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Reply Michael McLemore
6:59 PM on March 30, 2010 
Thanks to everyone for sharing their pictures
Reply Mark Obert
5:13 PM on April 9, 2010 
I like what you have done here Mike.Great job....
Reply Tom Stewart
4:20 PM on April 13, 2010 
I was stationed in Dichtelbach from 1964 - 1966. It was D battery 5th Missile Battalion 32nd Artillery Brigade then. I have been back several times while living and working in Germany as a civilian from 1984 - 1989. We had a good group of guys.. Fun times.
Reply Sam Mc_Clung
10:01 PM on April 16, 2010 
This site is good for the D-2-1 soul.
Reply Oscar Dominguez
11:54 PM on April 21, 2010 
24U was stationed 77 - 80, lots of memories
Reply Rick
11:14 PM on April 26, 2010 
Stationed in D-back 1973-1974. Fire Control.
Reply Michael McLemore
10:50 AM on July 15, 2010 
Kudos to all and Bill Cooper for the current pictures on about us page.
Reply Larry white
7:48 AM on August 9, 2010 
Oscar Dominguez says...
24U was stationed 77 - 80, lots of memories
Reply Michael McLemore
2:07 PM on August 18, 2010 
new web site is d21dichtelbach.com
Reply ed sharpe
4:56 AM on September 30, 2010 
This is a great site! Please see some we have on NIKE LA 55 radar site in Palos Verdes California on the musuem website at www.smecc.org we also collect photos and info on other sites and happy to act as a mirror for any nike related material. contact me info@smecc.org many thanks Ed Sharpe Archivist for SMECC
Reply TC
8:22 PM on October 14, 2010 
Oscar Dominguez says...
24U was stationed 77 - 80, lots of memories
Oscar how have you been? have you had any contact with anyone from assembly, Mark H, M Zwicker. Joe R
Reply Lewis Pittman
9:41 PM on October 20, 2010 
Yo! D Btry, I served as S4 Clerk from 1973 to june 74. Enjoyed every moment. I was HHB 2Bn, 1st ADA. I keep up with all the Btry's Ups and downs, keeping the Brass posted. Been looking for guys from those times, It's been hard but i'll keep trying. I got a little misty when I found out that our unit was no more! When I left in 74' We were living in tents because they were going to renovate the barracks. And they were also getting ready to start deploying the unit to the feild! Glad I was a "Skirtless WAC". Ha! "2-1" FOREVER!
Reply Connie (Kornelia Ettingshaus)
11:31 AM on November 14, 2010 
Thanks Mike for taking the time to make this awesome website. I hope more former crew members will be found through this site and the other one that you created. Love the music addition you added in the different parts here.
Reply john dye
10:00 AM on November 22, 2010 
Thanks for this site. Was stationed atop the rock in 1982, was the first group of 16C to get transferred out when the site began to close. Lots of great friends and memories of that time. SP4 John Dye
Reply Michael McLemore
10:47 AM on November 28, 2010 
Hi,fFrom: Ron Stopfer I came across the Battery D website and I'd like to join it. I was stationed there in 1965-66 and worked with 1Sgt Sam Chumlea in the orderly room. Would anyone know how 1Sgt Chumlea might be? He was an outstanding man! Any old timers on the list from back then? I wonder what happened to 1Sgt Chumlea, and SFC "Tiger" Williams (who went to 'Nam in '65). I remember some of the guys from then, like the medic ("Doc", a bald SP5) whom I met in Korea in 67 or 68, and Weddell, the unit security guy, also an Sp5, who later became a warrant officer in medical equipment repair. I saw him in Fitzsimons General Hospital a couple years later. SFC Williams was married to a German lady whom brought presents to us in the mess hall during a Thanksgiving or Easter dinner in our mess hall. Very interesting website, and I had no idea it even existed. I served in the Army from March 1963 until October 1984 and retired in Junction City, KS, and my wife and I opened a pet boarding and grooming business in 1983 (one year before I retired from the Army), and still run it today. Hope to hear from you. Ron Stopfer
Reply JOhn
8:26 PM on December 8, 2010 
I was stationed in A and HQ btry 2nd bn 1 st ada in Wackernheim from 75 -78. worked for CW 2 Sloane in Bn maint. I was one of those visiting assholes from battalion always coming to inspect or load test the tact generators. Would love to talk to others hers as I was in D try many times doing my thiing. Ate in your mess hall, even when it was in the motor pool. Always pitied those poor guys who were stationed at D battery.
