Monday, June 28, 2010

Bad Vilbel - Bad Vilbel Housing

Bad Vilbel - Bad Vilbel Housing, Jun 2010

Bad Vilbel - Bad Vilbel Housing, Jun 2010

Bad Vilbel - Bad Vilbel Housing, Jun 2010

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pictures of Bad Vilbel. I lived there in 1969/70.

It was very isolated from the rest of the amenities that the Army provided. As I recall, there were a couple of tennis courts and a very small playground that was pretty much a hangout for us teenagers, and that was it.

I read a lot of books and spent endless hours listening to AFN radio. There wasn't much else to do.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Bad V too from 70 - 73. Live on Beethoven Strasse. I remember the tennis courts and the large field the helos landed when taking the generals to/from work. The neighborhood was mixed Army and State Dept and various other groups. I went to FAJHS. I miss the bratwurst and pomme fritz!!

Anonymous said...

Great neighborhood, great times, great memories! Was there 68 - 71 and spent many a night on the playground and in the field. We held our "senior breakfast" in that field for the Class of 71.

Jim said...

WOW I haven't even seen the word Bad Vilbel since 79. I lived there with my then wife, in a 1 BR apartment in a house owned by a bank executive. During Fashing, and other holidays I used to pay my rent in booze, and usually subsidized my rent with cigarets! LOL, a regular black marketeer was I!
Our apartment opened up into the back yard--where we taught our German hosts how to Bar-B-Q American style-- which let out into a corn field. LOL At least I remember it as corn. I ain't no farmer, and that's a long time ago, but what other crop grows 7 Ft tall?
I don't remember the name of the street, but I'd bet I could drive straight there from the 7th Gen Hosp! Man what times we had there!
We had a cat named sqweeky, the bankers little girls used to call him skveeky. Crazy thing: The day before the packers came for our HH goods for DEROS and subsequent ETS, The cat disappeared, as if he knew that our time was done. I like to think he came back and the girls had him to a ripe old age.
If you were in the area between 77 and 79, and remember a guitar duo called Major Olgalvee, That was Me, Jim Crapanzano, and my bro David Dykes. We were regulars at the R/M AF Rod and Gun Club and various EM and AM Clubs from Frankfurt to Garmish. Aha, The General Abrams Hotel! But that's another story. Man, I'd give $20 bucks for a Binding or Henniger Bier!

Anonymous said...

Lived in 193b Beethoven Strasse from 73 to part way through 75... Always wondered who left the flags up in the attic... Still have one of them!
Kevin Armstrong
kevin.d.j.armstrong@gmail.com

Jim ONeill said...

My name is Jim O'Neill (Beanie), I was 9 yrs old when we moved to Bad Vilbel in 1970, I played with John Arneson, David Sargent, and many others. We had a boy scout troop with about 25 guys in it and we skied in Switzerland and other places. Played in the large field near the tennis courts, played football, baseball, and played soccer against the local towns (we got smoked every game.) Good times. JIMONEILL1128@gmail.com

Valerie McNabb said...

My name is Valerie and I lived in Bad Vilbel from 1969-71 in the neighborhood with homes pictured above. Can anyone give me a street address so that I can locate it while in the Frankfurt area over the Christas/New Year holidays? No one can recall the address, and it is a bit of a puzzle to locate without it (have made one quick attempt). I remember it had one main street which about three streets T'ed off. At the bottom of the street (the neighborhood followed a downhill slope) was a large field where we would sled in the winter time. In the summertime, we often saw shepherds herding sheep. On my street, at the top, was an electric box/generator, and I would ride my bike up there to get a fast start to go down hill. I believe there were two playgrounds--there was one at the end of my street (off the main road)--this was also where I waited for the school bus. I would also gather anyone I could to venture out into one of the surrounding German neighborhoods to practice the German phrases I learned at the American school I went to. Any help with street names is greatly appreciated! I would love to find this special home and neighborhood of my childhood!

Forgotten Frankfurt said...

Hi Valerie,

You could use Carl-Schurz Stra├če as reference. Unfortunately, the the field you remember is now just history, as the city expanded downhill...

