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What a terrific & wonderful web site you put together for all of us who served in missile artillery. You are a proud one and made us all proud ones, too. Thank you much. I was a 24Q N-H FC Tech who served my last 10 months and 15 days of my 3 year hitch in C-3-71st. Thank you for all the great memories.

Added: January 4, 2011
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Thanks for developing and maintaining this website. I have enjoyed looking at it -- especially the old pictures.

Added: January 2, 2011
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Hello all, I was stationed D-battery first where I
worked on the radar simulator and helped get delta ready for firing honor battery, Then I was transfered to bravo btry to replace an out going mech,(24Q). Where we fired honor battery also. I got to know charlie btry because I was ordered up there to help them train for there live fire mission. Later I was assigned for a week to c-btry to train them on Red eye training. It seemed like charlie was more primative than the other sites but I had fun living in the IFC area. I remember going out to get something to eat with some of the charlie 24Q's when some gang robbed a bank in one of the towns there and we got stuck in road blocks for hours. I served from 1980 to 1982 and then got shipped to Ft. Gordon for some unknown reason. I showed up and they had no idea what to do with me so they stuck me in personell pulling files for civillian clerks, what a let down. I eventuly reenlisted for a 26Y job and contiuned on. :!cool: :!cool:


Added: December 3, 2010
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I really appreciate the work done by the creator of this web site and by Jim Fitzpatrick who called me yesterday after all these years! I started with the old battery in Karlsruhe, then moved on to C Battery in the wine country. It has been more than 50 years since I was discharged. Wow!

Added: November 10, 2010
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I was in the 195th Ordnance Detachment, 3rd Battalion, 71st Artillery from 2/61-8/62 stationed in Kneilingen (Karlsruhe), Germany, providing Ordnance services to the four Nike sites of 3/71. I was so glad to have discovered this very well done site..... it's excellent. I had the privilege of speaking to Dean at length this evening. We discussed our recollections of the Germany we experienced in our youth, scarcely 15 years after the conclusion of WW II. Amazing experiences and responsibilities for youthful American G.I.'s. I have recollection of a couple of the names on the "Charlie" manning roster that Dean prepared. The person I have the greatest recall of was CWO Blanchette (sp?). We (Ordnance) seemed to have more interaction with him than others at 'C" Battery. Oh, yes, I also recall your Mess Sergeant Otto who always did a great job of feeding the visitors to "C" Battery, too.

Dean, thanks for all the hard work you've done in developing this site. Great photos of the towns and very interesting "Google Earth" photos that add a unique perspective to times gone by. It's certainly put the bar at a very high level. And, I appreciate your invitation to an "interloper from Ordnance" to sign in.

Thanks for calling this evening. I certainly enjoyed the conversation.

Regards,

Bob Collis, SP-5
Section Chief, Missile/Launcher Electro-Mechanical Section
195th Ordnance Detachment, 3rd Missile Battalion, 71st Artillery


Added: October 19, 2010
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Just heard of the web site from Jerry Winnigham. I was at Kleingartich from Oct. '60 till june '63. Originally in motor pool, then taking care of generators, supplying fuel and operating the bulldozer. I worked with Wayne Berlinski, he left and I took over. (He passe away this summer) I'm going to try and be at the reunion this year. I just got the dates today. Look forward to seeing some of you that I knew :D :!clap:

Added: October 18, 2010
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Thnx Dean, for the opportunity to reflect & reminisce. Your shot of us in formation in front of the barracks reminded me of something rotten I did. We were having a rifle inspection there once. As I recall, the deal was if the rifle could hit the ground before the inspector could grab it, a pass would be rewarded. It never happened of which I was aware. I figured no one could react that fast. So I decided to pull a mean trick. A young Lieutenant [wish I could remember his name so I could apologize] was doing the inspecting. When it came my turn I tensed every muscle I had & gripped the M-1 hard. When the Lieutenant's hand hit the M-1, the gun didn't budge & the Lieutenant's pain became obvious. His only comment was, "Crowl, did you have to do that?"

Added: August 16, 2010
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I was stationed at "C" battery from 6/65 to 12/67. Would like to hear from anyone regarding what happened to the site after I rotated. I have just returned from Germany and attempted to locate the old site but could only find the general area as it has been reclaimed back to farmland. Even if you don't know what happened I would really like to hear from you.

Added: August 9, 2010
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I was in the IFC area from 1959 to 1961. I lived off base for about 11 months while my wife was there. We lived in Brackenheim. I was at the 2008 reunion. Will see you all at the 2010 reunion.

Added: August 1, 2010
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Nice job on the web site! I was stationed at 3/71st Bravo Btry, 74-76. I really cherish my memories of that time in Germany. The countryside was beautiful, the people were great, and I made some good Army friends and had some wonderful times.

Added: July 27, 2010
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