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(I have finished through July 17, 2007, as of the date and time above,
Sorry friends, but it has been a very bad time for me since my last note was posted here.

At the end of March my computer got hit with about 7 virus' and a Trojan Horse ...
it took me 3 days to clean them out of my machine, I thought.
About 3 days later, I had to do it all again.

Then on April 6th, I lost a cousin/my best friend of 66 years - from my birth
This shook us all up since he was very healthy ... jogged all of the time
He laid down to take a nap, and never woke up ... he had a major brain aneurism.

Then at the end of April, I had that pesky Trojan Horse again.
Then again the following week with that Trojan Horse.

Then during the first week of this month, my sister went in for an operation on a heel bone ...
the next day she was told that she would have to have half of her lower leg amputated,
since they found an infection in her leg.

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Fellow veterans, friends and families ...

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Thanks to all for your patience!

Jon Kilburn


Hey all. I was in the 97th from '84-'86. Hope everybody is cool tried and true

Fred Pettit <>
Corvallis, OR USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 03:31:03 (EDT)
My Ex-husband Bobby C. Boyd was with B CO, 97th Sig BN. fr. 1973-1976. also fr. 1978-1981. in Mannheim-Sandhofen. sincerely Christa Boyd

Christa Boyd <>
Mannheim, Germany - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 09:41:29 (EDT)
I was in Co. A TAC Mannhiem Germany 68 to 69
Ron Orazine <>
Norton, MA USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 19:59:53 (EDT)
(NOTE: Not 97TH)

Hi, My Father joined the 181st. Trans.! Was stationed in Mannheim Turleybaracks from 1976-1980! His Name is Wayne Leroy Porter! If there is anybody out there who still knows or remembers him it would be cool if u would send a message! He´s still here in Mannheim! Thx

Stephen Porter <>
Mannheim, Germany - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 19:28:32 (EDT)
In the 97th from July, 1971, until January, 1974. Worked in S-3, first under Maj. Kurt O. Beilharz, then under Maj. Russell Turner. Friends with Kim Holston, Richard "Sal" Salazar and Jeff Pape. Archie Weaver, Richard Wilson and Don Fowler were my NCO friends, mentors and military role models.

Tom Winchester <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 05:17:17 (EDT)
CO. C 97th Tiger 20 1971-1972 Nostalgia for me. I would love to hear from the crew there. I am aging and they are a great memory in my life.
Steve Nute <>
Frankfort, ME USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 01:36:51 (EDT)

I was gyroed to Germany with the 11th. Airborne Div. in early 1956. My first station was Gablingen Kaserne with the 188th AIR, then to Reese Barracks with the 2/504th. Spent my final months at Flak Kaserne at 11th.ABN Div. Headquarters. Prior to joining the 11th ABN, I was with the 82nd. Airborne at Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Benning, GA. "Airborne all the Way"

Eugene Gilmartin <>
Casa Grande, AZ USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 01:34:44 (EDT)

I was stationed at the Rhineland Kaserne with the 77 eng. bn Hq&Hq CO. from 1960 to 1962 I was a crane operator stayed TDY most of the time

Blaise Babin <blaisebabin@bellsouth>
French Camp, MS USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 04:37:42 (EDT)
HOPEWELL, VA USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 04:34:19 (EDT)
Yes Co. A 67/68 Motor Messengers

Don Bogash <>
Beverly Hills, FL USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 04:28:35 (EDT)

USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 04:26:43 (EDT)
HHC 97th Signal BN,Mannheim Germany HF Platoon and Training NCO, September 1989 through July 1992. Many friends and wonderful memories. I miss SFC Akins.
Bonnie Erwin <>
Cockeysville, MD USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 04:25:07 (EDT)
I was in Co A, 97th Sig Bn, Coleman Barracks, from May '72 to Aug '75. I was a SGT at the time (Now a retired 1SG)
Michael J Johnson <>
Bemidji, MN USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 04:22:59 (EDT)

I was in the 501st Ordnance Company from Nov. 72 through Dec. 74. at Gerszewski Barracks, Karlshure. If there is anybody out there still alive - contact me.

CH (LTC) Bo Bankston <>
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 04:21:08 (EDT)
I was in the 3rd Plt C CO. 97th Sig Bn. Station at Coleman Barracks Mannheim Germany for Nov. 1972 to Nov. 1975. I enjoyed my tour of duty. My mos was 31M30. I went on to retire as a SFC in 1990. I now live in Ark and work refuiling nuclear power plants a far cry from commo.

Jack L. Green <>
Russellville, Ar. USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 02:54:53 (EDT)
(97th ???)

Hello, My name is Daniela Rodriguez. I am a German National currently looking for someone that served in the U.S. military in Mannheim Germany from 1946-1950. If anyone served during this time and knows a German woman by the name of ANNELISE SPRENG, or knows any information about a club called the “Chicken Dance or Chick-en something???” in Wallstadt, please contact me. Best Regards Daniela

Daniela Rodriguez <>
Mannheim, Germany - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 02:51:32 (EDT)
78-82, Coleman Barracks: I was the B Co. HF Plt Sgt for about 2 years and then moved to HHC. I was the BN S-2 for awhile and then I worked in S-3 until I left. During FTXs I worked SYSCON so, you may not know me but might have talked to me on the line. My memory isn't working too well these days so, if you want to drop me a line to help me shake the cobwebs out I would like to hear from you. (Retired 08/91-DAV member-Viet Vet)
John R. Ellis < or>
Portland, OR USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 10:16:53 (EDT)

I was with the 73rd AAA 1957 for a short time.
Joseph M Comerford <>
Cambridge, MA USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 01:49:40 (EDT)

Was station in Germany,Station at Panzer K. Had my own tank little Panzer to drive. People called me Weasel, on the sie of my tank Read: California Weazel. Was station there 1973-1977. Remember, Squirrel, Wilson.
Remember the Disco clubs down towne, the warm beer, had our own baseball team, called the Amazing Maze.Had my wife there and my children,lived in Boblingen. Went to Patch K to do grocery shopping. Remember field duty, snow/rain/shine. Had an afro in the 70's and piled it under my cap for formation. My wife misses David/Nancy Smith. WE had lots of field duty.
Remember the tanks rolling down the brick roads, we really tore up those streets. Anyone remember me out there?? If so drop me a line.

Martin Valtierra <>
San Jose, CA USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 01:46:53 (EDT)

I'm looking for a (probably "Jeff" ) "Butler", PFC, 517th Maintenance Company, 1977 in Gerszewski Barracks in Karlsruhe/Germany. Do you know him or do you have a idea where/how can I find him?
Butler is black and was a Mechanic. He was involved in those so called stock car race track in 1977 in Karlsruhe.
He has a big scar on his chest because of a engine block wich felt on him.
do you have any idea where Jeff is at or who else could know this???
truly, Jeremias
Jeremias <>
Copake, NY USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 01:18:00 (EDT)
97th Sig C Company Tropo & 2nd R&R Platoon 1988-1990 Thought I'd drop a line and say hello to everyone. Most of us are still in contact, but would like to find Aaron Moyer. Feel free to contact me if you'd like.

Jeffrey Collins <>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 01:07:34 (EDT)
(97TH ??)

Went to the 229th Signal in 61. The 229 was dismantled and we became the 1st Signal Btn. I was in C co. near the main gate while A&B Comps. stayed in the old 229 Bldg. Shipped out in 63 when whole unit was sent to Ft Chaffee Ark. Got out in 63. Still stay in touch with Gilkison, VanKlavern and Essenmacher and Mason. Would like to know what happened to Guillot, Sam Lee and Benny Keeler. Lots of fond memories of Teds Stube near the water tower and trips to Munich etc. Some memories are Capt Stoddard, Capt Johansen, Sgt Love, Lt Streips (Have talked to him recently). Lets hear from you!!!

Lawrence K Ritchie <>
Hamilton, MI USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 01:05:35 (EDT)

529th FA at the Neureut Kaserne. 1954-1955.
Weather Observation. Any body there?

Russ McKinney <>
Blue Bell, PA USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 01:01:39 (EDT)
Feb. 1961 until Aug. 1963. "C" Co. Panzer Kaserne. I had the only black MG on post. Best buddies, John R. Chandler, Manual Oubre, Dale Russell. Started in Comm Cen at Patch but became Driver School Inst.

Michael A. Steuer, CPP <>
Southfield, MI USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 09:20:54 (EDT)
I was in B Co 97th Sig Bn from 87 to 89. Is there any others from B Co from that time frame out there.

John Culliton <>
Stone Mountain, GA USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 09:18:12 (EDT)
I have fond memories of C co 97th Sig I was there from
> 11/86-11/89 a 72E as a matter of fact. I hope to reunite with some old and
> dear friends.

Shirlene Barrett-Williams <>
Lakeland, FL USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 09:15:05 (EDT)
i forgot to mention the great times at the bowling alley and if you remember how the barracks were connected, during winter we would keep EICHBAUM BIERE on the roof in the snow til top would bust our chops during formation in the morning and make us go on major police call at the softball fields
does anyone remember a cat named campbell? had more books than the smithsonian.
had roomdawgs names pagan who was an ok guitarist i think he had gigs locally w/some german pals
martin (marty) who got out on sec8 i think
would like to hear from any of the familiar gang...
anyway i was one of the ones chosen to attend the Paris Marathon but never made it due to our "special guests" at the hotel and we vowed not to tell top anything other than the marathon was awesome and very tiring. (if you are reading this and you were there theres probably a biggg smile on yer mug right about now)...happy trails amigos

VICTORIA, tx USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 01:22:46 (EDT)
forgot on my last post to give a shout out to all the operators who helped out in the motorpool even when you really didnt wanna, but in the end we all achieved the real TRIED AND TRUE spirit that got things done and still made time to enjoy the comaraderie between the motorpool rats & the cable/wire dogs.
does anyone remember the CLUB SCALA? there was a very attractive bartender named SUZIE ??? i think that was her name, gosh what a treat

victoria, tx USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 01:15:48 (EDT)

2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry from 66-68. I was in Btn Hqs and my barracks was across the street from the EM Club.
I went to work trying to find all the guys I could from 1965-1969 and in the last 20 months have found about 130 of them. Getting these guys back together has been an incredible experience. We had a small reunion in Feb, and are planning a big one in a year, in Branson MO.
I worked thru S-3 in charge of the Training Aids (Drafting Shop) and my shop was right under the old Movie theater.
I have a friend who wrote the only book about the history of Coleman, and he keeps me posted on a regular basis.
Coleman is like a big ghost town in most areas now. The airbase is still in use, but the buildings are a sham.
I do have a great sattelite shot of Coleman, if you are interested in it!
As we used to say "40 Rounds, Sir"


Jesse Anderson <>
Sheridan, OR USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 01:10:48 (EDT)
 i was in hhc 97th sig in late 1983-1985, worked in motorpool
sgt. walton was foreman, also kicked major butt w/my compadre steve blalock from california.  boy those were great daze, oops i mean days.
would like to hear from the old motor pool gang/generator shop.

VICTORIA, TX USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 12:51:10 (EDT)

I was with the 229th. Sig. Co. from 1959-1961. Looking for anyone that might have been in contact with Sgt. Gene Erwin of the 229th in recent years. I was a radio relay team chief.

C. H. Lewis <>
Monroe, MI USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 16:42:25 (EDT)
I was in the 97th Signal Battalion from 1992-1995. I was a 36L Switch Staff Sergeant. It was reflagged as the 414th Signal Company before I left.

Matthew N. Davis <>
Hephzibah, GA USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 16:36:32 (EDT)

I was in the 4th Bn 73rd Armor Company B. 1972 to 1975. Had a great time over there and enjoyed the area.
Arlen Peterson <>
Frederic, WI USA - Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 12:11:59 (EDT)
C 97th, Platoon Sgt 69-70, Carrier Platoon.
Left in 70 for Bragg on the way to Nam.

Allen Menges <>
Augusta, GA USA - Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 12:07:23 (EDT)
I was in the 97th Signal Bn. Co B from 1967-1968
Looking for Sgt. Lenthe, Dave Powell, Roger Hill, to name a few.
I was a 31M20.

Kenneth Groezinger <>
Shannon, IL USA - Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 12:05:30 (EDT)

I was with the 77th MP Detachment at Coleman Barracks and worked at the Stockade from 1967 to 1970. Can't find any info about it on line.
I am also looking for a pic of the arm patch for the VFW Post 191 of Canonsburg, Pa.
Thank you Ron

Ronald (Bubby) McNary <>
Prosperity, PA USA - Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 12:01:12 (EDT)
No; I was with the 496TH Supply Co. @ Panzer Kaserne, Bobligen,
> Germany from Oct. 1983 - Apr. 1985.

Eugene Gacobelli <>
Roseville, MI USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 05:31:43 (EDT)
Was in 97th B company Coleman Barracks I think. 69 to 71.Got out E-5, spent a lot of time at Tiger 37.Lots of good memories. Would not trade them for anything!Was from Columbus Ga at that time.Please E-mail. What happened to you Paul Pevey?
Doug Spainhour <>
Oxford, Ga USA - Friday, March 09, 2007 at 01:49:12 (EST)

I was in Headquarters Detachment, 25th Signal Battalion, at Gerzewski Barracks from '62-'64. Everyone called me "Pete". Would like to hear from anyone I knew then. Memories do fade.

Gary Potter <>
Georgetown, OH USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 09:33:32 (EST)

I was not in the 97th but, I was in the 78th Engr. in Ettlingen, D Co. 1972-73-74 Thanks, Mark

mark a bertram <>
new castle, IN USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 09:29:58 (EST)

Indianapolis, IN USA - Friday, February 23, 2007 at 18:14:44 (EST)

I was not in the the 97th . I was in the 62nd AAA Bn. That would be 1956 57 58. I would like to hear from any one who was in the 62nd at that time. Or was at Sullivan Barracks at that time. Thanks J. W.

Jim Wright <>
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, February 23, 2007 at 18:12:57 (EST)

was not in 97th. Was in the 78th Engineers (C) from 77-79. Was in the S-1 section. Would like to hear from Bob Wilson. Stationed at Rhineland kaserne in Ettlingen, Germany. Also would like to hear from any other troopers I served with during that time.

Rick McFarland <>
Rushville, Oh USA - Friday, February 23, 2007 at 18:09:26 (EST)
I was in A Co. 97th from 72 to 75 at Coleman Barracks. I was with the Wire/Telops platoon.

Duane Frahm <>
Apple Valley, MN USA - Friday, February 23, 2007 at 17:54:02 (EST)
Co A 97th Sig Bn- Mar66-Sep68. Began at Panzer Kaserne, Boeblingen. Moved to Schwetzingen, then to Viernheim. Might have some old photos in storage. Saw the Boeblingen photos and was disappointed- would like to have seen PK again, but biggest disappointment was that I wasn't there. Oh well ... If you know any folk in the Bay Area, I'd be happy to lift a stein and swap stories. (a wonderful "Annie get your gun" by the Boeblingen HS, sleeping in the CO's jeep trailer because he never used the trailer or rolling out at 0430 to some unknown location in the woods, transmitting "top secret" articles from Stars & Stripes, etc) Tell me more about association membership, OK?
Rich Rodriguez <>
Hayward, CA USA - Friday, February 23, 2007 at 17:51:52 (EST)

I don't know have a lot of info, but my father, Robert M. Book was stationed in Boblingen Germany in 1952-53. He couldn't remember the name of the base. Can anyone help me? I just visited Germany and went to Boblingen and went on base to Panzer and Patch Kasernes. My dad said he was not at Panzer, but there was another base in Boblingen. Please email me with any info! Thanks! Jan 6, 2007

Tina Phillips <>
Lafayette, NJ USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:43:57 (EST)
I am doing OK, all things considered.
I appreciate the thought ...
Also, thanks for asking about the Guestbook ... it got me motivated again, and everything has been posted as of this date.
----- Original Message -----
From: william plisko jr
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 1:38 PM
Subject: Guest Book

HI John,
I hope your tests turned out in your favor. I have to ask you if the guest book is in fact up to date? I get the impression there are 20 outstanding entries.

William Plisko Jr <>
USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:41:42 (EST)
97TH "C" MoMo otherwise known as motor messenger.62-63
Somewhere in these archives someone said it was pretty much an alcohol haze. That is somewhat what I recall (or not). Sometimes drove comcenter shuttle or did one of the daily messenger runs. Some good recollections and some not so good but all in all a good experience.

Howard Sheffer <>
Windsor, PA USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:34:38 (EST)
97th from May 66 to June 70. Mo-Mo Plt Ldr, Comm Center Plt Ldr, Battalion Adjutant for LTC DeMarche. Shared office with Sgt Major Hatfield. A good man. Moved to 7th army COmm Command in Plans and Operations. Was Signal Systems Engineer for 7th Army Signal. Good times- love to hear from any old fiends.
Bob Stovall <>
Salt Lake City, UT USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:33:25 (EST)
I am looking for anyone that was in the 587th Signal Company, 52nd Signal Battalion Patch Barracks Germany from 1974 to 1986.

Mark Erwin <>
Tucson, Az USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:32:02 (EST)
I was attached to C co. 86 to 88. My duties were maintaining the tool room and fixing the Generators. I have come here to wish you all Ein Gutest Weihnachten fur 2006. And for those of you who don't remember that Merry christmas
Patrick N. Kramer <>
Antigo, Wi USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:30:21 (EST)
97th Signal from May,67 to Juneish 70. A CO Motor Messenger Platoon Leader, Wire Platoon Leader, CommCenter Platoon leader, then Batallion Adjutant for Col Demarshe. Shared office with Sgt Major Hatfield from whom I learned a lot and was proud to serve. Moved up the street to 7thCommCommand and worked for Col Morrison in Signal Systems Engineering. Became the Signal briefing officer for 7th Army when in the field. I remember the field exercise when the snow was so deep that we stayed in the tent and passed around a bottle of... well you know. Good times. Love to hear from others who were there then.
Bob Stovall <>
Salt Lake City, UT USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:28:41 (EST)
(NOTE: 97TH ???)
hi there,
can anybody remember Jeff Butler? He was PFC 517th Maint.Co in GERZEWSKI - Brks. KARLSRUHE/GERMANY.
He left Karlsruhe/Germany in summer 1977. He might were sometimes in the smiley barracks libary.

And what about Randy Buel?
And Frank from California?
both were at least 1977 stationed in Karlsruhe.
Can you also remember the "Rennverein"? It was a place were the Karlsruhe-barrack-guys use to spend there free time.

If no, do you know who could know something?

all the best,

Jeremias Gela Angelika <>
COPAKE, NY USA or Germany ??? - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:27:17 (EST)
correction,i was in germany with the 97th in 1964-65.
george bennett <>
south salem, ny USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:22:41 (EST)
Yes I was in the 97th,Company B,Coleman Barracks, Mannheim,February 1970,to September 1970. The best time I had in the army. Anyone that remembers please e-mail me. I was chief clerk of Co.B.
Leslie Dubick <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:21:28 (EST)
R.O.C. V.H.F. Platoon Boblingen
97th Sig Detachment Coleman Barracks
W.O.C. Coleman Barracks
AJ Henson <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:19:52 (EST)
R.O.C. V.H.F. Platoon Boblingen
97th Sig Detachment Coleman Barracks
W.O.C. Coleman Barracks

AJ Henson <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:14:53 (EST)
I was in "A" Company Telops platoon.I arrived in June 68 and was discharged from there in March 69 as a Sp/5.I remember playing flag football across the street from the barracks,the wurst stand, Operation Goldenrod & Ssgt Ralph Young. The trolly to Manhiem was always on time and the beer at the Scotch Bar was always cold.
Stan Thompson <>
Evansdale, IA USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:13:40 (EST)
I was assigned to "c" company (motor messenger platoon) 97th signal at panzer kaserne from july 1961 until july 1963. I remember some of the people I was there with, John Chandler, Michael Steurer, Mel Queen, Eugene Tafoya, David Millas, Robert Helton, Robert Marshall. I have a few pictures if anyone is interested.
Dale Russell

Dale Russell <>
Golden, Co USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:12:30 (EST)
78th engr bn (ce) rhineland kaserne ettlingen 67-69 d co

thomas r brown <>
long beach, ms USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:11:14 (EST)
Was in 97th from May '67 to about'69 then moved to 7th Communications Command. Was A Company Motor Messenger platoon leader, then A Co Comm Center, then Batallion Adjutant- for Col DeMarsh and Sgt Major Vann (?). Moved up the street to 7th CC as Signal systems engineer. Worked for Col Morrison. Good days- love to hear from you.
Bob Stovall <>
Salt Lake City, UT USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:09:42 (EST)
i was in the 97th,in 1966 and 67,in mainhiem and langenbrand and was there when it was closed down as a radio relay station.
george bennett <>
south salem, ny USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:08:03 (EST)
I was in panzer kaserne (boblingen) in 85-86 when we bombed libya and when chernoble went up, i also was at the wall before it came down. I was looking for anyone in my unit, especially "johnson". Would also like to know if anyone else has had there freakin bed slide across the floor with noone else in dorm room, (while asleep), or anything weird like that, at panzer kaserne dorms???

lewis hasty <>
herculaneum, mo USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:06:36 (EST)
I am a former 97th Sig Bn member. I actually was the OIC for the 50th Anniversary of the battalion soon before it was disbanded and transitioned into the 414th Signal Company. I wanted to know if the mini reunion took place in Clear Lake, IA.
Jon M Dornbusch <>
USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:04:05 (EST)
Hi! I have a new email address. It is

I have enjoyed the website!

Ed Cline

Edmund Cline <>
USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:02:08 (EST)
Sir, I have a correction to make to my posting. I was with the" 29th Trans. Battalion" not the 39th.I apoligize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Thank you very much.............Walt Bischoff
(No problem - webmaster, 97th Sig Bn Association)

Walt Bischoff <>
Ephrata, PA USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 03:00:18 (EST)
No, 5th sig cmd, Mannhiem Germany, Sullivan Barracks, 12/74 - 08/76. Anybody part AMSF please contact.

Joe Morales <>
Oxnard, Ca USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 02:57:49 (EST)
I logged in a couple-a-years ago but since have seen a couple-a-comments bout Smoke Smother so thought I'd add my two cents worth. How many NCOs does a EM come into daily contact with over a three year stint? A few hundred probably. Smoke was far and away number one in my book. One of those men like Capt Gainey that you'd follow to the depths of hell if he asked you to. He was a soldier's soldier. Once a bunch of us were in the orderly room signing out to go on pass when a beautiful fraulein entered the room w/a baby. When the CQ runner asked her if he could help her she said, 'Yes. Where's Smoke?" The CQ runner responded that he had signed out and she came around the counter and handed him the baby. He said, "What am I suppose to do with this?" She responded, "Give it to Smoke." I understand that she was arrested by the polezi for child abandonment or some such charge and Smoke had a sit-down w/the chaplain the following morning. Smoke was my platoon sargeant in 62-63. Once when we were way out in the boondocks on a field problem there was a banging on the door of my Angry -26-D. I opened the door to find Smoke standing on the tail gate. His coal black 60 Chevy Impala convertible was parked behind my rig somewhere there in the Black Woods. He asked me if there was a guest house nearby and I said this is Germany isn't it. He told me to get in the car and we took off and found a steuben not far away and had a couple-a-beers. During fields problems of course everything is suppose to be tacticle-what could be more tacticle than a new Chevy convertible. It was the dead of winter and Smoke just decided he was taking the jeep back to
Boblingen and taking his car out on maneuvers. You had to love a guy w/juevos that big. The fact that I was a PFC and He was a E-7 never occured to Smoke. Once during work formation the CO turned the company over to the first cuff. This guy weighed about 375 and was a sorry excuse for a NCO. As soon as the CO turned us over to him he started talking to the entire company, micro managing stuff to the smallest detail that at best should have been handled in a staff meeting. Smoke said< "Platoon, tenshut." The blimp started in, "Sargeant Smothers, Sargeant Smothers, you haven't been dismissed yet." Smoke responded, "Fallout and fall back in in the motor pool." Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of good NCOs during my three years but Smoke was just one of those unique individuals that was completely together. Oh, bye the way the 1st Sgt who loved nothing better than the sound of his own voice disappeared soon after. JFK @ that time was getting the military to do everything w/great viggah and had instituted some kind minimal physical reqyirements that probably did him in.

