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Sandy Lambo

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Mar 15, 2013
 
My former husband and I were stationed at Colin Casern from 58-60. We lived off post and he was an MP at the enterance. Our son was born in Verdun in 1959, as there was no hospital. Coming to visit in the fall. Any chance I'll recognise the town at all? Husband was on baseball team, so we traveled all over.6965
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#2617
Mar 18, 2013
 
I lived in Paris from 1964 to 1967. Lived in a place called Grande Terre. I think it was near camp de Loges. Going by there in April 2013. Driving from Germany. Is this in the Western part of Paris?

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Bill Ferris

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#2619
Mar 18, 2013
 
Frawley BECKER wrote:
TO JOHN BEARD, BUTCH WESTER, and any others who wrote me about TROOP SHIPS (USS GEIGER, USNS UPSHUR, USNS BUCKNER)
I assume you left Paris by train to go to Beremerhaven when you returned Stateside from SAC.
1. From which train station did you leave Paris?(there are 6) I assume it was Gare du Nord that serves Belgium and northern Germany.
2. Did the train go directly to Bremerhaven? Or did you have to change trains somewhere, such as Bremen?
3. Did you travel by train during the day, with the ship departing at night or possibly the next day?
4. I assume this was a French SNCF train (coach seats in a stateroom with aisle on a window side of the train)
5. Did you travel with European civilians or was the train "dedicated" to US servicemen only?
Any info would be helpful. MANY THANKS!
FRAWLEY BECKER (email: frilobus@sbcglobal.net)
Hello Frawley, we talked awhile back. I left from Paris to return home in Oct 1964. We left from Gare du Nord on what I think was a G.I. troop train. Don't remember seeing any civilians on the train. There were berths as we did have to sleep one night. We departed Beremerhaven in the morning on the USNS Upshur. It took I believe 8 days to arrive in NY. We did sail though a big storm off I think Newfoundland. Weent to supper that night and I was the only one in the galley. Everyone else was seasick. I didn't get seasick once. Odd for young Maine boy! A little history on the USNS Upshur. Many years later I was in Castine, Maine only about 20 miles from my home with an old 1957 Pontiac Star Chief that I'd restore. Parked the car down by the Upshur to take a picture when I noticed the name "Upshur" on the ship that was painted over. As it turned out the new name of the ship was The State of Maine. It had been turned over to the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine as their training ship. It has since been replaced and most likely been scraped. That's how I remember things. Take care. Bill Ferris Ferris81@myfairpiont.net
Ottis Houston

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#2620
Mar 19, 2013
 
Ann Picheloup wrote:
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Hi Jim,
I never lived in he housing area so I do not know. I know it was out about maybe 10 miles or more somewhere in the woods.
Ann
I taught eighth grade science at Paris American High School in 1959-60. Miss Mildred Link was the principal. I also coached basketball, was a substitute dorm counselor while the regular counselor left for a few months while his mother was ill. Needless to say, I spent a very busy year in Paris!! I would not take a million dollars for one minute that I spent in Paris. Loved it. I had a great career in Florida afterwards a and have been retired 24 years. Thanks for a great experience. Ottis Houston
Ottis Houston

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Mar 19, 2013
 
I taught eighth grade science at Paris American High School in 1959-60. Miss Mildred Link was the principal. I coached basketball and served as dorm counselor at night while the regular counselor left for a few months while his mother was ill.What a great experience !!! After returning to Florida, I had a great career and have been retired for 24 years
Ottis Houston

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Mar 19, 2013
 
I have posted.
Pat LeBlanc Menifee CA

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Mar 21, 2013
 
Robbie Robinson wrote:
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Bill, I started as a young Private in 1963, arriving the night President Kennedy was assassinated. Was with the 293rd Signal Company until it split and we were sent to Dreux AFB to the 246th Signal Co. Married a girl from Fontainebleau. Stayed in France until DeGaulle ran us out. Came back to USA, Ft Detrick Md. Go back as often as I can.
Robbie,
I will never forget the evening you invited me for dinner at your house, off base at DreuxAFB.
Your lovely wife prepared one of the best home cooked meals I ever had, and the evening was so special to me. An evening off base in a "home" with two very gracias people sure did beat another evening of drinking at the NCO club. I have never forgot your kindness, and have shared it more than once to my wife,daughters, and grandchildren. I would love to hear from you. Please email me at almarose67@gmail.com
Best Regards,
Pat
Bob Gaudio

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Mar 21, 2013
 
Pat LeBlanc Menifee CA wrote:
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Robbie,
I will never forget the evening you invited me for dinner at your house, off base at DreuxAFB.
Your lovely wife prepared one of the best home cooked meals I ever had, and the evening was so special to me. An evening off base in a "home" with two very gracias people sure did beat another evening of drinking at the NCO club. I have never forgot your kindness, and have shared it more than once to my wife,daughters, and grandchildren. I would love to hear from you. Please email me at almarose67@gmail.com
Best Regards,
Pat
Pat/Robbie,

I arrived at the 293rd Sig Co, in Fontainebleau, March, 1965. When did the 246th split and go to Dreux?
We went to Dreux for Vietnam training...

