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Great site and thanks for the memories! I was an SP4 stationed a C-3-71 in 1968 and 1969 in the Launcher Platoon. I was in Alpha Section and Later the LCT Operator. We were one of the first Batteries in Europe to do our Snap(s) at Crete. I was panel operater for an Ajax shoot and the second trip I was on the Herc shoot. What a rush! Our experiences were very similar. Keep up the good work.

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I was at Charlie in late 63 to June 65. I come from C-3-59th waukesha,Wisc. I drank beer there to. I'm now residing in the Great Lakes region of the upper penninsula of Michigan. Retired Ironworker and avid motorcyclist. Kids are all grown up and gone and so are the wives. Interesting what's going on here. I would have never thought I would be looking at an old grown in road leading to c-3-59.

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Kleingartach, I was there!

I "googled" 'Charlie Battery, 3rd Missile Battalion, 71st Artillery' (Kleingartach Kaserne) and got your site. Great pictures and great memories! This October 4th will be the 49th anniversary of my first day under the army's "generous" pay plan. I believe it was $68 (or less), paid monthly (usually broke by the middle of the third week).

Also--who could deny the excellent cuisine, often treated with tasty "C" rations (an example -- excellent "vintage" canned hot dogs from the Korean war). *And, who could forget the the highly sought after "B1-A's"?!!! ( with the peaches! )

Basic - Fort Knox Kentucky -
OJT "on site", Seattle WA -
"Advanced training" in the "509th Nuclear Warhead Detachment" (later disbanded), Fort Bliss TX -- next to the "ever beautiful" (and stinky!) El Paso TX

Germany-- I worked, (also skillfully avoided work), plus "pulled guard" in the Launcher area- a.k.a. "the animals". I was the "A" Section panel operator / launcher crewman and LCT panel operator / cross trained in the IFC).

I also drove my beloved "super tuned" 5 ton truck ( C-28) which I meticulously, and delicately painted with a broom.

I only have contact with one of my buddies, Pete "killer" Nault, of Ishpeming MI, so if you can help put some of us back in contact, it would be wonderful.

Thanks again for putting the site together. (funny?-- my "greens" no longer fit!) With "no regrets"--- an experience of a lifetime

Tim Hannagan


Added: September 1, 2011
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I was stationed at Charlie Battery from May 1962 to October 1963. I was supply clerk and truck driver with Sgt.Richardson and Sgt. Parker motor pool Sgt. Lived in Brackenheim with my wife. Have a lot of fond memories of my days in Germany. Buddies were Joe Beeler from Kentucy, Mark Kimball from Texas and Ernie Medina from Denver. Want to receive more info about the get together in Branson in 2012. Does anyone know the where about of Sam Stewart?

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I reported to Charlie Battery on December 22, 1962. I spent the first night in Kornwestheim, the second in the BOQ room of the barracks and got into Heilbronn on the 23rd. I was the Fire Control Platoon Leader for more than a year and eventually became the Executive Officer. I fired out at McGregor twice with near 100% scores each time. I had an exceptional crew. Msgt Boles, CW4 Lankford, SP6 Quagliato, Sp Jose Warden, and others whose names have temporarily left my brain. Captain Marvin Bihn was the CO and Lt. Clarel Bowman Mapes was the XO when I arrived. Ah, memories.

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Hello Dean,
I just loved your great website. It is one of the finest I have ever seen, and once I started reading it, I did not stop until I reached the end. The enclosed pictures are just beautiful, and brought back a lot of memories. As a child I used to spend a lot of time hanging around Gerszewski Barracks, and maybe one of the GIs stationed there in the late 50s, early 60s remembers me. I took a couple of pictures from the Nike site there, and will send them to you. Keep up the good work, and keep in touch.
Hans


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Was stationed at C Battery from 1962 to 1964, worked in the Launch area with Alpha Section, also when off duty I used to work some in our little pub. Enjoyed my stay in Germany.

Added: June 17, 2011
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I am the former SP4 J. Kelly Fain and was assigned to C Btry, 3/71 from Apr 72 to Apr 74. I worked in the IFC as a 24P on the LOPAR system. Visted Hardheim once since then in 99 when I was the Installation CSM in Bamberg.

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I really enjoyed getting together last November and look forward to doing it again.

Added: April 21, 2011
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A lot of kudos and thanks to dean for the work he has done.
jerry


Added: April 9, 2011
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