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Charlie Moy
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  SAYING GOODBYE TO RHEIN-MAIN

 

There is a ton of history associated with this Air Base.
Back in the 60's The First Infantry Division conducted several NATO/STRAC joint training missions called Operation Long Thrust.
Units from the Div. flew from Kansas,to McGuire AFB in Nj (about 20 miles from my old hometown, Camden) and then to Rhein-Main at Frankfurt Germany...West Germany in those days.
I paricipated in two of them Long Thrust IV,and I believe the other was VI.

That was in 62 and 63.
Charlie

RHEIN-MAIN AIR BASE, Germany — As it flew overhead, the mighty metal
bird wiggled its wings, a fitting final salute for a place known for
lifting spirits near and far.

The U.S. ceremoniously returned Rhein-Main Air Base to Germany on
Monday, an event that drew military veterans, well-heeled politicians
and hundreds of other well-wishers. The Air Force still needs to pack
out a few items, but by early December the keys to the base should be
in German hands

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john h johnston
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i was in d troop 1st sqdn 2nd a/c rgt in bindlach, germany.  christensen barracks.   an old ww1 airport.  nice duty.  a b and c troop went to the chec border, d troop stayed behind all the time.  we called the place the rock.  it overlooked a valley to the north, bayreuth was to the south.  loved to go to the hacienda bar.   good music and dancin there.  lt col dye was our co.   a good man.  ssgt braden was my tank commander, sgt nash gunner, and simpson our loader.  a good crew.  went to northern germany and holland for nato manuvers.   was there during the 7 day war of israel.  on alert.  scared to death we were gonna go to war in europe.   i was glad when my ets came.  i got out n did 30 years on little rock fire dept.  i seemed to thrive on adrenalin.  satisying jobs includin the army.  proud of my service. 

VEARL HUGHES
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I was stationed at the Rock from 6/62 thru 7/64. Remember only a couple of my friends in 2nd. platoon, D. company. II remember that we were still using the M48A2 when I got there. Then we were the first to get the M60A1. What a tank. I had tank # 24.
Platoon Sgt. Groves was a horse's butt, but I survived him. Lt Hintz was a good guy.
Cold days and nights on the border with the line companies. Yea, I voluntered to go, just to have something different to do. Hof had good food 24 hrs a day.
Graf was either cold or hot and dusty depending on when you were there.
German beer and Brat Wurst was my main staple. When I wasn't eating C rats. 
I have talked to much. Thought I would say hello.
Be glad to hear from you.
                           
                                     Vearl Hughes
John Venn
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Flew into Rhein-Main when I was stationed at Kirch Goens (armor), went to Vietnam, Benning and then to Bamberg (Mechanized Infantry). 

I think the coldest place in the world was in the turret of an M60, at Graff (without) heat in the winter.  Man was it cold! 

Also, the biggest dog I ever saw (I thought it was a dog) was a wild boar walking down the road while I was taking a wizz in Graff.  I was about thirty feet from the tank and made it back in three steps (exageration?).  Funny the things we remember!
Broz
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  I flew into Frankfort from Korea in 1971, was with !st Armored Division in Goerpinggen (spelling) outside Stuttgart, was the Division's  asst G2 for surveillance.  Spent a lot of 3 day weekends taking trains  touring Europe. 

Mike Roberts
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I was stationed at the ROCK 1968-1970 did several border tours  setting up Radar on OP site 51  out of camp pittman in weiden, I was in Headquarters Troop in the S-2 Sections with a bunch of GREAT guy's...Great experience...some of the coldest times of my life...

Mother
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I was in Berlin, C co 2/6 Infantry from May 1963 to Dec. 1965, remember it being cold and damp.....

Juan
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I was in Heidelberg, Germany as a family member after I retired from the army and work at Campbell Barracks and Tompkins Barracks managing the caserne gyms... My wife was stationed at Campbell Barracks from 1983 to 1986 then she got a transfer to Camp Darby Italy. I enjoy both places since I was a civilian--made good money... Juan.
 
 
DaveLippert
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61-62 Bamberg 62-64 Kitzigen COB 1st BG 3ID loved every minute.

Bob Fulps
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1961-1964, Augsburg, 24th Inf.Div., Tank Commander. 3/32 Armor. 1967-1968, Bamberg, 4th Armored Div., Recon Plt., 2/54 Inf. 1968-1969, Crailsheim, 1/51 Inf., Recon Plt. Sgt. !972-1974, Mainz, 8th Inf. Div. S-2, Intel Sgt. 1974-1976, Frankfort, 3rd Armored Div., G-3, Operations Sgt. Plus many, many, trips to Grafenwoher, Wildflicken, Baumholder, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Manheim training areas. Also spent some time in the border camps along the Fulda Gap area. I'd sure like to have a cold flip-top and a double schnitzel dinner with that good kautafal salat right now.

