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George Fossett

Indian Trail, NC

#1818 Dec 22, 2011
I was stationed with Det.1, 67th MP Co at Caserne Lariboisiere in Fontainebleau from 1963-1964. I met/married Nancy Genet, who worked at Special Services. Loved France!
John Rieben

Palm Harbor, FL

#1819 Dec 22, 2011
Guillaume A Azoulay. Belle Manoir is the correct spelling. See comment #619 for an interesting comment. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a good New Year.
Tom Johnson

Seymour, TX

#1820 Dec 22, 2011
I was with the 202nd MP Co at Caserne Aboville in Poitiers from 1963 to 1966. We have a great group of folks on our Yahoo Group, MPs and other units, with lots of pictures. Other Posts are welcome. We even have a couple ex AF men on the Group. If you like to talk about France, where you were stationed, and share pictures, everyone is welcome.
John T Blydenburgh

Middle Island, NY

#1821 Dec 23, 2011
Hello my name is John Blydenburgh (BLY).was stationed in metz France with the 70th Engineer co. from aug 1962 till about mar of 1965 when they dactivated. First sgt Thomas.he had a two tone 57 chevey it was black n white.Was sent home on emg. leave Jan 63 when i got back 70th was gone .almost s... anyway anyone out there remember the 70th engineer co.a few names i remember Schaffer,Welborn, murfey. Petrie.Tks J Blydenburgh
Ray C Adams

Portland, OR

#1822 Dec 23, 2011
Mark Hayes wrote:
hello to all
I was born in Bussac military hospital on the 15th of september 1961 my father : Paul D hayes was Stationned there at that time , My mother was french : genevieve Hayes and took care of the non commishind officer's wife's
with 5 children we also lived in Bazas off base
My parents have devorced since but are still living :father in the states and mom in france
I would be glad to see some pictures of bussac in the 60's<quoted text>
I take it your dad was stationed at Captieux Ammo Depot, my son was also born in Bussac in Aug of 1957 and we lived in Bazas,France we lift there in Dec 1958 the house we lived in was a little house right on the highway it seems like it was green in color.Ray
Martine Dernoncourt

Toulouse, France

#1823 Dec 24, 2011
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all of you... Lots of souvenirs of the US Christmas in La Rochelle, France. My family and I used to listen to the AFN Poitiers... all the carols I keep on listening. Imagine Elvis Presley coming to Laleu in 1959, the Platters, Audy Murphy (not Eddy !) Bob Hope...
41 years ago, I spent six month in the USA (October 1st till March 1971) and I had the opportunity to visit the Pentagon... and the military Academy of West Point thanks to Americans who were stationed or born in La Rochelle. Joyeux Noël et bonne année !

Lyon, France

#1824 Dec 24, 2011
To all of you ! May your Christmas be warm and joyous in the Miracle of God' Love.


Tom Johnson

Seymour, TX

#1825 Dec 24, 2011
Bonjour, Martine,
I spent three wonderful years in Poitiers. Our MP office was in the same building as the AFRN. I loved to listen to the music and old radio drama - The Shadow Knows! I also listened to a lot of French music, and brought home several French albums from the 1960s. Wonderful memories. Merry Christmas to everyone!
pfctomsimonshumb lehound

Humble, TX

#1826 Dec 24, 2011
I was at Donges de Sem near St.Nazaire for 31 months. Been to Poitiers and LaRochelle many times. But I want to wish everyone on this blog a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. or Joyeux Noel et bonne annee.
Tom Johnson

Seymour, TX

#1827 Dec 24, 2011
For those who haven't been to our Poitiers Yahoo Group, we have a lot of Members from Posts like St. Nazaire, La Rochelle, Ingrandes, Braconne, Toul, and other places in France. Many of the Poitiers High School students are also Members. Everyone is welcome. Lots of pictures.
Al Boka


#1828 Dec 25, 2011
Randy, those "dush wagons" were actually Citroen 2CVs. The 2CV represents 2 cheveaux or 2 horses [horsepower]. They are now actually somewhat of a cult item and many are still being driven.
Martine Meilhat

Bordeaux, France

#1829 Dec 25, 2011
Bonjour a tous ! Quelqu'un connait-il Johnny ELMENDORF : son pere etait base a ORLEANS en FRANCE et j'ai passe de merveilleux moments avec lui. Nous avions alors 7 et 8 ans.
Merci !
MSG Dale Day

Las Vegas, NV

#1830 Dec 26, 2011
I've been posting blogs about my time at the 581st Engineer maintenance platoon from 1958 to 1960.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, a received a comment to one of my posts from a man who was stationed in the same unit during the same time!
Now, ain't that awesome?
So, I'm welcoming anyone else interested to stop by and read my accounts. Even more so, all are most welcome to relay some of your memories.
Oh yeah - to nail it down a bit, I was the company clerk and actually worked in the personnel office of the 83rd Engineer Battalion

