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  1. My Father was in Drew Air Force Base in 1955 I am trying to find information on him He was there in 1955 his name is Kenneth Monroe Mabe any information greatly appericated

  2. Well Dreux Folks, I hope this blog finds all of you looking forward to tomorrow.
    You know, where has Bill Mcleod been on this blog ? Could it be he is Ill or something else has befallen him. I call his home but no answer as of yet.
    Why don’t all of us send to Bill a get better message hoping we’ll get an answer from him. I’m going to send a get well card to his home. Should many of you like to mail him a card also just E-mail me for his home address.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  3. My name is Louis R. Stankewich. I was born August 5, 1959 to SSG Robert John Stankewich. My Dad served with the 7305th Consolidated Maintenance Squadron. My Dad, Mom, 2 older brothers and myself came back to S.C. Oct. 1960. I have no memory of Dreux Air Force Base, other than what my mother told me; which was not much. My Dad was stationed at Otis Air Force Base, Mass. where I attended kindergarten. He was later sent to Okinawa; after we had moved back to Columbia, SC. When I was 13 he retired from the Air Force and 2 years later my parents separated to eventually divorce. My Dad remarried and moved to Peach Tree City, Ga. Sadly, he was not a big influence in my life. Alcohol and cigarettes (which was part of some soldiers lives), killed him in August 28, 2003. He was 72 and had cancer. I have learned over the years you will need to Depend on God for strength, hope, and happiness, because family may not always be there for you. As for Louis, I turned 60, am a born-again Christian, +30 years of marriage, two grown daughters, ( 28 and 26 years old), and retired after 34 years with USPS. God is GOOD to this old sinner, (saved by Grace of course). May God bless all that read this .
    Romans 5:1, 10:9-13

  4. Still have not got anything from Bill Mcleod I sure pray he is alright.
    We all need to send to him our best regards. He had his 80th birthday in May and since then I have not heard from him. I mailed a letter to his son Chris in June asking about Bill but no reply as of yet. We all care about you Bill and hope you are well. Please let all of us know about you.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  5. Here we are July the 4th 2019. All I say is God Bless the USA & all the veterans who have served this great country !!!!!!!!!
    Have a blessed day & look tonight on TV for the DC military parade.
    A/2C Sibert

  6. I was born at the airforce base I. Druex France on 9/15/1956. My father was in the airforce for 22 years. I loved all our traveling. Only stayed there about a year and the. My dad was transferred to California. Would live to know of any one else born there around that time. I would like to go back one day to visit

  7. June 6th has passed this year and remembered as the day in 1944 when the Normandy France landings took place. Many young lives were cut short by German machine guns and other weapons. Our veterans are now in their 90’s and so many are having health problems. What a great day it is to see those men being remembered as many return to the French shores for another reunion each June 6th. A friend of mine now gone, was in the pathfinders, paratroopers who first hit the silk and marked many of the landing zones for the main group of troopers. He said it was a dark night and he landed in a cow pasture. He went from there all the way into Germany where the Germans surrendered in 1945. He did not say too much but his hatred for the Germans grew as he saw just what they had done to many civilians. I hope I see the next June 6th for the 76th reunion of D day. What a great generation that got the job done !!! God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  8. Still trying to reach Bill but no luck as yet. Please send to him a blog message asking about him. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Just wondering if you’ve heard from Bill? I’ve not heard anything as well. Just reaching out. – Doug

  9. Haven’t made contact with Bill for some weeks. Sure hope he is well.
    Lets all of us send to him a “Happy Birth Day” for it is this month.
    God Bless to all.
    A/2C Sibert

  10. Hey Folks,
    Have not heard from Bill and can not get him on the phone.
    Has anyone heard from him ? He’ll be 80 this month.
    I’ll just keep trying to reach him.
    Let me know if one of you talks to him.
    A/2C Sibert

  11. Hi my name is Jonathan Powell, my father senior master sergeant James Powell was first shirt of the base I believe in the years of 1963 through 66 and headquarters group. As of date my father still alive at the age of 93 years old living in San Antonio Texas where he retired from United States Air Force after 25 years of service in 1970 at Lackland. Unfortunately I do not remember the lieutenant colonel’s name who was the base commander at the time that he answer to. Looking at the maps and overlays that y’all provided brings back memories of me being a 10 year old kid walking to school I’m going to the movie theater, Community Center and so forth. Thanks for having a website such as this for those who might be out on the web searching for things from memories.
    Jonathan Powell

  12. I have just finished reading Charles Laramore’s story here tonight, and have really enjoyed it! Beautifully-written with pictures, too. Great job, Charles! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • Sherry, glad you enjoyed reading my memories of the time I spent with the 821st EAB Co. B. completing the perimeter road. Some of my family, including my five children enjoyed reading it also, saying “Dad you never talked much about your time in France”. I was kept pretty busy. After getting out of the army I went back to work for the electric company working full time while going Washington University. I then went to work for Ralston Purina Co. in their research lab and earning a PhD in Microbiology. In 1984 my wife and I visited Paris, France but didn’t go back to Dreux. Writing my memories was a good trip down memory lane.
      Thanks for you generous comment.

  13. Was stationed at Dreux in 1958-59, I was an A/2 and a hydraulic mech. on the C-119 and C-123. My NCOIC was T/sgt Erwin Pogensee

  14. Hey Folks, Who can tell me just how many fire hydrants were located on Dreux Air Base ? Didn’t the fire department flush these out periodically ? My way of thinking seems like the base firemen would know the answers about this question ?
    Another question is how many miles around the base was the perimeter road called the Alaskan Way ? Charles Laramore and the 821st US Army had a hand in this roads construction he tells us in his story. A lot of gravel was hauled from the gravel pit near Brezolles to made this road bed somewhere around 12 inches deep. I hope someone out there can get the answers on this blog soon.
    God Bless: A/2C Sibert

  15. Arrived at Dreaux AFB June, 1955. My father mother & I (4 y.o.) arrived early in the morning after driving overnight from Rhein Main AFB as part of the 60th Troop Carrier Wing redeployment. After reporting in, my father took us to the dining hall for breakfast, but we were too late and lunch wasn’t being served yet. A cook took me back to the kitchen and let me eat freshly baked apple turnovers until I was full. We were assigned to enlisted housing which consisted of brand-new trailers, new asphalt driveway and connecting road, a newly sodded yard, and lots of new construction all around us. We watched movies in the new theater attached to the base library. I quickly learned that before a move, I could check out books from there before watching the movie. There was a construction hut behind our living quarters and the men there gave us paper bags of grass seed and told us to scatter them everywhere we went as the area didn’t have much grass. Some of the neighborhood men went into the nearby forests and dug up pine trees for replanting in the yards. That summer, a mysterious fire began two streets over involving bales of excelsior packing paper.
    When a second fire began a few days later, one of the neighborhood boys was caught playing with matches. His family didn’t stay very long after that. My father, a flight line chief, was in charge of several C-119s with orange/red nose sections. He allowed me to go aboard, sit in the cockpit, where I “accidently” rang the parachute jump bell; twice! My parents bought 3-speed bikes, a wire child’s seat on the back, and we pedaled/explored much of the area around Dreaux, including the village, Normandy beaches, destroyed bunkers, AA sites and the sub pens at Neux Rochelle.

