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Dan Moravec

Simpsonville, SC

#1962 Feb 15, 2012
fred galiardo wrote:
hello to all my frends out there was based at the 72nd transportation in toul france in 1963 to 1965
would like to here from you guys
Hello Fred, I was stationed at the Jeanne D'arc Dispensery there.I was with the 591st. Ambulance co. I drove an ambulance picking up injured GI's. Most of them had been drinking and it was always the first week after payday. Once they spent all their $$,we didn't have much to do except a few problems at closing time at the EM club on base.
It was great duty,sleeping in the hospital rooms,and working 24 on 48 off.It was a lot of fun and a great experience.But I didn't re-up, I was US and 2 years was enough for me.
Johnnie Jones

Grenada, MS

#1963 Feb 19, 2012
Is there anyone out there that was stationed at Braconne between Aug 60 and Mar64. I was at the 11th Gen Disp. Would like to make contact with anyone that was there and remembers me.
CHARPENTIER

Nantes, France

#1964 Feb 19, 2012
Johnnie Jones wrote:
Is there anyone out there that was stationed at Braconne between Aug 60 and Mar64. I was at the 11th Gen Disp. Would like to make contact with anyone that was there and remembers me.
My father was stationed in La Braconne: Richard F. Charpentier
PatEUCOM

Lexington, KY

#1965 Feb 19, 2012
BELERIOT was used as the PX.It was an old French aircraft plant before being converted to a PX. It was in operation when I was there( 1956-1958)but Bel Manoir replaced it.That was close to Petite Beuregard and made shopping easier for those in housing.I lived on the Economy the first year we were staioned there.The second year we lived in housing. There was only minimal shopping at Camp Des Loges.A very small PX,package store,Gas station with a few quick items like bread and milk , a small commissary and a small place to get burgers and ice cream.Nice to read memories of those stationed there too.
Johnnie jones

Grenada, MS

#1966 Feb 19, 2012
CHARPENTIER wrote:
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My father was stationed in La Braconne: Richard F. Charpentier
Iwould like to know your fathers name, where he worked and what years he was at Braconne. Thanks for your response.
John Quebe 1951 - 1954

San Antonio, TX

#1967 Feb 19, 2012
My father was in the 7415ABG first at Fontainebleu then at Orly. There were no DoD schools so all us kids went to local French schools. The first american school opened in the fall if 1952 in a villa in downtown Fontainebleu with the army operating a mess hall in the basement. The first lunch ever served was turkey a la king. The Air Force bussed us from Orly to the school and back. In 2004 I met a friend who was the bus driver on that route (punishment for greasing the trolly tracks in Fontainebleu, but that was another story. DoD opened a school on Orly around Christmas 1952 and i left while in the 5th grade.
Thomas Guinee Sgt 269th

Haledon, NJ

#1968 Feb 20, 2012
fotjadi wrote:
Hello David !
I'm french, living in Saran not far from Orleans and Ardon.
I accidently came across this forum and it reminds me so much of my young time.
It so happens that i was working with the US Army at Maisonfort, as a french civilian employee from 1961 to 1967 .
So i'm glad to meet here some people knowing about this place.
I'm now 67 and would like so much to read and discuss with some people about this good old time !
Thanks for your answer An have a nice day !
Bonjour fotjadi
I was the seargent in charge of the Film and Equipment Exchange at Maison Fort from 1963 to December 1964.I have many fond memories of my time spent there and the many people I met. In particular I wonder if you recall an LWR named Suzanne Moore. She became my secretary after the retirement of a Madame Kouhn. Susie was married to a GI who rotated back to the US without her and a baby girl. She was from La Rochelle.
I would appreciate messages from you EN ANGLAIS or FRANCAIS comme vous voulez Merci TOM
Charpentier

Nantes, France

#1969 Feb 20, 2012
Johnnie jones wrote:
<quoted text> Iwould like to know your fathers name, where he worked and what years he was at Braconne. Thanks for your response.
His name was Richard "Dick" Francis CHARPENTIER, born in Saint Paul, Minn. in 1934.

