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Gasthaus in Fulda
For the Men and Women that served with the 14th ACR and it's Supporting Units at Downs Barracks in Fulda, Germany 1956-62
This is your Web Site. This is where you can tell your story the way that you lived it. Regardless of what unit you were in at Downs Barracks we all worked together to help keep America safe. I am sure that everyone that was stationed there now realizes that it was a unique Duty Station. No where else in Europe was there such a vital area like the Fulda Gap. The men and women that were stationed there were envied by other soldiers serving in other parts Europe for to be in Fulda was to stand toe to toe with the Russian and East German Armies. As you Google the net you will find many comments from men stationed in other units in Europe during the Cold War. As you read the comments in their guest books you will see the Fulda Gap mentioned again and again. There is a fascination with the Fulda Gap and the men and women that served there. Of the Cavalry Units stationed on the East West German border only the 14th ACR Patrols and Listening Post Units from Fulda could drive directly to the Border from their Kaserne. That was because of its close proximity of the Border.
The only other place in Europe that the opposing Armies were so close was in Berlin.
So here we are almost 50 years later and our story has still not been told fully by us to those that wish to know including our families. There are many sites on the net about the 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Just Google it you can read for hours about the tactical mission of the 14th ACR with maps and photos of the border. There seems to be a hunger for a knowledge about the Fulda Gap. Don't sell it short because it was a special place and you were there.
But there is something missing and that is our personal stories. Ones like telling the ticket master at the Bahnhof that you want on the first train leaving Fulda and showing him how much money you had and ending up in the beautiful city of Hannover with Art Apodaca (APO) and then hitch hiking back to Fulda.
You have equally interesting stories that the readers about the Fulda Gap would like to hear. How else shall we get our story to these people without putting them on the internet. Do you have any photo's of your time in Fulda. Read the Account of Bill Steed's time in Fulda with the 15th Ordinance Co. for a close up of how it was like living on the Economy. Email them to us and we will put them up on the web site with the people names in the photo and the persons name that sent them to us.
New Years Part at EM Club with Rallis Georghakis Art Apodaca (APO) on left. Off-duty but still at work.
Front row L to R Rodney Malo, Tasi Zavakos. Click on photo's to enlarge
Vick Licciardello with waitress sitting on his lap
Back row L to R Larry Stober, Rallis Georghakis
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Above: this is a photo of the Snack Bar at Downs Barracks. The GI sitting on the left is James Allen Ruiz of the 15th Ord. Co.. The GI in the white smock was in the Clearing Platoon, 501st AMC and worked at the dispensary. The lady is from the U.S.O Club upstairs from the Snack Bar. The GI to the Left of the USO Lady looks like Ken Stutzman 501st AMC. I spent a lot of time at the Snack Bar. I think that it was APO that taught me to bring my own Tea Bags and just get hot water. Down stairs there was a bowling alley.
There is more information about Ruiz at the bottom of the page: http://www.cats4x4.com/501ACM.htm
Info about Ken Stuttsman and James Ruiz at: http://www.cats4x4.com/14thfitgreen.htm
The stress level at Fulda was very high and I think it was especially so for the Officers. There were many places to relieve the stress such as the EM Club, Gym, Bowling Alley, Library, Music room, and the USO Club. There were also some place off base such as the Cafe Hesse, UBoot, Mueller's Cafe, Hole in the Wall, Bahnhof Cafe, Tony's Bar across the street from the Kaserne, the Swimming Pool and park and who remembers the name of the bar with the glass dance floor.
All joking a side Fulda was a beautiful town with great and friendly people. How many times did you walk across the Dom Platz to get to town. Did you visit the Museum there? The Stadthalle Park was a beautiful place with a nice pond where APO Apodaca lost his shoes one night. Did you go to the Orangerei for a Christmas or New Years dance and see the beautiful ladies of Fulda dressed in their finest ballroom dresses. But that is another store.
Orangerei in Stadthalle Park Frauenberg, Fulda Stadthalle Park
Write your story and send it to email@example.com and I will see that it is put on this website. And you can rest assured that NO ONE is going to make a dime from your story at this website. I am doing this for you guys and the 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment and that is the long and short it.
If you would like to be added to our email list of guys that were stationed in Fulda just drop me a email and let me know.
By this time you must realize that I am not a writer or a computer whiz. I am learning this as I go along with encouragement from APO Art Apodaca of C Co. and Rallis Georghakis of HQ & HQ Company, William Steed of the 15th Ord. Co. and many others. Take time to read their stories.
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