Saturday, January 26, 2008

Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne

Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Jan, 2008

Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Jan, 2008


Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Jan, 2008

Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Jan, 2008

Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Jan, 2008

Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Jan, 2008

Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Jan, 2008

Darmstadt - Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Jan, 2008

62 comments:

SixthRomeo said...

I was stationed in Darmstadt from 1968 through 1972; at Cambrai Fritsch Kaserne with the USAF Security Service. I had great friends at Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, people like Jim Bouchard who left too soon after my arrival. Jim and his friend Tom and his Joe and Dahl White were wonderful souls who will have a place in my heart forever. I was on ELK many times and have nothing but fond memories.
Gerald "Jerry/Gerry" Spencer.

Roz said...

I was stationed in Darmstadt from 1986-1988 I had a great time and meet some wonderul and unforgetable people...32D AADCOM

Tomas said...

I was at ELK from 1970 thru 1972 with 10th AG HHB (US Army) but mostly worked at a remote radar/ air defense site.

Tomas S. Perez - Texas

Tomas said...

I was at ELK also from 1970 to 1972. I was with the US Army 10th AG HHB.

Tomas S. Perez

Anonymous said...

I am going through my dad's air force stuff and we lived in K-Town Germany until 1974. He was stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base. His name was Duayne G. Baker. I have a 3L beer stein that says HHB32d AADCOM 1973. Can anyone tell me about it? Thanks

ramsey01 said...

I can tell you my dad was the 1SG at 32nd AADCOM in Darmstadt in the late 80's.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the posting of 30 OCT 09 which says, in part, "I have a 3L beer stein that says HHB32d AADCOM 1973. Can anyone tell me about it? Thanks" I believe that this refers to a Hawk Missile unit that moved onto "ELK" in the later '60's. AADCOM was the acronym for Army Air Defense Command. The Hawk unit provided air defense for the 3d Bn, 80th Arty, then a Sergeant Missile unit (tac nuke). The Hawk unit had the funniest St. Bernard dog as a unit mascot. Anyone on ELK at that time would "ROTFLOL" if they remember that dog and the things it did. Also, in very recent years many Kasernes (posts) have been turned back to the German government. A friend who visited about a year or so ago saw the finished product of what you can see on Google Earth, and that is that the site was demolished (including the old underground facility) and homes built. He said that the street where the main gate would have been on ELK is now Anne Frank Strasse.

Anonymous said...

Roz,

I was stationed at CFK with you and Stan and R. Brown...fun times!

Anonymous said...

I was stationed with C Co 11th Sig Bn, 32nd AADCOM at ELK in 1983. Havent seen it for years now. I Know it changed a lot looking at those pictures.

Motor Pool said...

To the person who´s father was a 1SG in 32nd. What was his name? Is it 1SG Farrell?

I was in 32nd from 1980-1986.

Anonymous said...

i was stationed in darmstadt ( elk) from october 1978 to june 1981, . 94th engr btn , i was in company d , headquarters platoon,

stu said...

I was assigned to the 18th gen,supply co.of the 14th qm bn. from 65 to 67. spent many a good hour at the em club throwing down beer and listening to the bands.had some great fun off post with guys like boyd,big george carter,eddie smiley, fred henson and steve from philly.we were young and full of fun. purcell stuart,from jersey

Mike said...

I was assigned to 10th ADA Group from Apr 75 to May 78. Worked in the S-3. Best friend there was Gary Farrell.

NICK RACIOPPI said...

I was at Darmstadt Ernst Ludwig Kaserne from 1958 thru 1960. Drove an 18 ton transporter on the 280 cannon. Have great memories of the times spent there.

Ralph said...

I was stationed with the 10th ADA in Darmstadt ELK 1981-83...left some great friends there...I was doc...Ralph Guerrero

I'm looking for Robert Gutierrez and Anthony (Tony) Dominguez...

brownh1 said...

Was stationed there in 1970 and worked as a tech in support of 32AADCOM which had a HQ company stationed in the same kaserne. Did a lot of traveling throughout the northern part of Germany (to radio relay and terminal sites plus calls to missile battery units) during the 8-1/2 months I was there. Very good food that was cheap and outstanding beer that was cheap. Rummel beer was 25 cents in the NCO club and 2 or 3 of them guaranteed a good nights sleep. Lots of funny stories that showed just how stupid certain people in the Army were (from privates to officers).

SixthRomeo said...

Nice post, Brownh1! (Is that as in a brown H1 van?) Isn't it amazing how you find people the same no matter where you go? Really good to "see" you.

Goings said...

I was stationed at 10TH ADA Brigade in Darmstadt,Germany back in 1985-1987.

SPC Goings said...

I remember one of the 1SGT and CPT, almost burned down the Motor Pool one year.

VICTOR said...

