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Charlie Battery - Kleingartach

The Barracks Area - 1959 - 1969



- Click Here For Larger Image -Entertaining A Special Guest

Pictured left to right are Jerry Greenwood, Richard Pfeiffer, and Bob Camerota entertaining a lovely German girl from Kleingartach named Inge Horsch.

She lived three houses away from the parents of our friend Uwe Koch.

Inge married a GI and moved to America. A stewardess, who was from Kleingartach, happened to see her at an airport in America, where Inge was working as a counter girl.

Uwe Koch showed this photo to his mother, who now has her own laptop, and she identified Inge for us. In fact, Frau Koch has helped identify several website photos for us.

Vielen Dank Frau Koch and Uwe...!

Image by Robert Camerota - Georgia - 1962

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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 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 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.

An example of those pits can be seen in the following images, so “Click Here” to view it. If anyone has any good images of the motor pool please let me know.

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.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Wendell Kelly And Bobby Hare’s 3/4 Ton Wreck - March 1961

The account of this incident is taken from F. J. DeGrado’s photo album:

3/4 wreck in front of main gate barracks. Kelly & Hare in vehicle.

Kelly broken kneecap.

Hare court martial for drunk driving.

Busted to Pvt March 61

Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Wendell Kelly And Bobby Hare’s 3/4 Ton Wreck - March 1961




Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -What...? Another Wrecked Jeep...!

The account of this incident is taken from F. J. DeGrado’s photo album:

Jeep Malcome wrecked on mail run March 8, 1961.

Sgt. Bowden received internal injuries & a broken kneecap & fractured leg.

Malcome was driving and hit a tree. He received a fracture skull, internal bleeding, fractured wrist & arm, fractured knee, chip chin bone, twisted back.

Article 15 for negligence, busted from P.F.C to Pvt.




Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Naeger And The Physical Plant Crew

A candid shot of Marion Naeger and the Germans who worked in the Physical Plant. That building, seen at the top of this page, generated all of our heat and hot water using large boilers. If you followed the fence it would run behind the barracks down to the main gate.

There was a crew of 3 or 4 Germans who manned the facility skilled in boiler technology. I only remember one of their names and that was Morris, a tall thin fellow, who had a moustache. I can't remember the names of these guys, caught and running for cover, in this photo.

Naeger held a distinct position at Charlie Battery because of his German decent, and fluency knowledge of the German language. In fact, Uli Pfingstler tells me that Naeger actually spoke in the dialect of the Zabergäu region.

Naeger was an interface between the Germans and the Orderly room when clear communications and understandings were required.

So one could often see him walking around the barracks area with a hammer in his hand. But that didn't mean that he was actually working on something... he was just “looking busy”. A common joke of the area.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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