William R. Guettler <>
Whittier, Ca USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 02:56:02 (EST)
manhimen and relay station in langinbraind

george bennett <>
south salem, ny USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 02:53:25 (EST)
i was with the 97th at coleman brks in 1973. made bn soldier of the month i was a 31m20.
arnold morgan e jr
ocilla, ga USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 02:52:09 (EST)
I was in the 596th Signal Co. Support attathed to the 97th at Panzer Kerserne from July 1962-Nov. 1963.
Everett Crumrine <>
Marion, IN USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 02:50:07 (EST)
Company clerk, WOC, 1955-1958,Panzer Kaserne and Wagners gausthaus.
rich gindhart <>
Hamilton, NJ USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 02:48:18 (EST)
Looked at and Found our CO CAPT. Robert Key I sent an e-mail but came back do you have him listed in your data base with an current e-mail address.?

Ray Schnell <>
Upland, CA USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 02:47:14 (EST)
I was at Sullivan Barricks 97 Sig. A Co. Com. Center Platoon from July 61 untill Dec. 62 like to hear from old friends all the best to all...............
John Hrycyk <>
Boca Raton, FL USA - Monday, January 08, 2007 at 02:44:21 (EST)
SP-4,"A" Co. 97th Sig.Bn. Sullivan Barracks , Mannheim 1963-65
Radio Relay Carrier operator 293.1 , Capt. Key CO . Later Capt. Biddinger, Plt Sgt Hueveldt. Ham Radio license since 1974 call sign WA6IQL HF & CW

Ray Schnell <>
Upland, CA USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 02:12:51 (EST)
I was in the 97th. Sig. Co. A from July of 61 untill Dec. of 62,inCom. Center Platoon at Sullivan Barricks,would like to hear from old friends but cant get my post on the Board tried twice any help would be welcomed all the best John Hrycyk
John Hrycyk <>
USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 02:11:37 (EST)


Ray Schnell <>
Upland, Ca USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 02:09:59 (EST)
1963-65 293.1 Radio Relay Carrier operator, Team Chief.
SP-4, "A" Co. Sullivan Barracks Mannheim.

Lt. David Biddinger Plt. Leader later became Capt. "A" Co. Commander, Plt. Sgt. Heuveldt?

Ray Schnell <>
Upland, Ca USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 02:08:48 (EST)
I was in Com.Center Platoon A Co. Sullvian Barricks,worked at Funari Barricks untill I left was there from July 61 till Dec. of 62 Remb. Major Abood and Capt Pierson like to hear from old friends all the best to all..

John Hrycyk <>
Boca Raton, FL USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 02:06:56 (EST)
i was in the 585th Signal Company for 1958-1961.
Norm Gambill <>
Wixom, Mi USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 02:03:34 (EST)
Was not with the 97th was with the 40th signal at gerzewski barracks 1955 1956 would love to hear from anyone who was there at that time. fred Giovelli

Fred Giovelli <>
springhill, FL USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 02:01:49 (EST)
I was in Comm center Platoon July 61 till Dec 62 crazy times My first contact was Capt. Abood later major Abood, Sgt Kami Uggg like to hear from old friends,etc,

John Hrycyk <>
boca raton, FL USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:59:13 (EST)
I was there. Coleman Barracks 1971-1973 2nd PLT company C
I often wonder about old freinds. Paul Anderson (Atlanta) Buddy Harrington (Fresno) A favorite quote I still use today was often spoken by our Plattoon Sergeant Copeland
" Well I don't know but I'll tell ya"
Remember those snitzel sandwiches from the brat stand near the front gate?

Allen Stanley <>
Nashville, TN USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:56:12 (EST)
was in 97th in germany, 1969-70
george bennett <>
south salem, ny USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:53:48 (EST)
585th Signal Co. Spt
F J DePaola <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:50:58 (EST)
I was with 585th Signal Co. Spt from 1957 to 1960
was ran switch board Panzar Kasarne for two years
re-upd to stay in Germany sent back to states last two years 2nd Inf. Bde Fort Devens

F J DePaola <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:49:49 (EST)
Correction to an earlier message

My time with the 97th was from 1972-1977, and again from 1978-1981, not 72-77 and 76-81 as stated.

Johan Brouns <>
Eugene, OR USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:47:52 (EST)
Feb. 1953-May 1954. Panzer Kaserne, Boblingen
Frank Hummel <>
Marlton, NJ USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:45:21 (EST)

Howie Owen <>
Quincy, IL USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:43:42 (EST)
I have send 2 messages,none are posted!
Could someone explain why?
I have a legal email address and was a member of the 97th Sig Bn for 8 years.
Do I have to become a tried and true member first? If so please let me know.
Johan Brouns,MSG E8 Ret.

Johan Brouns <>
Eugene, OR USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:41:11 (EST)
I sent an entry for the new guestbook about 10 days ago.
It has not been posted yet. Why?

Johan Brouns,MSG.retired,97th member from 1972-1975 and again from 1976-1981.
(trying to find out what happened to my message)

(NOTE: See large email message below about email problems)

Johan Brouns <>
Eugene, OR USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:39:18 (EST)
Served in the 97th fom 1972-1975 and again from 1976-1981.
Started in C Co. as an E5 Team Chief in a Radio Relay/Tropo
platoon and ended up at the Bn.S3 as an E7 working for Sgt.
Schwindt.Will never forget the time spend in the 97th.
The times in the field/gasthause,time spend with our German
sister unit,the 890th Sig.and at Hermann`s with Sgt Schwindt,CW.Hombach,CPT.Patzer,CPT.Miller (the list goes on and on)
I retired in 1988 as a MSG E8,went into a second career as a Correctional Officer at Folsom Prison,CA.and retired from there May 2006
I am now living in Eugene OR.enjoying retirement with my wife of 43 years.
We have 2 sons,one is working in security in CA.and my oldest son is a MAJ. soon to be the Army,serving in Kabul,Afganistan.

Hope to hear from somebody.

Johan Brouns <>
Eugene, OR USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:35:55 (EST)
I was Wire company and radio company from may 1956 to nov 1957.

Ron Thorpe <>
Stockton, CA USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:33:45 (EST)
HF Plt., A Co., 97th Sig. Bn. I remember the bar in the woods where I used to play checkers and chess with the locals, the wurst shack outside the front gate, the chicken guy who used to come by in the evenings, the girl at the pizza place at BFV (you know who u are), going to the firing range to practice on the M60 but only having practice rounds that did not have enough powder to chamber a round, having practice filters in our masks for 2 years before we found out about it, SFC what's his name jeep tires in the field (you know what I'm talking about). ha

Joe Walker <>
Bismarck, ND USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:32:26 (EST)

I was in the 102d Signal Battalion stationed in Feudenheim, Germany. Time of duty was 1957-1958. We are just trying to get some sort of group together and we are asking for any assistance inhow you found all of your members.

Was the 102d associated in any way with the 97th. We were under 4th Signal Group from Heidelberg, and I believe 22nd Signal

Donald Roupe <>
Greensburg, PA USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:30:27 (EST)


MAHWAH, NJ USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:27:33 (EST)
Charlie Rock from 1987 through 1988, Operation NCO, Tropo PSG. Later with HHC I was in the S-3 shop 1988-1990. Yes I was the guy that did the cut sheets. Great time and great memories .... Tried and True !!!!

Dwight E. Jordan <>
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:25:01 (EST)

I was with the 25th Signal Batt., Co.B at Gerszewski Barracks in Knielingen between 1961 and 1964. Would be great to hear from some of the guys who were there at that time

Gunther H Priester <>
Princeton, Ky USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:23:45 (EST)
Worked Operations and Training 1973-1975, Coleman Barracks
Jef Jourdan <>
Northome, MN USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:21:39 (EST)
Landed at Boeblingen Oct. 1966; Bn was out on excercises. Assigned to Co. A; moved to Mannheim, then went over to HHC Personnel. Worked for CWO Brown and Sgt. Bower, until returning for separation in May 1968. Must be getting old because I can't remember the names of the many buddies. Went to Berchtesgarden & Saltzburg with some of them (I think there were 4 of us.) Lived in Lampertheim for a while.
Let me know if you remember me...
Robert Szego <>
Coxsackie, NY USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:20:20 (EST)
Super Bee (B Co) July '74 -Sept '77. Servered under Lt Finnegan and General Pope(SSG), HF Platoon. Drove a white '74 Corvette. Always in trouble. Worked with the Queens Regt when they came in country. Hung with Sgt King, drank alot of Remy martin, did some skiing, went to Bad Tolz twice (05C school and NCO Academy). Looking for the then Lt Lisa Dieli- love of my life. Great Times!

William Kiel <>
Mishawaka, IN USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:18:13 (EST)
NOTE FOR ALL: This is an email that I received and answered regarding this guestbook -

----- Original Message -----
From: Richard
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 9:17 PM

no one has posted anything in the guestbook since
june 13 ???



Several years ago we started getting a lot of spam being posted on our guestbook pages, so I set it up to send them to me for screening, and then I would post them.
About June of this year my desktop started crashing, so I had to move what I could access, to my laptop.
Something happened and the messages quit forwarding to my mailbox. Since it appeared that all of my email was coming to me, I didn't notice that the ones for the guestbook weren't.
It was about September when I realized that there was something taking up too much room on my web server, so I went through all of the files and found that there were over 16,000 messages built up, and almost all were spam. By the time I finished going through them all, there were nearly 30,000 pieces of spam.

Since then I have just been keeping up cleaning out the spam, and have been taking care of some other things that I needed to do ... I have been back and forth with medical tests for the last few months.

Now, since you asked the question ... Yes, there have been some to post and I will try to post them all now, if I can stay awake long enough ... if not, I will finish them in the next couple of days.

Sorry for the delay!!!

Jon Kilburn

Jon Kilburn <>
Warren, MI USA - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 01:10:48 (EST)
Bob Braden <>
BETHALTO, IL USA - Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 00:57:58 (EDT)
Yes, I was in C Company 97th Sig. BN Coleman Barracks (Charlie Rock!!!) Switch Platoon from June 1989 - Dec 1991. I have a lot of fond memories and met many good people. Tried and True!!!
Aaron Easter <>
Woodbridge, VA USA - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 23:11:29 (EDT)
Served in HHC. Assigned to ELM and was the NBC NCO From 77 to 79. Used to look out my barracks window at OCS every AM.
Paul O. Knox <>
Augusta, GA USA - Monday, June 05, 2006 at 00:01:55 (EDT)
97th signal batallion (Syscon - HHC 7th Army) April 1964 to Aug 1967 Boblingen and Mannheim. Worked in comm center at Patch Barracks

Ron Salts <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 15:36:25 (EDT)

1984-1988 4th bat 8th inf. Bravo Company drop me a note.

Steve Barnes <>
Grants Pass, OR USA - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 15:34:14 (EDT)
I was in the 97th Signal Batt. l955-l957. I lived at Panzer Kaserne and worked at Patch Barracks. the message and results section.

David D. Rogers <>
Holland, MI USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:32:25 (EDT)
I was in the 97th from Nov 1960 until May 1963. I was in Winter Shield 2, Jan 1961 until spring of 1961. I served the rest of my tour,TDY all over Germany. From Panser to Cambrai Frisch in Darmstadt. Darmstadt to Bad Durkheim. The Wine Barell I remember and some of the guys. Sgts Boutiette ( BOOTS), Snyder, Thomas. Rivet. The tower was erected during my tour. If anyone remembers the A Band ant. ontop I put it there. Bad D to Hinzrath, near Hahn Air Base. Most of our time was spent in Bruchweiler. Tom Bowling and Norman Mark I had the opportunity to visit in 2001. They remembered us and went over old times. Deter, Herbert, Horst, were still around and we had a party. Hinzerath to Langenbran, near Phorzheim. From ther to the USA and out. I would like to hear from any one that I mentioned and anyone I forget to mention.

Bill Plisko <>
Fort Edward, NY USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 19:09:19 (EDT)
I served in C Co. Maint Platoon under SSG Kerby and Sgt Havron 1989-1992, Spent alot of tome in the field got my hair cut up north by the same old german that cut Elvis's hair. Isn't that a story I can tell my kids! I wish I had more photo's. I did shoot alot of video with Brian Worstell and Richard Canncion "Canman", Acreman, York, Veccione, Strait, Cannon, Clark" Big FRuity", Ingrham, Coovling, Campbell. Boy those were some wild times!!!!!
Michael O. Coby <>
Moorefield, WV USA - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:58:45 (EDT)
HHQ from 7/70 thru 12/71 worked as a wrecker operator in Headquarters motorpool, took over for Ron Stokes when he left. We all remember the brat stand outside the gate.

Charles Varey <>
Laconia, NH USA - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:28:31 (EDT)

I was assigned to the 414th Signal Company in 1973. At that time it was located on Ft. Meade, MD. I read some of the guestbook entries that indicate that the 97th became the 414th. If so, then what was the unit doing between '73 and whenever the 97th became it? Perhaps there is some interesting history that might go along with this. At the time I was assigned to the 414th, we were referred to as a "B-----d" unit as it didn't belong to any battalion or other signal entity. Any ideas out there?

Paul "Jerry" Scannell <>
N. Providence, RI USA - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:26:27 (EDT)

I was stationed at "Panzer Kaserne" in 1962-64. I was with the 96th Trans Co. (Hvy Lift) and I believe the 97th signal was in barracks just down the road from us. My question is how can I locate a Btn crest from the 39th Trans Btn. or do you know anyone who may be able to help me with this research?
Thank you for your time

Walt Bischoff <>
Ephrata, PA USA - Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 04:44:09 (EDT)
I was "C" Company 97th Sig, 78-82, Worked in ELM for a Little Bit and Also Ran the Movie Theater on Coleman Baracks. Also Dated 1LT Paula Chapman, One Nice Lady. Wish I knew where she is at this time..... Made My SGT Strips there too.
SFC Tom Berry ( Ret ) <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 01:38:58 (EDT)

I was a cook in the 176th. sig. co. (repair) 1955-1956....any of you old cooks around........hillmer, simpson, levi case, al kline, don norman, walters, lamar potts, waldo onnie, cecil burton creg, to name a few.....great times to say the least

tom westrich <>
the villages, FL USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 03:02:10 (EDT)
596Th. Signal Co. Pulaski Barracks 1963-1964

Paul Knasinski <>
Lake Orion, MI USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 10:51:26 (EDT)
yes: Radio Co HF Plt 1953-1955 Panzer Kasern , Boeblingen. Was HF Plt Sgt 54/55 . Promoted to Warrant Off and transfered to 176 Sig Maint Co on other side of Panzer close to PX. CO most of time was Bernard Coleman . Most will remember him .BN Comannder Lt Col Bowman . Like to hear from former members .....Walt Gust
Walter Gust <>
Washington, NC USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 02:33:40 (EDT)
I was stationed with 97th Signal Bn from 1990-1992 with Brave company as a telecommunication center operator. I really enjoyed the time I spent there

Phillip Robinson <>
Ft. Gordon, GA USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 15:25:37 (EDT)


NIAGARA FALLS, NY USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 15:24:00 (EDT)
I was a member of HHC ELM Tropo section Coleman barracks 1979-1982.

David Ehlers <>
Watertown, WI USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 15:22:17 (EDT)
I was in A Co. for a short period of time as a carrier operator in 1960 and spend the rest of my German tour in B Co. into 1962. I spend more time in the field as a radio operator than I did in Panzer Kasern and believe it or not I sorta miss the place. I wonder what it is like now in 2006.

T. Gordon " Tex" Martin <>
Garrison, TX USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 15:21:12 (EDT)

I was not in 97th. I was stationed at Gerszewski August 1959- July 1961 with 620th Engineer Co. (FM) later (DS). Our building was to right of rear gate and our shops were to left of rear gate and in line with Bowling Alley. Our company had its own mess hall in the building. I really enjoyed it there in that part of Germany. Some of the guys I know where they are include Barney E. Caver Charles R. Sutphin Richard J. Kinder

George Wessitsh <>
Vancouver, WA USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 15:19:27 (EDT)
I was in B Co. 97th Signal Bn from Sep 92 until June of 93.
Edward Thomas <>
Grand Bay, AL USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 15:17:49 (EDT)
WILTON, CT USA - Friday, March 03, 2006 at 18:34:22 (EST)

I am not going to normally let commercial posts be posted here, but I will make exceptions for sites that look interesting. I will leave them for a short time and then will remove them after posting them to a 'LINKS' page that I will post on our site.
Der Deutsche Michel Corp. <>
Hamburg, Germany - Friday, March 03, 2006 at 18:27:50 (EST)

Leonard Fagan <>
STUTTGART, GERMANY - Friday, March 03, 2006 at 17:08:41 (EST)
I served with the 97th from December of 1970 to October of 1975. My duties were platoon sergeant (WTO) in Company A and then Company B and finally in the S-3 Section under Majors Turner and Fowler. Those almost five years were the best of my career (despite the Article 15 that I got in 1972). Can remember a few names - Melvin Fowler, Russell Turner, Rex Redrode, Frank Schwind, Richard Wilson, and Bobby Frank. Since retiring, haven't run in to anyone from the 97th. Would love to hear from anyone who served with the Tried and True during those years.

Donald M. Fowler <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, March 03, 2006 at 16:52:50 (EST)
I was with the 97th Signal Btn. from Sept. 1974 to Feb. 1976 at Coleman Barracks. Some of the best times in my life were in Germany. I was in the HHC company and worked in the ELM shop (near the prison). My last few months in Germany was spent driving LTC Hoffman around the countryside. That was cool! Where are you Jon Maldonado, William Guedes, Willie Jackson, Sam Leak,....

Lawrence Hensley <>
Sinking Spring, PA USA - Friday, March 03, 2006 at 16:46:25 (EST)

I was not in the 97th. I was in the 78th LEM company from Nov. 1967 to March 1969 at Panzer Kaserne. I would love to hear from Sam Goodwin, or John Fong, or a black guy with his last name" Martin". We were all there around the same time and we all left around the same time with orders to go to Vietnam. I really enjoyed Panzer Kaserne and Plan to visit Sept of this year with my wife,

Dana Schlotz < (This is not a valid email address - Possibly>
Castro Valley, Ca USA - Friday, March 03, 2006 at 16:29:45 (EST)
I was in the 97th ROC, Sullivan Bks. 1957,58,59 with Jake (John) Kuhl, Don Rorebeck, Stan (Rudy) Rudjinski, Pat Eason, Jack Mack. We are looking for Harry Murphy, Chas. McEvoy,

Ron De Riemacker <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 01:43:29 (EST)
Was in the 97th form Jan 85 to May 86 HHC-Coleman Barracks would love to hear from anyone that was there then.
Scott Fochler <>
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 01:41:15 (EST)

Hi, I was in the Pathfinders (8th infantry division) from 79 to mid 81. I was in B platoon, a Sergeant Tyner was my squad leader at the time. I was looking for a Buger Torrez, he was a specialist 4 when I left. I went up the rank of E5 but didn't re-enlist and PCSed or ETSed, forgot the term, from Ft. Carson Colorado in 82.
Freddie Rivera <>
Jamaica, NY USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 01:39:17 (EST)
I was in A Co 97th Sig from April '66 to Dec '68 at Panzer Kaserne and Coleman TT\Crypto Maint 72B\31J sailed to Europe on the cruise ship Gen Simon B Buckner

Robert Knight <>
Exeter, Ca USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 01:36:00 (EST)

184th chemical det. at taylor barracks 1982-83, great times...

ontario, ca USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 01:34:01 (EST)

Leslie Demmons <>
Waldoboro, ME USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 01:29:47 (EST)

I was in Co.D of the 25th Signal Battalion stationed at Kleber Kaserne, in the clock tower building, from April,1956 till September of 1958. We would put up spiral-4 telephone wire during red and blue army war games.

John C. Ewert <>
Deming, NM USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 01:22:30 (EST)
Hi buddies. Would like hearing you. I was Circuit Control Chief of A Co. 97th Sig Batt. at Sullivan Barracks, 2nd floor and was in a 2 man room at the end of hall opposite from Construction. I was there for 32 months 61-64. Had some good times there. Do you remember John Shirk or George Quigley?
Bob Stoker <>
Valley Springs, CA USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 01:19:54 (EST)
This is in repsonse to the entry submitted to George Parker of the the Queen's Own Regiment posted Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 21:12:11 (EDT). Although I wasnt' involved in those exercises, I was in Co.B HF platoon when Roger King was my team Chief and General W. Pope was the platoon sergeant. How can anyone forget when George showed up in his big Austin taxi! Not to mention your generous chaufuering me around when I visted London in May, '76 and you showed me a real English pub in Edgewar, it was the Beehive wasn't it?and edcucated me about that crazy law of closing the pub down at 10:30. If you by chance come to this guest book again, I'd be glad for you to make contact. I am also featured at the following url:
Until then mate, cheerio. Rich Egenriether
Richard Egenriether <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 00:59:21 (EST)
Wire/B Co.49/52
Dexter C. Gillis <>
Marblehead, MA USA - Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 00:52:16 (EST)
I was in B co. 97th com-center from 72 thru 75. Trying to locate Bill Jacobucci, Charlie Gale, and Eugene Gantt

Mike Burdette "Wimpy" <>
Galion, OH USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 12:21:23 (EST)

I don't recall what battalion we were in. I was assigned to Co. A CENTAG HF Platoon at the Feudenheim Bunker outside of Mannheim between Sept. '66 and Dec. '67. Memories are fading and will try and look up my DD214. Was just a kid back then and now am an old man. Found your site just by chance. Keep up the good work!!

Jim Benscoter (Scooter) <>
Crossville, TN USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 12:20:06 (EST)

Was NOT in the 97th. Was in Co A HF Platoon at the Feudenheim Bunker from Sept. '66 'til Dec. '67. Was the best times of life! Anybody know anything about Charles (Smokey) Burgess, Paul (Soup Bone) Hamel, David (Drim) R. May, Russell (Pineapple) Santos, or any of the other dinkelacker addicts of that era?

Jim Benscoter (Scooter) <>
Crossville, TN USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 12:18:46 (EST)
I was at 97 from 1978-1981 saying hello to all my friends during that period. saludos a todos los boricuas que estuviron durante ese tiempo.

fidel rosario <>
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 19:42:39 (EST)
i was in company A from 1978-1981 to those that were there tha time i hope they doing good.

fidel rosario <>
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 19:42:13 (EST)

I was in the 124th Signal Batallion, Fort Carson Colorado from 1986 through 1991. I am looking for my friend, Brian Tillman. He is from Alabama.

Rudy Martinez <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 10:31:50 (EST)
97th Signal Battalion, Company B, 1960-1962, APO46
Richard DeKoning <>
Oregon, IL USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 21:35:17 (EST)
I was with the 97th Sig. Bn in Mannheim-Sandhofen from Feb. 68 to June 69. I was shipped out to Pleiku, Vietnam in Aug 69 - Aug 70. I would love hearing from any of my old comrades. Harry Rogers, Captain (CFD Ret).

Harry Rogers <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 15:36:41 (EST)


Joe D. Morales <GIJOE451@MSN.COM>
OXNARD, CA USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 15:34:53 (EST)


Joe D. Morales <GIJOE451@MSN.COM>
OXNARD, CA USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 15:34:12 (EST)


Joe D. Morales <GIJOE451@MSN.COM>
OXNARD, CA USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 15:33:26 (EST)

I was in the AMSF 5th Signal Battalion in Sullivan Barracks. I was station there from 1974 - 1976. CO Captian Kleven, Top Costello. I painted all those pictures! I hope others will write! Go Army! hoo aah.

Joe D. Morales <GIJOE451@MSN.COM>
OXNARD, CA USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 15:32:55 (EST)
I was assigned to the 595th signal support co. in june of 1953 and served till may of 1954.we spent many days supplying signal support for almost all the manuvers which took place in germany. I was on a radio relay team while ststioned at Panzer Kasern. I would sure like to hear from any one who might still be around. we had some great times in Boblingen at that one gausthaus. ican,t remember the name but we did drink a lot of good german beer while we were there. Every one called me Robby anyoe that remembers me get in touch. Dec 28 2005.

