Paul Revere Village And US Army Military Base In Karlsruhe, Germany.

Brandenburg Gate was closed when the Wall went up.

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Our Days On A Military Base.

ONCE A BRAT ALWAYS A BRAT.

I am a military brat. We lived in many different places but Karlsruhe was my favorite place. I loved Karlsruhe lived there when I was a teen. Germany has very pretty cities with many castles. The Black Forest in Germany is beautiful and worth visiting. I have not been back but would someday love to return and visit Paul Revere Village again. It doesn't belong to the military now, but it is still called by its old name.

We stayed at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn before getting on our ship. We also stayed there when we came back from Germany. All military families stayed there at the time. We entered Germany at Bremerhaven and then took the train to Karlsruhe.

The ship shown in the picture below is the Patch we went to Germany on it. We came back on the Darby.

The ships were fun to be on. I never got seasick, but many did. From the ship, we took Germany's fast train. We sleep in the sleeper compartments.

The military had a base in Karlsruhe. We were sent there to be with my Dad who was in the Army. We lived on Paul Revere Village on the military bases. We were on the third floor of our building. I could look out my bedroom window and see the baseball field and the school. My Mom never knew we often took the screen off and hung out the window yelling to kids we knew walking by on the sidewalk below.

We were there when the Berlin Wall went up in August 1961. It was scary, family back in the states wanted us to return to the states. There was a talk of war at the time. We stayed and things calmed down.

The military base had a bowling alley, snack bar, and PX, Commissary and movie theater. We were kids; we ran all over the base and went just about anywhere we could go.

We went off base to get our hair done and to buy bird food for our parakeet and often took a taxi downtown to shop. The taxi ride was cheap.

The Carnival came every year and there was a big beer tent at the carnival. We spent a lot of time at the carnival. My brothers and sister sing in the talent shows there. I wouldn't sing, you would never catch me singing, no one would want to listen

If my mother knew some of the things I did she would have a fit. She's 90 and I still haven't told her about the places we went.

She often thought I was staying at a friend's house, safe and sound with the parents there. We walked off the base in the middle of the night, past the French compound. No one ever walked past the French compound, we were told, but we did. We would go to my friend's house she lived off base and we would have to climb up on her balcony to get in the house, she never had her key. Her parents were never home. All we did was have a slumber party we never had boys over. Her parents would eventually get home and poke their heads in the door to say good night to us.

Please be sure to check the 2012 pictures of Paul Revere below.

Carnival
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Fasching

November 11 was the start of Faching and goes on for three months. What a party it was.

We would go into town and join in the fun.

Germans love to dance and have fun. I know we weren't supposed to be there.

Black Forest

Black Forest
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We hung out in bars downtown. I never did drink, no kidding. I always got a coke and a shot and gave my shot to someone else. On the weekend, you could only buy liquor in the bars. They were coffee houses during the week. We went into a restaurant off limits, like any teens breaking the rules.

We sure knew better and what trouble we could have gotten our Dads into because we were breaking the rules.

We once went all the way to Frankfurt just to go skating. Without Mom and Dad's permission. While there we saw Priscilla Presley. She was standing across the rink from me and someone pointed her out. Just a cute little teenage girl at the time.

Grade School
Grade School

Slide Show of Karlruhe and Paul Revere Village

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USS PATCHFasching in Karlsruhe. Kaiser Wihelm German hero. Fasching.  Schwarzwalhalle Baseball field with Teen Club in the back ground. ApartmentsBy our building lady with baby and white poodle.  Tennessee Strasse out my bedroom window. Clean Up DayMy sister Joyce and me.  Football Field. Football field Drill TeamSusie Carmen and Me in front of our building. I look like my hip is out of place. Ha Ha Kathy Picorozzi, Pete Blackburn, Mary Poole,and me in front.Of Mary's Building.Kathy Picorozzi, James Farmer, Me and Mary Poole in front. PAUL REVERE VILLAGE AND MILITARY BASE IN KARLSRUHE, GERMANY Kathy Schoen with our cat. Toni Wolfe, Mac, Me, and Bob. Tommy, Joyce, Jackie and Glenn. Mary Poole, Steve Haverstick and I don't know who the little boy is. Me with Heidi Levine's little sister...Our last day in Karlsruhe. Left Germany and went home on the Darby. My drill team outfit, still have it fits on my leg and that's about all. Minuteman Theater PR Housing Phillips Barracks ChurchSchool Dance 8th grade danceChapel Grade School From the AirOur apartment was the third floor at the end. The red star was my bedroom window looked out over the baseball fuild and I could see the playground and school. Turnberg CastleDrill TeamSlumber Party In KarlsruheMy baby sister.My baby sister and brothers in stairwell.My baby sister in Karlsruhe.My brother and sisters and one of their friends.
USS PATCH
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Fasching in Karlsruhe. Kaiser Wihelm German hero.
Fasching in Karlsruhe. Kaiser Wihelm German hero. | Source
Fasching.
Fasching.
Schwarzwalhalle
Schwarzwalhalle
Baseball field with Teen Club in the back ground.
Baseball field with Teen Club in the back ground.
Apartments
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By our building lady with baby and white poodle.
By our building lady with baby and white poodle.
 Tennessee Strasse out my bedroom window.
Tennessee Strasse out my bedroom window.
Clean Up Day
Clean Up Day
My sister Joyce and me.
My sister Joyce and me.
Football Field.
Football Field.
Football field Drill Team
Football field Drill Team
Susie Carmen and Me in front of our building. I look like my hip is out of place. Ha Ha
Susie Carmen and Me in front of our building. I look like my hip is out of place. Ha Ha
Kathy Picorozzi, Pete Blackburn, Mary Poole,and me in front.Of Mary's Building.
Kathy Picorozzi, Pete Blackburn, Mary Poole,and me in front.Of Mary's Building.
Kathy Picorozzi, James Farmer, Me and Mary Poole in front. PAUL REVERE VILLAGE AND MILITARY BASE IN KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
Kathy Picorozzi, James Farmer, Me and Mary Poole in front. PAUL REVERE VILLAGE AND MILITARY BASE IN KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
Kathy Schoen with our cat.
Kathy Schoen with our cat.
Toni Wolfe, Mac, Me, and Bob.
Toni Wolfe, Mac, Me, and Bob.
Tommy, Joyce, Jackie and Glenn.
Tommy, Joyce, Jackie and Glenn.
Mary Poole, Steve Haverstick and I don't know who the little boy is.
Mary Poole, Steve Haverstick and I don't know who the little boy is.
Me with Heidi Levine's little sister...
Me with Heidi Levine's little sister... | Source
Our last day in Karlsruhe.
Our last day in Karlsruhe.
Left Germany and went home on the Darby.
Left Germany and went home on the Darby.
My drill team outfit, still have it fits on my leg and that's about all.
My drill team outfit, still have it fits on my leg and that's about all.
Minuteman Theater
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PR Housing
PR Housing
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Phillips Barracks
Phillips Barracks | Source
Church
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School Dance
School Dance
8th grade dance
8th grade dance
Chapel
Chapel | Source
Grade School
Grade School | Source
From the Air
From the Air
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Our apartment was the third floor at the end. The red star was my bedroom window looked out over the baseball fuild and I could see the playground and school.
Our apartment was the third floor at the end. The red star was my bedroom window looked out over the baseball fuild and I could see the playground and school.
Turnberg Castle
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Drill Team
Drill Team
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Slumber Party In Karlsruhe
Slumber Party In Karlsruhe
My baby sister.
My baby sister.
My baby sister and brothers in stairwell.
My baby sister and brothers in stairwell.
My baby sister in Karlsruhe.
My baby sister in Karlsruhe.
My brother and sisters and one of their friends.
My brother and sisters and one of their friends.

Smiley Barracks

Smiley Barracks
Smiley Barracks

Naval Ship General Alexander M. Patch


Ships like the Patch and Darby, ships of the globe-circling fleet of Navy and commercial ships operated under the Military Sea Transportation Service. This Navy agency provides ocean shipping for the United States armed forces and other authorized agencies.Ships like the Patch and Darby, ships of the globe-circling fleet of Navy and commercial ships operated under the Military Sea Transportation Service. This Navy agency provides ocean shipping for the United States armed forces and other authorized agencies.

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Karlsruhe American High School
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Barracks

There was the main village than all in around us were other barracks. One of those barracks had the swimming pool where we would spend most of our summer. Ride the bus there and come home when it closed.

There was Smiley Barracks, Rheinland Barracks, Neureut Barracks, Phillips Barracks, and Germersheim Barracks.

We also spent many days at the bowling alley, teen club and the snack bar. Snack bar was where my friends and I hung out the most.

I remember going to Smiley Barracks with the drill team and marching on the football fields sometimes in mud.

I was also in chorus and we would sing in churches downtown. They were such beautiful churches. We would go there on the bus and never get back on the bus. My friends and I would head out someplace else. They never counted heads or looked for us. I wasn’t in chorus because I could sing I was in the class because I needed it for a credit.

Below is the map of the village. Where did you live? Click to enlarge it.

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 Chapel on Base
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Chimney Sweeps were common to see around town. They always seem to look so strange not something Americans were use to seeing.

Chimney Sweeps In Germany

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Leaving Karlsruhe

It was so hard going back home. We had to leave friends, boyfriends and good times behind. You may never see these friends again. We always knew we would never be in one place more than three years.

We moved to El Paso, Texas. Daddy was stationed at Ft. Bliss. We lived in Lower Valley of El Paso. The school was a shock to me it was so big so many kids. I had never been in a school this big. I lived in Upper Valley El Paso when I was 13 went to a small school. Then we lived in Arkansas and l went to a small friendly high school. After Arkansas, Karlsruhe was also a small friendly high school. All at once I'm in this large unfriendly high school. I hated it. It was so hard to adjust to the states. As military brats, I'm sure all of us have gone through this. It was always a struggle to fit in no matter what schools we went to. We were accepted as military brats in Karlsruhe.

Adapting to new civilian schools was not so easy we weren't always accepted in these schools. If the school was on base it was always easier but when the schools were off base it was not easy. Being military brats even teachers didn't care for us. We were stationed at Ft. Niagara when I was in grade school I knew for sure the teacher didn't like me there. She yelled at me everyday for being late. I wasn't late our bus was late and I sure was not driving the bus.

I hope you have enjoyed my memories of Karlsruhe.

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Pictures of Paul Revere Village 2012


My friend Tina took pictures of Paul Revere Village for me and sent them. The pictures here are what she sent. The maps are where she shot the pictures. She said the balconies on the apartment buildings were added in 2008. The apartment building is the building I use to live in.

She said in the parking lot every Saturday there is a flea market. It was called an ami-fair when the Americans were there. She said her parents went because the loved the American ice cream.

It has definitely changed, but it is very pretty I think.

Paul Revere 2012

Erzbergerstraße
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Tennesseeallee  My building on
Tennesseeallee My building on | Source
Baseball Field
Baseball Field | Source
The School
The School | Source
McDonald's and Hotel Aviva
McDonald's and Hotel Aviva | Source
Paul Revere Village NCO Club
Paul Revere Village NCO Club | Source
Paul Revere Village Mess Hall on Smiley Barracks And McDonalds
Paul Revere Village Mess Hall on Smiley Barracks And McDonalds | Source
Smiley Barracks
Smiley Barracks | Source

Brats

Entance
Entance

Military Wife Poem


Military Wife Poem


I liked this poem and hope you will. I was not only a military brat but a military wife for a very short time.

Military Wife Poem

Each one may look different and each is wonderfully unique, But this they have in common:

Lots of moving...
Moving...
Moving...
Moving far from home...
Moving two cars, three kids and one dog...all riding with HER of course.
Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house; Moving curtains that won't fit; Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.
Moving away from friends;
Moving toward new friends;
Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.

Often waiting...
Waiting...
Waiting...
Waiting for housing.
Waiting for orders.
Waiting for deployments.
Waiting for phone calls.
Waiting for reunions.
Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.
Waiting for him to come home,
For dinner...AGAIN!

They call her 'Military Dependent', but she knows better:
She is fiercely In-Dependent.

She can balance a check book;
Handle the yard work;
Fix a noisy toilet;
Bury the family pet...

She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.
She can file the taxes;
Sell a house;
Buy a car;
Or set up a move...
.....all with ONE Power of Attorney.

She welcomes neighbours that don't welcome her.
She reinvents her career with every PCS; Locates a house in the desert, The Arctic, Or the deep south.

And learns to call them all 'home'.
She MAKES them all home.

Military Wives are somewhat hasty...
They leap into:
Decorating,
Leadership,
Volunteering,
Career alternatives,
Churches,
And friendships.
They don't have 15 years to get to know people.
Their roots are short but flexible.
They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them

Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:
They connect over coffee,
Rely on the spouse network,
Accept offers of friendship and favors.
Record addresses in pencil...