    • I still have pictures of the “housing” on base there. Those trailers seem so small now. My mom always played out in the yard with us and I have pictures of me bundled up and trying to learn to walk in snow. Would love to see pictures others have of the basr

  16. My dad was stationed in France from 59-61. I remember very little about this assignment as I was 3 to 6 years of age. I do remember going up on the Eiffel Tower, going to the Paris Zoo and that it snowed. We lived on base in trailers. His name was William Jollye. Some of the people we were stationed with were Ralph Hulgan (not sure of spelling), Bob Mauk. We used to camp at Normandy. I think my dad was stationed at Dreaux and Everaux. If anybody out there remembers any of the above people, I would enjoy hearing from you. Loved being a brat!

  17. Read the “memories”, from Charles Laramore today! Terrific job and pictures, Charles! Thank you!
    Hard to believe how far the base progressed in the 9 years prior to my arrival and tour!

    Keep up the good work Bill and Charles S! Thanks again!

    • Hey Ron, So glad to here from you. You know we believe that there are hundreds of people reading this web-site. For some reason we only here from some now & then. I know most folks that were stationed at Dreux Air Base are older now for we are hearing from their kids. Bill will be 80 this year & I will be 84 very shortly. We love what we are doing & glad to get Charles Laramore’s story up on this site. Can you believe he is 85 now ? What a memory he has as well as captions for his photos. He tells me some weeks back that he is in phone contact with a soldier he was with at the French base called the mud hole. I sent to him three phone numbers of others who were at the base when it was being built. He made contact with one fella but not the other two as of yet. I have asked on this blog for more stories before folks are kaput. We have gotten photos from many people who told us they would send to us their stories but as of yet not many have reached us. Even with this we are very grateful to have airmen like you to touch base with Bill & I. Let us hear from you soon & God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  18. Hey Folks, Just got a call from Bill and he tells me the Laramore story is up on the site. Look in the memories folder for it. Bill also says if anyone sees a grammar mistake please let us know. God bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Great story!! Loved the photos as well. For those looking for the story, it’s all the way at the bottom of the “Memories of Dreux” page.

    • What a great ‘story’ by Charles Laramore! For someone like myself who was at Dreux from 59-62 this gives us some awesome insight. And they still had the apple turnovers when I was there…loved that icing!
      I have to admit that I don’t frequent this site that often, but I still get a great deal of satisfaction when I do!

      I took a bunch of pictures when we went to Chartres last May. I’ll have to share some. They do something at night to the catherdral, the Lumiere, that is quite stunning. I put together a video, but I don’t think the site will support it. If I’m wrong please let me know. It’s very simple.

      We took a guided tour of the cathedral and it was very informative. My wife and I are members of the American Friends of Chartres and they are doing some tremendous work to restore the cathedral; particularly the stained glass panels. My Mom really liked that place so it’s a special place for me.

      Thanks to Bill and Chuck for keeping DAFB alive!


  19. Hey Folks, Just talked with Bill by phone. He seemed upbeat about getting the Laramore story up. Tells me he had a small glitch in his software but it will be fixed very soon. Just an update about the story, it’s 12 pages long. Everyone will be thrilled to read it. He says hauling rock from the Brezolles gravel pit was a chore. With a large load of gravel you had to stay on the road pavement. That means all other traffic had to vacate somewhere to allow the USAF large gravel trucks to move to the base. The French drivers did not like this at all for the road was not very wide. The perimeter base road was being constructed over very soft farm land and a large load of gravel would only go for about 30 feet. Even a D8 caterpillar bulldozer would sometimes have to be pulled out of a mud hole.
    Just a few points about the building of Dreux Air Base from the ground up contained in the Charles Laramore story. We’ll soon see all of his story on the web-site. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  20. Hold your shirts on folks. In just a few days Charles Laramore’s Dreux Air Base story will be up on this site.It is well written and one of the best we have so far about the building of the base in 1953-1954.
    You’re gonna love the part where the large dump trucks from the base had to stay on the paved road to and from the gravel pit located near Brezolles.
    Let me hear from someone about this great story written by an 85 year old man
    who was at the Dreux mud hole during the base construction in 1953-1954.
    A/2C Sibert

    • Really looking forward to the story.

      I was looking at the map last week and – mentioned this in a previous post – it’s still possible on google earth to trace the original railroad spur from the base to La Loupe where it joined up with the main line. While the rails have long since been pulled up, there are still a few bridges and distinctive places where road cross the old railroad right of way. As I recall a lot of materials for building the base were transported on this line. Also, the old sewage treatment plan is distinctly visible just off base to the left (coming in from Dampierre) of the base access road (Rue de la Base).

  21. Well folks, Charles Laramore’s pictures are up in his album folder. Bill will also put them in the new pictures folder soon. These photos are some 50 years old and Bill had to clean them up which took some time to do. These photos are about his time at the new Dreux Air Base being built in very soft farm land.
    No wonder the new base was called the mud hole. When Bill and I came to Dreux Air Base we believed the place was very nice.
    Just to think now all the buildings on the main side are gone. There were some 80 plus buildings torn down to make way for the new solar farm. The French said the land where they once stood would now return to nature.
    Just how many fire plugs were there on the base ? These plugs are now gone from sight but all the water lines are still buried along with electric cables. As one looks over the remains of the former Dreux Air Base there are just some parts of buildings standing at the north east corner of marguerite # 6.
    Time marches on but we will always recall our days stationed in France at Dreux Air Base. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert “7305th CAMS, Trancient Alert Crew”

  22. Hello, I am Mark Kriz. My dad is Frank Kriz, Jr. he was stationed at Dreux in 1957-ish. I was born at the hospital. My dad worked in Life Support. He passed last August 2018, and we are still finding all kinds of information in bins that we have been goin through. I found this site by Googling Dampierre-sur-blevy. Any one that still alive during that time, give a shout out.

    • Hi Mark – There are a few people that have visited the site that were there in that time frame – hopefully one might link up with you.

