Hanau says goodbye to U.S. troops

Hanau says goodbye to U.S. troops

There are 1498 comments on the Stars and Stripes story from Aug 7, 2008, titled Hanau says goodbye to U.S. troops. In it, Stars and Stripes reports that:

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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Chris Lund

Van Nuys, CA

#1219 Mar 25, 2013
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.
Bill Coughlin

Howell, NJ

#1220 Mar 25, 2013
Chris Lund wrote:
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.
Chris are we talking about the same Henry Dawkins, SGM, know by everyone as "Big D", was with the 574th PSC, I knew D in the early 70's and he had to be in his mid 40' at least, if he is alive in 2011 it would make him be in his mid to late 80's. I hope your right but it doesn't sound like the same guy.....
Bachman Sgt

Montgomery, AL

#1221 Mar 30, 2013
J Gray wrote:
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I was in the 85th Maint. Bn. HHD from 85-89, spent some time in the barracks with the 699th Maint, Co.
I think my wife would agree, those three years were the best years of our military career.
I was the mail clerk at HHD 8th Maint Bn. from 84-87. I remember Sidoli driving around a little green military van. Ricky Graham was the First Sargent. Best of times then.
Hubert Shelby

Germany

#1222 Mar 31, 2013
I was in 503d S&T on Hutier from 1975-1980, worked in Wolfgang Kaserne CIF/2&4 Warehouse. Also from
1985-1993 . retire on Pioneer Kaserne 1993. Still living in Hanau...
Patricia Goff

Cabot, AR

#1223 Mar 31, 2013
Hubert Shelby wrote:
I was in 503d S&T on Hutier from 1975-1980, worked in Wolfgang Kaserne CIF/2&4 Warehouse. Also from
1985-1993 . retire on Pioneer Kaserne 1993. Still living in Hanau...
My dad was stationed on Hutier in the 70's and 80's. 45th med I think. I remember the hayrides and finding bombs that never went off or empty shells when we had company picnics otu there. I think there were stock car races out there until they moved it to Fliegerhorst and then somewhere off base. I spent over 30 years in Hanau and practically lived and grew up at the Rod n Gun Club. I sure miss those days. My mother moved to Gelnhausen after I left and now is in Stuttgart so I don't get to Hanau much anymore. As the song goes I left my heart in Hanau..........
Stacy B

Los Angeles, CA

#1224 Apr 1, 2013
Most beautiful army song I ever heard. Expresses my feeling for my absent guy exactly
http://youtu.be/PcfDb-FDT78
David Fansler

New Albany, OH

#1225 Apr 2, 2013
Im 55 now and am remembering the times I had in Hanau, pioneer kasern I was 21 at the time 1977 to 1979. I think of the men I served with. I remember them as they appeared at their age back then. Hey C.I.D yes there was a black market of marlboro cigarettes and Jim Beam whiskey. The rads loved it.
Martin Marinaro

Minneapolis, MN

#1226 Apr 3, 2013
David Arsenault wrote:
Lowell Ma - I was stationed in Pioneer Kasern from July 1966 to Jan 1968. Wow, I can't believe they closed the base. I have such fond memories of the time I spent there. Many fun times at the Eden Bar, The Jolly Bar and the Pioneer Club.
Most of all the good German friend (Bernie) I met while I was working as a cook in the mess hall. He was around my age at the time and worked in the mess hall as a civilian KP. We had so many great times in Hanau partying at all the clubs and through him I got to know a lot of about the German culture.
Sad part is he stopped working there one day and I didnt see him the rest of the time I was there.
Then one day 2 years ago and about 40 years after I had left Germany he managed to get intouch with me over the internet. It was amazing to hear from him after so many years. After chatting online with him for a while, I decided to go back and visit him and the Pioneer Kasern again. I can't tell you how much of a great time I had on my trip back. We went in to visit Pioneer Kasern the first day I arrived and it was so emotional for me visting the old mess hall we both had worked in and to see the base again even though it seemed so deserted compared to when I was stationed there and the old Pioneer Club was now a health club.
Bernie and his wife were so friendly and hospitable to me I can't thank them enough. The first night I arrived he through a big party for me with all his friends and relatives and oh that German beer I had fogotten how good is was.
So it is just sad to hear that all the bases around Hanau have been closed and I know it is sad for Bernie also as the grew up in the area and has many memories of the US soldiers and had made friends with many of them. It's also how he learned to speak english so well, especially all those American slang words.
Now I plan on going back again this summer to visit him and his wife and look forward to it very much. Only this time I guess I won't be able to visit the base again but I hope to see some more of Germany that I didn't get a chance to see when I was stationed there. Keep the beer cold Bernie I'll be back soon
I was the Director of the Hanau Entertainment Center on the Officers Base near Pioneer Kaserne from 1965-67. We produced plays, musicals and concerts for the troops and locals. I had a great team and a fun time in Germany. Love to hear from anyone that might have seen one of our shows. [email protected]
Martin Marinaro

Minneapolis, MN

#1227 Apr 3, 2013
I was the Director of the Hanau Entertainment Center on the Officers Base near Pioneer Kaserne from 1965-67. We produced plays, musicals and concerts for the troops and locals. I had a great team and a fun time in Germany.