Reply Marvin
12:13 AM on December 9, 2010 
Lewis Pittman says...
Yo! D Btry, I served as S4 Clerk from 1973 to june 74. Enjoyed every moment. I was HHB 2Bn, 1st ADA. I keep up with all the Btry's Ups and downs, keeping the Brass posted. Been looking for guys from those times, It's been hard but i'll keep trying. I got a little misty when I found out that our unit was no more! When I left in 74' We were living in tents because they were going to renovate the barracks. And they were also getting ready to start deploying the unit to the feild! Glad I was a "Skirtless WAC". Ha! "2-1" FOREVER!
Reply Marvin
12:17 AM on December 9, 2010 
HE LLO I WAS AT D-5-1 1970---1973 IFC E5 MARVIN CAUTHORN DO YOU KNOW ME E XXMARVIB48@YAHOO.COM
Reply Bill Vento
2:18 PM on December 24, 2010 
Was a Nike- Herc crew man and later section chief. Served 14 years with the system. Nike men are the greatest. Blazing skies.
Reply Michael McLemore
11:09 AM on December 26, 2010 
BBQ reunion In Dichtelbach is July 4 2011 .Better get started on your passport if your going. See Reunion info link
Reply Daniel
5:42 PM on January 5, 2011 
hey, I came from Rheinböllen and I like to know, how it looks like the Part nearest to Dichtelbach, we are a sport Team from Rheinböllen and would to know, if we could trainee there, sorry for bad English ^^ Greetings
Reply steve whisnant
4:41 PM on January 13, 2011 
stationed at hhb2/1 ada wakernheim germany 1981-1983.
Reply Kenneth Gary Crotty
1:05 AM on January 15, 2011 
It was a rather interesting assignment and I will always remember my time there. I will never forget 1SGT Boynton, SFC Gilbert, SFC Lovin, 1LT Prevost, LT Yancey, Lt Miller, CWO Terry, CWO Guhl, SGT Biggers, SGT Kuhn, SSG May, Mace, Muniak, Steve Bates, Mulkey, Giles, Baker, Sorci, Melvin Mitchell, Davey, Tom Collins, Dusty Rhodes, Buddy Bud, Isham, Shadow, Dupree, SFC Agnew, Gene, Larry Gamble, Alexander and so many others that I can see in my mind's eye, but their names escape me. I have returned to Dichtelbach and the battery many times. I have walked up to see the Launch Area, Admin Area, and even the Radar Site. It was sad to see them in their abandoned state. However, I can still hear Mace screaming from Post 1 for the Sergeant of the Guard to get his relief out there as I wait to turn-in my badge and catch the meat wagon to BK. The OK Corral is waiting for the heads and Pepo's will be happening tonight. No longer are there newbie Dichtelbacher Delta Dogs waiting their turn to drink a flaming glass of rocktopus topped with paprika prepared by Pepo, just old long in the tooth dawgs setting in our easy chairs thinking of our younger days. That is what makes this site so great, it takes us back to a time when we were younger and dumber. You just have to look at the pictures on the site to know what I say is true.
Reply Don. Britt
9:33 PM on February 13, 2011 
Just found this site today. I see a lot of familiar names, including you McLemore
Reply Terry Baird
6:10 AM on February 14, 2011 
Was stationed there in mid to late 60's- Rader operator. Good times
Reply Michael McLemore
11:27 AM on February 14, 2011 
Don did you work as a MP?
Reply Don and Doris Britt
7:53 PM on February 14, 2011 
Michael McLemore says...
Don did you work as a MP?