Kean E. (Robby) Robinson <>
West Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 15:28:29 (EST)
I was sent to Germany and assigned to the 595th Sig. spt. Co. in June of 1953, stationed at Panzer Kaserne ,Boblingen, germany. I was there from June 1953 to May 1954. I early outed to come home to farm. Still sorry I did that. I missed some good leave time that I had saved up and could have seen a lot more of Europe. I serv3ed most of my time on a radio relay team. We supplied communications for almost all the manuvers that took place in the American sector of Germany. I was in with a great bunch of guys. Any of you guys that are still out there that served with the 595th at this period of time it would be great to hear from you. How about a Jim keyes, JOE Ott, Herb Sutherby,Marty Greenstien, Jack Holmstrom or any others who served. I don,t remember the name of the gausthaus there in Boblingen but we did have some great parties there.Seems as if we drank a lot of Dinkelaker. We didn,t do too bad on manuvers either. if I remember right. WE were in service at the right time. I don,t think I could take what the troops are doing now. But we did what we told to do then and I,m proud of it. Again I say if any one is still out there that might remember the 595th 1953 to 1954 get in touch. It woul be great to hear from you. Robby Robinson US55303141
Kean E. (Robby) Robinson <>
West Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 15:27:38 (EST)


Ted Kwiatkowski <PKwiat1052@AOL.COM>
MOOSIC, PA USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 14:39:02 (EST)
I was in the 97th 1968-1970, Coleman Barracks, Mannheim-Sandhofen. Comments by Dennis Woodburn about SgtMajor "Smoke" Smothers brought back a couple of memories. Those of you who served with SgtMajor Smothers probably remember that he wasn't one to take a lot of crap from anyone...especially junior officers. A friend of mine who was the driver for our Bn Commander, Colonel Vann, was sitting in the SgtMajor's office one day when a Lieutenant put his hat on "Smoke's" desk on his way in to see the Colonel. According to my buddy, "Smoke", with the back of his hand, pushed the hat into his trash can and made a remark about these Lieutenants who think that the SgtMajor's desk is a hat rack. I had another friend who was doing head count duty in the mess hall one afternoon while there was an awards ceremony going on outside the mess hall. When I was in the 97th we had a stereo system in the mess hall and the cooks had it turned up too loud for "Smoke's" liking so he told my buddy to tell the cooks to turn down the radio which he did. The answer was something along the lines of "screw him". My buddy said the door opened quite suddenly when "Smoke" barged into the mess hall and bellowed, "Who wants to screw the SgtMajor?" Of course the radio was turned down without further comment and the ceremony progressed as planned. He was quite a guy and I'm sure everyone respected him, especially the enlisted men.

Rich Guyette <>
Rutland, VT USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:51:05 (EST)
I was in the 97th at Coleman Barracks, A and Hq companies, Mannheim-Sandhofen from 1968 through 1970

Rich Guyette <>
Rutland, VT USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:49:57 (EST)

I was a dependent (Army Brat) of a M/Sgt stationed in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 1956-1959. He was with HHC 69th AAA Gp, then the 552nd Missile Bn (Nike), then the 3rd Missile Bn. We lived in Paul Revere Village outside Karlsruhe.

Vince Mattaliano <>
Pompton Plains, NJ USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:48:02 (EST)
97th. signal Co. D 1960 to 1962
Ron Cram <>
San Jose, CA USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:45:48 (EST)

was not with 97th was with the 40th signal at gerszewski barracks 1955 1956. can remember they were building houses across the street from the main gate. I sure do miss those days. fred.giovelli

Fred Giovelli <>
Springhill, FL USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:44:18 (EST)
I was in the 97th signal battalion in 1958-1960 stationed at Panzer Concern in Germany. I was a motor messenger. I am looking for Laurence Anderson from the Bronx, Henry Johnson from California, or Ira Jo Mann from Texas.
Corrydon Driscoll <>
Brownstown, MI USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:41:07 (EST)
My dad was in the 97th. His name is James V. Lester (Jim) from Calico Rock AR. He is looking for Jerry Dempsey who was known to be from (and I quote) Oakhill, West By God Virginia! Any help is appreciated.
Aneisha Rush <>
Calico Rock, AR USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:39:22 (EST)
Platoon Sgt Comm Ctr Platoon Company B 74-76 left in Apr 76 for retirement. Would like to hear from Curt Snyder, Lee Jordan and Thomas Kane also Capt John Paylor.
Bill Sargent <>
Ninety Six, SC USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:33:28 (EST)
Coleman Barracks from 71-72 in Company C, 3rd Radio Relay. No permanent sites for me....just lots of fun on Tiger 45 and Tiger 46 "camping out" during the field problems.
Daniel E. Beougher <>
Bend, OR USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:23:29 (EST)
Company B 97th Sig Bn Platoon Sgt for Comm Center Platoon Oct 1974 to Apr 1976 Served as 1st Sgt for about the last 6 months. Had the best platoon in the company. With squad ldrs like Snyder and Jordan the job was a pleasure.
Bill Sargent <>
Ninety Six, SC USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:21:14 (EST)
97th. Sig. Op. Bn., Wire Op. Co. Boblingen Panzer Kaserne Dec. 1951 - Nov. 1952 Most of this time I was TDY at VHF termial 322nd. Sig. Bn. Gibbs Barracks, Frankfurt.
Royce Robert Bankes <>
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:15:02 (EST)

I was with 1st Support Brigade, Taylor Barracks, 1973-1977 as assistant editor for the Mannheim Messenger...Those were the days! Would love to hear from anyone who was there at the time. My name was Beth Mimbs back then.

Beth Mimbs Sipper <>
Louisville, GA USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 02:12:42 (EST)
HHC 97th Sig.Bn. July '69-Sept '70 Short tour after Vietnam ETS 9-4-70 ... Was a barracks rat for my tour. No SIG MOS. Was enroute to Brussels, Belguim to be a general's aide but orders changed when I got to Frankfurt ... Assigned to Coleman Barracks. Spent a lot of time doing s**t details for 1st Sgt. and CO. Guys I remember are Robert James, Horton, Parmienter, Rush, Skip Leek ... Also worked in the supply room for a black E7 and manned the gas pump in the middle of winter ... Froze my ass off in that (1) person shack. Had a lot of off time 'cause I was a shortimer ... Spent a lot of time in Frankfurt (Club 65, Penisstrasse) Mannhiem (A-bar and most other bars) and, Heidelberg Castle ... Had an Opel GT so was able to get out and about. Also, remember the great recreational stash that was readily available ... Great concerts ... Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Ten Years After, Black Sabbath ... AAAAHHH, the good old days ... Was in Vietnam and a door-gunner at the ripe old age of 17 ...
Bob Schlimmer <>
Kent, WA USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 01:57:12 (EST)


LAS VEGAS, NV USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 19:27:12 (EST)

105 fort greely alaska 1958 1960 mos 509 power plant

joe nettles <>
houston, TX USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 19:25:03 (EST)
coleman barricks company C Tiger Counter
Milford Dawson <>
Hot Springs, SD USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 19:21:52 (EST)
I was in company C from May 1970 till Oct 1973. Had lots of fun in cowtown scotchbar and the werst stand at the main gate. I even got a good conduct medal frist shirt said it was because i never got caught my name then was DOC

Milford Dawson <>
Hot Springs, SD USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 19:17:42 (EST)
I was stationed at the Feudenheim Bunker from Dec.'68 through circa Mar '70. It was a wonderful place to be stationed, evenings at Moodies, fast-pitch softball, football, basketball and visiting Europe on Uncle Sam's dime. Lots of memorable people to include George (Smoke) Smothers, Sam Holland, Larry Stubbe, Paul Alberto, George Duchess, George Holmes, Jeff Petty, Tom Brazelton, Tony the cardplaying, gin swilling cook, Larry (Bird) Armstrong, Bryan Hohawah, Bugaloo the snore machine, PJ, Gary Abbott, and many more too numerous to mention. I'd love to hear from some of the bunker rats. I still have two vivid memories of the time I got "jailed" at Spinellli Barracks for have the "standard bunker" haircut. SGTM Smothers really lit into the 1SGT at Spinelli for messing with his boys. I was also chased into the bunker by MP's for speeding and Smother's kicked them out at gunpoint when they followed me into the compound. I was also probably the only person to "flunk" my drivers test from Sgt Shadrack. Probably not enough Dinkelackers in him at the time. I lasted visted the Bunker about four years ago. It still stands but it is used a temporary housing for Eastern Europeans.

Dennis Woodburn <>
North Canton, OH USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 19:15:45 (EST)
Panzer Kaserne, 97th. Sig. Opn. Bn., Wire Opn. Co., Boblingen, Dec. 1951-Nov. 1952. Most of the time on TDY Gibbs Barracks, Frankfurt.
Royce Robert Bankes <>
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, November 28, 2005 at 12:41:30 (EST)
I was a platoon leader in company A in Mannheim during 1963 and 1964.

Carl Nocera <>
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, November 24, 2005 at 21:47:39 (EST)
Yes, A Co., 1987~1989, Sandhofen, Mannheim
Matt Lyon <>
San Jose, CA USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 20:39:35 (EST)
HQ Co.Panzer Kaserne, 1959 to April 1961

Fred "Shades" Bentivegna <>
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 03:24:06 (EST)
1959 to 1961, Co C, 97th Sig.Bn. NCOIC 7th Army Communications Center Control Room
Albert C. Rentschler <>
Lake Geneva, WI USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 18:55:59 (EST)
I was stationed in Stuttgart, 7th army headquarters, patch barricks from 1959-61, played basketball for 7th Army, lived in the Gym most of the time. Had a great time. I my wife and I plan to visit patch barricks next year and looking for anyone who can help me out as to getting information to get on the post. Thanks much
Angelo Troiola <>
Westchester, IL USA - Friday, November 11, 2005 at 03:01:55 (EST)
I came to the 97th Signal Bat from Ft Riley Kansas in the Fall of 1959 and was assigned to ROC at Panzer. I recall that on the 1st Floor of the barracks there was a German barber that came during the week to cut hair. He also would bring small sandwiches on rolls (balony) to sell to the guys waiting to have their hair cut. There was a Sportsplatz just down the cobblestone road and towards Boeblingen where there was also a great swimming pool and Gasthaus that served great food and Spudelwasser I think they called it. Came with a top that had a locking device on it. Played soccer with a couple of guys . One was Sam Novotny and there was another kid from the Netherlands and one from Saltcoats Scotland. Both were in the US Army and they could really play their game. We lost to the Germans a couple of times but it was great fun

Patrick Byrne <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 23:21:56 (EDT)

I was stationed at Coleman Barracks from August 1963 to April 1966. I was with A-Troop''ABN'' 3/8 CAV. 8TH INF. I STILL remember all the beer that I drank in Mannheim and in cowtown. Can't remember the names of the bars in Mannheim but I remember the taboo bar in cowtown. I remember the two girls that worked there, their names were Hilda and Hiedi. Two good looking girls. Any body know any thing about them? What a beautiful time in my life. I have always remembered, there are things in life you never forget. God Bless all of our troop who are in harms way. May God keep them safe and return them back to their families. God Bless America.

Noe A. Garcia <>
San Juan, TX USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 23:19:39 (EDT)
I was there A platoon from 78-81.I've been wondering what ever happened to Woody Bolen,Kim Larson,APO,and the rest of the old crew.Does anyone know the whereabouts of Chief Anfang?

Jerry Pendleton Jr. <>
Webster, NH USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 23:12:40 (EDT)
97th Signal Battalion, 1970/1971, Coleman Barracks, B Company. Sgt., E-5, 05c. Glad to hear the 97th is being kept alive by its past.
Joe Pilosi <>
Old Forge, PA USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 13:15:44 (EDT)
Yes, I was in "B Co," (SUPER BEE) from June 1976 to June 1979. Looking for SFC Barrera, SGT. Demery, SP5 wiseman, SP4 Maxwell & the rest of the crew from wire tele ops.
Armando Sanchez <>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 09:45:00 (EDT)
1946 -1948 assigned 97th Sig. Co. C & B
Don Bevard <>
Pleasanton, CA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 09:43:48 (EDT)
I was with A co 97 Sig from Oct 92 till the Bn was de-activated. The core of the Bn then became the 414 Sig Company (B & C company bldgs). I was a Generator repairman (52D) in the Motor Pool. Tried and True. Gary Schauer

Gary Schauer <>
Tulsa, OK USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 21:26:41 (EDT)
I was in Co A, WTO platoon, 1977 - 1978, at Coleman. Worked secure voice at Hammonds, as well.
Peggy Szymeczek <>
Goose Creek, SC USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 21:24:55 (EDT)
Yes - B Company Switch Platoon and Company XO, 89-92, Coleman Barracks
Jim Doepp <>
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 21:23:28 (EDT)
I served in the 97th from 1964 to 1968. D Company, I was in the HF platoon and later was the operations NCO.

Phillip E. Loftus <>
Orem, UT USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 21:21:41 (EDT)
"C" company, Panzer, from Jan. 61 until August of 63. I was TDY to Battalion Driver's School with CWO Randell and SP5 Chris. They tried to transfer me from "C" company to HQ but I fought it and won. Capt. Skelton was my first CO and Sgt. Goxner was first sleeve.

Michael A. Steuer, CPP <>
Brighton, MI USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 21:19:53 (EDT)
(NOTE: 97TH ???)

Hi I am looking for anyone who migth know Mr. Thomas Bolton he served asE7Mess Sergent out of Funari Barracks Mannheim Käfertal in 1969-1970

Susan Pape Henriksen <>
USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 21:17:44 (EDT)
We served in B co. 97th Sgt Timothy Kavnagh 1979-1983 Spc5 Jennifer Kavanagh 1981-1983. E-mail at

Kavanagh Jennifer <>
Raymore, MO USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 21:15:45 (EDT)
I was in Radio Operations Company (HF Platoon) from October 1955 to December 1957. I transferred in from the 63d Signal Bn at Camp Roeder, Austria, where I had been since April of 1955. I was a Team Chief on an AN/GRC-26A RATT rig (ROC-64).In June, 1956 I was sent TDY to the 97th Sig Bn Det at Wirehof. We moved t Hoppstadten in September, I believe. In March of 1957 I extended my enlistment and was promoted to SSgt E-5 . I was then sent TDY as Detachment Commander of our detachment in Munich which was under the C&C of the Southern Area Command Provost Marshall. Members of the detachment whose names I remember were Jose Figueroa, Samuel A Barber, Gene Mead and Paul Muse.I rotated stateside in December and was discharged at Fort Hamilton, NY on December 26, 1957. I re-enlisted in March, 1958 and retired after 20 years and two tours in Vietnam in November, 1974.
Fred Frederick <>
Lawton, OK USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 14:42:28 (EDT)
B co & head from March 61-May 63. worked Illinois carrier near the end.
Jerry Tonkin <>
Arvada, CO USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 14:40:07 (EDT)
Was in 97th , wire co. in 1958-1960 in Panzer Kaserne . also moved to Mannheim . M. o. s 331 .
Ralph D. Morrison <>
Bristol, VA USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 14:38:39 (EDT)
Not in 97th Was in the 587th at Patch 1975 to 78. Looking for anyone I used to know there.
John Prizer <>
Glen Rock, PA USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 23:08:34 (EDT)

Anyone remember 3160 Sig.Sv.Bn.RTTY transmitter site at Barbarossa Bremen.Later 7775 Bremerhaven 1946 -1949

Mark Sexton <>
Ormond Beach, FL USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 01:09:41 (EDT)
I was in the 97th Sig Bn from 1992-1994. I was there for the deactivation of the unit in '93 and we became the 414th Signal Co. Some of my best memories are from those two years as I'm sure most of yours are, too. I had a couple of slacker freinds who chose not to keep up with old friends and I'd love to hear from them. Joe Rogers and Mike Marshall. If you're reading this, get in touch! Tried and True!

Brad Johnson <>
Lugoff, SC USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 12:02:48 (EDT)

Hi....Was with the 36TH Sig Bte Dco 1ST Sig Bde 1967 nto 1969 31m20 Viet Nam

James O Smith <>
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 16:00:46 (EDT)

5th G and 732nd Med Det 1985-1988

Courtney Henderson <>
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 15:59:07 (EDT)
I was in Radio Opns Co from October, 1955 to December 1957.I was a Team Chief on a AN/GRC-26A RATT rig. My last assignment was as Det Cmdr, SACOM Provost Marshall, Munich, Germany. We were attached to the 508th MP Co.Team members included Samuel A. Barber, Sterling, MI. Jose Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA

Fred J. Frederick <>
Lawton, OK USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 21:13:29 (EDT)


I am a member of the Queen’s regimental association ( British army), and was going back over my unit history in order to put together an article for my branch newsletter of the time when our two units were linked. I saw your message on the guest book of the 97th, I thought maybe you might have some cuttings or photos of the time when in 1974 some members of the 97th at Coleman barracks attended a field training camp in England. In July 1975 a group of us were sent for training with the 97th at Coleman barracks Germany. I have a few photos and a list of names, I thought it a good idea if I could contact them, so they might be made honorary members of our branch of the association. Although my old unit has undergone many changes over the years, back in 1974 it was D coy 5th Bn The Queen’s Regiment, and in 1975 it was B coy 6/7th Bn The Queen’s Regt. It would be nice to hear from them again. Hope you can help.

Kind regards

George Parker

George Parker
GB - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 21:12:11 (EDT)

Not in 97th.A Company 1/33rd armor 1971-1973 looking for a LC Haynes Jr. that was in C Company.or anyone that was in a company at that time..

Bruce <>
Dayton, OH USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 02:15:01 (EDT)
I was not with the 97th but with HQ. Det. of the old 379th Signal Batallion before we became the 1st Sig. Bat. in the summer of 1961. The 379th and the 97th were part of the 160th Sig. Group. I arrrived at Panzer Kaserne on Halloween Night, 1960, and was originally assigned to the 229th Sig Co. Myself and three of my friends were rescued from the 229th and were assigned to HQ. Det. where I had a great tour of duty as a member of the Colonel's I.G. inspection team. I never touched a radio the entire 18 months I was at Panzer Kaserne. I got to play a lot of sports including basketball for the 379th Signal Batallion in the winter of 61/62. I remember the nights being so cold in the winter the transportation company beside us had to start their trucks off an on all night to keep them from freezing. What memories! Stan Hutton, Richard Depathy, Quinten R. McCoy, Dean Nelson, Jim Harrington and others from Hq. Det, 379th Sig. Bn., if you are out there guys, give me a shout. There was more than one hole in the fences surrounding Panzer Kaserne too. Rex Redmon Sgt. E-5 Oct 1960 to April 1962

Rex Redmon <>
Greenville, SC USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 19:58:25 (EDT)
(NOTE: 97th ?)

Looking for people stationed at Ft. Huachuca between the years of 1977-1978

Don Wetzel <>
Lebanon, PA USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 19:55:03 (EDT)
(NOTE: NOT 97TH - Was at Coleman Barracks)

277th M.P. Co. 1985 -1986

Derek Wehner <>
Bayfield, CO USA - Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 18:10:26 (EDT)
Co A HF Plt April 76 - Sept 79, Coleman Barracks, arrived a Pvt E2 departed a Sgt E5. Loved the time I was there. spent a lot of my time at tiger site 21C as RTTY operator and team chief.

Donald L Funk <>
Winchester, VA USA - Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 00:50:24 (EDT)
I was an Officer with the 97th Signal Batallion, Coleman Baracks, Germany, from 1969 to 1972.
John F. Houchin, SR. <>
Salem, CT USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 19:51:47 (EDT)

My father was in the 3rd army 3882nd quartermaster truck company. He was a sgt. during WWll. He was at Utah beach and would like to connect with anyone who was there. He was trying to remember the date they arrived there. He served from 1942 to 1945.

Albert Hemingway <>
Santa Maria, CA USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 03:57:40 (EDT)
505th Signal, Panzer Kaserne, Kaiserslautern Germany. 1960-62. Teletype/Crypto opereator. Married in Bad Kreuznach in 1962 to Edeltraut, where's the best man Valessi, or Noriega, or anybody. Stole that chair from the Taxi stand got us busted. So long ago, forgetting everything. Who was chatting to all those girls at the different teletype stations. Anyway, tis a good site. Germany was great!

Richard Mucha <>
Hinsdale, IL USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 05:44:45 (EDT)
I was in the 97th HHC motor pool. I proudly served from Jan. 86 to Mar. 88 with one of the best group of friends and soldiers I have met.

Blaine Hebner <>
Upstate, NY USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 05:41:36 (EDT)
(NOTE: Thank you Jamey!!)


Jamey L. Sias <>
Newton, NC USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 05:39:09 (EDT)
(NOTE: 97TH ??)
(NOTE FROM WEBMASTER: Thank you Debbie for being part of a military family that cared for their troops!!! Your father had to be a great man!!)

Hello, My Dad, Douglas Raymond Drum, Sr. was stationed at Grenadier Kaserne and we lived in Government housing down the hill from Patch Barracks during the years of 1963-1967. I do have many fond memories and would like to find anyone that served with my Dad. He retired as a Master Sergeant after Serving at Fort Carson Colo. for a year and moved back to New York, our home territory. He passed away in 1981 at the age of 57 of a massive heartattack...he always had the "guys" over for Christmas dinner because their family's were home in the U.S. . God bless you proud to be a "Bratt" guys deserve so much praise...THANK YOU ALL FOR SERVING OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY AND PLACING YOUR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR OUR FREEDOMS!!! SINCERELY, DEBBIE DRUM WISE

Debbie "Drum" Wise <>
Tupper Lake, NY USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 05:35:07 (EDT)
I was in Wire Opns Co 97 Sig BN from Jan 1954 - Jan 1957. During the Capt Whistler rule. Worked the tty sect at Patch barrcks. Have been back to Germany 9 times in the last 40 years. Have a lot of names of people who served with me by to many to post at this time. Thanks, Dave Thornhill

David W Thornhill <>
Culpeper, Va USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 17:20:41 (EDT)

My father served in the 97th in 1945 and 1946. His name was Eric Lavere Frisell. It is a bit confusing because on some of his letters that I have, it says he was in the 97th sig. co.--- unit 445, but also some of them say 62nd sig. bn.-- unit 547. When he was in the 62nd he was a sgt. and when he was in the 97th I think he had a different rank, I cant read the writing very well. So that is all I have for now, I am looking for anybody that might have served with him, and if they might have pictures with him at that time as we have no pictures of when he served in the army. Hoping to hear from anybody out there.

glory simpson <>
bonney lake, wa USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 15:37:51 (EDT)
Co B, 97th Sig from Oct 69 until I was air evaced in Dec 71. Worked in the Feudenheim Bunker as a 72B for a year and then with that magic pen was made a 71H clerk (the reason being I could type)for the next year. I think I must have had the most time in grade as the SP-4 (31 months) that you can have in a 3 year tour. Caught a cold that went to my chest and that caused a chain of sickness that finally lead to asthma. Remember all the times that the platoon sgt said don't go on sick call because it really doesn't do a thing for you. Well they didn'g fix me but I had a paper trail that even Walter Reed could not refute. Retired at the ripe old age of 22 and let the Army pick up my medical costs and those of all the kids I had. Was really funny calling up CHAMPUS and asking about maternity costs. What is a retired person looking for that for they would ask. Had lots of fun and enjoyed my stay. Was nice being a clerk as I could fill out those leave slips and be gone before anyone could find you for extra work. Managed to get to at least 6 Formula 1 races in 71 plus the 1000K at Nuembergring. If I had to be in the Army, CENTAG was a whole lot nicer than Vietnam at the time.

Fred Beckman <>
Mountain View, CA USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 00:47:40 (EDT)

Not in the 97th, however, I am looking for Kevin Fisher, stationed at Neureut Kaserne/Karlsruhe/Germany, approx. from 1990(?)-1994, 72nd(?)Sig.Btn.(not sure which). Went to Ft.Bragg,NC after that, possibly into the Air Force. His buddies in Karlsruhe Germany were Mike Giles, Aaron Saxon, Jason Gobelt, etc. If anyone knows anything about him or his whereabouts, I would really really appreciate it if you could let me know. Thanks a million in advance!

Andrea <>
Ettlingen, Germany - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 01:47:42 (EDT)

I was not a member of the 97th signal.My unit the 585th signal co. (support)we were a gyroscope unit from Fort Monmouth N.J. Attached to the 7th Army and stationed at Panzer Kaserne, Boblingen (1959-1960) I can't seem to be able to find any history on my unit.As I recall Panzer kaserne was the best billits I had during my two tours of duty. Although it seemed like we were on alert alot, but it it was good duty.

Dick Parry <>
Raymond, ME USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 01:44:50 (EDT)
(Address withheld ... if anyone below wants to contact this person, please contact him at his email address below)

Served with C Company 97th 1963-1964 Panzer Kasern Motor Messenger Section would like to hear from anyone was in at that time (Wayne Moore, Drew Eckman, Jimmy conx Etc.)

Dathan E. Swanson <>
DuBois, PA USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 13:33:13 (EDT)

Was with the 36TH Sig Bte Dco 1ST Sig Bde 1967 to 1969 ...31m20...viet nam

James O Smith <>
Patriot, usa USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 13:28:49 (EDT)
Was with B Co HF Plt 97th 11/75-11/78 MOS 05C20
Jim Fenton <>
Fayetteville, GA USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 13:25:52 (EDT)

Was in the 3rd Armor Divison. HHC 1st Battallion 33rd Armor I was the recovery SGT 63F30 from 1975-1978 Battalion Maintence 2 gas M-88 1 M-578 1 M-543 wrecker MEN OF WAR Got a ARCOM when I left for KOREA 2nd tour

Blackforest, CO USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 13:23:22 (EDT)
I was in the 97th from 1959 to 1962,B.Co. Most of the time I was there I was TDY.Neckersolm,Langenbrandt,Phortsheim{?}Darmstadt and back to the Co. Hq for DEROS.

