472nd Signal Company Nellingen Barracks 1978 to 1980

472. Fernmeldekompanie 1978 – 1980 Nellingen Barracks

 

 

 

Branch Insignia

Branch Insignia

 

 

 

E-3        E – 3 Kenneth Olsen    

 

          

Seit einiger Zeit bin ich mit dem ehemaligen Soldaten Kenneth Olsen in Kontakt. Endlich fand er die Zeit seine Fotos und ein paar seiner Erinnerungen aus den Nellingen Barracks mir zu schicken. Ken war von 1978 – 1980 mit der 472. Fernmeldekompanie in den Nellingen Barracks stationiert.

Seine Einheit hat sich 1980 in das 51. Fernmeldebattalion umbenannt.

 

Sein Rang war Hauptgefreiter. Kenneth Olsen unternahm auch viele Ausflüge innerhalb Deutschlands während seiner Dienstzeit. Zum Beispiel mit seinen Kameraden nach Bayern auf das Schloss Neuschwanstein oder sie besichtigten die frühere West / Ostdeutsche Grenze.

 

Heutzutage lebt Ken in Cresskill im U.S. Bundesstaat New Jersey. Ken ist 52 Jahre alt, verheiratet, hat zwei Söhne, eine Stieftochter und drei Enkelkinder.

Nach seiner Armee Zeit arbeitete er als Telefonmechaniker und heute als Ingenieur in einem Rechenzentrum.

 

Ken, vielen Dank für die Fotos und ein paar deiner Gedanken aus den Nellingen Barracks.

Billy – September 2012

 

 

Ken Olsen 1978 Nellingen Barracks

472nd motor pool Nellingen Barracks

 

Ken Olsen im Mannschaftsquartier 1979 Nellingen Barracks

Ken Olsen  472nd Troop Billets

 

Morgen Appell der 472. Fernmelde Kompanie 1978

In front of 472nd barracks 1978

 

Ausflug der Kompanie and die ostdeutsche Staatsgrenze  472nd Signal Company East Germany border tour 1978

 

Kameraden Hiawatha und Smitty / Hiawatha and Smitty2

472nd Signal Company Nellingen Barracks

 

Kenneth´s Stereoanlage mit Frank Zappa Ticket 1978

Frank Zappa ticket 1978

 

Ken und Kameraden auf Schloss Neuschwanstein Bayern 1978 /

Neuschwanstein Castle 1978

 

Ken Olsen im September 2012 im Hershey Park

Kenneth says :Billy, Picture is From Hershey Park. I won that huge bear on the first try!

Ring toss game. Regards and thanks, Ken Olsen.

 

Original Comment of Kenneth Olsen:

 

Von: Kenneth Olsen Dienstag, 11. September 2012

An: usarmynellingen@hotmail.com

 

Hello Billy. Ken Olsen here again.

 

I finally got around to scanning the old photos I could find.

(not many I’m afraid Most got lost during many moves).

Here is the info I have. I was stationed at Nellingen Barracks, 1978- 1980.

Unit 472nd Signal Company. Excel All was the unit Crest and the arm patch was the sword in the sling.

The unit disbanded around 1980 and formed the NEW 51st Signal Battalion at Krabbenloch Kaserne.

New 7th Corps patches were issued and new unit Crests. Which were always in short supply and very sort after. We had to turn in our unit crests before we left on another assignment because of the short supply.

 

My rank while at Nellingen was E-1 to E-3.

Nov. 1980 I went back state side to Ft. Gorden for the remainder of 18 months.

May 1982 I became a civilian again. Today is my birthday. Sept 10. I am 52 years old now.

I presently live in Cresskill, NJ USA.

 

Married for 17 years now and have a stepdaughter age 32.

I have 3 grand children. I have 2 son's on my own with my wife. I worked as a telephoneman

after I left the US Army in 1982. For a telephone company in Westchester county NEw York. Started new career in August 1995 as a stationary operator, building maintenence.

Joined union Sept. 2006 as a apprectice and have been working ever since at a data center for JPMchase bank as an engineer.

Good pay and excellent benefits. Health care, persion and annuity account.

 

Best regards,

Ken or Kenneth R. Olsen Jr.

Cresskill, NJ U.S.A.

 

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