Bob Gaudio
PatEucom

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#2625
Mar 23, 2013
 
Frawley BECKER wrote:
to PAT EUCOM --
The cheese on the French pizzas back then (and maybe still now) would probably have been French Gruyère (different from Swiss Gruyère) It's a cheese used in a lot of French recipes, including French onion soup and Croque Monsieur (a grilled ham and cheese sandwich). I don't think you can get French Gruyère in the States; at least I haven't found it. But I do find Swiss Emmenthal here and I think that's the closest equivalent. You can find that in many supermarkets, Trader Joe's, etc.(Et oui, ce fromage est délicieux, même seul avec une baguette et un balon de rouge!)
FRAWLEY BECKER
I came across a program from SPECIAL SERVICES SEINE AREA COMMAND.Louis Smith was Field Entertainment Director.The program was SWEET AND LOWDOWN.Enlisted people were in it.There was about 9 acts with multiple numbers and big production number at the end.PFC. Marven Horst was stage manager,Sp.3 Bruce Hammel,Sgt.Ray Hollingsworth directed,Mrs.Edward Matoka assistant,Mickey Wheeler sang,The Rayette Girls did "Dungaree Doll",Ronald Thompson on accordian playing "Lady of Spain' and "In the Mood",Irene and Hector Acosta doing Latin American Dances, Col.Georges W.Johnson was MC.Probably abt.1957 at Camp des Loges.Fond memory...
Frawley BECKER

Los Angeles, CA

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#2626
Mar 23, 2013
 
To PAT EUCOM --

Yes, Lou Smith was the Field Entertainment Director in Paris. I was hired specifically for Hqs EUCOM at CDL. Lou directed the play "Picnic" by William Inge that played in Paris and perhaps also "Angel Street" (the movie version was "Gaslight with Ingrid Bergman).

I founded Studio 128 at CDL and directed "Born Yesterday", "Summer and Smoke", "The Women". After "The Women" the slot was made available in DC and I was hired. Like Lou Smith, at that point I produced all the shows and still directed some. "Bus Stop", "Bad Seed", "The Curious Savage", "Lysistrata". I also formed an African-American Theatre Company at CDL and directed some of their plays and produced them all (Special Services), including "A Raisin in the Sun" and "The Taming of the Shrew". I directed & produced a musical review, "Get Happy", similar to "Sweet & Lowdown", I guess, that toured SAC. We had two big production numbers, including "Gee, Officer Krupke" from "West Side Story". I cast Lou Smith's wife, Barbara, in "The Women" and we rented the Théâtre Montansier (Marie Antionette's private theatre) in Versailles for that one (it was a big cast!). Most other plays went up at the Post Theatre at CDL. "The Taming of the Shrew", done "in the round", went into service clubs, like the one in Camp Voluceau, SHAPE.
Good memories all around.
FRAWLEY BECKER
Ron Santos

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#2627
Mar 23, 2013
 
Frawley BECKER wrote:
Dear Alan Carter --
Finally! someone who was stationed at St. André de L'Eure! I'm a published book author and published playwright working on a novel (fiction) and there's a scene in my book that takes place at your old base in 1960. I've been in touch with a US Army man in New York whose job it is to help writers and screenwriters be accurate. Even he didn't know about St. André!(I remember it being a small base, out of the way, between the Air Force bases at Dreux and Evreux, west of Versailles.)
Would love to speak to you and possibly send you the short scene that occurs there (in the EM Club) for accuracy. Here's my e-mail: frilobus@sbcglobal.net Please contact me, and maybe we can eventually speak on the phone. I was the civilian Entertainment Director attached to Special Services at Camp des Loges (Hqs EUCOM)from 1958-1961. Mille mercis!
FRAWLEY BECKER
My name is Ron Santos and I was assigned to the US Army Aerial Suport Center APO 253 from May 1959 to August 1960. I was a Specialist E4 assigned as Chief of the Post Message Center. I had additional duty as Post Photographer and as such was able to travel
when the unit under the command of Lt Col Edward J Downing and 2 or 3 dozen airborne types flew to the French Airborne School in Pau France close to the Pyrenees. Our group flew from Evereux to Pau in 2 C130 transports. The mission was to foster Franco-American relations by engaging in a combined jump with both American and French airborne troops. I was in the lead aircraft with my commanding officer Lt Col Downing and a French major. I took 2 pictures, the first with my CO helping the French major hook up his status line and the second with my CO standing in the doorway of the aircraft seconds before exiting. The photo was of him silouetted against the sky (pure black and white) The jump helmet with chinstrap and the silouette of his prominent probiscus was fantastic. Anyone that knew him knew from his silouette that this was him. At any rate both pictures were printed by the European Stars and Stripes in the center section of their Sunday Edition along with the story of the combined exercise. The Monday after the article was published, the colonel, an ex schoolteacher from Indiana sent several dozen large envelopes with the newspaper to friends and family back home.