James E. Gossett <>
Griffin, GA USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 21:00:26 (EDT)
(NOTE: My English is not very good ... and my use of the German language is limited to asking for a bier, so would one of you fine folks translate for me? Thanks! Jon)

Hallo, ich such Information über James A. Law, er war auf alle Fälle 1960/61 in Kaiserslautern stationiert. (Glaube Engineers) Danach glaube ich München? Wer weiß irgendetwas. Wäre klasse. Inka

Inka G. <>
55411 Bingen, Deutschland - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 02:25:46 (EDT)
Stationed in Germary in 1965-1967
Glasgow, MO USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 22:17:37 (EDT)
(NOTE: 97th?)

i am looking for any one stationen at Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern Germany in 1957 to 1959.If you remember the Wagon Wheel please email me at

viola hassinger <>
haverhill, ma USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 22:14:07 (EDT)

I´m looking for Mr. Lynn. He was stationed in Kaiserslautern Germany around 1960-1963. He was meeting a lady named Marianne and she had a son named Walter 15 years old at that time. Mr. Lynn has a daughter and she is looking for her dad.

ramona <>
kaiserslautern, Germany - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 22:15:06 (EDT)
I joined the 97th in 86 and was there until 88. I was attached to C. co as a generator mechanic at Coleman. Thought it would be nice to say high to those I served with as enjoyed their friendship and I hope they are all fine.
Patrick N. Kramer <>
Antigo, WI USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 22:11:39 (EDT)

(Not in 97th) I arrived at Panzer Kaserne in November, 1960 in the 229th Signal Support Company. which later became the 1st Signal Battalion. Captain Smart was the Commanding Officer of the 229 Sig. Spt. Co. My MOS was 051 (Intermediate Speed Radio Operator) and I was Captain Goettle's driver (A Company, 1st Signal Battalion). Sgt. Floyd Shaw was our 1st Sergeant. They were both men of integrity! I rotated back to the states in April, 1962 and returned to civilian life. I'll never forget the Wintershield I and II field maneuvers. I have many fond memories of Panzer Kaserne, especially of the pretty blonde German girl who worked in the PX! I enjoyed reading the postings of others who weren't in the 97th, but were sattioned on Panzer Kaserne.

John Purcell <>
Linthicum, MD USA - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 03:50:45 (EDT)
HHC, 97th Sig, from Jan to Aug 1970, after Vietnam. Bn Personnel office, then HHC company clerk for several months before discharge. Part-time bartender in the O-Club for a while. Converted MOS from 67N Huey crew chief to 71H personnel clerk with the stroke of a pen. Uncle Sam shipped my MGB over from the States for 8 months of racing around Germany then shipped it home, what a hoot; every German wanted to race the Brit car. About 3-1/2 Marks to the dollar. Frank's gasthaus in Lampertheim, the Woods Bar, what a great time with a great bunch of guys. We knew where all the good wurst stands were. Parties with our German pals on the banks of the Rhein, skinny-dipping with the frauleins, braving typhus or worse. The Hockenheim Ring, the Nurburgring (5 Marks or so per lap for a ?17km? circuit), the joints in Mannheim and Heidelberg... Rudesheim, Munich, Amsterdam. Yikes. Amazing, 35 years later, when I hear the language today I still remember enough to understand much of it.

Bob ("Doc") Kilpatrick <>
East Hampton, CT USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 16:10:34 (EDT)
(97th ???) I was in the 78th lem Panzer kasern, 68/70. I went back in 95 the place was sure run down. There was a special forces company in our old barracks. You fellows have a great site.

Fred Vetter <>
McEwen, TN USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 10:00:12 (EDT)

I'm look for Paul A. Ford (* 01,27,1959) he was at the beginning of the 80's in Gerszewski Barracks/Karlsruhe- Knielingen. (I don't know his unit) Who has information about its current place of residence. Thanx

Jenny <>
Karlsruhe/Stutensee, Germany - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 23:16:42 (EDT)
I was in the Company A 97th Signal Battalion from Nov. '63 until March of '66.
Donald G. Lexvold <>
Elk Mound, WI USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 01:17:26 (EDT)
C Co 97th Sig Bn 1981-1983 Coleman Barracks
craig smith <ljs7774@bell>
Louisville, KY USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 01:07:30 (EDT)

I was in A-Troop Abn/Mech 3/8CAV AT Coleman Barracks in the years of 1963-66. I still remember that German beer,I remember Cowtown and a girl that used to work at the Taboo Bar, her name was Hilda, and of course how can I forget Cowtown annie who took care of us who were lonely. Walking from the barracks to down town Sandhophen to catch the trolly that would take me to Mannheim, and all the wonderful people who I got to meet. Airborne all the way

Noe A. Garcia <>
San Juan, TX USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 18:05:14 (EDT)

I was in the 414th Sig Co March 95 to April 97. I knew a handfull of people that were there when it was the 97th. I have some Pics of coleman bks at the motorpool and barracks. I was a 52c in the AC & Commercial Power shop (BMO).

Jason Wright <>
Washougal, WA USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 11:05:54 (EDT)
i served with "C" Co, 97th Sig Bn, Sullivan Baracks, Mannheim Kafertal from 64 to 67 and lived in Bruckhausen for 10 months.
Jerome Buza <>
USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 11:04:30 (EDT)
I was in the 79th SigBn from 1957 to 1959. I was stationed briefly in Boeblingen, and from there was transferred to the 97th Sig Detachment, initially in Hopstatten, and later, Baumholder. Vhf Radio. Spent lots of time in Neunkirchen.

David Russell <>
Pasadena, CA USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 11:02:51 (EDT)

(Not in the 97th) 5th Signal Command, 160th Signal Group,AMSF (Area Maintance Supply Facility, Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim, Germany 1975-76. Looking for any one who was in this unit. I remember a Sgt. Mallory and a few others in my Barracks but that is all. Please contact me.

Joseph Peck <>
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 11:01:04 (EDT)
97 Sig Bn 1954-1955 Boblingen Radio Co Angry 26A Rig TDY Chambley France CW and RTTY operations with air bases in France and Germany.Ham radio call was DL4USA Boblingen My ham call is W3FHM.
Cranberry Twp, PA USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 01:38:17 (EDT)

517th Maint. CO. from 1981 to 1983 gerzsewski barracks

Richard Padilla <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 01:36:59 (EDT)
I was in the 97th sig bn ELM from 1983-86 31J.Would love to here from any in the ELM shop.Tired and Blue :)
Mark G Taylor <>
sheridan, wy USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 01:34:58 (EDT)
Yes, I was in the 97th, stationed at Panzer kazerne in 1961 & 1962. I was an 053. - a radio-teletype operator.
Morton L. Axelrod <>
King of Prussia, PA USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 01:32:46 (EDT)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

No I was not in the 97th, but I was stationed in Boeblingen from 1946 to 1948 in the 138th HAM Co ( Heavy Amored Maintenance Co APO 154 We were bilited in part of a DP Camp (Diplaced Persons Camp) I'm not sure of the correct name of the barracks or Kasserne & was interested if it was still there, There is no mention of it in the 97th records, I would appreciate any Info. you can provide, Walter White

Walter White <>
Lodi, CA USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 20:18:13 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

I was in the Psy War Group in Boblingen, Germany Panzer Kasern from 1962-1963 Spent a lot of time at Ted's Pub just outside and down the road a piece. Came out of Fort Bragg. Went back To Germany in 1989 Left a few days before the wall came down. Should have stayed another week. Those were the good old days. I miss Germany hope to go back again someday.

David Urban <>
Rolling Meadows, IL USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 20:15:07 (EST)
I was assigned to the 97th Signal Battalion in 1961 and put on TDY to 160th Signal Group which became 505th Signal Group. I was the Chief Operator of DL4USA (MARS STATION AE1USA). I have been licensed by the FCC for 50 years only orignal issue call sign, and still active. K6PLV
David Ohrn <>
Laguna Niguel, CA USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 13:15:20 (EST)
97TH IN 1972/75.C Co.CTCP AND 2ND RR. I REMEMBER CHARLIE BALL. THE MPs at the front gate could here his 2001 Space Odyssey blasting away from the 3rd floor. Accuphase power amplifier/Revox reel to reel/amt-1 speakers. How is that for a memory.I CANNOT REMEMBER MY URL.
STEVENS POINT, WI USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 04:06:18 (EST)
Yes, company B, 1964 - 1966, Beoblingen Panzer kasern cxr sect/ Patch barracks

Roy E Wilson <>
Clayton, LA USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 20:52:43 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

Not in the 97th. In CXR Platoon of 596th July 55 Nov 56. Got hurt playing 160th Grp Football in August of 56. spent next 20 weeks in 5th General Hospital, Robinson Barracks

O.M. Stevens (Steve) <>
Battle Creek, MI USA - Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 15:06:11 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

wAS WITH 36th sIG Bte 1ST sIG Bde 1967 to 1969 Dco...31m20

James O Smith <>
USA - Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 15:02:37 (EST)
was in 97th company c motor pool as a wheeled vehicle mechanic from 1961 to 1963....the officer in charge of the motor pool was W O Bassikides (dont know if i spelled it right) platoon sgt was Wayne Tesh

john harvey <>
west jordan, ut USA - Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 15:00:34 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

I would like to find more information about the 175th eng co,Rhineland kaserne, 1956-58 . thanks

mike shere <>
no little rock, AR USA - Friday, February 25, 2005 at 19:43:44 (EST)
I was in 97th Signal, Co. A from Jan. 1987 to May 1989. Had a great time with all the folks I met while I was there. I am looking for some folks, Paul Franks, Barbara Jackson, Nick Cianci and Bob Bowden and anyone else who partied with me!! Email me!!

Rob Shallcross <>
Burke, VA USA - Friday, February 18, 2005 at 19:46:11 (EST)
i was in b co wire sec of at sullivan bks the day that kennedy was shot.

ray bigdaddy lyell <>
barboursville, wv USA - Friday, February 18, 2005 at 16:00:43 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)


Patricia Arrington <>
Ludwigshafen, Germany - Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 11:58:25 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

Not in the 97th, but I was in the 78th Engr Batt. at Rhineland Kaserne, Ettlingen, Germany (near Karlshrue) during 1970. I understand that the old place is now apartments..... I'm going back there in March, 05 to see what happened. I started my college education at SMiley Barracks (USAFI...U of Maryland) in 1970. Anyone know the present conditioon of Rhineland Kaserne????? WOuld like to hear from anyone from that era.... Fred Fultz

Fred Fultz <>
Morristown, NJ USA - Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 21:45:41 (EST)
I was in the 97th from about June 1967 to Nov 1968 I was in B company assigned to HQ Co. Powershop
Dale (Skip) Graham <>
Aubrey, TX USA - Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 13:19:49 (EST)
Feb 76 - Feb 79, Jan 80- Sept 81, C Co, Started in CTCP, then C Ops, also the MailClerk. Was the best Communications Unit I was in during my 21 years in the Army! No one could do any better!!! had some great times On tiger 72, 27, 24, and My relay site 97. it is heart breaking everytime I go by Coleman now and see the old barracks. Only AFN Europe and the 37th Trans is there. OCS of course is still there and a small Rotery unit. Tried and True will always be in my heart! Anyone heard from Bill Dicky, Charlie Ball, 1SG Bob Alexander, any of the "41 month club!
Mark Russell <>
Fayetteville, NC USA - Friday, February 11, 2005 at 16:20:10 (EST)
I was in the the 97th Hq co from Jan 67 to Dec 68.I worked in crypto repair in the basement.

Nelson Hunnaman <>
Harrod, OH USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 17:12:22 (EST)
I was in A Company 97th 1961/63 Headquarters Platoon (Mannheim) (welder, wrecker operator)

Larry Bode <>
Bozeman, MT USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 01:39:00 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

I was in the 124 maint. co/ Panzer kaserne Germany '78-'80 Trying to find any one who was there/Gary Martin...Walt Orloski...Bruce Childress?

Mike Beckman <>
Elsie, OR USA - Monday, February 07, 2005 at 12:59:00 (EST)
WATERTOWN, NY USA - Monday, February 07, 2005 at 12:56:43 (EST)
Yes, A and C Companies from May 66 through May 69. Started in Panzer Kaserne, helped move unit to Mannheim and Sandhofen. Worked in Cable Platoon of Co A, drove a truck during the move (several months) to Coleman Bks. Spent a lot of time with Electronic Maintenance changing the cable hocks on the commo rigs. Was circuit controler during exercises. Also worked out of Sullivan Barracks C Co. Was rewiring fixed sites the Battalion was running at the time. One was at Taylor Barracks. Remember spending a lot of time at the Rod and Gun Club at Colemen Barracks and frequent visits to Lampertheim.
Gerald (Jerry) Havens <>
Martinez, GA USA - Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 20:35:34 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

I was in the 96th Trans, Home of the 'DRAGONWAGONS' from June 63 to Sept 64.
Anyone else out there?

Walt Bischoff <>
Ephrata, PA USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 15:10:32 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

Not with the 97th But was stationed at Gerszewski Barracks with the 552 Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion From 1950-1953.I'm looking for buddies or information about my unit. Thank You

Girard (Pete) Scheetz <Funnysheet4@AOL.Com>
Easton, PA USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 14:52:15 (EST)
hhq, elm, also ran tty shop in basement for mr."cheeseburger" '76 to '78
rosey (karl roenfanz) <>
Evansville, IN USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 00:32:13 (EST)
(NOTE: 97th ???)

Platoon Sergeant, CTCP, 1979-1982.

James Jenkins <>
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 11:58:30 (EST)
I was in the 97th, worked in the 7th army comcen. From July 1965-Dec 1966. Was at Panzer.
John F. Dunklin <>
Athens, TX USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 20:27:40 (EST)
I was in the 97th B Co from 1966 to 1969. I would like to hear from anyone around that era. I was in Radio Relay platoon.

Rick Maltone <>
Campbell, CA USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 21:59:55 (EST)
No I was not. My Dad was. We were in germany from 1950-1953. We were in Boblingen. I remember the old school where I attended. I remember a girl by the name of Cathy that was in my 1st grade class. I lived just down the hill on the main drag on the right, second house after the bunker. I played in the tower with Hammon Loebeck, A german kid. I remember a lot for a kid that left there at the age of nine. My Dad has the same name. As I am a Jr. He was a mess Sgt. or Asst. Mess Sgt. in the 97th. My Dad is 85 years of age and is retired Army. He lives in Bulverdi TX. Just outside San Antonio, TX. In WWll he was in the 10th Div. of the 87th Mountain, 2nd brgd. HQ, CO. F. As a Medic in Italy. he retired at Fort Hood TX. (17 miles from where he was born) in 1962. He started out as a Horse solder in the Cav. in 1937. He was one of the last real Horse solders. I have his picture from that time as others. Well I have said enough. God Bless all who have served and roamed around the world with them. I am a Viet Nam vet and understand the military patriotic call to duty. Adios...

Johnny W. Herring <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 06:45:43 (EST)
(NOTE: Not 97th)

My company was B Company 175th Military Police Battalion.1953 to march of 1954. We were close to the Panzer Kasern & Coleman barracks. We Patroled Stuttgart train station & surrounding nite clubs there. Like to here from anyone in the military,regarding time and place of events.

Lawrence Miyahara <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 12:09:24 (EST)
Yes I was there from Sept. 1969 to Feb, 1971 was in HHC and worked in Training at Battalion. Still miss the brat stand outside the main gate.

Paul Mihelic <>
Morton, IL USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 11:36:37 (EST)
"Tropo Dog!" - Tropo Platoon, C Co. Jan 1987 until June 1990; I was a team chief and battalion color sergeant before going back stateside

Mark Eifert <>
Victor, NY USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 11:34:49 (EST)
Served in the 97th in Mannheim April 1979 - Jan 1983. First in A Co. then to HHQ. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me (or my buddies "APO" (Susie Apodaca) and Emily Mirales).
Kim Larson <>
MN USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 20:25:33 (EST)

I was in the 587th Signal Co at Dau Tieng from April 1968 to June of 1969

Charles Davis <>
Melba, ID USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 09:25:09 (EST)
I was in the 97th Sig Bn (HHC) in the HF platoon from May 1990 to May 1992. I'd like to contact some friends from that time, in particular, Sean Tipton, Chad Wallace, and Glen ? (sorry buddy, can't remember your last name despite a million hours of hanging out). (NOTE: I pulled the phone number from public view. Webmaster)

Mark R. Weir <>
Frisco, TX USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 17:38:42 (EST)
Yes, I was in the battalion from 1986-1989. We were stationed at Coleman Barracks in Mannhiem,Germany
Daren Lewis <>
Redondo Beach, CA USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 10:49:41 (EST)
Husband William F. Menzel, Jr. was in the 97th , in Boebingen, Germany. Years 1961-1964.
William F. Menzel, Jr. <>
Hampton, VA USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 10:48:16 (EST)
10 January, 1961-19 June, 1963. I roomed w/Floyd Wacasey for the short time he was in B Company before he and Shorty Raisenon took off for the Mediterranean Sea, North Africa and the "Soft Underbelly," of Europe. I often wonder if those two are still in prison. I've been over there a couple-a-times on vacation since I mustered out. The Receiver Site is now a Rod and Gun Club, [at least it was two years ago], D Company's Barracks is now a Marine Corps Advance Party Logistical outfit and the Konigshofbrau on Konigs- Strasse is a naked booty bar run by some of our brethren from the Near East. The Pfeffergerg Gasthaus is now a four star hotel w/a bar down a circular staircase, 4 lane bowling alley and a restaurant/grotto that they blasted outta the cliff that the place sits on. Boblingen is now a huge metropolis that is near impossible to find your way around in. I gave up lookin for the Pfefferberg and paid a taxi driver to lead me there in his cab. My buddies over there were DA [David A] Orr, Butchie Boy Bell, Jinxie Charles DeFord, Big Lou Malatesta, Rammy Joe Petrelis, Ski Wisnewski, Gallagher, BJ Bobbie Jones, Conklin, Larry, Jewellzvern, Jewell, Kill Kelly, Heb Abramson, Leafier Charles Johnson Jim Carrera, Donald Dethman, Donald-Fast Eddie-White, Eddie the Hosen Edmundson and Raunchy Tom Pine to name a few. Capt Gainey, retired as a Colonelin the 70's after two tours in Nam. He passed away in September of 99 leaving Mrs Gainey and three, [grown], kids. Jody/Grace Gainey now lives in Tucson and is as beautiful now as she was in 62. I don't know what became of Lt Webb except to say that he is alive. Major Abood, retired as a one star and is alive but in failing health. I'm retired w/ a wife and two and an X-wife w/two.

William R. [Bopper] Guettler <>
Whittier, CA USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 10:45:34 (EST)
I was in the 97th, HHC Crypo section and Repository Clerk. 1966, 67 at Panzer Kasern and Coleman Barracks.

Terry McCabe <>
Eugene, OR USA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 07:11:21 (EST)
To Wanna Lee Guy, reading your post about B co. 97th and the dates tell me that my husband M/Sgt. Dippel was your 1st Sgt. for a while. He left there and went to Gp. Headquarters. He would be posting a message but he won't come near my computer, (works for me). Great seeing you post, Eleanor
Eleanor Dippel <>
Village Mills, TX USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 08:30:54 (EST)
I am looking for Eric (Coleman Barracks, Mannheim from 2001-2003). He was from Chicago/Illinois and born in August 1980. I met him November 2001 at the club "Broadway" (Mannheim) and January/February 2002 at the club "Miljoeoe" (Mannheim).

Carry <>
Hiawatha, KS USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 08:28:51 (EST)

Not in the 97th I am trying to help my Dad find some of his old Army buddies. He was in Karlsruhe Germany between 1958-1960. He lived in the Phillips Barracks and was with the 7th Army, 4th Brigade and he belonged to the 10th Trans. group (i think he was in the 126th Trucking company) I think they were a unit assigned to Karlsruhe from Heidleberg German. Not exactly sure. But if anyone remembers Cecil Avery please e-mail me and I will get the info to him. He would love to hear from some of the guys as he is homebound with illness now. He is in contact with some other guys from Texas and they were wanting me to find any others that are interested in swapping stories about good times. Thank you.

Angie Evans <>
Wichita Falls, TX USA - Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 17:02:29 (EST)

67& 68 I served in 81 st Light equip Co. 81 st Brigade, 7 th Army at Sullivan Barracks in Mannheim Germany.
I would like to know if there is a webb page so I can contact old friends. Thanks K Depew

Ken Depew <>
USA - Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 16:57:42 (EST)
I was in the 596th between 1984-1985 when it was located at Kelley Barracks, Darmstadt. I remember going across the street to Apollo's. Bratwurst and shots of "affel". Then you had "Werkuft" across the street. And the sonderspiel hall a couple of blocks down. I had alot of good times there, and many roomates I'd like to hear from.

Steve Francisco <>
Piscataway, NJ USA - Friday, December 17, 2004 at 09:58:29 (EST)

I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new Year 2005. I would like to thank you all for helping me with my book on the Fliegerhost Sandhofen/Coleman and hope it will be done in April05.

Here is the Homepage :

You all take care!


Coleman AAF Historian

USA - Friday, December 17, 2004 at 09:55:59 (EST)
I was in the 97th in Manheim Germany 1966-68
Kenneth Groezinger <>
Shannon, IL USA - Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 23:49:04 (EST)
Hi - HHC 97th (ELM) from Summer '84 to Summer '88. If you remember me drop me a line... sorry for pushing you around Sgt Farmer but you deserved it :-)

Jamie Fox <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 23:47:42 (EST)
My veteran friend Guy Wakolee, a Sauk Indian from Oklahoma, tells about his WW2 experience: "When I got in, I got in 97 Constabulary Signal Squad in Heidelberg. I had that yellow patch, means 97. Then my 2nd Division Indian head patch was on the right shoulder. We went to the Stardust Nightclub in Heidelberg..." Is there anybody who can tell me some more about it?
Francesca Skroblies <>
Bremen, Germany - Thursday, December 09, 2004 at 19:00:21 (EST)
I was stationed in 97th Headquarters 1965-1966 at Panzer Kaserne. When we were not in the vault downstairs we were pulling duty at Patch Barracks Comm Center. Every time that General broke wind, we found ourselves in the field.
Ray Tanner <>
Lakewood, NJ USA - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 01:39:08 (EST)
No comments attached
David Gekas <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 01:37:44 (EST)
Company C 97th Sig Bn Coleman Barracks from 1981 Nov until June 6, 1983.
Arden Geier <>
Forked River, NJ USA - Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 14:19:07 (EST)
I was with both B & C Company from Sep 77 to Sep 80.
Robert E. Stacy <>
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL USA - Saturday, November 27, 2004 at 12:04:10 (EST)
I was in the 97th signal in Ft Huachuca Arizonia 1980 until 1983
Gary Wood <>
elephant butte, nm USA - Friday, November 26, 2004 at 07:40:05 (EST)
SKOWHEGAN, ME USA - Friday, November 26, 2004 at 07:36:49 (EST)
It was fun reading the guest book. I was stationed at Sanhoffen, Germany Coleman barracks in 97th signal battalion, company B, tactical circuit controller 1977-1978. Since I am not a beer drinker I guess I didn't have as much fun as the rest of you. The unit seemed like a sham, equipment always broken and then only repairs that happened were with Sgt's epoxy. Worked great on the patch panel, almost as good as solder. A lot of the field exercises were a mess, no communications ever happened; one memorable excursion, we got to the remote site with the patch panel and no one else showed up, the sgt had to drive down the mountain to town in order to call the barracks to see what happened. He was told the exercise was canceled, but we should stay since it was paid for. Cold and windy on top of that rock, no place to even dig a latrine and no gasthause in walking distance. Yeah, those were great times. I guess things like that don't bother men as much as women. Ha! Some of the women got together and built an out house. It was great, they painted it pink and made sure it was too small for most men to use, though some did and got caught because they couldn't close the door. Hilarious! I did enjoy Germany and explored a lot of it.

Wade, Corbett <>
Addison, TX USA - Friday, November 26, 2004 at 07:35:31 (EST)
To whom it may concern-

My name is Matthew Kime. I am a Captain in the US
Army stationed at Ft Huachuca, Arizona. I am writing
a book about the US Army's liberation of
Czechoslovakia in 1945 and am looking for the
recollections of 97th Signal vets who were there.

