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Charlie Battery - 1959 - 1969

The Barracks Area



- Click Here For Larger Image -NCO/EM Bier Garden


Image by Tom Hodges - Montana - 1965-1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Dapper Joe White Of The Motor Pool Going On Pass


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Barracks And Headquarters Area

Ah, may ever be so humble, there's no place like a home away from home. Everything we needed was here, and for the most part it wasn't a bad place to get three hots and a cot...!

Here is an interesting comparison between two different states of time and place. You can Click Here for that comparison.


Image by Ken Nendick - Chicago - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Barracks Right End View

This view of the barracks brings back memories I'd rather forget. My bunk was in front of the third floor window where the fire escape ladder was. What that means is that I ended up being the “door man” for certain individuals, and shall go unnamed here, who made it a practice to come in off pass well beyond the time we were all supposed to be back. So, to avoid the orderly room, they would climb up the back side of the building

That unofficial designation got real old very fast for various reasons, one of which meant I kept getting woken up at all hours of the night. One night I rebelled and refused to open the window and it was promptly smashed in upon me, much to my dismay...! That guy was really one of the battery JERKS...!

I was so glad to make Spec 4 so I could move into a smaller room that didn't have a fire escape next to the window.




- Click Here For Larger Image -Shuttle To Wharton Barracks - Heilbronn


Image by Tom Hodges - Montana - 1965-1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Ca’mon You Guys, Hurry UP...!


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Let’s Go.. Time For Chow...!


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Physical Plant With Motor Pool Beyond

This image was taken from out third floor room and really gives a great illustration of the area beyond the barracks. The building in the foreground is the physical plant the source of our heating, which was steam heat, hot water, etc.

The building beyond with all of the upper windows and facing the parking area is the motor pool garage. The MOS for the motor pool was 631.xx, depending on what one's rank was. As I remember, the garage area had maintenance pits that vehicles drove over and one would go down the steps to service vehicles from down below.

I think an example of those pits can be seen in an image, so Click Here to view it. If anyone has any good images of the motor pool please let me know.

The shack on right is the fueling station where vehicles gas up and check the oil. The tank to the immediate right and across the street is the fuel supply tank, which uses gravity flowing down to the fueling station gas pump.




- Click Here For Larger Image -The Motor Pool In Detail







- Click Here For Larger Image -OK... Who Wrecked This Jeep?

Well finally... we have an image of the front of the Motor Pool, but the question still remains... Who wrecked the Jeep...?

The jeep was always fun to drive, however, they were extremely dangerous. I found that out the hard way, but fortunately it was not a disaster.

I was driving from the barracks to the launching area and thought I was a hotshot. You know... had the top down, driving fast and having fun. So after turning on to the Niederhofen/Haberschlacht road I took the left hand turn onto the road to the launching area and basically almost rolled the jeep over.

It was that day that I was given an object lesson. The jeep, with its narrow wheel base and being high off the ground, was very top heavy and prone to roll-overs if driving to fast.

From that day on I respected that vehicle's limitations, however, I still had fun... but at a slower speed.