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Nancy Crosslin

Whitesboro, TX

#1543 Jul 31, 2011
http://www.maplandia.com/france/poitou-charen...

Dan, look at this site. It's under Bussac Foret

That's what the French called our military post.

On this satellite image, the area looks pretty barren and it makes me wonder if the post has been closed too. I think they were planning on shutting it down when we left there.
Sparkz

Pittsburgh, PA

#1544 Jul 31, 2011
charlie blute wrote:
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We had a basketball team at Fontenet and they were very good.
We also had a baseball team as well. One fellow *Frank Caroke, was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and another fellow was being scouted by the Phillies. I coached the post Little League Team and we won our division that year. I was also one of the coaches for the Southern Franch Little League Allstars who played in the playoffs in Chateraux *sic. We lost our game, but it was a nice couple of days. I was stationed in Fontenet for 2 and a half years. I have a little web site "apo259, Fontenet, France.wetpaint.com . Trying to find other guys from Fontenet.
I played baseball for Fontenet in 1960 I was in the 500 MP Detachment. My good friend and partner at the time was Dan Wilson who played baseball and basketball the same year. I also have the baseball team picture\from that year.
David Cochran

United States

#1545 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'm sure that the Polish guards that you had at Orleans were more of the military type than what we had a La Ferte Alais. I remember one night when the mosquitoes were bad and our guard was using vodka to put on the mosquitoe bites. When I asked him if it did any good he proceeded to take a big drink of the vodka and said "I cann't feel them". I'm not sure that I ever saw any guard supervisor come around and check on the status of the guards.
charlie blute

Beverly, MA

#1546 Aug 1, 2011
Sparks, do you have an email? Drop me a note at [email protected] The picture would be cool too. If you could send it along, that would be awesome for the website. Check it out at www.apo259fontenetfrance.wetpaint.com .
Bob Huntley

Alachua, FL

#1547 Aug 1, 2011
David Cochran wrote:
<quoted text> I'm sure that the Polish guards that you had at Orleans were more of the military type than what we had a La Ferte Alais. I remember one night when the mosquitoes were bad and our guard was using vodka to put on the mosquitoe bites. When I asked him if it did any good he proceeded to take a big drink of the vodka and said "I cann't feel them". I'm not sure that I ever saw any guard supervisor come around and check on the status of the guards.
I was in Orleans in late 58. First at Maison Fort, then Saran where we billited next to the Polish guards. I think they were all living at Saran.
Vicci

United States

#1548 Aug 2, 2011
Go to Orleans American High School and we are on Facebook. Been chatting away with other students all day.
James MERIOCHAUD

Archamps, France

#1549 Aug 2, 2011
Bill McQuesten wrote:
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Thanks James and best wishes to you in return.
Bill McQuesten, Lunery, France
Hi, sorry for being late......well, yes, I used to work for the ECP 1241 as an Office clerk, US. Army Depot in Bussac, from approx. 1957 till 1962.... I am from a small town, near Blaye and Cartelégue, called Générac. What about you ?
James MERIOCHAUD

Archamps, France

#1550 Aug 2, 2011
Mickey wrote:
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James I am also from Blaye. When did you work in Bussac?
and Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee.
Hi ! You're from Blaye ? I used to work for the U.S. Army Depot in Bussac as an office clerk "ECP-1241" at that time. I am from a small town called Générac, half way from Blaye and Bussac, nearby Cartelégue and Saugon and not too far away from St Christoly de Blaye. What about you ?
Vicci

United States

#1551 Aug 2, 2011
Ray Slayton wrote:
I lived in St Jean de Braye housing from 1961-1964, my dad was with the 553rd Engineers at Maisonfort. I attended Orleans American High School until the seventh grade. My brother Dwight was on the Varsity football team and I was in the marching band. Would love to hear from anyone who was there during that time. I remember going to the teen club on Saturdays or the movie theatre where I would eat popcorn until I got sick. I went even if I didn't like the movie. I used to rent my french friend, Jean Pierre's motorbike and ride down the bikeway on the river. I also remember the french girl Michelle that lived across the street, we would sit there for hours just looking at each other but never spoke, how funny is that.I loved Orleans and I plan to take a trip back there in the near future.
Ray: I live in Sait Jean de Braye from 1959 to 1962 so you where there part of the time I was there. I was the from 10th grade until I graduated in 1962. OHS has a website and is on facebook.
Vicci

