Morse Intercept Operator with Mission Control
6910th Security Wing
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Hello, you were there when we were in Darmstadt the first time. My father was on Dog Flight. I would love to see your website so please forward the address. Thanks, Doug
I was there in 66….on Baker flight
You were there 2 years before I was. I arrived 5/68 assigned to Dog. I’m curious about the Baker X1 I used to relieve. I left for Vietnam 10/69. A friend of mine sent me a Stars & Stripes article soon after I left about the guy on Baker I relieved turned out to be a serial murderer. They eventually caught him because the knives he used were bought at the BX on CFK. Do you remember that? His name? All I remember about him was his dark 5 o’clock shadow. He was married.
I wish I knew more about that. That was after my time but such a thing certainly captures one’s curiousity.
I really got a lot out of time there. I think about it more now than ever and that is because I realize how much I grew up there. I had a 350 Horex motorcycle and being able to ride and explore was huge in allowing myself to enjoy the surroundings.
I would like to contact some of the old friends I knew
No don’t remember that. In early 62 we had a SSGT, I don’t remember his name but he and his buddies went to Frankfurt by train one night and got drunk. On the way back they had to run to catch the train and the SSGT slipped and fell under the train and it cut his legs off. In the fall of 62 I was promoted to SSGT, it didn’t occur to me until years later, I received his stripe. What a price to pay huh? I married a German girl in July 63, they pulled my clearance in Oct 63 and I worked the MARS station until I shipped out in Nov 63, go home mustered out and the next day they shot Kennedy, my wife freaked out.
The 6910 was a great assignment. I bought a ’59 VW from a guy leaving shortly after I arrived. It was the $250 VW. He had bought it for that amount, sold it to me for the same and when I left to go to Bietnam’ 6994th, I sold it for $250. I also had a BSA 500 I bought through the Canadian BX in Baden Baden and later shipped it home and rode it on leave before heading to the 6994th.
I’m in touch with several guys who were with me at the 6910th. Keep looking. The memories shared are fun.
I am so glad you wrote back. I bought an old 350 Horex and rode it all over every chance I had. I actually get very sentimental about those days….I was 19 when I got there and it was such a wonderful place to grow…see new things and I met some good friends. I went back last year and it was a huge bittersweet experience. Seeing it closed was really tough. But the memories of the good and bad times we’re worth it.
I forgot all about the Canadian Bx in Baden Baden. I didn’t know a bike couldn’t get shipped home from there…nice. I rode a Triumph in the states for a while when i got home from Turkey.
Thanks for writing.
Matt, I rode the BSA all over the Rhine triangle of Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. I had a girlfriend on Wiesbaden whose father was a POW during WWII on an English dairy. Her father and I went through a lot of schnapps! I also had a girlfriend on Germsheim and I’d take her to bierfests in Frankfurt. During winter, I’d drive my VW while drunk, and fo donuts in empty parking lots.
About a month before I left Germany, I took the BSA to the Darmstadt Bahnhoff to have it delivered to Hamburg, where it was shipped to the Port of Los Angeles. I picked it up and ride it all over So. California, rode it up to the San Francisco Bay Area and rode it all over SF, then stored it at my sister’s nearby. While in VN, a neighbor of my sister asked if he could buy it…twice what I paid. I said yes, figuring Zi could buy it back. His first ride out, he totaled the bike and broke his collarbone! Shyte! Good bike, that.
I was in the 6910th. in both Darmstadt and Augsburgh between Oct. 1970 and Sept. 1973 when I went Stateside to “get out”. Had my own car and drove to A-dam every break with guys hurting to get to Canal Street, so my gas was always free.
Was downtown in Darmstadt until the wee hours one night and while staggering back to base ran into a Darmstadt police officer who had a German police dog on a leash — believe me, I sobered up really fast!
My dad was stationed at Cambrai-Fritsch from 63 to 66. Gordon “Dusty” Rhodes. Russian linguist. Did anyone know him?
Ben…I don’t recall your father…If I find someone who does I will let you know….Matt
Ben: he was not on Baker Flight. Name sound familiar but I did not work with him. There was also a wrestler that went by Dusty Rhodes too in Fla. I was a 203 on Baker 64-67
I was a Russian linguist on Able Flight (the best) from Jan 63 to Dec 65. We didn’t have anyone with that name. Maybe Charlie or Dog Flight.
stationed at cambrai-fritsch from aug 65 to june 67, on able flight,roomed with denny click and howell sweat
I was there from 1960 to 1963. I was an A1C and I sold personalized beer steins on the side. Did anyone out there buy one from me?
