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6910th Security Wing – Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne – Darmstadt, Germany
Mar 1963 to Mar 1966

Morse Intercept Operator with Mission Control
6910th Security Wing
Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne
Darmstadt, Germany

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200 comments for “6910th Security Wing – Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne – Darmstadt, Germany
Mar 1963 to Mar 1966”

  1. Tom, good to hear from you. I’m doing fine, how about you? I’ve only heard from a few guys, Bill Dixon and Paul Paiva. I would like to hear about that move to Augsburg sometime.

    Posted by Len Neering | February 7, 2017, 8:40 pm
  2. I’m doing good Len. Have not heard from anyone either. Took a months leave June 72 and went to see Bill Curry. Worked 12 hour shifts at both sites for the move. Augsburg was a lot better place. Don’t know if you knew Rick Weiner he’s close to me. Thanks for the reply. Good to hear from you. Tom

    Posted by Tom Rhoads | February 9, 2017, 11:16 am
  3. Station 6910th from Oct 62 to Jul 65 was a 29150 work in the comm center. Enjoyed my tour of duty there. Played for Comets baseball team.

    Posted by MSgt Sam Hargrave | February 14, 2017, 8:06 pm
  4. Was John Ross pitching for the Comets then? Older guy not much speed, but we all used to sit right behind home plate and watch the ball swoop, dive and jitterbug its way to the plate. We were told that if the Ump ever shook Ross down that he would find hair oil, razors, sharpened belt buckles and all kinds of things that Ross used to make the ball fly weird. We used to almost burst out in tears watching his pitches fly all over the place.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | February 14, 2017, 9:15 pm
  5. So Len Neering better known as “Ditty”? I remember you. Also I remember Bill Curry mentioned above.
    I was in Darmstadt from 1968 to 1971.
    Am doing fine and occasionally still hear from Mike Holland and John Piekara. Live in Missouri now.

    Posted by Cliff Carlson | March 11, 2017, 8:10 pm
  6. Bill Curry aka Glug. Roomed with him a year before he left.

    Posted by Tom Rhoads | March 17, 2017, 5:59 pm
  7. Cliff Carlson, good to hear from you. I remember driving you to Port Newark to pick up the VW you had shipped. As for Mike Holand “The Colonel” and John Piekara, next time you hear from them say hi for me. All we need now is to hear from Marty Gill and Brent Fuller and the infamous party room is reunited. Glad to hear everyone is doing good.

    Posted by Len Neering | March 18, 2017, 11:18 am
  8. Stationed at the 6910th from July-1963 until December-1966. Still remains one the highlights of my life.

    Took my discharge in Germany and went to work for Radio Free Europe in Darmstadt.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | March 18, 2017, 5:23 pm
  9. Stationed at the 6910th 4-’64 to 1-’67. Russian Linguist on Baker flt. I don’t recognize any of the names above though we were there at the same time. Still stay in touch with Bob (Mel) Melvin, Tom Sullivan, John (Willy) Williams, Dave Blume and our German buddy from back in the day, Albrecht (Caesar) Kaiser. Great times.

    Posted by Ken Kohlmeier | April 28, 2017, 5:08 pm
  10. I was with the 6910th from July -62 until December 66 and watching this site reminded me how you knew the flight that you relieved and the flight that relieved you…but you never got to meet anyone from the fourth flight. If I remember correctly, we always relieved Charlie Flight and were relieved by Baker. I don’t think I can even recall seeing anyone from Alpha.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | April 28, 2017, 6:24 pm
  11. Was there from 67-70

    Posted by Beck Brown | May 30, 2017, 7:02 pm
  12. I was there 3-67 to 3-70

    Posted by Frank Metzger | June 1, 2017, 8:23 am
  13. Hello old comrades! Sure ;would like to hear fromyou guys,
    Tom, Cliff,Mie,John and anyone that sees this. Retired now bad heart,lungs among other things. It’s the old memories that keep me going! Take care everyone! “Glug”

    Posted by William E. Curry, Jr. | June 20, 2017, 7:24 pm
  14. I remember those days. would like to hear from Dog flight 67-71.