Yes I was. I arrived on the hill in June 77 and left in May 80. I was the asst Platoon Sgt. when I left, working for SSg Jimmy Lamb. I have been looking at the pictures and see a lot of familiar faces: Van Pelt, Dickhaut, Burdine. McGee, Robinson, Lopez, and on an on. I married one of two twins that hung out with us at Pappy's, in Boppard. My Brother in law is Bob SUper. He was at D21 also and married the other twin.We have both managed to stay married to them for 30 years. We have been having a good time looking at all the old pics.
Reply big bill cooper
2:57 AM on February 18, 2011 
So many Crazy stories, so many fond memories. I shuffled around quite a bit while D Btry in Bravo Section, We had rooms set up by Section I shared a room with Wagner and a Guy named Quille(sp). Quille was never there, he only showed up on paydays, seriously the guy was a ghost. He would show up on payday and He always wore his raincoat and his Class A bus driver style hat, he would walk up and down the Breezeway with a pipe in his mouth surveying the troops like he was McArhtur, he would get his check and you wouldn't see him till next payday, that went on for a long time. I remember one time when Jimbo Fowler had some kind of accident or just passed out in Rheinbollen and Wayne Pittman administered first aid to him, when he was done Jimbo had two blackeyes and was all beat up, I told Pittman that if he sees me down to leave me the hell alone. I remember the MPs use to tell the newbies about a monster that haunted the Lnchr area, the story was that this monster or ghost was once a German soldier who was killed by gas or a biological agent and sometimes he would attack guards in tower #3, We had a young Hispanic kid named Avillar in C Section, he was a good kid, but very gullible, he was in Tower #3 one night and 2 of the MPs, one on the shoulders of the other and with a poncho over them the guy on top had a gas mask on, Jumped out of the dark at him and scared the kid so bad he left the tower and refused to go back. There was a time that We painted everything in Bravo Section High Gloss OD green, I was given the task of operating the compressor and paint gun, we removed the catwalks from the front pins so we could paint the cylinders beneath and failed to reconnect them. A couple of days later we have unexpected visitors, a couple of Col,s and a entourage of other hacks, came to the Sections and wanted to see a crew drill, You had to know SSG Lovin to appreciate this experience, He was wound so tight. When we elevated the Missile the catwalk slid back over the Cylinders and sheared off the bleed valve, The Hydraulic fluid shot up in the air about 30 feet and the missile and erecting beam crashed down so hard that is amazing the the Missile didn't break up, The brass scrambled like rats from a fire, SSG Lovin was freaking out. Remember doing daily's on the SCT panel having a newbie ( I'am not sure but that may have been Ray Nunemacher) read the steps from the manual and when we check all the lights for proper indication I would create panic in the newbie that the Missile return to Launcher light was burnt out, sent the very excited newbie running down to assembly to get a new one, the kid bust into the office of Mr. Hudson requesting immediate re-supply. Mr Hudson sent the private running back to the Section with a huge flood light and a note saying "Make sure you show this kid where to put this". Do you remember the time that Dave Williams stole a sheep from a flock between Rheinbollen and Dichtelbach, He was drunk at Pebo's and caught a ride back up the hill with the duty driver, they loaded the sheep in the jeep and carried it up the hill and put it in the Motor pool bay, next morning during formation everybody could hear the sheep Baaaaahing, the 1SG came out and as he was taking his position everybody started Baahing! Remember when Steve Smith was returning from Amsterdam with 2 German girls, they were sisters, they saw a accident on the Autobahn and left there car to render aid, while crossing the Autobahn a car travelling at a high rate of speed ran into them, killed one girl, crippled the other and almost killed Steve. Tensions got high at Dbach, You could tell when the place was "Dry", everybody would be fighting, I remember during one of these Dry periods Cpt Beaman came up to me and told me to get these F&*%ers off the Hill, Once Art Crowe and I took over the pass run bus it stayed on the road. In hind sight I want to thank the Sr NCO's and Officers who did there best to help us in spite of ourselves, It was a bull shit assignment that meant death for many careers and it was a shame that many came into the Army and found their first assignment was a shithole, But we did make the best of it, Didn't We!! Top of the Rock, Tip of the C#$k.