Love to hear from anyone that might have seen one of our shows.

[email protected]
Randal Jackson

United States

#1228 Apr 4, 2013
Martin Marinaro wrote:
<quoted text>I was the Director of the Hanau Entertainment Center on the Officers Base near Pioneer Kaserne from 1965-67. We produced plays, musicals and concerts for the troops and locals. I had a great team and a fun time in Germany. Love to hear from anyone that might have seen one of our shows. [email protected]


awesome story I am glad you are going back again.
Spec Lewis Dawkins

United States

#1229 Apr 5, 2013
Mile Bennett wrote:
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Wow finally someone from 881/ 548 LEM Co. I was there 86-88 52D SSG Sanders was in charge of section. Great times in Hanau and in Germany. No field duty hardest part was PT after drinking all night every night
Wow I think I remember you were you SGT. Bennett,I remember Sanders.Also I was in SGT. Bivins squad,you might know Tony he was a simi pro running back with Hanau football team,Sgt. Nation,Jack was my Platoon SGT...also Floyd Cumming was a close friend and Tony Cook....man so many ([email protected])hit me up
Mike Bennett

Brooklyn, NY

#1230 Apr 5, 2013
Spec Lewis Dawkins wrote:
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Wow I think I remember you were you SGT. Bennett,I remember Sanders.Also I was in SGT. Bivins squad,you might know Tony he was a simi pro running back with Hanau football team,Sgt. Nation,Jack was my Platoon SGT...also Floyd Cumming was a close friend and Tony Cook....man so many ([email protected])hit me up
LOL- I was spec 4 at this time, their were (2) mike Bennett's in our company, Sgt Bennett was Black and he left a little bit before me,
angela jones

United States

#1231 Apr 7, 2013
we were stationed in hanau and lived in gelnhausen from 1998 to 2001 I worked AT hootier kascern. we truely miss all our friends that we made over our time there and was able to keep in touch over the years My kids that they got to experience another culture and found the place to be Beautiful ....
David Sidoli

Gettysburg, PA

#1232 Apr 14, 2013
kevin moseley wrote:
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we grew up together in camp king
Hey Kevin!!!!

Damn!!!! I have not seen or heard from you in nearly 43 Years!!! What a surprise & shock to see you on here!!! What's going on???? How's your Brother Petey? How's your Sister Kim? How's Your Parents??? I remember your Father use to run & operate the Camp King Rod & Gun Club...And if I can recall while you guys were living at Camp King you lived on the top floor in Building 1049...across the hall from the "Wilburns"...if you see this message let me know so I can respond back.

Take Care..

David Sidoli
Dorothea

Germany

#1233 Apr 20, 2013
Joe Mulligan wrote:
<quoted text> I remember the numbered boxes to the airplane and when I was there 78-81 freebird was our song, " 2 digit midget" the little curtain clip you hung on your uniform to show you were a shortimer, and sham we did.
I remember freebird at th American Legion....78 woooooooow...so long ago....-)
Dorothea

Germany

#1234 Apr 20, 2013
Bill Coughlin wrote:
For the folks on this forum I found a great Facebook group "US Army in Hanau Germany" Great folks, pics and memories.....
yeah, great group....:-)
Dorothea

Germany

#1235 Apr 20, 2013
George Edwards wrote:
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...
wow...what a story:-I live in Jahnstrasse, just 3 streets away from Salzstrasse.....:-)
Dorothea

Germany

#1236 Apr 20, 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.
It is a small world.....used to go to the American Legion whenI was sweet 16:-).......I am a bit older now..sure do remember a band playing freebird:-)....that was the time when I met my ex-husband:-)
Dorothea

Germany

#1237 Apr 20, 2013
Spec Lewis Dawkins wrote:
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Wow I think I remember you were you SGT. Bennett,I remember Sanders.Also I was in SGT. Bivins squad,you might know Tony he was a simi pro running back with Hanau football team,Sgt. Nation,Jack was my Platoon SGT...also Floyd Cumming was a close friend and Tony Cook....man so many ([email protected])hit me up
Also I was in SGT. Bivins squad,you might know Tony he was a simi pro running..........SGT Bivins or SGT Blevins? I am SGT BlevinsĀ“s ex wife...and his name is Tony also...he was a Squad Leader about that time period:-)...I still live in Hanau, so does he.....
Gina

Hendersonville, TN

#1238 Apr 21, 2013
Mike wrote:
I was on Pioneer Kaserne from 88-92. I don't remember Tony's, but I basically lived at "The Bavaria", and went to The Boat and The Electric Cowboy a lot. The Baveria was right next to The Boat and was ran by an old couple and her daughter "Barbie". I was at bldg 9, the 149th Maintenance Company on Pioneer Kaserne.
I was in Building 10, 548 Lem from 1988-1992.

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