      We would all love to see any photos or any other info that you might come across that relates to Dreux Air Base.

    • Hi mark. I’m Theresa Gregory Pigg. I was born on this base in 1956. Dad was Msgt Charles F Gregory. We were there about 1 1/2 year then got stationed in California. My dad passed away 8 years ago. I miss those Air Force days

  23. I was born in the base hospital in March 1959. Dad, David Connelly, flew C-119’s, he was also a WW2 Vet, he passed in 2002.

  24. happy new year 2019

    When I look lat the photos posted by Rom Maroney, to my great surprise, I recognized Marinette Villa ; I knew well, her and her family: José Marie José Jhesus. . . . .
    Now I live in the house where she lived in 1957. . . in front of the church and next to the grocery store that has disappeared.
    J’adresse à Marinette un bonjour de Dampierre
    Best regards

    • Bonjour Pierre!

      Unfortunately Marinette does not recognize your name! She has great memories of Dampierre, as do I! Her family moved from Dampierre to La Loupe and sadly, all but our niece, Marie Jose, have passed!

      Feel free to post any pictures of Dampierre on this website, it would be of interest to many who were stationed on the base!

      • Bonjour,
        When I was young I was well known as Pierrot, In 1956 i saw TV at José’s… I remember your mother. I was aware of
        the sad events of your family. They stay in my memory.
        With my mother Ihérèse, I visited her at the retirement home of La Loupe.
        Now Dampierre seems dead , no more café, no more blacksmith only second homes . It remains the old blacksmith Jean and myself… I will send you the last picture of Damipierre;.Your answer made me happy . It remains me a happy childhood with very good people
        at that time, we lived with the base and the US soldiers.
        Best regards of Dampierre

        Pierre CALLAC

    • Hey Ron,
      Good to hear from you and to know you’re still kicking.
      I look at your pictures at least once a week. Bill has some pictures he’s cleaning up to post on the site. They are from Charles Laramore who was part of the building crew the base had in the very early days of the 50’s. There are some twenty or so. I’m sure you will like these photos. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert “Nabb, Indiana”

      • Hey Charles,

        Still kicking, glad to hear you are too!

        Looking forward to the “mud hole” pictures! We heard a lot about that in the 60’s! It was no small task building that base!

  25. Would anyone who was stationed at Dreux in 1958 or 1959 know of a local girl by the name of Monique Besnard? She would have been around 18 or 19 at the time. I have a family member of hers inquiring.

  26. Hold on to your hats folks, some new pictures will be up on the site soon.
    I believe these pictures will show more about the building of Dreux Air
    Base. So check each day to see if they are up. Have a great day & God Bless.
    A/2C Sibert

    • Thanks Charles, as an alumni of the 39th TCSq at Evreux from 1960 to 64, I enjoy looking through this site. When the C-119s departed Dreux, several crew members came to the 39th. in fact one of the pilots lives near by me in the St. Louis, MO area and we have lunch now and then. I also keep track of Evreux happenings on FaceBook as there is a civilian employee at BA105, old Evreux-Fauville AB, who sponsors the EFAB site. Some items on that site might interest folks that look at this blog. I’m looking forward to the new photos you are going to post. Regards, Thomas Sparr

  27. My Name is C Rolland Laramore. I was stationed at Dreux as a soldier in the 821 Battalion between 1954 and 1955. The picture of the loan soldier in on the web site Co. B is me. I was surprised to see it when I was getting ready to write my memories of my time in the army. I am now 85 years old and in good health. I have a number of pictures of the Company.

  28. I am curious if you have any contacts with anyone living near or in Thuisy? I am trying to find someone that can point me to someone there that has good knowledge of WWII?
    There was a chateau was located in Thuisy or very near there in France that the 438th Troop Carrier Group were billeted when they moved to France in 1944 or 1945.

    Many thanks in advance

    James Marple
    438th TCG Historian, WWII

  29. Merry Christmas to all of my Dreux friends. Although I actually lived on base for only two Christmases, I always associate Dreux AB with my Christmas memories. The winter of 1962 was particularly cold – a white Christmas for sure – and I remember so many good times – meals, friends, base activities, and a general sense of peace among all those on the base. It was a special time. So a special warm Merry Christmas to all on the website. Wishing you the very best in 2019. – Doug

    • Hi Doug,
      Thanks for the thoughtful Christmas post. As you know our times at Dreux overlapped to a great extent and I have to agree with you that the holidays there were special. It was amazing how so many people came together and made Christmas so memorable. I remember the boys in my class having to wear dyed-green long johns, to sing and dance to ‘Deck the Halls’ as elves. And the feast in the mess hall…it was pretty cool. I hope everyone has a satisfying and healthy 2019. Glenn

      • Hi Glenn,
        The girls in our third grade class wore red tights and a leotard for that same song and dance routine. To think we were on that stage performing together all those years ago! Dreux memories are very special, indeed. Wishing a healthy and happy New Year to all the Dreuxites on this site!

  30. Does anyone know how to obtain a birth certificate ? My father was in the army..I was born at dreux air force base in 1958..I don’t have much information to go on..any suggestions?

    • Glenda, I saw your post several weeks ago, but thought someone who knew more about this subject would respond. If you were actually born on Dreux AB, they should have provided a Certificate of Birth to your parents. I’m not sure if the Army or State Department would then provide a US type Birth Certificate. If you were born off base, then the French would most likely have provided a French Certificate. You may already know this much, but if not then I’d search on the US State Department website regarding out of country births to service personnel. Hope this helps. Thomas Sparr, Evreux-Fauville AB, Evreux, France, (North of Dreux AB about 30+ miles) 1960 to 64

    • Hi Glenda –
      I was born overseas as well – the info from Thomas Sparr is spot on. You should have a birth certificate issued by the Dreux Hospital. Also, your birth would have been registered with the State Department through the embassy. You should also have a certificate of overseas birth to American Parents issued by the State Dept. The Dreux birth certificate is probably in some arichival file – wouldn’t even know where to start looking for that – but the State Dept should have a copy of their official record on file and easily accessible. I’d contact them.

      • I was born at Dreux AFB in 1960. I have a birth certificate issued by the Air Force and one from the French government when I was born. My parents had to take me and my brother that was 2-1/2 years older than me to the US embassy in Paris six months after I was born to get a certificate of foreign birth from the state department. Although it says nothing about my parents (not even a name) this one from the state department is the only document that works for anything – passport, citizenship etc. The others you do not need. So I would suggest starting with the state department in Paris.

