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I'm the youngest son of M/Sgt James O. Butler who was platoon Sgt. He arrived in Germany in 1957. The family came over in 1958 and lived first in Karlshruh and then in Heilbronn. We lived in dependent housing (three story apartments of 18 units/building. We returned to the U.S. in October, 1960. M/Sgt Butler spent the remainder of his military career at a Nike base near Austin, Texas as First Sgt. And retired in 1963. He died in 1971.

My dad's records were all lost in a major fire at the records center so I was trying to put together a history of his military career using the Internet when I ran across his name on the Thanksgiving pamphlet on this website. From there, with Dean's help I was able to piece it all together for his Germany tour.

Now I still have to get on to his stint in WWII Pacific Theater (Leyte amphibious assault and the invasion at Okinawa) and the Korean War where he was with the first troops sent from Japan to stop the advance of the North Korean invading army. He was most fortunate to be alive to spend his tour in Germany. We were happy to provide Dean with a few photos he used on the site. The chapel photo from Heilbronn was where we attended church and was taken out our picture window in the apartment.


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I was assigned to IFC area, Charlie Battery,3rd Bn,71st ADA from November 26,1963 to September 8,1966. I enjoyed the web page of C Battery. I am hoping someone with MOS 179 & 16C will look at C Btry web page and contact me. My CO was Captain Leroy R. Trupp & XO 1st LT Walter E. Mullaney. Other individual that served with with me are: Jose Trujillo, Robert E. House, Jose G. Muniz, Herbert L. Reid, Reginald G. Barrick, George T. White, Ronald E. Paffenroth, Josh R. Wimberly, William C. Hayes, Leand J. Persing Donald F Sittnick & James E. Witt. Thanks for having this Web Page it is Great.

JPR


Added: May 13, 2012
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I am Luther L. Gilkerson"s wife. He has been deceased since 10/28/1998.We were married for 34 1/2 years.
Luther worked in the IFC, and served at Charlie Battery from 1960 - 1961. :)


Added: May 12, 2012
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Hello,

I was happy when I have seen the old pictures of Niederhofen and the other villages. Now I am 53 years old. I was born in Kleingartach and now I live in Niederhofen since a lot of years. When I was a young boy I visit the soldiers in the barracks with my friends. They gave us chewing gum, chocolate and coke. We liked it very much! Our friend from the soldiers was a black men, he was a doctor. He have to go to vietnam, but don't know his name. With my dad I often visit the Gasthaus Rose in Niederhofen and have played with the gaming machine.

I wish you all the best, have a great time.

Greetings from Germany,
Alwin Schwarzkopf


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I was a member of the 195th Ordnance detachment in
6/59 thru 9/61. We provided support to 4 Batteries
of the 71st. I was a Section Chief of the Mechanical
Section. Thanks for a great web site. Jack


Added: April 18, 2012
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Dean, Just a note to let the group know of dad's passing. He was CWO O.D.Barrett. Stationed in Germany from 1957 to 1960. For more info on dad you can look at the post by Dorothy Barrett Wood, she has posted more info about our dad. Just wanted to let the group know about his passing, Died 4-9-2012, memorial service 4-13-2012.
Rick


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I LIKE ALL THE PICTures brought back some crazy and good memory jim remember paris

Added: April 15, 2012
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Greetings

I was assigned to C Battery 3rd 71st ADA when it was in Hardhiem, Germany, from March 1979-June 1983. I worked in Hopffingen at the IFC assigned to the UHF section. This was my first assignment out of 20 years in the Army, I met lots of good people, and have profound memories of this unit.


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I was at C-3-71, Hardheim from Feb 73-Jun76 as the IFC Warrant Officer. Remember Gas shortage transportation restrictions and and 1 hour commute pass for weekend duty.
Made 4 trips to Crete for ASPs spending an extra week stranded there when Air transportation diverted during the Greek-Turkish incident.
Endured the 75-76 winter when the battery headquarters building was evacuated for MOUSF [modernization of US facilities] and operations were moved to tents on site with billeted troops transported daily from Peden barracks.

Appreciate this site.


Added: April 6, 2012
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Good to see information from the past, lots of memories.

Added: April 4, 2012
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