Arial view - 50's McNair Kaserne 32nd Signal emblem

A cold war look at the former home of the 32nd Signal Battalion, the 201st Signal Company, the 17th Signal Battalion, and some other groups.
 
The 80s
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Mr. Koenig has offered to share... Well, I think he describes it better that I can:

"In 1982 there was a Brigade newspaper called the Five by Five. A monthly 14 page newspaper that won "Best" in it's class, for all of Europe. I saved and have all 12 issues (Jan-Dec) of 1982.
Do you think it would be interesting to have one of those months linked (cover and 13 pages) on your site?"

So here they are.
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1982

The following 2 images are courtesy of Brian Klein.
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Brian in the drivers seat of a deuce-and-a-half.
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"Thought you might enjoy this picture. It was taken out of a ground floor window (HHC 17th ?). I can't remember the name of the guy standing under the awning that owned that car."

1984

The following 2 images are courtesy of Scott Fagan.
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"(A) bunch of us waiting for the buses to go to Spain."
(I think this photos shows the guard room just to the right of the east (Stadt Park) entrance to McNair.
Note the sliver of the guard shack on the left, and the guard in the window.)
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(Does anyone know what the metal building with the two white stacks on it on the wall in the middle of the photo is?
Note the the HF beam antenna for the Army MARS station has been removed. It used to be on the right side of the photo.)

1985-88

The following 19 images are courtesy of Ed Hawks.
Ed was kind enough to provide descriptions for most of his photos.
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"My wife Marcia and I lived off base in an apartment in Hattersheim. This was taken at Thanksgiving 1985 with our B co, 17th Signal TASS Maintenance Squad and two friends from the barracks. Starting at left back going counter clockwise are: John Newkirk, Marcia Hawks, Ken_____, Bob Schlosstein, Eric Theisen, Roger Wroblewski. We still use those plates today."

Hattersheim is south/west of Hoechst a train stop distant.
Interesting to note that Bob's last name means "Closed Stone" or "Closed Cup".

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"Our friends from B Co. 17th Signal SSG Reis El Bara (Mark) and Heather."

Grosser Feldberg Mountains   Grosser Feldberg Mountains   Grosser Feldberg Mountains   Grosser Feldberg Mountains
"Grosser Feldberg Mountain Top in the Taunus Mountains. Most people remember seeing them to the north of Hoechst but I doubt many actually went up there. Since I had a car (POV) I often took rides up there. It was a beautiful 45 minute drive from our apartment in Hattesheim. I really enjoyed the views from up there."

The Army tent and deuce-and-a-half photo sure brought back the memories! Note what looks like a commercial antenna pole in the background.
Google Earth shows Feldberg to be sourth-west of Hoechst, so I am looked in the wrong area I guess.

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"View off our south east deck towards Hoechst and Frankfurt."

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"Sunset view off our deck on the 12th floor in our Hattershiem Apartment.
Looking towards Hoffheim."
That would be looking north-west towards the sunset.

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"I saw this car while at class one night in Wiesbaden and left a note on the windshield. 6 months later an Air Force LTC calls me and says he is ready to sell the car. His neighbor said they saw his daughter driving it at 110 mph on the Autobahn. We got it for $1500 and brought it back home with us. 1965 Mustang with a 289."

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"They started an inner company soccer league between the units at McNair and another Kaserne who's name escapes me. We were the B co. 17th Signal Battalion Brawlers in the Blue and White. I was one of the few people that had any qualifications to coach so I got the job. Most of the guys never played before and thought soccer was a sissy game until I taught them to slide tackle. Then they got interested. We ended up winning the championship in 1987. Some of our team members I can see in the photos are Troy Amos, _____Rheinman, _______ Walker and Skip Jacobs. Skip Jacobs had an interesting story because he was born a German national and somehow ended up in the US. He spoke fluent german and was in the US Army and he was very popular with the local german girls."
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" 124 Abrams Complex Entrance."
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"Marcia and I rode the train from Hattersheim to Munich with Mark and Heather to go to Oktoberfest. It was awesome. My first experience with binge and purge. Drank 7 liters of beer that day. Won't say how much came back up. Somehow we got separated from Mark and we had all the money. He rode the train as far as he could before they kicked him off. We got home at 4 am and he called at 7 am so we went and got him. Then back to Hatterscheim and slept for the rest of the day."

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"Trip to Garmish with George Reams, girl friend and Marcia. Drove down in a snowstorm and almost wiped out on the autobahn but we made it. Great day of skiing. Went up to the Zugspitze also in pics 2 and 3."

I think I knew that girl in the middle!

" The 17th signal Battalion offered a trip to soldiers for $100, 5 days of skiing, food, lodging and transportation to stay at the General Walker Hotel in Bertschesgaden during the winter of 1986. It was an awesome 5 days of skiing at a different ski area in Austria each day."

The following photos were taken during that trip.

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"This is us on the bus going down."

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"L to R, I think Donald Walker, Eric Theisen and Ed Hawks."

The owner of these photos is on the right.

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"Donald? Walker. I believe he was from Washington State and was a very good skier. He also was great at soccer and played on our B Co. soccer team."

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"Weidenbush. She was my home girl from Toms River New Jersey. Just two years behind me in school."

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"This is the entire group having a blast at the bar of the General Walker Hotel. The General Walker Hotel was severely bombed during the air raids of Obersaltzberg, but the Americans rebuilt it and used it for an Armed Forces Recreation Center Hotel. It was a really nice place and we also got to go down on a tour of the tunnels that went to Hitler's Ergo. That was a fascinating place. Some also went up to the Eagles Nest but I did not go."


1986

The following 2 images are courtesy of Jonna Kaatz.
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"I had to dig out my photos trying to find one of our rooms.
As you can see they updated the heating system- no old style heaters- new modern ones!
And they updated our rooms to a nice cool BLUE!!
The windows are the same, the way they painted the rooms-SAME!
Gotta love the Army- if it works why change.
We also used our window sills for beer, pop, and all the stuff that needed to be refrigerated.
After a few months in country we were able to buy a used fridge from someone leaving to go home for a few bucks. . When I left I also sold the fridge. Wonder how many people got to use that thing??"
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"I also found 1 of our shelter that was hauled around on the back of a deuce 1/2. I was a 31M. No computers yet in my day either."

Jonna goes on:
"I was stationed there in 1986-7. Let me tell ya it didn't change much from the time you where there!! I was w/ the 17th Signal Bt. B CO.
The pictures you had posted where great and boy did they bring back memories. The one that shouted out at me was the "shoe tree".
It was still in use when I left and my room looked out on it, so every day I got a good view of it. Needless to say, I left my boots there when I came back to "the world".
Our name for the old Kaserne was McNasty State Penitentiary."

1989-91

The following images are courtesy of Jim Ware.

He says:
The photos I have are HHC 17th Signal Bat. 89 to 91.

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"Andy and JD Meek on the in the move from first floor to second when the Battalion decided to keep all support people in one Company instead of with the Company they supported."
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"Andy, Paul “Grog” Garrenger and Shawn Bengry hangin’ out on the second floor in their freshly painted room."

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"Andy Stevens aka Macho Man Randy Savage."

(They still had those same curtians from the 70's?)

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"Chuck Lowery after a bus accident during the windy season and all those trees would randomly fall."

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"Jim Ware and Robert Laabs on the first floor where HHC 17th Sig Bat. Was still sort of HHC 22ND Sig Brigade."

(Same wall color scheme I see.)

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"Jim Ware and James King hangin’ around in the HHC office on the bottom floor “dungeon area” where we kept all the weapons in a nice damp armory."

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