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Dave P

United States

#1603 Aug 17, 2011
Bob Smith wrote:
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WOW! Just stumbled across this site. Dad was USAF - TSgt Wm. F.(Bill) Smith at the 12th Air Postal Squadron in Paris (60 -63) at either Rue de la Ray or Rue Marbeuf - not sure. He also ran the NCO club there. We lived in Grigny at 29 Voie G. We got there in Oct 60 & I went to 3rd Grade at Orly AFB. 4th & 5th were at Garches. Played LL baseball in 61 & 62 at Camp des Loges. Dad bowled in a league at Fontainbleau & we either shopped at the commissary/BX there or at des Loges. I used to buy all my comics at the Thrift Shop at des Loges...Anybody who lived in Grigny, went to Garches or was stationed 12 APS at that time, feel free to email me at rsmith13<at> nycap.rr.com - I'd love to hear from you!
Bob,

I too just stumbled on this site where you posted that you were in Paris in 60-63> I was there as well from 54 to 67 then at SHAPE Belgium 67-70. I went to Paris American in Garches, both elementary and Junior High then high school in Belgium. I played baseball at Camp de Loges on several teams two were the Steelers and Shavers. Dad was a big bowler and bowled at Fountainbleau, Rue Marbeuf and was on a traveling league as well. We lived in Garches for a while the moved to Petit Bouguard, bldg 3. I well remember the shuttle bus as that was how I got to practice. Our dads most likely knew each other.

My dads name is David (Dave) Perkins, was a Sgt in the Army
Dave P

United States

#1604 Aug 17, 2011
Erica B in UK wrote:
Hi Laura - I wonder if you can help me.
Is the page about the American School in Paris on Facebook, or where can I access it? I was at SHAPE Village in mid-to-late 1950s and remember walking to a cinema in Camp des Loges for a screening of Bambi (!).
Although I am English, I had American friends at the school in Paris, and am wondering how I can find out what happened to them when we came back to England so unexpectedley I could not get any addresses or contact details from people, hence loosing touch with them all. Looking particularly for the Richards brothers - John or Jack, Davey and Tommy = and for Debbie Bannister - also the Hart sisters who were at school with me at Marymount, Neuilly in 1957
There are several good sites. Facebook has a Paris American High School page, there is also a Paris American group on classmates.com
bob holland

Macon, GA

#1606 Aug 19, 2011
I was at Phalsbourg from 1958-1960 (6&7th grades) and Toul Rosieres (8&9th grades) from 1960-1961. Looking for old classmates that would be from the class of 64-65. We had a site looking for Brats. Please check out and contact us
http://trab.packwebs.net/index.asp

I just got back from FRance and got to visit both bases and the housing areas. TRAB is closed and being turned into a solar power faciltity and PAB is still operational as a French helicopter base. The school is still standing but about to fall to the ground. French have maintained many of the facilities. Have recents photos at this link:
http://trab.packwebs.net/todaymenu.asp
Dan

Dover, NH

#1607 Aug 19, 2011
With great good luck, I happened upon a National Archives file about the Polish Labor Service troops who pulled guard duty on American installations in France in the 1950s and 1960s. The Archives people are mailing it to me. I will post a summary here if there's anything of interest. Blue skies!-- Dan Ford
Tom Johnson

Seymour, TX

#1608 Aug 19, 2011
Dan wrote:
With great good luck, I happened upon a National Archives file about the Polish Labor Service troops who pulled guard duty on American installations in France in the 1950s and 1960s. The Archives people are mailing it to me. I will post a summary here if there's anything of interest. Blue skies!-- Dan Ford
That sounds great, Dan! I would like to share the information with the Members of my Poitiers Yahoo Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/caserne_abovill...
So please post the data here, or send me a private email at [email protected] Our Members had many good friends among the Polish Guard unit at Poitiers (and we have pictures on the Group).
Johnnie Jones

Grenada, MS

#1609 Aug 19, 2011
I was at the 11th gen from Aug 60 to Apr 64 I do not remember you but I am interested in pictures you have if you are willing to share them Hope to hear from you soon.
Jim Blackburn

