|VOLUME 1 DEC 2001 - APR 2002
Name: Jim Patterson SSGT Radar Operator
Date: Sunday December 30, 2001 20:32:56 GMT
Looks like I`m the first one to sign. I always knew that it I lived long enough I`d be first at
something. Stationed at the 602nd AC&W Sqdn in HOF from Sept 1959 to Aug 1962 Had a
daughter born there. A really good sqdn with some very outstanding airman. We stood there
ready for the worst at times but it seems that the Soviets just wasn`t ready to try us on for size.
Name: Tom Bryson, New Castle, PA
Date: Tuesday January 01, 2002 16:23:00 GMT
Always an also-ran, never in first place. But I don't mind second bananna. stationed with the
6915th from 11/65 - 07/68. Loved it. Got back in '72 and look good for the reunion. I'll probably
go bankrupt, but I always was a "Carpe Diem" kind of guy.
Name: Mike "THE BEH" Becker
Date: Wednesday January 02, 2002 01:13:25 GMT
3RD. Oh well, 3 is a number that keeps coming up in my life. I was stationed in Hof from OCT 64
till OCT 67, Loved the Scenery, the food and even the work. It doesn't look likely that I'll be able to
attend the big reunion but the future is NEVER locked in stone. You never know.
Name: Jack Nelson
Date: Thursday January 03, 2002 03:20:25 GMT
I don't mind being number four. I was stationed with the 6915th from Feb.1966 until Aug. 1968. It
was great duty. The work was exciting and the company was pleasant. I enjoyed the opportunity
to travel to other places in Europe. Thanks for creating this website.
Name: Tom (Nick) Nickerson
Date: Friday January 04, 2002 15:50:20 GMT
Stationed in the 602nd Jul 1960 to May 1963. Married Monika Dunne (1961) from Selb. Have 2
children born in Selb Germany. RAeally enjoyed Hof and the the people assigned there.
Name: Ken (Buddy) Holley
Date: Friday January 18, 2002 11:34:50 GMT
Hello to all the folks who were at Hof / Saale between June, 1962 and January, 1965 (6915th). I
hope you have had good lives during the past 36 years. best of luck and may God bless all of you
and our wonderful USA.
Date: Friday January 18, 2002 15:21:35 GMT
I was stationed with the 602nd from 1960 to 1963.I retuned in 1964 on thirty days leave.Hope to
see some of you guys at the reunion.That's a nice patch from the 606th,but how about one from
the 602nd,and maybe a picture of the old site at Hof.
Name: Bill Toni
Date: Friday January 18, 2002 17:27:55 GMT
Arrived Hof Jan 63 from Brindisi, It, and departed Dec 65 for Mountain Home, ID. While there
worked in Ops Admin, Accounting and Finance, and the Commissary Admin. Truth be know, my
first love was pitching fastpitch softball. I married my Scottish sweetheart Helen (Candlish) and
moved into an apartment in Mochendorf before setting up house on Haidecker Strasse,
Oberkotzau where we started our family. Son David was born in MaR 64, and a daughter, Alison
born in Oct 65, both born in the local Krankenhaus in Hof. Had a wonderful tour and met so many
nice folk both military and local. Sure do miss it and am looking forward to the coming reunion.
Name: Gordon Allbritton
Date: Saturday January 19, 2002 05:58:20 GMT
Assigned to the 6915th from January 65 through October 31st 1967. Operations "A" Flight until I
married Monika Schmidt in June 1966, then worked in the Driver Training section of
Transportation after I lost my clearance. Thanks to the guidance of some tough old NCOs I went
from a brash young airman to a hard working, fair minded senior NCO myself. Still treasure the
friendship of some of the old gang. Our regrets that we won't make the reunion event.
Name: Christa DeVine
Date: Saturday January 19, 2002 21:55:51 GMT
Nice to see a website up and running. Good Job! I really look forward to see some friends and
meet some new ones in September. Also I would like to thank every one for all the work they
have done on getting the Hof reunion together.Born and lived in Hof untill 1962, maiden name
Christa Frank. Hope to see you all soon.
Name: Jutta(Judy) Azzara -Vanderweyde geb. Kanet
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 06:38:18 GMT
What a wonderful site, you guy's have done a fantastic job, good luck for in the future.
Born in Naila, married GI in 67 who worked in Hof and at the Döbraberg, came back to the states
in '67. Hope to see some of you at the next reunion.