I'm sorry if my message comes too late for your trip to Germany, but I will try to pass-by in coming months and post an update.

FF

Jim ONeill said...

From Jim O'Neill, Valerie, I vaguely remember you, what age were you when you lived in Bad Vibel from 69-71? I was in the 4th grade during 70-71. I lived on the very bottom street on the corner of the main street (which ran down hill and everyone would ride their bike down the hill). Jon Tashiro who lived directly behind us read my blog above and contacted me. Jon and I had a nice chat on the phone. Jon and I reminisced about going to the grocery store at the entrance of housing community or walking down the street to the walk up bar to buy pommes frites. While in Bad Vibel, we moved across the street; the house we lived in backed up to the field and the tennis courts were directly behind our house. Here are some other names of the kids we played with Randy Glenn, Jeff Ares, Sajo, Willie Hoss. My sister was Patty O'Neill and she was attend middle school and high school when we lived in Bad Vibel.

Bradford Goodwin said...

Thanks for this post. Bad Vilbel means so much to me. Lived there for four years in the early 80s (the era of John Byrd, Byron Mitchell, the Wyckoffs, and Chris Weathers). The Leson kids became my second family, and the MPs (Jimbo!) become my weird older cousins. Miss the strangeness of that place. Anyone who remembers me from those days is welcome to get in touch!
-Brad G.

Kurt Brueschke said...

First off, this is for Valerie McNabb, the intersection of Alte Frankfurter Strasse and Carl-Schurz Strasse was the entrance of the Bad Vilbel Housing Area. At the intersection turn left onto Carl-Schurz Strasse, and at the 1st intersection after turning left onto Carl-Schurz Strasse on the right hand side was where the MP guard shack was at. I know, I spent a lot of time in that shack and at the shack that led down to the back field. I was an MP from '86 to '88, loved working out there, especially during the holidays. All of the wives would fix plates or should I say platters of food for us MP's. And then at the next intersection past the MP Guard Shack, turn left and the last set of quarters on the right, they had coffee, and hot water for hot chocolate, tea, etc. for all of us MP's. Then if you go down to Albert-Schweitzer Strasse and turn left, you were on General's Row. The last house on the right was the CG, 5th Corps quarters, Quarters One as we called it. It could be boring there for the MP's at times, just sitting there watching cameras or all of the darn rabbits running around. They had some big ones running around, my twin brother hit one with a night stick one day and that thing came after us. Funniest sight to see two grown MP's locked in the guard shack with a rabbit ramming the door trying to get in. We called the Main shack in front of the CG's house and they turned the camera down onto the shack, and everyone started laughing. my twin brother told them if that rabbit breaks in here, he was going to blast him with his M16. We all laugh about it now looking back, but wasn't so funny then. I remember the apple orchards that ran down along the left side of the housing area as you were facing down the hill. Could tell you some funny stories about having to patrol those. especially at night. Question for Bradford Goodwin, what years were you there in the 1980's, we might have met, I got there in 1986. Well it was fun reminiscing about some great times in my life.

Kevin said...

We were stationed at Bad Vilbel '72-'73. We were in Heidelburg 3 years prior. I went to 8th grade at FAJHS that had just built a new gym. Our bus driver was named "Dallas". He was cool with his aviator glasses. We lived in a house on the left, 2 courts up from the bottom Generals st. This house was the largest we ever lived in with military housing. We hung out with Greg and Mark Julian.
Bad Vilbel was isolated from most of the regular military life, most of which was in Frankfurt. There was only the tennis courts, the large field at the bottom of the hill, and the small gazebo area and separate playground at the end of my street. As a teenager that gazebo and playground was OUR area.
I remember taking 2 buses into Frankfurt to go to football practice. That isn't something that would happen today.

Jim ONeill said...

Kevin, my name is Jim O'Neill and I lived in bad vilbel from 70-73, 4-6th grade. My sister was Patty oneill she was in 6-9th grade. What is your last name? I was in the bad vilbel boy scout troop. I played football with Mark and Greg Julian on the Cowboys. I wonder how Mark and Greg are doing. We would take bus (get off at the circle where Frankfurt Elementary School was located) and take another bus to football practice. R, Jim O'Neill

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