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Charlie Battery - 1959 - 1969

The Barracks Area


- Click Here For Larger Image -BCO Captain Mullen Giving Chopper Rides To The Troops

I did get the opportunity to have a ride in this chopper and it was a neat to see the whole site from the air.

I have since heard that he was killed in a crash. I was sorry to hear that news.


Bob Ware, the Generator Tech in the Launching Area, has a great story about his chopper ride experience.

“Capt. Mullen was a helicopter pilot plus CO of Charlie Battery... He was always trying to fly enough to keep everything current. I believe on a particular Sunday, either in 1961 or 1962, he flew up to the barracks, landed and asked if anyone wanted to take a ride with him, of course I volunteered.

I never rode in a helicopter in my life, also had not flown in a fixed aircraft. We took off, turned out toward the Schloss, adding elevation at the same time. When we got passed by the Schloss, and not saying a word, he dropped down low over the Vineyards in the Valley...

The drop being totally unexpected and so quick, caused my stomach to rise as fast as we had gone down. I didn't throw up, but I'm sure my shorts got soiled by this maneuver. It was a great experience.”

Image by Ken Nendick - Chicago

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Dress Right... Dress!

Early morning formation, before chow. The long shadows show that the sun is still low on the horizon, having recently risen.

Still a lot of cars in the parking lot. I can spot my section chief SFC Festus Deal's two tone lavender and maroon 1957 Oldsmobile seventh one up the row. A real cruiser on those small German roads.





- Click Here For Larger Image -Camp Followers Trying to Cash In

This is such a fine looking structure with fascinating architectural lines. I think maybe the architect was influenced by the Bauhaus Movement of the 1930's, with its form and function having that industrial look.

If you look closely in the Pop-up Image you will see, to the far right, a couple of Deutschland's finest...!

At least that's what I think it is. I know I never saw any GI's in a skirt, so I'm sure that's not it.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Officer Staff Joining In Celebrations In The Mess Hall

This either on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. An idea of what a holiday menu was like can be viewed if you “Click Here”.

From left to right Standing: CWO Richard C. Lawson, 1st. Lieutenant Gearald Richardson, Captain John Popovics. Captain Popovics is talking to Mrs. Lawson, and the “shutterbug” behind the BCO is PFC James Fitzpatrick.

The dapper dude sitting behind the BCO is none other than famous and infamous PFC Lionel Gonzales, a well known Detroit Bonvivant.

Holidays at the battery were warm and festive, and I have warm memories of the attention to detail made to have them be special days for the troops. In a way to honor and show appreciation of our efforts, duty and sacrifice.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Serious Discussions In The Canteen

Solving the worlds problems was serious stuff in the Charlie Battery Canteen. And this image is no exception. Of those who can be seen from left to right are:

Leo Quinlan, Robert Appenzeller, Clifford Scott, Robert Hamilton, Lester Archambeau, and the bartender is Bob Norkol.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Joe Mehorczyk, Bob Norkol, and Neil Watson Raising A Few Mongingers


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Yes Frank Brennan You’re On Candid Camera

From Left to right: A very familiar face in the canteen Frank Brennan, as well as Rodney Rodavich, Ron Smith, and the bartender is Raymond Thomsen


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Hangin’ Out In The Canteen

Other denizens of the deep are: Richard “Pic” Picariello, and behind Pic is Dale Paulson, then Bill Griffin of the IFC, Rodney Rodavich, and Ray Thomsen.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Ummmmm... Wiener Schnitzel...!

John Aguirre, Bobby Hare, Gene Osment, Bobby Johnson, and Horace Reed had the munchies for a Haberschlact Schnitzel, and were they good.

Looking back, the deep fried breaded veal cutlet probably was not the most healthy snack to eat, but that was not an issue then.

Many a time while on duty in the launching area someone was “volunteered” to hop in the jeep and drive down to the Gesthaus Oxen in Haberschlacht for goodies to enhance our pinochle games in between the old 2 on 4 off guard duty tours. In fact that delicious German dark bread was as good as what was inside.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Eeeek..., How Dare You...!

Ron Larson hammin' it up with Bobby Johnson looking on. And in the background John Agar is giving Wind ell Kelly a lesson in wall lockers.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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