The pictures brought back some great memories.Stationed there in
'55-56 with V Corps. Never did follow-up to see when the HQ was rotated out.Is the Kaserne still active? standing?. Anyone know the the street location? Remember well the 25 cent Pfungstadter Beer!!!the "honey wagons? and AHHH the ox tail soup
Vic Lindquist

Anonymous said...

I was in Darmstadt in the HHB 10th ADA Bde from 87-90. The place is not even recognizable anymore.

Ken Dixon said...

Big Bopper
I was at Ernst Ludwig Kaserne '59- '60 in the 18th Artillery, Battery B.
Our Howitzer was named "Big Bopper".

Anonymous said...

My father was stationed in Darmstadt, Santa Barbara Village, from 1970-1973. He retired as a Lt. Col but he was a Major when we were there. Is there anyone out there who is familiar with Santa Barbara Village? Also, was the Ernst Ludwig Kaserne the big base that was near the Santa Barb Village? My father was Air Def Art and worked with the Hawk missile.
Thanks

tsp said...

What was your father's name?
I was in ELK with HHB 10th AG from 70 to 72. There was another Army company there at the same time. I knew few of those guys.

Tomas

Twinkietinkletapeworm said...

I was at ELK from 1991 to 1993. We were the last ones at ELK with the 32nd AAD COM. I sure miss that place. I ran the gym for a while.

PFC Thomas Murphy

Greg said...

Was there from 89-92 in the 94th Eng battalion. Place has changed for sure lol. Thanks for posting these

Jay R. Ritter said...

I was stationed at ELK fron Jan. 1973 thru Aug. 1975 with B company of the 94th Engineer Battalion. I worked out of the motor pool driving a fuel tanker and a 5 ton tractor and low boy. Spent weekends racing in Babenhausen. Jay R. Ritter

ramsey01 said...

Mike/Motor Pool - Yes that was my father. He spent a very long time with ADA in and around Darmstadt.

Unknown said...

I was stationed with 10 bde in 85-86 ISG was West and Cpt was Bowen the place does not look reconizable anymore

Andrea Sabrina said...

I was a 68W at Ernst Ludwig in Darmstadt from February 86 until June 1987. I also met some really great people there. I will never forget that. Anyone remember Smugglers? :O)

Andrea

Anonymous said...

I was in Darmstadt as a dependent Jan 73 - 77. My father was 1st Sgt for 440th Sig Bn Co B. I was there again as a soldier 84-87 at 11th Sig Bn Co A. I loved the people I worked with.... we became a fast family. I have wonderful memories as a kid growing up on base and as a soldier working in the motor pool.

Jeannine Cox - NC

Dane said...

I was station at the Ernst Ludwig Kaserne in Darmstadt from February 1965 to October 1967. I have many fond memories of that place. Darmstadt is where I met and married my beautiful wife. She is gone now but the memories remain.

Steve Keck said...

Hi Everyone!
I was stationed at ELK (1oth ADA) from 81-83. Miss that place and all my friends (from there) a lot. Times were good then. Just a shout out to anyone who might have been there then...Doc (previously posted), I remember you. I was Roberts (Guiterez's friend). I remember when you saved that girl from choking in the hallway. Others...Richard "Butch" Bouchard, Beek, Mike Cates, Devin Kirkpatrick, Doug Moore, Laura Bauers, Clinton Jackson, and so many more...

Unknown said...

hey Steve I remember you also...how are, I hope you are doing well...I'm still looking for Robert...

good to hear from you

Deeredriver said...

I remember Smuggler's very well! I Think?

Forgotten Memories said...

I feel sorry to bring to all of you some sad news... All buildings in the photos above - last standing from former CFK - are now gone. I am glad, though, I could still bring them to you as they were a while ago.

Anonymous said...

I was stationed at ELK from 1987 to 1991, I with the 10th ADA BDE. I remember 1st Sgt. Blankenship and Captain Hooker, also SFC Claude Lewis and SGM Brown, great times during my stay.

Rob Hartel said...

I was at ELK in '87-'88,with the 94th Engineers. had some good times there,and have some good memories now!

Arnaldo Boza said...

Hello,
My name is Arnaldo Boza ( Nickname "Tito"). I was at ELK from 1991 - 1992 with the 94th Engineers. My Squad leader was Alex Pastrana ( I call him occasionally). I had several other friends there : Xavier Arriola, Freddie Rosario, PFC DAy and PFC Curry ( Which I would like to contact them). On the day I arrived there I Had reunited with a friend/ neighbor Kevin O'Connell From My Home town of Key West Florida. I had last seen him in Key west Just six months before we were reunited at ELK. I had no clue he had joined the Army.
It is such a small world that we both joined the Army, were assigned to the 94 Engineers, stationed in the same country, same city, same Kaserne, same barracks, same floor and right across from the hallway!.
If there are any fellow soldiers that worked with me please respond.