I served there from Mar.67 to Mar. 70 on Dog flight. Would like to talk about old times with some old friends
I was on Dog flight from ’67 to ’71.
292X1 Worked RZB101 then RZB111.
Pretty sure I remember you. Been a long time.
I currently live in Austin, TX.
Frank, I was also on Dog from May ’68 to Nov 69. I took Randy Stell’s orders for Vietnam. We were in Ssgt. Dickie Denault’s section and Ssgt. Milo K. Sanders’ section. I vaguely remember your name but forget what you look like. Do you have a photo from those days? BTW, Paul Paiva and I will have a mini-reunion in a couple of weeks in San Angelo.
I left the 6910th in December of 1966 as I had been told that my next assignment was to be Turkey. We had just moved into the new ops building.
I guess that they couldn’t recruit enough jeeps out of tech school to jump into the “2-T” program and just started ordering a lot of first enlistees there. I remained in Darmstadt a few years and went to work for Radio Free Europe.
No, I was discharged in Germany in December of 1966. I went to work for Radio Free Europe there in Darmstadt for a few years and I realized that I didn’t want to marry the boss’s daughter.
If you bailed before going to Turkey my hat is off to you! I did Turkey. It was a kind of hell that is hard to describe. I loved my time in Darmstadt and still relish the memories.
I was an intercept operator ….morse…. Baker flight
….65 through 67…
My time with the 6910th and the few years after in Germany remain the highlight of my life. I see the videos of the now abandoned Cambrai-Fritsch-Kaserne and almost want to cry.
I also still remember that Alpha Flight wore red ball caps, Baker…blue, Charlie…dark purple and Dog wore green. My first day at ops they grabbed my ball cap and slammed holes in the bill.
I have never had a sandwich that matched the ones made by the little beer place just outside the main gate.
We’re you at Trapazon? Did you happen to meet a 203 by the name of George Butler. He went there 2 T. Tried to locate with no luck. Was from Georgia.
I was at Trabzon. The name George Butler seems familiar.
Trabzon was a place one just had to survive. In soany ways it was a dark hole. Somehow though I changed my life there in ways that somehow put me on a successful track. I am glad I went through it but wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
I went back to Darmstadt two years ago. I got choked up looking at it again…..a flood of wonderful memories…
But closed down now…
When did Darmstadt close? Is it being use for something else?
It closed some years back. They moved to a different location entirely and o believe that also closed a while back….at least that is what I was told. When I visited a few years ago I went to cambria Frith and it was gated and overgrown with weeds….I was surprised at the effect that had on me
Some hippie types were living in the old laundry shack outside the gate
All very odd.
Sounds a little eery, how about ops is that still there. Don’t remember the laundry shack,we used a little old lady down on K st. I remember a used car dealer outside the gate. Frank
I lived in Griesheim and drove to work. I used Google Earth to trace the route that I took and it now ends in a big, empty field. However, you can still the giant circle in the ground left by the “Wullenweber” antenna array. We often used to go out to the little park just behind there off our last eve watch and have a keg and play “buzz.”
I was on Dawg flight from ’68 – ’71
this is to Paul Paiva, did you share a room with Chuck “Buda” and have a 650 BSA? If so, I remember the crazy heart games in your room.
I met an Army guy who was stationed at Cambrai Fritch around 1984. So, it was still open then.
According to the Internet it closed in 2008
As you can see, I am still loyal to the 6910th. I was in Darmstadt from Nov 64 to June 67 B-flight. I was a 202. My friends were Kim Bucholts, Don Monstrolla, and Val Gutirrez (Nickname Gutz). Kim and Don were 292’s, and Val 203 Hungarian Linguist. I have visted Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne yearly from 1968 to 2016. Over the years I have seen the Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne
over grown with weeds. What a shame.
I go every year because I like the
Bier and Brats. Yep! I make to the Oktoberfest every Year. Only bad time in the Air Force, I had spend a year on the Island of Shemya Alaska (End of the Aleutian Chain). By the Way, Suicide Alley is still there. Had a bier and a brat there Oct 2016.
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