    Posted by William E. Curry, Jr. | June 21, 2017, 9:19 am
  15. Hi Bill, Len Neering Dawg 68 – 71

    Posted by Len Neering | June 21, 2017, 9:55 am
  16. Who could forget “Glug” after hanging so many mids!
    I hung around with Tom Hutchings, Marty Rousch, Delmis Maley, and Len Neering mostly. I had a blonde German girlfriend named Ruth and a ’69 650cc BSA Lightning and was always in trouble for one thing or another. Don’t know if you remember the July 4th mid shift where there was a huge explosion in the burn room of the ops building and they called everybody out with weapons to their security posts. That was me.

    Posted by Paul Paiva | June 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
  17. Because I was the “Jeep” on Dog Flight, I got to spend a lot of time in the watch tower on mids when they were building the new building. They gave me an M-1 Rigle and one bullet. LT. Chuck Dobbs always tried to sneak up the ladder to catch me asleep. I remember one rainy night that he fell and got some boos boos on his leg.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | June 21, 2017, 6:36 pm
  18. I remember a little guard duty too. Only did it one time during the construction. But did it out at the DF shack too. That was a M-1 carbine that was used. Never checked the ammo supply. Baker Flt. 203 64-67

    Posted by John Williams | June 22, 2017, 2:05 pm
  19. I never understood the necessity to guard an empty building still under construction. The only thing that I ever heard while on guard duty was Jake’s asparagus growing.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | June 22, 2017, 4:02 pm
  20. Hi Bill. Will never forget all those good times. All that pizza and bottles of wine. Retired also and had some heart problems but are doing good. Hope to hear more from you. Tom. 70 to 73.

    Posted by Tom Rhoads | June 25, 2017, 9:51 am
  21. Hey Bugs, great to hear from you! Life is good. Married for the 3rd time finally got the right one. Have a house in the country now. Beats hell out of city living. We need to keep in touch. Have a good one! Glug

    Posted by William E Curry | June 26, 2017, 8:23 am
  22. I remember Bill Curry, but can’t place the face. I was on Dog from May ’69 to Nov ’69 when I switched orders with Randy Stell for the 6994th Scty Sq at Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam. I hung around a lot with Paul Paiva, good friends with Tom Leyden, Marty Roush (died in California in a m/c accident in ’83), Roger “Hostile Henry” Fowler, “Andy” Anderson from New Orleans, Tsgt John James, Ron Aiken, Ron Boaz, Gary Stetner, and more. I remember Pop Pierson, Ssgt Cass (nickname for Casciola, or something like that), Bob “Crash” Carter, and now I’m stretching the limits. Do you remember the Mission Supervisor’s name? He was a tall African-American MSgt. Anytime someone had a question about procedures, he’d reply, “Hmmm, let’s see what da MIP (Morse Intercept Procedures) say.” He has to be be one of the most kindest guys I knew, I can still see his face, hear his voice, but can’t recall the name.

    Posted by Tom Hutchings | June 26, 2017, 3:06 pm
  23. Sgt Parham maybe?

    Posted by Matt Lorenz | June 26, 2017, 5:17 pm
  24. Hey Glug. Yea on my 2nd marriage will be 40 yrs this year. Only took me 2. We downsized to the country when I retired. We definitely have to keep in touch. Have a good holiday! Tom

    Posted by Tom Rhoads | July 2, 2017, 5:12 pm
  25. Hello to the USAF 6910th ESG (1972-74) Augsburg veterans. I regret to let you know that one of yours has gone to his final Field Station. Glenn Ray Farnsley served at Field Station Augsburg from July 1972 – April 1974. He passed at age 79 on June 13, 2016 in his hometown New Albany, Indiana. If anyone recalls Glenn and knows his job title, or even has a picture of him, please contact me at 4billkay@roadrunner.com — I run the Augsburg 2nd Ops (Army) webgroup. Best Regards, Bill Kay (FSA, 1978-81, San Diego)

    Posted by Bill Kay | July 23, 2017, 8:10 pm
  26. Just found this site. I remember Bugs, and Glug and Rick Weiner. His wife had a baby born in Wiesbaden about two weeks before my daughter was born there in Jan. ’72

    Posted by Bob Minott | July 29, 2017, 10:41 pm
  27. Hi Bob,good to hear from you! Can’t believe we divide.

