us army in la rochelle 1950s
Herman Bressel

Corona, CA

#41 Jun 20, 2009
Bennie Wells wrote:
You Could Say That I Had a Few Photos of LaRochelle,France. as I Was a Photographer for the US Army There.in 1963-to 1967 and After That Time we Were Assigned to K Town Germany,and Since Then we Have Been around the World Twice.and I Still Hold the LaRochelle,Tour the Closset to My Heart. Ret.Sgt wells. Bennie R
I was assigned to the US Navy MSTS Office La Rochelle (Aufredi Casserne) from Aug.'61 until Nov.'63 when the US Military mostly left La Rochelle and we moved our office up the coast to St. Nazaire. Le Chapon Fin was not a real gourmet restaurant, but it was where I got my first taste of authentic French cuisine. It was located in the Hotel de la Paix and M. Richard was the owner and chef. Later on, in St.Nazaire I met the young woman who was to become my wife.
I was career Navy and travelled most of the world
before and after La Rochelle. We have been back to France quite a few times, and I am still looking forward to our next trip back there.
I was briefly a patient at the Hospitl at Croix Chapeau and received excellent care from the Army staff. Cheers!
LAWRENCE JOHNSTON

AOL

#42 Jul 5, 2009
there was an army hospital in La Rochelle in 1953/54 and our finance office was in the same compound next to the cathedral. try the US consulate in Bordeaux for a record of birth3753.
LAWRENCE JOHNSTON

AOL

#43 Jul 7, 2009
Jerry wrote:
Hello I was born at the US Army Hospital in La Rochelle, How do I get a replacement birht certificate??
Thanks :)
contact us consulate in Bordeaux--your birth in birth in La Rochelle would be recorded there.
LAWRENCE JOHNSTON

AOL

#44 Jul 9, 2009
Larry Coppala -aka Link wrote:
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It was the 28th General Hospital and it was South East of LaRochelle on Route D939.
When I was stationed in La Rochelle 52/53/54 the Army hospial was located at Aufredi Caserne
Herman Bressel

Corona, CA

#45 Jul 19, 2009
Hello Stuart,
I realize that my reply comes much too late after your planned trip back to France. However, in case you couldn't learn this beforehand; the hotel that you are referring to was the Hotel de la Paix. Downstairs in that small hotel was the restaurant Chapon Fin (French for capon). The owner/chef was Monsieur Richard, who catered to Americans for many years. I was with the USN MSTS office in La Rochelle (Casserne Aufredi) from '61 to '63 then we moved up to St. Nazaire where we stayed until the fall of '65. I've been back to La Rochelle a few times since, the last time in '94. Although the hotel was still there, the restaurant and M. Richard were long gone. The restaurant had become a tea room. I am with you there in regards to la soupe de poisson and mouclade!!! Good Wishes, Herman Bressel, RMC, USN(Ret)
Stuart Ho

Honolulu, HI

#46 Jul 19, 2009
Hi Herman: Thank you for your note on the Hotel de la Paix and Chapon Fin. We returned in early June from a trip that included La Rochelle. If anyone is interested in the current tourist situation there, we stayed at the three-star Hotel St-Jean d'Acre in front of the two towers of the old port and were happy to find that the rate, even at the current rate, was cheaper by $30 than the Marriott Hotel at SFO, which offered a fine view of the runway. The best seafood restaurant in town was Andre, right downstairs, and the soupe de poisson and mouclade were as I remembered it. Otherwise, the town is pretty much as we left it except that they demolished the U-boat pens and in its place is the largest yacht basin in Europe (3,500 berths). We didn't attempt to visit Laleu Caserne, where I was stationed. Stuart Ho, ex-77th Trans Co (Lt Trk)
Bruce Richards

Clarksville, TN

#47 Jul 24, 2009
I received a email from then Cpt. Al Beyer, who was the Company Commander of the 77th Trans Company in France, and the 1st 6 months in Kassel Germany. He has a bunch of slides from then, and is going to get them together and send to me. I will find some place to have digital copies made, then post them to my web page. No idea how soon he will get them to me.

If anyone else has any, especially of Laleu and Jeumont, please email me a copy.

