U. S. Constabulary
"There Is A Way"
Fulda at the time of
'46 to 47
Constabulary Squadron 3rd Regiment APO 65 US Army Fulda
CIRCLE C. COWBOYS
Article written by
from the "Trooper" - 1946
Tony Schindler remembers their days......
Celebration in honor of the US Constabulary
6th Sqdn. Coburg
Lt. Col. Rooney
Headquarters Troop CO Capt. Daugherty
Headquarters Troop CO (successor) Capt. Alfred C. Jaime Jr.
Provost Marshal HQ Troop Capt. Dixon
1st Sergeant HQ Troop Master Sergeant Shaffers
Squadron Sergeant Major Curtis
MP Section S/Sgt. Casale
MP Section Sergeant Frank Stephenson
Mess Sergeant Sgt. Snider
HQ Troop Sergeant Pestrano (Chief)
HQ Troop Motor Pool Sergeant Charles Shoemaker
S3 Sergeant Warren (Editor of weekly news)
HQ Troop Orderly Room Cpl. Raymond Billhorn
HQ Troop Cpl. John Bamford
HQ Troop Pfc Kenneth Kressler
HQ Troop Pfc Hakkarainen (Driver)
HQ Troop Cpl. Nieswonger
HQ Troop Cpl. Richard T. Conley (Switchboard)
A Troop Pvt. Abernethy
HQ Troop Domenick Dimarcantonio
HQ Troop Sergeant Oliphant (Airstrip ?)
HQ Troop Tex (Nickname, red hair) Driver
HQ Troop Interpreter/Secretary Helga Flachshaar (the later Mrs. Stephenson)
E Troop - specialized in small arms T-5 Phil Consalvo from Follansbee, WV
The names below was sent in by Delmar Hayden
|C Troop 81st Constabulary Squadron 3rd Regiment APO 65 US Army Fulda|
Zilo Verdigra Nebraska
Sgt. Rheams Des Moines, Iowa
Anderson Washington State
Ecklund New York
recall his day's in Fulda!
81st Sqdn at Fulda
Marvin E. Martin ..............Ormond Beach, Florida
We came into Fulda from Bad Mergentheim, which is approximately 100 miles
south, during the winter and spring of 45' 46'. At first we lived in tents around the outer perimeter of what was called Ludendorf Kaserne, later called Crossman Barracks. It was a former German Panzer or a tank outfit and the Bldgs were occupied by D.P's from all over. Some were from Poland, Czechoslovakia etc.. After they were resettled elsewhere we moved out of the tents and occupied the buildings. At that time I was assigned to Service Troop of Hq. and Hq. troop. In the winter of 46' and spring of 47' I transferred to E troop and then to the aviation section until I rotated back to the states in September 47'.
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Some buddies I would like to find are:
William I. Goins - Kansas
Sgt. Pruitt --------- Tennessee
Bill Smith --------- Tennessee
Jack King --------- Louisiana
by Marvin E. Martin
Toni remembered his
I must congratulate you, Marvin for your excellent memory
your posting in Fulda. Due to the long time between, it is of course
that details fade away or get mixed up. At the moment I make the same
writing on a book concerning my youth and the decades later on. Short
ago I exchanged my memories with an old friend of grammar-school-times
and I could not help it. He correctified me in a couple of details,
I was mixing up. So please don't you mind if I try to recall some
of Fulda. The former name of the barracks where the Constabulary had
headquarters was the "LUDENDORFF-Kaserne". It
supposed to have been SS-quarters during the Nazi-time. It was named by
the Americans "The Crossman-Barracks". The
Kaserne was the home of a German tank-unit, as far as I remember.
But right here the trouble begins. I'm not sure about this
All I remember was that already in 1947 the US Troops had taken
there and it was a unit of the Field-artillery. That's all I can
the Constabulary left Fulda, the 14th Armored Cav. took over at the
Barracks and renamed it the "DOWNS-Barracks" I
this for sure because I still hold a passport
to enter the FULDA-RANGE issued by Capt. Black S3 14th A/C. in June 1956. At that time I was a member of a German Gun-club and did some training at the Fulda Range. I can't recall the time Marvin tells about because it was the part right after the war in 1945. In June 1946 the 81st Constabulary Squadron was established in the LUDENDORF-Kaserne and for many more years the German population still used to call it the Ludendorf-Kaserne. There had been many Displaced Persons from Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and Bielo-Rusky (White-Ruthenia) who had been freed from Nazi-Camps
and now lived in several KASERNEs. I believe they ware concentrated up in the RHOEHN-mountains about 30 miles away from Fulda in a Kaserne in Wildflecken, a well famed and feared Army Training Area. Maybe some of the people reading this will remember Wildflecken because the US Troops and later on the NATO troops went up there to do combat-training with with their platoons. The two big training areas taken over from the Nazis were Wildflecken and Grafenwoehr in Bavaria. Many of you may remember it as Strafenwoehr, a play on words about "Punish-Woehr" because the
German word for punishment is the manipulated word of "G-rafen-Woehr" into "S-trafen-Woehr)
Well this is my explanation today. On my latest visit to Fulda I brought along about 200 copies of the FULDA-Newspaper from 1946 and 1947. If I dig out any news concerning the Constabulary I will let you know.