Toivola, MI

#1610 Aug 20, 2011
Frawley BECKER wrote:
ANYONE STATIONED IN FRANCE 1959-1960
Was there a radio station, perhaps originating in Germany, that transmitted American music to all the military bases in Europe? Would that have come into a French frequency? I assume so. Maybe a certain frequency was assigned to the American military by the French?(How else would Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose have gotten into American radio stations during WW II otherwise, for example?)
Would bases such as Orléans, Fontainebleu, Camp des Loges, Verdun, Metz, etc. have this station? What about in military housing?
Much thanks!
FRAWLEY BECKER
[email protected]
Woke up many mornings at camp Bussac to the sound of country music on the radio. DJ was Tom Daniels. "Good morning and a whole bunch of bonjours to ya'll. This is your old friend T O M Tom Daniels commin' your way out of AFN Portiers."
Dan

Dover, NH

#1611 Aug 21, 2011
I took my discharge in Orleans in January 1958 and went to Frankfurt to work for The Overseas Weekly, which many of you will remember for its Beetle Bailey cartoon, cheesecake photos, and coverage of military courts martial (my specialty). When I had to take the early train to Kaiserslautern or Darmstadt, I would leave the radio tuned to Armed Forces Radio with the volume up loud. AFN came on I think at 5 a.m.. It blasted me awake, and I was off to work. I don't recall ever listening to it for any other purpose, or of listening to it in France.
Johnnie Jones

Grenada, MS

#1612 Aug 21, 2011
John Cross. I was at Braconne from Aug60 to Apr 64. I worked in the Dispensary. Would like to see any pictures you have of the post.
nancy

Schertz, TX

#1613 Aug 21, 2011
Jim Blackburn wrote:
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Woke up many mornings at camp Bussac to the sound of country music on the radio. DJ was Tom Daniels. "Good morning and a whole bunch of bonjours to ya'll. This is your old friend T O M Tom Daniels commin' your way out of AFN Portiers."
I was in Elem. School in Fontainebleau in the 60's. We had a radio station. Most memorable was listening to Kennedy's shooting and the events following. We did not have television. We sat around the radio and listened to the news.
Hans Luebbert

Tijeras, NM

#1614 Aug 23, 2011
I was stationed in toul depot with the 507th Engineers in 65 . Had a goodddy i took home for christmas and hung around for a time . His name was richard ( Dick) foster and all i know is he was a welding teacher in Indiana ( i beleive in indianapolis school district or suburbs ) Would love to get back in touch again with him. please contact me at [email protected] Thanks for any help
terrence ellington

Marquez, TX

#1616 Aug 27, 2011
Hi, I was there at the same time and probably knew you. However, I spent as little time as possible on post.
Walt Bollech wrote:
I was with the 257th Signal Co,Camp des Loges from
Jan 1962-May 1964. Would like to hear from anyone
who served or worked there during that time.
terrence ellington

Marquez, TX

#1617 Aug 27, 2011
Hi Bill, sorry didn't know them. I was never promoted past pfc due to lack of army spirit. I worked in the commcenter as a teletype operator and when my shift was up I left post.
Bill wrote:
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Sir:
My name is Bill Mitchell. My father built radio towers at Camp Des Loges. He was a sargent. His name was James (Bill) Mitchell. His best friend was Harry Tipton. Do you recall knowing either of these men?
Thanks
terrence ellington

Marquez, TX

#1618 Aug 28, 2011
David, did you ever get to Paris? There was an American Dixieland band that played at a cafe in Barbes. God were they great! There was an announcement on the radio when the saxophonist died with the remark that he was never recorded. They would open up the cafe to the street and let the summer sun in, it was wonderful.
David Cochran wrote:
I had a Zenith TransOcanic (sp) that I would listen to VOA. I don't believe that I heard a US military radio station broadcasting music. I believe there was a station in Belgium that I also listened. I was heavy into Dixieland during my time in France.
terrence ellington

Marquez, TX

#1619 Aug 28, 2011
Hi Al, I remember the La Boheme quite well, although I was stoned every time I was there. Some time in 1964, I guess, it was no longer strictly a G.I. bar but was still a pretty notorious place. Then in 1966 it became "Buttercups Chicken Shack". Buttercup was Bud Powell"s wife supposedly. I was the skinny guy in sunglasses at the back of the room, surrounded by a cloud of smoke. If the plainclothes where there the doorman wouldn't let me in. He'd push me in the chest and say "not you". I knew he had my best interests at heart. They showed a brief scene there in the movie "Chapaqua" They also show the Cafe du Seine and other Parisian hangouts. Great Parisian movie of the era. In fact, my wife recognized people on the street. I married a young schoolgirl from the Sorbonne who was slumming at the Boheme one night. Duke
Al Boka wrote:
Does anyone out there remember "La Boheme"? It was a G.I. bar located in Monparnasse, not far from the Hotel Littre. I would like to share some memories of it.
Dan

Dover, NH

#1620 Aug 28, 2011
More about the Polish Labor Service guards: I did receive the eight pages of documents from the National Archives (evidently the only LS documents saved for posterity!) and alas they didn't have much to say. They constituted some correspondence between French and American authorities in 1950 about getting permission to recruit 750 Poles from the displaced persons camps in Germany to work in France. They were to wear US Army uniforms, operate under the same Status of Forces agreement, and leave France at the end of their employment.