  31. Just for starters, I lived there from’61-66, graduating from high school May ’66. I returned to wisconsin to attend the university of wisconsin in June ’66. I was a “townie” or base brat, not one of the dorm students. I attended the deux h.s. reunions in Las Vegas thru 2007, but not since.

  32. I was with the 293rd signal co stationed in Fontainbleau France from 1966-1967. Until De Gaulle kicked us out of France. I visited Dreux many times.

  33. I was in 246th Signal Company stationed at Dreux from Sept. 1963 until June 1965. I was previously stationed at Orleans from June 1963–Sept 1963. I was sent states side for Honorable Discharge along with a five guys, I think. Langston, Milinchunk, can’t remember others. Spelling might be incorrect. I remember a guy named Edelman , I think he was from Chicago and had an older Volvo. Remember a “kid” named Billy from Holly Springs, MS. I was from Alabama. Remember a guy named Sisk from Memphis, TN. Liked jazz. Remember mess hall cook named Dick Miller I think. He re–uped for a stripe. Was from Philly and a good dance at the EM- Club on base. Remember going TDY to Lengries, Germany. Three of us tried to go snow skiing on a beginner slope. I made it to the hospital for switches in my left leg. Can’t remember who the other two guys were. Remember a guy named Anthony from FL or CA . He was a character in the funny sort of way. I live in SC now. Went to a very moving 100th Veterans Day Ceremony in Simpsonville SC NOV. 11th, 2018.

  34. Hello all. I was adopted in France in 1959 by an American couple. My adoptive father was enlisted in the USAF and I believe was stationed at Dreux-Senoches Air Base at the time. We lived at Cite Americaine in Chateauneuf, France where I was born. My adoptive father passed away three years ago, and I am trying to track down my biological parents. Would anyone know the particulars or protocol that airmen had to take to adopt French children? If anyone has any input, please contact me.

  35. Margaret, could we have more info about your father ? What did he do at the base & just who was he ? Do you recall some more names we could use in our search ? God Bless.
    A/2C Sibert

  36. My father was stationed at Dreux Air Force base from 1956 to 1958. We were in base housing in Senoches. I would like to contact Judy Moreland who lived in the same housing project.

    • Margaret, could we have more info about your father ? What did he do at the base & just who was he ? Do you recall some more names we could use in our search ? God Bless.
      A/2C Sibert

  37. Hey Dreux Folks, Just so you’ll know, I’m moving up toward 84 years on this earth. One of the best things I find is looking for Dreux Air Base items to have Bill post on this wonderful web-site. Well some time ago, like maybe two years have passed, I told Bill I would finish scanning the 322nd Combat cargo newspaper dated Dec 18th 1960. Some may recall, I sent portions of the paper to Bill, and he posted them. This paper was in bad shape then and now it has not got any better. Being careful and easy going has produced the last scans available from this paper from long gone years.
    Bill has the scans and is doing what he does best, getting them ready for prime time. Hopefully in a few more weeks or less we all can view this old paper and recall some of the items. Just so you’ll know, we are still digging for long lost items about our old Dreux Air Base. So get out your shovels and send to us what you’ve found. I know we are getting older, that’s what makes the new discovery’s priceless about our old duty station, Dreux Air Base, France.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  38. Hey Dreux Folks, When I look at all the blogs on this web-site I marvel at what has been said. When I look at some of the other blogs about French/ American air bases during the cold war periods I find just a few. I know we at the Dreux site don’t have propellers spinning on our C-119G flying boxcars. Just so some of you will know, we still have quite a few former Dreux folks searching for their pictures to send to us for placement in the photo albums. Do you realize that so many former Dreux folks & others have contributed some thousand plus pictures & mementos for this site. Bill & I want to thank you so very much for your contributions depicting your young lives as part of the Dreux Air Base, France history. Like I stated, we are waiting for more Dreux memorabilia from folks who have said theirs would soon be on its way to us. We thank you in advance.from Bill 77 & Chuck 83 for we greatly love this web-site. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  39. Hey Dreux Folks, Some former Dreux Air Base airmen & others have wondered just what became of the C-119’s that were stationed at the base from 1955 to 1961. They were sent back to the states to be used by the Air National Guard & the USAF Reserve & a few were sold to third world countries. In 1974 the
    C-119’s were retired from active duty. Some were mothballed & others were sold to companies in Alaska. Some may have not read about a former Dreux C-119G that flew building materials all over Alaska where there were no roads or very little roads. To read about this former Dreux 10th troop carrier squadron red nose C-119G just go to memories of Dreux on the home page. Click here then look for Charles Sibert’s stories. Here look for the story titled an old C-119. Click here to read about this old former Dreux flying boxcar. Let me know how many of you read this for the first time. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  40. As the only AmericanMy dad was in army and was stationed at Dreux in 1953. Mom and I came over in summer of1953. We were one of the first families there at Dreux. We lived in a house in the town of Tilliers (not correct spelling). As the only American kid in town I had to make friends with the local kids. I met Andre and we became fast friends. In a few weeks we both had picked up enough of each other’s language we could understand each other really well. The people of town were very friendly and accepting of myDad mom and me. We were the first American family most of them had ever seen or met. We lived there for a year before dad was transferred to Germany. After a year we returned to Dreux. We moved back into the same house we had before. In the year we were gone the political attitude had changed. The Communist movement was on. With the base nearly compleat and an influx of troops and more families. Things were never to be the same. I have some really great memories of our time in France. I was the Bat Boy for the Base team and we traveled all over France playing other teams.

    • HI Gene
      I am Charles Laramore and have had my memories of Dreux Airbase during 1954-1955, posted on this Blog Site. You may want to look it up. Since your dad and I were there at the same time I was wondering what his name was, what unit he served in. If you get this reply would you kindly reply or contact me on my e-mail address.