Name: Masters,Frank Delano
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 07:43:16 GMT
I was Assigned to Hof/Doebraberg 606th AC&W 14 Feb.1969 to 3 Feb. 1973. and Sembach
A.B.601st AC & W 5 March 1964 to 12 March 1967. I Travel many places and Sites during the
time assigned at Hof/Doebraberg and Sembach.It would be nice if the old timer would post ther
Photos. This is a great site and the Memorial Page.
Name: Roger Preslar
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 10:21:04 GMT
I was on Able Flight in the 6915th from Jan 1965 until July 1967. I loved Germany and was
fortunate enough to be TDY with the Army Security Agency for 6 months in 1965 and 6 months
again in 1966. I returned to Hof about 10 years ago with my wife just to see how much had
changed in 25 years. What a difference! Looking forward to the reunion.
Name: Gary A. K. Cherpes
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 11:19:04 GMT
I was stationed in Hof from Aug 1957 through July 1960 in the 602nd. I was in radar
maintenance. We will not be able to attend the reunion this Sept because of other committments.
I have a photo website that is under construction with many photo's from that era, but it is not
secure yet so keep checking with me. One other category that would be nice is a "Looking for"
section in the website.
Name: Pat DiCintio
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 12:42:27 GMT
Was Czech linguist on Baker Flt in 6915th from Nov 63 to Jun 66. Discharged in Hof and worked
in NCO Club as civilian. Married Elke Wolfrum, a Hofer, in Sep 66. We moved to USA in 67 and
had 2 children. After 23 wonderful years of marriage, Elke succumbed to cancer. Have remarried
an Iowa farm girl, Kathy. We live in Douglas County, Colorado. I have been back to Hof many
times and maintain contact with Elke's mom and family. I metamorphosed from a fearless, wild
young man known as "The Flaming Meatball" to a mature married man while in Hof. Made many
friendships there, both German and American. Hof remains a big part of my life. I welcome
emails and calls from anyone. Sorry for my logorrhea. Carpe diem!!! Pat
Name: Gertrude Berry (Mrs. James Berry)
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 13:33:46 GMT
Jim was stationed in Hof 1957-1960 in the 602nd - Radar Maintenance. I am an American girl
that went to Germany to marry Jim in 1958 and lived in Hof for two years and loved it. We made
some very dear friends who we still keep in touch with. Our first child, Peggy, was born late in
1959 in Nurnberg Hospital. Returned back to the US early in 1960 with our 2 month old daughter.
It is so great hearing from all the guys and girls who shared the same experience as us. Looking
forward to the reunion in September. Thanks to all who are putting this together.
Name: Larry Shriver
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 15:10:14 GMT
I was assigned to the 602nd and the 606th from January 1962-December 1964. Two of our sons
were born in Nurenburg. Many fine memories of the fine people I worked with in Germany and am
happy we have been able to keep in touch through the past reunions, and now this website.
Returned to Germany with our six children, 1974 for a three year tour of duty in Berlin. Retired
and spending the winters in Sun City, Arizona, summers in SD. Regret we will not be able to
attend the upcoming reunion in Germany, but did enjoy the past two reunions we attended.
Name: Thomas (MICK) Mikloiche
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 20:03:09 GMT
Stationed with the 6915th AIR/SECURITY Police from 1965 to 1968. Worked both the Radar site
and Town Patrol, Married Ingrid Krolkiewicz from Helmbrechts in 1967 and have 2 sons. We live
in Connecticut and I forgot almost everything except the language !! Must have been all the
BEER and ASBACH at the SCHOENBLICK and RANCH BAR. What a GREAT
Name: Harvey Schmit
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2002 22:57:51 GMT
Stationed with the 6915th from 63-65 and again 66-69. Worked as a 294 on Able flt, retired from
the AF 1981. Have one daughter born in Berlin (Aug. 79), looking forward to the re-union in Sept,
will be my first time back. Excellent job by all with the Web site and the hard work on the re-union.
Name: Dick and Evi OBidinski
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2002 00:50:48 GMT
Hof/Kingsley 602nd ACW from Mar1960to Dec1962. Married in Selb Sept. 62. We had a son
while we were there. Loved every minute while we were there due to the great group of guys we
were with. We have been back several times and the memories still linger on.. We are now in
Texas , what a difference. See you all that are coming at the reunion. Dick and Evi
Name: Dan Engelken
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2002 01:15:11 GMT
In hof from Jan 1956 to Oct. 1958. Lots of good times--maybe too many. Agreat site and I plan to
visit it often.
Name: Ron K Robinson
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2002 05:43:58 GMT
Stationed at Hof 61-64 with 602nd.-606 Returned in 90 for a mo.Could not believe the changes.