    Posted by William E Curry | July 30, 2017, 1:03 pm
  28. Good to hear from you Bob. That was weidner forgot the d. Hope everything’s good with you. Doing good here. Tom

    Posted by Tom Rhoads | July 31, 2017, 7:14 am
  29. If you hear from Rick tell him I said hello. Thought of a few more names. Jim Coats, Gary Fundekowski and Lynn Holznagel. Got Lynn’s phone number from a Facebook group called Veteran Buddy Finder. They look people up and give you info to contact them. Gonna call Lynn later. Good to hear from y’all. I live in the south now.

    Posted by Bob Minott | July 31, 2017, 4:54 pm
  30. I’ll say hi to Rick. See him at least once a year. Remember Lynn Holtznagel we were discharged together. Say hi to him for me. Thanks Bob. Tom

    Posted by Tom Rhoads | July 31, 2017, 6:44 pm
  31. Just came across this site. I was stationed at the 6910th Oct’64 to Sept’67. I think(?) I worked on Charlie flight with the last 8-9 months on Easy flt. Took an overseas discharge. What caught my eye was the reference about the Comets baseball team. I played on the 1966 & 1967 teams and still have a baseball scrapbook, thanks to the good old “Stars & Stripes” and personal photos. Frank, you described Johnny Ross’s pitching style to a tee. I called it “very slyness nasty junk”. Additionally, he had this smirky Stearns, Ky grin that said “how’d you like that one”. Ah, good times & lots of memories.

    Posted by John (Ed) Portello | August 10, 2017, 8:29 pm
  32. We used to get to Comets home games early so we could sit right behind home plate when Ross would pitch. He had enough goo behind his ears, belt, glove and probably two or three razors stashed away somewhere because his pitches always defied the laws of physics. We used to laugh so hard that we would almost fall out of our seats. The Comets also had a young African-American ball player…Anderson was his last name that could have made the pros. Excellent defensive infielder. Those days are still the best days of my life.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | August 10, 2017, 10:00 pm
  33. Those were my best years too. Was on Baker from 65 to 67.

    This thread does not seem to have many Baker guys…..would like to hear from some.


    Posted by Matt Lorenz | August 11, 2017, 1:47 pm
  34. Frank, I don’t think there was an infield player that you described on either the 66 or 67 teams. However… on the 67 team, there was a guy that played 2nd base and was a very good hitter. His name was Al Jenkins. And I’m sure you’d remember our catcher because I sure do. Ralph Woods was a power hitter, base stealer and the first catcher I’d seen throw out runners at second base on his knees. Before enlisting he played in the minor leagues (61 & 62) for the Detroit Tigers. Very charismatic and a pretty good singer.

    Posted by John (Ed) Portello | August 12, 2017, 10:31 am
  35. His name was Andy Anderson and he played in 64 and 65. He was in the motor pool or one of the other headquarters assignments. I have never had better days than those in Darmstadt.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | August 12, 2017, 11:06 pm
  36. Frank, now I know who you are talking about. I watched him play in ’65 and your right, pretty good ballplayer. One of our pitchers, Jerry Luke, after discharge and returning to southern Calif was going to see if he could get a tryout with the Angels. Don’t know how that worked out.