  41. Hi guys,my dad was stationed at Dreux AFB in 1953. He was Army and that was as Dreux was being built. My mom and I came there in late 53. We lived in the town or Tilliers sir Arve. We lived on the French economy as we were one of the fires American families to be there. We were the first American family that most of the French citizens had ever seen much less met. Dad had rented a small house in town. We rode the bus from Paris and when we arrived in town, a large crowd turned out to greet us. My dad ,Sgt Charlie E Brown was a easy to get to know man and he was well liked by many of the locals. My mother and I did not know what or how to make of our new found notoriety. We met and made many new French friends. Being the only American child,10 years old, I made a great friend of Andre, who was 11. With in 3 weeks I had picked up enough French and Andre was speaking enough English that we could figure out how to understand each other. The town of Tilliers ( probably not the correct spelling) was small and a great place to love. The local people were mostly friendly and very nice to us. It was a great experience for a 10 year old boy that was an Army Brat. After a few months,another American family moved in to town Sgt Nash and his wife and 3 kids. Bonnie Sue,Gary&Michael. It was fun to have them there. We all went to school at the base,1st thru 8thin a one roomschool the post had set up. To my best memory we had about10 students. Remember Dreux was just being built. We lived there a little over a year then Daddy got transferred to Germany We spent almost a year there befitting going back to Dreux Things had really changed during that year!The influx of American families more and more troops and the political changes It was a different town we came back to Sorry I have to go for now. This really has brought some great memories

    • This is just so awesome to read I was born onThe air force base in dreux on 8/15/1956. I love reading everything posted on this blog. I’m going to get with my mom and find pictures of the time we spent stationed there so I can post them on here. Thank you for your blog

  42. My name is Tom Rankin and arrived at Dreux during the fall of 1962 traveling across the Atlantic in a converted C-130 with my mom and brother and sister. My father Sgt. Hester G. Rankin met us in Paris and took us to our new home off base in the city of Dreux. What a wonderful and life changing experience for me and my sister Mary and brother Gary to live abroad in France. My teacher at the Dreux elementary school was Ms. Hurt. A beautiful and kind person whom I now realize must have had an adventurous spirit. Air Force brats are different and I am so happy I because it has made me more accepting and capable of entering into any setting comfortably. We moved to Evereux a year later. At age 50 I returned to France and visited both Dreux and Evereux. At that time I realized the huge gift I had been given to have lived that life as a child. I emailed my mother from France and told her how much I appreciated the childhood she had given me. Tom Rankin, Bristol Florida

    • Hello Tom – There are quite a few of us that have posted on the blog who were kids during our time at Dreux. Thanks for stopping by. You might find a few names that you recognize if you scroll through the texts. I was there from 61-63, in 6th and 7th grades. If you haven’t already done so, go through the many pictures that have been posted – there are a few of the elementary school. If you happen to have any pictures, please share them – they always bring back memories. Hope you’ll post some remembrances of your time at the base. – Doug

    • Tom-
      This is beautifully written and is so true: Air Force brats are different! Welcome to the group! Do you have any photos and/or stories to share?

    • Hi Tom
      We got there at about the same time and the name Ms Hurt rang a bell. Was Tony D’Alfonso in your class? I’m not sure if Antoinette Treziac? was there at the time. Only two names I remember.

    • I was a switchboard operator from 65 to 1967. My sSargent was Nail in the commutation building where Robert Everitt worked

      • Are you from Nancy,France? I was in radio maintenance in that unit,worked with A1C Don Frazier,name may be wrong.We went with a SSgt to pick up his wife ,who was visiting family in Nancy.She had a cute blonde daughter,maybe 2 years old.

      • I remember there was a telephone operater named Suzie Riviere.Great personality,could Heiniken beer nonstop and had bouts with TB.

        • My sponsor,Don Frazier I think was his name,myself and Robert Everitt,I believe drove to Nancy,France to pick up Robert’s wife and her beautiful,blonde 2 year old daughter.Might you be the same person.

  43. I was at Dreux from 1963 – 1965. My father was in the Army and we lived on the outskirts of the officers’ park across the street from the base commander’s home. The base commander at the time was named Col. Stern. I don’t remember his first name or the names of his wife and daughter. My sister and I attended the elementary school. The only teachers I remember were Mrs. Buckley and Mrs. Mason. I am sure Mrs. Buckley is deceased as I remember her being quite elderly at the time. Mrs. Mason was married to my Dad’s CO – George Mason. The Masons were married at Chartres Cathedral. They could still be living.

    I am writing my memoir and am trying to remember everything from that time. I was in the second and third grade at the time so I don’t remember a lot of things and most certainly wasn’t very aware of the turmoil during that time.

    When we first arrived there, we lived on the economy but I don’t remember the name of the town where we lived. Does anyone know? I also remember a classmate living in a castle. I believe their name was Baldwin. Does anyone know the name of this castle?

    If there is anyone out there that was at Dreux the same time, could you share some memories with me?

    • Penny – Lt Col Stern’s daughter’s name was Nancy. She posted on the site in Feb 2014 – scroll down and you’ll find it.

      I was at Dreux from 61-64 (grades 6 and 7). – Doug

    • Hey Victor, How about some pictures from your time at my old air base. What day did you leave Dreux Air Base. 1st LT Davis was said to have turned the base over to the French the last week of March 1967. Evreux was to close at the same as Dreux Air Base so just where did you go ? Did Evreux maybe stay open a few days later.
      Maybe you went back to Evreux in January or February 1967. We hear from time to time from others that were there at Dreux Air Base in 1967 when it closed but they give us very little up close details of how it went down. One Air policeman so far has sent to us some graphic details about the last days of Dreux Air Base.
      Hope to hear more from you soon.
      A/2C Sibert

      • I left Dreux AFB about 12 January 1967 with a school teacher from the high school.Her name was Mary and taught PE>We drove in her car to San Pablo AFB in Seville,Spain.She was not comfortable driving alone.She worked at the school there and later went the school in Brandisi AFB,Italy.I
        My Sq was at San Pablo AFB but I was located at Naval Transmitter ste at Moron AFB about 30 miles from San Pablo AFB.

        • Victor
          I just saw your post from June 21. I see you went down to San Pablo with a high school teacher by the name of Mary who was a PE teacher at the high school. Did Mary have a friend by the name of Mary Jane Sledge (another PE teacher) who went down to San Pablo about the same time. I was stationed at Dreux from Jan 65 to Mar 67. I worked at Housing and Billeting and we had all the female school teachers living upstairs. I think I have a picture of Mary sunning in a lounge chair in front of the building. I will try to find it and get it to you some way.

          • It is probably the same girl.She was very smart,pretty,loved jazz and France.She did not enjoy San Pablo and transferred to Italy.

      • The process for leaving was chaos.You had to wait for your indivual orders to arrive.There was two A2C radio maintenance men left,A2C Paul Wilson and myself.We had closed down the control tower and was helping in the Microwave facility.Paul received his order mid December and took a train to Turkey,Incirlik Air Force Base.I received my orders the first of January1967 for Moron AFB,Seville,Spain.Within a day Mary Sledge,a teacher at Dreux High School approached me about sharing a ride,that she was headed the same place.Which we did.It was almost like every man for himself,no help.One A2C microwave maintenance was assigned to Wheelus AFB ,Libya,had a small car and took off driving there.He had help with directions and procedures from NCO’s on base.