[email protected]

Bruce
martine Dernoncourt

Cognac, France

#48 Aug 23, 2009
rush smith wrote:
Anyone remember us army in la rochelle in 1950s - I was stationed there in 54-55-56 but can't find much information about this period.
Hello !

I am Martine Dernoncourt from La Rochelle (France)
I wrote a book (in French, sorry !) about the US Forces in La Rochelle "La Rochelle, base américaine de l'OTAN 1950 1964).
I have being working for the French Department of Defense in the former US Army headquarters, Aufredi Caserne.
Please, get in touch with me !
[email protected]
Stuart Ho

Honolulu, HI

#49 Aug 23, 2009
martine Dernoncourt wrote:
<quoted text>
Hello !
I am Martine Dernoncourt from La Rochelle (France)
I wrote a book (in French, sorry !) about the US Forces in La Rochelle "La Rochelle, base américaine de l'OTAN 1950 1964).
I have being working for the French Department of Defense in the former US Army headquarters, Aufredi Caserne.
Please, get in touch with me !
[email protected]
Hello, Martine. I remember you and your kindness from the trip to LaRochelle we made four or five years ago. We just returned from La Rochelle in early June. I passed by Aufredi Caserne to see if you were still there. I see they removed the old officer's club in the Caserne. LaRochelle remains as charming as I remember it; we have returned three or four times since I left it in 1958.
Does Laleu Caserne still exist? How do you find it?
With best wishes to you,
Stuart Ho
Bruce Richards

Clarksville, TN

#50 Aug 27, 2009
Hello Martine Dernoncourt,
I tried your email address 2 times, and it said
rejected: User unknown.

I used [email protected]

Is there another email?
nathalie56

Auray, France

#51 Sep 12, 2009
Hello, my name is Nathalie. I'm searching about US soldiers who were based in La Rochelle in 1963.. I'm searching about my father : he was an US soldier, based in La Rochelle in 1963, with blue eyes, fair hair, his first name is Jack.. He had left La Rochelle , end of 1963.. could you help me.. Best regards, nathalie

Since: Sep 09

Auray, France

#52 Sep 12, 2009
Herman Bressel wrote:
<quoted text>
I was assigned to the US Navy MSTS Office La Rochelle (Aufredi Casserne) from Aug.'61 until Nov.'63 when the US Military mostly left La Rochelle and we moved our office up the coast to St. Nazaire. Le Chapon Fin was not a real gourmet restaurant, but it was where I got my first taste of authentic French cuisine. It was located in the Hotel de la Paix and M. Richard was the owner and chef. Later on, in St.Nazaire I met the young woman who was to become my wife.
I was career Navy and travelled most of the world
before and after La Rochelle. We have been back to France quite a few times, and I am still looking forward to our next trip back there.
I was briefly a patient at the Hospitl at Croix Chapeau and received excellent care from the Army staff. Cheers!
I'm searching for my father who was based in La Rochelle US in 1963.. his first name is Jack, fair hair, blue eyes, and left La rochelle end of 63.. he was working to the harbour of La Pallice.. perhaps you have meet him ?? could you help me ?? best regards, nathalie
Bruce Richards

Clarksville, TN

#53 Sep 12, 2009
I just made a Yahoo Groups page for La Rochelle. I thought it may be a good place to exchange information about La Rochelle, and the surrounding towns, and Kasernes.

It is open to all now, and not moderated now. May alter that some as needed. If you were there, please sign up, and help get it going. If you are in contact with others that were there also, please invite them also.

I used La-Rochelle, since La Rochelle was used by another group.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/la-rochelle/