United States

#1552 Aug 2, 2011
Ray Slayton wrote:
I lived in St Jean de Braye housing from 1961-1964, my dad was with the 553rd Engineers at Maisonfort. I attended Orleans American High School until the seventh grade. My brother Dwight was on the Varsity football team and I was in the marching band. Would love to hear from anyone who was there during that time. I remember going to the teen club on Saturdays or the movie theatre where I would eat popcorn until I got sick. I went even if I didn't like the movie. I used to rent my french friend, Jean Pierre's motorbike and ride down the bikeway on the river. I also remember the french girl Michelle that lived across the street, we would sit there for hours just looking at each other but never spoke, how funny is that.I loved Orleans and I plan to take a trip back there in the near future.
Ray: I lived in Saint Jean de Braye from 1959 to 1962 so you where there part of the time I was there. I was the from 10th grade until I graduated in 1962. OHS has a website and is on facebook.
Vicci

United States

#1553 Aug 2, 2011
Any one who live in Orleans France and following other military people and brats like me on Orleans American High School website and facebook.
Bob Huntley

High Springs, FL

#1554 Aug 2, 2011
Vicci wrote:
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Ray: I lived in Saint Jean de Braye from 1959 to 1962 so you where there part of the time I was there. I was the from 10th grade until I graduated in 1962. OHS has a website and is on facebook.
Hey Ray,

I knew the 553rd. I worked at Foret d'Orleans (Post Engineers) until I rotated back in early 62.
My wife is French, from Olivet. I also went native and 50 years later still love the place and the people.
Forget politics. WE don't do too well there either.
I see my other notes show me in Alachua, FL. I actually live just north of Jacksonville in Callahan (Off US1).
chris k

Stow, OH

#1555 Aug 2, 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.
My stepfather had a good friend stationed in Bussac his name was Gordon Knight he was a warrant officer who loved to cook and sample the wines of the region also. I remember visiting him there when my stepfather was stationed at Shape in Paris. Although it seem sort of isolated it is really beautiful country there from what I can remember. Both Gordon Knight and my stepfather were in CID.

Since: May 11

Las Vegas, NV

#1556 Aug 3, 2011
James MERIOCHAUD wrote:
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Hi, sorry for being late......well, yes, I used to work for the ECP 1241 as an Office clerk, US. Army Depot in Bussac, from approx. 1957 till 1962.... I am from a small town, near Blaye and Cartelégue, called Générac. What about you ?
Well, you and I were certainly there at the same time!!!!!
What was the ECP 1241?
Do you remember the engineer battalion?
I was in that little group that worked on the other side of the highway where they kept all the machines. But, I worked at the engineer battalion headquarters.
I remember the Lambretta motor scooter I had - painted a vivid blue. Used to ride it to Royanne and even went all the way to the Pyrennes several times.
I'm certain we ran into each other during those years.
I'm currently retired but spending all my hours writing stuff. I have one novel at a Canadian publisher that will soon be out in digital form - SONORA SYMPHONY. I have another at a publisher in New Zealand about the founding of the California Missions. That will probably not come out until early next year but will be in both digital and hard cover.
Meanwhile, I'm doing my memoirs of my early years on my blog and will soon be trying to put down my memories of serving at Camp Bussac. Hope you check out the blog @ http://lvcabbie.blogspot.com "A Soldier's Stories."
Dan

Dover, NH

#1557 Aug 3, 2011
Does anyone remember the Polish Labor Service troops who pulled guard duty at Coligny Caserne in Orleans, and probably at other bases as well?
charlie blute

Beverly, MA

#1558 Aug 4, 2011
We had Polish Guards at Fontenet, they also had their families there as well. Their dogs were fierce. They had a little club. It had a bar, some tables and chairs, and they served Kiebalsa and beer. I think it was around 50 cents for both. They were neat folks, I have some pictures of them on my site. www.apo259fontenetfrance.wetpaint.com .
James MERIOCHAUD

Thurins, France

#1559 Aug 4, 2011
lvcabbie wrote:
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Well, you and I were certainly there at the same time!!!!!
What was the ECP 1241?
Do you remember the engineer battalion?
I was in that little group that worked on the other side of the highway where they kept all the machines. But, I worked at the engineer battalion headquarters.
I remember the Lambretta motor scooter I had - painted a vivid blue. Used to ride it to Royanne and even went all the way to the Pyrennes several times.
I'm certain we ran into each other during those years.
I'm currently retired but spending all my hours writing stuff. I have one novel at a Canadian publisher that will soon be out in digital form - SONORA SYMPHONY. I have another at a publisher in New Zealand about the founding of the California Missions. That will probably not come out until early next year but will be in both digital and hard cover.
Meanwhile, I'm doing my memoirs of my early years on my blog and will soon be trying to put down my memories of serving at Camp Bussac. Hope you check out the blog @ http://lvcabbie.blogspot.com "A Soldier's Stories."
Bonjour Monsieur,

Thanks for your answer. yes, I remember the Engineer Bn and their working people there.