Reply Don and Doris Britt
2:35 PM on February 23, 2011 
I have heard from a great many old and familiar names today. I hope I answered everyone. If I didn't, my apologies. This computer machine is still a little starnge for someone who still knows what carbon paper was used for. I called and talked with Michael Hunsucker. I told him about this site and he may show up in the next day or so. I asked him about SSG John Wadsworth (Johnny Wad) and he did not have any information on him. It's great to reconnect with everyone. I am sorry that we will not be able to make the reunion this summer.
Reply bruce buchanan
12:22 PM on March 11, 2011 
just found the website...was assigned to HHB in fall of '66 but was sent TDY to D Battery for a month in '67. I remember taking new vehicle parts to the dump because the paperwork wasn't correct. the Germans claimed it for themselves
Reply tommy r. bailey
1:53 PM on March 26, 2011 
HI AND THANK YOU FOR SERVING! I WAS 16C AT B-2-56 LANDAU IN DER FLATZ 1967-1968. PLEASE VISIT THAT WEBSITE. SERVED TEN YEARS IN HERC THEN TO CHAP IN MANNHEIM, W. GERMANY. WILL ANSWER ALL EMAILS.
Reply tommy r. bailey
5:42 PM on April 2, 2011 
HI! SURFED IN ON YOUR SITE. I WAS IN HERC ALMOST TEN YEARS. I WAS AT B-2-56ADA LANDAU IN DER FLATZ 1967-1968 AS HIPAR AND THEN TTR OP. WENT TO SNAP MAR. 1968 AT MCGREGOR. THANX FOR YOUR INVITE BUT HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS SO PROBABLY CANT COME. WILL ANSWER ALL MAIL. TOM BAILEY
Reply Michael McLemore
2:00 PM on April 4, 2011 
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Reply Michael McLemore
5:54 PM on April 7, 2011 
BBQ Reunion Delta 2 1 ADA July 2nd to 9th 2011. Main event Sunday July 3rd at the grill hut in Dichtelbach,Ge. Monday 4th of July party at the grill hut. Join us if you can!!
Reply David Byer
10:10 AM on April 10, 2011 
I am helping a veteran file a VA claim that was assigned to C then B Btry 2nd BN 71st Arty USARPAVC Korea from October 22, 1966 to March 7, 1967. Does anyone recall where there were causalities and injuries in the Fall of 1966?
Reply Michael McLemore
11:38 AM on April 26, 2011 
http://www.bravo256ada.org/ B-2-56ADA LANDAU IN DER FLATZ
Reply Michael McLemore
12:11 PM on April 26, 2011 
Dexheim former nuclear weapons site, Germany In the context of large-scale air defense of Europe during the Cold War, the U.S. armed forces were at the transverse part of Germany running Nike-Hercules air defense belt with a total of six in Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate, stationed battalions. The 5thMissile Battalion, 1thUS-Arty-Group had nuclear artillery positions in the locations Wackernheim, Dexheim, Quirnheim and Dichtelbach. The Nike-fire position (Launching Area) Dexheim (49 ° 51'12 "N, 8 ° 17'58" W) was about 16 km south of the city of Mainz in Rhineland-Palatinate. The stationed there B-Battery, 5thMissile Battalion, 1thUS-Arty-Group consisted of three separate areas: the accommodation, the Feuerleitbereich convenient topographic position with up to 5 radar for surveillance, target acquisition, target tracking and missile tracking and shooting down the field with 3 shooting areas and associated bunkers. In this area there were also nuclear warheads. In the position Dexheim were stationed until 1983 nuclear air defense missiles of the type Nike. Of nuclear warheads two versions were available. The minor was named B-XS an explosive yield of 2 kilotons. The larger B-XL originally had 40 kt explosive yield. The latter were in the 1970s, replaced by warheads to 20 kT. Maximum of ten o'clock position, nuclear warheads were present, eight with the strength XS 2 kilotons and two XL 40/20 kiloton. For use of the warheads were well-defined priorities. On the approach of a single enemy target object, a small nuclear warhead (B-XS) was used. On the approach of several hostile targets if available, a large nuclear warhead (B-XL) was used. The also existing conventional warheads only served as ammunition reserve. (LL) (Sources: