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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Kevin Taaffe

Duluth, MN

#21 Aug 30, 2009
I was stationed in Hanau Germany with the Headquarters and Headquarters company 85th Maint Battalion Pioneer Kaserne March of 1971 thru December of 1972. I had some of the best times of my life while stationed there! I have had many memories over the years but just never got back before they closed it down. I would like to converse with anyone who might have been with the 85th Maint Battalion around that time. There was a small pizza place just down the road from the Kaserne where we spent alot of time at. The German (Bach) Dark beer was sooooo wonderful!!
larry lewis

Ormond Beach, FL

#22 Sep 2, 2009
I was stationed at Francois Kaserne from 1981 to 1983 - 3rd Armored DIV - boy did I LOVE that time - I will NEVER forget Lamboy Strasse or that fantastic pizza bar across the street run by two Sicilian brothers who i could have sworn had mafia ties - best pizza I have EVER tasted EVER.
lynn

Greenwood, MS

#23 Sep 4, 2009
leon oxendine wrote:
i was stationed at pioneer from oct 87 till jan 91 truely loved it there i miss the pioneer club,all the great german people, nothing but fond memories... wow....
i was also in hanau from 88-91 at the time was dep spouse we lived off base i used to walk to lamboy strass.. i worked at the AAfes burger bar on Pioneer Kaserne seems like ages ago. I also remember The pioneer club & The Boat oh my gosh crazy fun times.. i loved the weiner snitzell,(spelling??) and the brutwurst gosh the food was so good.. i turned 21 over their!! so many years ago The bus system in Hanau was awsome we had a bus stop right across the street from our house i used to take the bus to work & also before we got a car we'd have to take the laundy by bus & get off & walk to the laundry mat at pioneer!! its so neat to see other peoples stories on here from all the different years !!
Mrs Odus Beaver

Rock Hill, SC

#24 Sep 5, 2009
Iwas brought to tears today when I read about Pioneer Kaserne closing. We were there 1961-1964,way before others who commented. We rented an apt. in wolfgang just outside the base. Our landords were Freda and Willi Verhasselt,they were the most wonderful people we met in all our travels with the military.Through them I learned to love the German people.My only son was born in the 97th General Hosp. in Frankfort. We watched the news coverage of the Kennedy assination with them on German tv.The people in that area liked having the americans there and all of us were afraid, germans and amreicans alike. We were stationed in Germany two more tours in Kitziengen and in Wurzberg.The locals there could never compare to the people and business owners around Pioneer Kasern. Germany I miss you and long to return!
TJ DeMartino

Nashville, TN

#25 Sep 5, 2009
I'm glad to see so many people have such fond memories of this place. I posted a few weeks ago and didn't think anyone else would post. Just to re-iterate, I was stationed on Pioneer from 86 to 88-9. I was with 53rd HMSC (used to be the 81st maint). Many memories (sober and not) of those two bars right outside the kaserne "the Boat" and "Tony's" and of course there was many a weekend spent at the Pioneer Club. I had the time of my life while I was stationed in Germany. Been back once but the old "kaserne" is not the same.
David Cook

United States

#26 Sep 7, 2009
I was stationed in Hanau Germany with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company A, 85th Maintenance Battalion Pioneer Kaserne December of 1965 thru July of 1968 as Battalion Personnel Sergeant. And yes, there was a small pizza place just down the road from the Kaserne where we also spent alot of time. The German (Bach) Dark beer was absolutely great and potent!! Also remember the Pioneer EM Club, NCO Club and the club near Wolfgang. And the trains to Frankfurt, wow, what a time!
Audrey Joyce

Canonsburg, PA

#27 Sep 9, 2009
I was in Hanau from 1983-1985, Pioneer Kaserne, 19th Maintenance Company. I had a great time there. I'd go back to Germany in a heartbeat, permanently, if I could.
Oldtimer

AOL

#28 Sep 29, 2009
I beat all of you! I was an Army Brat in Hanau way back in 1957 to 1959. I,like ya'll,loved it there! When we left,I cried all the way back to the States.

Our Teen Club went to a Sock Hop in the town where Elvis was living. A group of us sneaked out of the dance and found his house. We didn't get to see him, but his dad answered the door and handed out a bunch of Elvis' autographs to us. I still have it, although I'm not sure whose autograph it REALLY is.
vines

Greenville, NC

#29 Sep 29, 2009
i remember lamboy strasse and the skyline. i was there 1988-1990
TJ DeMartino wrote:
I was at Pioneer from June of '86 To July of '88. I was with the 81st Maint co.-Later became the 53rd HMSC. First Sgt. Punihaole was "top" when I was there. Anybody out there from that time???. I remember Lamboy Strasse, the Boat, Tony's and of course the Pioneer club.
vines

Greenville, NC

#30 Sep 29, 2009
anybody out there stationed at Francois kaserne? hopefully i spelled that right
Where to bomb

Hohlstedt, Germany

#31 Sep 29, 2009
The REAL Deal wrote:
Does this mean Germany is ready for self-rule at last? Sig Hiel!!
Sieg, Heil! Yes, we are ready!

“Game - Tasty and Renewable”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#32 Oct 1, 2009
I did my time in Hanau (84-87) with the 127 MP on Pioneer. Since I'm still stationed in Germany, I go back on occasion just to see the changes. As when they shut down Fuerth (W. O. Darby, Pinder, Zirndorf), the changes are amazing. The guards were nice enough to let me drive thru Wolfgang and take a look at the commissary and PX.