I am currently retired and leaving in the Peoria IL area.
Tom Johnson

Seymour, TX

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Mar 24, 2013
 
Ron Santos wrote:
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My name is Ron Santos and I was assigned to the US Army Aerial Suport Center APO 253 from May 1959 to August 1960. I was a Specialist E4 assigned as Chief of the Post Message Center. I had additional duty as Post Photographer and as such was able to travel
when the unit under the command of Lt Col Edward J Downing and 2 or 3 dozen airborne types flew to the French Airborne School in Pau France close to the Pyrenees. Our group flew from Evereux to Pau in 2 C130 transports. The mission was to foster Franco-American relations by engaging in a combined jump with both American and French airborne troops. I was in the lead aircraft with my commanding officer Lt Col Downing and a French major. I took 2 pictures, the first with my CO helping the French major hook up his status line and the second with my CO standing in the doorway of the aircraft seconds before exiting. The photo was of him silouetted against the sky (pure black and white) The jump helmet with chinstrap and the silouette of his prominent probiscus was fantastic. Anyone that knew him knew from his silouette that this was him. At any rate both pictures were printed by the European Stars and Stripes in the center section of their Sunday Edition along with the story of the combined exercise. The Monday after the article was published, the colonel, an ex schoolteacher from Indiana sent several dozen large envelopes with the newspaper to friends and family back home.
I am currently retired and leaving in the Peoria IL area.
Hi Ron,
Our Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/caserne_abovill... would love for you to join and share your stories with us, and pictures if you still have any. We have lots of photo albums with hundreds of pictures, but always looking for more. We have Members from all over France, including Army & Air Force, and different MOS. As well as dependents.
Mike Comito

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Mar 25, 2013
 
Does anyone recall a drinking establishment just off Boulevard Montparnasse on a narrow street to the left (as you amble down the Boulevard from the Dome toward the Gare Montparnasse)? Unless I have this place confused with another ( a definite maybe or probably), it employed a bouncer that allowed demoiselles and Americans to enter but no Frenchmen. If I remember correctly (chances of this being slim and none) the bouncer's name was 'Joe' and he was shot by a Frenchman, who resented the entry policy, the weekend of March 7 and 8, 1960. I returned to the ZI on March 9. Went over on the Geiger, left January 9, 1957 (have not been on the open seas since those nine days ended at Bremerhaven). It was a bit of a kick chugging (it WAS the Geiger after all) past the Statue of Liberty as we left.
Pat LeBlanc Menifee CA

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Mar 25, 2013
 
Bob Gaudio wrote:
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Pat/Robbie,
I arrived at the 293rd Sig Co, in Fontainebleau, March, 1965. When did the 246th split and go to Dreux?
We went to Dreux for Vietnam training...
Bob Gaudio
HI BOB,

It was the 293rd that split. It was in 1963 I think. I remember that most of the guys were not very happy to be coming to Dreux as it was in the boonies.
Michele Chesley

Bethlehem, PA

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#2631
Mar 25, 2013
 
Frawley Becker wrote:
I founded Studio 128 at CDL and directed "Born Yesterday", "Summer and Smoke", "The Women". After "The Women" the slot was made available in DC and I was hired. Like Lou Smith, at that point I produced all the shows and still directed some. "Bus Stop", "Bad Seed", "The Curious Savage", "Lysistrata". I also formed an African-American Theatre Company at CDL and directed some of their plays and produced them all (Special Services), including "A Raisin in the Sun" and "The Taming of the Shrew". I directed & produced a musical review, "Get Happy", similar to "Sweet & Lowdown", I guess, that toured SAC. We had two big production numbers, including "Gee, Officer Krupke" from "West Side Story". I cast Lou Smith's wife, Barbara, in "The Women" and we rented the Théâtre Montansier (Marie Antionette's private theatre) in Versailles for that one (it was a big cast!). Most other plays went up at the Post Theatre at CDL. "The Taming of the Shrew", done "in the round", went into service clubs, like the one in Camp Voluceau, SHAPE.
Good memories all around.
FRAWLEY BECKER
My mother, Priscilla Chesley, was in a production of "The Women" when we were stationed in France in '57,'58 & '59. She wore a maid's costume for the part. From the above post I'm thinking it was the same you referenced. She was very pretty, tallish slender and thrilled to be in the play. I wonder if you remember her. We lived in La Celle St.Cloud and shopped at Camp Voluceau and Camp De Loges. My father was attached to SHAPE. I would look forward to your reply.
Sharon Keenan Brown