Military Wives have a common bond:
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands; his commitment is unique.
He doesn't have a 'JOB'
He has a 'MISSION' that he can't just decide to quit...
He's on-call for his country 24/7.
But for her, he's the most unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign
TDY-PCS-OPR-SOS-ACC-BDU-ACU-BAR-CIB-TAD
And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.She is the long- distance link to keep them informed; the glue that holds them together.

A Military Wife has her moments:

She wants to wring his neck;
Dye his uniform pink;
Refuse to move to Siberia;
But she pulls herself together.
Give her a few days,
A travel brochure,
A long hot bath,
A pledge to the flag,
A wedding picture,
And she goes.
She packs.
She moves.
She follows.

Why?
What for?
How come?
You may think it is because she has lost her mind.
But actually it is because she has lost her heart .
It was stolen from her by a man,
Who puts duty first,
Who longs to deploy,
Who salutes the flag,
And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband, She will remain his military wife.
And would have it no other way.

--Author Unknown

Where did you live?

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moonlake 7 weeks ago from America Author

Peggy, Thanks for dropping by. No wonder you remember after seeing that wedding. That would stay in a little girls mind.


Peggy 7 weeks ago

I also appreciate the memories from your adventure. Seems our lives were similar in many ways. Though we only lived there as a child for 1 year it has never left my memories and my love for the place. Maybe someday I can take my kids and grand-kids there. My fondest memory was walking past the Chapel with my mom and witnessed a newlywed couple exiting the church and soldiers on both sides holding up swords as they passed underneath. I told my mom in a loud and excited cry "That will be me someday!" a few years later it happened just like my memory.


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moonlake 17 months ago from America Author

lutz luhmann, Thank you so much for coming by and telling your nice story. Paul Revere Village was a special place for all of us.


lutz luhmann 17 months ago

Lived on Tennessee St, May 1955 until October 1956, I was eight when my mother got employment as a maid for the Cordes Family, she also worked for the Heikel family, my best friends were Ray Heikel. and Johnny Cordes, Johnny had a little Schwinn bycicle on which he would zoom down the sidewalks singing the "Naughty Lady from Shady lane. He had a sister Deanna, couple of years older than I.

Those seventeen short months in Paul Revere Village on Tennesse St. changed my life and had a profound effect on my direction in life, I recall telling Johnny that one day I would like to visit this incredible place called America, I mean the United States of America.

I fondly remember Lt. William Hershiman, and Corporal Richard Wilcox, William H. would take me for a drive in his beautiful 1952 Pontiac two door hardtop, it was caramel color, Richard W. took me for drives in his new 1954 Bick Special, it was metallic maroon.

^The kindness of the American service men and women, I could never put to words it makes me sob like a child, exactly as I am right now, thank you all you wonderful folks God Bless You, God Bless America.

I am a citizen since 1996 living near Tacoma Wa., six years retired


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moonlake 17 months ago from America Author

Sorry to hear about your relative. I don't know anything about facilities in Karlsruhe for hospice care. Hope you can find a place, good luck and thanks for stopping by.


Diane and Bill 17 months ago

Would you happen to know if there are any facilities in Karlsruhe that offer hospice care like we have here in the US? We have an elderly relative who does not want to die in the hospital and is in very bad shape and it is turning out to be more than the family (not all in the area) can cope with. Any help would be much appreciated. You have done a beautiful job with this web page - many thanks


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moonlake 18 months ago from America Author

Catherine Astell, Thanks so much for coming by and telling your story. It was very interesting.


Catherine Astell 18 months ago

My father was counter intelligence and was stationed in Berlin in 1961. We went to Berlin in Oct 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. We had about 15 civilians on board with hundreds of G.I. sleeping on the decks. We through a hurricane and the poor G.I.s were so miserable. My brother was on a submarine outside of Cuba. Berlin was a wonderful city to live in and I certainly learned the cost of freedom!


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moonlake 22 months ago from America Author

Nicole, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I was so happy to hear your story. Paul Revere Village was a very special place for all the military brats that lived there. I also hope someday you will get to come to the US. I would someday like to get to Karlsruhe again.


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moonlake 22 months ago from America Author

larry thank you for coming by. Sorry I was late seeing your post but at Thanksgiving I was very busy. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.


Nicole 22 months ago

Hey, I really loved reading this, it's so interesting and cool too see how the Paul Revere Village (now mostly called 'Nordstadt') looked like and how it was living there.

I've been living right next to the McDonalds you marked on the map for exactly 10 years now and when we had just moved there I liked to explore the area and saw all those signs written in English and the street names like 'Tennessee-Allee' and wondered about the meaning of them. I was 8 or 9 years young at that time and in the following years I've gotten more and more interested in the history of Paul Revere Village and the American influence in Germany, especially Karlsruhe. I did a lot of research, talked to my neighbour who had been living in the area for several decades and I heard many stories about the past but not from Americans who lived in the Paul Revere Village but that was the one thing that actually interested me most. Thanks to your page I've gotten an insight of how living there was, so thank you! I'm currently studying 'American Studies' at a university, I think learning about the Paul Revere Village made me develop a huge interest in the American history and culture and brought me where I am today.

I hope that one day I'll be able to visit the US!

Love, Nicole

PS: If you'd like to see pictures of any place in Karlsruhe I'm sure I'd be able to get some!


larry 2 years ago

I wanted to wish all my fellow Army Brats a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sure miss Germany..,such fond memories/Fidelitas!

Blessings

Larry


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Herb, Thank you so glad you enjoyed the pictures. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.


Herb 2 years ago

I lived in Karlsruhe from '57-'59. I was in the 6,7,8th grades there. I still remember most of the places in your great pictures. Ended up going back in 62-64. To Mannheim, where I graduated hs. Came back on the uss Geiger . Your pics are great. Brought back a lot of old memories. Thanks.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Cindy thanks for telling your story about Karlsruhe. I have't seen a picture of the hospital in Karlsuhe but I will look for one. The prettiest thing we saw on our way back was the Statue of Liberty. My family is from Blytheville, Arkansas. It is a small world.


Cindy 2 years ago

Thank you Moonlake for the wonderful blog. My sister and I were born at the hospital in Karlsruhe, I in 1958, my sister, 18 months later. We were always told the story that we were born in the same hospital that Gen. Patton died in. I wonder if a picture is available anywhere of that hospital? I am so glad you mentioned the USS Darby and Patch. I am assuming we must have come back to the U.S. aboard one of them, but as I was only two, I have no recollection at all. We have no photographs of the ship, though my Mother told stories of how the Officer's were required to dress for dinner, how I used to run all around the ship without apparent effects of seasickness that plagued everyone, and how we saw the Statue of Liberty when we sailed into New York harbor. Probably we travelled on the sleeper train, too. Oddly, my first memory is being on a train with my parents in a sleeping car. After I read your blog, I just had to write, because we were stationed at Ft. Bliss, too. Three times! We roamed the bases too, and I have always maintained that life for a child growing up on Army Bases something I can never say too many good things about. I count myself as very fortunate, and cherish many memories of the experiences. Lastly, one further coincidence, You mentioned moving to Arkansas, and I was curious where, because both of my parents were from there, and I lived there twice briefly, once w hen I was five, and my Father was stationed in Korea, and then again after high school, I attended college for one year at Ark Tech Univ. Small world!


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Harold Stevens, I remember the fifth floor it was like a big large open space at least that's what it looked like in our building. I see you were on the Darby too. We went to Germany in Dec. in fact we arrived Christmas Eve I remember those choppy waters on the ship. Thanks so much for stopping by with your memories.


Harold Stevens 2 years ago

I lived in the military quarters in Karlsrue between Jan. and June 1962. I don't remember which one or even the name of my teacher as I was in the third grade at the time. We just came from my grandparents house in Missiouri, spent a few days in a hotel in NYC and boarded the Darby for a wintry, choppy ride across the Atlantic between Christmas and New Year. At first we lived on the fifth floor of the building and moved down to the first floor. Just seeing all of your pictures brought back a flood of memories of another adventure of several as an Army brat. We left after Dad was hospitalized in Landstuhl Army Hospital and sent to Walter Reed in DC. Wow, it always great to see that somebody else lived where you have as a kid. Again, thanks.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Rayh57, Your welcome. You had an indoor swimming pool? We didn't have that our pool was at another base we had to go there by bus.

Thanks so much for coming by.


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Rayh57 2 years ago from Woodbridge, Va.

Thanks for all the photos and good posts. My family lived there in 64-65. I have a photo of me standing in front of our apartment when I was 7-8 years old and it looks just like the ones you posted. I played baseball in little league there and we also went swimming in an indoor pool somewhere off base. Thanks again for the memories


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Joe Leatham, So nice you stopped by. I left Karlsruhe in 1962 but it sounded the same as when you lived there. We never had the roller skating at Smiley we went to Frankfurt to roller skate. Thanks for your memories.


Joe Leatham 3 years ago

I've enjoyed reading all these posts. I was stationed in the Army in Karlsruhe from March '71 to March '72, most of that time at Smiley Barracks, across the road from Paul Revere Village and just down the road from the Main Area, as we GIs called it. I still have some ticket stubs from the Minuteman Theater - 35 and 50 cents admission price. I remember sitting upstairs in the snack bar above the PX with those big picture windows overlooking the Main Area, eating cheeseburgers and fries, listening to the latest hits from the States on the jukebox. Also above the PX was a library, an American Express office, and a tailor shop. Outside next to the PX was a post office, a news stand, and the commissary. I walked through Paul Revere Village many times on my way downtown through those woods. I remember the Homecoming bonfire in an empty field in the Village on the last weekend in October of '71 (it was really big!), watching a high school football game at Smiley, and roller skating with high school kids at the gym at Smiley on Sunday afternoons. I probably left something of myself over there and have some great memories of those times.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

CraftytotheCore, Things like your doll are remembered I also got a beautiful doll while in Germany. Thanks you so much for stopping by glad you liked the hub.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

What an amazing Hub! I love how you present the photos in a "slideshow". That's brilliant! I don't know if you know this about me, but I live in a military town. My grandfather was a foundry worker for many years and was sent to Germany. A few executives from the company flew back with him to America and brought me gifts when I was a young girl. They brought me a beautiful baby doll and chocolates.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Indian Chef , Thank you so glad you stopped by.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Very beautiful pictures. Voting it up.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

toptendeals, Thanks for stopping by it was a fun and interesting place to live.


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toptendeals 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

Interesting hub, I've never been to Germany, would like to visit one day =)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

wpena, Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a very interesting comment.


wpena 3 years ago

Peter Guenther, also have happy Oct 3 ( Unity Day - 1871 - O. Bismarck) And Nov.9 , the fall of the Wall, to me the greatest day since WWII.

I was stationed (US draftee) in the Gerszewski barracks ( Ettlingen/Karlsruhe) between Apr65- Aug 66 - Love the area and my time there. The story of your father surviving Siberia is quite touching - from what I read very few came back from those Gulags. On the other side, on my wife family some survived WWII's Germany and some did not. I myself left (age 14) a communist country for political reasons - so I understand "Realpolitiks", a term not much used since the Wall fell. Hope you are doing well S.Africa - I would assume you are in your early 70s - so do not go hunting for elephants - I am 67, but will run (maybe leading from behind ) with the bulls in Pamplona next year.

PS Moonlake - love your writings and comments - most of the places you mentioned were familiar to me during my short stay - 65-66. ... Oh, came back to the states ( Ft. Hamilton, released in NY) on the last ship - it moved on to the Pacific V. Nam operations after Aug 66.

Waldo


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peter Guenther, A Happy 4th of July to you.


Peter Guenther 3 years ago

To all Karlsruher expats a wonderful and great July 4th.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rose-the planner, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thanks for adding this hub to your board I appreciate it.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

Wow.......great story! Paul Revere Village sounds quite memorable! It definitely must have been difficult leaving. I totally loved all of your images. Thank you for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back to say that I am adding this to my Germany board on Pinterest and will also share this. This is like a time capsule of memories for you! Nice!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Buckey Miles, Karlsruhe School was really small when you were there. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your memories.


Buckey Miles 3 years ago

I lived in prv 1954 to 1958 and still have menories of old girlfriends like Barbara Tinder. the bikes rides through the wooded areas playing basketball for the 9th grade Knights we had 6 players on the team and 9 boys in the 9th grade.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Janette, I agree it was like a Leave It To Beaver Life. I was a teenager so the snake bar was our hang out. We must have passed each other at some time or another. You were there at the same time I was. Maybe we sat by each other in church. Thanks so much for stopping by and telling your story of Karlsruhe.