I recently served six years in Germany and the Czech
Republic and speak both languages. I am combining
Czech archival material with veteran recollections.
To date I am corresponding with vets from several
Division Associations as well as Germans and Czechs
who were there.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Matt Kime

Matthew Kime <>
Ft Huachuca, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:55:39 (EST)

275th eng coffey bar. 1977-1983 great site

(NOTE: Thanks Robert, from the 97th Webmaster)

robert doug holler <>
newark, oh USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:50:53 (EST)

was not looking for a soldiers name john j matt staioned there between 1956 and 1957 any info. greatfully thankfull please respond to thank you all for help

john kuhn <>
montesano, wa USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:47:54 (EST)
Was knocked off the recent message with this subjec and will continue here. We rerquest all former members of the 97th Sig Bn to search their military records and other items and materiel that may have names of former members. We have found that Special Orders, Personnel Rosters, Duty Rosters, Holiday Menus and many more items that have names of these former soldiers listed on them. In the event you suceed in your search, please make copies of these items and send to the address below: Historian 97th Signal Battalion Association 3608 Dupont Circle Virginia Beach, Va 23455

Historian <>
USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:45:56 (EST)
"WE NEED YOUR HELP" The 97th Sig Bn Assn. is in the process of putting on file on CD's each and every former soldier that served with the Battalion during active service 1942 - 1993. In order to complete this task, we urgently require the assistance of all that served in the "Tried and True.

Historian <>
Va Beach, Va USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:44:51 (EST)

Arrived at Panzer Kasern 42 years ago today. Was in the 547th Trans Co. Panzer was the HQ for the 505th Signal Group. Was told it was an old Rommel tank training area. GIs had midnight curfew in those days. Want to go back next year. Is it still there? Is there still the "back road" to Patch used only for Alerts. Is the old Officers club there. It was an old hunting lodge as I recall. Good duty!

John Crilly <>
Northbrook, IL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:43:13 (EST)
I was stationed at Coleman Barracks in the S-3 section of HHC 97th Signal Bn. from '73 thru June '75. I was a draftsman working in the drafting section. I enjoyed my stay in Germany during those times especially because of the people who were my friends... Chuck and Brenda Anderson, Richard "Sal" Salazar, Ken Parmele and many others. It would be great to hear from any of my old friends.
Rick McGuire <>
Buena Park, CA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:41:23 (EST)

Panzer Kaserne 78-81 HHC 4/73rd battalion commo. miss all the folks great times thanks for that part of my time, B-Ray.

john l. barrera <>
salem, or USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:39:42 (EST)

4/73rd HHC.battalion cammo. lots of good times my nickname is B-ray.

John L. Barrera <>
Salem, OR USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:37:48 (EST)
I was assigned to HHC 97th Sig. from 74 to 76. I worked ELM shop and I am looking for anyone that knows me from that time period. Loved Germany!

Lawrence Hensley <>
Sinking Spring, PA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:34:28 (EST)
No I wasn't but my father was. His name was Eric LaVere Frisell. If anybody knew him please email me. We have none of his pictures, they were all lost in a fire. If anybody has any pictures of him at all, or if you knew him, please email me. Thank you very much.
glory simpson <>
sumner, wa USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:33:09 (EST)
I was in the 379th Sig Bn 176th Sig Co from Oct. 1959 - Aug. 1961. Co Hq was in Boeblingen at the Panzer Kaserne. I was assigned to a radio repair team at Rose Barracks in Vilseck (part of the Grafenwoehr / Hohenfels Training Center). I got to return for a visit in 1992. I loved Germany - the food - the people - the bier. Ken
Ken Ingram <>
Artesia, NM USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:29:52 (EST)

I'm pretty sure it was the 582nd Trans. Co. I was ther from mid 72, to mid 75. I was in the barracks right across from the club, very convenient. I remember that wurst stand just outside the gate. Nothing like it here.

Greg Schultz <>
Saint Clair Shores, MI USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:25:32 (EST)
yes "D" company and "A" company Jan 1961 to Aug 1963 Darmstadt,Bad Duerkheim,Mannheim

JOE Federl <>
mequon, WI USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:23:07 (EST)
Tropo Plt Coleman Barracks 1983-1987
Ben Wilson <>
Tacoma, Wa USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:21:54 (EST)
My posting was on July 28 2002. I have a new e-mail. It is

Jim Wright <papahats@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
CHICAGO, IL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:20:18 (EST)
Served in the 97th Signal Battalion from 1942 to 1946. If you served with my dad please send me an email.
Harry Silverstein <>
Coral Springs, FL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:16:55 (EST)

No I was in the 502nd engineers.neureut kaserne.I remember all of the other barracks.Smiley and gerzewski kaserne. I had a great time over there.I did a stetch of thirty two straight months.Anyone there from 1977 to 80 1st platoon or 2nd or maintanance platoon drop me a line and lets BS about the old days and all the crazy crap we did out in the field. Puddle Jumpers.Signed Lil Brown.Spec 4th class.1977 to 1980. Does any one remember Carmel the little white dog that was our mascot?

James Brown <>
minneapolis, mn USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:15:51 (EST)
I know why you are getting these posting it because when you serxh for the 229 Sig Co (Spt) your site comes up not the 229 Sig it was also at Panzer Kaserne. I was there from Aug 57 to May 1960 the 229 was part of the 379 Sig Bn and times i was attached to the 97 Sig in fact i ahve join the 97 Assos.

Haroland Patterson <>
Tacoma, WA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:13:48 (EST)
The reason you are getting these different postings is because when you put in the 229 sig co (spt) the computer pulls up your site not the 229 which was at Panzer kaserne from 1956 until i left in 1960 how long it was there after that i do not know. I have join the 97th Assos. because i was attached to it for a while.

Haroland M Patterson <>
Tacoma, wa USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:12:18 (EST)

not 97th.. combat support company 1st/16th or mite have been 2nd/16th tow platoon (aka ata birds) stationed 1982-1983.only there approx.14 months but i experienced so my platoon we had a great bunch of men.from all walks of life.although i have talked to two of my old platoon mates,i havent gave up on the search for atleast one if any of you are out there and remember being in the ata platoon and wearing the short timers shirt,write me back thru this site or email at my nickname at the time was NUKE does that ring a bell?

charlie nowicki <>
Indian Trail, nc USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:10:58 (EST)
97 sig bn 1954 1955 radio co bobligen tdy chaumont france mobile radio unit bc 610 xmtr collins rec cw rtty with 7 air bases in ger and france ham radio unit was dl4usa now my ham radio call is w3fhm fte

francis t etherson <>
cranberry twp, pa USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:06:19 (EST)
B Co 97th from May 71 to Feb 72; Mannheim
Ken Goetz <>
Cairo, NY USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:04:35 (EST)
I was in HQ Company of the 97th from September (or maybe even August) 1971 to March 1973, then got an early out to go back to Indiana. I lost track of all my friends, including those in the picture, soon after I was released. Please contact me if you recognize them.

( Please visit my website)
Ward Price <>
McAllen, TX USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:59:04 (EST)
C Company, 97th, Dec 68-Jun 70, Carrier Platoon Sg
Allen Menges <>
Augusta, GA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:57:27 (EST)
75 - 78, Co. B, ComCenter Plt.
David Lane <>
Kingsport, TN USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:56:31 (EST)

Not In The 97th Would Like to contact anyone at smiley barracks karlshrue 809th engr co 1965 1966 thanks

Jim Roberts <>
Opelika, Al USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:55:27 (EST)
My father Norm Smilen, PFC was with the 97th, In Boeblingen Germany 1957 to 1958. His buddies were Thurman Hightower; Mike Affigne; Cliffe Soule; Steve Solot; Ed Ricci; Bob Thompson; Al Coppola; Jim Leonard; Bill Lange; Frank Spiva; Dick Cripe; Len Anker; Jay "Moon" Mullens; Al Warneke; Harold Hoffer; Don Baumhoff; Tom LLoyd; Jerry Calhoun. April 1958 was a "field day" to celebrate the 97th battalion's 16th birthday. Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra entertained. Any of the old guys Ive mentioned: feel free to respond. (Or anybody who knew any of these guys.)
Marc Smilen <>
Dania Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:37:04 (EST)

No, But my father may have. I would appreciate any help or information. Thank you Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor <>
Spanaway, Wa USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:34:50 (EST)
(NOTE: If I remember correctly, 97th Sig came under the 7ACC in 1967 - Jon)

Was at Coleman Barracks, HHC, 7th Army Communications Command from May '67 - Nov '68. Didn't see any names recognized, Had some great times there. Some buddies were: Bob Barrera - across the hall, Mke Taylor, Arnold Corn, Rich Panko (died), guy in the printing section from Kansas - can't remember his name. Randy Frey and others. In my office were Sgt Stiefel, Captain Novotny etc.

Bill Patrick <>
South Pasadena, CA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:31:04 (EST)
Co. C Tropo. 77-80 Coleman Barracks, Sandhofen. Looking for Dave Butler, Andy Ryan, Craig Nolender, Steve Welsh, Blair Miller, or anyone else from that era. I still get together with Mark Bissell a couple times a year, and Bob Holman once. Tiger 81, Bad Durkiem wine fest, Snow ball battle royal, the cave and Rod and Gun club. Some good times.

Ernie Lang <>
Chillicothe, OH USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:24:17 (EST)
HHC, ELM 86-89
Mike Knoll <>
Buffalo, MN USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:23:08 (EST)

Sullivan Barracks Jan.66-Oct68 5th Bat.68Armor.

Terry Oxley <>
Midwest City, OK USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:21:55 (EST)
I served with the 229th Sig Co (Spt) 379th Sig Bn, 160th Sig Gp @ Panzer Kerserne from Nov57 to Jul60. We worked closely with the 97th on many field exercises. I retired in 1978 at Ft Hood as a ISG. I spent all 22 years in various combat support signal units (12 years in Germany, 1 year in Korea and 2 years in Vietnam, remainder in the USA)
Lewis E. Houts <>
Plano, Tx USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 13:20:04 (EST)
assigned woc 97th boeblingen 57/59 involved in move to manhiem company armorer after renfro
anthony miskiewicz <>
beachwood, nj USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:54:48 (EST)

looking for any one that served with the 809 engr co smiley barracks 1965 1966

jim roberts <>
opelika, al USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:50:40 (EST)
97th , WOC from Sept. 54 to March 55. Stationed in Boeblingen. My roommate was Staff Sgt. Czado. Spent lots of time in the field. MOS was 1187, Carrier Repeater. Closest buddy was Bill Ibach.

Paul Perlow <>
Mission Viejo, CA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:47:59 (EST)
97th , WOC from Sept. 54 to March 55. Stationed in Boeblingen. My roommate was Staff Sgt. Czado. Spent lots of time in the field. MOS was 1187, Carrier Repeater. Closest buddy was Bill Ibach.

Paul Perlow
Mission Viejo, CA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:46:56 (EST)
I was a squad leader at Coleman Baracks from April 1970 through my ETS in Feb. 1971. SFC Schwind was my Platoon Sgt. and a great guy. He was a German in the US Army, with a French wife. I can't remember exactly which Company I was in, but It may have been C Company. My best memories are of going to the field and setting up our relay site at Tiger (something), then spending all time off in the local Gausthause drinking, playing cards and talking. So may other memories. I will look through some of my old papers to try and look up some guys, now that I know about the 97th website. I wouldn't want to have make the decision to join the Army again, but I wouldn't give up my memories of my time in for anything. Good Website. Thanks. Gordon Barner
Gordon Barner <>
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:45:50 (EST)

I attended Karlsruhe American High School 1970-1973. I am looking for photographs of Paul Revere Village and Smiley Barracks and thought maybe someone could help me ...

Leslie Cale <>
Ellicott City, MD USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:37:38 (EST)
Was in Message Center from oct .52 to Aug.1953. Was Aircraft Mechanic at Stuttgart Airport.
Charles W. Smith <>
Bowie, TX USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:36:17 (EST)

I was with 8th cavalry''A TRP''ABN'' 3/8CAV back in the years 1963-66. It has been so long ago but it seems like yesterday. The good times in Scherhof''Cowtown''. The taboo bar and two girls I remember that use to work there, Hilda and Heide, remember cowtown Annie? Sanhophen and Mannheim, man they had good beer. Those were good times, like a vacation before we grew up and got married. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL OUR BOYS SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.

Noe Garcia <> or <>
San Juan, TX USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:34:41 (EST)
My e-mail address has changed since I signed on last. I served with ROC VHF Platoon and later with Wire Company. I was the repairman that went from VHF station to VHF station. I later went to the detachment in Manheim and worked under Sgt Riggle on the 7th Army's VHF Garrison circuit. I later became team chief. I served from 1956-1959. I missed the reunion this year but hope to make the next one.

AJ Henson <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:29:30 (EST)
i was at neureut kaserne in 1970 signal service group 4. we later moved to smiley barracks in late 1972 i think. some names were col. grombacher, cpt williams somers, and sgts woods and opelc. friends bill munn and willy williams.
marksie dunn <>
accoville, wv USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:27:52 (EST)
I was an (05c20) at Coleman Barracks from January 1970 until January of 1971. I was in Co A 97th Sig Bn. I worked in the comm center down over the hill from the barracks. I lived off post for most of my stay there. "A" Bar and "Scotch" Bar were some of the fun spots!

Denny Alwine <>
Abbottstown, PA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:23:40 (EST)
Yes, I was in HQ and Hq Co. Coleman Barracks From 1971 until 1974. I worked at the Motor Pool MOS43B20. I also drove a fuel truck (gasoline) M49C. I delivered fuel to a lot of the Air Force Radar sites.

Gerald T. Condict <>
RIchwood, TX USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:22:37 (EST)
I was in the 97th Signal Battalion, A Company, HF Platoon from 1978-1981. This is not bogus!!!!

Felecia Ortiz (Chargois) <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:19:48 (EST)
B Company, 97th Signal---March 1963 thru September 1965 Panzer Kaserne, Berbiken (SP?) Germany

Wanna Lee Guy <>
Augusta, Ga USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:18:17 (EST)

I was in the 229th signal spt. in 57 to 60 I would like to hear from any one that wes in the 229th.

Jim Parker <>
Shelby, NC USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:16:15 (EST)
I was in the 97th from Aug;1959 to Aug;1961. I was in the Power Sect.WOC at Coleman and in Co.C at Panzer.I am looking for Dale Flack,Dale Alexander,Ivan Wooten,Sfc.Nix Hipp. I lived in Montana and am now living in Arizona and retired from the Az Highway Patrol (30 yrs)
Jim Davis <>
Glendale, Az USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:12:56 (EST)

I was not in the 97th but am sure it was a great outfit. I was in ATRP''ABN' 3/8CAV there at coleman barracks. This was in the years of 1963-66. Still remember the bars and the girls that worked the bars. One name I remember is Hilda''Taboo bar'' and who can forget COWTOWN ANNIE. Those were great years, GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS. AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY

No_NE <>
San Juan, Tx USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 12:11:27 (EST)
Was in MOC 97th from 5-55 to 11-56, serving as Supply Clerk. CO was Lt. Hamel, 1st Sgt was Msgt Hauser.Only good memeories of 97th and Panzer. Panzer was still there and occcupied by US Military 3 years ago when I visited.

Carl Dean Palmer <>
Jasper, Ga USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:52:24 (EST)
At the 97th Jan thru Aug 1971. PM Preventive Medicine Section. Great experince and a great time I will never forget.
Art Austin <>
Kingston, TN USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:50:47 (EST)
I was at Panzer Kasserne from 78 till 80 with C Troop 1/4 CAV, AKA C circus. Would'nt mind hearing from anyone I served with. Good times, great beer.

Larry Heck <>
Big Sandy, TN USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:48:57 (EST)
I was in signals at HQAFNORTH Kolsas 1964-67

arnold rose <>
muskego, wi USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:47:26 (EST)
Assigned 1963-1965 barracks rigrt next to E.M. club. powerman. where are John Cahill,Bill Ewing,Jeff Englehart,Sabra Geter,Ed Turkel,John Howland

Richard Gaskill <>
Albany, OR USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:46:13 (EST)
jan 61 to june 63 boblingen
richard jarrell <RJARRELL3@CFL.RR.COM>
deland, fla USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:45:05 (EST)
I was in the 97th Constabulary Signal Squadron, A Troop and later when the unit changed I was assigned to Wire Opn Co. I was with the unit from fall 1948 to winter of 1952 in Boblingen. After attending Carrier School in Ansbach, I was assigned to a Carrier Terminal in Wiesbaden, then a terminal in Darmstadt (with Big Red One) and lastly with the terminal at Patch Barracks supporting the 7th Army. Retired as a MSG E8 in 1972 after 25 years service in El Paso, Tx, the birth place of the 97th Signal Bn Assn's first reunion in 1989. Tried and True.

James B. O'Kelley <>
Cushing, OK USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:43:52 (EST)
I was stationed with the 97th Sig BN NATO, B. Co. HF platoon (Radio Teletype) from 2/1982 to 6/1985.
Larry Pottle "Young Buc" <>
Brockton, MA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:42:25 (EST)
Was assigned to 97th signal Bn. in Beoblingen from 61 to 63 WOW1 it' all kind of an alcoholic haze ,but a hell of a lot of fun as I remember.

Richard Gaskill <>
Albany, OR USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:41:09 (EST)

richard jarrell <>
USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:39:57 (EST)
I just found this web site last night. I was assigned to the 97th Signal,WOC in Aug. 1959 at Coleman barracks. In 1960 I was transferred to C Co. at Panzer.
I notice that most of the posting are quite old, is there any current postings?
I am looking for men that I served with in the Power Sections of WOC (A Co.) and Co. C.
Anyone knowing the location of Dale Flack,Dale Alexander, Donald Petry or Tommy Boiles,Sgt Nix Hipp.
I would appreciate it . Send me information about the Association, Thank You.

Jim Davis

Jim Davis <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:38:10 (EST)
I went to the 97th in August 1959 and was sent to Wire Oper.Co. at Coleman Barracks in Mannhiem. In 1960 I was transferred to Co. C at Panzer Kasern at Boblingen. Iwas in the Power Section and would like to hear from some of the guys I served with.SFC Nix Hipp was my NCOIC while at Coleman.Some of the people in my section were D.Petry,R.F.S.Walker,Cal Mithuen,Ken Nay, A.T. Boiles & D.Howland.Dale Flack,Dale Alexander & Louie Lebert were with me at Panzer. CWO Basiquides (sp) was the Platoon Ldr. Jim Davis,Glendale,Az (
Jim Davis <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:27:58 (EST)
1959 t0 1961 WOC Mannhiem and Co.C Panzer Kaserne
Jim Davis <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:26:38 (EST)

CHICAGO, IL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:25:28 (EST)
September 1954 to March 1955, Boeblingen, Gr. Wire Operation Company

Paul Perlow <>
Mission Viejo, CA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:23:43 (EST)
97th Signal ROC Mannheim Detachment, Sullivan Bks. Kafertal, Germany 1957
John (Jake) Kuhl <>
Casa Grande, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:22:29 (EST)
97th Signal Mannheim Detachment Sullivan Bks. . 1957,58,59
Ronald De Riemacker <>
Scottsdale, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:21:20 (EST)
I was in the 97th 1956-1958 at the message center

Grant Mahan <>
Canton, GA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:17:52 (EST)
(NOTE: NOT 97th)

The dependents knew about the hole in the fence too. We, also, used to sneak out to the ammo dump. How many 15 year old girls can say that?

Dee Martin <>
Garden Grove, CA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:16:10 (EST)
I was an NCO in C Co Tropo and then A Co Tropo from 1985 to 1988. Looking for any and all old friends. Please drop a line to:
Donn Westerhoff <>
Tampa, FL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 04:12:17 (EST)
Yes- Radio Opn Co. Nov. 1953 to March 1955 Signed guest book earlier when e-mail was E-mail has since changed. Thanks

Walter L. Askew <>
Eure, NC USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:54:36 (EST)
(NOTE: NOT 97th)

I was not in 97th.I was in 3rd 1/33 in 1971 to1973 Gelnhausen germany coleman kaserne A Company would like to here from some of the guys that were there then..or if anyone knows there e-mail

bruce mcglothin <>
dayton, oh USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:52:31 (EST)
I was with the 1st Sig bn from about Oct 1961 to Oct 1962. I was then transferred to Co. C 97th sig bn and worked at the 7th army communication center. I believe there was also a Robert Callahan in the unit. I was transferred to the I think it was the 509th sig bn Ft Chaffee in 1993 (or was it the 596th sig co) with about 20 others from the 97th. About all I remember are the long hours we put in in the communication center. I reenlisted and served with the 39th sig bn Vietnam 1965-1966. I taught typing and communication center operation at Ft Gordon from 1966 to 1967. So I probably had some of you as students.

Chester Patrick Callahan <>
East Lansing, MI USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:50:16 (EST)
i was in 97th sig bn from 1981 to 1984 bco wto great memories sgt brown if you're around give me a e-mailand all the guys in wto. still miss it alot gary tillman or anyone that was in b co>

sp/4 gary e tillman <>
clearwater, FL USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:48:14 (EST)
(not in 97th)

I was in 73rd AAA at Gerszewski in Knielingen-1954-1957.Had a great time with a great bunch of guys from all units.Got a German wife.Still with me. It was great to be a soldier,Myhead is held high.Best to all.They also serve who stayed in the ready position all the time.

john merna <>
Hampton, VA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:46:35 (EST)

I was in 3rd 1/33.A company 11971 till 1973 looking for LC Haynes Jr that was in c-company or any one in a company

Bruce McGlothin <>
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:44:04 (EST)
What a hoot! Can hardly remember a name (oh, those were the days...!) -- Sullivan to Coleman barracks shift -- to CENTAG -- 68-71. Dennis Warren?? MSGT Fries? Spec Ramirez. Ray Haydaczyk? Dalton? The guy who fell/leapt out our window in pursuit of the "shit truck?" -- and set a record weazring the same fatigues for nearly 2 mos... unwashed? My big buddy (Scoles) from CA whose father was a marine sgt mjr and he was a hippie? The Christmas tree growing in a beer can... Reyes from NY! Lt. Long... Good folks all!

Jerry Galloway <>
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:41:35 (EST)
HHC 97th Signal ELM '73 to '76 New email address..... Had a great time in Sandhoffen (Mannheim). Worked at the theater as a projectionist when I had the time. Loved all the Road Trips (if you could call them that, LOL) Worked to keep Room "218 Bar and Grill" open 24 hours a day... I remember all those late nights and drunken stupers.. well at least some of them. Worked with Mike Mooney, Rocky Sitz, Peter Munsell, Rick Trevino (where the hell are you), Bruce Bryant, Mike Kelley, Tony Lanza and the rest of the gang. Mr. Desouza was the ELM OIC. Had great times.

Perry Phipps <>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:39:47 (EST)
NOT 97th:

I was with the 73rd AAA Battalion which later became the 44th Artillery Iwas stationed at the Gerszewski barracks in Kneilingen from 1957 to 1959.

Eli St. Jean <>
Norton, MA USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:37:38 (EST)
T and T

I am signed into the new guest book
as Max E. (ED) Thomas

Please change my address to



Max E. (ED) Thomas <>
USA - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 03:35:00 (EST)
Assigned to A Co, 97th Sig Bn in Mar 66 Boeblingen. Moved to Coleman Barracks in Mannheim in 1967. Worked in Com Cen and FAIO. Would love to hear from those who were there during the days of Wine, Schnitzel, and Pom Fritz...

Walter Bivens <BivensW@Netkonnect.Net>
Alexandria, VA USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 02:16:49 (EST)
yes, mannhein, germany, 1968-1969, I forget which company
James S. (Steve) Munson <>
Rexford, NY USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 02:15:18 (EST)
I was not in the 97th. My Dad was. He is SGT. RET. Johnny W. Herring. He was a cook and Mess SGT. We were in Boeblingen 1950-1953. I remember the area well. The tower which belonged to the Loebeck family. The ski jump. The Rexaer Bicycle shop down town. The bombed out bridge. Many bombed out Bldgs. I would like to hear from anyone that was there at the time I was. My Dad lives a short distance from me in the San Antonio, Texas area. I have photos. Well, Adios, BILL Herring

Johnny W. Herring <>
Schertz, TX USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 02:13:52 (EST)
I was stationed at Panzer from 1960 thru 1962 with the 96 trans.Co. Dragon Wagons.I remember your outfit well. Do you remember Mom's Gasthaus? That hole in the rear fence was quite the thing!!

Richard Lamszus <>
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 02:08:32 (EST)
NEW KENSINGTON, PA USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 02:06:40 (EST)
OWENS, LEONARD was in the 97th Signal Div. Funari Barracks - Mannheim - Viernheim Please drop me a line.
Canterbury, CT USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 02:03:34 (EST)
I was not in the 97th. I was at Smiley Barracks NCOIC (SSG) of the 10th Chemical Detachment located at the airfield durning 1980-1982. Looking for anyone that was at Smiley Barracks or Karlshrue area durning that time frame.