Will not be able to come to the Reunion ,but hope to see some pics. of Hof. Still treasure my time
in Hof. Web site is very nice.
Name: Eddie Crump
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2002 21:51:06 GMT
I was stationed at Hof Aie Station from april 1964 to August 1966. I was in the 606th ACWRON. I
was on Charlie Crew. I spent most of my free time at the Erika bar and the schutzenhaus. I plan to
attend the reunion. I have been back to Hof several times, the last time was in 1995. I am looking
forward to seeing Hof again and meeting new friends there.
Name: Wayne & Sandy Bennett
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2002 21:58:44 GMT
602nd 62-65. We remeber a whole lot of great times with great people. Wish is that you have
enough fun this reuion as we have had at the last two(RENO & COLORADO SPRINGS). May
GOD bless the whole bunch.
Name: Chet Zaremba
Date: Thursday January 24, 2002 01:21:21 GMT
I served at Hof with the 6915th, Dog Flight, as a Czech Linguist/Interaction Coordinator from
January 1965 until July 1967. Truly, these were some of the best times of my life as I took full
advantage of being able to travel all throughout Europe. It's great to see this site up and running
as for the last 34 years, there has been very little said of the 6915th or Hof. I thought the Blick,
Jake's, and the Eis Cafe were all one big wonderful dream I had back then. Let's keep it going,
I'm looking forward to seeing others pictures. Won't be able to make Hof this year, but I'll be in
Las Vegas for the reunion in '03.
Name: Don Bodiker
Date: Thursday January 24, 2002 08:07:39 GMT
Nice Page. Really glad to see some old friends here. I firstcame to Hof in Jan 63 with 6915th. I
was assigned to "Charlie" trick working at the old site as elint operator untill those positions were
brought to the present site. I played the piano/organ in the original charlie trick band. Left for
japan in Apr 65-got sidetracked to San angelo-returned to Hof again in Apr 66 and stayed untill
Feb 69. Charlie trick and fter I got married to Christa Thums, I worked in the APR/OER section.
retired as CMSgt in Jan 92. Who would of thought it after getting busted by Capt "O". Anyways,
till married and enjoying semi retirement.
Name: RICHARD "JIM" COYLE
Date: Thursday January 24, 2002 20:21:09 GMT
I SHOULD BE NEXT AFTER THE "BOD" BODIKER. I WAS STATIONED WITH THE 6915 ON
"CHARLIE" FLIGHT AS A 294 FROM OCTOBER 1963 UNTIL APRIL 1965. I CERTAINLY
REMEMBER THE AMERICAN ROCK BAND WITH BODIKER AND MAC THE SINGER.
WHICH EVER GASTHAUS THEY WERE PLAYING IN,IT WAS ALWAYS PACKED. I HAVE
BEEN BACK TO HOF IN 1993 AND 1996 TO VISIT MY FRIEND ELIMAR VOGEL. WE HAVE
CORRESPONDED ALL THESE YEARS. IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR ELIMAR I PROBABLY
WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GO TO ALL THE GERMAN PARTIES AND LEARN TO
SPEAK GERMAN. I JUST RECEIVED THE ARTICLE FROM THE PRO HOF MAGAZINE
ABOUT THE REUNION AND PICTURES OF MONICA, CHUCK AND KARL RITTER. I AM
STILL CONSIDERING GOING TO THE REUNION. HAVE NOT COMMITTED, BUT GETTING
CLOSE. EXCELLENT JOG ON THE WEB SITE AND THANKS TO ALL WHO ORGANIZED
AND GOT THE HOF ROOSTER GOING. IT HAS HELPED ME TO GET IN TOUCH WITH OLD
Name: Dan Haywod
Date: Thursday January 24, 2002 21:43:48 GMT
With the 606th at Dobraberg 1970-1974. Lived in the "HOhouse" for 7 months before taking
Govt qtrs at Bindlach, where my wife taught school. Boy I miss the Saturday Beer man deliveries
to my door. Great web page, lets all keep it up.
Name: John Scholl
Date: Thursday January 24, 2002 23:09:45 GMT
I was at Hof from Dec 63 to Jul 65. German Linguist on C flt, but spent all my time in the
Interaction shop. My wife, Carol, came over in Jan of 64. Our oldest son was born in Nuernberg
Army Hosp in Jun 64. I'm trying to convince her to come to the reunion - but no luck yet. Will at
least be at the '03 shindig.