In the 60ies and 70ies the Americans developed big
activities and soon they had practically built a new City up the hill
military facilities and many huge house for the families of the US
The units changed a couple of times but finally the 7 Division took over, it was the "Black-Horse-Regiment" After the breakdown of the IRON Curtain the "AMIS", as the Germans used to call them, left for home.- Now more than 50 years of good friendships do not cease and I'm glad to have contact with some of the old friends in the "New World".
From Bill Tevington,
Toni is correct, Ludendorf Kaserne later on became Downs Barracks. All the time I was with the 14th we always refereed to it as the Ludendorf Kaserne. The Bleidorn Kaserne was on Leipzigerstarsse across the street from the Adler Hotel. Do they remember the "SandHolle"? I have been back a number of times and the "SandHolle" is no longer there. I still have friends in Fulda and in Lehnerz that we are still in touch with. With the dependent housing area and the additional motor pools, etc. it has grown. Great additions were the Commissary, PX and Class VI. Am sorry to see the Army out of Fulda. I had great times with the people because they put me on the Lehnerz soccer team and I sang in a German choir. I always tried to act like an ambassador and not the "Ugly American". At the time I left Fulda in Sept. 1952 I had more time continuous with the Regiment. Captain Red Hill in the Air Section had two weeks less.
A note of information
I was a young German man of 17 years when I met up with the United States Constabulary in 1946. I could speak English and German. Because of this, I had a job working in the 81st located in Fulda, as a translator until 1948.
I just read that the 14th
A/C Regt. was in Coburg . In 1956, I acquired and
got a permit to use the FULDA firing range operated by the 14th ACR in
Fulda, which means that they had moved from Coburg to Fulda sometime between
1950 and 1956.
please do not hesitate to send them to me at:
Sent in by Toni Schindler
(1946/47 81st Sqdn Fulda employed)
Nettetal / Germany
Just returned from a very
celebration in honor of the US Constabulary which was held in Neustadt
near Coburg (6 Sqdn) unveiling a 2tons foundling with the
Insignia of the Constabulary and a plate telling about the merits of
Constabulary during the Cold War along the border to the Russian Zone.
here to view photos. Two Trooper also attended and held
a speech and handed over to the City of Neustadt a Constabulary Plate
an original Constabulary helmet. The names of participants are Trooper
Peter Ferdenzi and Peter Carroll of New Jersey who came across the big
lake to see their well remembered town of Coburg. I took some
that will be handed to our Editor of the Constabulary Lightning Bolt.
been great reading your home page, but I feel sad that you have no
about the 81st Sqdn.Fulda as if they never existed. The only ones
I ever got contact again are: Sgt. Frank Stephenson and his wife Helga
(Flachshaar) of Portland Oregon, Cpl. Ray Billhorn of Cincinnati/Ohio
Chuck Shoemaker in Carolina. Does anyone have more news about the rest
Hi Irene and Gilbert,
I was employed by Capt. Jaime (Helga
Flachshaar} was his
secretary) but only one year later they discharged me under some order by HQ
Heidelberg, because they had to cut their costs on one hand and because I was
under the necessary age of 18. During my last days (July 47) they had started to
move the Troopers to other units and shortly after that the 14 Armd.Div. took
over and I believe the whole 81st was deactivated itself. Looking for historic
details in the City of Fulda was without any success. When you ask anybody about
US occupation-troops, the start telling you stories about the "Black Horse
Regiment". At the concerned time the Constabulary was more as a police force than
it was a military unit and as a matter of fact the importance of the
Constabulary really began, when the Russians turned on their Cold War. But this
was out of my life because in the meantime I moved to Duisburg in the Rheinland
where a was trained to become a merchant in the Radio-and TV-business. I stayed
in the Rheinland until I retired in 1997. An old friend of mine Cpl. Johnny
Bamford whose address I still had, gave me the address of Ed Yetsko and
introduced me to the Association in 1993. I attended the national reunion in
Louisville /KY in 1994 and the reunion in San Diego. I own a copy of the
TROOPER, the periodical of the 81st dated about August 1946 in quite a good
condition. George had one of the articles in the last "Lightning Bolt" telling
about the Speed traps they held in former days.
Now I must close for today. Next time you talk to Helga, give her my regards.