Michael W Tucker <>
Texarkana, TX USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 02:01:10 (EST)
Dear Sirs, my name is Dirk Schulz and I'm the Airfield Historian of Coleman Army Airfield at Sandhofen Mannheim, Germany. I'm also an Air Traffic controller and are working for the 3-58 AVN REGT here at Coleman BKS .I do write a book on the history of this complex starting in 1937 to today. Therefore i do look for anykind of pictures and stories during that time. If anyone has any info etc please contact me :DIRKIO@WEB.DE Thanks and tschuess aus Deutschland Dirk

MANHEIM, GERMANY - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:58:47 (EST)
I was in the 97th at Coleman Barracks from 68 to 70. I remember the Wurst stand outside the Main gate AND Flippies. We used to put the Flippy rubbers on our for every six months in Germany as a status symbol. I was there for two years, four months, and ten days and served in A Company and Hq Company.

Richard Guyette <>
Rutland, VT USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:54:30 (EST)
Served in the 97th Signal Battalion as Bn XO 1997 to 1999 at Coleman Barracks, Mannheim-Sandhoffen. Fantastic I served in during my 28 years in the Army. Great times! Would love to hear from Tried & True members from that timeframe. Great web site! Tried & True
Jack Kenney <>
Augusta, GA USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:53:03 (EST)
I was at Kolsas, Norway at AFHQNE from 1971 to 1974. I was with the US Navy Group there.

Mike Gillis <>
Youngstown, NY USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:51:33 (EST)
I served as platoon leader of the JOC Platoon in Message Center Company, 97th Signal Battalion, from April 1953 to July 1954. It was a very good time to serve in Boeblingen, West Germany. I returned for the first time in Sept.2001, just after the WTC attack.
Henry Stephen Lewis, Jr <>
Westfield, NJ USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:47:18 (EST)
I was at Gerszewski with the 73rd AAA 1956 or 57 I was assigned to an M42 tank # 222 prior to that I was with the 307th ASA in Rothwesten. When I was reassigned to the states I was transferred to the 344th transportation company at Fort story in Virginia Beach.

Joseph M Comerford <>
Cambridge, MA USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:45:30 (EST)
I was station in Panzer Kaserne from Aug 57 to May 60 with the 229 Sig Co (Spt) 379 Sig Bn i spent a lot of time in the field supporting a lot of units with telephone terminal connection. My unit had replaced the 29 Sig Bn. I remember the 97th their Hq was just inside the gate i was married in boeblingen in nov 59. i left as Sgt E-5 in May 60

haroland m patterson <>
tacoma, wa USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:42:33 (EST)

Jon Kilburn <>
Warren, MI USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 01:38:47 (EST)

PORT ORANGE, FL USA - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 02:20:59 (EST)
I was in the 97th in 1968 until my assignment to vietnam in october of that year. Had a great time in Mannheim where we were stationed. OCS was there (Old Coleman Stockade), a flippy stand was just outside gate where you could get those great sausage sandwiches. Does anyone remember what a flippy was?. Had a good friend by the name of Norman Ratcliff but lost contact when I went to Nam.

Ed Harmon <>
Richmond, MI USA - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 02:19:26 (EST)
Assigned to HHC 97th ELM Coleman barracks April 70 until Dec71

Leo Kukko <>
Constantia, NY USA - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 02:18:03 (EST)
I was stationed at Fliegerhorst Kasern in Boblingen from 1952 Oct.1953. with the 175th. M.P. Battalion. I only see reference to Panzer Kasern what happened to Fliegerhort Kasern? I would like to hear from someone who was there the years I was stationed at Boblingen or who knows what happened to the Kasern.

Carl F Salzer Jr <>
Oshkosh, WI USA - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 02:16:57 (EST)
I was assigned to the 4/73rd armor at Panzer barracks in Boblingen from 1977 to 1979, was the Co' gunner on C-66, best time of my life.

rollie hubbard <>
lakeside park, ky USA - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 02:15:39 (EST)
hello, im vanessa 16y. old and iam searching for my dad, all informations that i have are in my homepage. please at takes only a minute to read it, maybe you can help me. here my url: thank you and god bless you vanessa
vanessa <>
Germany - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 02:13:23 (EST)
I was assigned to the 97th Signal Btn. from Sept. 1974 to Feb. 1976. I was assigned to the HHC comapany and my primary MOS was 31J20 and secondary MOS was 31S20. The time I spent with the 97th was some of the best time in my life!
Lawrence D. Hensley <>
Sinking Spring, PA USA - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 11:21:32 (EST)
I was in A Co 97th Sig from 90-93, becoming part of the 414th Sig Company during the last year. I was an Extension Switch Plt Leader (my favorite job) and XO. I drew the design for the labels on the battalion's 50th anniversary wine -- in case some of you attended the celebration and have a bottle.

William Palmer <>
Mason, OH USA - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 03:48:47 (EST)
Was in MessageCenter Company from Oct.1952-Aug.1953,Was aircraft Mechanic stationed at Stuttgart Airport,Echterdingen Airfield Smitty
Charles W. Smith <>
Bowie, TX USA - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 03:46:53 (EST)
97th Sig Bn Roc Sept 56 to Sept 58
Ernie Figueroa <>
Sugarloaf, CA USA - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 03:39:38 (EST)
I was in the 97th HQ&HQC from 69 to 72. I was trained as a 31J but mostly moved elec. equiptment around Germany. Lived off base with my wife. Many great memories.

Dave Elliott <>
Mt. Vernon, TX USA - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 03:38:17 (EST)
I am CW3 David L. Rosenquist Retired, I served in the 97th Signal Battalion from July 1986 to September 1991. I was Battalion COMSEC Custodian From 89-91 during which we converted from Analog to Digital Systems.

Tried & True

CW3 Dave Rosenquist

David L. Rosenquist <>
Garland, TX USA - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 03:19:57 (EST)
The youth in passing time and what a time it was in Germany. Colman BK 1973-1976 Co C. Received the nickname "OD". Summers were mild but the winters were something else. Bad Tolz was was the riches experience for me at Christmas with all its wonders and colours. Became as courier and ran messages around the countryside was also interesting. Yes, I can still type 60 wpm and sadly to say PT tests are a thing of the past for me. Remember the "Witchs Tower" and "The Burning of the Castle" in the summer months. Good times at 97th High. Good people. However, everyone moves on, back to "The World".
Bruce Green <>
Eugene, OR USA - Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 09:41:54 (EST)
I was in Company C, 97th and stationed at Panzer Kaserne from roughly late 1960 to about July, 1962. I was a radio TT operator. I'd like to hear from anyone who might remember me.
Dick Drake

Dick Drake <>
Waukesha, WI USA - Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 06:08:20 (EST)
I was the A Company Commander from Feb - Nov 1964 at Sullivan Barracks. At that time A Company installed the 7th Army Main CP on field exercises. A Company had the best soldiers in 7th Army!
Bob Key <>
Downingtown, PA USA - Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 17:30:56 (EST)
I was in the 97th HQ CO. from 1967 to 1968 HAD A LOT OF GOOD

USA - Sunday, November 16, 2003 at 23:23:03 (EST)
I was in the 97th Signal from Jan 60 to May 62. I spent about three months in "A" Co. in Mannheim in 60. I arrived at "A" Co. as a PFC and there were three of us in a jeep with an "A" Co. driver. It was a long drive from our departure to our arrival at "A" Co., so the driver made a couple of stops along the way and we bought some "Monager" beer and sorta sipped it along the way. Unfortunately, we left the beer bottles in the jeep floorboard and when we arrived at Sullivan barracks, the driver was feeling pretty good and he sorta slide to a stop in front of the orderly room and it just so happened that the first sargeant and Capt. Abood were standing on the steps when the beer bottles went flying all over the place. Fortunately, the three of us new arrivals were spared the full wrath of Capt. Abood and the Top, but the poor driver was demoted on the spot with the Top ripping off his stripes.

Later on, in my tenure at "A" Co., we had a guy in the Co. that seemed to get a bit of joy out of beating the hell out of fellow soldiers who were smaller than he. Well at one Saturday morning formation, Capt. Abood wispered something in the Top's ear and he left the formation and went back to the orderly room. He returned carring a couple of sets of boxing gloves. Capt. Abood called this guy out of the formation, front and center and the Top proceeded to put the boxing gloves on both Capt. Abood and this guy (unfortunately, I cannot remember his name, but he was a tall, athletic, blond guy). The gloves were tied on and immediately, Capt. Abood popped the guy smack dab in the face. The poor guy did not know what to do and Capt. Abood chided him about being tough and for him to show him how tough he was. I do not remember the guy ever laying a glove on the Capt. but I do remember when it was all over, the guy was lying on the ground with a swollen, bloody face out light a light bulb. The Capt. told us that when he dismissed us to walk by and take a good look at this guy because if there was anymore fighting of anykind, we could expect the same. That put an end to fighting in the barracks.

Capt. Abood also had a habit of running along behing the company on our daily runs and kicking in the ass, those that were lagging behing.

I wanted to go Airborne and I also did not want to be in garrison, so I put in 1049's asking for a transfer on a weekly basis and one day I went to the C.O.'s office and asked permission to speak to him about being transfered to B Co, because they spent a lot of time out in the field. After I finished my request while standing at attention in front of his desk, Capt. Abood flipped over his little name tag deal that was on his desk and asked me what it said. I responded that it said "Tough Shitsky". He said that's right, now get the hell out of my office. Anyway I did get transfered about two or three weeks later and I loved being in B Co. and out of A Co.

I could go on but time does not allow.

Take care,

Tom Martin (Tex) "B" Company, 97th Signal Bn.

Tom "Tex" Martin <>
Houston, TX USA - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 21:34:35 (EST)
1974-1975. I was in 587th Signal Co., 52nd Sig. Bn. @ Patch Barracks. I worked at Eucom Radio Site. ETS'ed as Sgt. E-5. Worked for SSG Larry Bentley. CO was Cpt. Darryl Jamison. Hello to Krone, Maye, Lofgren, Robinson, Sherman, Crumity and Hodgkins. I'll always remember these soldiers. I'm currently an A-320 First Officer with America West Airlines, based in PHX, and living in Portland, OR
Paul E. Resweber <>
Portland, OR USA - Wednesday, November 05, 2003 at 18:58:11 (EST)
I was in "C" Company 2nd R&R from 1981-82. First under CPT Frank and then under CPT Tyler.
Tried and True.

Warren Crain <>
Tacoma, WA USA - Monday, November 03, 2003 at 01:17:13 (EST)
Served in Company B,(Super Bee) 97th Signal Battalion between June 76 - November 78. I was a Tactical Circuit Controller assigned to the WTO Platoon. I am retired and live in North Carolina with my wife and four chrildren. Was mostly in the field and was at either Tiger 51,61 and 81 during that time. They say your first duty assignment makes a lasting impression within your military career. It did for me.
James F. Latza <>
Stedman, NC USA - Friday, October 24, 2003 at 16:30:42 (EDT)
I was in the 97th from Dec 1961-Dec 1964. Worked in Patch barracks as a telephone installer. Was stationed in Panzer. Don't remember what company but our back door opened to the NCO club.
James Tippy <>
Marion, IL USA - Friday, October 17, 2003 at 00:53:36 (EDT)
With the 596th Sig. Co. 62 - 65. Radio Platoon "HOTEL Net" domiciled with D company at Panzer Kaserne. Come visit our NEW site at . All welcome.
John Osbeck <>
Payson, AZ USA - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 00:17:26 (EDT)
596th Sig. Co. (spt), Panzer Kasern, Boeblingen, Germany, 1955 &1956 worked in supply, motor pool and wire plt. GREAT PLACE, PEOPLE and all else.
Buddy L. Rogers <>
Temple, TX USA - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 14:34:01 (EDT)
I was assigned to Company C from 1973 to 1977. A proud member of the 41 Club (41 month asignment). I was a 31M20 and finished my military career as a Sgt E5. Worked most most of the major sites Frieburg, Tiger 40(My Favorite), Centag, and Bad Durkheim. Our goal when first on site was four hours to let the circuits cook in, then establish a relationship with the local guesthaus. Nothing was more fun than getting the shot up quickly and working circuits across southern Germany. Life has been good to me so far. I am married for 24 years with two sons and working in Post Production IT.

Charlie Ball <>
CA USA - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 01:49:56 (EDT)
I was a SGT E-5 (MOS 296.60) assigned to the 596th Sig Co. I was with the company when it moved to Kaiserslauten from Benning in October, 1961. I stayed with the unit until October, 1962.
Robert L. Stephens <>
Gainesville, FL USA - Monday, July 28, 2003 at 05:18:02 (EDT)
i was assigned to b company from 6 april 1977 to 30 march 1980;with comcenter platoon and than the supply room.i also had the duties of commanders driver,building maintenance,and sometimes a bit on the sneaky side with my camera. i will always cherished my time with the tried and true.

jackie starr <>
dumas, tx USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 00:30:24 (EDT)
Updating post of February 26th, 2002 with new email address. Looking for anyone in A Co. Sullivan Bks 1964-65.
Irvin Landry <>
Greenwell Springs, LA USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 00:26:37 (EDT)
I was assigned to Co B as a Comm. Center Specialist from April 1971 to November 1973 at Coleman Barricks, Mannheim-Sandhoffen. This was a great unit! I considered my tour as a government paid vacation-I bought a '61 VW and put close to 100.000 km on the car driving around Europe before I sold it and was transfered to HQ AFNORTH, Kolsaas Norway. I still live in Norway.
Edward Whinnery <>
Stavanger, Norway - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:47:17 (EDT)
97th. 1942-1946 (when in England we were detached to the
3262 Signal Service Company) But still part of the 97th.

Van G (tiny) Foster <>
Holland, MI USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:45:29 (EDT)
Company Clerk, WOC 97th Signal Battalion, August 1955 to December1957. Just came back from Honolulu and met Packie (Franklin D. Pacarro and his wife. After 47 years.)
Rich Gindhart <>
Hamilton, NJ USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:43:44 (EDT)
1981-1983 C co! 1st R&R Plt Leader later XO. Served under Col. King and Clegg, and CPT Frank, Tyler and Snook.
Scott Stahlman <>
Dallas, TX USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:35:33 (EDT)
78-82: I was the B Co. HF Plt Sgt for about 2 years and then moved to HHC. I was the BN S-2 for awhile and then I worked in S-3 until I left. My memory isn't working too well these days so, if you want to drop me a line I would like to hear from you. jre

John R. Ellis <>
Lakewood, WA USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:33:19 (EDT)
I was in A Co., HF Platoon, 97th Signal Battaltion from Feb. 1974 to June 1976. I spent sometime at Tiger 21 or 22 can't recall the exact number. I remember the ANG 26D radios we had to operate. They were old even back then. It was a great duty station and I had alot of fun. I see a couple of people I recall have posted (Doug Johnson & Steve Teeples)in the guestbook. I wonder about some of the others I served with, Tim Hennessey, Ricardo Morales, Arthur Noyes III, Howard Hervey.

Duane Taylor <>
Everett, WA USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:31:29 (EDT)
I was in A Co H.F. Platoon from Feb. 1974 to June 1976 as a Radio Teletype Operator. Worked at T21 off and on for about a year. I still remember the Radio Equipment being 26D with the transmit side and the receive side and how much room each took. Nothing like the RATT rigs I worked with later at Fort Lewis. Being in the 97th Sig Battaltion was one of the best duty stations ever. Being part of NATO was great and many of the people from that period were a blast. A couple of them have even posted to the guestbook (Steve Teeples and Doug Johnson).
Duane Taylor <>
Everett, WA USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 23:27:18 (EDT)
I served in 65 to 67 and 69 to 72, as a radio teletype op. Lived on the economy for a spell while waiting for quarters. I will be attending the 2004 reunion in San Antonio, which just next door to me.

Leo Reyes
Public Access Producer
Channel 20 San Antonio
Leo Reyes <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 02:59:36 (EDT)
Forgot to mention I was in A Co. 97th HF Platoon from 1979 to 1982.
Joe Walker <>
Bismarck, ND USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 23:01:33 (EDT)
Am looking for Capt. Richard Cook in Army in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1966-68 or there abouts...used to go to Rod and Gun Club....was in his 20's maybe late 20's at that time...please email me at

Susie <>
Wesley Chapel, FL USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 23:00:20 (EDT)
I was a medic with the 732nd medical detachment from 1976-1980. I worked with the medics at panzer kaserne from time to time. I ran the er room at the clinic at patch and lived in magstadt in a small apartment. I enjoyed my time there and i would do it again.

Bill W. <>
VA USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 05:21:10 (EDT)
Was in the 595th Signal Support Company in 1952-53. It was then assigned to the 39th Signal Support Bn. at Panzer Kaserne. But I'm interested whether anyone out there has any good memories of the Prisma Gasthus in Boeblingen or the little town of Tannenburg just a walk through the woods behind the Kaserne. I remember beer and good cheer in both places. Those were good days.

Jim Gillespy <>
Birmingham, AL USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 05:19:28 (EDT)
Was station with "C" Company at Boebligen from 1962-1964. I remember the Tivoli and Rio bars in Stuttgart. Off limits, but that is where I was. Met my wife at the Tivioli, still have snitzel every once in a while.

Russ Snyder <>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 15:26:09 (EDT)
I was assigned to the 97th as a Radio-Teletypewriter Operator (05c20) from July 1974 - August 1975. I was in A Company and SFC Fallon was my Platoon Sergeant. My wife and I lived "on the economy" in Lampertheim, one block from the Bahnhof. We were active in the Chapel at Coleman Barracks while Chaplain (Capt.) Jim Masteller of the 97th and Chaplain (Maj.) Doug Pond of the 3/8th were the Chaplains. During that time Capt. John Paylor (CO of B Company) usually led the music and my wife often played the piano or organ. I still have a lot of slides and pictures taken both at Coleman Barracks and at the Field Site at Landstuhl. I would like to become a member! Thanks, Jim
James Watson <>
Elmont, NY USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 19:55:01 (EDT)
was in the 97th from june 66 to june 67. worked as a motor messenger at panzer and coleman.
HAGERSTOWN, MD USA - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 20:17:02 (EDT)
ROC/Woc 1956-1959

Panzer Kasern Boeblingen and Sullivan Barracks Kaffertall

Team Chief 7th Army VHF Garrison Ckt.

AJ Henson <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 16:21:01 (EDT)
I was BORN to the 97th!!! I just wanted to thank all of you wonderful people again for the fabulous award you gave me. You all are really the best this world has to offer in love, friendship, and companionship. I couldn't be in better company! I still tear up just thinking about it. My husband is so proud of me and he thinks you all are just wonderful too! I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you again and to tell you that I love you. Take care and God bless and keep you always. All my love, hugs, and kisses. Rosie (p.s.- see you all in N.C.!!)
Rosie "Radke" Roberts <>
North Augusta, SC USA - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 05:24:06 (EDT)
As the official 97th Sig Bn Association Historian, I am interested in learning more definitive information pertaining to the "Tiger Relay Sites" that were in operation during the 1970's.

Request those members that served at any of the sites and has pertinent data pertaining to these sites, contact me so that a partial history of this subject may be maintained. It is felt that this subject would be an ideal article to be inserted in our quarterly newsletter "The Communicator".

Further, if any members have fond memories of any operations, field exercises or other interesting occurrences while in the 97th, please forward to the Historian. Any and all input of this data will be kept confidential if requested.

Remember we are always interested in obtaining info, data
or just plain events that happened while you were assigned to the Battalion.

Looking forward to all your input.

Thank you.

Dave Harris
3608 Dupont Circle
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

(757) 464 0513

"A" Troop (ROC) VHF Radio Relay 1948-51


1. History of attached units: 595th-596th-587th Sig Co's

2. History of move from Panzer Kaserne to Mannheim.

3. History of 160th Sig Gp (Date 97th assigned etc)

4. Other events deemed historical or important to the
operation of the 97th.

Dave Harris <>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 22:46:44 (EDT)
Hallo There,

I am a German which lives since 23 years in South Africa. Originally I came from Mannheim. I searched in the Net for Pages of Mannheim and I found your page. The reading of your guest book brought more memories back then all the other pages. In the late 60is I worked for Rank Xerox in Mannheim and a few American barracks had to be served by me. Coleman was one of them. I had a funny experience in a SHAPE barrack near Mannheim. In those days the Rank Xerox copiers, have been rather big monstrous machines which worked with a sticky black powder, called toner.

The machines had to be serviced on a regular interval. Besides of other services, the excess toner had to be vacuumed out. On one of those days, while cleaning one of the copiers I noticed, that my vacuum bag was completely full. I had to empty it, but where to? There was nowhere a place to put it. So I was rather a bad boy and emptied the whole bag out of the window. The room was in the second floor. About one minute later the door opened and a grim Sergeant told me, the Major would like to talk to me. As I found out, his office was direct under the copier room. A ventilator in the window blew fresh air from outside.

As I entered his office I saw a black Major in a black uniform in a black office. Perfect camouflage. Only his eyes have been shining bright.

Needles to say, a week later I was going around in Mannheim's bars, restaurants and pubs repairing music boxes, one arm bandits and pin balls.What the heck, the money was anyway much better and the job even so, long hours, mate much more fun. The girls have been nice, the drinks have been free and I met a lot of nice people. I met plenty of American soldiers and one friendship lasts still to this days.

In this times I found as well my love for American cars. My first one was a Buick station wagon. Then came a Ford Thunderbird, a Mercury Cooker XR7 and, last not least my bright and joy a Cadillac de Vile convertible. They don't make cars like this anymore.

So once more you have a super page and I will definitely come more often. Finally I like to tell you boys, you have been great and you are great. Sorry for this Idiot Schröder in Germany.

Peter Günther <>
Richards Bay, South Africa - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 19:26:51 (EDT)

Was in MOC Co., JOC Platoon, at Panzer for most of my Nov. '56 thru Apr. '59 service in 97th Bn. Sometime TDY at various locations in Germany & France. Later joined Air Guard Unit in St. Louis. Unit was activated in '61 (Berlin Wall) and sent to Toul-Rossiere Air Base, France, where I had been sent TDY while with 97th Bn in '57. Fond memories of good friends and good times around Boeblingen.

Received letter in mail today from 97th Association. Didn't know Association or site existed. Great to find and maybe renew old friends.

Jerry M. Rinnert <>
Longmont, co USA - Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 23:53:24 (EDT)

Member 97 Sig. Bn. B Co Tel-Ops. Plt. (CYCLONE BASE) 1962-64 Also worked with Sig Maint. for a while.
Bob Mitchell <>
Brentwood, NY USA - Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 00:33:52 (EDT)
Looking for anyone who attended (not necessarily graduated from) Stuttgart / Ludwigsburg American High School on Pattonville. Also, all our faculty. Our next reunion is summer 2004."
Patricia Hein <>
USA - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 03:38:12 (EDT)
I was with CoA, HF Plt from Jan 74-June 77.
Steve Teeples <>
Colbert, OK USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 04:47:08 (EDT)
97th Sig. HHC & A Co. Motor Pool 7/72 - 12/74
LtC Donald F. McDonald, I forget the "rooster" captains' name that took over Co.A...

Steven Peters <>
Orlando, FL USA - Wednesday, April 02, 2003 at 14:48:45 (EST)
I was in the 97th from July 55 till May 56. Spent many Saturday nights at the Rathaus in Stuttgart. The winter of 55 was the coldest in 300 years. I still think about how cold I was, and how glad I was to see Spring.
Al Cadieux <>
Manchester, NH USA - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 00:53:06 (EST)
NOME, AK USA - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 00:51:00 (EST)
65'67' 66TH INTC Intel support platoon, G2 section, 7TH Army, Stuttgart Viahingen Best years of my life and I didn't know it. 7th army moved to Heidelberg just before I left.

