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1467) chuck B. 
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 09:35 AM Write a comment

(1467) 567th Darmstadt

DON HILL Tuesday, June 30, 2015 02:55 PM

Jim Cauthron Wednesday, July 1, 2015 10:38 AM
Bob Burkhardt

Sgt. Rock Monday, August 17, 2015 08:35 PM
Though I was never in the same platoon as Rusty, I do remember him. And that beautiful Jaguar XKE he had.
1466) dw 
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 11:13 AM Write a comment

(1466) eek!
U.S.A. sending weapons,aircraft,special operations forces,etc. for nato support to Estonia-48 hour european readiness if nato needs U.S. backup.
Estonia castle in picture.
1465) dw 
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Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:44 AM Write a comment

(1465) big grin
Norway last week-spring melt!
1464) dw 
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Monday, June 15, 2015 05:45 PM Write a comment

razz (stick out tongue)
It's now alowwed to wear Turban w/ beard in Army- check it out!
1463) Dan Efird 
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Thursday, June 11, 2015 07:51 PM Write a comment

No one is saying anything, But it sure is hot here in NC

Larry Fukale Saturday, June 13, 2015 12:27 AM
104 here in Clovis, Ca.

dw Sunday, June 14, 2015 02:07 PM
how hot is hot?


dw Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:53 AM
104-108 F. in Tucson,az-but it's a dry heat!(40-55F. in Norway last week w/snow melt&waterfalls)

dw Friday, June 19, 2015 09:55 AM
Getting more heat before rains-109F.-114F. Tucson,az!
1462) John Jenkins 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 11:04 AM Write a comment

537th Engr Plt.(ADM)600th Co Ft. Belvoir. Oct. 68-May 70.

Larry Fukalek Friday, May 29, 2015 09:24 PM
Also 537th Engr (Plt), 600th Engr. Co, Ft. Belvoir. Feb. 69-Sept. 1969, no sure which team. Arrived SP/4 left SP5.
Had a Volkswagen & road/road Motor Cycle.

John Jenkins Sunday, May 31, 2015 03:46 PM
Larry did you transfer from Korea? If so I do remember you.

Larry Fukalek Sunday, May 31, 2015 04:25 PM

Yes I transferred from Korea to Ft Belvoir.
1461) dw 
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:33 AM Write a comment

To Ken;
I was in 547th bn-529th plt at Kelly Brks.
It would have been easy to have fun drinking,etc. back then.
WE are now Vets from that time.You have found some of our benefits-buy that house you're dreaming about with the GI bill benefits!
You earned these benefits.Take advantage of being a Veteran!Sounds like you have a good new start.
It must have been some time pedaling to Florida!Not many of us did that.
When buying that house, check out "REO" bank owned.You could get more for less money.There are opportunities everywhere-North Carolina in mtns;etc.Watch out for middle of NC,water might be bad!
Live day to day best you can-watch sunrise&sets,see all around you that you did not see before.Be a
proud VET-have a good Memorial Day-We earned it,one way or another.

Dave Wright
1460) Ken Brixius 
Northern Florida
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Saturday, May 16, 2015 09:09 AM Write a comment

Hello All,

Been a very long time since I have posted here and wanted to give an update along with a request.
Just about to rejoin society after being homeless for the last three years. Wouldn't wish that ordeal upon your worst enemy. After arriving in Florida on a recumbent tricycle (pedal) I went to the local VA and asked for help with my lifelong addictions and being homeless. Got the help I needed at the Pensacola, FL VA Mental Health though the medical seemed to take an act of Congress to get in. After a six month stay at a men's drug and alcohol recovery house, I was fortunate to be accepted into the Volunteers Of America-Florida Homeless Veterans Grant Per Diem Transitory Housing. It is a 2 year program that provides intensive counseling and housing for homeless veterans to get us off the streets.
I'll be leaving here on the first of June hoping to purchase a house somewhere. And there lies the request: After losing everything and I mean everything, I have no artifacts from the past. If anyone would be able to share copies of photographs and/or other things, it would be greatly appreciated.

Charlie Bell MSG Ret Tuesday, May 19, 2015 08:37 PM
Welcome back to the world of the living Ken. Sorry to hear about your med problems and so happy that you found the help you needed. Many pics in the album section and contacts available here and on 567th FB pages and other units. I have numerous emails. Let me know who you need and how to contact you.

