Bamberg, Germany 1945-46.
I was born in Pennsylvania.I had a deferment with Westinghouse Elec. Co in south Philadelphia ..we were building propulsion units for A/C, Battleships, DEscorts...I lost my deferment when the Battle of the Bulge went BAD.. I went to Camp Gordon (its name in 1945, now Ft. Gordon) after being sworn in at Indiantown Gap, PA replacement center....Trained in Ft.Gordon as a basic rifleman (infantry) for six months..before going to Germany. I was transferred to HQ Company, US Constabulary Bamberg, Germany 1945-46. It was an IRTC at
the time converted from a tank training camp to an Infantry training camp.
ED Bowley at Ft. Gordon, GA. Oct. 1945
describes his experience with Time Life Magazine
A Life Staff Photographer who came to Bamberg, Germany
to photograph the U.S. Constabualry.
The Bowley Brothers
Bob and Ed
These two buildings are the backside of the Headquarters
The buildings used to house a Panzer unit..we were told..when we first came there..
A note from Ed
Here are some photos from my scrap book which is falling apart...from
age...the paper is brittle and turning yellow also....back then in '46 the
German people were just getting their lives back together and good products
were rare...good paper included...one thing they did make well
We used to go to the local brewery on Friday with a jeep and pick up a
hogshead of beer for the barracks....Ice was hard to come by and we drank it
warm....but it was good beer...
Wiesbaden was the center of the USO ccupa;tion Government I think...most of
the big gears were there...I went through once or twice, but don't remember much
about it....Frankfurt and Nuremberg stick out in my
memory....devastation...death...the smell of the city of Nuremberg I will
never forget...bodies buried under the rubble....I have many pics of the
city...The first thing the GIs did was to get the streets repaired and the
trolleys running...and I can remember German civilians young and old chipping
mortar from the rubble and salvaging "good" bricks for reconstruction...women
as well as men...that made a lasting impression on me and I remember it to
this day..this was in '45...before the Constabulary.
George was also in the XV Army Corps
me and was transferred to the
Constabulary when they took over and the Corps was deactivated...We worked
together in the office and became friends..went to Nice, Marsailles, Lyon,
Paris, etc together on a leave..had a great time...He was discharged with me
I think....hard to remember details..
T/Sgt. Gene Hazlett, Tech/Sgt was a five striper..staff non-comissioned officer as I was but one
rank lower....Gene was the Section Chief of all the personnel in the G-2
section....Our commissioned officer was Lt. Bobby Nocks...who reported to
Major Hay...the boss of G-2...
Gene and I went on furlough to Zugspitz, GarmenPartenkirchen, the Eagles'
Nest, etc on furllough in the dead of winter 1945 in a jeep from the motor
Gene went home before I did and I was the section chief for a short time
before I went home...also....Major Hay offered me six stripes if I would stay
six more months, but I declined and came home on points or "at the descretion
of the Army" as they used to say...
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