504 th Ordenance Company

 

Die Geschichte vom U.S. Soldaten Richard Kimless. Nellingen Barracks 1951-1953

 

Er kam 21 jährig im Oktober 1951 nach Deutschland in die Nellinger Kaserne. Er diente hier bis November 1953 in der 504. Ordenanz Kompanie. Diese Kompanie unterstand dem 38. Ordenanz Battalion. Die 504. hatte gerade eine Woche vorher im Oktober 1951 den Standort Esslingen verlassen und zog in die frisch erbaute Kaserne Nellingen ein. Laut Herrn Kimless wurden noch an vielen Gebäuden Restarbeiten durchgeführt. In seiner Freizeit besuchte er die Länder Frankreich, Dänemark, Belgien und die Schweiz. Richard hatte auch eine befreundete Familie in Esslingen, dort lernte er auch die deutsche Sprache. 1952 wurden mehrere hundert neue, moderne Armee Fahrzeuge zum ehemaligen Filder Bahnhof Echterdingen geschickt. Diese waren für den gesamten süddeutschen Raum bestimmt. Mit einem Geschwader an Fahrern der 504. Ordenanz Kompanie wurden dann die für Nellingen gehörenden Jeeps in die Kaserne gefahren. Das war auch für die Bevölkerung ein eindruckvolles Schauspiel. Heute ist Richard Kimless 77 Jahre alt und lebt in Pennsylvania, USA.

 

Vielen Dank für deine Lebenserinnerungen aus der Kaserne Nellingen, bleib gesund, viele Grüße von Billy ( Dezember 2007 )

 

 

Going to Work

Soldiers of the 504th Ord. Company . Middle shows Richard

Nellingen Barracks in the Snow. Winter 1951 / 1952

Head Quarter of the 504th Ord. Co.

Civilian Employees 1952

Old Nellingen Kaserne Main Gate, allererste Hauptwache der Kaserne Nellingen, das heutige Gasthaus “Alte Wache“

Head Quarter of the 504th Ord. Co.

Head Quarter of the 504th Ord. Co.

Entrance Head Quarter 1951

Facilities Engineer Shop.

Head Quarter of the 504th Ord. Co. 1951

Barracks Square, near Movie Theater and Facilities Engineer Shop

Recreation Center and Facilities Engineer Shop

Old Guard Check Point 1951

Ortsdurchfahrt Scharnhausen,

Nellingen Hindenburgstrasse

Nellingen Hindenburgstrasse

Riegelstrasse Nellingen 1951

Esslingen

Esslingen Altstadt 1951

Esslingen Gasstation / Tankstelle  1953

Esslingen

 

Original Comment of Richard Kimless:

Billy,

the 504th Ordnance Company did not have it´s own Insignia. We wore the 38th Ord. Battalion Crest and the famous Seven Steps to Hell Patch.

To give you a little History let me tell you that I arrived by Ship and if Memory serves me, we docked in Bremerhaven and sent to Sonthofen for Assignment. Along with a couple other Guys that I never met before we were sent by Train to Esslingen. Then by Trucks to Nellingen. I arrived in Nellingen early October 1951 and left in November 1953. I arrived at the Kaserne about a Week after the 504th left Esslingen and came to Nellingen. Buildings were still being finished. The Messhall wasn’t complete so we had a Company Mess in the Hangar. On nice Days they put the Tables out in Front of the Hangar and we dined outside…That was a real treat. If I remember correctly our living Quarters were refered to as Billets and not Barracks. The Reason being, they said, was that Barracks are temporary structures and Billets were permanent. Life in Nellingen was good and interesting. I had made Friends with a German Family in Esslingen. They spoke good english but I asked them to speak to me in German so that I could leran the Language. I picked up the Language pretty fast since I had two Years of it in High School. However, I have lost most of it now because I don’t use it. It,s been almost 54 Years since I left Nellingen.

Sometime in the Middle of 1952 the 38th Ord. Battalion Mission was to service a new Style Vehicle ( REO ) and prepare them for Distribution to Units in the southern Area Commend. The new Vehicles arrived by Train at a Railhead on the outskirts of Echterdingen Airport. When the Vehicles were ready, the various Companies would send Drivers out to pick up their Vehicles. This was a Major Taqsk but went off quite smoothly. Life after that in Nellingen was not very eventful. We went to Esslingen, Stuttgart and many many other Towns and Villages sightseeing. We visited France, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland and enjoyed all of it. That’s about it for now. Best Regards

 

Richard Kimless

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