  44. I was with the Alabama Air National Guard that was activated in 1961 and spent 10 months there. I had a mo-led and drove to many towns. Spent many hours at Mickeys. I live in The Villages, Florida now

    • I was stationed at Evreux-Fauville AB from ’61-’64, working air operations and was sent TDY to Dreux on a number of occasions, beginning with Alabama ANG arrival.

  45. Hello! My father was George T. Harper. My sister and I were born while the family was at Dreux. We lived off base, except for a short stint in one of the trailers. I have a few photos to share and will do so soon. Wondering if anyone out there remembers my dad.

    • Hey Ruth, Thanks for your input on the blog. We’ll need more info about your father to really find out what we can about him. What did he do at the base & what were the dates he was stationed there ? Rank, serial number, specialty code (AFSC) anything you can let us know about helps a lot. Please send to us your photos with captions, quickly as possible because we are getting older fast. Bill will be 78 this month & I’m already 83. It helps to get things up on the site rapidly so all out there can view it. Thanks again & God Bless.
      A/2C Sibert

  46. I was at Dreux in late 1961 playing drums with the George Wolf band – I think in the NCO club. We were there for about a 4 to 6 weeks and my wife and I stayed in one of the trailers which I found to be quite comfortable as although it was very cold out (lots of snow) the trailer heating was almost too much. The band was made up of guys from all over Europe. George Wolf was from Germany and played trombone, the bass player was also from Germany. The tenor sax guy was Hungarian the trumpet player was from Ireland and the piano player and myself were from England. My wife was pregnant at the time and suffered terrible morning sickness throughout the pregnancy. I used to say that she threw up all over France because we also played on the US bases in Châteauroux and Orléans spending a couple of months in each place. Other than a trip to Paris we didn’t get to see much of the country around Dreux due to the continuous bad weather. My most vivid memory of it was having to scrape the ice off the windscreen of the car every day before I could go anywhere.

    • Hey Allan, Great to hear from you about our old NATO base called Dreux. You were at the base when the Alabama Air National Guard was there. Surely you met some of them at the NCO club. When the trailer heating oil system worked properly it was very good. I recall though there wasn’t heat from it in the lean-to. I slept out out there some rather cool nights when I would visit my girl friend & her parents in the NCO trailer park. I had returned stateside when you & your wife were at the base. Send to me your e-mail address & I’ll talk to you that way. Look in about us for my address. Have you seen the pictures of the old base from 2010 in the pictures albums ? Just rotted away.
      Hope to hear from you ASAP. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • Hello Allan – thanks for posting – I was at Dreux during the winter of 1961, and it was, indeed, a very cold winter. Perhaps one of the others on the website would remember your band. I was only 10 years old at the time, so didn’t make many trips to the NCO Club. We would certainly like any other memories of your time at Dreux or in France. Again, thanks for stopping by. – Doug

  47. It was a pleasure to read Jim O Brien article about working in the NCO club where he mentioned working with my mother Erma Lorello

  48. I was stationed at Dreux for 5 1/2 yrs from September 1962-May 1966. My fondest memories come from the people of Dreuz AB. I have the I have a posting here of the people in the Detachment Plus some others.
    1st Lt Micheal B McCormick (Commander)micheal.mccormick4@comcast.net
    Ph # 256-543-1181 Gadsden, Alabama
    1st Lt Richard Prinster, ph 719-528-1893 Colorado Springs,Co
    SSgt Denver Adams (Ret E6) Burleson Tx
    SSGt Lee R Mills
    A1c John Rice(wife Anna)Gahanna,Ohio 614 471 10623
    A1c Roland A Mumford (wife Mary Sue) Exmore VA 757 442 5009
    A1c Lavanna S Tilley (wife Barbara) Clermont,Fl, 352 242 2505
    A1c Micheal G Malcom (Hollywood ) (wife Yvette) Garland,Tx, 972-495-2118
    A1c David C Mania (wife deceased Rhode Island 401-333-0275)
    A1c Pete Sessions (Bull Balls)
    SSgt Roland P Jennison
    TSgt William ‘Bill” Barchus, Albuquerque NM (wife Angie) 505 296 6215
    A1c Michael Hall (Admin)
    A1c Colosso ? ( Rode MoPed to work)
    A1c Richard Labossiere (wife Gail) Glastonbury,Conn 860 652 0011
    A1c Hans Pfeifer
    A2c “Louis Guy”

    • Do you remember my father, CWO Ennis A. Tomlinson? He was probably called Tom. He was in Army intelligence. We were there from ’63 – ’65. His wife’s name was Betty. He had four children and a fifth one was born while we lived at Dreux. We lived on the corner across the street from the base commander’s house. The commander’s name was Col. Stern.

  49. Hi there. My name is Lisa Dreux Summer. My dad was stationed at Dreux Airbase in France and I was born there in 1957. His name is Capt. Richard Gifford.

  50. Hey Dreux Folks, Bill & I would like very much for one of you to identify the aircraft seen in Bill Shayka’s photo album. This plane is seen parked behind the C-119G somewhat to the right in front of the PE dock building. It seems to have an aircraft number on its nose painted similar to how the MATS planes were numbered. It is hard to really see much of this plane. The strut & wheel seen could be the nose wheel ? We hope someone will have the answer for us. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • The aircraft seen in Bill Shayka’s C-119G photo is very hard to see. You only can see a small portion of the nose & windscreen & maybe the main wheels & tires. When you try to put a name on the object resembling a nose wheel strut & tire its awful easy to go with this view. But after viewing some of the MATS C-47’s seen on U-Tube I believe that’s a MATS C-47 parked behind the C-119G. The objects seen in front are not really part of this aircraft just flight line junk so to speak. We’ll never really know what these things are that have caused our minds to believe they’re part of the plane. The nose painting & number on this C-47 is an exact copy of other MATS painted aircraft front nose panels & numbers.
      Some may differ with my view but that’s my view & I hope most will concur. Thank you very much. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  51. Hey Dreux Folks, Billy Shayka has sent to us a photo of 16 airmen taken in front of a former Dreux Air Base C-119G. The photo is made from in front of the main hanger. One of the PE docks can be seen in the rear of this photo.
    This photo is now up in the new pictures album as well as Billy Shayka’s photo album. We soon hope to have more photos coming from Billy. Billy’s father a M/sgt was at the old air base some time during 1956–1960 he tells us. We hope to get more info soon from Billy. His dad is seen as the 6th from the right in the photo.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Great pictures! And a detailed Welcome Package – lots of very interesting info – especially detailed explanation about the housing. Thanks to Ron for sending these. – Doug

      • Hey Doug

        Liked your pix! Understand, it was a long time ago, but does the name Moreau mean anything to you! Captain or Major Bill Moreau, wife Ruth (Australian), two girls, Karen & Susan lived in officers trailers.