Al Zenker <>
Levittown, PA USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 12:31:39 (EST)
Great site! Very well done indeed!!
Marcia Demuro <>
Walden, NY USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 07:11:49 (EST)
HHC ELEM from March 87 to Oct. 88
Tim Frank <>
Sussex, WI USA - Monday, March 17, 2003 at 16:58:32 (EST)
Was in Charlie Co in 67 as Radio PL then moved to Bravo Co in 68 serving as RR PL and XO. Was going to be HHC CO but got orders in Dec 68 for Korea. Had a lots of good times during my 18 months in Germany.
Lt. Robert Bryant <>
Garden Grove, CA USA - Monday, March 17, 2003 at 01:11:01 (EST)
Served at ROC, 97th Sig. Bn. from 9/57 to 1/60. The fall of 57 was spent playing for the 160th Sig. Gp. football team. After that, a lot of my time was spent as a Radio TT operator at the radio center located about 2KM from Panzer Kaserne. Then on as Team Chief of an ANGRC/26D with full mobil communications.
My wife joined me in April 58. We saw a lot of Europe and ended up bringing home a baby, beer mug and a Coo-Coo Clock.
Arrived and served with Jerry Reed, Charlie (Slick) Vernon, John Thomas, Dick Brown, etc.etc....
Served also with Charlie Ogle, Tom Gustafson, Harry Ostaffe, Ed Hamlin, etc.etc......
I remember well, 1st Sgt James Riffle and CO Capt. Wiley Bell.
All in all, the 97th was a very memorable time in my life that I would not trade.
Would like to hear from any and all.

Max E. (ED) Thomas <>
Vinita, Ok USA - Sunday, March 16, 2003 at 22:49:27 (EST)
JUPITER, FL USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 01:08:41 (EST)
i was stationed in boblingen,germany from 1962-1965 are there any members in that time who have joined the triedandtrue org. my 1st sgt was sgt melendez and i was assigned to the unit police and i was on the boxing team..i would like to hear from anyone in that time........
ken thomas <>
USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 00:58:09 (EST)
I was in the 97th sig. bn. 1966-67, in Mannheim Germany
Paul R. Barker <>
Folkston, Ga USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 22:36:17 (EST)
was stationed at panzer ROC 57-58 Spent most of my time TDY
playing football with the 160th Sig Gp "CHIEFS" and the
STUTTGART STALLIONS . Like to hear from any of you guys that played at that time.

John H Thomas <>
Claremore, OK USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 16:03:40 (EST)
I was in the 595th Sig. Co., 97th. Sig. Bat. frpm 6-56 to 10-57. I was stationed at Panzer Kaserne in Boblingen, Germany.I was a Spc 3 and was a team leader for a VHF/UHF ANGRC Trancever link. I drove a deuce with trailer all over southern Germany setting up and servicing a teletype link. I loved to spend my free time in Stutgart where I would meet my german girlfrend and do the town. The 101st Airborn hand grenaded one bar in germany and hung one of thier own in a dispute between themselves. causing general clark to enact a midnight curfew all because of those btats. Mox Nix we had a great time anyway. Joel Smith Kansas City, Mo.
Joel Smith <>
kansas city, mo USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 00:34:14 (EST)
97th, Radio Co. 1953-1955 at Boblingen, Ger. Served under Sgt. Peterson and Lt. Rudd.

James B. Metcalf <>
Bellevue, WA USA - Sunday, March 09, 2003 at 20:56:28 (EST)
Was in the 97th Hq Co, S/2-3 from Dec 59 to Dec 60, was transfered to 160th Sig Gp S/2-3, was there when it become the 505 Sig Gp. Left in July 62 for the USA. Enjoyed it all.
Ralph Carscadden <>
Shreveport, LA USA - Monday, March, 3, 2003 at 15:08:19 (EST)
i was assigned to b co from apr 77 to march 80; went from comcenter to supply room and commanders driver, also mail clerk and helped to take care of barracks facilities. i still remember the good times and the many parties too. will always remember the tried and true motto.
jackie starr <>
Dumas, TX USA - Monday, February 17, 2003 at 21:57:40 (EST)
97th SigBn Radio Co 1956/1958 GERMANY
Thomas F Gustafson <>
south bend, in USA - Sunday, March 02, 2003 at 04:57:39 (EST)
ROC 1956-1959. Boeblingen and Manheim Germany.
AJ Henson <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Saturday, March, 1, 2003 at 21:11:20 (EST)
1965 to aug 1967 MOMO and 72B20 plus cook and dishwasher pvt.2 with 8 day time in grade when I got out. had a ball
Jack R Bishop <>
Apple Valley, CA USA - Monday, February, 24, 2003 at 10:42:04 (EST)
I was in Radio company 97th Signal Battallion at Boeblingen and tdy to 533rd MPs from November '53 to November '55.
Marion B. Branch (Tiger) <>
Portland, OR USA - Sunday, February 09, 2003 at 18:49:38 (EST)
I was in 1st platoon of C Co. from 72 until 75. Had a great time in the best damn unit in the Army...guys like Frank Schwind, Dobs, Kogan, Perry, Fravel, Boisvert, Gillespie, Billfold, Griff, Dillon, Lee, Rutt, Kelso, Gomez, DelBosque, and the fertilizer on the fields near the south gate at Coleman, the wurst stand outside the front gate. the bunker across town, B Control, Heidelberg, T81, T20, T37, T88...I could go on and on
Charles (Chuck) Giles <>
Macon, Ga USA - Sunday, February, 23, 2003 at 09:52:55 (EST)
I served 1961-62 in D Co. I was in VHF & Carrier platoon and served at radio relay sites in Langenbrandt and Bad Duerkheim. After a problem with a jeep and some girls in Bad Duerkheim I was busted from Sp4 to Pvt and transferred to B Co, at Panzer Kaserne where I served from 1962-63. I served in VHF & Carrier Platoon, VHF section. Friends in Langenbrandt were Sp5 Rich Hoyella(sp?), Sp4 Woody Porterfield, SP4 Jimmy Armstrong, Pfc Pat Tomczak, James (Red Hutch) Hutchinson, and best friend Roland (Boots) Boutiette (now deceassed). Later, while serving in B Co. friends were SP4 Norman Mark, SP4 Don Mattingly (who phoned me recently), SP4 Rich Bolling, SP4 Raymond (Sam) Mead (who is a member of the association and still a friend with whom I correspond), Henry Morton, Percy Bell, David Shu, PFC Minus, Ralph Edwards (who phoned me recently) and Sgt.Keith Shiley (best signalman I ever knew). While in Boeblingen I served with some good NCO's like 1stSgt Kujowski, SFC Pulaski, SFC Dutton, SFC Milton Jackson, SSgt Earl Long, Sgt Tery Martin, and a few not so good NCO's whose names I won't mention. Company Commanders were Capt Gainey and later Captain Cobb ( a really fine officer-I hope if he reads this that he can know that I "made it") . Other officers I remember were Lt. Brehaut, and Lt. Johnson. Great times in Germany. Great memories to this day. Thanks to all of those with whom I served. All the best - Dizzy
Andy Dalzell (Diz) <>
Chagrin Falls, OH, USA - Friday, February, 21, 2003 at 23:45:17 (EST)
i was assigned to b co from apr 77 to march 80; went from comcenter to supply room and commanders driver, also mail clerk and helped to take care of barracks facilities. i still remember the good times and the many parties too. will always remember the tried and true motto.
jackie starr <>
dumas, tx USA - Monday, February 17, 2003 at 21:57:40 (EST)
I was in Co. C Panzer Kaserne from Jan.61 thru Sept. 62 worked in the comcenter at 7th army headquarters, I would like to find Lewis Hasty, Leo Schultzenhofer, Jim Anderson, Bayer,Gomez all guys I roomed with
Roland Wagner <>
burnsville, nc USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 23:25:49 (EST)
SEAFIRD, NY USA - Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 10:55:28 (EST)
hq co. 3-76 to 3-78 tty repair nickname rosey, had a blast
karl roenfanz <>
evansville, in USA - Sunday, February 09, 2003 at 18:49:38 (EST)
I was with headquarters company 97th signal battalion in the supply room from 1972 to 1975.
Gary L. Newberry <>
Colona, Ill USA - Saturday, February 08, 2003 at 05:01:51 (EST)
Assigned Co A from Jan 59-Jan61 at Sullivan Barracks Telephone Ops Plt. Have a Year book of all Co's/plt's taken sometime in 1960 and have sent copies to Mike
Artie Langer <>
N Babylon, NY USA - Wednesday, February 05, 2003 at 19:25:13 (EST)
Anyone from CENTAG, from 1965-1968, stationed in Muenchweiler, please contact me. I am the son of the late C.W.O 4 Albert E. Carr, and would like to get in touch with anyone who knew or served with him. Also, anyone from the ASA Unit at Herzo, from 1969-1972, who knew him.
Pete Carr <>
FL USA - Tuesday, February 04, 2003 at 12:20:31 (EST)
13 th inf. div. early 64 to 65 great memories but too many years ago
joe smykla <>
toms river, nj USA - Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 13:52:12 (EST)
there is an underscore _ between the y and t.It didnt show up on previous(
USA - Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 17:15:10 (EST)
Co C Radio Relay 11/73-01/75 Great time! I still remember many names,faces, and places...too many to put here.I think of you often,I'm doing very well and hope you are too.
Terry R. Darley <>
Jacksonville, fl USA - Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 17:09:21 (EST)
Panzer Kaserne, Boeblingen

Will Masanovich <>
Alta Loma, CA USA - Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 23:10:52 (EST)
I was a dependant in Karlsruhe from '68 to '71. My father Sgt James R. Noggle was stationed at Smiley barracks. I was 11 yrs old when we left in '71. Dad was in a bad accident and had to be airlifted to Ft Sam where we started from in '68 and are to this day in San Antonio. Dad is quite well. Some friends from school (any names familiar?) Twin Bros. Ron & Don Schniebel, Don Wrezenski, Andy Peterson, Eddy Fowler, Greg Moore, Charles Haywood (Haygood?) Charlie Russel, Dennis & David King, Mike Miller, Prem Family, Sgt. Borjon, Steve Fairchild. We Lived on Kentucky Ave...Germany was a kids paradise, with the perfect forest just outside our front door, the eery spectre of the cold war conjured up nighttime games such as "escape from E. Berlin" and ducking the MP's checking base kurfew at the playground...THe AYA, the great park at Neureut, the Pizza parlor (I just forgot the name of it). That was certainly the most memorable part of my growing years. Wish I could go back for a visit. What has happened to the old apartments? Thanks for the great site.
James W. Noggle <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 13:52:34 (EST)
I was in Company B. 97th Signal Battalion from February 1,1970 to September 1,1970. First Sergent was Richard M.Fries.CO was Capt.Bowser I believe.Send information so I may join this organization.Thank You Leslie H.Dubick........
2500 West Belvedere Avenue Apt.1107.
Mr. Leslie H. Dubick <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 08:22:04 (EST)
I was in HHC 97th from 90-93, HF, ELM and Commanders Driver. Many friends and many good times.
Michael T. Elmore <>
USA - Friday, January 17, 2003 at 14:34:38 (EST)
I was in WOC in Boeblingen from Aug, 56 to late fall, played football for Signal Gp, was then sent to Hoppstadten, spent about a year there, and we then moved the whole outfit, all 60 of us, to Baumholder. Left Baumholder in Sept 58. Went back to Hohn's Gasthof in Hoppstadten in 85. Not much had changed.
Allan E. Pevoto, Ph.D. <>
Wimberley, TX USA - Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 00:37:06 (EST)
Was in Radio Co. 1953-1955. Was Team Chief on Rig No. 74.
Spent many hours in the field. Met many friends. We were
short handed and held our end very well.
I am listed in the old guest book as
We shared a lot together... I would love to hear from any
of you old cronies out there. Walt

Walter L. Askew <>
Eure,, NC USA - Thursday, January 09, 2003 at 18:30:59 (EST)
I was in the Bn from 1961 to 1964 and again from 1970 to 1973. The last tour I was the circuit control NCO roe the Bn.
Archibald Weaver <>
Aiken, SC USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2003 at 08:37:26 (EST)
I was in C co 97th from Sept. 84 - July 85. I pitched on the company softball team. Looking for Cardi ,Gerlach ,Gooch , Titus ,Wetzel , Fails ,Murray , Hedrick , Pharms , LT. McClister.
David Carriger <>
Florence, NJ USA - Friday, January 03, 2003 at 16:05:19 (EST)
We new on this e=mail. Need box number put on my address and enclosed my e=mail address. I am a member but, have not got to any of reunions yet.
Claude B. Ross <>
Arcadia , in USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 11:16:34 (EST)
I was in B Co. 97th from June 92 until activation of 414th Signal Co. I wonder if any of my old buddies ever check out this site. I would like to hear from them. I wasn't signal but was the NCO for the generator/ac section of company and then while in 414th there were 3 generator tech NCO's.


Troy Murray <>
Seattle, w USA - Monday, December 23, 2002 at 17:43:52 (EST)
I was the BMS for the 97th from June 87 to Aug 91,
The best unit I was assigned to during my 22 years, The 2/7 cav Fort Hood would be a tie.

Phillip Lodde <>
Sheboygan , wi 53085 - Monday, December 23, 2002 at 14:50:48 (EST)
SGT E-5, Operations NCO for 7th Army Rear, B Company, 97th Sig Bn, Coleman Barracks, Manheim. 1967-69.
Robert J (Bob) Bossi <>
Sandpoint, ID USA - Sunday, December 22, 2002 at 14:37:25 (EST)
585th Sig. Spt. Panzer Kasern, 59-61 Please note that my email address has changed.
Lance Parker <>
Houston, TX USA - Sunday, December 22, 2002 at 11:30:30 (EST)
Hey to all you Bravo Company 2/13 infantry in the years 81-83. Mortar Plt, right in front of the NCO club. Heck of a time Europe was great! Jammin Jimmy was a LT Col then He is now a Lt Gen!! Hildelberg!! Hey to all of you sned me an e-mail!
Foster, Michael B <>
Salem, Oregon USA - Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 07:58:43 (EST)
Ah the memories. I was with the 585th Signal Co. Spt at Boeblingen, Panzer Kazern. We spent a lot of time out in the field but the rewards were great when back at the barricks. "Gausthouse Zum Ritter"in downtown Beoblingen, wonder if it's still there?The whole company was shipped to Beruit Lebenon 1958 for police action.That was a good tour also except for the damed flies.Any one have photos of barracks at Panzer Kasern, mine were lost in a fire.
Pittsfield, Ma USA - Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 09:54:30 (EST)
I arrived at Panzer Kasern with the 585th signal co spt in Feb. 1957.The whole company got shipped to Beruit Lebenon for a tour of duty and then back to Germany.Anyone out there remember me? I sure would like to here from you. Miss going to the Gasthouse Ritter
Charles Colla <COLLAI@CS.COM>
Pittsfield, Ma USA - Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 14:24:33 (EST)
I arrived at Panzer Kasern with the 585th signal co spt in Feb. 1957.The whole company got shipped to Beruit Lebenon for a tour of duty and then back to Germany.Anyone out there remember me? I sure miss all you guys and the Dinkelaker
Charles Colla <COLLAI@CS.COM>
Pittsfield, Ma USA - Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 14:20:55 (EST)
yes, Co A, 1987 to 5/89.
Rob Shallcross <>
Washington, DC USA - Monday, December 02, 2002 at 14:23:19 (EST)
was in hhc 97th at distra from 12/72-12/74 looking for all of my pals. I have been quite ill and am wondering about the health of others. take care,
richard celani <>
seminole , fl USA - Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 11:59:11 (EST)
Yes 1951-1953 At a relay near Bad Durheim
Charles L. Murphy <>
Mooresville, NCYes USA - Monday, November 11, 2002 at 16:40:06 (EST)
I was at A Co. Sullivan barricks july 61 till dec 62. Was in comm. center platoon crypto teletype worked at Funari barricks rember Major Abood org. from pa. and ohio area.........
john hrycyk jr. <>
Boca Raton, fl USA - Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 23:59:47 (EST)
Iwas in Company A in the Mannheim area july 61 till dec. 62 Prior to that was in 510 sig. wich happend to come next door from the states hope all is well with everyone. org. from Pit. Youngstown Area Then moved to Fla. Like to hear from that area who were at Funari Barricks etc.
john hrycyk jr. <>
boca raton, fl USA - Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 00:17:32 (EST)
This is just a correction to my e-mail address. Ther is no space between hot and mail
Robert Fisher <>
Towson, Md USA - Saturday, November 09, 2002 at 16:22:14 (EST)
I was in the 97th form 8/68 til i was sent to hanau where I stayed until I went to vietnam in Dec. 69. I was in the tact. com center and then the mo mo,s (motor messengers). right now the only name that comes to mind is BK Bob Knight he was in the motor messengers at the 97th
robert fisher Bob <>
towson, md USA - Saturday, November 09, 2002 at 15:46:27 (EST)
I left the 517th Maint. Co. out of Gerszewski Bks in Karlsruhe as a SP/4 in 1982. I spent my entire Army time there from Jan, '79. Signal Units were across town at Neureut Kaserne. I've found that much of the Karlruhe area has been disbanded...Smiley Bks, Paul Revere Village and the two areas I mentioned earlier.
Philip Roberts <>
Portland, OR USA - Thursday, November 07, 2002 at 23:19:49 (EST)
HARRISON, OHIO USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 19:20:07 (EST)
I was in A Company as a Com Center Specialist from early September 1968 until the unit switched from being part of 7th Army to becoming a part of NATO. After that I was moved to HHC DISTRA, then to S-2, then to S-3 until 23 December 1970 when I DEROS'd. I worked for MSG Rosario Guiliano in S-3 which was under Captain Bielharz.I was Captain Bielharz's driver as well as the guy who drove the 5ton HHC Commo van to the field. Lt.Col.Joe DeMarsh was Bn Commander in the beginning, replaced by Lt. Col. Claude Vann. I enjoyed Germany..."A" Bar, Lupinenstrasse, all the Gast Houses, the food, the wine, the beer. When first there we needed to sign for a pass if we wanted to go off base....but if you forgot there was a handy hole in the fence near the bus stop.Once we came under NATO we carried our pass with us. There was a "wurst stand" just outside the main gate, out the gate to the left was a guest house we called "Tiger 69" that sold wurst, heavy on the garlic and one in the Lamperthiem Woods we called the "Woods Bar" where chickens walked around the outdoor tables in the summer.....there was one near the dump we called the "Dump Bar".Other than that we could catch the bus for 10pf, switch to the strassenbaum and be in downtown Mannheim in a short time. Once I had a car mobility became much easier, although it's a wonder I survived with everything I drank there. When we didn't go downtown there was always the Company lounge or we would buy cases of wine and quarts of coke and drink Shollas in our rooms. Anybody remember the guy who used to climb out the third story windows in A Co and pull himself up along the drain pipe to the peak? He would run back and forth along the peak of the roof howling. It's a wonder he ever survived. I spent two years, four months, and ten days in the 97th at Coleman. I have tons of stories from that period.
Richard Guyette <>
Rutland, VT USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 19:23:41 (EDT)
The time frame I was with the 97th Sig Bn was Aug 1969-Aug 1974, All spent at Coleman Barricks
Richard E. Wilson <>
Lawton, Ok USA - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 21:07:03 (EDT)
I was with the 97th sig Bn in Mannheim Germany, at Coleman Barricks. I was with A Co, then moved to S-3 HHC. I was Comm Center Plt sgt and asst. NCOIC S-3.
Richard E. Wilson <>
Lawton, Ok USA - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 21:01:54 (EDT)
My late father, John Bohnert, Tech 5, was in Company "B" of the 97th SIG BN. Dad was drafted and served in the US Army from 4 May 1945 to 22 July 1946. His nickname was "Sad Sack". I`d love to know how Dad got that nickname. Dad was friends with Sgt. William C. Hutchison (aka "Hutch") who I believe moved to Australia. I`d love to hear from any men that served with "Sad Sack" in the 97th SIG BN. My dad died from cancer in March 1966 in Alameda, California. He is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery. I miss Dad very much.
John J. Bohnert <>
Grass Valley, CA USA - Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 13:36:42 (EDT)
was a member of A Co, 97th Sig Bn, from Jan 1974 to Jun 1976
Doug Johnson (DJ) <>
summersville, wv USA - Friday, October 04, 2002 at 22:36:20 (EDT)
USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 11:03:13 (EDT)
I was stationed with C Co. 97th Signal from 4/71 - 8/73. Served briefly in a line radio relay platoon and then vountarily transferred to Tropo Platoon for duty at Tiger 22 Feudenheim. Graduated US 7th Army NCO Academy 1972. Promoted to SGT E-5 9/72. Was re-assigned to Tiger 41 Stocksberg as assistant site chief (the most remote 97th Signal site) in Fall 1972 and DEROS'd in 8/73.

How remote was Tiger 41?

* Water supplied from local water main into water buffalo and then gravity fed into undergound tank

* Power supplied solely by generator

* Stocksberg population 1972 = 100

* Prevorst (nearby town) population 1972 = 300 - 400

Going back to Coleman Barracks from Tiger 41 was like going back to a different world. It was the only time we saw the rest of the unit (except for exercises and occasional visits).

Our "phone" link back to Base Camp was a 70 mile UHF shot from Tiger 41 to Tiger 40 and then down the line I believe to Tiger 22 and the CENTAG switchboard over regular phone line to the Battalion HQ. Pretty high tech for 1972.

Any other Tiger Site vets from 1971 - 1973 out there?

Best to all,


Mark Starin <>
Manchester, NH USA - Tuesday, October 01, 2002 at 13:16:38 (EDT)
I served with C Co 97th Sig, from 1966 to 1969. Sullivan
Barracks in Mannheim.

Wayne C. Steffens <wcsteffens@hotmail .com>
Cape Girardeau, Mo USA - Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 16:13:03 (EDT)
I was in CoA HF plt from Jan 74 until June 77. I also worked at T21c a couple of times.
Steve Teeples <>
Colbert, Ok USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 23:59:31 (EDT)
My father Sergeant Robert Martin was stationed at the 97th Signal Batallion from 1958 - 1962. I attended school at Pattonville, Robinson Barracks and Stuttgart High School. My father is alive and well here in Garden Grove, California.

I married Stanley Richey, also, of Signal Batallion. We were married two years and had a beautiful son. Our son is now 37 years old. I am sad to say that Stanley died August 12 of this year. A few short days ago. He was with his wife Kathleen and his two children Joey and Julie. Stanley lived in Ohio.

I am still in contact with Sheila Schatzmann my best friend at Boeblingen. I would love to hear from any of you and would be happy to pass information to my dad.

Remember Ted's Tower, the Ammo dump, Haus Drei Farbe, snack bar french fries, the one barracks on the way to the snack bar where the guys would hang out the window and yell at us girls. I sold sandwiches on Monday nights at the NCO Club, cleaned the Officer's Club, babysat at the Chapel. I am in touch with Pete Muszynski - remember he bowled a 300 at the bowling alley. His dad ran the bowling alley. I remember hiding out in the bathroom of the movie theatre until it started to save money, selling cigarettes and blue jeans, to make money. I'll stop now! Love this site.

Dee Weddell (Martin) <>
Garden Grove, CA USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 14:26:55 (EDT)
Was with Hq CENTAG Muenchweiler and worked in Sig Mntc shop in Ruppertsweiler. We maintained the eq for the TIGER sites and "the cave" we went under 97th in 69/70 and moved to Mannheimm. I was there 68-70. Remember the Trains anyone?
Mike Stanfield <>
Jonesboro, Ga 30238 USA - Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 14:08:59 (EDT)
Served as S-3, 1980-1981, Coleman Barracks. Exceptional Officers, NCOs and Soldiers made this the most rewarding job of my career. Tried and True.
Brad Cooper <>
Huntsville, AL USA - Monday, August 26, 2002 at 21:55:02 (EDT)
Yes,, 54 to 56. I hope somebody out there remember's me.
Peter Balisciano <>
Killingworth, Ct. USA - Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 20:07:54 (EDT)
I was in A Co., 97th Signal Bn, HF Platoon. Had a blast. But, after 2years, 6months and 24days...I was ready to do something else. ha Take care............
Joe Walker <>
Bismarck, ND USA - Monday, August 12, 2002 at 17:00:28 (EDT)
I was in Message Center Operating Company (MOC) at Panzer, Jun 58 thru Jun 60, when I transfered to 17th Sig Bn Karlsruhe. Worked at Patch Bks and was NCOIC Crypto Maint.
John E. Griffith <>
Castlewood, SD USA - Monday, August 12, 2002 at 15:50:55 (EDT)
I was in headquarters co. 97th Signal bn. from1959 to 1961
The unit moved from Boblingon,to Manheim germany,I believe in 1960. Capt. Arthur L. Cronk was my C.O.
I would like to get in touch with some of the guys I served with.I still have a lot of pictures of Wintershield manuvers
which I think Elvis was also there but we didnt get to see him.

Donald R. Petry SP/5 <>
Crowley, La. USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 13:25:32 (EDT)
Stationed at Coleman 65-67, With HQ 3/8th Cav. Drive for the S3 and was later training NCO for the Squadron. Still remember those days with fondness and still think of the great people we worked with. Hope all are well.

Marshall Rayburn <>
Carroll, Oh USA - Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 11:54:09 (EDT)
I was with the 596th Signal Company, stationed at Panzer Kaserne, Boeblingen, Germany (1954-1956).

