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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Roger Zureck

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#285 May 18, 2010
I was with the 88th H.E.M. from 12/1966 until 6/1968. Was in the carpenter shop with Bob Hannon. Lived in a squad room, I think on the back of the 3rd floor, with Hannon, Bill Bishop, Craig Felch, Bob McKarr, Glassmeyer, Hampton, Goldman and around 6 other guys whose names escape me now. Spent a lot of time drinking flippies. To get to our workshop area we had to load into deuce & 1/2's every morning return to Pioneer for lunch & wait on a long line at the consolidated mess then back onto the trucks for the afternoon. S/Sgt. Hayes and WO Leonard were in charge of our shop area.
Charlie Reilly

Lansdale, PA

#288 May 24, 2010
I was stationed in Francois Kaserne, 1965-66, with the 4th Howitzer Battalion, 18th Field Artillery. Was anybody around then? God, what a time! I was 23, just married, and my wife Clare was just pregnant with what turned out to be Mike (Jan '66). We loved Hanau, lived outside the town in a village called Alzenau, were thrilled with Germany and Europe.

Was anyone else there around then? Memories of Grafenwohr, Wildflecken, the hundreds of beautiful, almost medieval villages? My son wound up playing a lot of soccer and, before he was old enough to have a driver's license, his birth certificate often got him called out by the referee: "Let me talk to the German national."

I re-visited Francois Kaserne in 2000. Some of our 19th century buildings were still there although they were occupied by civilian businesses. It was eerie to stand in what had been the paade grounds. The old stables, where we kept the M-109 self-propelled howitzers, were long gone, though. I wonder what became of the underground nuclear bunkers?
William Cordova

Tampa, FL

#290 May 26, 2010
I was also stationed at Pioneer Kaserne with the 88th, 8th Maintenace Bt from 81 to 84. TJ DeMartino, I too remember Tony's, The Pioneer Club, KFC that had great ribs and of coarse Lamboy Strasse and the Lamboy Annese (No thanks). I when back there in 98 and visited the Kaserne that the 88th performed their mission. Twenty year later it was ran down and unused. When I first got there, the mission was rebuilding wheeled vehicle. Then it change to rebuild all tread vehicles. As they were doing the renovations they found the remains of a German soldier.8th Maintence also handled "Force Modernization" where the M-1 tanks first came into the inventory. Good Times......
HIGH

Irving, TX

#291 Jun 1, 2010
Hey Demartino, I remember you. I arrived at 53rd HMSC in Dec 1986 and stayed there until Jan 1989...How have you been??
TJ DeMartino wrote:
wow - I would've never thought that a site about such an obscure place like Hanau would getr this much traffic. That's pretty cool. Was anyone there on Pioneer Kaserne 86-88? I can remember going to the pioneer club just about every weekend (when we weren't at tony's, the boat or in Frankfort.) Sometimes there was a band - but most times there was this DJ named "rockin robin." I've left several posts already, hope someone was there the same time I was. I was with the 53rd HMSC (used to be the 81st maint. Co.) We were in blg. 10 and 11. Our motorpool was on Gross Auheim.
Vince R Johnson

Attleboro, MA

#292 Jun 17, 2010
Audrey...when you came into the main gate and took a right, what company was in the very last building on the street? This question is for anyone? I am refering to the period 1980-1986.

Since: Jun 10

Attleboro, MA

#293 Jun 17, 2010
What was the name of the very last company on the kaserne if you came into the front gate and took a right. The very last building in that row was what company? Does anyone remember (I am talking about the time period 1981-1986)

Since: Jun 10

Attleboro, MA

#294 Jun 17, 2010
larry lewis wrote:
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.
I was at Pioneer Kasarne during the same period...I bet it was named "Tony's Pizza"...it seemed like all the pizza places were called Tony's...

Since: Jun 10

Attleboro, MA

#295 Jun 17, 2010
William Cordova wrote:
I was also stationed at Pioneer Kaserne with the 88th, 8th Maintenace Bt from 81 to 84. TJ DeMartino, I too remember Tony's, The Pioneer Club, KFC that had great ribs and of coarse Lamboy Strasse and the Lamboy Annese (No thanks). I when back there in 98 and visited the Kaserne that the 88th performed their mission. Twenty year later it was ran down and unused. When I first got there, the mission was rebuilding wheeled vehicle. Then it change to rebuild all tread vehicles. As they were doing the renovations they found the remains of a German soldier.8th Maintence also handled "Force Modernization" where the M-1 tanks first came into the inventory. Good Times......
William...we were there at the same time!! Do you remember the name of the company that was in the very last building...if you took a right from the front gate...I think you were in that..8th Maintenance...I am not sure. Do you remember SSGT Early...or SPC4 Barbara Tappin...or the First Sgt we used to call the Silver Fox? Also...the compnay commander was court marshaled in 82' for selling Jeep's and a 2 1/2 Ton truck to the German's. I worked in the supply room with SP4 Raiford, Tappin and Early.