Golofski Thursday, May 21, 2015 03:33 PM
Hey, Ken, hang in there! One moment at a time! I remember you as a pretty strong-minded guy! My prayers are with you! Check out the 62nd on FB.
1459) Chuck 
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Saturday, April 25, 2015 07:27 AM Write a comment

(1459) Is this it?

Jim authron Saturday, April 25, 2015 05:30 PM
I have met his relative a time or two. Its kind of nice when they are cheaper than bologna.

Cliff Rondeau Thursday, June 18, 2015 06:17 PM
Best meal!!!!!
1458) Jim Cauthron 
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 07:13 PM Write a comment

Looking forward to going back to HANSCOM AFB in Bedford,MA for the summer. Will be there on 1 June. Can taste the lobster already.

Larry Fukalek Friday, April 17, 2015 05:51 PM
I still remember my first tour in Stuttgart, just arrived & HQ Co with the ADM Plt was having a party downtown in the American Hotel & we were served Lobster & Steak. Can't get any better
1457) chuck b. 
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(1457) William Edward Leach

U.S. Veteran


On Friday, November 2, 2007, God saw the road was getting rough, and the road of life had become too hard to travel. He gently closed the eyes of our beloved brother and uncle, CSM (Ret) William E. Leach, and whispered “Peace be Thine". William Leach, 70, a resident of York County for the past year and a half, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 2, 2007.

William E. "Speedy" Leach was born June 5, 1937 in Rowland, North Carolina, to the late William Ernest and Martha Leach. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Wilbur Leach, and Ralph D. Leach, and a sister, Ernestine Leach Miles. In May 1954, William graduated from Southside High School, Rowland, NC and in June 1954, he joined the United States Army.

chuck Sunday, April 12, 2015 09:33 AM
R.I.P. BIG WILL. Funny he never told us his nick name was "speedy". Fridays after work E.M. club NCO's, any one else remember that? Good times!!

Jim Cauthron Tuesday, April 14, 2015 07:02 PM
I remember the day he pinned on ISG stripes. Paul said something smartassed and big Will told him that diamonds is trump. He was a good man. He treated everyone fairly. The last time I saw him was at Belvoir when he was CSM of MRDC. And yes I still treasure the NCO calls at the victory club on friday nights. How many of you received calls to bring home bread?

chuck Thursday, April 16, 2015 08:31 AM
3 beers Paul Drink 1,spill 1, give 1 away and he was DRUNK!!

Cpt Jay Popiel Sunday, June 7, 2015 02:31 PM
First Sgt Leach, was my top for the years I was a Plt Ldr and then Co Commander. He and I had a running joke as to whose boots were shined better. I missed him and will remember him with love RIP TOP!

SP5 Claude Fox Sunday, August 16, 2015 06:31 PM
best soldier I ever knew-was documents and company clerk for 2 years with him.World will has lost a good man and great soldier.RIP TOP. We called him the "Shadow" but not to his face!
1456) Walt Ringler 
SW Florida
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 06:27 PM Write a comment

Hi there. I was a 12E20, SP5 in the 567th at Kelley Barracks, Darmstadt. Early '69 to May '70. 1st Platoon, Team 3. TC was Marks. I think the CO was Weber, but I'm hazy on that. I do know the 1SG was Leach, now deceased. I only remember a couple of other names. It's hell to get old.

chuck B. Sunday, April 12, 2015 09:21 AM
William E. Leach, August 1980 – September 1984

CSM William E. Leach, a native of North Carolina, entered the U.S. Army in July 1954. Before his appointment as the Corps’ first Command Sergeant Major in August 1980, he served as the Command Sergeant Major of the 2d Engineer Battalion, 2d Infantry Division; the U.S. Army Mobility Research and Development Command; and the 1st Battalion of the U.S. Army Transportation School Brigade. Duty stations in the United States included Camp Wolters, Texas; Fort Eustis, Virginia; and Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Overseas tours of duty included Germany, Korea, and Vietnam.
Don't know how old he would be but based on enlisting 1954 he would be up there. Never heard if he passed or not but he was one GOOD 1SG& CSM.

