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I was there from 66 thru 70 in the 1st of the 67th and 3rd of the 71st I remember Bledsoe who signed the guest book also. I'm in contact with a few other survivers. I was a 16B and 16C and spent time as the battery CBR NCO.

Visited some time ago and took some pictures. Not much remains, just the barracks and admin area with s lot of african imigrants living in it and a guard tower they must have put in later when it was pershing. Two hangers were still standing but not much else. I did have some jagermeister flashbacks while I was there.


Added: February 27, 2012
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I was 2LT Richard E. Darcy who reported to C/3/71 in mid-December 1961. My commander was CPT John Pipkin, my XO was 1LT Marvin Bihn, and the two senior Lieutenants were FC platoon leader Dan Zimsen and Launcher PL Kenyon S. Oakberg.

2LT Clarel Bowman Mapes was an assistant platoon leader. Most memorable NCO was M/Sgt (E-7) Hal Hudson whose World War II aged visage is prominently displayed in one of your 1960 group photos.

There were two technical CW2s by the names of Lawson and Blanchette. Lawson's face appears in the same group photo.

I visited C Battery, 3d Missile Bn site in Oct 1974 and it was a Pershing Missile site. Gone were the Herc and Ajax missiles.

I came back to the site with my kids in 1984 and the site was closed; even the windows and frames had been removed from the barracks building. Entrance was denied. Very sad.


Added: February 21, 2012
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Great site! The maps and pictures are highlights...C/3-71 moved north to Hardheim after Kleingartach...and A/3-71 took over the defense of the Heilbron area, based at Dallau. Thanks for the effort! :D

Added: February 20, 2012
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Great website! Very interesting! Good luck with everything and keep up the good work. :!cool:

Added: October 28, 2011
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great site - well done!

Added: October 23, 2011
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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.

Added: September 14, 2011
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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.

Added: September 14, 2011
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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?

Added: August 31, 2011
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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.

Added: July 21, 2011
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