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molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:01:08 PM EST
....spent a couple of tours during my brat years over in Germany. Some German dude has gone around photographing the moth-balled remains of our installations in that country. Thought some here would find it interesting:

Forgotten Memories

Kinda weird to see those familiar places growing weeds......almost eery.
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mmajunkie  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:05:02 PM EST
I didn't see Bk on there.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:06:41 PM EST
Bad Kitzingen?....maybe he's gonna get to it...not sure though.
KILLERB6  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:06:54 PM EST
Campbell Barracks and surrounding are going to be gone by the end of this fiscal year.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:08:54 PM EST
Campbell Barracks?....our last station was in Heidelberg....lived in Mark Twain Village. Seems like that'd be one of the last places to go.
fsj_man  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:09:09 PM EST
I am familiar with most of it since I was a brat over in Germany for 12 years. My old high school in Heidelberg will be shut down pretty soon.
mmajunkie  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:09:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By molardog:
Bad Kitzingen?....maybe he's gonna get to it...not sure though.

Yep
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:10:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By fsj_man:
I am familiar with most of it since I was a brat over in Germany for 12 years. My old high school in Heidelberg will be shut down pretty soon.


Small world.....I attended HHS from 89-91'.
fsj_man  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:12:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By molardog:
Originally Posted By fsj_man:
I am familiar with most of it since I was a brat over in Germany for 12 years. My old high school in Heidelberg will be shut down pretty soon.


Small world.....I attended HHS from 89-91'.


You are a young feller. I attended from 78-80.

molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:13:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By fsj_man:
Originally Posted By molardog:
Originally Posted By fsj_man:
I am familiar with most of it since I was a brat over in Germany for 12 years. My old high school in Heidelberg will be shut down pretty soon.


Small world.....I attended HHS from 89-91'.


You are a young feller. I attended from 78-80.



Gotcha....Heidelberg was a nice place, I think Mr. Moore was probably teaching there...dude was old.
fsj_man  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:18:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By molardog:
Originally Posted By fsj_man:
Originally Posted By molardog:
Originally Posted By fsj_man:
I am familiar with most of it since I was a brat over in Germany for 12 years. My old high school in Heidelberg will be shut down pretty soon.


Small world.....I attended HHS from 89-91'.


You are a young feller. I attended from 78-80.



Gotcha....Heidelberg was a nice place, I think Mr. Moore was probably teaching there...dude was old.


I remember Mr. Moore. Was Bucholz there when you were. I know Bennett was.

KILLERB6  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:28:53 PM EST
Originally Posted By molardog:
Campbell Barracks?....our last station was in Heidelberg....lived in Mark Twain Village. Seems like that'd be one of the last places to go.


It's all over but the crying...Campbell plus all the supporting villages.

Heidelberg, in all it's anti-American EU political correctness.
chaindrive  [Member]
3/26/2011 12:37:21 PM EST
is the fulda kaserne still open?

my dad was the regimental sgt. maj. there in the early 60's.
Cyclic240B  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 12:50:38 PM EST
I'll have to show them to my Mother In-Law. In the 60's she taught school in Frankfurt for the .mil...
HUMONGO  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 1:02:26 PM EST
Born in Heidelberg. School in Pirmasens and Zweibrucken. Left in 92
ToyCop  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 1:06:24 PM EST
I went through Giessen and Frankfurt on my last trip. I need to make the drive up to Fulda and see what's left.
JAFFE  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 1:10:15 PM EST
Damn. Knew we had pulled out quite a bit, but...

Quite a few places in that blog, that I or others in my family have spent time at over the decades.
Ghoulardi  [Member]
3/26/2011 1:30:20 PM EST
well here is my old kaserne, O'brien Barracks - Schwabach


was staioned there twice, 2/59th ADA - 1975-1979 then again in 1980-1983

place has really gone to "pot"


http://www.nbg-mil-com.de/Obrien/ob.html
dewme5  [Member]
3/26/2011 1:43:00 PM EST
Followed a link, on that site to here.

Spent time in the 80's to early 90's over there.
Bamburg
Wildflecken
Mannheim
Dexheim
Bad Kreuznach
Fulda

CWO  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 1:48:34 PM EST
Wow... That was quite a trip down memory lane.

abtex1  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 2:05:52 PM EST
Spent some time in Hanau myself. Nice pics, good post.
axl  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 2:07:35 PM EST
I was in Wurzburg last year visiting family. Spent 3 weeks around the area. Saw exactly three US personnel the entire time and not a single US military vehicle.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 2:38:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By chaindrive:
is the fulda kaserne still open?

my dad was the regimental sgt. maj. there in the early 60's.


Not sure....didn't see it on the above website. I can remember my Dad talking about REFORGER and going over there with his F/A unit out of Babenhausen kaserne. He hated being stationed there....always away from the family on maneuvers.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 2:41:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By JAFFE:
Damn. Knew we had pulled out quite a bit, but...

