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Ahhh,Hardheim,...C-3-71st. We were all kids then, not a care or concern in the world. I was there from Aug.'77 to June '80. I was a cook, and I was a crazy S.O.B. My nic-name among my German friend's was "the Buzzard"
I had '11' Articule 15's typed up against me, 8 torn up by the C.O.'s at the time, Capt. Jeffery Knapp, then Capt. Larry Manning. Tough to get in to work for 05:30 when your out partying till 4 a.m. Went in a E-2, made it to Spec 4 came out a E-1 !!
Lots of beers down town, outside at the'fountain'. Gone now.
Guess what ? I'm headed back to Hardheim in late Sept. of 2018 !!!! First a stop at the Munich Oktober Fest (can't believe I didn't go when I was there) then 3 day's in Hardheim 40 years later ! I'll be thinking of all the guy's that trudged up that hill from downtown.
Some of the names I remember ; Hans 'Wiz' Wichmann- XO's clerk, Vic Bonini (deceased) tower rat, Ric Solai,Dennis Williams,..my roommate downtown. (Dennis, if I ever see you again I owe you a * * *-whoopin) Mike Bell-commo room, C.J. and Red,-motorpool Mike Monroe-IFC (he's coming with me on this trip, we've stayed in touch all these years-neat huh !)
I had it made, cook's had no room inspection's (why ?)Cook's didn't have to fall out every morning for formation. (why ?) Crazy times for me. We also took in the first females to be stationed there. Oh Steffie !
Anybody remember me ? ..contact me by my email I'll be glad to fill you in on everyone I've kept in touch with.


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I was stationed in C Btry from 79 to 81. I say hello to all Cbtry soldiers especially to all the Tower Rats.

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Was at Bravo Battery for three years. Was the best assignment of my 25 years in the Army. Retired June, 1993.

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Served in Hardheim (C-3/71st ADA) from 77-80 as an MP (Tower Rat).Good memories from fellow MP's, Bert the armorer, missile guys, German Barracks, surrounding towns, and German culture in general. Bad memories from walking my post between Bravo and Charlie towers at 3am when the fog rolled in and standing guard during ORE's in freezing cold. Wouldn't trade it for the world. GREAT site!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hello everyone. I recognize a few names here. I was stationed in hardheim 81-83. MP tower rat. It was a great time over there. Had a little trouble adjusting to being in the middle of nowhere at first, but finally got to where I didn't want to leave. I got transferred to Augsburg in 83' for a year and then went home. Most memorable time of my life. I salute you all.

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I served in C 3rd 71st ADA in Hardheim, for '76 to 77. We had a great bunch of MP's (Tower Rats) there and befriended everyone on the site. I see that a Capt Knapp is mentioned in Germany ADA several years later and probably is the same 1LT Knapp (XO) of our Battery. If you remember me, the dates, or the place, get me via email. 13 months in Germany and I got to see Eric Clapton, Queen, Aersomith, Manfred Mann, Uriah Heap, Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, to name a few.

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Added: November 13, 2017
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Hello,
we are still searching for Willi Kitchen.

We wrote here in this guestbook ~9 and ~18months ago.
Simone is searching for her father Willi Kitchen.
She saw him about 44 years ago when she was about 2 years old.
Can somebody help us?

Here are the things we found the last months of Willi Kitchen.

Age: he was born at 30.September.19??, (between 1946 and 1950, rather 1946/47)
Middle initial: Albert (Willi or William Albert Kitchen)
He is a colored man
Stationed in Hardheim: ~1970, Charlie Batterie 3rd Missile Battalion 71 st Artillery
State he might have been when he went back: Florida (~43years ago)

I found one man (Joseph Torres) wich was driven from Willie Kitchen to the airprot in Frankfurt as he went home to the USA.
He was station with Kitchen from 1969 to 1971.
He (Joseph Torres)has seen Willis daughter when she was a baby in Germany. But he has never heard something from Willie Kitchen.

We hope I hear from anyone, please write if you know anything about Willi.

Thanks for you help.

Werner


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My name is Beate and I'm born in 1964 and growing up in Kleingartach. I was a little child, as the Charlie Baztery was in our area. But I remember me of sepcial moments in my childhood with the soldiers from there. They were very nice if they saw us kids, they had the most time chewing gum for us :o
Next the charly battery my parents had a potato field and when it was a sunny day, the soldiers give us kids ice cream. They stuck the ice cream through the fence :)
As an teenager we spend also time in the "Rose in Niederhofen".
I'm glad to found this page, remember me all the little moments.
And thank you all for your support of us during this time, you leave your home to protect us in Germany. Thank you so much!


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My Dad, SFC Jessie Saint , was stationed from1970-1973 in Pforzheim at the Missile Base. Thanks for the memories that he still can talk about. We showed him the film of what looks like now and he could tell us before the man that shot the video where things were in the Launching area.

Added: August 29, 2017
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