Janette 3 years ago

Oh my...what wonderful memories....We lived on Tennessee Ave. from

1957-1960, right across from the grade school. I attended 2nd grade there. I remember the small bakery, the 'gummi mandels', the small grocery store where I was allowed to buy doll size 'groceries' w/puffed rice in the tiny boxes (my mom would buy the real groceries). I remember the days of going around to all of the different buildings, trading comics. My friends and I would not go home until every comic in our pile was traded and then we'd go home and read! (My favorite place to go and read was the forest behind our quarters...there was a tree that I would climb w/a perfect branch to sit on and read)-- I remember going to the snack bar after the Sat. morning kiddie matinee and stopping in the lobby where the new comic books were sold and buying one or two and then going upstairs to the snack bar and having a coke. I remember going to church with my dad, walking there and back, listening the the church bells ringing out from all around. I remember the days where we would all pile into the car and then 'go for a ride', usually ending up in the Black Forest and stopping along a path and having a picnic. I remember my dad whistling along w/Armed Forces Radio as we drove along. THANK YOU for bringing back these sweet, wonderful memories!! When I tell folks about this I'm always looked at skeptically (no one in the states has ever even heard of 'trading comics' !!! ...their loss !!!) You're right, it was living the "Leave It to Beaver" life --we were all so very blessed to have lived it.......


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Indian Chef, Thank you so much for stopping by I appreicate it. Thanks for the vote and share.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Moonlake very beautiful picture. I really loved the second one on which a boy has a green paint on the face. Voting it up and sharing on twitter.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peter Guenther, I hope you find them. Have you done a search on facebook seems everyone is on facebook. Thanks for stopping by.


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Peter Guenther 3 years ago

In my posting 8 weeks ago I mentioned the friendship my brother and I had with a Sergeant first Class Picket (not sure about the right spelling) and his family.

They didn't live in Paul Revere Village but in a part of Karlsruhe called Albsiedlung between Muehlburg and Daxlanden ( :-) Dixiland) . It was in the early 60th .

I know there is not a big chance, however who knows.

Does anybody here know of them or their about now?


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Paul Kuehn, I think bases in different countries are better bases. Fort Bliss was a shock when we got home. Thanks for the vote, share and visit.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Moonlake,

This was certainly a very interesting account of your life on a US Army Base in Karlsruhe. While in the U.S. Navy I lived on two Air Force Bases while overseas. One was on Northern Taiwan, and the other was outside of Fukouka City on the island of Kyushu. I was single at the time, so I never really spent a lot of time on base. When I did, we had commissaries, PXs, snack bars, bowling alleys, and also a nice NCO club. The base on Taiwan where I was 68-70 was a lot better than the bases in the States where I was stationed. Voted up and sharing with followers.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you I'm glad you liked it. I was the older child so I always had to help mother keep track of the children while traveling. I thought it was fun but I don't think my mother did. Thanks for the vote and share.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

A great hub! Fabulous photos and how lucky you are to have them! Great story about your experiences and I love the poem. I've never been a military brat or a military wife, but it seems to me your poem expresses what that must be like very well. Voting this up, interesting, awesome, and will share with my followers.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peter Guenther, No it didn't look that way when I there. I wish I had an old picture. Thanks so much for stopping back by.


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Peter Guenther 3 years ago

Thanks for the pictures of the NCO club moonlake. However all this pictures on the walls have not been there in my time *LOL*


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peter Guenther, what a story you have so glad you came my hub and told your story, I appreciate it. We may have passed each other at one time. Thanks so much for leaving your comment. I have added the picture of the NCO club.


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Peter Guenther 3 years ago

Browsing the internet for information’s of my old home town Karlsruhe, I found as well your page. Memories returned.

I was and, I am still a friend of the US of America.

I have to go back to my early childhood to explain the reasons how it all began.

At the end of WWII we leaved in a foresters house in the middle of a forest some 3 miles from the next town. I was only 5 years old and remember the arriving of the first American Sherman tanks. We where only 3 women my brother and myself. We where all very afraid. The first tank stopped right in front of us, two soldiers came to us with oranges and chocolates in their hands. I never saw this things in my life before.

The Americans camped for the next days in front and we kids mingled with them and found it all very interesting.

Suddenly a German Me109 flew over us and started to shoot. My brother and I stood right in the open not knowing what was going on as two American soldiers crapped us, risking their own lives, and pulled us to safety.

The American soldiers behaved at all times like real gentleman to the women.

As my father came back from Siberia, where he was a POW for nearly 5 years, we returned to Karlsruhe from where we have been evacuated during the last year of the war.

In the early 1960’s I made many friends with American soldiers and my favourite hang out was the NCO club in the Erzberger strasse. My brother and I had in those days a very good friendship with a Master Sergeant first class Picket and his family.

We never faltered in our believes in the USA and never will.

I live now since 35 years in Richards Bay on the east coast of South Africa.

Thank you for bringing back lots of great memories.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Funny I remember so much of what you mention here. The French compound did always seem to be eerie and foggy.

Do you remember how fast the trains were? There were two young mothers and they put their kids on the train and went to get their luggage and the train took off. They were so upset; we had been on ship with them. They did get the kids back.

When we got off the train there was a drunk on the park bench passed out. I thought my Mom was going to have a heart attack. She doesn't believe in drinking and she thought what god forsaken country have we moved to. She never did learn to love it. The kids in the family did. Hope you enjoyed the new pictures of Karlsruhe I have a coupe more to put up. Thanks so much for stopping back by.


larry 3 years ago

Just checking back in to read posts. I also had Miss Sommer for a teacher now I cant remember if she was my regular teacher or my German teacher. I think my German teacher was from Austria. We took the USS Darby from New York to Bremerhaven. I remember the ship stopping and being guided into the harbor and the strong smell of diesel. We took the train from Bremerhaven to Karlsruhe. My mom of course didn't speak German even though we had been stationed there prev. I remember eating sugar cookies and being a bit confused. Everyone speaking German. When we arrived in Karlsruhe we too lived on the "economy" Had a cobblestone road leading into a square. There was a Hofbrau on one side and a little building that served as a slaughter house. We lived over that and would watch one of the German women bring a pig down the path and then well, I will leave it at that. There a German kid that had a German Shepard. My brother used to play catch with the boy. He seemed to always be a bit abusive to the dog so my brother at one point motioned not to hit the dog. That was a mistake the poor dog bit my brother and as my dad was on maneuvers they took my brother to the dispensary in an old army truck. What a life! It was so normal wasn't it for all of us. Wouldn't trade those years for anything. My dad used to take us to the French compound. It was so eerie. I remember it was night, foggy and flood lights. As I mentioned previously we used to play in some old bunkers but cannot remember if off base or on. Trading comic books and baseball cards and playing marbles with the German kids. We were there during the Cuban missile crisis, very scary for my mom. She knew if anything happened we would not get a foot out of West Germany.

Good to read all the updates....


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

shirley, Yes I remember the train from Bremenhaven to Karlsruhe. I had never been on anything like that and looking out the window seeing the strange cities to us pass by.

I do wonder where the name ecomony came from.

Isn't it funny the teachers we remember the most I think are teachers that read stories to us even if it was a chapter a day.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comments I appreciate it.


shirley 3 years ago

Small correction on teachers - found my report cards. Susan Hackman was my 6th grade teacher . She was the one the one that read chapters to us out of a book - Sept 1966 to June 13,1967


shirley 3 years ago

Wow this is great. I sent an email but I will also post on comments. Yes 1963/64 till 1967/68. Lived in Neureut (ecomony -who came up with that word) And went to school on post picked up by a military bus. The driver would stop at a bakery and get us candy sometimes. Trying to remember some teachers - Ms Cooper - we had to learn to speed read per a camara looking machine - (and yes it worked -I can read a book in no time flat.) And Ms Loesch 4th - She would read at the end of the day to us out of a book - 2/3 chapters at a time I remember "The Island Stallion" like it was yesterday. Miss La Rosa -5th grade And the AYA - didn't it serve lunch for the students ?- we had to walk over there - one of my best friends Susan would order the fried egg sandwhich which they served on Fridays only. My first boyfriend too - Lernard- lasted only a day LOL I don't have any year books and few pictures. And yes we were in Brooklyn also (got a pic of us under the bridge) took The USS Rose to Bremenhaven and the train to Karlsruhe. It would be so crazy to find my best friend Denise and Susan.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Karinjoie, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and your memories of Paul Revere. We were back in the states by the time Kennedy was assassinated.


Karinjoie 3 years ago

Loved reading your story! I lived on Paul Revere Village in 1963-1964 (Connecticut Street) just across the park from the movie theater and across the street from the commisary and PX. Loved that base! My sisters, our friends and I would often walk to the candy store down the street where 25 cents "American" would buy a boatload of candy! Went to the elementary school on base, teacher's name was Frau Sommer. Nothing but great memories of our time in Germany. Actually was on that base the day (the evening in Germany) Kennedy was assassinated and can still remember how the MPs came to the house to get my dad because the base was on lock down. All of our moms were so upset, sad and scared. Everything's so different now; news is so immediate. Thanks for sharing all the photos, old and new!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, We were told never to go passed the french compound because it was dangerous and they would crab young girls. I don't know how true that was but we were always careful (I never once heard about that happening to any girl). I don't know where the story started. We could see all the way down the sidewalk pass the compound so we looked first than ran as fast as we could. When it was dark it was always creepy even though there were low light street lights. Thanks so much for stopping and for the vote.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

It sounds as though you had a lot of fun in Karlsruhe, Germany as a child (military brat). And you were quite the dare-devil back then! Ha! Really enjoyed seeing all of your photos and hearing about your memories. Question...why was it you were not supposed to pass the French compound? Voted up and interesting.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Mike Fergusonm, Thank you so much for your memories. I had a friend that also lived on economy it was a little scary getting to her house at night. My brothers also hung out at the beer tent probably doing the same thing you were doing.

It was a fun place to live.


Mike Ferguson 4 years ago

What a wonderful memory lane - I need to walk through more of the comments above, but I just wanted to say I was there in 1965-66. My dad was a 'civilian' but working for the army so I went to school on the base [and still treasure my yearbook!]. Had some great times on the base and, as we referred to it then, the 'economy'. We first lived in Durlach, and then moved into Karlsruhe at 49 Garten Strausse, if memory serves. I found this posting as I was searching any information about the Little League baseball team I played in, the Orioles. Just been writing about that. I loved Fasching! I was 12 and thought it was outrageous! I remember the policeman who used to direct the traffic from a box in the middle of the road wore a Groucho Marx glasses and mustache during this. I thought that was so cool. Fell in love with Ruth Sontag for one day during the Festival. She was 14 and we didn't understand a word either said. Used to go to the beer tent at the carnival and returned the beer bottles and got paid the refund. Made loads. That was cool too! Had some great teachers and some of that experience will have been influential in my becoming a teacher. I moved to England in 1967, and after a very brief return to Nebraska, I moved back and still live here in Devon, England. Very informative period, and as someone commented above, it was a peaceful, idyllic time. I've never been back, but must do one day.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Larry, Thank you for stopping back by. Maybe someone will find you on here.


