Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Camp Lindsay

I received several emails from people who had been stationed in Wiesbaden, so today I'm showing you the area of former Camp Lindsay which had been closed in the 90s. It's now called Europaviertel (European Quarter) and all the buildings in that area got renovated. Some of them are appartment buildings now, others host the community college, offices from the city council, and the police department.

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At 3:35 PM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

That is most interesting, Nicola - looks like a most successful urban renovation project - I'd fear a former Army base would become a grey zone of ugly buildings and social exclusion. There certainly seem to be a lot of trees, and a proper city grid!

I'll try to find out more on Europaviertel on the web.

A question - does the community college teach German to adult foreign-speakers? I know the closest university seems to be across the Rhine, in Mainz; it has a major German as a second language programme from what I can see on their site.

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Sam said...

That is an interesting old building!

 
At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lagatta,

I'll jump in here with the web link to the Volkshochschulen located in Europaviertel. They do have German as a second language course. However, I believe the site is in German only...
http://www.vhs-wiesbaden.de/start2.htm

I really wish I had the time to attend.
Linda

 
At 2:16 AM, Anonymous Joan Piatnitza Ellis said...

My father once was stationed here in the 60s, and I spent one summer working in the little base library. We lived at Haendelstrasse 5, by the way, and we loved the big old house and wonderful Wiesbaden. Fond memories!

 
At 6:12 AM, Blogger p said...

I learnt german at the vhs in wiesbaden - first in mainzer strasse then europaviertel - can recommend it! i couldn't speak any before i came to germany, they really helped me - lower (x2), a bridge course and the middle-level german before writing the goethe institute exam..... war schwierig aber hat sich gelohnt!
oh and my der, die, das is still rubbish! ;)

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger midnitebara said...

that building is lovely.

 
At 9:52 PM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

Thanks for the info! I have no trouble reading websites, newspapers etc, in German. What I lack is practice for speaking and writing!

 
At 5:28 AM, Blogger Hotel California said...

Actually the compound used to be called Lindsey Air Station. Communications squadrons were stationed there and it was also the USAF administration for the hospital that was a few blocks away.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger Paul G. said...

Actually it was Camp Lindsey and became Lindsey Air Station later.
I was there during the Air Station era, it wasn't originally admin for the hospital as an Air Station, it was originally United States Air Force Headquarters Europe but HQ moved to Ramstien in 76 or 77.

 
At 3:57 AM, Blogger A.J. said...

Hello Nicola; Paul g is correct. I was stationed at Camp Lindsey from 1952 until 1953 when we moved out to the Hindenburg Kaserne in Biebrich. Remained ther until November 1952 when I had to return to the States. Loved being there, heartbraking to leave. A.J.

 
At 2:26 AM, Anonymous Justme said...

My dad was stationed there in the early 50's. I went to the Hap Arnold American School, and it was a wonderful experience. The Opelbad and Eagle Club, OLCH Club, etc. What fun. Lived on Theodorenstrasse.

 
At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The building you are looking at stands on the corner of what was the main gate to Lindsey Air Station. I was stationed there from 1980-1983. The building itself was the home of the 7100th Air Base Group Security Police Squadron. It looks different without the fence! The gate shack sat in the middle of the street. So many great memories there!

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous P. J. Estock said...

I was sent to Germany Nov. '48, assigned to the RAF Station in Celle, in their zone of occupation, during the Berlin Air Lift. After the Airlift ended, I was transferred to Camp Lindsay at the 7122nd Air Police Squadron. April of 1950 it became the 517th Air Police Sqdn. After the Airlift, there was a parade on Camp Lindsay to honor those airmen who were killed in crashes. A memorial wreath was presented by Brig. Gen. Fay R. Upthegrove, and Lieu. Gen. John K. Cannon. Street signs with the names of Americans killed were on display, to be used to rename the streets on Camp Lindsay. During the parade and presentation I took many black & white and color photos, which I have in an album.

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger A.J. said...

