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Charlie Battery - 1959 - 1969

Scenes of Our Local Neighborhood


- Click Here For Larger Image -A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon In The Woods?

Hey Fitzpatrick...! Get back over here and stop stirring up trouble.

Jeez that guy, you can't take him anywhere...!

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Good Comrades... Moninger Bier... Prosit...!

Good Comrades enjoying a warm Sunday afternoon at the Gesthaus in the Woods, which was, yes you guessed it, in the woods behind the launching area.

So, going around the table from left to right are: Horace Reed, Ron Smith, Bob Norkol, Bill Zeien, Joe Mehorczyk, Bill Mansell, Dean Jonasen, and Marion Naeger.

And when the local folks, who had had their fill of food and drink and wanted to exercise, would come over to the launching area and walk around to sight see the goings on, which was usually not much of anything unless there was an alert. And to my recollection, there was never an alert on Sundays, they were usually late on a Friday or Saturday night.

Hey, did anyone bring their camera...?

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Peaceful Solitude And Serenity

What a lovely image and beautiful state of mind. Can anyone desire anything more than to be in such a place within ones self.

Being in the creative moment, and in the beauty and solitude of nature. The time it has taken to create the amount of lace she is working is almost beyond comprehension.

This truly is her Nirvana...!

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Ummmm... Chow Time For The Good Earth...!


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Family Walk On The Plateau

I think this is the road to the Launching Area. They might possibly be coming back from an afternoon at the Gesthaus In The Woods, and a tour around the Launching Area.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Die Vier Kameraden

Nothing like an evening with some lovely ladies and a nice cool glass of Moninger Bier.

GI's from left to right: Allen Marohl, Vern Jasmund, Fred Van Zandt, and Moody Barrentine. The lady on the left seems quite enamored with her escort.

Prosit...!

After arriving at Gerszewski Barracks and on my first night out in Germany (Karlsruhe), Monginger Bier was the first brand I tasted, and all the time I was there I think it was one of the best...!


Image by Fred Van Zandt - Alabama - 1958
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- Click Here For Larger Image -Beautiful Entrance Into Haberschlacht

I always loved to take this beautiful tree lined lane down the ridge and into the village. This was the route taken to Brackenheim and Heilbronn, and taking a right turn at the crossroads, into Stockheim. In the early mornings old women would be out sweeping the streets and roadside making the village tidy. I had never seen that before, and it always made an impression to me.

Haberschlacht was, at that time, a very small village with a population of about 300 people.












Please Note: I found this lovely image on the web, and have since lost where I found it so I could get use permission and give credit to the author. If said author discovers our use of this image, please let me know and we can discuss it, or I will remove it. My intentions are honorable, but it's just to lovely I could not resist using it. just for the record it's original image name is 8969576.jpg.

Photographer Unknown - Deutschland

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Lovely Haberschlacht Signpost

An absolutely charming and expertly fashioned hand carved signpost stands at the entrance to the village of Haberschlacht. Just up the hill, and less than 5 minutes away, was the kaserne. The Gesthaus Ochsen (Oxen) is where we would go on schnitzel runs while on duty in the launching area, playing marathon games of double deck pinochle in between 2 hours on and 4 off tours of guard duty around our assigned sections.

The top of the sign denotes the year the village was founded, "750 Jahre", or the year 750. Just below that is the heraldry of the village, which is included here as an image. I am not sure what the flora on the coat of arms is. And I am surprised it's not related more to the vineyards. If anyone knows please contact me. And finally, the expression "Weinort - Haberschlacht", or wine village - Haberschlacht.

There is certainly no doubt about the importance of the vineyard to this village.

At the present time this road from the plateau into the village is closed for repair, so you should use the road from the launching area to get into town.

Image by Herbert Ade-Thurow - Deutschland

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Good Friends Don Crowl and Ken Nendick At The Schloss Frankenstein

This trip was a project of our travel agent Spec 4 Don Crowl, on the left in this picture. In checking his journal of 1960, Don found that we visited the Schloss Frankenstein on “Dienstag, 27 Dezember”. The next day he began initial clearing in Heilbronn to leave ole Charlie Battery for good.

The Schloss Frankenstein is up around Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt. Not exactly in our neighborhood, but just something we did that was more interesting than of drinking beer. Actually, I originally thought this picture was over at the Schloss Stocksberg until Ken Nendick reminded me that it was our trip north Darmstadt.

If you want to read more about this castle I've included a PDF article that I found on the web. Don't let the cover fool you. The article is in English. So Click Here for more information. The PDF is about 1 mb, so if anyone has a dial-up connection it will take about 5 or 6 minutes to download.





- Click Here For Larger Image -Don Crowl And Me At The Schloss Frankenstein

Again, this was the same adventure as the previous image. The trip was a project of our travel agent Spec 4 Don Crowl, on the left in this picture. In checking his journal of 1960, Don found that we visited the Schloss Frankenstein on “Dienstag, 27 Dezember”. The next day he began initial clearing in Heilbronn to leave ole Charlie Battery for good.

This image was originally quite out of focus. I have done the best I can to sharped it, but even Photoshop has its limits, but it's not bad.

Image by Ken Nendick - Chicago - 1960

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