Americans in Mannheim 1945-2011
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Of course I have already written to him and got in sent letters to Doug Ferry and veteran, Harold Bare.

 

Here's the letter I received from him last night:

 

 

Dear Marion,

thank you so much for going the extra mile to support my history project, I'm really touched. My gratitude also to Doug Ferry!

 

Thanks also for offering to post information about my project on your forum, that would be greatly appreciated. My focus is entirely on Mannheim and its American military community, so any information on those tumultuous closing days of WWII when many engineer units fought in the Mannheim area would be more than welcome.

 

By the way, AFN Europe recently aired a number of video clips on Mannheim's American history beginning with the end of WWII. They interviewed me for the purpose which was quite an honor for me. Here's the first clip that focuses on the end of WWII:

 

http://www.afneurope.net/Home/ArticleDisplayDD/tabid/649/Default.aspx?aid=18763

 

Part II deals with baseball and the major impact Americans had on Mannheim's sports life:

 

http://www.afneurope.net/Home/ArticleDisplayDD/tabid/649/Default.aspx?aid=18781

 

Part III is a general summary that brings together many people including the community commander and CSM, local national employees and others. I was very honored to be given the last word:

 

http://www.afneurope.net/Home/ArticleDisplayDD/tabid/649/Default.aspx?aid=18825

 

It's very sad that our American military community will be fading away in the next few months. Just yesterday, I was able to attend the closure ceremonies for our High School and Middle School. There were many teary eyes, especially among some of the teachers who had been here for more than 25 years.

 

Again, thanks for your kind support!

 

Greetings from Mannheim, Germany,

Christian

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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Americans in Mannheim 1945-2011 - by Walt's Daughter - 06-10-2011, 12:52 PM

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