P.J., I got to Camp Lindsey in '52 and served with the 517th AP Sqdn. Played baseball for the Lindsey team and played all over Europe. We moved out to Biebrich to the Hindenburg Kaserne in '53. Most of my Address Book is all of my Lindsey buddies!
I'm at ajwizzy@aol.com

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was stationed at "Lindsey Air Station" between 1954 -1957 with the 9th Comm Construction Flt. Lindsey was also the home to USAFE. Although it was often referred to as "Camp Lindsey", the correct name (at least while I was there) was Lindsey Air Base.

 
At 2:52 AM, Blogger A.J. said...

Hello Anonymous; I was at Lindsey from Feb. '52 'till Dec. '54. I was with the 7100 Air Police Sqdn. When I got there it was known as Camp LindseyI played 3 years for the Wiesbaden Flyers baseball team. Great duty. I'd go back tomorrow.

 
At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Ted Pappas said...

I was at Camp Lindsey from January 1953 to December 1954. I was a photographer assigned to the 3rd Photographic Sqdn. and were attached to USAFE. Ours was a very small Group, under 50 men. Are mission was to provide motion picture coverage for all of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, for news releases and the archives. It was a great assignment and I could not have asked for better one. I enjoyed it and loved the area.

Ted Pappas

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger Michael said...

7100 SPS ....

I worked the front gate till 93...stayed at at the old hospital till the end of closure...A1C Reyes

One of the last to leave that nice place off of Sheirstiner strz..

No offense but that security unit during my tenure was not all that professional to say the least..

I later joined Army and ended up in H-berg (lucky me)....(went medical as a Army Nurse)...

Does anyone have the "Good Morning America" tape of the Closure?

I believe that I am in it back then......

P.S. The NCO Club Rocked!!!!

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Anyone here???

 
At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was stationed at Lindsey from 1974 to 1976. By barracks was on the corner of the first street on the left. There was an alley than ran from the back door, between the buildings facing the main drag on the right and 2nd MOB on the left, heading toward the Airman's club. I was with Base Level Data Automation, with people named Reilly, Susan E Hall, and one lady nicknamed 'Emersom'. If you are one of these people, or know them, let me know, I am on FaceBook, Darrell Thompson.

 
At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was quartered at "Camp Lindsey" from 1949 until 1952. Assigned with the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). My office was downtown in the Headquarters Blde on the top floor. Our section was staffed primarily by WW II pilots with clerical staff. We were the group in Headquarters dealing with Russian aircraft considered "Offensive Airweapons" and we gathered intelligence information from various sources on their equipment in the Russian Zone of Occupied Germany. Nothing but fond memories of this time in my life. Loved Germany and the German people. Found Germany to be really a great place to be stationed and Camp Lindsey, at the time, a great place to be quartered.

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the Hindenberg long after A.J. but he is a brother of the 7100th ! Was there between 67-70 ! I loved the Main gate job on the swing shift at Lindsey met a lot of good people let alone some of the BS you had to put up with .It was good to work at HQ USAFE. Some of the Top Brass were really good to us cops.Especially General Holtzapple CINC he alway would stop to talk to you ! Most straight up person I ever had got to know.For he would come in my gate just to BS !!! Loved his quick humor always had a good joke and I always had one for him .R.E. Oeler

 
At 6:41 AM, Anonymous M. Herring said...

Hey there Michael, I too was an Sp...I cannot remember the squadron, but I was stationed here from September of 1981 - September 0f 1983...I was a Security Policeman in the Law Enforcement division...I miss this place...So many memories!

 
At 6:44 AM, Anonymous M.Herring said...

Would be nice to run into some of my old friends that I was stationed with during this time...I had a lot of nicknames...The two main ones were "Skycop" and "Hill Street"...

 
At 6:06 AM, Anonymous John C said...

I was assigned to 7100 Air Police sq from July 55 til March 57. Liked working Main Gate XMAS & New Year (swing & midnight) Transfered to Avaino AB in Mar 57 til Jul 58.
John Conners

 
At 10:20 PM, Anonymous M.Parker said...

We lived in Wiesbaden 1964-67 (at the air base first), then returned in 1975-76 where my father was stationed at Schierstein Compound. That second tour we lived out in Hahn-Taunusstein. I went to school at Wiesbaden Jr. High while my brother went to Gen.H.H. Arnold. I remember Lindsey pretty well, esp. the little library there. I remember Sgt. Fails and his daughters, 1975 era....nice folks.

