time I was the only aircraft electician left on base, and I didn't know SQUAT! You do learn quickly in situations such as this.
As a Canadian Army brat, we had to drive from SHAPE to Evreux to visit your well-stocked Commissary, full of the goodies we were not allowed to buy in the Paris area. We spent $60.00 which now is probably $900.00; walking up 3 flights of stairs with twenty bags is never forgotten. I remember seeing the Delta Dagger jets in their aluminum skins; every base had their own flair back then.
Jean-Jacques

France

#1526 Jul 29, 2011
Terry wrote:
Could you please send your email address to my email address?
[email protected]
Terry, I have send a little message.
Check your email box.
I send a new.

Since: Oct 09

Chattanooga, TN

#1527 Jul 29, 2011
David Cochran wrote:
I hope there are some of those from the tank farms at La Ferte Alais that were there in the 57-59 time frame. I have lots of memories and lots of pictures which I haven't put togather. We were part of the PDC out of Fontainebleau.
Hey David;
I was station at Fontainebleau from 56 to 59 and ran the gas station on base, I was trained at fort Lee VA as POL spec but change to HVD MOS 64 and started working as a truck/Bus driver. I was at La Ferte Alais a couple times.
Larry
David Cochran

United States

#1528 Jul 29, 2011
Brownboot wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey David;
I was station at Fontainebleau from 56 to 59 and ran the gas station on base, I was trained at fort Lee VA as POL spec but change to HVD MOS 64 and started working as a truck/Bus driver. I was at La Ferte Alais a couple times.
Larry
My age is showing I'm sure as I am not really computer literate. Thanks for the return. I'm living in SE WA and have met two other COM Z vets. One was a medic the other part of the color guard. Neither one had heard of the tank farm at La Ferte Alais. True, there were only a couple of dozen of us there so the odds of finding someone still alive is getting pretty slim. I can still remember eating a sandwich at the Fontainebleau PX that consisted of a hamburger bun with shredded beef and cold slaw together. Before my return to CONUS I was billeted in a multi storied bldg in a room that had mushrooms growing from the ceiling. Our paths probably crossed as I was driving a light blue Dauphine before coming home and I had to get gas somewhere.
roger baskeyfield

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#1529 Jul 29, 2011
Is there anyone there who did their national service at shape?
roger baskeyfield

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#1530 Jul 29, 2011
I used to play in a band called the voluceau rythm kings
Dan Moravec

Taylors, SC

#1531 Jul 29, 2011
Steve from Mesquite,Tx.
If they took out your appendix it probably was done in Verdun.That's were we took all our patients by ambulance,unless extreme emergency,then by chopper.We were only set up in Toul for minor things..The trip was about 60 miles and took about 1-1/2 hours if Pierres sheep were not in the way.That was common going thru the small towns back then.
Sometimes we would encounter farmers with their cattle going down the road..It seemed they had the right-of-way too.
It sounds like they did a good job ,and your still ticking along..
pfctomsimonshumb lehound

Palestine, TX

#1532 Jul 29, 2011
David Cochran wrote:
<quoted text>My age is showing I'm sure as I am not really computer literate. Thanks for the return. I'm living in SE WA and have met two other COM Z vets. One was a medic the other part of the color guard. Neither one had heard of the tank farm at La Ferte Alais. True, there were only a couple of dozen of us there so the odds of finding someone still alive is getting pretty slim. I can still remember eating a sandwich at the Fontainebleau PX that consisted of a hamburger bun with shredded beef and cold slaw together. Before my return to CONUS I was billeted in a multi storied bldg in a room that had mushrooms growing from the ceiling. Our paths probably crossed as I was driving a light blue Dauphine before coming home and I had to get gas somewhere.
David; Now you have heard from the third COMZ vet. And I was at another PDC tank farm and pump station most people never heard of. I was at Camp De Sem Donges, on the west coast of France near Ste. Nazaire and I am another one who can say I've not heard of La Ferte Alais. I was at Donges from Dec. 1959 to June 1962 .But tell more about the place I'm interested.And how strange I drove a light blue 1959 Dauphine for awhile myself,but my strong suit was the 1953 Plymouth I owned while there. And my return to CONUS was aboard the cruise ship USNS Gordon along with 1499 other G I's.From Bremerhaven,Germany. It's good to hear from another PDC COMZ troop. Tom
David Cochran