Henry DalleAve <>
Ragsdale, IN USA - Monday, July 29, 2002 at 17:55:22 (EDT)
I was at Sullivan barricks 1956-58. I would like to hear from any one that was in the 62nd at that time.
Jim Wright <>
Chicago, Il USA - Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 17:54:32 (EDT)
I was at Coleman barracks July 1963 to Dec. 1966. Had some good times and some hard times. Most of all I remember the good friends.
AL Wells <>
Vincennes, In USA - Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 12:24:42 (EDT)
I was in A Troop and HHT 3rd Sqdn 8th Cav Just down the street Aug 1977 - August 1980. It was a great time and I had a lot of fun except the 900+ days of field duty in the 1200+ days there. We were the 8th ID Divisional CAV and went to the field whenever any body else went. As a LT and occasional duty officer I had to patrol Parts of Coleman Barracks. Drugs were still a big part of Coleman Barracks even during this time. As duty officers we had to walk in front of our jeeps down the road between the front gates and the maintenance shops to check for bodies. Several Lt's had been seriously hurt doing this so we put the word out it would be "shoot first and then ask questions". It sure did cut down on a lot of our problems.

Usually the fights in the EM Club were between 3/8 CAV and 2/13 INF. This one night the 97th SIGNAL BRIGADE was having a party and threw what few members of the 3/8 and 2/13 EM that were present out of the club. Well about 30 minutes later I got a call that the club was being destroyed in a fight. Being the 3rd INF BDE Duty Officer I called the 3/8th and the 2/13 since they were my lower commands and I knew that some how they would be involved. When the 3 of us (Duty Officers) arrived we realized what was going on. We knew about the party and had asked our men not to go and cause problems.
It appears that our friendly none hostile 3/8 CAV and 2/13 INF Troops did not appreciate being thrown out and went back to the billets and got the rest of the billet rats to come up and truly empty the place out. By the time I got the other two Duty Officers there we had a platoon of MP's that would not go into the fight. So the good old stupid LT's go into the fray. I fired 1 shot and the party for the CAV and INF was over. Of course the MP's came in then after the fight had stopped. 3/8th CAV and 2/13 INF were banned from the club for about 60 days. Which was not too bad since in two days we left on a 58 day field exercise at Grafenower (?)

Have a great day!

Bill Bowick <>
Easley, SC USA - Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 00:19:31 (EDT)
I was not in the 97th but I was at Coleman Barracks in the yrs 1963-66. I was with ATRP''ABN'' 3/8CAV. I still remember all the good times and the friends I made. I remember the bars in cowtown, what a time. All you guys out there who were at Coleman the same time I was, I say''hallo and god bless you all''. We all shared a time in history together and we had a hell of a time.
Noe A. Garcia <>
San Juan, TX USA - Friday, July 26, 2002 at 10:55:23 (EDT)
I was a Coleman 63-66 first in the 517th then the 619th, Some of the best times of my life. Remember the A-Bar or Bambie's? Buddies were Mike Durr, Gary Ogden,Lt. Jim Lathruop. Thanks for the Web site.
Bill Soots <>
Anderson, CA USA - Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 14:37:56 (EDT)
I was stationed at Sullivan Barracks from July 66 through November 68. 81st Light Equip Maint. Co. 81st Maint Batt. Had a great time but didn't realize it until years later. I'd like to hear from anyone that shared the same time frame or company assignment. I'm going back in 2 weeks to see it again after all these years. I hope it looks the same.
Fred Domanski <>
Buffalo, NY USA - Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 12:25:24 (EDT)
A co 97th sig, Coleman barracks, Mannheim frg 87-89 (motor pool)
I'd like to say "HI!!" and hope everyone is happy and well. I had a ball!!

alison williams <>
bastrop, la USA - Monday, July 15, 2002 at 21:36:20 (EDT)
Was never in the 97th,but was at Coleman barracks from Nov.1961 to June 1964. Was with A Co 18th Inf. then changed ver to 13th Inf. E Co. both 8th Inf.Div Pathfinders.would like to here from anyone who was in the same outfit at this same time,especially my buddy Tony Sacco. Just came back from a visit to Mannheim and it really hasn't changed much in 38 years, the food and beer are still great and the women are still beautiful.The entrance to Coleman is still the same, and the schnitzel stand is still outside the Maingate
Ronald Milus <>
Oxford, ma USA - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 21:35:21 (EDT)
I was with Hq and Hq Co., Bn Maint. at Panzer Kaserne,
Boeblingen, from Jan. 1955 to July 1956. I wish I could
do over again.

Herman (Mick) Schroeder <>
Portland, Tn USA - Friday, July 12, 2002 at 18:55:00 (EDT)
I was in the 5th Bat. 68th Armor, I was in Sullivan barracks from Aug. 1966- Jan.1968. I was in the 2nd Platoon, driver of B-23.
Michael L. Graham <>
Simpson, IL USA - Friday, July 12, 2002 at 15:59:13 (EDT)
Transferred to Germany December '66. Assigned to 81st Transportation Co.(CAR) then reassigned to Headquarters, Headquarter Co., 7th Army Support Command (7A SupCom). Would like to hear from anyone there in the '66-68 timeframe.
Bob Coffey <>
Camarillo, CA USA - Monday, July 08, 2002 at 18:59:20 (EDT)
yes 1981-1984 Manheim Germany B co.
Kelvin Seymore <>
Hanover, PA USA - Thursday, July 04, 2002 at 14:40:47 (EDT)
585th Siganl Support Co. Panzer Kasern 1959-1961

I arrived at the 585th February 1959 and left in March of 1961. I was in Radio Relay except for several months when I was a UP. I was 17 when I arrived in Germany and kept busy driving everyone nuts. Can you imagine a 17 year old on the loose in Germany?

One example is in 1960 when the Colonel’s temporary driver turned the Colonel’s 1957 Chevy staff car upside down just outside the main gate. Well that car was being driven by Pfc. John Groves, my friend and partner in an old Mercedes we had. I was in the car and we were going into town to pick it up after repairs were completed from my infamous trip to Paris in it. I had to escape through the snow and climb back into the base over the fence! I had no pass and Groves had uncovered the Colonel’s flag, so we figured no one would stop the car!

If you recall the 585th Drill Team, I was the Drill Master. Then when the Drill Team was disbanded I played the Tuba in the 585th Band! (Actually I only knew two notes!)

You may recall Sgt. John Groves was the GI that died in a MATS plane crash off Ireland returning from leave in the US with his German wife Helga. I went through Ft. Monmouth Signal School with Groves and then we were posted to the 585th. He Married Helga (from Sindelfingen) and then re-upped. He was a great guy; I think about him and miss him to this very day. I drove John and Helga to McGuire AFB to catch the flight that crashed.

One of the Sergeants in Radio Relay (the only one that I remember) was Sgt. Tipton, another great guy.

Another Panzer story was when I arrived in Germany. I couldn’t drive because I was 17 and you had to be 18 to drive in N.Y., so I could steer a car but didn’t know how to shift. Well I got a GI license (drive the ¾ ton down the road and return). Then I was assigned as CQ Runner. I am sitting around when called to drive a Lt. over to 160th HQ. Well the jeep was new and really tight. It was parked around back of the barracks on the gravel (if you recall). So I start out on the gravel and the wheels spin and the gravel flies but off I go. I make a left to pass between the barracks and onto the street. So I stop to check for pedestrians, but I am now on pavement. When I start to go again my complete lack of driving knowledge takes over and the jeep proceeds to hop and bounce and of course my foot jumps on the gas and makes it worse. So we come hopping and bouncing out onto the street careening left while be are bouncing all over. I finally get the jeep under control and head off. The Lt. turns to me and says, ‘how long have you been driving soldier?’ and I reply ‘First day Sir’ sporting a huge grin. I am sure that the Lt. riding with me will remember that event for a long time.

Lance Parker <>
Houston, Texas USA - Thursday, July 04, 2002 at 14:16:24 (EDT)
I was at Coleman Barracks fro 83-85 277th MP Confinement. I sure miss the old good times. Hope you are all well either on earth or heaven. Life was so simple then.....
Martin Rivera <>
Whittier, Ca USA - Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 17:33:03 (EDT)
I was Sp4 Joseph Winklbauer. Assigned to the Hq 7th Army, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart/Vaihingen Germany. I was there Feb 61 - Jul 63. Have been looking for some of my old buddies. Leonard Souchek from Kansas. And a few other friends.
Joseph J. Winklbauer <>
Lake Mills, Iowa USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 13:40:03 (EDT)

OAK HILL, WV USA - Monday, June 17, 2002 at 21:26:27 (EDT)
headquaters company 97th signal bn.september 1948, thru september 1951. Bn. mail clerk
richard daly <>
plainville, ct USA - Monday, June 17, 2002 at 18:50:59 (EDT)

DELAND, FLA USA - Sunday, June 09, 2002 at 22:39:26 (EDT)

DELAND, FLA USA - Sunday, June 09, 2002 at 22:31:56 (EDT)
My father, Moses (Murray) chortek fought in the European as well as the Pacific theatres. Would love to hear from anyone who knew my father.He passed when I was only 20 (am 51 now) and never got to hear any of his experiences.
David Chortek <>
Dallas, tx USA - Thursday, June 06, 2002 at 17:19:00 (EDT)
I arrived in the 585th Signal Company (379th SIGBN)as a shiny new lieutenant in August 1959, and was assigned OIC of AASC3, which many from that time will remember operated the "Casino" switchboard,along with its carrier and vhf terminal at Panzer. Later, I was assigned to HQ 160th SIGGP (which included the 97th and the post HQ)and was the post security officer. We retired the 160th flag, and unfurled the 505th SIGGP flag when Col van Harlingen left to go to Vietnam (with a promotion to BG) and organize the 1st Signal Brigade in 1961.A Col Clark came in as the new CO. My last few months was spent in charge of the officer's club (a sort of "retirement gift"). I left the service in August 1962 to seek my fortune in industry, and earned a good retirement. Over the years, My business travels permitted several visits to Panzer (the most recent in 1999), and many changes have taken place -- in the "7os armored infantry was the major inhabitant, a variety of units through the '80s, virtual desertion of the post in the mid '90s, and in '99 the 10th Special Forces moved in along with some Military Police. About 300 troops in all. The motor pool buildings are all gone, replaced by grass, and it was kind of spooky driving past the deserted baracks with windows blowing back and forth in the breeze. At the same time this evoked a feeling of sadness to see the old place down on its heels, and happiness to know the troops were now back home. (Remember, when I was there,about 2500-3000 inhabited the place). Does everyone remember the sound of a thousand truck engines starting up at the same time for a middle-of-the-night alert? Recently, (2001, 2002)I have been able to locate about two dozen of the officers and sergeants who served at Panzer during my time there, and have assembled an email address list of them all (most of them stayed in and retired as colonels). If there are any more that would like to be added to the list of "Panzerites", please let me know. I would particularly like to hear from any of the fellows that were in the 585th, or HQ 160th. Semaion! Don
Don Scarbrough <>
Elyria, OH USA - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 23:10:35 (EDT)
C CO 97th 89-93 Some don,t know that at the 97th redesignation the 414 patch wasn,t ready so the ACE Patch was used as the unit patch. Know canman and Freds,kern. Was a member than didnt find any one I knew.
Ashland, WI. USA - Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 22:54:07 (EDT)
I just wanted to say HELLO to all of you out there and to tell you I missed you and that I love you all and hope to see you again real soon!!!!!!! Rosie
rosie roberts ne radke <>
north augusta, sc USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 23:58:02 (EDT)
I was in Dco 1-16th INF from 86-88 at Panzer. I'd like to see how it looks these days.
Steve Simkins
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 13:40:31 (EDT)
Was in the 97th (HHC) Command Group fro '91 - '93. Started off as XO's driver (MAJ Maida) & ended up being LTC Moran's driver went LTC Ryan & SPC Mullins PCS'd under CSM Holmes. I remember being sent to the Frankfurt Flughafen to pick up the president of the organization at the time of the change of command from 97th to 414th SIG Co.
SPC Loren K. Blain <>
Bad Vilbel, Germany - Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 10:40:22 (EDT)
Was in the 124th Maintenance Co. from Feb 1977 - May 1979...Looking for anyone that was there during this period...Dave Dickerson...Dave Losee...Sonny...where ya at...OK...Later
Walt Orloski ( SKI ) <>
Jensen Beach, Fl USA - Monday, May 13, 2002 at 17:04:18 (EDT)
iwas in coleman barracks 1957 left jan1958
ileft norfork va. after base training 90mm arty. 550bat.head quarted va beach va.

billy d. thompson <>
0akwood, GA USA - Wednesday, May 08, 2002 at 19:43:30 (EDT)
iwas in coleman barracks 1957 left jan1958
ileft norfork va. after base training 90mm arty. 550bat.head quarted va beach va.

billy d. thompson <>
0akwood, GA USA - Wednesday, May 08, 2002 at 19:43:28 (EDT)
I was in Charlie company as a unit armorer and supply clerk from 1985 thru 1988 at Coleman Barracks Mannheim Germany. Of the 10 years a spent in the Army before my medical discharge I remeber my time with the 97th as one of the best times in the Army. TRIED AND TRUE!!!
Raymond J. Pfister <>
Pittsburgh , pa USA - Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 23:13:47 (EDT)
I was in C Co 97th Sig Bn in '85-'87. Tropo platoon. Looking for anyone I served with. Vic Putman, Dale Cover, Dave Odom or any others.
Michael D. Oney <>
Lansing, KS USA - Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 22:30:44 (EDT)
HHC 68-70 worked for LTC Demarsh then LTC Claude Van after I returned from one of my Vietnam tours. Worked with MSGT Guilianna (Sp) and SSG Holman. I was also in the Aviation Det, Stuttgart in 65-66 working for LTC Bak Y Chinn and Maj Matoes had to go back to Nam.
Gary McClendon <>
W.Jordan, UT USA - Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 12:46:07 (EDT)
My Dad, William T.(Teedie)Atteberry was in Co. A 97th Signal Batallion during WWII. He was in the 1st class out of Signal Corps Replacement Training Center at Neosho MO. He has asked me what I could find on his unit on the internet. Contact from anyone me may have served with would be greatly appreciated.
By the way, I was Air Force - active 79-83, IMA thru 87 and Alaska ANG 95-97.

Barbara Bowen <>
Mer Rouge, LA USA - Monday, April 29, 2002 at 12:11:45 (EDT)
Hq&Hq Co, 97th Sig Bn, Photo Platoon, Panzer Kasern,1960-63
Jerry G. Moore <>
Ada, Ok USA - Monday, April 01, 2002 at 16:26:18 (EST)
Hq company 97th Signal Bal Germany, 1965-1967 I was orderly room clerk. Made SP5 and the unit moved to Coleman barracks before I returned to the states. Lt Hogan was CO E7 Claridge was 1st sgt when I was guideon bearer at command change. He left me his auto to ship back to the states when he left. My wife Diane was there with me about 18 months. I met the exwife of a unit member in a local department store 2 weeks ago and we had a long talk. His name was Shelton. That is the only contact I have had.
Earl E Rice <>
hopewell, va USA - Monday, April 01, 2002 at 11:45:45 (EST)
I was in the 596th Signal Support Company, 97th Signal Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany, Pulaski Barracks,
Carrier Platoon from December 1961 until September 1963.

Lewis D. Whaley <>
Jonesborough, TN USA - Friday, March 29, 2002 at 04:21:33 (EST)
I was in the 97th - Stationed @ Boblingen, Hopstaden and several other locations - I arrived some time in '56 & departed (married) in '57
Tony Basilicato <>
West Haven, CT USA - Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 15:30:19 (EST)
Mannhein, Germany 1974-1976 HQ Company ELM (Electronic Maint)

Perry Phipps <>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Friday, March 22, 2002 at 13:38:32 (EST)
Served in Headquarters Company and worked in Electronic Maintenance in '71 and '72
Mike Mooney <>
Delaware, OH USA - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 23:13:58 (EST)
I was at Panzer from March 87 to 1989, I PCSed just before the Wall Came down. Man I wolud love to get back there. (Geranmy) I was with A & C TRP 1/4 Cav 1st ID. I was A Scout in 3rd PLT. Can't recall names, But I would know your face. Scouts Out!
Claude M Ellsworth <>
COLO SPGS, CO USA - Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 11:47:13 (EST)
'C'Company, 2nd Plt 1981-82. Still remember the lovely view of the mess-hall loading dock out my barracks window. Loved Germany. Looking forward to attending a reunion as soon as I get time.
Warren Crain <>
Tacoma, WA USA - Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 12:15:07 (EST)
Thank you. I like most of what you have done.
UEARS DESIGN <leroy@reuters.ur>
Miscellaneous, - Friday, March 08, 2002 at 21:28:36 (EST)
I was in Co.B HF platoon from September '74- September '77
SSG General W. Pope and 1Lt. Dennis Patrick Finnegan were
the best platoon sergeant/leader tandem I ever had in my
six years in the army. John W. Paylor, Richard A. Gundelfinger
and Ernest L. Calhoun were the company commanders durning
this era. And Super B (the company, not the clerk!) was
the honor company at the change of command from
LTC Hoffman to LTC Norris.

Rich Egenriether <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 16:50:22 (EST)
I was in the Radio Platoon,Troop B 97th Signal Squadron from June 1947 to June 1948. I was first at Patton Barracks, Heidelberg and Later at the Panzer Kaserne,Boblingen. I worked at Constabulary Hdq. at Vaihingen and on the Constabulary Train. I would love to hear from any one from that time.
Marion Sapp <>
New Bern, NC USA - Monday, March 04, 2002 at 11:11:04 (EST)
Served in VHF/CXR Platoon, A Co. 97th Signal Bn. Sullivan Barracks, 1964-65. It was good duty there and got to travel and see Germany and France. Only buddies names I remember are Wayne Meunier,Andres Beniot, Don Evans, Chuck Perridon, Gerber. Would be glad to hear from anyone.
Irvin P. Landry <>
Greenwell Springs,, La. USA - Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 22:11:47 (EST)
I arrived at the 97th in December of 1970 and remained there at Coleman Barracks until October of 1975. Was with Company A as the Wire Platoon Sergeant for awhile; moved to Company B in the same position; screwed up [got drunk, skipped work one day, got an Article 15; moved from Company B to the S3 Section as the Circuit Control NCO. The years in the 97th were the best of my 20 year career. Checked out the guest book and only saw one name that I recognized [Sandy Saltzman]. Am wonder about a lot of old friends - Archie Weaver, Pete Costello, Johnny Rexrode, Arlis Simmons, and many, many more.
Donald M. Fowler <DFowlerHIO@AOL.COM>
San Antonio, TX USA - Monday, February 25, 2002 at 19:54:40 (EST)
Would like to know if anyone remember's any of the troop's
from Radio Co. V.H.F.Charlie Woychowski.Ray Schianelli,Don
Ferrari,Red millichap.From Dec.54 toMar.56.Most of us were
out on relay site's for a year or more.I was at Waldenberg
Radio relay site,really out in the boonie's.

Pete Balisciano <>
Killingworth, Ct U.S.A. - Friday, February 22, 2002 at 14:36:36 (EST)
A Co. HF Platoon 97th Sig. Bn. 61-63. Loved the country, food, and girls ! Remember the Atlantic Bar. Remember when the Big Red One came back from the Berlin Wall (We were there for a while too) after 6 months, and they went "nuts" in Mannheim, leaving broken windows, bottles and bodies all over the sidewalk. What a night! Proud to have made Buck Sgt. at 20yrs.old, at least for a week, until they tore em off my shirt !
Ronald E. Napier <>
Oak Park, Ill. USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 20:05:28 (EST)
HAGERSTOWN, MD USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 13:40:00 (EST)
I was in C company 97th Sig from 85 to 87 working as a mechanic.
Chris Michaelson <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 10:52:49 (EST)
C co Colman Barracks Cable Platoon Sept. 83 - Jan. 86 Looking for Springs,Gooch,Bacardi,Girlach,Sgt K Johnson,Wetzel,Bolton,Willis,Sgt Mckiver,Cantu,and any other cable dog.
Donald E Baumgartner <>
Livonia, MI United States - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 00:57:58 (EST)
C co Cable Platoon Sept. 83 - Jan. 86
Donald E Baumgartner <>
Livonia, MI United States - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 00:50:23 (EST)
I,Wasin the Radio and Relay and Carrier Platon 596Th Signal Support,97Th Sig Batt In Pulaski Barracks in kaiserslautern From 1961 TO 1964.Ruben Lopez ,
Aguadilla,, PR USA - Monday, January 14, 2002 at 17:27:39 (EST)
Aguadilla,, PR USA - Monday, January 14, 2002 at 17:21:47 (EST)
Was at Sullivan Barracks 1958-1960 and ran a VHF detachment in Kirscheim. It was called "Candy Detachment", a amall VHF station in the hills. Loved the German beer.
John Rossetti <>
Redwood City, CA USA - Monday, January 14, 2002 at 03:37:02 (EST)
I was in B co, and worked commcenter at Patch Barracks, then went to D co. and worked receiver site, also was radio operator on 7th Army Commanders train. "Smoke" Smothers was Plt. Sgt. This was in early 60's.

Phillip R. Dalton <>
Talbott, TnI was in USA - Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 11:49:55 (EST)
I was in B co, and worked commcenter at Patch Barracks, then went to D co. and worked receiver site, also was radio operator on 7th Army Commanders train. "Smoke" Smothers was Plt. Sgt. This was in early 60's.

Phillip R. Dalton <>
Talbott, TnI was in USA - Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 11:49:52 (EST)
I was the training clerk for Co. C, 97th SB at Panzer Kaserne, Boeblingen, Germany, 6-63 to 10-64. CO was Ken Herberger, First Sgt. Ed Taylor. Many happy hours at Ted's bier stube at the water tower.
John Schroeder <>
Waukesha, WI - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 10:28:44 (EST)
I was in A Company, Sullivan Barracks, 1960-62, HF Platoon. Would like to hear from any of my buddies from that time.
Buell W. Prince <>
Cape Coral, FL USA - Monday, January 07, 2002 at 11:56:57 (EST)
I was in A Company, Sullivan Barracks, 1960-62, HF Platoon. Would like to hear from any of my buddies from that time.
William O. Lively <>
Annapolis, MD USA - Monday, January 07, 2002 at 11:56:00 (EST)
1958-1960 I&M Platoon, Boeblingen, Darnstadt,Manheim
Thomas Dominguez <>
Zanesfield, Oh. USA - Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 18:33:18 (EST)
I served in the 97th Sig. Bn. in Sandhoffen, Germany from JULY 1972 thru OCT 1975.

Willard W. Spoon <>
Springtown, TX USA - Friday, December 28, 2001 at 23:29:57 (EST)
Seems as though I made it in. I was a CW radio op in B Troop during 1949-1952. Don't miss the Army as much as I miss the troops. Look forward to new members in this group Jack
John Schneider<>
Fort Wayne, In USA - Friday, December 14, 2001 at 13:47:50 (EST)
Yes April l972 to Sept. 1974.. C Company Coleman Barracks.
Looking for Bob Mares, Jimmy Madonna.

Todd Michael Otto <>
Eau Claire, Wi USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 03:01:48 (EST)
I am currently the Company Commander for the 596th Siganl Company in Fort Riley, Kansas. I am working on a project and came across this website. The 596th was with this battalion in 1961. Nice Webpage
CPT James W. Bryant, Jr <>
Manhattan, KS USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 13:22:39 (EST)
97th Sig Bn--ROC--Power Section--1955-56-57 Panzer Kaserne
Boeblimgen Germany and Wierhof Detachment for one year
Left Germany on June 6th 1957

Johnnie Albritton <>
Wilson, N.C. USA - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 07:49:24 (EST)
I was in Wire Operations Company, 97th Signal Battalion, 160th Signal Group stationed at Panzer Kaserne, Boblingen, Germany, 1955-1956. We operated land line communications (carrier and repeater) at 7th Army Headquarters, Vaihingen, (down the road from Boblingen). Lots of maneuver time in the field. Left Germany for home, August, 1956.
Stuart D. Snyder <>
Delray Beach, FL USA - Friday, December 07, 2001 at 19:31:41 (EST)
C Co. 97th Sig Bn 72-75
Charles ( Chuck ) Giles <>
Macon, Ga USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 20:59:12 (EST)
Not sure I can communicate through AOL. Haven"t really put it to test yet. Jack.
John Schneider <>
Fort Wayne, In USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 15:04:54 (EST)
I was in Germany, May 1962 - Oct '63
Pvt first Class

James Arbia <>
Deptford, NJ USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 13:50:24 (EST)
email me