Jürgen Dreifke, Michael Juhl) In the years 1969/1970 was the installation of nuclear mines from the depots near the border with East Germany and Czechoslovakia in the American west more responsibility. This involved more than 200 ADM, reaching their final withdrawal in the U.S. (to 1984) in Dexheim, Aschaffenburg, Darmstadt-width field, Hanau, Eschborn, Ettlingen, were stored at the military airfield Kornwestheim and game pads (soon, Politics responsibility, p. 121). On the exact numbers as yet no data are available. Status: October 2010 see also. nuclear minefield See also: Nike Hercules see also: KT (kiloton) http://www.atomwaffena-z.info/atomwaffen-glossar/d/d-texte/index.html
Reply Michael McLemore
2:50 PM on April 28, 2011 
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Reply big bill cooper
10:17 AM on August 25, 2011 
Hello everyone!
Reply Keith Campbell
10:16 AM on September 3, 2011 
Just ran across this website poking around for pics of BK and Dichtelback. I was stationed Dichtelbach 1970-71. Lived in BK on the economy in a 4 story apt. with 2 other guys / familites from the site. I think one's name was Metz (he drove us into site most days) and the other was Al from Worcester, Mass. Al and I and wives were very good friends the whole time we were both there. Old fading memories. I was a Nike Crewman, the company clerk and finished off in late 71 as the classified doc custodian for site under Capt Kolb. Remember walking down the road to that small pub in Dischtelbach to drink and party with the locals girls, pulling CQ all night and sleeping on the shelf in the radio room and listening to music in the barracks playing Risk all night. Remember all the Rhine wine we drank, pulling guard duty in the launch area in those lonely, dark towers and Rudy from New York who introduced me to the Doors music first night I got there. Lots of fond memories of many friends, the great stereo systems we all had and the great time firing out in Crete and going to Athens Greece.
Reply David Jewell
11:17 PM on September 13, 2011 
Looking for info on B-5-1 at Dexhiem. Worked in the assembly building from April 71 to March 73. A lot of good times were had with a lot of great guys.
Reply Ray
6:47 PM on December 4, 2011 
Keith Campbell says...
Just ran across this website poking around for pics of BK and Dichtelback. I was stationed Dichtelbach 1970-71. Lived in BK on the economy in a 4 story apt. with 2 other guys / familites from the site. I think one's name was Metz (he drove us into site most days) and the other was Al from Worcester, Mass. Al and I and wives were very good friends the whole time we were both there. Old fading memories. I was a Nike Crewman, the company clerk and finished off in late 71 as the classified doc custodian for site under Capt Kolb. Remember walking down the road to that small pub in Dischtelbach to drink and party with the locals girls, pulling CQ all night and sleeping on the shelf in the radio room and listening to music in the barracks playing Risk all night. Remember all the Rhine wine we drank, pulling guard duty in the launch area in those lonely, dark towers and Rudy from New York who introduced me to the Doors music first night I got there. Lots of fond memories of many friends, the great stereo systems we all had and the great time firing out in Crete and going to Athens Greece.
US ARMY SEPT 1966 TO AUG 1947= Basic training Fort Dix NJ Sept 1966 to Dec 1966, Fort Bliss Texas Dec 1966 to March 1967 training 16b10, then to Delta 2nd BN 1st ADA 32nd ADCOM Dichtelbach March 1967 to July 1969, Fort Bliss Texas school to 24U20 til Feb 1970, Germany,C-team 501st ARTY. DET. 16B20 @ Kemel till July 1972,resigned A- team 501st for 6 months then to Delta 2nd BN 1st ADA 32nd ADCOM Dichtelbach til Jan 1974, finnished up in Florida at A Battery, 2nd Missile Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Jan 1974 till Aug 1974. Raymond Isham
Reply Raymond Isham
6:55 PM on December 4, 2011 
mad dog says...
