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Charlie Battery - Kleingartach

The Launching Area - 1959 - 1969



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Charlie Section.


Image by Ken Nendick - Chicago - 1960

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Head‘em up, Mov‘em out...!


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Troops Hangin‘ Out At Gerszewski Barracks

The GI in the foreground is Ray Thompson, and I would be willing to bet big money that the GI behind him is Teddy Howell. And the very last GI in the back on the right side, he's a bit out of focus, but he looks like Bob Norkol to me. What'ta you think...?

Also, the GI on the far right of the photo sure is a close resemblance to Marvin Buchmiller, but I could be wrong.

These guys seem to be of good cheer. Maybe they're getting ready to ship out to Kleingartach and start partying...!

Image by Jerry Merrick - New Mexico - 1959

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Bob Collis At Gerszewski Barracks

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

Bob 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 3rd 71st.

It's been great to have contact with Bob, he has expressed good experiences of Charlie Battery, and has become a welcomed supporter of the web site and of the project overall.

Thank you Bob...!

Image by Bob Collis - Arkansas - 1959

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PFC Wheat breaking in a wild new Nike Ajax. Stay with'em pardner, Hee Haw....! He shipped out before mid 1960.

This shot, taken by Jerry Merrick, is in the Assembly area at Gerszewski Barracks. I'd say this is a pretty rare photo, as most of our images are, but we don't have much of a photo record of our time at “The Zoo”.

Especially of that mosquito infested Launching Area.

Image by Gearld Merrick - New Mexico - 1959

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Launching Area at Gerswezski Barracks

This is the mosquito infested Lanunching Area at the “Zoo”.

Walking guard down here was miserable because it is located in a swampy area near the river.

But I think that this is a rather rare photo, and we thank Hans Roper, that young German kid from the Karlsruhe area, who was always on the move on his bicyle exploring with his camera. Hans has become a good friend to Charlie Battery and we appreciate his contributions and good cheer.

Image by Hans Roeper - Deutschland/California - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Launching Area Detail at Gerswezski Barracks


Image by James Butler - Texas -1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Shipping Nike MTRs and TTRs Back To U.S. From Bremerhaven


Hans Roeper - Deutschland/California - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Nike Ajax On Demonstration

Hans reports that Nike missile on the launcher (Open House) was taken at the Karlsruhe Army Air Field. As he states, “I am sure about that, since the booster tail fin still shows the old 552nd AAA Bn crest”.


Image by Hans Roeper - Deutschland/California - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Charlie Battery's Baseball Stadium

We had a great baseball field, with many great games to be enjoyed. The area just to the left is where the Battery Group Picture was taken,.

Bravo Section's missile hanger is seen behind the berm, and one of the guard towers is to the very right of the photo.

Notice the gap in the treen a little to the right of the Guard Tower. That is the gap for the LCT to communicate with the IFC, which one can just make out there in the far distance.

The gap in the trees above Bravo Sections Missile Hanger is for their direct line of sight as well.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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