Quite a few places in that blog, that I or others in my family have spent time at over the decades.


Yeah, it was weird seeing all the pics of those places shuttered up and abandoned. Lots of stories could be told about them I'm sure.

I told my wife, having been big watchers of that abysmal show "Lost" on ABC, that Germany sort of reminded me of "the island" and all the photos of the "Dharma iniative"....if that makes sense.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 2:42:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By Ghoulardi:
well here is my old kaserne, O'brien Barracks - Schwabach


was staioned there twice, 2/59th ADA - 1975-1979 then again in 1980-1983

place has really gone to "pot"


http://www.nbg-mil-com.de/Obrien/ob.html


Good stuff there...never went thru Schwabach.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 2:43:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By abtex1:
Spent some time in Hanau myself. Nice pics, good post.


Yep, I saw the photos of Hanau High School....remember playing them in JV basketball....thanks.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 2:44:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By axl:
I was in Wurzburg last year visiting family. Spent 3 weeks around the area. Saw exactly three US personnel the entire time and not a single US military vehicle.


Hard to believe.....Wasn't Wurzburg the last home of the 3rd ID before Fort Stewart, GA?
modnar  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:00:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By axl:
I was in Wurzburg last year visiting family. Spent 3 weeks around the area. Saw exactly three US personnel the entire time and not a single US military vehicle.

I've love to go visit Wurzburg someday. My dad was born there while his father was in the Army and his mom (german) grew up in the area during and after WW2.
proheromk1  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:06:53 PM EST
Interesting. I lived in fulda from 82-84, and wurzburg from 88-92.
Stottman  [Member]
3/26/2011 3:09:02 PM EST
I was in the Stuttgart area from 98-07;

Many of the barracks buildings were remodeled before the keys were given back to the Krauts; They demoed most of them.

Many of the family housing have either been converted to normal apartments, where they are coveted for their large spaces..

Bad Tolz, they moved refugees from the Balkans into the old post housing.. Naturally, the crime rate sky rocketed.

molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:10:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By modnar:

Originally Posted By axl:
I was in Wurzburg last year visiting family. Spent 3 weeks around the area. Saw exactly three US personnel the entire time and not a single US military vehicle.

I've love to go visit Wurzburg someday. My dad was born there while his father was in the Army and his mom (german) grew up in the area during and after WW2.


You definitely need to do a trip over there. My Mom has the same background as your Dad....her father was an Air Force CMSGT married to a german national (from a small Bavarian town) that he met right after The War. I occasionally communicate with my Mom's first cousins and am yearning to make a trip back myself....but it seems that being married with three kids under the age of 5 and the suburban life get in the way.

molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:11:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By proheromk1:
Interesting. I lived in fulda from 82-84, and wurzburg from 88-92.


Sounds like me...Babenhausen 82-85...Heidelberg 87-91.
Tanker06  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:12:01 PM EST
No Ayers Kaserne either....
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:15:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By Stottman:
I was in the Stuttgart area from 98-07;

Many of the barracks buildings were remodeled before the keys were given back to the Krauts; They demoed most of them.

Many of the family housing have either been converted to normal apartments, where they are coveted for their large spaces..

Bad Tolz, they moved refugees from the Balkans into the old post housing.. Naturally, the crime rate sky rocketed.



.....Durn, sounds like a place you'd need to CCW for sure. Just don't let the Polizei find out.

I wonder how many sq. ft. of real estate the Germans are just letting sit around idle....after decades of many of them complaining about us taking up their good quarters. I guess that's how it works when the powers of a centrally planned economy are unleashed on prime real estate.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:16:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By Tanker06:
No Ayers Kaserne either....


I think the guy doing the blog is taking suggestions for photo series....might throw it out there at him.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:18:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By Stottman:
I was in the Stuttgart area from 98-07;

Many of the barracks buildings were remodeled before the keys were given back to the Krauts; They demoed most of them.

Many of the family housing have either been converted to normal apartments, where they are coveted for their large spaces..

Bad Tolz, they moved refugees from the Balkans into the old post housing.. Naturally, the crime rate sky rocketed.



Has anyone ever sat down and figured out of rough amount of how much cash we poured into that country from 1945 to now?....has to be a staggering amount.
TOW2B  [Member]
3/26/2011 3:18:28 PM EST
Some of those pics gave me the chills for some reason. Wachenheim 1987-89
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:28:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By TOW2B:
Some of those pics gave me the chills for some reason. Wachenheim 1987-89


Same here......almost surreal. I guess the same could be said about Detroit these days.

Anyone else remember loungin' around with their friends on top of these pavilion domes during the summer?

LessThanZero  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:36:57 PM EST
I was born at Hahn AFB, thanks for the link.
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:42:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By LessThanZero:
I was born at Hahn AFB, thanks for the link.


Just checked out the pics of Hahn.....looks like its been closed awhile.