Larry 4 years ago

Hi...Just wanted to make a correction. My friends name was Jerry Erskine..Also remember a few more friends. The Butlars, Barry, Valerie and Vanessa. Was another brother also but cannot remember his name. Also a Pixie and Dixie were in my classes.Who knows someone that travels by here might remember crossing paths. Also we went to Ft Lewis after Karlsruhe. Were only there for 1 year.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

larry, Thanks for stopping by. We were at my brother's in Mn a couple weeks ago and he was talking about how they use to play in the bunkers and started a fire in one and got in trouble. I had two brothers just a year apart so they hung out together. That scary old basement we all remember that. I think kids on the base were care free kids that could run around and have fun. I appreciate your comment.


larry 4 years ago

Hello fellow Army brats! This is a re-post/hope that is ok. Richard Hooper,we too were in Karlsruhe around same time you were but left by "64" I also played for the "Pirates" although for a short time. My dad might hv been the coach. I can't remember. Baseball wasn't my thing. I threw with my left hand and caught with my left hand. So I took up soccer later on.lol! We lived at 31 Tennessee st. I was in 1st-3rd I do believe and teachers were Miss Sommer and Miss Amotuli. Not sure of spelling. My good friends were James Doswell,his dad was our dentist and other friend was Jimmy Erskine. Was in cub scouts with the Grammers and my brother Ron had a friend named Leslie Lenhardt. He lived in building next to us I think. His sister used to babysit me when I was 6 or 7. Some of us used to play in bunkers but had sign that said Verboten. That's prob why we did it but it sure was fun. As I mentioned before we would get tires,go to basement and roll them back and forth. First time was scarey as we always thought there was someone hiding in space going into the laundry room. We couldn't wait for the truck to come and fill up the sandbox and playing marbles with the German kids. They always had clay marbles and were easy to beat. Also a German man would come by in a truck and sell toys out of the back. We also would go off base to get candy but had to walk through an area that if I remember correctly was a German park. One time this man pulled a knife on us..We ran as fast as we could. I tell my children these stories and they can't believe some of the things we did. What a life we Army brats had. Would not trade it for anything. As many have said. When I had to go to civilian school I was totally lost. We all were so lucky!!!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tina, So glad to have you stop by I would love to get pictures of Paul Revere Village. I will send you an email. Thanks so much for your comment.


tina 4 years ago

I actually live in the paul revere village. If anyone want some pictures as it looks now, please send me a mail: PaulRevereVillage@yahoo.de

and i will send you the actually pictures of the street you lived and the paul revere village.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

hmcclure, Thank you so much for coming back and leaving a comment. Brats are different that is for sure. I hated state side schools. I was never lost in our school in Karlsruhe but I was always lost in the new schools stateside. Just way to big.


hmcclure 4 years ago

Was there from 1961-1964, have been reading all the comments and even found the one I wrote 3 years ago, seems we all hated the basement. Being a "brat" does cause you to be a little different from others, fitting into stateside schools is hard because not only are you the new kid but unless you are near a base you are really a whole different breed (or so they think). Thank you for the pictures, enjoyed seeing them and the memories they brought back.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Brooke, It was a great place and I guess we all miss it. I know many people are looking for the candy they sold on the candy truck there. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Brooke 4 years ago

I lived in Karlsruhe on the army base for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade, i think that's a photo of my school. I loved that base! The candy truck would come, you could hear the church bells ring, you could play with other kids and feel safe, it was nice living on a base. I remember you could get your i.d. card when you were 10 and go to the commisary by YOURSELF, however I turned 10 the year after we left, so never got to do that. My mom would bring us ice skating there too. That was such a great place!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

NAYDA CIRILLI-STAHL, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I wish we could all go back and visit and see it the way it use to be. I appreciate your comment.


NAYDA CIRILLI-STAHL 4 years ago

For the first time in almost fifty years memories from the past were coming back today why, for which reason, there is no reply to this. Planning a trip to Karlsruhe, (maybe this is the reason) after almost a half of a century, I simply wanted to know if Paul Revere Village still existed as I lived there as a young wife of a young American sergeant from October (I don't remember the exact month any longer) 1965 until September 1966 when orders came to move to Fort Lewis in Washington State. Bill and I used to live in one apartment located in one of the buildings on the left side of the church, as a young wife and as an Italian citizen, living in the village was quite an experience. It is indeed very sad that the village no longer exists, and I thank you for giving it a second chance of being alive. It has been a very emotional moment looking at the pictures and reading through all the different experiences and memories while time suddenly has taken a different dimension. Thank you again for your time and patience and thank you to all of you for your comments to keep alive wonderful memories and places of once upon a time.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

gene turner, Thanks for stopping by. Maybe someone will see your message and let you know where she is.


gene turner 4 years ago

i was there in 1971 thru 1974. on the knights soccer team ,as a goal kepper. belive we had a great team. looking for my long lost sweethart, kathy davidson. can anyone help?


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

williesmiley60, Maybe your friend will show up here and leave a message for you. Thanks so much for stopping I appreciate you leaving a comment.


williesmiley60 4 years ago

Thank you for youe beautiful pictures and sharing your memories as well as mines. I also lived in Karlsrue in the early 70's Paul Revere./ I lost contact with my best friend marianne, forgot her last name. She visit me in the USA her first visit, for the arrival of my first born chils. I would love to reunite with her Marianne I believe she is a teacher,and others she and I knew Maria and Angela their twins, and a roeback last name that was stationed there thru the Army at the smiley barracks.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Rhonda Farmer Salas, So glad you stopped by and glad you enjoyed the hub. It's fun to look back on Karlsruhe.


Rhonda Farmer Salas 4 years ago

Just happened upon this- loved reading everyones stories! I can't remember the name of the street we lived on- but was close to the AYA- across from the baseball field. Loved those times in Karlsruhe! My brother- Randy Farmer and his wife Monika Deleary went back years ago to visit. He graduated in 75- naturally the place had changed quite a bit- but we sure have some great memories! Loved the pics!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Maybe someone will come on and remember your Mom and Dad. It seems even the grown-ups had great memories of Karlsruhe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Rilla 4 years ago

This is to the post Linda Mason posted about 2 months ago. My mom and dad were @ Smiley '67-'69 and mom often talks about the great memories during that time. My parents lived at Smiley and my dad worked at Gerszewski.

Anyway, my mom, Elizabeth Webster, often speaks about Charlotte [from Georgia] and Ray and their son, Raymond. She couldn't remember the last name but I'm just wondering if this is the same couple. Charlotte was recovering from throat cancer when my mom first met her. My mom said a group of them would go to church together. Some of the other names my mom remembers is: Johnny and Sue [they couldn't have children], Bea [Beth from Arkansas], Randy & Joyce. Sorry I don't know the last names. My mom lived in an apt on Tenn., 3rd Floor.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

pcn78, You are so right we were Americans but just completely different lives than most Americans live. I think a good life for children. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


pcn78 4 years ago

Dear Moonlake

KAHS from 1974 to graduation in 1978. My father was a DOD educator from 1960 until the 1990s. Karlsruhe was the headquarters for the dependent schools. With the exception of a few years stateside, we lived in the UK, France (yes, we did have bases there) and Italy (with trips to many other places as well), from 1961 to 1978. As DOD civilians, we were there indefinitely. There was no "home" to go back to. Home was were we were and were we lived at the time. Thank you for the trip down memory lane. Bochwurst and brochen with senf, pizza (and a great side salad) at Herman's, gummis, burgers at the cafeteria above the PX, fishing at the stocked lake at Dachu when we lived in Munich, camping on the south of Italy, France and Spain in the summers, mussels in Normandy, and on and on and on. Suffice it to say that coming back for college was a bit of a culture shock. We lived as Americans, with Americans, but it was once removed and a different America than where most people lived.

Best.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

(Mr)Sandy Peyton, You were in Germany the same time I was there but I was older.

I know what you mean leaving and going to a new state side school. The first time I went in high school in El Paso, Tx it was so large and so many kids I was in shock. I was in a small school before we went to Germany and in Germany. Than I have go to this huge school. One of the girls I knew in Germany had no trouble she was a cheerleader in Germany and was already a cheerleader in El Paso. I have no idea how she settled in so fast.

I know old friends are hard to find. I'm still in contact with a few.

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment always appreciated.


(Mr.) Sandy Peyton 4 years ago

I was in Heidelberg, Germany 1959-1962. I was there for sixth, seventh and eighth grades. It was a great tour of duty and I have fond memories. The things described about Karlsruhe, in that period, remind me of Heidelberg,including the mischief we got into! Best teacher I ever had was my eighth grade science/math teacher Mr. Basham. I wouldn't trade those memories(the Wonder Years) for the world, but it broke your heart when friends moved, or you had to leave friends behind. Also, adjusting to civilian life was a challenge when you returned stateside. Making new civilian friends, and dealing with established cliques was difficult, particularly entering high school and being the "new kid." It's hard to find those old "army brat" friends, even with Facebook. Old girlfriends have married and changed their names..Sigh. You always wonder,"what happened to so-and-so."...We're a unique community, "military brats" and we share a common bond.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Doc Snow,

It seems everyone had fond memories of Karlsruhe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Doc Snow 4 years ago

I was stationed there from 1988-91. Live across from the Chapel on Virginia Strasse. I remember the high school well. Many fond memories of Karlsruhe.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Linda Mason, Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I wouldn't know anyone from 67-69 we were gone by 62. We spent a good share of our time at the Minuteman. As long as I took my little sister with me my Mom would let me go.

Maybe someone will come on and know Charlotte and Raymond Decker.


Linda Mason 4 years ago

My husband, Clarence Linwood Mason, was stationed in Germany from late 67 - 69. We lived off base in Linkenheim. He worked at Neureut, but we were often at Smiley to go to PX/Commissary, etc. I loved going there and we went to the Minuteman just about every time the movie changed! We had friends that lived at Smiley and went to church with us (we went to a baptist church in Karlsruhe - it was a German church that our church rented if I'm remembering correctly) Can't remember many of the names from Smiley - one couple was Charlotte and Raymond Decker - does anyone remember them. They had a little boy probably about 5yrs - don't remember his name. We have wonderful memories and have talked often of going back - the lady we rented from wants us to come for a visit, so we have a golden opportunity. So far haven't gotten up nerve to fly. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!!!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Frederik Oly, I didn't know your grandfather but maybe someone will come on here that might have known him.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Frederik Oly 4 years ago

Hey there!

Is there anyone who knows my grandfather? He’s called Mr. Isensee and was Director of Engeneering and Housing in Karlsruhe and Ettlingen for at least 20 years until he retired in 1984!

He’s now turning 92 and is interested in what became of the people he worked with back then. He randomly tells stories about a man called “Emmerson” and one they called “Flyboy”. If there’s anyone out there who can remember my grandfather please write me an e-mail! :-)

fredoly@web.de


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Jürgen, Thank you for coming back and letting me know how you feel.

I think everyone of the military kids that lived in Paul Revere Village misses that life we had and the mix of culture.


Jürgen 4 years ago

Hello moonlake,

maybe it sounds like stupid, but i miss the people. I miss the mix of culture that we have in this years, that are the real richness. Thank you for your idea to give the Paul Revere Village a secound live, here on your side. Thank you for all the comments from the people. Thank you for all this wonderfull moments that they have give me in this part of my live. Best regards from the deepest of my heart. Jürgen


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Jürgenm, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the American base when it was there. Sad that it's no longer there. Many military bases in the US also closed.

I appreciate your comments.


Jürgen 4 years ago

Hello, I'm totally fascinated by the comments. I live and work in Karlsruhe, my mother is Spanish and my father German. I was born in 1965 and my mother had a lot of contacts with Americans who lived here. I remember one family with two children, where we very often to visit. When I was about 5 or 6 years old, I think, the family has invited us for the last time. The man had to unfortunately go into the Vietnam War. I remember my parents crying with the family. The man had given us for a big farewell party, because the wife with the children must go back to America. I have not forgotten the situation in my entire life. As a teenager, age 17, then I have met through my neighbor Petra a girl named Carol. She was then driving a black Pontiac Firebird, and took me from time to time with. I was so in love with Carol and I could never say here how much. Carol gave me even a photograph and she always called me Jugi, and she was an absolute Earth, Wind and Fire Fan. During this time, we always went to the American celebrations, which were so wonderful. With great fear, we are also sneaked into the PX to buy the great magazines of classic cars. One day the catch us witzh the question for our American ID that we not have had. They note our names and we oluld no longer go to the PX (Book Store). All these memories have shaped my life, I often think of the people, to my great love, and the wonderful time that I could have. When I drive the with my car in to the Revere Paul Village, which has changed a lot, I think a lot of this moments. Thank you to leave a comment. Many greetings to all the wonderful people that I meet in the best years of my live from the bottom of my heart. Jürgen


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Richard Hooper,

Thanks for stopping by. I had a friend that lived in the building that faced the tennis court and Officers Club. We lived in the building on the same side as the school and our building was right next to the baseball field.

So glad you stopped by.


Richard HOOPER 4 years ago

Just found your site; how many memories! I was in Karlsruhe with my parents around 1962-1965. Was in 2nd grade with Miss De La Hunt and 3rd grade with Miss Burke. We lived on Tennessee Ave, the building that faced the tennis courts and Officer's Club. I remember going to Smiley Barracks where the football field was and watching the Karlsruhe Knights playing football. Also enjoyed watching the AYA team, the Karlsruhe Crusaders. I played AYA baseball on the Pirates. Arrived in Germany on the USS Simon B. Buckner.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Janice Ronco,

I wouldn't know. I was there in the 60's. So glad you stopped by maybe someone will come on and tell us his name.


Janice Ronco 4 years ago

I'm trying to remember the first name of the Chief Officer at the Army Base in Karlsruhe in 1980-? His last name is Reynold or Reynolds.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

milbrat,

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the hub I enjoyed putting this together. Isn't it funny how we all enjoyed it me in the 59-62's and you in the 88-92.


milbrat 4 years ago

I was floating around the internet world looking up where my family and I lived, and came across this article. I got goose bumps to see the old buildings we lived in. The biggest difference was we lived there during 1988-1992. We lived in the buildings that were across the street from the officers housing (don't remember the name) but I remember a wooded area not far that we would ride our bikes through. Thanks for the glimpse back at a place that my family has very little pictures of. I loved being able to show MY family where mom grew up. Thanks.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Karen, I added the map for Paul Revere Village. I'm pretty sure this is right.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Karen in Stockholm,

Thanks so much for stopping by. I remember the bakery truck. In fact we brought some of the German breads home with us.