A Soldier's Tales @

Orléans, France

#1831 Dec 26, 2011
Billie Messner wrote:
I was with the U.S.Army in Saumur France from 1958 thru 1962 At the US.Army Depot Saumur
Woule like to contact any one interest in this subject.
We have an Assocation and get togeather once a year.
bonour avez vous des renseignements ou des documents sur le camps amricain de Chinon, le ENGINEER DEPOT ?
nick del prete

Toledo, OH

#1832 Dec 27, 2011
Sparkz wrote:
<quoted text> 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.
Hi Sparkz, you were at FOD a year after I left but I have a running list of guys stationed there from 1950 thru 1968. A couple were in the 500 at the time you were. Email me and I will get the names together for you. My email is
Ann Ray Picheloup

Davis, CA

#1833 Dec 28, 2011
Hello and happy holidays to all who were stationed in Fountaineblear from the early 50's until the base closed in 1967.
I was an Army brat and was born there and moved back to the states in 1967 when I was in the 9th grade. I have posted here before and some of you remember my father Gus Picheloup as he ran the drivers testing office for years.
To anyone who was there in those years and whom I went to school with at Fountainebleau Junior High and then that long bus ride to Paris that last year we were there - greetings.
Also to the GI's, we 15 year old girls had crushers on - good times. I don't remember too many of the names but some were our bus drives when we took the bus to Paris every day and some were guys who we saw at the bowling alley or the snack bar or when we would try and sneak downtown to Johnny's bar.
Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee to all the French folks in Fountainebleau and all the army brats and of course the soldiers.
Ann Ray Picheloup
I havegreat memories as I was fortunate to have a French mother and American father so I had the best of both worlds.
Frawley BECKER

United States

#1834 Dec 28, 2011

Please sen me VIA E-MAIL your phone number again. Sorry, I misplaced it. Don't put it in the Topix site because any telephone number is automatically deleted from the system. Then I'll phone you again. My e-mail is

Mille mercis!

Nick Del Prete

Toledo, OH

#1835 Dec 28, 2011
charlie blute wrote:
I was talking with John Gibb of the band Brian Howard and the Silhouettes. He recalled a fire at Capiteaux in the early 60s. We had a great time talking and he is well and is in Canada now. I, too hope that you all have a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year. Thanks out to Nick Del Prete for your awesome Christmas Card and menu from the old base. I still think of my many old friends back in France. Bon Noel.
Charlie, Thanx for the kind word for the Christmas Card, but I have to give credit where it's due. Yes I had them printed but the Christmas Card came provided by Bryan Hackett who has an original which he sent me. It only took two years to get it printed. No body wanted to do it. And the 1954 Christmas Menu from Mess Hall #2 was provided by Patrick McCabe one of our senior members. I made up the menus myself. If anyone is interested in getting these cards, I can get them. They come 25 cards with envelopes for $93.21 plus S&H. I felt it was well worth it to surprise the guys that I had home addresses on. Or who ever got the cards could take them to a printer and have them done up. Maybe even cheaper. They are not restricted to being copied. After 60 years I believe the original designers may be up stairs looking down and happy to have them circulate again.
Guillaume A azoulay

Las Vegas, NV

#1836 Dec 29, 2011
John Rieben wrote:
Guillaume A Azoulay. Belle Manoir is the correct spelling. See comment #619 for an interesting comment. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a good New Year.
Thank you John , I shall . And a great 2012 to us all.
Guillaume A azoulay

Las Vegas, NV

#1837 Dec 29, 2011
Lee Young wrote:
Hello Mr. Becker. Do you have a site that you put the photos on? I was at Maison Fort at Orleans 1st trans co 60 to 63 and Camp des loges 63 to 65. I drove bus at Bel Manoir and shuttle bus at Camp des loges to the Etoile and back for soldiers, dependants and French workers. Would like to see photos from that time. Lee
Hi Lee , those were the years I'd ride along to visit with my dad who held the barber shop concession at camp des loges - I remenber the stop at etoile, but unless my memory fails me , wasn't there a departure point within the champs elysees at rue marbeuf ? Also a name comes to mind , a Sgt Bataglia - as to why that name comes to mind ... hard to say , yet I seem to have seen his tag quite often on that route .Anyone remember the car dealership at Belle Manoir , its owner Mike Petroff - or some such name ... given the cold war I thought it funny ... then again I was a peculiar lad I guess .
Have a great 2012 , and thank you for provoking such memories , I treasure anything related to my dad .

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