Good times were had in Hanau.
Audrey

Canonsburg, PA

#33 Oct 1, 2009
Get em all wrote:
I did my time in Hanau (84-87) with the 127 MP on Pioneer. Since I'm still stationed in Germany, I go back on occasion just to see the changes. As when they shut down Fuerth (W. O. Darby, Pinder, Zirndorf), the changes are amazing. The guards were nice enough to let me drive thru Wolfgang and take a look at the commissary and PX.
Good times were had in Hanau.
I was at Pioneer 83-85, 19th Maintenance Company. I only knew one MP but don't remember his name. He was a First Sgt. and rode a Harley? I did UP's for a while, which was a lot of fun. Funny to think that you and I may have passed each other on base or at Tony's. Guess we'll never know ;)

“Game - Tasty and Renewable”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#34 Oct 1, 2009
Audrey wrote:
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I was at Pioneer 83-85, 19th Maintenance Company. I only knew one MP but don't remember his name. He was a First Sgt. and rode a Harley? I did UP's for a while, which was a lot of fun. Funny to think that you and I may have passed each other on base or at Tony's. Guess we'll never know ;)
Well, the guy you mention wasn't me.*L* I did know a couple of engineers, tho. We hung at the Rod and Gun. I wish I could remember their names. One was Westley (first name), and the other was a short, skinny cowboy from Wyoming (if I remember correctly).

Ahh, Tony's. It's still open, by the way. Everytime I go back I stop in for a beer. I don't know whether it's gone down hill, or if my memory is selective, but it's gotten really bad.

The Rod and Bottle was a good place on the weekends, too. That is completely gone now. Francois is now a housing area/school. Huttier, or is it Hessen-Homburg, is a "refugee" housing area. Fliegerhorst is just closed. The housing areas all have to be torn down and rebuilt.

Hanau has definately hit a slump, but they have enough industry to build back up.

The world is small.
Wesley Speece

Plymouth Meeting, PA

#35 Oct 8, 2009
David Cook wrote:
I was stationed in Hanau Germany with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company A, 85th Maintenance Battalion Pioneer Kaserne December of 1965 thru July of 1968 as Battalion Personnel Sergeant. And yes, there was a small pizza place just down the road from the Kaserne where we also spent alot of time. The German (Bach) Dark beer was absolutely great and potent!! Also remember the Pioneer EM Club, NCO Club and the club near Wolfgang. And the trains to Frankfurt, wow, what a time!
Dave I was there with you ,same dates except i left in 1967.I was with the supply platoon,and it was the best time of my life.I celabrated my 20th birthday there.I spent many days at the em club,and my favorite food was the hot roastbeef and fries with gravy.I was assigned as the platoon mechanic and maintained all the vehicles for the platoon,plus taught the computer guys how to drive our supply trucks.do you remember gi nights,and sneeking through the hole in the fence to get a case of flip tops? what a great time.
The Butler

Saint Louis, MO

#36 Oct 8, 2009
Get em all wrote:
I did my time in Hanau (84-87) with the 127 MP on Pioneer. Since I'm still stationed in Germany, I go back on occasion just to see the changes. As when they shut down Fuerth (W. O. Darby, Pinder, Zirndorf), the changes are amazing. The guards were nice enough to let me drive thru Wolfgang and take a look at the commissary and PX.
Good times were had in Hanau.
My ex-husband was with 127th MP. I worked on Yorkhoff Kaserne we were there 86-95. Lived in Sportsfield housing area. Germany was the best!
dave fisher

Roanoke, VA

#37 Oct 16, 2009
I was stationed with the 507th in 68-69 at Grossauhiem. Spent a lot of time at the Soul Club Angel. Conac and cola, yum,yum. Met a young lady by the name of Sonja, Almost married her. But then came down on a levy in july 69, and off to RVN. and as they say the rest is history.

davefisher15@hotmail.com Kindest Regards
dave fisher

Roanoke, VA

#38 Oct 16, 2009
Came back in 71, to mannhiem. came up there to Fligerhorst to Drag race motocycle, during summer.
Woolery

United States

#39 Oct 22, 2009
I was stationed at Francois Kaserne From 86 to 88 as a 31k (communications). This thread brings back many good memories.
Across the street from guard shack was a row of shops. The Hamburger Station, a southern chicken place (where I used to set the high score playing Rolling Thunder listening to whitesnake on the video juke box), the place we got our uniforms pressed and tonys pizza.
Tonys was my favorite. I ate there alot, usually the lasagna with a cappys orange juice. I remember talking with the barkeep and at one time he showed me a picture of his uncle and said he was in the mafia in Italy and gave them the money to start up.
Another time I went there with several friends when I turned 21. We were lining up shots and he asked what we were celebrating. I said it was my birthday and was now legal to drink (meaning in the states).
He laughed and said he would serve anyone who could walk up to the bar.
Those were good times, we were all so young.
Here in Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

#40 Oct 26, 2009
What is really sad about these stories is remembering the thousands of soldiers who worked their butts off doing the mission, maintain vehicles, equipment and the barracks, responding to the alerts. Just that whole thing of being stationed in Germany. And now those facilities are closed and all the hard work rots away.

Thanks to all you troops who were at Hanau. We only went there once in a while for supply stuff, but the service was always first class.

I was with 1/76 FA and then 2/39 FA at Larson Barracks, Kitzingen from '78 to '82.

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