I know what you mean by the shock of going back into a state side school. I was terrified of the school I went to, it was so big and so many kids. I had a terrible time getting around in it. It just wasn't like Karlsruhe.


Karen in Stockholm 4 years ago

Wow! What nostalgia!

I don't know why but I started thinking of PRV out of the blue today and I was actually irritated that my parents were really bad about taking pictures, I have so few pictures from my childhood. Anyway, a light went on in my head and I thought to google Karlsruhe's base and then I found this wonderful site!

I loved reading all the stories and memories. It's like hearing from long, lost relatives that you never knew!

I actually went to Karlsruhe elementary school when I was 7-10yo during the years of 1975-1980. I have an older brother that went there as well.

Like another person here I was actually born in Nurnburg, but then moved to the US shortly after (Tampa, FL) and then moved back to Germany (Karlsruhe) again.

It was the BEST time of my childhood. I remember so many of the fun things mentioned here...the ice cream trucks, the bakery guys with their stationwagons filled with baked goods and the Running Chef! Remember that? It was a 7-11 on wheels...it had anything that you could possibly desire....it was so perfect for a child! I could buy gummy bears, ice cream sandwiches, bubble gummy, lollipops, etc!

I remember going to the carnival every year and praying to God while riding the USS Enterprise for the first time, it was very scary for a 7yo riding alone!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_%28ride%29

I remember sitting on a picnic blanket and watching a big firework display on our Bicentennial 4th of July in 1976.

There were so many field trips to so many markets, farms, museums, and the Black Forest where I sprained my ankle for the first time. School was so fun and interesting, I remember having culture shock when coming back to a state-side school, it was so boring and unimaginative in comparison. I didn't speak to anyone at school the first year that I came back! Yet I was awarded "Most Courteous". Go figure.

I lived on Rhode Island Ave. It was so fun to have the freedom to ride my bike to school and back. I remember kids playing doctor in the basement of my building and there being old playboy magazines there! I wonder who those belonged to?

Can anyone give me the coordinates to the school on Google Earth?

I lived in Tampa, FL the majority of my life and have travelled quite a bit in Europe. I now live in Stockholm, Sweden. I am married to a Swede and we have a 5yo son. I was in Munich in 2005, but didn't think to visit Karlsruhe, perhaps I shall one day in the near future. ; )


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

don laisure II,

Thank you, for stopping by. Never thought of looking on old report cards for more information. I think I still have mine.


don laisure II 4 years ago

i lived at 73 tenn flt 167 found it on my old report card from the school got an old photo will load up keep up good work


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

donald laisure, Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you liked the hub. I was 14-17 when we were there . I dont remember your sisters but maybe they were younger. Great times is right. We left Karlsurhe in April of 62.


donald laisure 4 years ago

great times i live across from the school we where there in 62-64 do you remember going to the aya and have hamburger and pops i had two older sister hope and Nanette my dad was with 67 signal i was in the ist grade there at k town i live in the uk now donl@talktalk.net great site


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Debora McAuley,

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I wish I had more pictures of Karlsruhe but I don't. We lived on Tennessee Strasse.

I remember the coal men too and that dark basement.


Debora McAuley 5 years ago

My dad was stationed in Karlsruhe 1969-1972. We moved there when I was 9 and we lived on Kentucky Strasse. I would love to see old pictures of the buildings on these streets. Do you have any? There are so many times I wish we'd had digital cameras back then! So many forgotten images after all these years! One of the things I remember were the coal men, who came to fire up the furnaces in the basement. All the kids were scared to death of them!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Pamela Nuss Bell, Thanks for stopping by. I remember the bunkers in Germany, dark and spooky. I'm sure my brothers knew where some of those holes were and also ran into German kids on their bikes.


Pamela Nuss Bell 5 years ago

I lived in Karlsruhe 1954 to 1956. My Father was on the Rhine River Patrol. I actually remember Paul Revere Village. I also remember riding our bikes in bomb holes in the woods and being chased by German kids on slower bikes! The pictures on this site are a real flash back. Thank you!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

john w. niehaus, Your name sounds so familiar. I'm sure I would remember you if I saw your picture. The school was so small we knew everyone.

So glad you stopped by and left a comment.


john w. niehaus 5 years ago

I lived in karlsruhe back in 1957 to 1960 went to hight school ther


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

So glad you stopped by and left a comment on my hub. I'm one of the very old timers from Karlsruhe.


Mike Price 5 years ago

Wow I just stumbled across your site on Google. I lived on 9938 Vermont Ave from 77-80. We moved before I started the 9th grade. My brother David graduated in 79 from KAHS.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Priscilla LeMonte thanks for stopping by my hub. I don't remember anyone by that name but that doesn't mean anything. Why don't you try checking on the Karlsruhe Alumni page and see if anyone there knows them. http://www.kahsknights.org/knews.html

Karlsruhe is also on facebook.


Priscilla LeMonte 5 years ago

I used to live in Karlsruhe and cannot remember my little friend Nicki/Nikki and her Mom Susi/Suzi I used to play with. They used to live behind us

Help!!!

My email is: darth788@roadrunner.com


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I was there in 1959 but not until Dec. and I was a teenager.


michael 5 years ago

I lived in karl in 1957 1958 1959 when I was a kid loved it wish I could do it again, anyone there at that time?


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Pam Brown, Thanks so much for stopping by. There are so many websites about Karlsruhe you may be able to find what your looking for on them.


Pam Brown 5 years ago

We lived on Tennessee from about 64 til 68. I'd love to find our home ec teacher who inspired me to become a teacher. I love your website and hope to see more dialogue about our special place.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Ed Dotson, thanks for stopping by my hub and thanks for leaving a comment.


Ed Dotson 5 years ago

I am so happy I found this page. My family lived in Paul Revere Village from '63 to '65. We were there when Kennedy was shot. For us kids it was like living in fantasy land. Wonderful people, wonderful culture, great school. It is still the happiest memory of my life. I wanted to stay there forever. Coming back to the U.S.(Louisiana, the worst place in the world)was a major heartbreak. Thank you so much for what you have done.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Good luck to you in your search.


J. Thomason 5 years ago

I am Looking for a half brother and half sister I believe my father may have been married to or living with a lady close to Garmisch in the late 1960's perhaps 1966 he was in the army, I was told a few stories that im not to sure of, One storie was the lady that he was with had another child that was 1/2 black and my fathers family in the states would never aprove so they were not to be together anymore, another story I heard was my dad was married to another woman in the US and therfore could not be legally married to the woman in Germany, Thia may or may not be the place to ask this but if anyone out there has something like this that sounds familiar please contact me Thanks


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

MP thanks for coming by and sharing your story. Your right we all knew each other because we all went to the same school. I guess it seem like a little country school where everyone was together.


MP 5 years ago

Paul Rivere Village 82-85


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Paul Rivere Village 82-83


MP 5 years ago

i was googling Paul revere village to show my kids where i lived at in Germany and read all these great stories. Brought back good times. I enjoyed living there, it was one of the best experiences as a kid. Of course I got there way after most of you all. I just remember the freedom as a kid of running around the village with your friends. massive snowball fights with Kids K thru 12. Because any body who lived there knows every grade went to the same school Building. My parents took us everywhere. Black Forrest for skiing, Luxemburg, France, Spain and to every Castle in Germany. hanks for sharing your story. i was glad to share mine


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

George Coleman, thanks for stopping by my hub. You must have been one of the fist students to go to school in Karlsruhe. I think at ome time they were bused to Hildeburg.


George Coleman 5 years ago

Awesome page! My parents and I moved to Karlsrhue in the fall of 1953 when we were evacuated from Trieste Italy. I attended 7th and 8th grades and have fond memories. We returned to the States in the summer of 1955. In high school whenever I had to write an esay for English class I would always rely on my experiences as a dependent growing up in Japan, Italy, and Germany. This Hubpage brings back many fond memories; going to the theater on my first date, playing organized baseball, and having the freedom to roam the country side on a bicycle. I still have a year book from 1955.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Jo Ann thanks for stopping by and sharing your life in Karlsruhe. I remember the bakery trucks everything was so good.


Jo Ann Floyd Myers 5 years ago

I just stumbled onto this site and how surprised I was to see the beautiful pictures and to read all the posts! We lived in Karlsruhe for a little over six years 57-62) and yes....I remember Miss Sommers and Mr. Medders, they must have left an impression on my life as I can't recall the names of any other teachers...but I do remember that I really liked them! Somewhere packed away I have the class photo the school would take each year of when I was in Miss Sommers class must have been 5th or 6th grade. We lived at 39-B Tennessee 1st Stairwell, 1st floor at the beginning of the building! It was on the same side of the street as the baseball field and playground and school. I don't remember how many apt. buildings I passed before getting to the baseball field....I was unable to find it on the Paul Revere Village map. I had twin brothers(not identical) Frank and Raymond they were two yrs. younger than me. They played baseball...don't know what team though! I have always wanted to locate my friends that I remember, which names were; Jo Ann Reynolds, Shirley Yonkey and Christine Hines, and have had no luck! Oh and talk about the Minuteman Theater, well my dad ran it, we use to spend every Saturday there. Yes we rode our bikes everywhere and boy do we remember the bakery and the gummy bears. Does anyone remember the bakery people coming around on base, driving around selling brochen,and all kinds of breads and cheese cake and stuff out of the back of there car? My mom was always buying stuff! My brothers and I remember the laundry room and the scary hallways, you just knew someone was going to get you, and yes I remember the chimney sweeps and the boiler man, even the big sandbox! The kids in our building use to go up to the attic when it would rain or the weather was bad and play I remember those wood floors and I remember roller skating up there...I think back now and wonder what it must have sounded like living just below! I remember falling into one of those radiators up there and having to get stitches in the back of my head...they had to shave the back of my head to stiitch it about a week before school started back that fall! I remember Halloween and all the candy and yes I remember how everyone decorated their front window at Christmas! I remember the Christmas Carolers coming around singing too! It truly was a Leave it to Beaver place to live....I would also love to go home someday to visit...we would sightsee the castles all over and have picnics on the Rhine after church on Sundays alot! I'm so glad to have been an Army brat in Karlsruhe! I feel like I've known you all! Thanks for the Great Memories!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment Larry.


Larry 5 years ago

Hi Darlene,

We were stationed in Karlsrue around same time your family was. Based on your age I might have been in your class. You might have read some of my posts here but we lived at 31 Tennesse. I had Miss Amatulli and Miss Sommer..not quite sure on the spellings. I do not have access to my old school pictures right now but am not sure if the names were listed. Larry Brooks


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Thanks Doris for stopping by I'm sure we passed each other on the sidewalk in Karlsruhe. My brother was very likely in your class. Check this website to see if there are any reunions in Karlsruhe.

http://www.kahsknights.org/


Doris Johnson Hudson 5 years ago

When my sister, Darlene, told me about coming across your site, I just wanted to cry. Those were some of the happiest years of our lives. As a matter of fact, I had Jeff Nelson's father was my math teacher. He made moving to a new school in Oct such a smooth transition. I will always appreciate what a wonderful person he was. I'm going to try and contact Jeff to let him know that. Darlene accidentally got the years wrong. It was Oct '61-Sept '63 when we were there. So many things to mention and not enough time; the German swimnming pools downtown, including the wave pool, watching our brother Dale play baseball, the AYA that my dad didn't want me going to, the foreign ecxhange program at school, going to different countries with the Girl Scouts,being one of the first 6th grade girls (age 10) to wear panty hose to school and getting in trouble (so funny since I'm a retired high school teacher), waiting in line forever to see the Beatle's movie "A Hard Day's Night", OMG I could go on forever. Thanks so much for your hub. It's just my sister and me left of the 5 of us and we talk about going back all of the time. Do you know if there is a reunion in the states or in Karlsruhe for we "Army Brats"? Also, did you ever live at Ft. Leonard Wood? Again, thank you.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Hi Darlene so nice to have you stop by my hub and leave a comment. You were there at the same time we were.


Darlene 6 years ago

I was just googling Army Bases in Germany when I came upon your site. WOW. We were there in Oct 60-Sept 63 and all the comments brought back so many memories. We lived in temporary housing(apts) twice before we were assigned 42d Tennessee. Like everyone else who writes, it was just an awesome time. I am in Arkansas (where my folks are from), are you? I was only 6-8 but my sister and brother are 5 years, 3 years older. My sister lives in KC, MO and was really excited about all this info. We went over on the USS Patches also. Thanks for sharing your pics.

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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

You must have got to Karlsruhe about the time we left April of 62. Your right it was like living in a Leave To Beaver town.