Bruce
Dick Weiskopf

Lake Villa, IL

#55 Oct 1, 2009
Worked as an x-ray technician at the 28th general hospital from Oct.1958 thru May of 1960. The Army hospital was ending the process of relocating from La Rochelle to Croix Chapeau. The hospital at Chapeau was brand new. My time spent in France, at age 19 thru and 20, was the best of times and the best of life.. Ran the bulls at Pamplona, drank wine from a bota with Hemingway .Skied in Switzerland, Oktoberfest in Munich., 24 hour race at La Mans. The beaches of el de re, Moterscortering around Monaco. Long weekend in Paris, not much not to like. All on the Army’s dime. The Doctors and staff at the 28th were first class in dedication to the care and treatment of those in need and in the way they treated us enlisted men and women. Remember: Roger Kruger, from my home town of Downers Grove IL, who came to be my best friend, Tom Finley, from Chicago, as good as they come, Capt Richardson, radiologist, gentle giant Capt Kowlowski ((sp?) Capt. Blowers both surgeons, who I thought were gods. There was Mike Cobb from St. Louis and Bill Mc Donald from Calf, Dick Wattenburger from Calf, and Hogan from Conn... Bill Hilliaco (sp?) from Elmira NY. And more and more that sometimes come into mind.. Thanks for the memories. The best to all.
Walter Smith

Colorado Springs, CO

#56 Nov 8, 2009
I lived in the La Rochelle area from 1954-1957 and 1963-1964. I was a Army brat. My family resided at Chatelaillon, at both time periods. I attended kindergarten thru 2nd grade at Jeumont, where my father of the same name was assigned to the post locator (post office). I attended 7th and 8th grade at Croix Chapeau. My address is [email protected] au bentoit.
r_sox04

Portsmouth, NH

#57 Nov 8, 2009
Did you know a teacher by the name of Audrey Halberg when you went to school at Croix Chapeau. I was there from 60-62 and knew her quite well.

Since: Nov 09

Muskegon, MI

#58 Nov 23, 2009
I was stationed in La Rochelle '63 64' then De Gaulle tossed us out. I was with the 188th MP co in La Leu. I have pics but I don't know if I can attach them to this post. Gregg Walker my e-mail is [email protected]
Bruce Richards

Clarksville, TN

#59 Nov 23, 2009
I have made several updates to the La Rochelle web page, and added many pictures. The page was loading a little slow, so I split the pictures up.

La Rochelle
http://www.qsl.net/wd4ngb/larochellepics.htm

The Kaserne's (camps)
http://www.qsl.net/wd4ngb/larochelle%20camps....

Our new La Rochelle Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/la-rochelle

I am looking for more pictures of Laleu and Jeunont

Bruce
vito dattolico

Sioux City, IA

#60 Dec 23, 2009
rush smith wrote:
Anyone remember us army in la rochelle in 1950s - I was stationed there in 54-55-56 but can't find much information about this period.
I was also stationed in La rochell, I was with 97th tranportation core I arived in Aug 1953 and rotated home Jan 1955, I lived off post for a year, and like you cannot find any thing on this I worek down by the docks closed to where Hitler had his submarine pens
Ken Bowen

Denver, CO

#61 Dec 28, 2009
Dick Weiskopf wrote:
Worked as an x-ray technician at the 28th general hospital from Oct.1958 thru May of 1960. The Army hospital was ending the process of relocating from La Rochelle to Croix Chapeau. The hospital at Chapeau was brand new. My time spent in France, at age 19 thru and 20, was the best of times and the best of life.. Ran the bulls at Pamplona, drank wine from a bota with Hemingway .Skied in Switzerland, Oktoberfest in Munich., 24 hour race at La Mans. The beaches of el de re, Moterscortering around Monaco. Long weekend in Paris, not much not to like. All on the Army’s dime. The Doctors and staff at the 28th were first class in dedication to the care and treatment of those in need and in the way they treated us enlisted men and women. Remember: Roger Kruger, from my home town of Downers Grove IL, who came to be my best friend, Tom Finley, from Chicago, as good as they come, Capt Richardson, radiologist, gentle giant Capt Kowlowski ((sp?) Capt. Blowers both surgeons, who I thought were gods. There was Mike Cobb from St. Louis and Bill Mc Donald from Calf, Dick Wattenburger from Calf, and Hogan from Conn... Bill Hilliaco (sp?) from Elmira NY. And more and more that sometimes come into mind.. Thanks for the memories. The best to all.
Dick, Haven't been on the site for a while, just saw your post about the 28th Gen Hosp. My Dad SSG Ken Bowen and SSG Howie Zellner were NCOIC's for Surgical Clinic. CPT Ed Konwinski is probably the surgeon you recall. My folks kept in touch for many years and Dr. Konwinski settled in upper state New York. He retired as full COL from US Army reserves. My Dad and Howie Zellner are both deceased. Thanks for the memories.

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