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Charlie Battery - 1959 - 1969

Scenes of Our Local Neighborhood


- Click Here For Larger Image -Memorial In Kleingartach

I'm not exactly sure what this is, I mean obviously it's a War Memorial, but it seems so formal and from a different period. Maybe it is from World War I. It struck me that for such a small village the formality and the classic nature of its presentation demonstrates that it means a great deal to them.

I would say there are least one hundred names listed that I could make out, and maybe more that I can't see.

What ever period it is it seems like a great loss for such a small village, and Kleingartach is a small village. It was thoughtfully cared for and all that I said above made an impression on a young impressionable lad such as myself.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Enrique Ramirez, Rob Peterson, and Lionel Gonzales (Let’s Party)


Image by Ken Nendick - Chicago - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Gang - 1966


Image by Tom Hodges - Montana - 1965-1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -A Relaxing Sunny Sunday Afternoon - 1966


Image by Tom Hodges - Montana - 1965-1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Summer Fest - 1966

During the summer Tom Hodges would take a generator to a Fest every weekend to provide power.

“It was great duty...!”

Left to right: Tom Hodges, Diana Twaddle and her husband Sgt. Hanford Twaddle, and finally, ?????. Diana Twaddle is a local girl from ...? and they now reside in South Dakota.

Twaddle and I were also good friends, and used to drive convoy to Baumholder, along with various escapades thrown in for good measure. He was at Charlie Battery several different times throughout the 60's.

Everyone looks pretty buzzed and glassy eyed, however, I think the burning question here really is... Were those Porkpie hats standard issue, or what...?

Image by Tom Hodges - Montana - 1965-1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Four Amigos

And left to right they are: Jim Fitzpatrick, Russell Wiles, ???????, and Raymond Andreozzi. This is definitely an early photograph, because they are all still wearing the Eisenhower Jacket OD's and the USARUER Patch.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -GI Dudes Hangin’ Out...!

Gene Osment, Jim Fitzpatrick, and Wayne Harris hanging out at the Robinson Barracks on a Saturday Afternoon.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Tipping A Few With The Locals

While stationed at Gerszewski Barracks these boys, on the left front to back is Ray Andreozzi and Olney (Fred) Van Zandt, and to the right front to back is Jerry Merrick and Wayne Harris. Jerry asked someone to take a picture with his camera. The scene is in a hall in Karlsruhe and maybe around Fasching (Carnival) time, just be fore Lent.

You remember, da da, da da, da da, da da, Ein, Zwie, Sofa... with locked arms and rocking left to right, with a serious Moninger Buzz...! Hic...!

You can just make out a band on the stage, and it's interesting, practically everyone one can see is "Watching the Birdie", even the waitress down on the left.


Image by Gerald Merrick - New Mexico - 1959

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Jerry Merrick At Gerszewski Barracks

Standing next to the Charlie Battery, IFC Area, at Gerszewski Barracks


Image by Gerald Merrick - New Mexico - 1959

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Ernie Fried And Jerry Dufour

C’mon Ernie, shut-up and deal the bier coasters...!


Image by Jerry Haslett - Washington - 1959

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