Anonymous said...

I was at ELK from 1991-1993 in C co 11th sig. I just recently discovered that It wasn't there anymore via google earth and I found this site. Thanks for the Pics. I have some fond memories there. Hey Murphy from Boston, give me an email sometime!
Douglas Kraft kraftdad@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

P.S. Anyone remember Kelly Barracks? D.Kraft

Craig Watson said...

proplobj149i was stationed in darmstadt elk with 10th ada brigade in 91-92 and have a lot of great memories of the place. the gym was my hangout, along with the team baseball.
col paul simmons aka "prima" sgt major moore, mr john williiams aka mr. ohio buckeye, my roomates henry tuggerson, mike hutch, neighbors mike locke, and rose from pennyslvania, shannon summerwsm glenn gmitter, anthoney ghalleher, matt olaughlin, sgt. mike bell, strack, if i failed o mention anyone i apologize, peter pemberton, sgt clark, sgt smutny, pfc rock rhamad, johnstone, lt serracino, and his side kick ranger pt master,

Mike Stevenson said...

Kinda sucks ELK is gone.I was thier from
'84-'87. 1st SGT Herrington was in charge of our company at that time. I still remember a lot of you guys but your phone numbers no longer work so I can not get in touch. I will always remember our off time and partying at Smugglers Inn (and everywhere else). I will never forget all the german girls and the good times we had. (Daisy)

Anonymous said...

I was at ELK from 68-69 at HHB 10th Arty Group. I remember Sgt Cann, Carl Hatton, George Knecht. I was supposed to be 22k20, Hawk Missile repair, but wound up in Official Army mail distribution, then Colonel's driver. I lived off base in Greishem, drove a gray VW, that I sold for as much as I paid for it to another GI.
I miss having contact with my friends from there.
George Losey

ROMEO ECHO said...

I was stationed at 10th HHB Arty Gp at ELK from November 1969 until I was transferred up to the remote site at the Wasserkuppe. My NCOIC was
Msgt Alvin R. Madden. When I reported in,Top , I forget his name, greeted me with, " Oh great, another scopedope, I really could use a clerk." So for the first few months I was assigned to the motorpool as a gofer. Eventually I wound up in the MADCAP working for Etherdrell Collins & Johnny P. Dates. SGM Polite was also there. One of the smartest men I have ever run into. MSGT Madden was a kindly older guy & I remember him fondly. The only officer I remember was Major Collar, I think he was universally disliked, he didn't get promoted & I heard he wound up as a Sgt.

paul dowty said...

i lived next door to mike stevenson i remember daisy remember when someone painted crabs on the charlie co mascot joe snuffy when we had an outbreak of crabs in the barracks

Anonymous said...

ELK was not near Santa Barbara Village. Cambrai Fritsch Kaserne is what you are thinking of. Santa Barbara was right outside the gate of CFK.

Henry Ford said...

I was stationed with Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 38th Artillery at Ernst Ludwig Kaserne from April, 1961 to April, 1963. GREAT MEMORIES, including the scare of the Cuban Missile Crisis! THANKS for putting this page together.

Charlie Balthrop said...

I was stationed in Darmstadt at ELK 94th Combat Btn Heavy in the early 90s..assigned to the Commo section as a 31c but also worked COMSEC..had a blast and made some life long friends. PFC Balthrop from Texas

Charlie Balthrop said...

94th Combat Btn Engineer Heavy in early 90s..Commo section..PFC Balthrop.. Had a blast!!

Charlie Balthrop said...

I was stationed in Darmstadt at ELK 94th Combat Btn Heavy in the early 90s..assigned to the Commo section as a 31c but also worked COMSEC..had a blast and made some life long friends. PFC Balthrop from Texas

mrs. lantrip said...

How can I get old photos from 1986 3rd division when my dad was there and had his picture taken there in Germany

Anonymous said...

I was a dependent from late 1958 to mid 1962 - ages 4 to 8. I never remembered where we lived was Roman Way until I looked ay an old report card and found out we lived at 9D Texas Road Butzbach Germany. I do remember my best friend in school was Al (sorry no last name), the sheep herders in the fields by the apartments, the middle of the night readiness alerts and mobilization, the worms when there was a heavy rain, the wooden swings (I still have dreams of the danger), the candy store where 10 pfenning bought more than a full bag of goodies, Inge, our housekeeper - I remember more than I thought. Hopefully, I will be able to go back one day soon. Always loved the language, just wish I remembered more than how to count (yes to this day).

Mike Stevenson said...

Hey Paul, Nice to here from someone over there at the same time. Sure do miss all the good times and the good people. I just wish I would have banked all my money when the dollar was worth 9 marks.

