Hanau says goodbye to U.S. troops

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Col. Ray Graham, left, U.S. Army Garrison Hessen commander, and Hanau's Lord Mayor Claus Kaminsky show off the presents they exchanged following the garrison's closure ceremony on Pioneer Kaserne in Hanau, ...

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Credo

Malvern, UK

#1198 Mar 16, 2013
Bill Coughlin wrote:
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Robert, I was with the 574th from 72-76. Same feelings....best years of my life!!!
Hi Bill did you know Leni?
Bill Coughlin

Lakewood, NJ

#1199 Mar 16, 2013
Credo wrote:
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Hi Bill did you know Leni?
Hi. Leni doesn't ring a bell...do you have anymore info?
Bill Coughlin

Lakewood, NJ

#1200 Mar 16, 2013
For the folks on this forum I found a great Facebook group "US Army in Hanau Germany" Great folks, pics and memories.....
George Edwards

Bruceton Mills, WV

#1201 Mar 16, 2013
Our unit shipped out of Ft Bliss, Texas in 1962 to Hanau. Hawk Missiles. Good memories of Hanau. Because I was only an E-4, I had to find civilian housing for my wife who wanted to join me there and I found one at Salstrasse #8, Hanau. We had the first floor and the landlord and landlady lived on the second floor. Their names were Frau u Herr Steinmueller. Lovely people. Frau Steinmueller told me how her son was killed by the advancing US troops in WW11. He was only 14, if I remember, Hitler Youth. Anyhow, in Nov of 1963, President Kennedy got shot in Dallas and 7th Army called an alert. It's funny, but I still remember that night. Wife and I had gone to a movie at Fliegerhorst Caserne. The movie was "David & Lisa". Wife was pregnant at the time and we decided that we would either name the baby David or LIsa. Well, toward the end of the movie, there was an announcement that President Kennedy had been shot and all personnel should return to their base or home. I told my wife that there would be an alert and we went to bed. At about midnight, there was a loud knock at the front door and Her Steinmueller answered it. He then knocked on our inner door and I can still see his face. It was as if he had gone back about 25 years. He was white and could hardly speak. All he could say was "Soldaten!! Soldaten!!" There was a jeep out front with a .50 cal machine gun mounted on it. We were sent up to the Fulda Gap and set up our missiles there. Stayed for a week or so on some miserable hilltop. Russians were flying over from time to time, but nothing happened. Our BC told us that if the East Germans and Russians attacked, we might last for seven days as, after our missiles were all deployed, we were infantry. 88 guys. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and we returned to Hanau. Lisa was born in April of 1964 and wife and baby returned to the States prior to my departure on the Wm O Darby in Oct. The Darby finally arrived at the Brooklyn Army Terminal and I can still remember five of my buddies afraid to go home. We'd heard so many stories about the Viet Nam protests and felt a hell of a lot safer in Germany than we did in the US.
I still stay in touch with my best friend, Tom who was my assistant in the Engineering Section. Great memories...
Bill Coughlin

Lakewood, NJ

#1202 Mar 17, 2013
Our unit shipped out of Ft Bliss, Texas in 1962 to Hanau. Hawk Missiles. Good memories of Hanau. Because I was only an E-4, I had to find civilian housing for my wife who wanted to join me there and I found one at Salstrasse #8, Hanau. We had the first floor and the landlord and landlady lived on the second floor. Their names were Frau u Herr Steinmueller. Lovely people. Frau Steinmueller told me how her son was killed by the advancing US troops in WW11. He was only 14, if I remember, Hitler Youth. Anyhow, in Nov of 1963, President Kennedy got shot in Dallas and 7th Army called an alert. It's funny, but I still remember that night. Wife and I had gone to a movie at Fliegerhorst Caserne. The movie was "David & Lisa". Wife was pregnant at the time and we decided that we would either name the baby David or LIsa. Well, toward the end of the movie, there was an announcement that President Kennedy had been shot and all personnel should return to their base or home. I told my wife that there would be an alert and we went to bed. At about midnight, there was a loud knock at the front door and Her Steinmueller answered it. He then knocked on our inner door and I can still see his face. It was as if he had gone back about 25 years. He was white and could hardly speak. All he could say was "Soldaten!! Soldaten!!" There was a jeep out front with a .50 cal machine gun mounted on it. We were sent up to the Fulda Gap and set up our missiles there. Stayed for a week or so on some miserable hilltop. Russians were flying over from time to time, but nothing happened. Our BC told us that if the East Germans and Russians attacked, we might last for seven days as, after our missiles were all deployed, we were infantry. 88 guys. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and we returned to Hanau. Lisa was born in April of 1964 and wife and baby returned to the States prior to my departure on the Wm O Darby in Oct. The Darby finally arrived at the Brooklyn Army Terminal and I can still remember five of my buddies afraid to go home. We'd heard so many stories about the Viet Nam protests and felt a hell of a lot safer in Germany than we did in the US.
I still stay in touch with my best friend, Tom who was my assistant in the Engineering Section. Great memories...