Since: Jun 10

Attleboro, MA

#296 Jun 17, 2010
David Sidoli wrote:
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Hi Keith,
I was there in those same times you were (1982-1987)
Just have a question for you..first of all did you wear eye glasses and did you drive a Mercedes?
I could be wrong but your name looks very fimiliar.
Hi Dave...I was there from 81-83...what company were you in? I worked in Supply in the 8th Maint Comp

Since: Jun 10

Attleboro, MA

#297 Jun 17, 2010
Marina Ramirez wrote:
I was stationed at Pioneer Kasene from Dec. 82 - Dec.85 great times sure do miss it KFC was the best. Fond memories. Tonys was great loved the white wine wish I could remember the name of it!!!
Hi Marina... I also was at Pioneer Kaserne from 81' to 83' in the 88th...what company were you in?

Since: Jun 10

Attleboro, MA

#298 Jun 17, 2010
David Sidoli wrote:
Hello Audrey...
LOL! You know the more I think about it..the more I think that I got you mixed up with another Audrey that I knew at Pioneer. She was with the 81st Maint. Co. what unit were you in? and what were the years you were stationed there?
Well anyway..nice talking to you and I hope all the best for you and your family.
David Sidoli
P.S. You know it's been over 22 years now..so you can see why my mind goes crazy now and then with other people's names..:-)
I was in the 81st from 81' to 83'... u remember any others from that company? I worked in supply.

Since: Jun 10

Attleboro, MA

#299 Jun 17, 2010
Pat wrote:
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The building burned in the early 80's and it was only the top floor with a lot of water damage to the one below it. I remember all the scaffolding cause I used to walk by it when I went to the Commissary (worked there as a bagger on weekends) and to the Cafeteria (used to skip school there until we got caught then moved to the rec center and then the USO. Ha! Maybe I am thinking about another building. What building was on the right side of the front gate? Maybe I got turned around. Maybe Bldg 11 was the one at the back gate of Pioneer where Housing was and Bldg 5 was on the left side of the front gate. The building that burned was the one on the right side of the main gate.
Do you remember when Peaches & Herb (sang "Reunited") came to Pioneer and had a concert on the field in front of the chow hall? 1982
Mark Lacy

Madison Heights, VA

#300 Jun 18, 2010
vines wrote:
anybody out there stationed at Francois kaserne? hopefully i spelled that right
Yes I was at Franchois from 85-87 in A Btry, Do you remember the blair brothers? The twins?.Man I miss Germany, but will be back in September to visit my daughters..........
rattlecattle

Casselberry, FL

#301 Jun 18, 2010
Hopefully the US will be KICKED out of more foreign countries.

We cannot afford our MILITARY MONSTERS anymore.

USA GO HOME...stay HOME

Mark Lacy

Lynchburg, VA

#302 Jun 18, 2010
larry lewis wrote:
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.
Yeah I remembr that Pizzeria very well, One of the brothers was named Tony who I got to know very well over the years, They didn't have Mafia ties, but sure had alot of black marketing ties, That I know for sure..........1985-1987, then civilian til 1992...Do you remember the Blair twins on Francois Kaserne, Iwas in A btry 1/40 FA
rattlecattle

Winter Springs, FL

#303 Jun 18, 2010
When will our lazy invasion forces ever return home?

The USA need to go home and shut up.
TJ DeMartino

United States

#304 Jun 25, 2010
I've stayed away for a couple of months because of all the ranting. To anyone who may have remembered me - please respond again. Hey sidoli, you still around here? Anyway - was on Pioneer 86-88 in 53Rd H M S C.
David Sidoli

York, PA

#305 Jun 27, 2010
Vince R Johnson wrote:
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Hi Dave...I was there from 81-83...what company were you in? I worked in Supply in the 8th Maint Comp
Hey Vince....

I arrived at Pioneer in 1983 but I worked withthe 81st Maintenance Co in Grossauhiem Kaserne...it's been so long ago since I left in 1988 that I am trying to remember everybody. Did you use to work with SSG. Ashcraft? In supply? And was Sergent Major McDonald there when you were there? And how about Col. McGill? Remember him? I can remember that when I first set foot on Grosshauhiem back in October of 1983 I met SGT.Curley Raynor and can you believe as of today 2010..I am still in contact with him..we NEVER lost touch. Well anyway I hope all is well with you and your family and it's always nice to hear from sombody from the past that I haven't heard from in years.

Take Care,
David Sidoli
David Sidoli

York, PA

#306 Jun 27, 2010
TJ DeMartino wrote:
I've stayed away for a couple of months because of all the ranting. To anyone who may have remembered me - please respond again. Hey sidoli, you still around here? Anyway - was on Pioneer 86-88 in 53Rd H M S C.
Hello TJ...

Yeah I am still around...:-) So what do you plan on doing this Summer? Going anywhere on Vacation? Have you heard from First Sergent Pinahallie?(I know I mis-spelt's his name) But you know who I mean. Oh well you take care and let's stay in touch here on this forum..Hopefully more of our past friends will find this site so we can communicate more to see who is doing what now days.

David Sidoli
rattlecattle

Casselberry, FL

#307 Jun 27, 2010
When will the sick arrogant troops GO HOME and guard their borders.

Our spoiled military BUMS needs to quit their WORLD TOUR and do their job.

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