Richard Stolz Friday, April 17, 2015 07:47 AM
I was there during the same dates. Weber was the CO. I remember Marks. I remember standing while Leach received all the Vietnam medals. I was friends with Aloia, Tracy, Aspiazu.

Walt Ringler Friday, May 8, 2015 08:57 AM
My room mate was Stanley Vaughan, but I mostly hung out (drank) with Tim Loos. I remember your name as well as Aloia and Tracy.

Jay Popiel Sunday, June 7, 2015 02:35 PM
Hello 567Engr people. If you remember Cpt Weber, then I hope you will remember me too. Cpt Popiel.

Walt Ringler Thursday, June 11, 2015 06:43 PM
Jay: I do remember you. As I recall, you were plt leader of what became 2nd plt. I can't recall the name of the 1st plt leader. You guys were Lts at the time. He broke out laughing when he read my orders for the Good Conduct Medal. Can't imagine why. Ssg Salas was 1st plt sgt. My TC was Wayne Marks and I was the SS tech.

Richard Stolz Monday, December 7, 2015 09:07 AM
Walt, I remember you, Vaughan, and Loos. Also Lt. Popiel. I was there spring of 69 to fall of 70. I remember Leach trying to have me get Sp5 but he did not know that I did not want it. I was concerned that a Sp5 would become mission essential and then not eligible for early out. I did frustrate Leach by answering questions wrong that he knew I was aware of the right answers.

C. Fox Friday, March 25, 2016 04:03 PM
[/b]SP5 Fox- I took over as compamy clerk in April 70-only because raised my hand and asked if anyone could type. My year with the 299th in Nam didnt count for much but got to work with CSM Leach for almost 2 years-also CPT Weber-CPT Popiel-good times were had by all. think even LTC Nack (Btl commander of 547th) was a little itimidated by Leach.[b]

Jay Popiel Sunday, September 18, 2016 06:53 PM
Fox, Still alive and kicking, so glad!It is good to see that some of the old 547/567 group is here and well!
1455) Charlie Bell MSG, Ret 
Lancaster, NH
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Sunday, April 5, 2015 08:48 PM Write a comment

Happy Easter to all 12E's & 55G's. Have a safe spring.
1454) Brian Mullaney 
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 02:45 PM Write a comment

any one from A.D.M. 10TH ENGINEER'S 3ID

Larry Fukalek Tuesday, March 24, 2015 07:30 PM
Back at You
10th Engr Bn, ADM Plt. Team 4, 7 Mar 1974 - 23 Mar 1975 when we moved to the 275th ADM Co. 5th Plt.
1453) Charlie Bell MSG, Ret 
Lancaster, NH
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 04:14 PM Write a comment

Just passing this along. All invited.
Contact the 275th guys for the go ahead. Looks like all ADM'rs are welcome.
275th Engineer Company Reunion

Things are starting to come together:

Dates: 3-5 July 2015
- Official dates, Rooms are blocked starting 2 July - 6 July. If you arrive early we can get toge...

Peter Wednesday, March 18, 2015 08:57 PM
Where is this reunion>

Charlie Bell MSG Ret Saturday, March 21, 2015 09:31 AM
Dates: 3-5 July 2015
- Official dates, Rooms are blocked starting 2 July - 6 July. If you arrive early we can get together and find something to do.

Location: Holiday Inn Fairborn, Ohio 45324
- rooms are $105 per night
- complimentary breakfast for rooms with 2 or more people
- 937.426.7800 for reservations. Tell them you are with the 275th Engineer Company Reunion.
- 20 rooms are blocked at this rate until 3 June. After 3 June they will still honor that rate as first come first served as long as the hotel has rooms available. BOOK EARLY. Full info & itinerary on the reunion FB page

Charlie Bell MSG Ret Saturday, March 21, 2015 09:35 AM
Here is the FB page. It failed to copy in above.

Curt Thursday, April 23, 2015 01:12 AM
It's nice that you're still having reunions, that's special. Some organizations have stopped having them, some reasons being the remaining veterans are too old.

But not our generation, right? Technically no, but there isn't any more 12E MOS's, is there? You people are the last of them, and when you age and retire, there won't be any more.