My dad was Maj. Sam T. Parker. Was w/ the 497th Recon Tech Group back then. After his retirement in Oct. '76, we returned home to Texas.

Margaret "Meg" Parker, Keller, TX

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger KatrinFix said...

Wiesbaden now is not what it was scince camp lindsey got closed. My god father was stationed there and I loved going shopping in the PX when he signed me in. Good old time is over :-(

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Bill Felder said...

I was stationed there from 1963-1967 when it was Hqds for US Air Force In Europe (USAFE) before it moved to Ramstein Air Base. Worked with the 7100 Air Police Sqdn, out of the Hindenburg Kasern in Beiberich near the Rhein River. We patrolled Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden Air Base and Wiesbaden Town Patrol, Shierstein Compound and Camp Pieri. Great assignment, and Wiesbaden is a nice city. Came back to Sembach Air Base, Germany in 1981 and USAFE Hqds had moved to Ramstein AB.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger Annieelrod said...

I was at Lindsey AS 81-84. I was the Chief Telephone Operator and then my last name was Lindsey! I know I got alot of flack from that.
I was with the 2063rd Comm Sq. Commander was Colonel Purdy!

 
At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assigned Wiesbaden Camp Lindsey Hq Squadron USAFE Offensive Air Weapons Section. Arrived Wiesbaden 1949 transferred to Luke AFB in 1952. Like anon. had office on top floor of downtown hg bldg and also about 6 WW2 fighter pilots and several NCOs that had been crew members in 3 offices. Anon and I had to have been working there at the same time and as this was a small group I expect we know each other.
I will be ANON until ANON responds.
Have returned to Germany several times to visit. Enjoyed every minute I have spend in this lovely country. Hope to return one more time before I expire.

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is funny. I'm searching for some old pictures of Camp Lindsey and found this Blog. I was working for American Express Community Bank from June 1983 till 1988 and later, because they had lost the DOD Contract, till May 1990 for Merchands National Bank. I'm sure, that some of you had an account there. It was a great time.

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Brann said...

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At 11:55 PM, Anonymous terry george said...

Stationed there from Jan 81-83 I loved it. I was in the Army but was stationed with a AF unit there. I still talk with my roommate from those days. I will never forget the people I met and things we saw "the infamous Bubba George"

 
At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was originally at Lindsey AS in Nov 1951. The 1807 AACS Wg was there and I went there upon my arrival in Germany for assignment. I was further assigned to 1948th AACS Sq, Tulln AB, Austria (Vienna) from 1951-1954 I was again assigned at Lindsey to Hq USAFE, Directorate of Personnel in 1968 and stayed there until my retirement in 1971.
Deacon Thomas A Lewis, SMSgt, USAF (Ret)

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger BARRY MCINTOSH said...

A1C Reyes used to Harass me when I came in a bit staggering right before we closed down the Hospital.

 
At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Astrid said...

HI, I stumbled on this site while doing some research. I was born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany and then met my ex-husband, member of the Blue Masters skydiving team, and left for the United States where I am still residing. My mother moved down the street from Camp Lindsay and, during my yearly visits, I always remembered the good times I had. We also felt a little nostalgic when it closed. I am glad to hear such nice comments about the city and country that I still love.

 
At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Mitchell said...

Wow, I also stumbled on this site while trying to find some old pictures of the place. I'm retired Army but Lindsey Air Station was my first OCONUS duty station. I got there in March 1992 as a PFC and was assigned to 12th Avn Group (CBT), which was the building pictured above. I was a Signal Soldier (communications for you non-Army types) and worked out of the basement down the hall from the vault. The unit soon moved over to Wiesbaden Air Base when 4th ID moved out. I remained in Wiesbaden until March 1987...I did make SGT before departing. I Loved living with the AF...way better living conditions at the time compared to the Army. And, the NCO club and he Mess Hall/DFAC were great!

 
At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Mitchell said...

Date correction: March 1982 - March 1987.

 

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