United States

#1533 Jul 29, 2011
We were about midway between Paris and Faontinebleau and La Ferte Alais was on a rail line that went right into Paris. I owned two Dauphines, one a 58 I sold to a Sp5 who was rotating back to the states and then I bought the 59 which when I returned to the states I drove from NY to South East Washington State. La Ferte Alais was a very small rural town than had fewer than 1000 population while I was there. The tank farm complex consisted of four separate units spread out over several miles. Each unit had about 10 tanks and they were all interconnected to the main pumping station. The number of military types there were about two dozen, the ranking officer was a LtCol Harold Cunningham. I never could figure why such a small detachment would need a LtCol. When I arrived in Feb of 57 we had no mess hall and ate on the ecnomy. The expense of eating in small cafe/resturants wasn't all that much and we received a goodly amount (just how much I cann't remember) but we didn't go hungry. The towns people were for the most part friendly, there was however a contigent of communists (that what they called themselves) who really resented us being there. Our sleeping accomodations were the guard houses at the four tank farms. We were watched over by the French and Polish guards who were in charge of opening and closing the gate. Yes, I was very aware of the other pumping stations as well as the port of Ste. Nazaire. I'm in the process of writing about some of the things that have happened in my life. I certainly appreciate you getting back to me. If you like you can reach me @ [email protected]
Marie Cardoso Potter

Tucson, AZ

#1534 Jul 30, 2011
I was a teacher (3rd.grade}at Toul Rosieres AFB in France from 1960-1962 with many fond memories of my youth and experiences there.Although I am in touch with a few who were stationed there, it would be "awesome" to be in touch with former students and personel. Make my day!
Nancy Crosslin

Whitesboro, TX

#1535 Jul 30, 2011
My husband, SFC Claude H. Crosslin was stationed at 319th Medical Hosp. in Bussac from 1961-1964. When I first arrived, we lived in a little village of Cartelegue. I remember the drive down a long blacktop road through St. Andre de Cubzac.
Our first child was born at the hospital in Bussac.
Later, he was transferred to the 55th Medical Company in LaRochelle and our daughter was born there.
I believe they closed down the 555th (triple nickel) and my two children and I were the only military dependents to fly stateside with the entire company.
I've been wondering about Lt. John Hughes and the Willie Dominguez family. Willie was also a medic.
Tom Johnson

Seymour, TX

#1536 Jul 30, 2011
We have a friendly Group at Casern Aboville, which was located at Poitiers. Our members have posted hundreds of pictures in the Photo Albums. Many of us served there, plus there are family and students from the High School. Anyone interested, come over and join us.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/caserne_abovill...
Al Rose

Somerville, MA

#1537 Jul 30, 2011
Hi my name is Al Rose I was stationed at Ingrandes 1966 and 1967. I was the property book NCO a young buc sgt then. I took over from SFC Lliama when he left and I worked for CWO Roginski.
I'd love to hear from anyone who was there at that time. I would really like to get in touch with David Sproat SP4 who I worked with. Originally from CA., and sp4 Salvatore Tomasello my partner in crime also of CA., and if sanyone knows Josy Olivero of LA Rochelle.
Good luck and good health to all here. I enjoy reading these post
al
Dan

Dover, NH

#1538 Jul 31, 2011
Is this forum still active? I'd like to talk about the Polish Labor Guards who were stationed at Coligny Caserne in Orleans in 1957.
Ed Sullivan

Eustis, FL

#1539 Jul 31, 2011
Good to see some one from Ingrandes. I was there from 62 until 65. in the 68th Trans co. I spent all the time I could off post in going some where, as long as I could get a pass and a ride. Good times and good memories.

Since: May 11

Las Vegas, NV

#1540 Jul 31, 2011
Nancy Crosslin wrote:
My husband, SFC Claude H. Crosslin was stationed at 319th Medical Hosp. in Bussac from 1961-1964. When I first arrived, we lived in a little village of Cartelegue. I remember the drive down a long blacktop road through St. Andre de Cubzac.
Our first child was born at the hospital in Bussac.
Later, he was transferred to the 55th Medical Company in LaRochelle and our daughter was born there.
I believe they closed down the 555th (triple nickel) and my two children and I were the only military dependents to fly stateside with the entire company.
I've been wondering about Lt. John Hughes and the Willie Dominguez family. Willie was also a medic.
You got there just after I left Bussac. I was with the Engineer field maintenance platoon attached to the engineer battalion.
Left in April 1960.
Have you been able to find the camp on the map? No matter how hard I look, I can't seem to find any place that seems familiar.

Since: May 11

Las Vegas, NV

#1541 Jul 31, 2011
Dan wrote:
Is this forum still active? I'd like to talk about the Polish Labor Guards who were stationed at Coligny Caserne in Orleans in 1957.
I don't know about the ones stationed there but we had them at Bussac. Great guys with an awesome club that sold the best Kielbasa I've ever eaten. And their beer wasn't bad either.
Nancy Crosslin

Whitesboro, TX

#1542 Jul 31, 2011
I didn't find the actual military installation, but I've found Landes de Bussac. It's been so long that I've forgotten the layout of the post.
After I posted my earlier message, I remembered some more guys who were stationed at either Bussac or LaRochelle when we were there. Henry Blauberg Philip Dow Willie Dominguez Bob Ormand Bob & Geri Padgett
I also remember a doctor who came into the hospital when I gave birth to my oldest son. Captain Charles Ashe....he was a pediatrician from my little hometown of Kittanning, Pennsylvania. How small is our world !!!

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