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Was the Supply Sgt there in Hardheim from 79-81

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Was assigned to C/3/71st Hardheim from January 76 January 77. 95B Sergeant of the Guard on the hill

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My name is Ulrich (Uli) Pfingstler

I grew up in Brackenheim and do still live in this region (exactly Lauffen/Neckar 10-15 km from there).

A great compliment for the initiator, Dean Jonasen, for this documentation. Due to friendship (1960-1961) with Bill Griffin, nick-name "MAC" (because formerly Marine Corps), I had contact with the comrades, did also frequent the caserne, and even once the launching area (per hasard - causing big trouble for Bill - but we (he) did not care...).

I remember having got/bought the very cheap cigarettes, occasionally Whiskey from Bill and also other guys....many memories...!

It was great for me to discover names and images of comrades, as for instance Marion Naeger (very good in German language/even dialect of our region), or Bill Zeien enjoying the "Moninger" Bier in the forest-guest place… –

Again a big compliment to Dean for the accuracy and detailed descriptions - even historically - of the region and villages over there.


Added: March 1, 2013
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Served at C 3/71 ADA in Hardheim, GE July 1982 til the Btry inactivated Aug 1983. Arrived Rhein-Main AB fresh from MP OSUT at Ft. McClellan, AL, processed thru 21st Repl. and got a long bus ride to Kornwestheim for inprocessing at the 3/71 ADA Bn HQs - the "Dragon Battalion."

While at the HQs I met my best friend for the next 14 months, SPC Eddie Washington. We inprocessed and were assigned to C Btry and after a couple days they put us in a van for another long ride to Hardheim. When we stopped at the company/barracks we thought, because it was such a small place, we were stopping to fuel up. We were a little surprised when the driver got out and told us to unload our bags.

It was an inauspicious start, but I served with some great people who were a blast to work with (Scott Lisk, Wilbur Combs, Chuck Letourneau, Eddie Smith, Paul Martin, Steve Teeter, and so many more whose names I no longer recall) and a few I'd rather forget. Although I was glad when the site inactivated and ended the 24 hour day on day off guard schedule, it was hard to see friends leave.

I stayed as the Tac Site security force and became part of 6/52 ADA (Hawk) for the next 3+ years before leaving in December 1986. During my time there I met and married my wife and had my first son. It truly was the best of times and I savor the memories. If you served at the same time and my name rings a bell I'd love to hear from you and reminisce. Drop me a line at johnford1963@gmail.com.


Added: February 14, 2013
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Served at Charlie in Hardheim Jan 1972 to Jan 1974. It was a great experience. Started in the motor pool then a driver for many things and then a mail clerk and finally a BCA at the IFC in Hopfingen. Went to Crete in 1973.

Added: January 24, 2013
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I was in Hardheim Gernamy From (1973-1977)BTRY C 3D Bn 71ST AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY.. A site that you will never forget... SGT (1977) when i ETS. :!coffe: Still live in San Antonio Texas (210)313-7382

Added: January 24, 2013
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I would of stayed if they would of let me be the first in-flight missle repairman. God Bless all would served, who are still serving and all who will serve. My son tells me that there have been a lot of changes since the first emails (hammer and chisels), but then again it was fun
training those big birds to fly.


Added: December 23, 2012
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A salute to all veterans everywhere. I served in HHC #/71 in 77' and 78'. I was a generator mech. and we would travel to all 4 batterys and service the generators. I knew people in each battery but can't seem to come up with names at the moment. This site is good stuff. My hat is off to the admins. of this site. Thank You.

Added: December 18, 2012
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Dean.... your continuing efforts to document the history and actions of Charlie Battery and the sister sites of the 3rd Missile Battalion, 71st Artillery are, indeed, remarkable. I first signed in back in 2010. Your additions, modifications, upgrades and inclusions since then must be a labor of great love. Thanks for all your good work.... and, the memories. I've really enjoyed the ride through the history of our youth!

Bob Collis, SP-5, 195th Ordnance Detachment, Knielingen (Gerszewski Barracks)


Added: December 10, 2012
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I served at Hardheim with C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 71st ADA from June 1975- Feb 1977 when it was a Nike Hercules Nuke site. "Hi" to all who served with me then. Hope your lives have went well so far..........

Added: December 5, 2012
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