How I loved the Snack Bar we hung out there because we were teenagers and that's what we did. The jukebox got stuck on "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" one time and played all day. I now have it on my ipod and most of the old songs.

I also remember the armed forces radio out of Luxemburg. I listen to it till I fell asleep at night. I did watch tv while there but only when I babysat for someone who had a tv all German but I still watched.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your memories.


Jeff Nelson 6 years ago

Your website brings back lots of memories. My dad was a school teacher for the American Army Schools. We were stationed in europe for 8 years (1957-1965). I was three when we first moved to Nurnberg(stayed 3 years) then to Vicenza Italy for two years then Karlsruhe for two years and finally Verdun France for one year.

I loved living over there especially Karlsruhe. We first lived in the building directly across from the officers club (don't remember the address) then we moved across the street. I remember great times playing in the forest. We "borrowed" this big rope and tied it up on "hook tree" as we called and had lots of fun swinging on it. I still have the rope.

I remember walking thru the snow to school and going to the snackbar for lunch sometimes. Me favorite memories are of going to the movies at the Minuteman Theatre. I saw lots of great films there; Lawrence of Arabia, The Great Escape, The Pink Panther, Bye Bye Birdie etc... Only years later did I find out that they screened new movies and old ones. Because of the army I was able to see a lot of old classic films on the big screen. One of my favorite things was to play "army" in the forest with my buddies and of course riding my bike everywhere. On Saturdays we were up at dawn and gone til dusk just coming home for a quick lunch.

I also remember listening to the armed forces radio. We didn't have a tv. I didn't watch television until I was 11 when we moved back to the states. I remember hearing about JFK being killed on the radio and how everyone was stunned and so sad. Everything was cancelled and the base was on alert. My dad and I went to the newstand to buy a paper and everyone was standing reading the bad news in the paers with huge banner headlines.

One of the best things about living over there was traveling. Since my dad (Walter James Nelson) was a teacher we had all the holidays off and all summer. We went everywhere. One time we drove all the way to Greece. I have a picture of me standing in front of the monument to The 300 Spartans.

When I tell old stories to my friends I describe Karlsruhe as living in Leave It to Beaver. The army took good care of us; lots of school field trips, could walk to school without any worries, went to the Oktoberfest etc... I remember the wonderful feeling waking up to see snow everywhere (I live in California now).

In 1994 I took my family on a trek visiting all the places I had lived. We drove from Paris to Rome. The base at Karlsruhe was still open and looked pretty much the same. I had a hard time leaving.

Jeff Nelson

Paul Revere Village 1962 - 1964


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josef 6 years ago

My mother is a German and lived in Karlsruche. Mum often reminisced about Germany and how she missed it so. I visited my Grandparents in the early part of 1970, still residing in Karlsruche and loved it. What a beautiful place. still think about it.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Larry B thanks for stopping by my hub and leaving comment.


Larry B 6 years ago

Tina, you had miss Sommers also? She was so nice to all of us. She was my teacher in early 60's as I had posted before. Yes I can still remember those basements. I dont know where we found the big tires to roll from end to end in the basement. The space between the hallway and door to laundry always scared me the most. We never went down there alone. I actually was born in Germany on my parents first tour there. Last week I had to go get a new social security card as I had lost mine years ago. They didn't even have me as a citizen just that I was born in Germany of American parents. I was born on German soil and was naturalized when I was three. I had to produce my citizenship document. That was odd but I guess information had not been input. Homeland security had me as a non-citizen...just a bit of info if any of you folks were born over-seas.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Tina, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The carnivals were fun. I really hate rides but I always enjoyed that little carnival another thing that our parents never seem to worry about us going to.


Tina Quinn 6 years ago

Thanks for the memories. I was there from 1972-1980. My dad was stationed there and we lived on North Carolina strasse. Hi Risha--saw your post. I remember the carnival too and the creepy basement of the buildings as well as the attic. I also remember Ms Sommers, Ms Bogensburger, Ms Livingood and I think I had Ms Wilbur as teachers. I would love to see how the place looks now


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

I knew I had a map of PRV. I found it and found the building I lived in. Maked in red. In between our building was the baseball fields and the playground and then the school.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

It really was a free and fun place to live.

I remember hanging clothes on that basement to dry with the big blowers. I would be down there by myself always looking around the corner of sheet or whatever I was hanging up at the time checking to make sure no one was creeping up on me in that scary basement.

Thanks Alice Kelly for stopping by my hub and posting.


Alice Kelly 6 years ago

I just stumbled onto this site through facebook. OMG, I have some pictures that look exactly like yours. Just different faces. This site brought back a flood of good memories. I loved living in Karlsruhe. We lived in PRV from 60-Feb 63. We lived in the upstairs attic of a German family on the economy during the summer of 60 until our apt was ready. Our building was directly across from the school.We had a playground in front of the building. At Christmas everyone painted their front window.

There was a gnarly old German man that tended the boiler room in our building. We just knew he was the boogie man. That basement was a scary place. And to the person that posted how we just ran free--so true. we just had to be home in time for dinner. My sister Susanne graduated in 62 from KHS. She is still in touch with some of her classmates. My other sisters are Pam and Jeanie. I was halfway through the 6th grade when we left in Feb 63.


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larry 6 years ago

Hi Kim,

Do you remember Miss Sommers or Miss Amotuli? Our family was at PRV those years. I went to school there 1st- 3rd. ...A couple of folks I remember were Jimmy(James) Doswell..Pixie and Dixie and Jerry Erskine..Not sure if I have the names right..Also Valerie and Vanessa Butlar

Larry B


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Thanks Kim for stopping by and signing my hub. Your parents may have taught my brothers or younger sister.


Kim Medders 6 years ago

I enjoyed your pictures very much. We lived in Karlsruhe from 1960 to 1962 where I went to 1st and 2nd grade. My dad taught 5th grade and my mom taught 2nd at the school. Traveled to Europe on a ship also, but I don't remember the name of it. Returned to PRV in 1968-1970 My folks returned without me (I graduated0 in 1972 and left finally when they retired in 1981. Karlsruhe was a wonderful place.


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George Perlinger thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Philipp, thanks for stopping by and signing my hub. I have never been back to Karlsruhe but I have heard how much it has changed. I guess that's on my bucket list.


George Perlinger 6 years ago

I lived in Karlsruhe from 1978-1980, 23-F Kentuckystrasse.

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Philipp from karlsruhe 6 years ago

hey my name is philipp

I live in karlsruhe right now right by the paul revere base. It is so interesting to hear how the place i live used to be. I'm 17 years old and still remember some stuff which used to be there, owned by the americans. Right now i'm an exchange student in Michigan by detroit.

I'm going to go to school in "KAHS" which is called Heisenberg gymnasium now.

It changed alot around there in the past few years.

But it's really great to learn more about the past there.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Adriana thanks for stopping by. I remember all the things you do. We were all over that base even as teenagers and loved to go downtown.

Send me an email through hubpages. I think you have to just hit contact Moonlake on the top right side of the hubpage.

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Adri Stagg DiFilippo 6 years ago

Back again! We lived on Virginia St. and Kentucky St. and were there at the same time you were. I have some many vivid memories - the carnival (us Girl Scouts had a booth and I think we sold ice cream), roaming all over the base on my bike, the AYA dances, going downtown and buying lipstick that I hid in the back of my closet, the movies every Saturday and traveling through Germany with my parents. My grandparents lived in Rotterdam, Holland and we often went there. I know the Germany of 50 years ago is not the same as it is now, but I'd go back. Those were wonderful years and my brother and I often sit and talk about them.


Adriana DiFilippo 6 years ago

I just got out my yearbook! I knew your brother - he was in my class. The group picture is the science class with Mr. Dickinson!


Adriana DiFilippo 6 years ago

Hello! I just found this site. I lived in PRV from 1959-1962. I saw the picture with your brother - I knew almost all of those boys! I think I see Jack Katt and I knew the girl well, can't remember her name. I'd love to hear from you. I think we might have known the same people!


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Dave O'Dell 6 years ago

Thanks for the slideshow. I'm in a dreamstate when I think of Karlsruhe, my life there on the Rhine, my wife then, all the good food and the gracious people of Karlsruhe.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Thanks to all of you for stopping by my hub. I don't remember the ice skating rink. I didn't skate so that was why I guess. My little brothers were the ones that ran all over base and did their thing. I'm sure they remember the pine cone and snow ball fights. I do remember the attics they were so big. Mainly I remember the spooky basement.

Funny stories jim in Phoenix about all your bleeding.

I don't know much about the buildings except that someone on here did say they had added two floors to the buildings.


jim in Phoenix 6 years ago

i went to KES 66-67. we lived in Durlach, across the Autobahn from Karlsruhe. We only had 1 car. One time i was climbing on a tower with some friends and i fell off. I went home and my sister Gaby, yelled MOM JIM'S BLEEDING. thinking i had only a scratch, my mom said He's always bleeding! when i showed up, my mom could see i had a huge cut on my forehead. Our landlord, Herr Kreiner drove us to the base. I had to have 5 stitches. The Medic told my mom to be back in 2 weeks. 2 weeks later we show up and the Medic looks at my forehead and asks Why are u here? My mom says We are here to get 5 stitches out. He tells her He's already scratched them out. My dad could never get stationed at a base that had a full hospital, usually a dispensary. & I could never get hurt during duty hours. The 4 years we lived in heidelberg, the Medics used to say Better keep 2 guys on duty during the weekend, Msgt Glezen's kid might show up.


James in San Antonio 6 years ago

Hi, great site and pictures. We lived at 23-E Kentucky Ave, 3rd floor also from '68 to '71. Can't express how great it was. The Gummimann, der Obstmann, Herman's pizza parlor, the AYA! We referred to buildings by their color..Ours was green, I think Tenessee was yellow. Lot of competition between the boys from other bldgs...pine-cone "fights", snowball wars, "TRADE!" (comics). Wow, best time of my life. Do you have any history on the buildings, ie, how old they were? Read somewhere that they were pre-war German army units. I especially remember the 'attics' all that open space with oak flooring, we used to wax them and slide around in our socks or Mom's silk/nylon scarves. Got a heckuva splinter once!


Sharon 6 years ago

I have enjoyed your pictures. They bring back so many memories. I lived on base from 1961 to 1966. We left when I was in 3rd grade. We lived at 1A Vermont St. We left Germany on the Patch. Doe's anyone remember the fire dept coming out in the winter and filling a giant crater to make an ice skating rink? I wouldn't trade our time there for anything.It was a great childhood.


Leslie Cale 6 years ago

I received your e-mail, and now I can't find it! So sorry. We're just exhausted here from days and days of shoveling snow. I'm a fairly active person, but this is killing me! LOL Please e-mail me again ...


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Leslie thanks for stopping by. I'm sure many people would love to see your photos We can figure out a way for people to head over to your facebook and see your pictures.

I checked the arrows and their above my ship and the slide show is working. I'll email you..Sorry I'm late getting on here.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Hi Laura, Thanks for stopping by and giving your memories of Karlsruhe. An old friend from Karlsruhe called me tonight and we reminisced about Karlsruhe it was fun.

Sorry I was so late in approving your post just been very busy.


Leslie Cale 6 years ago

my e-mail address is

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Leslie Cale 6 years ago

I still can't see the slide show. There are no arrows above the ship -- at least on my stoopid computer. I am in contact with a lot of people from K-ruhe on Facebook. There are a lot of photos posted there. I'm sure they'd like to see everyone else's photos, too. How can we make that happen?


Laura Hodges 6 years ago

I lived in Paul Revere Village July 1970 'til May 1972. My husband (Lt Douglas Hall) at the time was in the 3rd Maintenance Batt. stationed at Grezueski (sp?) Barracks. Our first child was born in Heidelberg in July 1971. I loved living in Germany during that time. I was in my mid-20s and we traveled a lot on the weekends. Garmisch was only 4 hours away (no speed limits on the autobahn) and motel rates were based on rank... so reasonable for lowly lts! I remember "junking" nights and browsing flea markets, shopping downtown, picnics in the Black Forest, and walking in the parks in Karlsruhe. The apartment building we lived in was beside the Officers' Club and was 3 stories with attic rooms for German students (who were also available for babysitting) and the basement for storage. We lived in a very spacious apt on the 2nd floor. I was back in Karlsruhe in 2001 and, since the bases and housing are now back in the hands of the Germans, most of the buildings have been renovated and the one we lived in is now 5 stories. I'm still in contact with friends I made there, the lady who cleaned for me, and the family whose sons I tutored.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Brian Hedrick and Risha Kazman thanks for stopping by and leaving your memories.