Well, I don't have many records left by him. He was specialized in signals. He was member of the USAFE. I believe he was stationed in La Braconne from 64 to 66 since he met my mother in Angoulême during that time. He went to Fontainebleau too. But can't say precisely when. He was sent to Thailand from 68 to 70.
We went to the Niederlands after, and to Wiesbaden Lindsey AS from 70 to 76. He retired as Msgt, and we moved to France where my father worked for Motorola, near Paris. He died in feb. 2001 and is buried near Neuilly at the American Legion Mausoleum.

As a child, I remember him talking about Marcel Mercier, and I recently found a newspaper with a picture of him and my father. Mercier was presenting my father with the medal of The Société pour l'encouragement au bien de la Charité for his help in obtaining medecines for à recent earthquake in Morocco, using radiotransmission.
johnnie jonesI

Grenada, MS

#1970 Feb 20, 2012
Charpentier wrote:
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His name was Richard "Dick" Francis CHARPENTIER, born in Saint Paul, Minn. in 1934.
Well, I don't have many records left by him. He was specialized in signals. He was member of the USAFE. I believe he was stationed in La Braconne from 64 to 66 since he met my mother in Angoulême during that time. He went to Fontainebleau too. But can't say precisely when. He was sent to Thailand from 68 to 70.
We went to the Niederlands after, and to Wiesbaden Lindsey AS from 70 to 76. He retired as Msgt, and we moved to France where my father worked for Motorola, near Paris. He died in feb. 2001 and is buried near Neuilly at the American Legion Mausoleum.
As a child, I remember him talking about Marcel Mercier, and I recently found a newspaper with a picture of him and my father. Mercier was presenting my father with the medal of The Société pour l'encouragement au bien de la Charité for his help in obtaining medecines for à recent earthquake in Morocco, using radiotransmission.
I left France in apr 64. I'm sorry but cannot remember him. Thanks for communicating with me. Wish i had known your dad.
Frawley BECKER

Glendale, CA

#1971 Feb 21, 2012
to TOM JOHNSON

Guess I'm going to have to put you in my personal address book! I keep losing, or misplacing, your e-mail address! Or I don't recognize it! Please contact me: [email protected] MILLE MERCIS!

Frawley Becker
John Lucas

Port Deposit, MD

#1972 Feb 21, 2012
John Quebe:
Yours is a very interesting historical story on the first American school in Fontainebleau. As I was never aware that there had been an American schools outside of the casern, I don’t know when the school location changed.
What I do know is that by 1957, the school was located on the Casern. Fontainebleau American elementary school was then located on Casern Lariboisiere, as was the Junior High School, 7th - 9th grades, although in a separate building but sharing the same playground and “yard”(still there in the Google satellite images).
I first attended 1st grade in the fall of 1957; Mrs. Brown was my 1st grade teacher. I attended each subsequent year, departing at the end of 9th grade in 1966 (and thereby missing out on the bus to Dreux Air Force base and staying the week, which I had looked forward to as a new experience).
Are you able to add details to your story; namely, do you know where this villa is (was) in Fontainebleau?
John Quebe 1951 - 1954 wrote:
My father was in the 7415ABG first at Fontainebleu then at Orly. There were no DoD schools so all us kids went to local French schools. The first american school opened in the fall if 1952 in a villa in downtown Fontainebleu with the army operating a mess hall in the basement. The first lunch ever served was turkey a la king. The Air Force bussed us from Orly to the school and back. In 2004 I met a friend who was the bus driver on that route (punishment for greasing the trolly tracks in Fontainebleu, but that was another story. DoD opened a school on Orly around Christmas 1952 and i left while in the 5th grade.
Al Boka

AOL

#1973 Feb 22, 2012
Hunter Vaught wrote:
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I wasn't at the Le Bourget air show, but I was out at Orly when the 707 ran off the runway at Orly Airport - killing over 100 people. I didn't know DeGuisti all that well but did know many of the "Personnel" types at Rue Tremoille.
I was at the LeBourget air show in either 58 or 59 when the B-58 crashed just minutes after a fly by. I filmed it with my 8 mm camera. Didn't know the plane had crashed and was waiting to see it land...never did of course. Learned the next day of the accident.
cj proper

