94th Engineer Battalion 1957- 1959  Nellingen Barracks, Germany

94. Pionier Battalion Nellingen Barracks 1957-1959

 

 

 

 

George F. Clough             

                 

Original Comment on End of this Page.          

 

Ebenfalls im Dezember 2010 lernte ich Herrn George Clough kennen. George was von 1957 bis 1959 mit dem 94. Pionier Battalion in den Nellingen Barracks stationiert. Kurz vorher absolvierte er in Santa Barbara seinen College Abschluss mit einer Handwerker Ausbildung. Auch er kann bezeugen, dass viele Hilfs und Unterstützungsprojekte in den umliegenden Gemeinden der Kaserne gestartet wurden.

 

Wie zum Beispiel beim erneuern von städtischen Grünanlagen, Spielplätzen und Sportplätzen. Viele male ist George mit der Straßenbahn nach Esslingen gefahren und weiter nach Stuttgart. Auch der Geschmack einer Bratwurst im Hauptbahnhof oder das gute Stuttgarter Hofbräubier ist ihm immer noch in Erinnerung.

 

George Clough hat sich sehr für Land und Leute in Deutschland interessiert bzw. unternahm Reisen nach Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Er lernte uns Deutsche als sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Menschen kennen. Auch die Ladenbesitzer waren sehr geduldig mit den US-Soldaten. Sein Battalion hatte auch dienstliche Aufgaben in Frankreich auszurichten.

Außerdem verbrachte George seine Freizeit auch in der Kaserne um zu Bowlen, ins Kino zu gehen oder im Bastelshop handwerkliche Dinge anzufertigen.

Heutzutage (2010) lebt George Clough in Healdsburg im US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien, ist 76 Jahre alt, verheiratet und hat drei Enkelkinder.

 

Hallo George Clough, Dankeschön für alles was du mir von deiner Dienstzeit in den Nellingen Barracks erzählt hast. Viele Grüße von –Billy Dezember 2010-

 

George auf einem Weihnachtsschlitten seines Battalions 1958

George Clough Nellingen Barracks 1958 on a Christmas Sleigh

Truppenparade Nellingen Barracks 1958 / Troop Parade Nellingen Barracks 1958

Truppenparade Nellingen Barracks 1958

Troop Parade Nellingen Barracks 1958

Nellingen Barracks 1958

Mannschaftsunterkunft / Troop Quarters

Seltenes Foto vom früheren kleinen Gasthaus „Lindenhof“. Diese Bierhalle befand sich außerhalb des Kasernenzauns. Rechts zu sehen die alte Kreuzbrunnenlinde und die Wache der Nellingen Barracks

Rare Picture of the „Beer Hall” Lindenhof nearby the Fence of Nellingen Barracks 1958

Truppenparade Nellingen Barracks 1958     /      Troop Parade Nellingen Barracks 1958

Service Club Nellingen Barracks 1958

Weihnachten Nellingen Barracks 1958

Foto zeigt das Soldatenkino und die Snackbar 1958

Truppenparade Nellingen Barracks 1958

Troop Parade Nellingen Barracks 1958

George Clough 1958 Nellingen Barracks

Nellingen Barracks 1958 Nähe Service Club

Ausflug von George Clough nach Esslingen 1958

Trip to Esslingen am Neckar

Ausflug von George Clough nach Esslingen 1958

Trip to Esslingen am Neckar

Ausflug von George Clough nach Esslingen 1958

Trip to Esslingen am Neckar

Ausflug von George Clough nach Stuttgart 1958

Trip to Stuttgart 1958

Ausflug von George Clough nach Esslingen 1958

Trip to Esslingen am Neckar

Ausflug von George Clough nach Stuttgart 1958

Trip to Stuttgart 1958

Umzugsparade Cannstatter Volksfest 1958

Volksfest Parade Cannstatter Volksfest 1958

Umzugsparade Cannstatter Volksfest 1958

Volksfest Parade Cannstatter Volksfest 1958

Umzugsparade Cannstatter Volksfest 1958

Volksfest Parade Cannstatter Volksfest 1958

 

