VII Corps LRRP C Company  58th Infantry Nellingen Kaserne 1961- 1969

C Kompanie 58. Fallschirmspringer Infanterie Nellingen Kaserne 1961 bis 1969

Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol

 

 

 

 

  Richard J. Garcia   Nellingen Kaserne 1966 to 1968                

 

Explanation of photo 1 to 11 on the bottom of the page

 

Hier zeige ich Ihnen die Geschichte eines jungen Fallschirmspringers der berühmten C Kompanie 58. Infanterie LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol ) in der Nellingen Kaserne vom August 1966 bis Januar 1968. Richard Garcia kam 19jährig nach Nellingen. Sein Job war es innerhalb der Kompanie als Armee LKW Fahrer zu dienen. Auch wurde er zu Fallschirmsprüngen abkommandiert als auch zu Abseilübungen auf die Schwäbische Alb. Richard hat während der ganzen Zeit mit seiner 35mm Argus Kamera fotografiert, sogar beim abspringen aus den Flugzeugen oder Hubschraubern drückte er auf den Auslöser. Herr Garcia lernte auch einen deutschen Segelflieger kennen der ihn öfters mitnahm zum Segelfliegen bei Bissingen Teck. Nach Bissingen kam er in seiner Freizeit auf einem alten DKW Motorrad. Nach seiner Dienstzeit war und ist er selbstständiger Maschinist und lebt in Visalia im U.S. Bundesstaat Kalifornien.

Richard Garcia wurde dieses Jahr ( 2010 ) 63 Jahre alt.    

Hey Richard – Thanks again for all the nice Photographs and Background Informations – Good Luck for the Future from Billy October 2010

 

 

 

 

Picture Nr.1 Home Sweet Home 1966 / Wohn und Dienstgebäude der

 58. Infanterie, dem späteren Sitz aller Brigade Generäle in den Nellingen Barracks.

View shows Building across from the LRRPs Building

Foto zeigt Gebäude gegenüber des Wohn und Dienstgebäudes im Winter 1967 Nellingen Kaserne.

Trucks of the C Company LRRP Nellingen Kaserne / LKW´s der LRRP C Kompanie 58. Infanterie. Winter 66 / 1967

                      Richard J. Garcia 1966-1968 Visalia, California

Trucks of the C Company LRRP Nellingen Kaserne Air Field.

 LKW´s der LRRP C Kompanie 58. Infanterie auf dem Flugfeld

Picture Nr.2          Getting drunk Sunday afternoon Summer 1966.

Fallschirmspringer beim feierabendlichen Umtrunk. Rechts im weißen Hemd ist Richard zu sehen. Bild stammt aus 1966.

Picture Nr. 3 Richard Garcia schoss auch diese tollen Fotos während des herausspringen aus dem Flugzeug 1966

Does anyone recognize the Marlboro Man? Fallschirm springen der 58. Infanterie. Wer erkennt den Marlboro Mann ?

Picture Nr. 4 Richard Garcia schoss auch diese tollen Fotos während des herausspringen aus dem Flugzeug 1966

That’s me with A Short timers clip board / Richard beim Blick aus seinem Fenster im 1. Stock vom Gebäude 3506. – 1967 -

Icy naked Lady / Eisige nackte Dame Nellingen Kaserne Winter 1966 / 1967

classbook

                             

Official Patch of the 7th Corps LRRP Nellingen Kaserne.

Offizielles Abzeichen der LRRP.

Picture Nr. 5 LRRPs training for a long distance hike in Holland. Fallschirmspringer der 58. Infanterie beim marschieren vor ihrem Quartier

Official Patch of the 7th Corps LRRP Nellingen Kaserne. Offizielles Abzeichen der LRRP.

Picture Nr. 6 Rappelling !!!

Greg Eacker, About to go over the edge of a shear cliff. Winter 1966 / 1967. Praktizieren der Abseiltechnik an den Bissinger Felsen.

Picture Nr. 7 Rappelling Mountain Training near Castle Teck. Mehrfach sind die Soldaten der 58. Infanterie auf die nahe Schwäbische Alb gefahren um dort an steilen Felsen die Abseiltechnik zu üben. Wie hier zu sehen war das Übungsgebiet Nahe der Burg Teck bei Bissingen.

Picture Nr. 8 Sgt. Wilson & Pfc. Garcia - Mountain Rescue Training. (I’m looking pretty serious) Unteroffizier Wilson seilt hier Richard Garcia ab. Bissinger Alb Winter 1966 / 1967.

