C-Company 94th Engineer Battalion Nellingen Kaserne 1955 to 1957

C-Kompanie 94. Pionier Battalion Nellingen Kaserne 1955 bis 1957

 

 

 

 

Charlie Blanchard                

Original Comment on End of this Page.

 

Es ist nun schon 55 Jahre her seit Herr Charlie Blanchard in Deutschland als Soldat gedient hat. 16 jährig kam er 1955 in die Kaserne Nellingen mit der

C-Kompanie 94. Pionier Battalion. Die ersten drei Monate war er noch in der Rheinland Kaserne in Ettlingen und später im gleichen Jahr auch in Nancy

Frankreich tätig. Dort wurden die Soldaten des 94. im Straßenbau eingesetzt wie auch beim Neubau von Sportplätzen. Auch ein neuer Golfplatz bei Heidelberg wurde von Charlie und Kameraden erbaut. 1957, so weit sich Herr Blanchard erinnert, war sein Battalion in Scharnhausen beim verlegen von neuen Abwasser – Betonröhren Nähe der alten Straßenbahnlinie kräftig im Einsatz. Alles zusammen blieb Charlie bis August 1957 in Nellingen. Er erzählte mir von favorisierten Lieblings-Gasthäusern in Scharnhausen, Express Bar am Bahnhof Esslingen und das La Paloma gegenüber der Hauptzufahrt zur Kaserne. In Erinnerung blieben natürlich die guten Schnitzel und im EM-Club das Dinkelacker Bier.

 

Charlie hatte viele Kontakte zur deutschen Bevölkerung und war sehr gerne in Deutschland. Wenn in einem strengen, kalten Winter Verkehrsflächen und Gehwege vereist waren, fuhren die Soldaten mit Kipplastern zum Kasernenkohleheizwerk, luden Asche auf und haben damit die Wege gestreut.

Wenn er auf meiner Webseite Fotos aus den 70er, 80er und 90er Jahren sieht, ist er jedes Mal ganz überrascht über die vielen hohen Bäume die in der Kaserne wuchsen, denn zu seiner Zeit waren kaum welche da oder waren noch Jungpflanzen.

In der Nellingen Kaserne konnten die Soldaten in den Service Club zum Kaffee trinken und Donuts essen gehen oder in den EM-Club und in die Snack Bar. Auch nahmen sie des öfteren ein Taxi nach Esslingen und sind mit dem Zug weiter nach Stuttgart. Charlie Blanchard ist 71 Jahre alt (2010) und lebt mit seiner Frau in Baytown im

US-Bundesstaat Texas. Sie haben zwei Töchter und einen Sohn die alle in der Nähe wohnen. Über 40 Jahre lang hat Charlie als

technischer Zeichner gearbeitet und ist seit längerem im wohlverdienten Ruhestand.

 

Charlie, danke für die vielen Briefe die wir uns schrieben mit den ganzen Lebenserinnerungen. Alles Gute für die Zukunft wünscht – Billy –

Oktober 2010

 

Nellingen Kaserne in Front of Troop Quarters 1956.

Charlie Blanchard on left, Billy Price, OOOzasky, & Murphy

1956 - Charlie links, Price, Ozasky und Murphy

EM-Club Nellingen Kaserne 1957.Left to Right..Blanchard, Gundersen & Murphy / Im Soldatenclub der Kaserne, von links Charlie, Gundersen und Murphy 1957.

Left to Right.Charlie Blanchard, Lewis & Godina.

Nellingen Kaserne 1956. Charlie links, und Kameraden.

 

EM-Club 1956 Nellingen Kaserne

La Paloma 1957 Charlie Blanchard on the far right. Charlie ganz rechts, mit Kameraden im Gasthaus La Paloma 1957.

 

 

 

Original Comment of Charlie Blanchard:

 

Email 1:

 

Billy, I wish I had taken pictures while I was in Nellingen, but I didn't think that far ahead. I enjoy your Website and I am always looking at it. I wish I could help you, but

Please keep up the good work. Billy, is the La Paloma bar outside where the main gate still open? The only places I went were the La Paloma, EM Club, and the Express Bar in

Esslingen ( the had good schnitzels). I was in the 94th from 1955 to August 1957 but I don't remember your Mother's Gasthaus, was it located in Nellingen? Oh yes,

sometimes I would go to a Gasthaus in Scharnhausen. I love all the old memories. Take care Billy, and welcome to email me anytime.

Charlie Blanchard February 2010

 

Email 2:

 

Billy,

Most of us that stayed on the Kaserne most of the time didn't learn the local language as everyone spoke English. Some people seem to

have the ability to learn different languages more than others. I don't remember shovelling snow on the Kaserne but I remember when the roads iced over we would take

our dump trucks to the power plant to collect cinders then go to the dependent quarters and spread cinders around on the streets. I don't remember a Strassenbahn from

the Kaserne to Esslingen, we always took a taxi then we divided the fare between us. If we went to Stuttgart we rode the train, it was a short trip. I guess later on in the

1970's , 1980's & 1990's a lot of people had cars. Not many people had cars when I was there, mostly just officers and people who lived off post. I noticed that some of

your photos around the barracks showed tall trees, and the street in front of the motor pool show trees non which were there in the 1950's. I don't remember any pizza

restaurants, we had the snack bar or the EM club only. On Sunday morning we could go to the service club for coffee and donuts. I liked going to the EM club when they had

bands, we would listen to the music eat a hamburger & fries and a few Dinkerlackers. Our barracks was just across the street from the EM club and church. I like the photo

the helicopter pilot took of the Kaserne, it shows our old barracks and motor pool. I can't remember the name of our battalion commander. Seems we had a couple of them

during that time. Our 1st Sergeant had a dog I remember with a dog house beside the bulletin board. the dog's name was Otto. enough for now Billy, I will see if I can find

anything of interest to you, they have army & navy surplus stores in Houston. They had a very large surplus store in Galveston Texas but close recently because the owner

died.

Have a good day,

Charlie Blanchard February 2010

 

Email 3:

 

Billy,

I was in Co C 94th. In 1955 we went to Nancy, France for 3 months to build roads and a sportsfield, in 1956 we went to Chinon France for 3 months to build roads.

Also, during that time went to Heidelberg Germany to build a Golf Course and to Schwäbisch Hall or Schwäbisch Gmünd I can't remember but we poured a lot of concrete.

I didn't stay there long as I had to return to Nellingen for other duties. In 1957 we worked in Scharnhausen. We installed large concrete pipes for drainage. As I remember we drove

down the hill through Scharnhausen then turned left and crossed the railroad tracks or a road, I can't remember but along there we installed the drainage system.

That was along time ago Billy, my memory is worse now. I was only 16 years old when I went to Nellingen, before Nellingen I spent 2 or 3 months in Ettlingen Germany

Rheinland Kaserne ( close to Karlsruhe )' Our Engineer (Pipeline Co.) was deactivated. Some of us came to Nellingen and some went to the 77th Engr Bn in Pirmasens Germany.

I am now 71 years old, live in Baytown Texas (close to Houston Texas) with my wife. I am retired, worked as a draftsman for almost 40 years. We have 2 girls and 1 son.

They all live close to us. I have enjoyed this Billy, I like old memories. I have a friend Wilheim Eich that lives in Prichsenstadt, Germany. I lost his telephone number

and can't find it in the international directory. If you find time could you please see if you can find it.? I would appreciate if you could. I will do my best to locate other people

and see if they have photos. The problem is that most of my friends were 8 or 10 years older than I was. I often wonder how many are still here.

Thanks Billy,

 

Charlie Blanchard February 2010

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