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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Dave

New Haven, IN

#369 Aug 11, 2010
I was stationed at Pioneer Kaserne with the 127th MPs in '82-'84. Best times of my life! The people were so friendly. lots of great memories!
J Gray

Chicago, IL

#370 Aug 11, 2010
TJ DeMartino wrote:
Any one else out there on Pioneer from 86-88?? So far David Sidoli is the only other person I have found from that particular time frame. If you're still out there - greetings to sidoli. Hello again to you Dorothea.
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.
Tom Downs

Millis, MA

#371 Aug 11, 2010
bill08701 wrote:
Hi. I was in the 574th Pers Svc Co from 72-76. Does anyone remember SGM Dawkins, Dave Pollock, Ken Koehler, Eneida Maysonnete, Orlando Boyd. So many others.
What a great time it was. Someone mentioned here about "Bruno" from Tony's pizza. My wife and I were back in 78 and Bruno had opened his own restaurant and treated us to a free dinner. I asked him how he did it, "work 18 hours a day and save every penny" I don't recall where it was but it was very nice and not far from Tony's.
Well the wife is gone but the memories of those days are not forgotten. It was a great place to be stationed in Germany. I eventually retired and served two more tours in Germany but nothing compared to Hanau and Pioneer Kaserne.
This is a great site and hope to hear more from your memories..
Thanks
Bill Coughlin
Hey Bill, I arrived at the 574th in the Fall of 1975 and left in late Spring of 1978. LTC Koehler retired in upstate New York - about 5 miles from where my brother lives. Yes it is a small world. And who could forget "Bid D". I too have many good memories of Hanau.
Patricia Goff

Little Rock, AR

#372 Aug 12, 2010
Tom Downs wrote:
<quoted text> Hey Bill, I arrived at the 574th in the Fall of 1975 and left in late Spring of 1978. LTC Koehler retired in upstate New York - about 5 miles from where my brother lives. Yes it is a small world. And who could forget "Bid D". I too have many good memories of Hanau.
I love Hanau. I am going home to visit in my family in November and am going to take tons of pictures. It will be bittersweet. My grade school, middle school and high school are gone, my first summer hire job was with 574th and my Dad finally got a job there (his unit on Fliegerhorst was shipped out and he didn't want to leave (my mother wouldn't let him of course) so he had to find a unit that would take him so I talked 574th into taking him how cool is that) after his unit closed (it was by the airfield at Fliegerhorst). Hanau will always be my home after all I have 30 years of memories there......
Ricky Hicks-retired

Killeen, TX

#373 Aug 12, 2010
Hanau Germany from 1976-1991 loved every minute of it, thoes were the days!!!!!
Patricia Lavenz-Goff wrote:
<quoted text> I grew up in Hanau from 1976 to 2005. I really miss it. I go home every few yesrs to visit my family but it isn't the same anymore without all the bases closed. It is the end of an era.......... I practically grew up at all the clubs. My father used to say he knew where I was by what day of the week it was. Wednesday either the Skyline on Fliegerhorst, Frenchies on Francois Kaserne (til they closed) or Pioneer Club; Friday's at the club on Fliegerhorst (can't remember the name but it closed years before Fliegerhorst did), Topper Club in Frankfurt and after they closed at the Rod-n-Gun Club in Grossauheim. During my early years it was the American Legion on Lamboystr until they closed and moved to the middle of a field somewhere.
Ricky Hicks-retired

Killeen, TX

#374 Aug 12, 2010
Hell-o!! To all of those that grew up during the good old days (1976-1986) in Hanau Germany. I spent 16 years in Germany 14 of it in Hanau. And loved every minute of it, no regrets. We worked hard, played harder. The food, the beer and the clubs of course. It was a great time to be young.
Rattle Cattle

York, PA

#375 Aug 12, 2010
Rattle Cattle wrote:
<quoted text>
The USA does not own the world.....we are too gutless to guard our own borders as our MILITARY BRATS have a good time infecting Germany.
Americans GO HOME...your nation is broke and out of lies
That's right the USA does not own the world...many times over they could have!!! They always LIBERATED a country then GAVE it back. You don't any of these true facts because you are too stupid. And last STOP using my name!

Since: Apr 10

Asbury Park, NJ

#376 Aug 12, 2010
Hi Tom. You arrived just as I was leaving(left in Spring 76). Do you recall Eneida Maysonette, I ended up marrying her. Any idea what happened to "Big D" I was back in 78 and he was still there, I think he was getting ready to retire at that point. He put me up at his downtown hideaway,(I was awaiting Eneida's arrival from the US), the place was covered from floor to ceiling with cases of half gallons of whiskey, I guess "D" was really preparing for his retirement LOL. A great guy and a character. I was in charge of (I think) Team 2 for the records team.
Great memories
Thanks for writing
Bill Coughlin
Patrick