Name: Bill Houck
Date: Saturday January 26, 2002 13:54:30 GMT
I'm pleased to sign the "Hof Guest Book". My name is Bill Houck, and I was fortunate to be
assigned to Hof and the 6915th from 1957 until 1960. I was a Russian linguist and loved what I
did. I met my wife, Elfi (maiden name Krauss) in 1958, became engaged, and she came to NC in
the summer of 1960, when we married. We made our home in Charlotte, NC, and had our one
and only child, Eric, in 1970. We've traveled a lot - many times to Hof and all over Germany,
Europe and Africa, and most recently to Alaska. We're retired now and are enjoying this stage of
our lives very much. We wish the "Hof Reunion Friends" continued good fellowship!!!
Name: George Coursey
Date: Saturday January 26, 2002 21:05:41 GMT
I was station in Hof with the 602nd from 1957 until Oct 1959 I was in OPS. married a girl from
Hof, we are looking forward to the reunion and hope to see some old faces
Name: Bennie Hopper
Date: Sunday January 27, 2002 00:09:47 GMT
I was assigned to the 6915th from July 1963 to July 1966, I was the Fire Chief until Sept. 1965.
Had one daughter born there in 1965. Enjoyed all of it.
Name: Bill Landers
Date: Sunday January 27, 2002 20:19:20 GMT
Served in the 6915th, JAG office from Jun 67 to Jun 70 then went to Shu Lin Kou. Loved every
minute in Hof. We went back in 91 while visiting my son who was stationed at Ramstein. Stayed
overnight with our friends and landlord in Oberkatzo (sp). Wish we could make it to the renunion
but don't see how, but looking forward to 03 in Vegas.
Name: Ken Fielder
Date: Monday January 28, 2002 23:33:15 GMT
Spent 1966-1960 assigned to 6915th. My son was born in Hof in 1969. Have many fond
memories of Hof.We visited Hof in 1985 while stationed with the Govt in Yorkshire, England. We
had to take ourso to his birthplace. \
Name: Jim Riggin
Date: Tuesday January 29, 2002 22:37:06 GMT
I was assigned to the 602nd from 1957 to 1961. Married Traudl Dunne from Selb. I spent 29
years in the Air Force and Hof was the closes knit people of anywhere we were ever assigned. It
is always nice to get together with old friends and renew aquaintances.
Name: Bacon, William S. (Bill)
Date: Friday February 01, 2002 21:49:00 GMT
Stationed at Hof AS in the 6915th Scty Gp from September, 1970 to June, 1971 and in OLBB
6910th Scty Gp from July, 1971 to October 1971, at which time we ceased USAFSS operations
at Hof AS, transferring them (and many of us) to the operating location at Rimbach (aka
Name: Edeltraud L. Collins,geb.Zahn
Date: Sunday February 03, 2002 18:32:38 GMT
I`m a Hofer Maadla.I was married to airman fist class RoberH.Collins JR.in 1964.He was a
russian linguist with the 6915 in HoF/Saale.Currently im living in Riverside,Calif.This webside is
great.I`m looking forward to the Las Vegas reunion in 03 I will be there....(:*)
Name: Eva Kanet-Nicholson
Date: Wednesday February 06, 2002 08:15:46 GMT
Greetings to all !!
was married to Charles Ewing [Nick] Nicholson in the very early '60's and soon after came to the
US. Lived in Nevada almost 40 yrs now. Nick was in the 602....
Hope to see you in 2003 .... Great to have this site now.
Name: Ted Bey
Date: Saturday February 09, 2002 06:12:32 GMT
I was assigned to the 6915th as a Czech linguist in May of 1966 and departed in April of 1969.
While there I worked "Charlie" flight for the first year, the day shift in ops for the second, and
finished my tour on Dog flight. I remember how busy it became when the Russians invaded in
August of '68. The Hof community and Germany, in general, carry many fond memories for me.
Unfortunately I'll not be in Hof this fall, but perhaps in Las Vegas in '03. Good luck and good times
to all of you as you visit Hof and/or Prauge. Thanks for creating this great web site.
Name: C. A. Russell
Date: Monday February 11, 2002 14:37:35 GMT
Saw a note on here from my ole buddy Don Bodiker, he's the one who always borrowed my car
and wouldn't bring it back!I,too, was Charlie Trick from 2/63-2/66.Had a great time, many
memories. Recently found other roommates and friends. Hope to make the reunion in Sept.,
haven't been back in 40 years. Left Hof for civilian life, retired in '97 from BellSouth.