    Posted by John (Ed) Portello | August 13, 2017, 6:55 pm
  37. Watched and coached with John Ross
    He did have sharpened belt buckle.
    Anyone ever heard from Curt Stokes???
    Sat side saddle with him and then worked akibg side
    Was @ 6910 Sept 63 to Sept 66
    Hello to all

    Posted by Dave Fiacco | August 23, 2017, 9:09 am
  38. Ross had something out there on the pitcher’s mound with him because some of his pitches defied the laws of physics. Thinking later that they umps had to be either blind or getting a cold case of beer put into their trunks.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | August 23, 2017, 11:16 am
  39. Hello to the USAF 6910th ESG (1972-74) Augsburg veterans. I regret to let you know that one of yours has gone to his final Field Station. Danny L Myer served at Field Station Augsburg from 1972-1973 as a Comms Analyst. He passed at age 57 on June 25, 2005 in Ohio. If anyone recalls Danny or has a picture of him, please contact me at 4billkay@roadrunner.com — I run the Augsburg 2nd Ops (Army) webgroup. Best Regards, Bill Kay (FSA, 1978-81, San Diego)

    Posted by Bill Kay | September 12, 2017, 5:10 pm
  40. Ditty bopper at Cambrai Frisch Nov 1966-Dec 1968. Still hear from John Iurka and Barry Hodgson. Spent first Xmas pulling KP since no one had told me about how you could pay for non military to do it for you !

    Posted by Bob Rex | November 6, 2017, 8:23 am
  41. Darmstadt 11/66-12/69.
    Ditty bopper.
    Still hear from Barry Hodgson and John Iurka.
    I remember a stereo club down in the basement near the mail room….and Carls sandwich/beer spot just outside the front gate…

    Posted by Robert Rex | November 6, 2017, 8:25 am
  42. I still remember the sandwiches from Karl’s. When I would head out on my three-day breaks, I would always stop at Karl’s and get a couple to go.

    I miss those years.

    Posted by Frank Roemer | November 6, 2017, 10:45 am
  43. I was at Cambrai Frisch 62’through64′ and went to Pakistan, (Peshawar )for 15 months

    Posted by Bruce Barents | November 7, 2017, 5:59 pm
  44. I was there 60 – 63, I sold everybody a personalized beerstien. Did you buy one from me?

    Posted by Donald E McBroom | November 7, 2017, 6:22 pm
  45. I was at Cambria Frisch 61-64 and played for the comets. I recall Andy Anderson also caught some games. There was Landon Jackson at first base, I played infield and outfield, Ralph Divitio at 3rd, Bill Steele in the outfield, John Ross,Wil Barton Red Meschah pitch along with Bill Story. There were some very good teams when I played for the comets. I had a great time in Germany and worked on Able shift as a Morse Code operator.

    Posted by John Fricke | December 9, 2017, 5:33 pm
  46. I was stationed at the 6910 from 1963 Till 1965 then went to Pakistan 1965 thru 1966: I was on Charlie and dog or dog then Charlie flight.I could say I remember this person or that person. Does any one remember me? I do remember the times in Amsterdam!,pfashing and the Oct. fests. How about the jolly green giant downtown,Darmsdart. The tall skinny monument. I remember a club downtown referred to as the Till? It seems that the stones played there? Oh well, maybe something will come of this? Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

    Posted by Rich Thomas | December 23, 2017, 12:35 pm

    Posted by Roy Einer | December 23, 2017, 3:01 pm
  48. Ya, the statue we called “long Louie” from it’s German name Louisen Platz….my spelling might be off. I remember it well. I rode my motorcycle around it a hundred times I’m sure. Best days of my life I believe.

    Posted by Matt Lorenz | December 24, 2017, 6:53 pm
  49. Yes, the statue. The aiming point for a daylight bombing raid by the British Air Force during WWII…and they never hit it!

    Posted by Frank | December 26, 2017, 3:11 pm
  50. Roy, I worked in the non-morse radio printer section as an analyst 64-67 (later months on Easy). Pretty sure I was basically on Charlie (so long ago). As I recall, the section sergeant was on the shorter/stocky build with a somewhat darker complexion. He always backed the guys no matter what. If this sounds familiar, Charlie would be the one I was on. (Never went 2T, so was there for 35 months).

    Posted by John (Ed) Portello | December 28, 2017, 7:09 pm

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