It was a rather interesting assignment and I will always remember my time there. I will never forget 1SGT Boynton, SFC Gilbert, SFC Lovin, 1LT Prevost, LT Yancey, Lt Miller, CWO Terry, CWO Guhl, SGT Biggers, SGT Kuhn, SSG May, Mace, Muniak, Steve Bates, Mulkey, Giles, Baker, Sorci, Melvin Mitchell, Davey, Tom Collins, Dusty Rhodes, Buddy Bud, Isham, Shadow, Dupree, SFC Agnew, Gene, Larry Gamble, Alexander and so many others that I can see in my mind's eye, but their names escape me. I have returned to Dichtelbach and the battery many times. I have walked up to see the Launch Area, Admin Area, and even the Radar Site. It was sad to see them in their abandoned state. However, I can still hear Mace screaming from Post 1 for the Sergeant of the Guard to get his relief out there as I wait to turn-in my badge and catch the meat wagon to BK. The OK Corral is waiting for the heads and Pepo's will be happening tonight. No longer are there newbie Dichtelbacher Delta Dogs waiting their turn to drink a flaming glass of rocktopus topped with paprika prepared by Pepo, just old long in the tooth dawgs setting in our easy chairs thinking of our younger days. That is what makes this site so great, it takes us back to a time when we were younger and dumber. You just have to look at the pictures on the site to know what I say is true.
Raymond Isham US ARMY SEPT 1966 TO AUG 1947= Basic training Fort Dix NJ Sept 1966 to Dec 1966, Fort Bliss Texas Dec 1966 to March 1967 training 16b10, then to Delta 2nd BN 1st ADA 32nd ADCOM Dichtelbach March 1967 to July 1969, Fort Bliss Texas school to 24U20 til Feb 1970, Germany,C-team 501st ARTY. DET. 16B20 @ Kemel till July 1972,resigned A- team 501st for 6 months then to Delta 2nd BN 1st ADA 32nd ADCOM Dichtelbach til Jan 1974, finnished up in Florida at A Battery, 2nd Missile Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Jan 1974 till Aug 1974.
Reply Michael Hileman
12:58 PM on December 20, 2011 
Was stationed in quirnheim (c btry ) for about 6 months in 1975.would be interested in talking to anyone that was there at that time
Reply ed jirak
1:41 AM on December 23, 2011 
Served at D-5-1 from beginning of 67 through beginning of 69 and those were some crazy times. With every new group of troops that arrived we would hear about more riots and protests and assassinations. Not much ready access to news back then. Seeing those pics brought back some intense memories. I can't believe you end of lifers had a tennis court and basketball court! I have to admit to some sadness at seeing the place in ruins. I would have liked to see more of the site but many places I tried to navigate to just ended in a login to Facebook which didn't work even tho I am a Facebook member? Anyone know a way around that? Anyway thanks for putting up the site. Hope to see more posts from my era?
Reply ed jirak
1:46 AM on December 23, 2011 
Ray Isham- sounds like you were there when I was. I was switchboard operator then motor pool then generator operator in the IFC area-where were you? Ed J
Reply jedailey
12:22 PM on January 11, 2012 
anyone knows of any site for C 2/1 ADA in Quirnheim???????
Reply Michael McLemore
1:36 PM on January 11, 2012 
Yes I made a group page on facebook for C 2 1 ADA
Reply Ken Lively
4:58 PM on January 22, 2012 
I was there may66 to apr68. Ran the PX with David Thibodeaux most of the time. We were both spec5s in the launching area assembly bldg. Ken Lively
Reply Raymond Isham
10:24 AM on January 26, 2012 
Ken Lively says...
I was there may66 to apr68. Ran the PX with David Thibodeaux most of the time. We were both spec5s in the launching area assembly bldg. Ken Lively
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