Here is my short history with the American Army which started at the age of 17. I am a French native borned in a small village called GENERAC, located along the main road "Blaye - Saugon - Bussac Forêt". I began working for the U.S. Forces as a clerk for the Supply Service (ECP-1241) my direct French supervisor was a Mr CANTE. The ECP-1241 warehouse was located accross the Class VI Store (The manager was a Mrs Gwen Stewart, a very friendly, nice lady) and next to the main gate and the MP Building. At the age of 20, I was drafted by the French Forces to join a 8 months of basic training in TOURS and spending the rest of my 28 month of obligatory services, in Algeria - at the end of this rough time, I came back to my previous job in Bussac. But, knowing the near envisaged departure of all the American Troops from France, I did applied for a transfer to the U.S. Camp des Loges - Paris and afterwards for Germany "Heidelberg - Kaiserslautern or Mannheim"....being approved, I was appointed as a Transportation agent with the 39th Trans Bn "Mannheim" and until my retirement in March 2003. I am now back in France, near Lyon. Of course, I have many friends in USA. You can visit my web site on Face Book "Meriochaud James" . I am very proud of my long way together with the American Army. Thanks AMERICA for all what you've done for FRANCE.....We will never forget !
Martine Dernoncourt

Angoulême, France

#1560 Aug 4, 2011
James MERIOCHAUD wrote:
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Bonjour Monsieur,
Thanks for your answer. yes, I remember the Engineer Bn and their working people there.
Here is my short history with the American Army which started at the age of 17. I am a French native borned in a small village called GENERAC, located along the main road "Blaye - Saugon - Bussac Forêt". I began working for the U.S. Forces as a clerk for the Supply Service (ECP-1241) my direct French supervisor was a Mr CANTE. The ECP-1241 warehouse was located accross the Class VI Store (The manager was a Mrs Gwen Stewart, a very friendly, nice lady) and next to the main gate and the MP Building. At the age of 20, I was drafted by the French Forces to join a 8 months of basic training in TOURS and spending the rest of my 28 month of obligatory services, in Algeria - at the end of this rough time, I came back to my previous job in Bussac. But, knowing the near envisaged departure of all the American Troops from France, I did applied for a transfer to the U.S. Camp des Loges - Paris and afterwards for Germany "Heidelberg - Kaiserslautern or Mannheim"....being approved, I was appointed as a Transportation agent with the 39th Trans Bn "Mannheim" and until my retirement in March 2003. I am now back in France, near Lyon. Of course, I have many friends in USA. You can visit my web site on Face Book "Meriochaud James" . I am very proud of my long way together with the American Army. Thanks AMERICA for all what you've done for FRANCE.....We will never forget !
Please, get in touch with Martine Dernoncourt : [email protected]
Were you "LWR" French worker with the US Forces...?
This morning, I went downtown La Rochelle and met an American who was stationed in Croix-Chapeau... Looking for Americans who were born or who were stationed there (Writing a book about the Americans in Croix-Chapeau - Aigrefeuille camp).

Since: May 11

Las Vegas, NV

#1561 Aug 4, 2011
Well, we might've run into each other but it's been so many years I don't remember.
Sorry, but I don't do Facebook or any other the other social media. The closest I've come is my blog and that's only because my publishers insist upon it.

http://lvcabbie.blogspot.com
PatEUCOM

Lexington, KY

#1562 Aug 4, 2011
Monsieur Meriochaud,
Thank you for a nice account of your background.When were you at Camp des Loges?My late husband and I were there 1956-1958.He was a courier the first few months he was stationed there.He became friends with some of the French interpretors then.By the time I arrived there he was working in Headquarters Building in TS Control.He was in the navy.It was a lovely post,a lovely time even if if was a bit frightening at times with alerts due to the Algerian problems .Thank you for thanking the Americans.That was nice of you.It was not a sentiment shared by many of the French at that time however.I lived in Villennes sur Seine.The Seine River was at my backyard.It was a charming town.The town of Poissey was between the post and Villennes . It was not friendly towards the Americans.We had to drive through there to get to Des Loges.I have some bad memories of the place.Pourquoi?Long ago.Times change.Before we left we had moved to Petite Beauregard the housing for military.We drove by Versailles many times and now I live in a small town called Versailles here in Kentucky.There are many French names for places around here because of your helpful General Layfayette.Bonne Chance and merci beau coup.Patricia

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