Risha Kazman 6 years ago

The pictures bring back memories. My Dad was stationed in Karlsruhe in the late 70's. I was there from 1976-1979. I loved it over there. I also remember the barricks we lived in, I could walk to school. We where known as the Karlsruhe Knights. I to remember the carnival that used to come ever year, those where fun times. I also loved the Zoo, that is the first place I had Goulash Soupee, boy was it good. My mom is German so on the weekends we traveled and went to alot of places. I would love to go back there and take my son to all the places I visited.


Brian Hedrick 7 years ago

Yup... Always did St. Nicholas day and it was the same for us... My sister and I always got candy (or something good) and my dad always got the coal in his army boot as well. Must be a tradition... :-)


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

We never did St. Nicholas day, with 5 kids and a military salary we were lucky to get much for Christmas. I was the oldest I always got less because the little kids needed more. I always understood and how hard times could be. I bought lots of my own clothes because I babysat as much as I could. Even so for the most part it was a happy life.


Robert 7 years ago

Speaking of memories, did anybody else do St. Nicholas Day? My sister and I always got candy in our shoes, but it never failed that my Dad got a lump of coal in his army boot.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Your welcome and glad you stopped by and signed my hub.


Brian Hedrick 7 years ago

WOW.. These stories are all too familiar. I was there from 1975 - 1978 (as I recall) and everything, from the basements to the forest and the to the little truck selling stuff. I think we lived on Kanalweg in one of those buildings. Got my first bike one of those years. I attended the elementary school there but don't remember any of my teachers (or much else for that matter as I was only like 5-8 when I was there). I do remember playing T-Ball and my dad was one of the coaches. I also remember these things called "Porky's"... Some sort of chip, thing, that I would buy from that truck driving by. They were awesome but can't seem to find them anywhere online. Oh well, thanks for the pics and the fond memories...


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

We arrived on the USS Patch on Dec 23, 1959 and we left Germany on the USS Darby on April 15,1962.

Your Mom was young. My Mom had never done anything like that in her life. I still wonder how she did it with 5 kids. I never got sick on Ship everyone around me did.


Robert 7 years ago

Landed in Germany on the USS Darby on December 30, 1961. I was only 16 months old with a 3 year old sister. We were extremely sick for the nine days we were aboard. Of course we were to young to remember it, but my mom was only 20 yrs. old at the time. I couldn't imagine myself taking that on when I was 20. The USS Darby has an impressive history if you google it.

We were there until 1965 so I do appreciate the pictures. I remember the 3 story buildings and friends that we had made. Some that are friends today. I have these memories, before I even remember knowing what Grand Parents were. We flew back, I can remember the excitement of the flight when land came into view. I didn't understand it too much then, but of course I do now.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

larry thanks for stopping by. Our family went to Germany on the Patch and came home on the Darby.


larry 7 years ago

Becky I too was in Germany those years. Do you remember your teachers? I had Ms Sommers and Ms Ammatuli(sp) Ms Ammatuli would make us listen to classical music.

Before moving on base we live on the ecomony. Over a slaughter house with a Hof Brau across the street. I do believe a German family owned both. Again my children can't believe it but as many say it was normal for us Army kids.

What an adventure! Anybody come over on the USS Darby?


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Becky thanks for stopping by and signing my hub.


Becky 7 years ago

I was in Karlsruhe during 61-62 and in second grade. Not only do I remember getting excited seeing the chimney sweeps, i remember the day the Gypsies came through with their caravan. Everyone ran inside so we wouldn't get "stolen". I don't remember alot except for catching Junebugs, having my first Communion (and confession!), and going to baseball games with my Dad.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Hi Leslie just push the green arrows and it should start showing the photos. The arrows should be above the ship.

Thanks for stopping by.


Leslie Cale 7 years ago

I'm not real computer savvy, but I can't figure out how to see the slideshow of Karlsruhe & PRV. Can you help?

Leslie Cale

KAHS 1970-73


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Carol I'm so sorry somehow I missed doing an approve on your post that you put on 8 months ago. I don't know how I missed it hubpages usually lets me know when someone post a message. Thanks for stopping by my hub.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Diana sorry to hear about Heidi's mom and her sister. My Mom is still living. I told her I had talked to you on the internet and what had happened with the Lavines. She remembers all of them.

I remember the beauty shop off base that's where I bought my hair dye. We would wear our dads white shirts and black tights, white canvas tennis shoes and put silver and gold dye in our hair that we bought from the beauty shop. The dye washed right out. Those were the beatnik days.

I sure remember those scary laudry rooms. I hated them but I was the oldest in the family and had to help out. So I often did the wash in the basements.

It is funny how free we all ran around. Our parents never seem to really look for us just so we were home for dinner.

My Mom denies that now but I know what we did. It was also that way when I was very young. Just can't let kids go like that now days.

I also had a hard time ajusting to a regular school. I hated it when my parents moved off base after we got back to El Paso. I would have rather lived on base.

I remember Leslie Lennhardt.

My brother Tommy says Hi. He doesn't remember your name Diana but would maybe remember you by site. He said the kids he remembers the most were Jimmy Ball, Murial Gerrard.

I know Balls lived in the building next to ours.

The only twin girls I remember were Karen and Suzan Vinson.

I still keep in touch with one old friend from Karlsruhe. Susie that you see in the pictures.


larry 7 years ago

Hi Diana,We were in Karlsruhe 60-63. I am not sure if I remember your sister. I was in 1st-3rd there. Had Ms Sommers or Summers and Miss Amotuli(sp)Also we had a German teacher. I do believe she was from Austria. Can you ask your sister if she remembers Pixie and Dixie? I think that was their names? They were twins. One of my brothers best friends was Leslie Lennhardt. I think our building must have been a little further from the school. when we would go off base we would go through a small park and then to the German stores. One time a man pulled a knife on us kids. We ran as fast as we could. I had to be 7 or 8. I cannot believe the freedom we had at such a young age. I dont even like my grandchildren walking around the block.

When my dad retired and I had to go to civilian school I was in shock. They might as well have put me in with a group of foreign children. I had trouble making friends because I was used to army kids.

If you ever get to the East Bay there is this great German restaurant called Speisekammer. It is in Alameda. Nothing is like Germany though.

I like the Penninsula but haven't been to Pacifica in a while. I grew up(after my dad retired) as I mentioned in the Central Valley. The summers are so hot but we would get the nice breeze coming in from the Delta. Of course I miss the tule fog in the winter.

Go Army! Beat Navy! Well we can only hope.


Diana Miller Schirmer 7 years ago

Hi Sharon & Larry: Sharon - I just spoke to my brother & Heidi and they remember you living upstairs from Heidi. Heidi's mom's name was Erica. She passed a while back as well as Heidi's sister Beverly. I live in the Bay Area as well - on the Peninsula now - settled in Pacifica when we returned to the states. I married right out of high school and returned to Germany as my ex went into the army. We were stationed in a little town called Illesheim - close to Nurnberg - my son was born in Nurnberg. We were there only a short time - about 1-1/2 yrs as he came came down on a levy for Vietman so I can back to the Bay Area. I do remember the little truck coming and selling stuff. He had everything. There was 5 siblings in my family. I was the middle. I had an older sister and brother and younger sister & brother. Larry you may have known my sister Alice - she may have been in 2nd or 3rd grade when we were there. I remember on Tennessee if I went right - it was towards the highschool and officers quarters before you got to Smiley Barracks. And if I went left it was towards to teachers bldgs and then off post. I think I went to a beauty salon right off post. So much fun listening to all the stories. Larry I see where Ronnie signed my yearbook but not sure if you guys lived close by. We stayed with our grandparents too before we can to Germany. I bet alot of us army brats had to do that. Such fun and innocent times- amazing that we could go all over the place without any worries!

Anyway keep in touch! Diana


Larry 7 years ago

Just looked at the pictures. One of my dads best friend was named Blackburn. He had a T-bird and used to give us rides. I wonder if that is his son in pick.

Also we came to Germany on the Darby. We were stationed in Ft Monmouth before Germany. I was born in Germany,as Karlsruhe was our second time there. We in Furth/Herzo 1st time. After Germany, Ft Lewis Washington.


larry brooks 7 years ago

Diana,I will tell my brother and see if he remembers. He is 5 years older than me. 4kids,a bunch of gkds. Whn we retired we settled in Calif. My dad is from here. About 60 miles south of Sac. I live in Bay Area now. Again we lived at 31 tenn. Anyone remember the Doswells? He was a dentist. His son was about my age,Jimmy,I think my babysitter was a lenhardt but cant remember. They lived in next building. Do you remember the Butlars, Barry and David? Had twin sisters Valerie and Vanessa. We had a parakeet too, Tweety, My dad was a master sgt and the gi's gave him their mascot. The bird had a "dirty" mouth. It was so funny. My brother got lost in the woods once. Our dog got loose and chased a German police officer. The burgermeister found my brother lost and gave him some goat milk. Serves him right! One time at the PX he told me to drink a milk shake as fast as I could..brain freeze..I cried he laughed.He also got me to pick some nettles on one of our walks. Ouch! Darn Army brat.

My dad used to take us on walks in the woods. One time a German grabbed one of the kids in our building and took off with her on his bike towards the woods.I do believe he let her go after a short chase. And as I mentioned before the scarry basements with the laundry rooms. We were forbidden to go down there by ourselves. Yeah right! What a life we lived as Army kids. I wouldn't change for the world. Not even living over that slaughter house on the economy waiting for quarters on base. Do you remember a german man that used to stop by and sell toys out of a wagon or vehicle? We always looked forward to that. Of course I was just a little guy but I remember so many things. And of course the huge multiplex theatre(The Minute Man) I did play little league for a short time. 60-63. My dad was a coach I beleive and I was on the Pirates. Well enough memories for one evening. I love all you stories.

Larry


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Heidi lived in our building I remember her mother well. She was up to visit my Mom often. Heidi's Mom helped me find my parakeet she knew someone that had him or something. His name was Robbie and he went on ship with us all the way back to the US and then to Arkansas and then my Grandma's cat got in the house and that was the end of my poor Robbie.

We were in Arkansas before we came to Germany. We stayed with my Grandma and Grandpa until we got our orders.

Before that we were at Ft. Bliss, TX and then after Germany we went back to Ft. Bliss.

I married and moved away and my Dad retired from Ft. Bliss.

I will say hi to Tommy for you. I just emailed him. I told him that maybe now that Brett Favre has gone to the Vikings maybe they will start winning games!!


Diana Miller Schirmer 7 years ago

Hi-The new photos are awesome! I am sure one of the background bldgs was ours. I found a document where we won honorable mention on our window decoration at Xmas and the address was bldg 921 54B on Tennessee. We had the woods right behind us. You are right about the slumber parties - went to alot of those. Where were you guys before Germany? We were in Ft. Leonard Wood in MO. My dad retired from Germany & we moved back to CA. Cannot believe you have a photo with Beverly, my sister-in-law Heidi's sister.

Take care and hope your back will be on the mend shortly! Tell Tommy hi - not sure if he will remember.

Diana


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Diana I found my year book also. I remember Linda Sheppard I knew her but think she hung out with my sister.

Oh I remember the snack bar and vanilla/cherry cokes and French fries. We always hung out there. Once the juke box got stuck on "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" it played all day long.

Slumber parties were always so much fun, sock hops and teen club dances.

Tommy lives in MN. now

Had an MRI done on my back today. Hoping they find the problem and can do something about it.

Nice talking to you. You can come on here anytime you want an leave a message.


Diana Miller Schirmer 7 years ago

Hi - I just looked in the 62' yearbook and saw you guys. I recognize your faces. I remember you guys as cheerleaders. Tommy was in my class too. My brother Harry was in 11th when you were in 10th. I think I may have been one of the youngest players on the softball team I mentioned earlier as I do remember the McClain sisters being on the team and the Vazquez's too. We used to get on an army bus and travel to different kersernes and usually got to stop by a castle along the way and of course the snack bar on every post so we could get our american hamburger. We played home games on the field closest to the teen club. Gosh - I remember learning to dance the 'twist' at the teen club. Do you remember the 'sock hops' at the gym at KHS? I remember Linda Sheppard - I remember liking her brother Sammy. My brother and Charlie Horn are still friends - they both reside in Colorado - I believe they have been to a couple of KHS high school reunions. It is so nice chatting with you and hope you are feeling better. Take care, Diana


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

My husband helped me add a few Karlsruhe pictures. I have more for later. Remember these where taken by a kid with one of those little kodak cameras.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

I was in the 8th 9th and 10th from 1959 to 1962. Thomason was our last name. Sharon-Joyce-Tommy-Glenn and Jackie.

I was in the drill team and do have some picture with my sister and I in our uniforms. In fact I still have my drill team outfit.

I'll get my other pictures in yet. Having some back trouble so not at the computer to much until I get this back taken care of.