United States

#1974 Feb 22, 2012
Was stationed in Paris france from 1960 to 1963 32/34 Rue Marbeuf 594th Transportation movenment control
Gene Walsh

Eatontown, NJ

#1975 Feb 23, 2012
Hello CJ--I remember your group. As I recall you were on the same floor as the Finance group. There was a big status board with the names of the troop ships.
I was a telephone installer/repairman, stationed at the Blockhouse and spent a lot of time in the building. The guys from your unit made sure that I went back to the States on an airplane and not a boat.
cj proper wrote:
Was stationed in Paris france from 1960 to 1963 32/34 Rue Marbeuf 594th Transportation movenment control
c j proper

Dover, OH

#1976 Feb 23, 2012
Thankes Gene W. It was nice to get payed in cash, and not by check. I also rotated back to USA by Plane. Had a wonderful time in Paris, and one son born there. Retired , and spend winter in AZ
c j proper

United States

#1977 Feb 23, 2012
we were on the ninth floor, and finance was on the seventh below us. I was in signal, but worked in trans movment in the office
Roy Neve

Sierra Vista, AZ

#1978 Feb 24, 2012
Howdy from Arizona, I too was born in La Chapelle Saint Mesmin army hospital in '63. My father was posted in Saint Mesmin 1959/60 till we departed around mid '64. I don't remember anything but I do recall seeing photos of the time we were there. My parents, spouse and sister who at the time was posted at the US Embassy in Paris visited there many years ago. We were amazed that my father and mother still remember where we lived and were he worked in the warehouse in that small village. We ate in the small pub there where my dad and his mates would from time to time have a drink and many meals there. I really enjoyed myself there, I hope one day I will have the opportunity to visit there once again and possibly meet others who too were posted there as a military brat or soldier who might be able to tell me more how things were then. My father stated many times that he would have retired from the Army if we still had bases there. My dad retired as a CSM in '86, his name was Roy A. Neve, just in case anyone still remember him.([email protected] or [email protected])****
Daniel Wahlen wrote:
my father was in the army at Orleans 1955 1960-1962-1966in Nancy.I was born at La Chapelle Saint Mesmin army hospital in Orleans My mother is french and is from the area ,all my cousins and french relatives still live in the surrounding area,I go back as much as i can ,My mother lives here in colorado now ,she goes back often My father passed away 10 years ago he loved it there and so did i. I was a military brat and lived in europe till we came stateside for good when i was fourteen it was a culture shock to me but we eventually became americanized,I started kindergarden at Joan,darc army hospital and school we lived in military housing at vanderve and before that at a small town of Bruley outside of Nancy it was the best time of my life. and i plan on retireing in france in my hometown someday/I have plenty of pictures of that time of my father and freinds eventually we went to germany after De gaul ousted the us troops from france.at a little place called Bad hersfeld on the east west german border
Mike Hinton

Saint Paul, MN

#1979 Feb 24, 2012
I was stationed at St. Andre' de l'eure from late 1964-66. My workplace was the storage office located in the AIM building. I worked with Raymond Turgeon (whom I've been in contact with),Richard Gum and Stewart Cottrell. It would be great to hear from anyone who was there at that time.
Livsey family

Canby, OR

#1980 Feb 26, 2012
Al Boka wrote:
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I was at the LeBourget air show in either 58 or 59 when the B-58 crashed just minutes after a fly by. I filmed it with my 8 mm camera. Didn't know the plane had crashed and was waiting to see it land...never did of course. Learned the next day of the accident.
Don'tknow if you know the Livsey family children Norman, Ronny, Connie, Dale and Marlane. we lived at Grigny from 1959 to 1961 If you know any of them let me know E M [email protected]
Livsey family

Canby, OR

#1981 Feb 26, 2012
The Livsey family lived on base housing at Grigny from 1959 to 1961 If so EM me at [email protected] My children would like to hear from any one Mrs Livsey

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