          • Thanks!

            My wife was their babysitter, on the base, established a very close relationship. We spent every Thanksgiving in Virginia with them until their passing. We are still close to the daughters and they were thrilled to visit the site!

    • Thanks so much to Ron for sharing the Welcome to Dreux booklet with the group. It is so interesting, and contains some new information to me regarding both the trailers and the elementary school.

  52. Hey folks, Pictures from Ron Maroney & Helmut Karl Rottenberg can now be viewed in the pictures albums. Take a gander & let us know if you recall anyone here or just could be that’s you in one of them.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  53. A1059 to iis closing in 1962. We were then sent to Evreux AFB for the remainder of
    my tour. Remember a few names Joe Schilling, Darrel Williams,
    Are there any more tours to the old Base?

    • Hi Pasquale – Thanks for stopping by the blog. The old base as we knew it is pretty much gone – it’s now a solar farm. Check out the many pictures and stories on the website, and feel free to add some memories and pictures of your own. – Doug

  54. Hey Ron Teigen,
    Please take a close look at the Softball team in my pictures. I believe at least two of the guys were Firemen, perhaps you can identify them. I’m unable to remember their names.

    • Hi Ron Maroney
      I don’t recognize anyone in the baseball picture. I left Dreux in Feb 1965, but that dog looks a lot like Ralph our Fire Dept Mascot
      he took many a ride with me taking the trucks to get gas. It was the Officers club that burned.
      I went to Berlin too, along with Leo Cervati, John Cleland, and Dean Trivett. in stead of riding a bus we walked into East Berlin at Check point Charlie. We had to wear our uniforms and were told not to talk to anyone and not to go into any buildings or take any pictures. That was some trip !!!
      Trivett took some pictures which I will add to my photo album. Monsieur Pierre (Peter)Massy was in charge of the Frenchmen who worked with us.
      I remember the Airborne drops well we had a front row set at the Fire Dept. The C-130’s would come in low and the the troops jumped using static lines. I remember one guys chute did not open, it was a terrible thing to watch him struggle trying to get his reserve chute open. It opened right before he hit the ground he hit very hard. The ambulance on standby was there with in minutes. I don’t know if he made it or not. The heavy equipment drops were 55 gal drums full of water on a large pallet I forget how many on a pallet, but some of them exploded on impact. If I remember rignt they also dropped some jeeps.

      • Thank you for the feedback Ron!
        I believe that dog was with the Fire Dept. and came to practice with the big guy in the back row, the one with my buddy hanging on his back!

        Pretty sure Massey one in the same, he was in charge of the French drivers.

        Your OClub fire story was a big topic around the APO back then, we had a good laugh over the way you handled it! Well done!

        To the best of my knowledge the parachutist survived, he was a Captain. He suffered serious injuries to both legs, drove his shins up to his knees (ugh). I was on duty that day and we cleared the Main Gate and access road to insure the ambulance had clear route. He was transported to Evreaux Hospital.

        Berlin was just a great experience, like yourself, we went in to East Berlin on foot as well, uniform required. Then we did civilian tour, just military ID required! Strange!

        We found one of those jeeps in a farmers pond surrounded by trees one day, OOPS!

        Thanks again for your response! I’ll continue to follow up on the photo.

  55. I was stationed at Dreux AFB from 1959 – 1962. I worked in the base machine shop and part time in the later years at the auto hobby shop. I have a photo copy of our assembly on the flight line in front of the last C -119 prior to departure to the US with the complete base personal.
    I may have additional pictures once I sort all my old films.
    I remember going off base on weekends to the local ecconemy.

  56. My father’s name was Anibal E. Morales, (Puerto Rican) can anyone tell me anything about him? I was born in 1958.

  57. Hey Bill, Rain here and 70 degrees today. I hear you are at freezing,
    sure hope you get the snow you need for your water table.
    Be careful taking the dogs outside.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Bill,
      In the process, with assistance from my granddaughter, of sending my pictures. We are labeling them , I will Try to set up there order for you!

      I will complete my memories on Monday and forward to you!

      Sorry for the delay, computer quit on me!

  58. Ron Maroney A1C 7305th Air Police 1964-1967

    Just discovered this site and have a number of pictures from that period I will be forwarding.

    Just reached out to Joe Reder through this site and two of my best friends are listed in memorium, James Potter and Michael Richards! We were in touch right up to their passing.

    Additionally, I am in touch with other friends from that period, Bill Bryan, George Hutson and Klaus Bacher.

    • Hey Ron, Great to hear from you about just finding the web-site.
      Looking ahead to seeing your pictures from your time at Dreux Air Base, France. I hope you can let us in on just how things went down in 1967 as the base prepared for closing. We just can’t get others who were there to tell us the nitty-gritty details about the last hours, so to speak. How many Air Police were left for closing & the last flag lowering ? Small items for some but great things to us who had left the base years before.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

      • More than happy too!
        I’m writing things up now and will forward pictures to Bill for posting!

        It was Wild at the end! All personnel on base worked for 1st Lt. Davis, (I believe he was a civil engineer), great guy! We worked long hours loading trucks and railroad cars. At the end, Security was SMSgt. and 5 AP’s 2 MP’s. We lived off base in small pension hotel in Brezolles, the Chevel Blanc. I’ll try to give you the “nitty gritty” on the last days, it was interesting!

    • Ron
      I have a quick question for you. Was Buzz Cole the Commander of the Security Police Squadron when you were at Dreux?

      • Do you mean 1st Lt. Louis B Coles? Yes he was!
        He was my boss! I’ll be putting pictures up soon! Shortly after the announcement of closing, he transferred to the Army, became Captain Coles immediately from what we heard!

  59. Hi Everyone, I hope your New Years are off to a great start. Not much to say, but I do look forward to the new content that pops up on the site from time to time. I do appreciate you folks for keeping the embers burning on what was a memorable place that we share. I know I won’t make it back to the location of the base in May when we go to France. But, when we are driving from Charles DeGaulle AP to Chartres, I know I’ll gaze off to the north and west; and some memories will return. Be well, everyone!

  60. Hey Dreux folks, A story is forth coming & will be listed in the Dreux memories section about an old Dreux Air Base 10th squadron C-119G, You’ll love to hear about this plane & what happened to it after its USAF days were over.
    Keep your eyes open for it’s coming for all to read soon.
    A/2C Sibert

      • Interesting fact: Starting around 1980 there have been a total of about 20 civilian C-119’s that have worked in Alaska. Most of the civilian use of C-119’s was in support of government projects of some sort, usually schools, medical clinics or environmental projects. The freight was usually building materials or construction equipment. Hundreds of projects were built using these aircraft. Because the freight tended to be over sized and the airstrips tended to be undersized, many of these projects would not have been built without the C-119.
        I’m glad I had a chance to be at Dreux and learn what I could about the Fairchild C-119G. What a plane!!
        A/2C Sibert

  61. Good evening,
    I want to say if realy at Dreux Air Base we found APO 84 for letters . I am philatelist and i read an article on APO en Eure et Loir.
    Thanks and excuse me.