Greetings from Germany
"Officers Nose Out Charlie in Extra Inning"
Sent in by Toni Schindler
Fulda, August 17 (Saturday) - The Officer and Charlie Teams
"Cpl. Billhorn Now Headquarters Troop Clerk" (look
"Hqs Commander Promoted to Captain"
Sgt. Frank Stephenson [left]
to enter the camp
issued by Capt. Daugherty S2
Helga Flachshaar and Sergeant Frank Stephenson
WEDDING DAY AND NOW.
Helga was the secretary of Capt. Jaime.
Coburg (6 Sqdn.)
Celebration in honor of the US Constabulary
Neustadt near Coburg (6 Sqdn)
unveiling a 2 tons foundling with the Insignia of the Constabulary and a plate telling about the merits of the Constabulary during the Cold War.
If you wish to see the photo made larger, click on the photo then click on view image.
The names of participants are Trooper Peter Ferdenzi and Peter Carroll of New Jersey who came across the big lake to see their well remembered town of Coburg along with Toni Schindler of Germany.
Photos taken by Toni Schindler
Here are the names of
of the troopers of the 6th Sqdn., Coburg.
If you have names to add to the list, do not hesitate to get in touch with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralph Stovall photos
COL. Benjamin L. Landis and his summary of the 6th Coburg Squadron
Ralph Judd Jr. [pictures]
Gene E. Snowden -
Instructor - A
Troop 6th Squadron 1946-1948 [Deceased]
sent in by Marvin Farnsel
Richard Cox ---Missing West Point Cadet and roommate
Sgt/Major Dennis O`Brien---whom I worked for
Walter B. McKinzie---Lt. Col. Commanding Officer
Major George Lucey---Provost Marshall
Herbert Milikien---roommate and later became Capt. in Korea
Bud Groner--- deceased
Marvin Farnsel ---email@example.com
Sent in by Bob Allen
Floyd Seitz---- CARVER, MA 6TH SQ.---48-54
Leo Callahan--- BROCKTON, MA.---1946
Sent in by Pete Carroll and Peter Ferdenzi
Robert H. Makri
Hq. & Hq.
3rd Bn. 14th Armd.
Cpl. Richard T. Conley (Early 1947) Fritzlar Radio / Commo ?
Sent in by ENRIQUESAENZ
l947 in Coburg------- I.-Company l4A/C
These troopers remained together in Coburg and moved together to
Friedberg Germany and than on to Bad Hersfeld. Left there in Oct. l952.
Now are members of Out Post 3.
Tom McClanahan, Virginia Beach, VA, E-Mail: Tmcc@Prodogy.net
Cullen B. Smith, Wichester, Ky 40391, E-Mail: cbmarie@Juno.com
William D. Fletcher, Newcastle, Pa,
J.R. Sylvestre, E-Mail Jnsylvestre@ Snet.net
John Hollern, Vine Grove, Ky
Andy King, Monroe, NY
Henry Kecki, Ludlow, Ma
CIRCLE C. COWBOYS 1947
Article written by Robert Allen
It seemed kind of funny
I was traveling back to
Germany in early 1947 when a few months earlier I had made a trip in the
Merchant Marines on a Victory Ship, taking food over and bringing troops
When I arrived at
and started traveling south I couldn't believe
the destruction that I was seeing. For a 17 year old it was quite an
experience. we boarded a train and headed South, we didn't know where we
were going exactly, but we were told that we were going to the Constabulary.
I didn't even know what that was at the time. After about three or four days
I ended up in South Bavaria in a small Constabulary Troop and assigned to an
M-8 Armored Car with a three man crew. We didn't have any real training, I
guess there wasn't much time for that. Most of our duty was patrol and
checking papers. There was still a lot of displaced persons around and the
authorities wanted to know who they were and where they were. That went on
for a couple of months, then a Corporal and I were sent to border duty on the
outskirts of the town of Hof. We had a German interpreter with us. Most of
the time there wasn't much to do up there, we lived in a Quonset hut and
someone would bring us food every couple of days. About once a week one of
us would take our dirty clothes into town and there was a women that would
wash them for us. That duty lasted for another couple of months and I think
they started to down size and that was when I was transferred to C Company,
3rd Platoon, 26th R.C.T. When i joined the 26th we were not up to full
strength, but we went through some pretty extensive training. I remember
Col. Bigelow was Regimental C.O. and Capt. Pankosski was Company C.O. They
were both tough as nails, they knew we had to be prepared for anything that
might happen over there, especially during the Berlin Airlift.
A few months out of a year
Grafenwohr did not bother me because I always
like the outdoors anyway. I was R.A. for 3 years. So I came home July 1949.
After you have been away from home for quite sometime, it was sure nice to
sail into New York and see the Statue of Liberty. I imagine thousands of
other fellows had that same feeling.
Robert Allen, 3203
Rd. #26, Portsmouth, N.H. 03801 E-Mail
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you have any information on the 81st or 6th Sqdn. or
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