The last WW I veteran died not too many years ago, and I can remember when the last Civil War veteran died. But who'd have thought there'd be any comment about when the last 12E passed on? Never heard about that anywhere, nor should I expect to, I guess.

Can't say it enough, but thank you. Your group and what you did make you all museum pieces yourselves. I doubt that anyone will ever know about it but you.
1452) Charlie Bell MSG ret 
Lancaster, NH
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 08:46 AM Write a comment

Hoping tis info from National Geographic comes though. If not then go to 567th Facebook page where I also posted it.
Serious post:
Just read a great piece in National Geographic this months edition about the effects of blast waves from explosions on the body, particularly on the brain.

Sappers & EOD personnel please read this piece. It could save your life.

This is the link:
1451) Lynn Crouse Hall 
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Friday, January 23, 2015 10:38 PM Write a comment

I was looking around the site and seen where you had Roster for ones that was in the unit. I thought I would put my fathers name on there. His name was Sgt. Claude D. Crouse. He was station there 78-81. He passed away Aug. 24, 1992.

Charlie McGurk Tuesday, January 27, 2015 02:17 PM
Sorry to hear about your Dad. I knew your father somewhat. I used to always see him around, very friendly guy!

Larry Fukalek Wednesday, January 28, 2015 01:35 AM
Was at Ft. Belvoir in 1969, 600th Engr Co (ADM) (SVC), 537th ADM Plt.
Was at Ft. Belvoir 1973-1974, 11th Engr Bn. Combat, 537th ADM Plt (SVC) - Forsecom
1450) Joe Papapietro 
York, PA
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Monday, January 19, 2015 08:23 AM Write a comment

Anyone here with the 600th at Belvoir in the '71/'72 timeframe?

Charlie McGurk Tuesday, January 27, 2015 02:19 PM
Where was that unit? Got there in Feb. 75, they sent me to the 11th Eng Bn then over to the 123rd ADM.
1449) Curt 
West Coast
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(1449) Something else I sent to a museum, this time the Veterans Museum in San Diego. My father brought home a sword I'd never seen anywhere, the museum found out what it was for me. It's an 1889 Prussian Infantry Officer sword, one with a folding hand guard (the thing with the Kaiser's eagle) rather than the older models with a stationary or fixed one. This shows it was made during the WW I years.

Some of these had plumes or whatever those things were called; the one my father had probably did, but that had disappeared long ago. This is an image I got off the Web, it's the same model as the handle's folded back. Many veterans brought home SS daggers, but this was the only one of these I've seen in anyones' fathers' dens or living rooms.

Just tossing this out there in case anyone else has any souvenirs they don't know what to do with. When a veteran passes away, his story leaves with him unless someone ensures it lives on. Museums are good for this; even if an item isn't immediately displayed, it and it's story is kept in storage for posterity even if the public doesn't get to see it too much.

My father's sword was displayed in the museum's lobby along with two Marine and one Japanese sword for about five years. I finally got a federal job at the local Marine air base and it was immediately taken down and put into storage. I'm sure that's coincidence.

Gary Webb Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:46 AM
Curt, I have one just like. My father sent it home in Jan '45 prior to being wounded and becoming a POW.

Curt Wednesday, January 28, 2015 01:54 PM
Mr. Webb,

If you like old, foreign movies you'll also see it in the 1937 French Grand Illusions. The German POW camp commandant has one with a tassel. That's the only film I've ever seen one of these in, and I've never seen one in a museum.

I meant "tassels" when I wrote "plumes," didn't mean that at all. Apparently the tassels had significance concerning the officer's duty station. If your father's still has one, it'd be interesting to find out its intent.

My father also had a set of binoculars he said he got out of a U-boat that hadn't been scuttled. Those were probably the same as the rest of the Kriegsmarine, the lenses were really large to capture as much light as it could at night time. But if it was special to that ship, it's a shame that it was lost when my mother passed away.

I'm a firm believer in museums now. Hopefully your father's still around; if not, condolences and hopefully you'll continue his memory with what he left you.

And thanks for your response, Mr. Webb.
1448) virgle pitchford 
rockbridge illinois 62081
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Saturday, January 17, 2015 09:07 PM Write a comment

hey guys i'm from the 568th engr. co. from 1979 to 1983 anyone out there??
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