Dave Lippert
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Bob will be there next week and I will make sure I have one for you to include the Schnitzel.
Jim Clark
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I was in Germany from 65 -67 before I joined the 2nd in Nam. I was at Baumholder and later down the mountain to Kaiserslatern. And if you have never been to Grafenwoher then you missed trying to get those old Barrack coal stoves going in the morning.Ahh, what a vacation.Does anyone remember the blown up pill boxes around Graf.Talk about a fortified possession.
Bob Fulps
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Hey Dave, when you have that meal for us go ahead and top it off with a shot of "Steinhager". That stuff always put me in the floor crawling, commode hugging position. Makes me queasy to just think of it. Jim Clark, loved K-Town--ran the strip there a few times in the early years. Those bunkers you speak of were part of the Segfried Line, I think. I've seen rats  as big as house cats come out of those tunnels. They say they thrived after the war by feeding on the nazi bodies that were blown up in the bunkers. See you in PG. Bob

"Wild Bill"
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I was stationed in Berlin from January thru December 1968, before my third tour in Vietnam.

CPT W.K. Benson, USA-Ret
DMOR- 2nd US Infantry
Co B, 2/2 Inf.
12/65- 10/66
John Adams
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I was stationed in a little place called Gieblestadt, 20 KM south of Wurzburg from 1979 to 1983. 3rd Avn Bn, 3rd ID. I wonder if these 2 bottles of Underberg are still drinkable.

 

JJ

B Co, 1st Bn 67 - 68

Terry Skinner
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Was stationed in Germany 64-66. Was with the 24th Div,2nd/34th inf in Augsburg. Did two tours on the Berlin Wall.Left Germany in Mar66 for Vietnam.

Mike Keohane
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I did a tour in Berlin from December 1960 to November 1963 in the 3rd Platoon, B Co. 3rd Bn, 6th Inf before joining the 3rd Platoon, B Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Inf at Fort Devens. Sgt Richard Goines followed me from Berlin to Devens a few months later but was assigned to the 1st Platoon. A good soldier and a fine friend - KIA in Vietnam shortly after the Regiment deployed. I helped train that draft that came straight from Basic to both battalions. Met a young Sgt named Juan Santiago who was almost as good as he thought he was and many others who insisted on being "better than average."  They made me proud!

Rick crippen
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Keohane

I did a tour in Berlin from December 1960 to November 1963 in the 3rd Platoon, B Co. 3rd Bn, 6th Inf before joining the 3rd Platoon, B Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Inf at Fort Devens. Sgt Richard Goines followed me from Berlin to Devens a few months later but was assigned to the 1st Platoon. A good soldier and a fine friend - KIA in Vietnam shortly after the Regiment deployed. I helped train that draft that came straight from Basic to both battalions. Met a young Sgt named Juan Santiago who was almost as good as he thought he was and many others who insisted on being "better than average."  They made me proud!

rick crippen
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I was on the rock in hht 1/2 acr from jan73 to jul75. Was in sup plt pol till june 74 went to cargo till ets. Best time of my life.Always hoped those chech planes were just training.Anybody remember how bad the hawk was.


mike truax
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hi guys, I was stationed at the rock from sept 71 until sept 74, just looking at some pictures from the web site and can't believe how much it's changed in all those years. alot of good times there and some of the coldest days of my life. I was in A troop 1/2 ACR. Just wanted to put that out there.
BCC
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I was thinking about this the other day.  Since Charlie Moy started this thread 8 years ago, and we haven't seen him recently, does anybody know how he is doing.  He is older than most of us, and it would be nice to know if Charlie is okay.

Juan
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BCC, He is doing well at home in Jersey, also he said that he is freezing his kundingi.
Juan.
moy3rd
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Hey Guys,
Alive & as well in S. Jersey and as can be expected for someone about to turn 72 in Feb. 2014...lol

Have had some major computer problems & a lot of problems with my R. Arthritis. I have been lacking in keeping in touch with all my internet friends,I apologize for that.

 I have R.A . in several joints & now have Osteo arthritis in my feet. Plus my Doctor had me on steroids for 5 years straight (Prednisone) so now I have Osteoperosis (sp) in my spine.

Other than that I am happier than a pig in mud...lol  Look good on the outside (for my age) but falling apart inside !

Hope you are all doing fine & would  like to wish each & everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year too.

Happy Holidays to all.

Charlie Moy
Juan
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Charlie, thank you for the info about you. I will be 75 in Feb 6. so I guess I will spending it in P.R. or maybe Italy.. Who knows maybe at the beach fishing. Take care and be careful out there.

Juan.
Edward Cuni
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I was stationed with the 3rd Armor div, Co. A 1/36 Inf. at Ray barrack , near the town of friedberg.From Jan 1969 to Dec 1969
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