Picture Nr. 9 SGT. MILES RIGGING UP 1ST SGT. PUCKETT

Unteroffizier Miles richtet des Feldwebel Pukett´s Fallschirm

Picture Nr. 10 Office clerk Watson. Schreibtisch Soldat Watson 1967 Nellingen Kaserne.

Another guy that I would like to see again is one of my best friends SGT. Buddy THOMAS. Links Richard, rechts Sgt. Buddy Thomas Nellingen Kaserne 1966 to 1968.

Richard Garcia on an old DKW Motorcycle.In his spare time, he was often on the Road in the Vicinity of Nellingen Barracks. As can be seen here at the castle ruins at Sulzburg Unterlenningen 1966.

Richard Garcia auf einem alten DKW Motorrad. In seiner Freizeit war er oft in der näheren Umgebung der Nellingen Kaserne unterwegs. Wie hier zu sehen auf der Burgruine Sulzburg bei Unterlenningen 1966.

Picture Nr. 11 The first truck that I was assigned to was TRUCK 46. Richard Garcias erster LKW. Auf dem Flugfeld Nellingen Kaserne 1967.

Und das ist Richard Garcia im Frühjahr 2010.

Billy. I have been scanning some slides from my misspent youth and would like to share a few with you. These photos were taken with the 35mm Argus camera that I am holding. I was at Nellingen between Aug. 1966 to Jan. 1968. I do not remember many of the names of the guys in the photos.

Fallschirmspringer Nr. 70 Garcia. Springer Nr. 71 Watson / Watson (nicknamed SNOOPY) became the company clerk

 

 

 

Picture Explanation to Picture Nr. 1 to 11 / Bilderklärung der Fotos

Nr. 1 bis 11 nur in englisch. Original Comment by SP–4 Richard Garcia

 

 

Picture Nr. 1

Hi Billy,

Nice to hear from you, I wonder what our old home in Nellingen looks like now ? We had some good digs. Especially, compared to the barracks that the leggs had. My room was right above the main entry. It was comfortable and within staggering distance to the Rod & Gun Club. Looking out my window I saw group of

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 2

LRP’s GETTING DRUNK BEHIND THE ROD & GUN CLUB

I think I know why my memory is so bad. Jesus, it’s a wonder I have any brain cells left at all. That’s me and a friend named Russo on a

typical Sunday afternoon. If you guys can ID any of the troops in my pictures contact Sam Rodriquez. He is planning to add them to the

LRRP CD’s. Copy me with that info too. Hopefully, you will add your comments, stories, and your own photos. It would be nice if a few new

photos and stories were added to the “When we were young” & “LRRP Tales” section of the web site. Theo, you need to get a 14 year old

wiz kid to help you out on the site.

Speaking of kids, nowadays, they would not believe you if you told them that at one time, cameras did not have computer chips or

batteries. To take a picture with that Argus you have to manually set the f. stop, select the shutter speed, focus the lens thru the view

finder, and cock the shutter. After you took the picture you had to remember to manually advance the film. That last step was easy to

forget, especially if you had just jumped out of a perfectly good aircraft. Needless to say I screwed up a lot of good shots, but on occasion

the resulting double exposure would make an interesting print. In the double exposure

I GUESS I GOT EXCIDED.

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 3

I was trying to get photos of fellow jumpers exiting the CH-34 chopper as their chutes deployed. At one time I tried to get a shot of my own

chute deploying but I could not do it. If I looked up to soon, the suspension lines and risers would clip the back of my helmet and knock it

over my face. There is a reason that they teach you to keep your head tucked down in jump school. Speaking of helmets those old steel

pots were worse than useless. They were heavy, offered poor impact cushioning and their flanged shape could cause neck injuries. On an

unlucky PLF they could really ring your chimes. I took part in a NATO jump that was almost all officers, (I drove the chute truck so I got to

join them), most of the officers on that jump wore football helmets, which was the head gear of choice for skydivers at that time.

 

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 4

TWO LRPs IN BIG TROUBLE is one of my favorite pictures. It is a shot of my canopy and a stick of jumpers that includes a couple of guys tangled up. That could be dangerous. The guy on top

would have his chute partially collapse due to lack of air, he would fall pass the jumper below, and then his buddies chute would do the

same. They would leap frog all the way down. If one or both pulled a reserve it could get messy. At a later date I will post more photos of

malfunction incidents and that NATO jump.

 

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 5

LRPs training for a long distance hike in Holland.