Diana Miller Schirmer 7 years ago

Hi - I don't recall the barracks my Dad was stationed at - I will ask my brother. I remember some KHS students coming from Porziem(?) on a bus. My 7th grade homeroom teacher was Mr. De Frank. He was pretty cool. I also remember it being a big thing to 'trade comic books'-ha! Going from bldg to bldg. I believe in your bldg I knew the Levine's (1st stairwell-2nd floor) Heidi & Beverly and the Park's in the 3rd stairwell-3rd floor) Len & Una. I believe the back of their bldg faced the ball fields. What grades were you in while you were in Karlshruhe and your siblings? Sure was a fun time!

Take care, Diana


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

There was also Germersheim Army Depot (Germersheim)where my Dad was stationed

Phillips Barracks

Rheinland Barracks

Neureut Barracks

Have I left anything out. Believe me I didn't remember these by heart I had to look them up. Have I left any out. I did remember Phillips Barracks and Germersheim Army Depot.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

I think your right about the name of the barracks. Yes, I remember the teen club spent many a day there. Our apartment building was right next to the baseball field on Tennessee Strasse third floor. I could look out my bedroom window and yell to the kids in the field. I could see the teen club and the school from my room. So anyone that came walking down the sidewalk from school I could see them. My friends and I hung out that window alot. Friends would also walk by at night and throw rocks at my window so I would come to the window and talk. Good old days of being a teen.


Diana Miller Schirmer 7 years ago

Thanks - I look forward to seeing your photos of the baseball fields. Do you remember the AYA Teen Club? I remember getting on a bus to go swimming too - I believe it was the Gerszewski Barracks that had the pool. Take care!


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Diana thanks for stopping by. I remember Horns not sure if I remember your brother. I have to dig out my year book and look in there. I have a few more pictures to put on of Karlsruhe not real good ones but shows the baseball fields.

Glad you enjoyed the site.


Diana Miller Schirmer 7 years ago

My dad was stationed in Karlsruhe from 60-63. I believe our address was 54B on Tennessee Strasse. The above photo are my classmates in 7th grade. I am looking at my yearbook now. I was class treasurer back then. We were right across from the baseball fields and the AYA Teen Club. I remember playing on the girls softball team (AYA) & traveling to all the different posts to play. My brother Harry Miller graduated in 63 from KHS me from 8th grade before we moved back to the states. My brother reunited with his high school sweetheart Heidi from KHS and were married a few years later. Does anyone remember 'Joe' the guy that used to live in the shack in the woods by the soccer field? I remember Ron Brooks - he was in my class. The Horn family was in our stairwell too. Sure was a fun time and this site brought back many fun memories. Thanks for sharing. Diana


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thanks Jamie for stopping by.


Jamie 7 years ago

Sure, it still looks somewhat similar from google earth, but boy does it look different from the ground shots I saw on someones flicker pages! I remember my Dad coaching a little league team in Karlsruhe and I think my Mom played catcher at one point....not sure what year though. '74-'80


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Jamie and Aaron thanks for stopping by. Aaron I think my brothers may have played on the little league but not sure I was a teen and paid very little attention to what my brothers did unless I had to take care of them which wasn't often.

Jamie, it sure doesn't look the same as it use to I haven't been back but I do look it up on google earth often. In fact I have looked at all the old houses we lived in as a military family. Amazing what can be seen with google earth.


Aaron Freedman 7 years ago

Thanks so much for the beautiful memories, we were there in 1961-dec 1963, address 14 E Tennessee, and later Kentucky Ave, anyone play little league at that time, I was on the orioles and red sox.


Jamie 7 years ago

Your pictures are amazing. My family and I were there from 1974 to 1980. Everyone is describing what I went through there. I never saw my Dad cry as he did when we had to go back to the states. We all did. Our address was 9099 26F Rhode Island Strasse, third floor. I cannot ever imagine going back "home" after seeing the new pictures of what the buildings look like now. It will never be the same. Now, my home is Chippewa Lake, Ohio. Thank you everyone for letting me remember Paul Revere Village the was it was.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Sorry it took me so long to answer these comments. I have been doing genealogy and that takes all my time.

I don't remember the sandbox to old for that. I do remember the bakery foods so good. I remember the fog so thick you couldn't see your hand in front of you,trying to get across the baseball fields to the other side to go to the snack bar or theater in that fog was terrible.

I also remember getting on the bus to go to the pool at one of the other barracks does anyone remember which barracks.

Thanks for your comments.


HELGA class of 66 7 years ago

It is great to read other comments about their memories, seems we all have about the same ones. My mother, sister and I arrived there in Oct. 61, and had to live on the economy until Oct. 63, living on the economy gives you a whole different outlook. When we did move on base we lived on Tennessee Strasse, the attic, which was loads of fun for my younger sisters to ride their trick down the long hallway. The Grammers were mentioned in one of the posts, I remember that family very well, there were 12 of them. Thanks for sharing your story and your pictures.


larry 7 years ago

I too remember the buildings only having three floors. But I was there in the 60's and there could have been other buildings on base in Karlsruhe. I forgot about the sweeps. The always scared me a little as a little kid. I used to love it when the german man would come around selling toys out of his truck. Pluse when they would fill up the sand box outside of our place on Tennessee Strasse. Does anyone remember walking thru a park of some sort to get to the store and bakery off base? We used to get gumme bears and candy animals with rings attached. I wish I could remember my german teacher in 1st and 2nd grade. I do believe she was from Austria.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

I was there in the 60's and at that time there were only 3 floors and attic. Maybe they added on in later years. I know the buildings are taller now but I don't know when that was done.

No you can't go home. Sad!

Thanks, for comments and for stopping by my hub.


kristie 7 years ago

I loved Karlshrue.. i lived there in the mid eighties...My best girl friends name was Jeannie, never have had the luck of finding her. I love the pictures. I thought the buildings were taller.. 5 stories..not 3 w attic. I remember the storage areas... CREEPY!! we would play ball down there in the long corriders after we all looked around w our dads green and red light flashlights.... Id love to go back, but have seen other pics, now that its not a base and it dosnt look anything like i remember...guess you cant ever really go home can you....


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Yes I remember Chimney Sweeps. Added a picture of modern ones. Thanks for stopping by and signing my hub.


blzim7 7 years ago

remember the Chimney Sweeper?


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Your welcome


larry 7 years ago

Thanks so much for the names

Larry


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Kids in picture Richard Oliver, Lowell Bratcher, Jeff Meikle, Jim McNelly. Second Row: Roy Hancock, Claude Cirimele, Jacqueline Kerr, Sharon Staton, Charles Kelly, William Howerton, Third Row, Tom Thomason, David Henry, Carl Miller, Mr. Richard Dickinson, Sposor, Walter Hicks, Jack Walker, Jack Katt.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Sorry I haven't thought to ask him. There has been health problems in my family and his. It's just not something I remembered to ask about. I think I do have the names for that picture around here. I'll look for it.


larry 7 years ago

Hi,

I was wondering if you had a chance to ask you brother about the picture? It sure looks like Barry Butler and his brother


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

I loved KHS also. Thanks for stopping by.


joseph bernado 7 years ago

We were ahead of our time and now we grasp for straws may gods bless us all for being alive I loved KHS and Paul Revere village


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

I'll ask him. Thanks for stopping back.


larry 7 years ago

I think I recog two of the kids in the picture. One is Barry Butlar and the other would be his brother. I cannot remember his name. They had two younger twin sisters, Vanessa and Valerie. Cld you ask you brother if I am correct? They were very good friends with my family.

Thanks


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

I really don't remember any of the names in our building. We use to love the kaiser rolls we would get from a bakery near by. We went off base to buy our hair dye. Teenage girls we had to have our dye. I remember there being a German guy hanging around in the buildings and everyone was worried about him being around. Never had to live on economy but I had friends that did strange little places the houses they lived in. One friend we would walk to her house late at night and have to walk by the French Compound and we would run like heck to get past the compound because it was suppose to be unsafe for young girls. ha ha I think our parents just to us that to make sure we didn't meet some nice young French man. My brother's were about 11 and 12 at the time we lived there. I have a picture someplace of all their friends at a birthday party see if I can find that.


L Brooks 7 years ago

Actually we lived on the 2nd floor of 31 Tenn. Last stairwell from the street across the hall from the end apartments. My teacers were Miss Sommers and Miss Amatuli. Not sure of the spelling. There was a sandbox infront of our building. A German guy used to come around in a truck of somesort and we could by toys and things. I remember my mom being scared to go in the laundry room because a man was down there once hiding. We used to go off base through a little park and go to bakery and get gummi candy. My brother is Ron and he would have been 11-12. One time he was walking our dog in the woods and he broke loose and chased a german police officer on a bike. Bit the guy and boy did we get in trouble. I was actually born in Germany my parents first tour there. We were stationed near Nurnburg. I love Germany and had such great times. Before getting a place on the base we had to live on the economy. Our little apartment was over a slaughter house with a hof brau across the street. My kids love the stories but to us military kids it was just life. Do you remember any of the folks in the building?

Larry


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Hi L brooks we were also on Tennessee Strasse the first building by the baseball fields third floor end apartment. We would hang in our windows and yell at the kids that walked by. You sound like you may have been the age of my brothers Tommy and Glenn. I remember the storage area spooky. I use to have to help my Mom with the washing and hang the clothes in the spooky drying rooms when I was by myself I always thought someone was down there. I hung those clothes as fast as I could.

Thanks for posting.


L brooks 7 years ago

We were stationed in Karlsruhe 60-63. We were in 31 d on tennessee strasse. Does anyone remember J Doswell? He was my dentist and lived above us. Plus used to attend cub scouts at the Grammers. I was also friends with Jerry Erskine who lived in our building. We used to get old tires and roll them in the basement because we were afraid there were people hiding down in the storage areas. What an imagination we had back then. Sure was fun. I do remember my mom getting a note under the door instructing her to pack a duffel bag as we might need to evacuate. Think it was the cuban missle crisis or something like that.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

opal106 I can sure understand why many packed getting ready to leave Karlsruhe. I remember my Mom and Dad saying that we may be going home.

Thanks for comments.


opal106 7 years ago

We were living on base in Karlsruhe when the Berlin Wall went up. I remember my dad being on alert and we started packing to leave in the middle of the night. We stayed. I was in 1st grade then. I would love to visit Germany again, especially Garmisch where we vacationed.


Carol 7 years ago

We lived in PRV in the late 70's. Went back to see the place this summer. It is student apartments now, painted light blue. They've added a 4th floor to each building and metal balconies. The grass needed cutting, it was a foot tall! The Paul Revere Village sign was still there in good condition. We lived at 5D Rhode Island. Great memories.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Hi Nikki I don't know for sure who took the picture it was in with some of my Karlsruhe pictures on my computer. I know I have more pictures I just have to find them all their packed away. When did you live in Karlsruhe?


Nikki Dougherty 8 years ago

That picture at the top , showing the apartments and the cars outside....that was my building !!!! My Dad drove a green VW Beetle !Who took that picture? All pictures I had were lost. This makes me cry.

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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks so much for signing my hub. Would love to see pictures of Paul Revere.


Guenther Meier 8 years ago

Hi there,

iá german national living in the 60s nearby Paul Revere Village. My first High School Date was 1965 an American girl. Later on i worked for IBM and have been several times to NY, New Orleans, Hawaii and California.

What great memories ! Sorry th US has gone right now. If you want i can send you some pictures of today. Just send an email to pagode-sl@web.de


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks for visiting and for comments.


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Thanks for an interesting Hub. Pat says - my Wonderful Husband often goes to Germany for work, and sometimes I go too. Very pretty country.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Hi K Allen, What grade were you in when you lived there? Good old days in Karlsruhe.

Thanks for signing my hub.


K Allen 8 years ago

Moonlake:

My Dad was stationed in Karlsruhe from '59 to '62...after reading your story, it sounded like I could have written it. We lived on Rhode Island Ave. across the street from the school, church and the carnival was across the street from us. It was one of the best times of my life. We also lived on the third floor.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

thanks for signing my hub. We lived on Tennessee Strasse also. The pictures are from 1961.


L Brooks 8 years ago

My dad was stationed in Karlsruhe in the early 60's. What a great time it was. I cannot believe how we used to go off base at such a young age. I like the old picture. What year was that? We lived on 31 Tennessee Strasse.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks so much annaw and for posting a message.


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annaw 8 years ago from North Texas

I love the photos of Germany...What Beauty. Your hubs I find of interest.I would love having black bears at arms reach.I am an animal lover.I even wonder will there ever come a day we literally get to commune with the wildest of the wild.I will be reading your work often.Continue by all means to enjoy the life as and where you live it.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks for signing my hub.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Informative hub and wonderful pictures.

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