Murrysville, PA

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#2632
Mar 26, 2013
 
My family lived in Shape Village from 1956 to 1961, my brother and I attended the Shape International School and the American classes at the Chateau. In 1960 we went to the American school at Garches. My teacher was Mr. Riccio.
I have wonderful memories that I would love to share. We had many friends and I remember them all. Prior to living at Shape Village we lived in Neufle Le Chateau. I was quite young when we were in France and started my education in a French school and learned the language fluently. When my English relatives came to visit I was the translator.
There were so many wonderful experiences; St Germaine, the movies at the De Loges theater, the weekly films at the NCO club, the museums and the culture, La Plage, going to the British Base and the NAAFI to see Santa, The Louvre, Chartres Cathedral.... all the wonderful things my children never experienced.
My dad was Denny and my Mum was Ruth, my brother is Bud. My Parents are both deceased and my brother doesn't remember much. I would really love sharing with someone if they were living there at that time!
Richard Weed

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#2633
Mar 27, 2013
 
Pat LeBlanc Menifee CA wrote:
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HI BOB,
It was the 293rd that split. It was in 1963 I think. I remember that most of the guys were not very happy to be coming to Dreux as it was in the boonies.
Pat,

During my time the 293rd, 246th at Dreux, and 257th at CDL were the 106th Sig Group. We did field problems with the 246th, and I was TDY to CDL several times.

Bob Gaudio
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Mar 27, 2013
 
Mike Comito wrote:
Does anyone recall a drinking establishment just off Boulevard Montparnasse on a narrow street to the left (as you amble down the Boulevard from the Dome toward the Gare Montparnasse)? Unless I have this place confused with another ( a definite maybe or probably), it employed a bouncer that allowed demoiselles and Americans to enter but no Frenchmen. If I remember correctly (chances of this being slim and none) the bouncer's name was 'Joe' and he was shot by a Frenchman, who resented the entry policy, the weekend of March 7 and 8, 1960. I returned to the ZI on March 9. Went over on the Geiger, left January 9, 1957 (have not been on the open seas since those nine days ended at Bremerhaven). It was a bit of a kick chugging (it WAS the Geiger after all) past the Statue of Liberty as we left.
You're probably thinking of the La Boheme. Popular place with us guys stationed in Paris.
Larry Coppala

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#2635
Mar 27, 2013
 
I arrived in LaRochelle France in August 1963. By the time I left in June 1966, I had worked at Laleu, Jeumont, Aufredi, Croix Chapeau, Bordeaux, Rochefort, LeVerdun (Soulac) and Hennebont (Brittany). Mostly I shipped equipment out of France, closing bases and NATO sites. Also our first child was born at The U.S. Army hospital at Chinon in 1965. At this web address on my personal web page are just 15 of my photos from France. I have MANY more photos. Really like to find old friends.
3846http://pwp.att.net/p/s/com munity.dll?ep=331&folderid =210983&groupid=273794 &folderview=thumbs&ck=
Frawley BECKER

Los Angeles, CA

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Mar 28, 2013
 
TO MICHELE CHESLEY:

Yes, I remember your mother very well, and yes,she played the maid in the Studio 128 production of "The Women" in 1958. There were something like 25-30 women in the play, no men. Priscilla had two scenes as I recall, the second with just her and another actress playing the cook. It was a very funny scene. Your mom had short hair, and yes, was kinda pretty. I have a photo of her in her other scene with Florence Dewey (General Dewey's wife) and a little girl who I am almost certain was Alma Viator. We later did "Bad Seed" with her. Do you have a copy of that photo with your mom? If not, I could reproduce the one I have and send it to you. She is also in one or two other photos showing the entire cast and the overall staging, but many of the figures are small, including Priscilla's. Do you have e-mail? If so, send me that address as well. Here is mine: frilobus@sbcglobal.net. This site obliterates phone numbers and maybe even street addresses. Finally, do you have a copy of the program from "The Women"? I'd love to have a copy of it. I lost mine, although I have the photos from the show in a huge scrapbook that I occasionally reference. Was your mom from Bethlehem, PA, too? I spent the earliest years of my life in Philadelphia, before I went to Paris. All the best.
FRAWLEY BECKER

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