Name: John Malcolm Gaissert
Date: Saturday February 23, 2002 23:07:45 GMT
I served at Hof and Doebraberg with the 6915th, Dog Flight, from September 1966 until April
1969 as a 294. This time, along with my 15 months in Samsun, Turkey, was the highlight of my
early years. Before we learned of the Hof Reunion group, my wife, Heidi, and I biked from
Nuremberg in September 1999 to Hof just days after the reunion group was there. It was great to
see Hof, Doebraberg, and Schwarzenbach after thirty years. I was back briefly in 2000. I am
excited about the Hof Reunion group and this website. Thanks to everyone involved. Hope to see
you all at one of the future reunions. Heidi is from Germany; we met on a bike trip in Greece in
Name: Kenny Wertz
Date: Sunday March 10, 2002 01:19:46 GMT
I was a 294 on charlie trick stationed at Hof with the 6915th from Oct 64 to Jun 66. One of the
most fun experiences of my life. The Erica Bar, Schoenblick, Eis cafe and the sommerbad.
Haven't had any wurst that could compare to those that I had in Hof. Have never been back, but
would love to.
Name: Terry Hedstrom
Date: Wednesday March 20, 2002 02:22:59 GMT
What a great flash-back to many wonderful memories. I was stationed with the 6915th from Nov
'64 to Jan '68. I started out as an Elint operator on Charlie Shift. C.A.Russell was one my
roommates. We frequented the Erika Bar mostly, but no place had better 'schnitzel brot' than the
SchoenBlick before going on 'mids'. Lost my clearance when i married Birgid Heift from Selb.
Worked in gym with Scott West for awhile then the post office until departure. Haven't been back
since. Retired from AF in '86. No longer married but have two great kids, one born in Nurenberg
in '66 the other at Shaw AFB, SC. I now live in Alexandria, MN (hometown). Yhis reunion thing
sounds like great fun, have to look into that.
Name: Bruce Cook
Date: Friday March 22, 2002 02:48:14 GMT
Stationed with the 6915th from Sept 68 - Sept 70. Worked in the Base Photo Lab and also
worked in the Base Photo Hobby Shop. Married a young lady from Hof and have one daughter.
Out of my 26 years in the AF, Hof was one of the best assignments I had. We have been
fortunate to have traveled back to Hof several times and it's always like being back home.
Name: John Dorsch
Date: Friday March 22, 2002 17:44:03 GMT
On Charlie trick Dec 63-Jun 66 on Czech analyst desk, then as a reporter with Sgt Naron and
John Harasimowicz. Practically lived at Jake's (Erika bar), got married to a gal from Naila
(divorced in States later), loved every minute except for when Lt Koch pulled passes, or we got
assigned base beautification when the day-ladies laughed from their windows. What surprises
me now is that I don't recognize a lot of names associated with 6915th at the same time I was
there. I MUST have lived at Jake's!
Name: Darrel Charbonneau
Date: Saturday March 23, 2002 04:53:43 GMT
I was just "found" by old friend Mike Becker tonight andwas informed of this website. It is
wonderful to finallybe in touch again after all these years. I wsa a 294x0 withthe 6915th from
October 1964 to June 1966. Had the dubious distinction of being "selected" to spend a 15
month tour in Samsun, Turkey, to round out my 4 year hitch. Peggy and I married in Olathe,
Kansas, in 1969 and we have 4 children. We would love to go back to Europe and Hof, but it
looks doubtful this soon. It is just great to be back in touch.
Name: James Earl Swindell
Date: Monday March 25, 2002 04:30:40 GMT
Some good work here. I was station with the USAF Dispensary as NCOIC of Environmental
Health 1964-1965. Hello to all. Will not be able to attend the reunion but wish you all well. Keep
up the good work!
Name: William Main
Date: Monday March 25, 2002 10:00:58 GMT
Stationed in Hof from April 66 to April 69 Assigned to 6915Engineering. My wife Ethel died in
1996 from heart problems.I now reside in Sacramento Ca area. We enjoyed our tour in Hof,but
will not be able to attend the reunion in Hof, hope to be able to make it to Las Vegas if they have
it there next time.
Name: James L. Manson
Date: Wednesday April 03, 2002 07:48:26 GMT
I was in Hof from Aug 61 to Aug 64. I was on Baker Flt as an Eint in the 6915th. Have great
memories of my stay in Hof and many good friends. Got to see a lot of country and most of the
formula one races. Would love to make Hof in Sept, but not sure yet. God's Blessings to a great
bunch of people and thanks for this web site.