Honolulu, HI

#377 Aug 16, 2010
I was fortunate enough to take command of a company in Hanau, with my headquarters on Pioneer Kaserne. I had platoons in Hanau, Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, and another that I forgot (oh man, how could I forget that!) and my family and I lived in Gelnhausen. All I can say is that my time there was some of the best in my 20+ military career. Prior to coming to Hanau I was in Heidelberg with V Corps, but Hanau was the place we loved! I sure do miss Germany and all she has to offer...the people, the food, the beers, the scenery...there is nothing bad about Germany!
Glenn Shepard-retired

Cleveland, TN

#378 Aug 17, 2010
I was in the 81st Maint Co. from 1980-1984, were I was in the service section working on Grossauheim. What an experience, worked 24hrs striaght trying to repair and paint those vechiles at the end of the month. But when we did get time off we partyed hard and I loved fixing and painting my fellow soldiers cars in the area. Even painted the silver foxes car. The unity in that company was like no other I was in during my 21 yrs in the military. Oh Ricky the Modernare was the name of the club on Fliegerhorst, and also the Beacon Warrant Officer club was there.
Patricia Goff

Little Rock, AR

#379 Aug 17, 2010
Tom Downs wrote:
<quoted text> Hey Bill, I arrived at the 574th in the Fall of 1975 and left in late Spring of 1978. LTC Koehler retired in upstate New York - about 5 miles from where my brother lives. Yes it is a small world. And who could forget "Bid D". I too have many good memories of Hanau.
I worked summer hire somewhere between 75-77. I worked in personnel in the records section I think. It was a great summer job!
Richard C Harper

AOL

#380 Aug 22, 2010
I was at Pioneer Kaserne 1976-78, 88th Maint. Co.
I was in food service at the dining hall on Pioneer.
You would find me hanging out with the MP's and at the Hanau Rod and Gun Club.
Miss those days and the great closeness you feel with other soldiers when you are overseas.
I did frequent Tony's and E Tony's, and Victorios.
Richard C Harper

AOL

#381 Aug 22, 2010
I was there from 1976-78, food service and worked in the dining hall on Pioneer.
I hung out with the MP's and usually at the Hanau Rod and Gun Club.

I also visited Tony's, E. Tony's and Victorio's.

Miss all those good times and friends.
KBrown

Atlantic City, NJ

#382 Aug 22, 2010
I was in the 574th from 75-77. Worked in the In-processing unit. I remember Sgt Boyd, Sgt Haywood, Sgt Byrd. Spent a lot of time at the Rod & Gun and the Bowling Alley. Great memories of Germany and Hanau.
Rattle Cattle

Winter Springs, FL

#383 Aug 24, 2010
USA GO HOME

Your nation is broke and living on war and lies

Our military idiotocracy is currently infecting how many nations and conducting war after war.

How long has our military infected Germany anyway? Japan, S Korea.

All this as a Mexican invasion has raged for 50 years

Patricia Lavenz-Goff

Little Rock, AR

#384 Aug 24, 2010
Richard C Harper wrote:
I was there from 1976-78, food service and worked in the dining hall on Pioneer.
I hung out with the MP's and usually at the Hanau Rod and Gun Club.
I also visited Tony's, E. Tony's and Victorio's.
Miss all those good times and friends.
I practically grew up at Tony's (before they split it into two guesthouses) and the Rod-n-gun Club. Do you remember the bouncer named Tiny, or Hillbilly? The Rod-n-Gun is long gone but will always live in our hearts and memories. I used to take pictures of Evonne (deer head on the wall) smoking a ciggrette.
Audrey

Canonsburg, PA

#385 Aug 24, 2010
Patricia Lavenz-Goff wrote:
<quoted text>
I practically grew up at Tony's (before they split it into two guesthouses) and the Rod-n-gun Club. Do you remember the bouncer named Tiny, or Hillbilly? The Rod-n-Gun is long gone but will always live in our hearts and memories. I used to take pictures of Evonne (deer head on the wall) smoking a ciggrette.
I remember Tiny, and closing the club at night with him singing some kind of American patriotic song, and drunken patrons waving lighters and singing along. He actually had a very good voice.
tony shimkus

Lexington Park, MD

#386 Aug 25, 2010
I was stationed with the 26th from 86-89. My platoon lived in the field. I must say it was the best platoon i ever was in charge of ! The community in Hanau was awesome ! My son was born there and I remember the nice people at the Stadtkrankenhouse(Hospital) who took care of my family.
Does anyone remember the Rockerhaven? It was a small club attached to the Messhall. We had many a night there discussing platoon activities, drinking some beers and blowing off steam. I remember that they had gambling machines also (slots).
Thanks for all the posts !
Andrew Lindsay

Livingston, NJ

#387 Aug 28, 2010
I was stationed at Pioneer from 1982-1984, 881st Maint. Btn. I absolutly loved it. I miss it so much!
Bryan Southard

Fremont, CA

#388 Aug 31, 2010
I completely concur on your pizza comments. I have long remembered this place. The pizza was greasy and I would put the red pepper powder on it. Although we had meal cards, I ate there a few days a week while having beers. Thanks for the memory!
bryan.southard@comcast.net
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.

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