This suggests that they were mostly Poles who had fled west in 1945, and those who'd been in forced labor in Germany during the War. That is, this original group of 750 probably weren't veterans of the Polish divisions who'd fought within the British Army during the War, as I have long assumed.
Tom Johnson

Seymour, TX

#1621 Aug 28, 2011
Dan wrote:
More about the Polish Labor Service guards: I did receive the eight pages of documents from the National Archives (evidently the only LS documents saved for posterity!) and alas they didn't have much to say. They constituted some correspondence between French and American authorities in 1950 about getting permission to recruit 750 Poles from the displaced persons camps in Germany to work in France. They were to wear US Army uniforms, operate under the same Status of Forces agreement, and leave France at the end of their employment.
This suggests that they were mostly Poles who had fled west in 1945, and those who'd been in forced labor in Germany during the War. That is, this original group of 750 probably weren't veterans of the Polish divisions who'd fought within the British Army during the War, as I have long assumed.
Thanks, Dan! Several of the Members on my Yahoo Group wrote comments about the Polish Guards. One remembered a group of them leaving in a convoy for Germany when the U.S. left France. So they probably returned to Germany in 1967.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/caserne_abovill...
David Cochran

Scio, OR

#1622 Aug 28, 2011
Terrence. yes I spent a lot of time in Paris as I was only 30 or so miles south and I had my own car. I remember one dixieland place De Cave Huchette. You had to go down a flight of stairs and there was no alcohol allowed. Many of the musicians were Americans and the Jazz was very New Orleans.
Bill Ferris

Lewiston, ME

#1623 Aug 28, 2011
terrence ellington wrote:
Hi Al, I remember the La Boheme quite well, although I was stoned every time I was there. Some time in 1964, I guess, it was no longer strictly a G.I. bar but was still a pretty notorious place. Then in 1966 it became "Buttercups Chicken Shack". Buttercup was Bud Powell"s wife supposedly. I was the skinny guy in sunglasses at the back of the room, surrounded by a cloud of smoke. If the plainclothes where there the doorman wouldn't let me in. He'd push me in the chest and say "not you". I knew he had my best interests at heart. They showed a brief scene there in the movie "Chapaqua" They also show the Cafe du Seine and other Parisian hangouts. Great Parisian movie of the era. In fact, my wife recognized people on the street. I married a young schoolgirl from the Sorbonne who was slumming at the Boheme one night. Duke
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I was stationed at HQs & HQs Co Foutainbleau, Caserne Larboisire from Nov 62 to Oct 64. I remember the La Boheme very well. I spent just about all my free time there. Almost married a girl I met there. The reason I made PFC 4 times was because of that place. It was hard for an 18 year old kid from Bucksport, Maine to find his way back to post for Monday morning formation. I don't ever remember it being a jazz place. The last time I was there was Sept 64. I had always planned to return to Paris someday, but never have. I'm sure the place is gone by now. If I ever do return, I will go to the alley it was in and remember what a great time I had there. Bill Ferris, US Army Retired. E-mail add is [email protected]
Elizabeth Reinert

United States

#1624 Aug 28, 2011
Hello! My name is Elizabeth Reinert (nee Bellville.) I was born at the US Army Hospital in Bussac, APO 215, France (Chte-Mme) on August 23, 1960. My father was SP5 Hoyt T. Bellville of the 574th Ordnance Company. My father, my mother, Rosey Mae Taylor Bellville and older sister, Sheila, and I lived in Blaye Housing in Blaye (Gironde. I was baptized on September 10, 1960 at the Sister's Convent in Blaye, France. The priest was Maurice J. Errico, and my godparents were Thomas E. and Helen M. Bivens. I have a letter that was sent to me by Robert J. Fleming, Jr., Brigadier General, US Army, Commanding of the US Army Theater Army Support Command, Europe welcoming me to TASCOM. Does anyone out there remember these people? My parents have passed - my mother in March 1996 and my father in September 1999. Thanks!

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