That is Lt. Burkett leading his troops. When I got to Nellingen in 1966, I heard stories about a group of LRPs that had participated in a

hiking festival in the Netherlands that summer, and had out marched all the other teams. They said that the Dutch people had treated them

well. (23 years earlier it was US paratroopers from the sky that had liberated them). They also told stories of sore feet and blisters. Those

hard-toed Corcoran jump boots were great for spit shining, but were probably not the best choice for long distance hiking. In 1967 a group

again entered the hike. The story I heard was that those crazy LRPs took off and left everyone in the dust, but took a wrong turn and got

lost. It sounds like a case of too much Dutch beer to me. Did any of you guys take part in either march? It would be nice to get a first hand

report. I’m sure I’ve got some of the facts wrong.

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 6

The Patrol guys had mountain training at a field site not far from Nellingen. One day I drove them there for a lesson in rappelling.

Since I was just a truck driver, I did not take part in the training, which was all right by me, those cliff were really high and I really do not like

heights. If I remember right, I took a nap in my truck that morning, while the guys got the safety lessons on all the different ways you could

kill yourself if you did not know what you were doing. I would never need that information, right?

After lunch, reporters and a photographer from the Stars & Stripes newspaper showed up wanting to do an article on. It was decided the feature photo shot for the article would to be of a mountain rescue.

 

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 7

Across a valley from the mountain training site, was a mountain with a castle on it. Es ist die Burg Teck. I meet a German friend that belonged to a soaring club that would launch sailplanes from a strip in that valley and fly around those mountains. I would ride my motorcycle over there on Sundays and would fly with him in a two place glider.      Castle Burg Teck

 

 

 

          

Picture Nr. 8

Sgt. Wilson, who was in charge of the training Operation said he would demonstrate how to rappel off a cliff with a wounded soldier on his back. He looked around the group and picked the smallest guy there…. me. He said, “Garcia get on my back and we will rappel off the edge of the world”, or words to that effect.

Wilson was a platoon leader and a Ranger, he was a real pro and I could not have picked a better man to trust my life to. So I climbed on

and what a ride! I wish I would have kept a copy of that article, the army S&S photographer did send me an 8”x10” photo.

 

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 9

I’m going to sign off for now. Before I do I would like to share a great photo of a couple of real soldiers.

SGT. MILES RIGGING UP 1ST SGT. PUCKETT

I was sad to hear that 1st Sgt. Puckett had passed away. I hope Miles has not gone to the great DZ in the sky too. I remember he had a daughter; I will frame a print of this photo and send it to them.

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 10

Can anyone remember the company clerk he replaced ? He was a nice guy that rode a 500cc BMW motorcycle. Sgt. Blackmon bought the

bike and sold it to a friend of mine. I rode that bike a lot. My main form of civilian transportation was a DKW MOTORCYCLE.

 

 

 

Picture Nr. 11

Like most of the company’s trucks it had a lot of miles on it. While I was training in Bad Tolz with the 10th Special Forces Group another

driver named Watts blew it up. At that time Thomas, who was in patrols, had just made Sergeant. The motor pool needed a NCO so they

put Thomas in charge, a job he knew nothing about. The Germans were suppose to repair our trucks, but were always slow. Since the

company was short on trucks, Thomas was told to put in a requisition for one, something that had been done many times before with no

results. It was during the Vietnam War and new equipment for the European front was scarce. When Thomas asked me what priority he

should give the requisition I said the highest. Well, as we were to find out later, the Army has a very strict and well defined system in

assigning priority codes to requested requisitions. Something like #1”It would be nice to have”, #2 “We really need the thing”, #3 “We really

really need the thing”. #4 “We’re going into combat and we need the damn thing”, and #5 “We have engaged the enemy and our mission will

fail if we don’t get the God Damn thing right now! “ Well you guessed it; Thomas gave the truck request a #5. The truck showed up from the

Frankfurt Depot the next day. The supply Brass in USAREUR probably did not know what those crazy LRP’s were doing, but because that

elite Airborne unit was probably on the leading edge of some important secret mission, they acted first and asked questions latter. And

questions they did ask! The Company Commander, Lt. Burkett started getting calls from guys that had stars on their shoulders wanting to

know what was going on. A thorough investigation of the whole affair revealed it was just a case of two guys in the motor pool that did not

know shit from shinnola. Thomas got his ass chewed but kept his stripes and got back in patrols, and I kept the first new truck the company

had in a long time. We stole it fair and square.

 

 

 

 

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