Anonymous said...

My dad was LtCol Dale Miller with 2nd Batt, 38th Artillery until summer (?) of 1963.

Mike Stevenson said...

Hey Paul, How ya been? I cant believe that was the only thing you could come up with to remember. I actually lost a good woman due to that outbreak because she thought I was cheating. (remember Sabina Vondershmidt?) Have or do you keep in touch with anyone else from our time?
E-mail me- mike.kim.4kids@comcasy.net

Mike Ward said...

Mike Ward: I was stationed at ELK from 1979-1982. A co. Worked in the AK as a parts clerk. Was there around two years ago and the only bldg. left was the AK and the movie theater.

Carlos Gonzalez said...

Hello everyone,
I was station here from Dec 13, 1991 to Oct 15, 1992. I was assigned to Alpha Company 94th Engineer Battalion. My friends use to call me Speedy. My last name is Gonzalez so the nickname stuck over time. I was part of the Maintenance Platoon. My squad leader was SGT Brian Heiskary, our Platoon Sergeant was SFC Mike McCarthy. I still remember some of the guys from the platoon. Bradley, Bartley, Nobles, Dawan, Rosario which we use to call (big money), Arreola, SGT Washington, SGT Mays, SGT Mecina, Bitter, Faulk, Sthal, Mcdonald. I have very fond memories of these guys and of ELK. The Battalion left to Rose Barracks in 1992. So the only unit left at the Laverne was 10th ADA Bn.
Sad to know the Kaserne has been demolished and turned into apartments of some type.

Sincerely,
Carlos Gonzalez aka Speedy.

Gary said...

I was at ELK from 1978 to 1980, at HHB 10th Group. Around the corner from the ELK gate and I could board the H Bus and go downtown to Smugglers Inn.

mike kaltenbach said...

mike,I was with delta co 94th engineers from 83-85,earthmovers.lost track of alot of good friends whoI called family good times at smugglers

kim ward said...

Loved ELK. 4/75 to 9/79. 1st night at ELK went to Frankfurt festhalle to see Jethro Tull. I am one of the original Halloween creators up at Frankenstein's Castle. Had the tie dye curtains on the windows third floor corner of HHB 10th group. Was a signal operator that became generals driver. Member of Kontact German/American . Had many good friends and kept many out of trouble. I made.it out alive and well...!!!!!!!!!!Bill Leventhal

Dan Hatton said...

Hello Everyone. I was stationed at ELK Early 1964-Summer 1966. 1/26th, then 3/80th. I ended up in the HHB Finance Section under CWO Paul C. DePriest, then CWO Winter. Summer of 1966, as a PFC, married a beautiful young German lady from Griesheim (Gerda) in the Cambrai Chapel. We just had our 48th Wedding Anniversary here in San Diego, CA. We travel back to Darmstadt and Griesheim about every 2 years. Left AD as a SP5. Break in service. Direct Commission in the Army Medical Service Corps. Back to Germany in '74 (Mannheim, Heidelberg, Bad Kreuznach in 8th Med Bn, 8th ID). Actually worked out of the BK Hospital where Gerda's grandfather was a German Army Medic in WWII. In 1993 - 1995 went back again to 5th SIGCOM/7th MEDCOM Heidelberg (dual hatted). Helped plan and also complete the initial closings of Berlin (Medical and Signal units), and other Army Hospitals/Clinics throughout Germany. The Germans wouldn't take back the 97th General Hosp in Frankfurt and it's now used as US Government Offices. I retired (30 years AD) as a Colonel (who would have thunk it) in summer 1998, but haven't retired from work or life. Most recent trip was 2 years ago (2012). We are members of the Griesheim Stadt's Museum. Everything's closed now pretty much throughout Germany and sitting empty. BK was turned into German housing a few years ago. However, Griesheim & Darmstadt still look pretty much the same. Gerda had her 65th birthday last month and family flew in from Germany for the celebration. It's a big birthday event in Germany, while here it's just a step into Medicare. Had a great time. BTW, we stayed at the new hotel in Garmisch for 1 week on our last trip. It's great and all in USD. Even with the dollar at an all time low, it's still cheaper to take a vacation in Germany (excluding air fare) than here in the USA. Another BTW, most everything military has moved to Wiesbaden now (the base is huge and modern). Also Stuttgart is build up. From both a military perspective and personal, considering the state of world events, we should not be downsizing anywhere, we should actually be upsizing our military show of force, but enough of that. End note: if you can take a trip to Darmstadt and Griesheim you won't be disappointed, but pleasantly surprised. And, I still belong to the 3/80th contact group. It covers assignments to BK of many years. Anyone interested just post it in this blog with an email address. v/r, dan

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