May want to check this out too: Hahn AB
jerrwhy01  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 3:54:31 PM EST
Spent 5 years in Munich. I was hoping to see some pis, but no joy.
SiVisPacem  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 4:12:34 PM EST
I was stationed at Lee Barracks, Mainz-Gonsenheim, with 1st BDE, 8th ID(M), from JAN 90 to NOV 91. On my way back from Afghanistan, in MAR 02, I had a 36 hour lay-over at Rhein-Main, where they quartered me at the Replacement barracks. The policy was such that the only way you could leave the post was if you had previously been stationed in Germany and had completed German Head Start. Since I had, I took the opportunity to catch the train to Mainz, visiting the downtown and the Kaserne. Wow, what a difference a decade made! One building (my first unit, 5/8 INF's old barracks) was turned into housing for a college, while another (my second unit, 3/8 INF) was boarded up and allowed to fall into a serious state of disrepair. I walked out to our local training area, The Sand Dunes / Am Grosser Sand, and followed the tank trails, finding old fighting positions, expended blanks, and MRE residue, even after 10 years of being unused. I've got some old-school, film photos laying around in storage. One of these days I need to have them scanned, so that I can upload them to the net.
FDC  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 4:25:46 PM EST
When I was stationed in Vicenza in the 90s, I had to go up to Vilseck for Hazmat school. One of our group was an older dude that had been stationed in Germany in the 80s....we traveled everywhere we could on the weekends. I remember going to Wildflicken, which the US had turned over to the locals. In the housing areas there were tons of East German "refugees" living in the now affordable US housing. All the houses still had the names of their previous residents...SSG Jones, SFC Smith, etc. Kinda wierd.

We've left a lot of old buildings over there.
mhode  [Member]
3/26/2011 4:37:07 PM EST
I was in elementary school in Giessen from 80-83. Dad was in 3rd Armored.
cgrant26  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 4:44:08 PM EST
I was in Baumholder before the barracks renovations and damn; some of those buildings like just like the ones i lived in. Even though it's not the same place, it sure does bring back memories.

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ToyCop  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 4:46:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By Tanker06:
No Ayers Kaserne either....

Good ol KG. It was closed when I was with DOD in Giessen in 1996.
NCMike  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 5:12:55 PM EST
I was stationed at Pond Barracks, Amberg, FRG from 75-78 with 3/2 Cav. Got there when I was 17 and left when I was 20. What an education.LOL. I went back in 2008 to welcome the 2d Cav back from Iraq. They now have Rose Barracks in Vilseck. I drove over to Amberg to check out the Kaserne. I didn't stay long as it was kind of sad to see it turned into apartments. Part of it had been demoed and the mess hall had been turned into a Gasthaus.
I thought I heard the voices of young American soldiers laughing, a Bob Seger song playing and the faint smell of hash and diesel in the air. Alas, it was just ghosts from a time in my life when I did something important. So many young men served in Germany during the Cold war it's a shame we have no memorial somewhere in Germany.
Any of you who served there please take the time to go back. Myself and another Trooper I served with are going this July to welcome the 2d Cav back from Afghanistan. We'll be adding some names to the memorial in Viseck and welcoming the young men home.

Mike
molardog  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 5:35:56 PM EST
Man.....alot of good stuff in here. Just wanted to thank everyone for sharing their experiences and their service.

ecgRN  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 5:40:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By molardog:
Originally Posted By fsj_man:
Originally Posted By molardog:
Originally Posted By fsj_man:
I am familiar with most of it since I was a brat over in Germany for 12 years. My old high school in Heidelberg will be shut down pretty soon.


Small world.....I attended HHS from 89-91'.


You are a young feller. I attended from 78-80.



Gotcha....Heidelberg was a nice place, I think Mr. Moore was probably teaching there...dude was old.


I was at the elementary on PHV in '76.

Some of those pictures give me chills.
LessThanZero  [Team Member]
3/26/2011 6:32:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By molardog:
Originally Posted By LessThanZero:
I was born at Hahn AFB, thanks for the link.


Just checked out the pics of Hahn.....looks like its been closed awhile.

May want to check this out too: Hahn AB


Thanks for the second link. I was there from 1969 until around 1973, until my dad was brought back to the U.S.. He was an F-4 pilot and sat on alert most of the time we where there, so they had a nanny for me, which resulted in me learning german and not english (as much german as a toddler can). Anyway, I went back in 1987 prior to going to basic training but the base was closed for some sort of german holiday and we couldn't get on the base. I tried to get back prior to 1993 when they closed it, but could never get it done. The closest I ever got was Denmark, which was a great experience itself. I've google earthed my old house on base before, which according to google is still there and looks like it's being used for something.

Tanker06  [Team Member]
3/27/2011 4:10:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By molardog:
Originally Posted By Tanker06:
No Ayers Kaserne either....


I think the guy doing the blog is taking suggestions for photo series....might throw it out there at him.

Sounds good - will do.
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