Great story George...Thanks for sharing it.
Credo

Hereford, UK

#1203 Mar 19, 2013
Bill Coughlin wrote:
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Hi. Leni doesn't ring a bell...do you have anymore info?
Sorry Bill it was a shot in the dark. I was not in the U.S. Army. Just a band from the UK that played regularly at the Legion. We met so many countrymen of yours but lost touch many years ago. I stumbled on this site and it brought back many good memories. One of the couples I made friends with were a Bill and Leni but I have since forgotten their surnames.
Thanks for replying.
Bill Messacar

Montréal, Canada

#1204 Mar 19, 2013
Credo wrote:
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Sorry Bill it was a shot in the dark. I was not in the U.S. Army. Just a band from the UK that played regularly at the Legion. We met so many countrymen of yours but lost touch many years ago. I stumbled on this site and it brought back many good memories. One of the couples I made friends with were a Bill and Leni but I have since forgotten their surnames.
Thanks for replying.
CREDO
What was the name of your band/group? I remember the best band we had at Pionier EM club December '70 - THE SOUND OF TYME - from somewhere England
Bill Coughlin

Howell, NJ

#1205 Mar 19, 2013
Credo wrote:
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Sorry Bill it was a shot in the dark. I was not in the U.S. Army. Just a band from the UK that played regularly at the Legion. We met so many countrymen of yours but lost touch many years ago. I stumbled on this site and it brought back many good memories. One of the couples I made friends with were a Bill and Leni but I have since forgotten their surnames.
Thanks for replying.
Go to the Facebook group "US Army in Hanau Germany" Large group with a lot of German friends who hung out in the military clubs, introduce yourself and give some background about your friends who you are looking for.
christa

Cleveland, OH

#1206 Mar 19, 2013
rattlecattle wrote:
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The WAR on TERRORISM is a JOKE
We are terrorists ourselves...you fool, what do you think our B52s drop Valentines and Candy?
Our sick meddling government does not own the whole world, we are an arrogant, broke nation of fools.
The USA is having its UGLY FACE slapped in Laughanistan, a $40 million dollar a day blunderfestival as the world Laughs
Shame on you, it shows that you are a stupid human being, that has no idea, what is going on, a typical Fox viewer, who does not know, how to behave. Move to Antarctica.
Bill Coughlin

Farmingdale, NJ

#1207 Mar 20, 2013
christa wrote:
<quoted text>Shame on you, it shows that you are a stupid human being, that has no idea, what is going on, a typical Fox viewer, who does not know, how to behave. Move to Antarctica.
Christa don't pay attention to this clown, he is a lonely soul that always tries to stir up things on this site..actually a quite pathetic soul....
Randal

Preston, MD

#1209 Mar 21, 2013
christa wrote:
<quoted text>Shame on you, it shows that you are a stupid human being, that has no idea, what is going on, a typical Fox viewer, who does not know, how to behave. Move to Antarctica.
Actually Fox viewers would agree with you Christa.
djperez

Fort Irwin, CA

#1210 Mar 23, 2013
vines wrote:
anybody out there stationed at Francois kaserne? hopefully i spelled that right
Yep, I served on Francois Kaserne from Aug 1986 to Dec 1990, in A Btry FDC and in C Btry FDC.
Stubbs

Gulfport, MS

#1211 Mar 23, 2013
Do anyone remember the Skyline Club off Lamboystrase? Or the 261st Signal Co. On Hutier and Piorneer
lamac66

Stockbridge, GA

#1212 Mar 24, 2013
djperez wrote:
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Yep, I served on Francois Kaserne from Aug 1986 to Dec 1990, in A Btry FDC and in C Btry FDC.
I was there mar85 to sep 86. hhb fdc and s-2 sections
lamac66

Stockbridge, GA

#1213 Mar 24, 2013
Stubbs wrote:
Do anyone remember the Skyline Club off Lamboystrase? Or the 261st Signal Co. On Hutier and Piorneer
oh yes i rember the skyline well...many sat. nites there.
lamac66

Stockbridge, GA

#1214 Mar 24, 2013
anyone remember the club called the "village" in hanau? what about "club agree" in offenbach?
Patricia Goff

Little Rock, AR

#1215 Mar 25, 2013
Stubbs wrote:
Do anyone remember the Skyline Club off Lamboystrase? Or the 261st Signal Co. On Hutier and Piorneer
Yup! I hung out at the skyline and even worked there once. Do you remember the gym next door. I used to hang out there as a teenager too!
Patricia Goff

Little Rock, AR

#1216 Mar 25, 2013
There used to be a club on Francois. It closed many years before the base did. Trying to remember the name but it fails me.
Last time I walked by the building (2009) I thought how funny it would be if there were some ghost soldiers in there they would be surprised to find it was a day care now. I practically grew up in that club (actually most of them in Hanau). My dad used to say he knew which club I was in by what day of the week it was.
Chris Lund

Van Nuys, CA

#1217 Mar 25, 2013
Barbara Decker wrote:
Unfortunately, SGM Dawkins passed away sometime ago. If memory serves me right, it was about 1993. He had visted us in El Paso and then I lost touch with him for awhile. I was very proud to have had him walk me down the aisle at the chapel on Pioneer/Pionier Kaserne.
Hank Dawlins is still alive and living in one of the Carolinas. I lost touch with him when he went back to the states for personal business in 2011.
Chris Lund

Van Nuys, CA

#1218 Mar 25, 2013
Barbara Decker wrote:
Unfortunately, SGM Dawkins passed away sometime ago. If memory serves me right, it was about 1993. He had visted us in El Paso and then I lost touch with him for awhile. I was very proud to have had him walk me down the aisle at the chapel on Pioneer/Pionier Kaserne.
Hank Dawkins is still alive,(as of the middle of 2011) I lost touch with him when he went back to the states on some personal business. He is living in the Carolinas and still maintains a home in Gerbrun.

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