Original Comment of George Clough:

 

Email 1:

 

Von: George Clough

Samstag, 13. November 2010 An: usarmynellingen@hotmail.com

Billy:

Very suppressed to find all of this information on the internet. I looked for Nellingen a year of so ago and found nothing. I was transferring all of my slides to my computer and the pictures brought back many memories. Thanks for keeping us updated on my home for two years. Are you an American living in Germany or were you a German civilian working on the base? During what years? What type of photos, or memories are you collecting? Are you collecting information on other bases?

George Clough

 

Email 2:

 

Von: George Clough

Gesendet: Montag, 20. Dezember 2010 An: William Bils (usarmynellingen@hotmail.com)

Billy:

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Yes, I will transfer the photos to a CD for you. I need your mailing address, and I will do it after the new year. I have about 35 photos, some on the base and others in surrounding area. Do you want just photos of just the base? As I remember, heavy equipment was sent on lowboy trailers, one or two pieces at a time, to at least six or eight towns around us during the two years I was there. I think it was to establish parks, soccer fields, and other community improvements. Someone in the surrounding cities will know what we accomplished. I was just a pfc so did not know very much. The slide for the parade said Nellingen, but it could have been in one of the other cities close by. Date of the photo was 1958. Do you have historical societies in your cities that keep records and photos of what has gone on in the past? If you want to do some research, they would help you out. Now that the base is closed, who do you work for? Does the street car still go by the new town that was the Kasern? I was assigned to H&S Company working in S-3. The officer in charge of S-3 was a Major Vallery, and Capt Hyatt was the Company commander. I have pictures of others and names of friends in the barracks. I will send names but not pictures.

Your new friend George

 

Email 3:

 

Bill,

Good to hear that you have updated the website. What are you now doing as a career? Here is a sample of what I have including a photo of myself. All of these were taken in 1958. I looked back on some records and I was with the 94 Engineer Bn. (const.) I grew up in South Pasadena CA, graduated from college at U.C. Santa Barbara with work experience as a draftsman in 1957. I was drafted upon graduation from college and was lucky to end up in Nellingen. I currently live in Healdsburg, CA after living in San Jose CA for many years. My memory of Germany is positive and I learned a lot of European history. I traveled a lot including Garmish and many of the small towns around Nellingen to visit and take pictures. I did not ever meet any German families as my German was not good, however, all of the shopkeepers were kind and helpful. I do remember taking the streetcar and then the train into Stuttgart many times to enjoy beer at the Stuttgarter Hofbrau A.G. I still have the ceramic stein. A good memory are the cold nights, after having a beer, eating a hot bratwurst at a stand in the train station prior to taking the train back to Esslingen. I also remember spending a lot of time on base bowling, going to the movie theater, cafeteria, and craft shop. I still have a lamp sitting on my desk that I made in the shop. Another vivid memory was that the Russians would come across

the border and it was understood that we were expendable. I never saw summers in Germany, as our unit went to France for the construction. If you want more pictures, I will send them to you. The additional two photos are from Nellingen Parade 1958.

 

Email 4:

 

Gesendet: Sonntag, 14. November 2010 An: William Bils (usarmynellingen@hotmail.com)

William:

Thank you for this e-mail. It explains who you are and how you are part of the history in more than one way. I hope that all of this information will find its way into the new communities historical society or a place in the city hall or other official place so that the history of the site is not lost. I sincerely hope that your father was able to be part of your growing up in Nellingen. I am afraid many of my countrymen ran out of their responsibilities after fathering a child. I have spent more time looking at your site and found your biography and several photos. Yes, your father was there when I was, but I do not remember his unit. I guess we kept to ourselves for the most part. I will start remembering some things and record them for you. I am 76, married and have 3 grandchildren. Will send photos later also. Is the street car line still in place. Sure rode that many times, and the conductor was always nice to us.

George Clough

 

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