  62. Well, I’m a little late in extending holiday greetings to everyone on the website, but Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!. I always think of Dreux for some reason at Christmas time. Maybe it’s the cold and snow that made it seem like Christmas weather, but more likely it’s just the wonderful friends and memories. I still listen to the transistor radio every morning that I got as a Christmas gift when we were living in the trailer at Dreux in 1962. It may outlast me.

  63. Thank you, Chuck…and the very same wishes are extended to both you and Bill! Thank you both so very much for all that you do for this website. God bless.

  64. Dear Dreux Air Base friends and Veterans,

    my name is Fabrice Loubette, I am a french aviation historian specialized in USAF in France during the cold war. With 2 friends, we started a book serie depicting the different aspects of the US military presence in France during the cold war. We would like to write the most complete and illustrated history of USAF & US Army in France during the 1950’s & 60’s as this part of our common history is not really well known here in France.

    Our first book (text in french, photo captions in both french & english), published last spring, is presented here (in french only) :

    We are currently writing the 2nd book of the serie, where a large part will cover transport aviation, telling stories of Dreux, Evreux, Châteauroux but also Orly air bases.
    This is why I am asking for your support, as I am looking for great pictures to illustrate the Dreux AB chapter. I have seen several awesome color pics throughout your website, courtesy of Bill Kaufmann, Bill McLeod or Charles Sibert among others. I would really love to have your support in our book project. Should you be OK to provide us with some high definition color & B&W pictures of C-119 or C-123 in Dreux, it would add a great value to our work, and help keep the memory of Dreux AB also here in France, as it is not much more than a solar plant now, which I find quite sad, but, what can we do, except working to keep the memories alive?

    Well, that is all for now, I hope I can count on you.
    In the meantime, I would like to wish to all of you a merry Christmas!
    All the best from France!

    Fabrice Loubette
    Join me on Facebook, and like my FB page : France Air OTAN

    • Hello Fabrice – Bonne Annee! I’m sure that everyone on the website wishes you the best in your work. You should see if you can obtain a copy of the book “U.S. Air Force in France 1950-1967,” by Lt. Col Jerome J. McAuliffe. It is a wonderful source of information on the aircraft, units, and bases from the time American bases were operational in France. Although the transport aircraft departed Dreux in 1961, the base remained open with a high school and other small units. – Doug

  65. Bill & I want to say a big thank you to all our Dreux folks who have checked in on the Dreux Air Base blog. Keep up the good work. We realize that many former Dreux Air Base personnel have gotten somewhat older and for this reason we don’t hear from you as much as before. Bill and I still hope you’re checking the web-site often. We hope to have up some new pictures very soon. Could be some new stories also. We hope all you folks have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2018.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  66. Hello !
    My name is Patrick LAFAVE. I am the son of Norman LAFAVE who was in the base of Dreux around 1958/1961. He married with my french mother at Louvilliers les Perche.
    Do you remenber him and tell me something about his job ?
    He is died in 1997.
    Thank you and excuse my poor english !

  67. I was stationed in various army communication units in France in 1962-1963. Charles de Gaulle wanted NATO out of France and so American bases were being closed. First sent to a communications unit in the suburb of Perigeux, then to an area cut out of a forest just north of Orleans, and finally to the airbase at Dreux Senonches. I can’t find anything on the internet about an army contingent on the base, but this is definitely it. I don’t recognize where we were billeted from the maps you provide, but I do recall it was probably on the far south end close gate that I recall had no security gate, and when I was on night ambulance duty once a week I drove the perimiter to get to the hospital. I remember it as good duty. I bought a 1952 Citroen for $125 and drove more the 10,000K touring France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. Spent a lot of time in Paris, and remember having fun driving the streets like a mad Frenchman. With 2 army buddies we visited a French bar – I believe it was in Dreux. At first they were nervous, but soon we became friends with the owner and the regulars. They were really great people and I spoke enough French that we had no problem communicating. The only other thing I remember about the village and the bar was the outdoor theater theater just outside, on the street if I remember correctly. Don’t know if anyone knows of the army contingent or the small village (if it was actually Dreux). Most of the military usually went to Chateauneuf where there a number of bars for American military.

    • While I was at Dreux the 246th Signal Company resided in Marguerite #4. Check the photos section, there is a post or two by Army personnel.

      • I was a personnel sergeant at Dreux in 1962 and 1963. My unit was the 29th Signal Battalion. We were housed at margarite 4. The unit came from Karlsruhe Germany early in 1962.

      • Joe, I was at Dreux from Sept.63 till June.65 before getting out. I was an SP-4 Comm. Ctr. MOS. I was in the barracks that was beside the road closest to the rear gate. Upstairs last bay on left, maybe 4 or 6 guys . When were there ? I would love to connect with some of my old Army buddies from those days.

    • Mr. Marnoni: You probably just missed my father at Dreux as we arrived some time in ’63. My father was part of the Army contingent. His name was CWO Ennis A. Tomlinson. His wife’s name was Betty and he had four kids with a fifth being born while we were there. I didn’t realize there was a whole contingent of Army personnel there. I didn’t know until recently exactly what my father did in the Army. I understand he was in Intelligence. I remember him taking a lot of TDY trips and we had a camp phone in our trailer that someone called every night to ensure it worked. He passed away in 1985 at the age of 57.

    • Hello Gino. I was at Orleans from June-63 til Sept.63 then Dreux from Sept.63-June65. Memory not so good at 74 years old as it was at 20 years old. I remember going TDY couple times. One to Garmish or Lengries Germany and once to Camp De-loches near Paris. Some spelling maybe incorrect. Remember being in up stairs barracks last bay on left. Maybe four guys, possibly six.

  68. Hey Dreux Folks, Something wonderful has happened, we now have a picture of Grady Gibbons up in his story. His story is in the memories section
    under his name. Grady was with the Alabama ANG at the base in 1961-1962 serving in the Air Police section. Joe Reder was kind enough to send the photo to us from Tacoma, Washington. Thank you Joe.
    A/2C Sibert

  69. New pictures from Joe Reder, Dreux Air Base 1962-1965, are up in the picture albums. See the front gate photo, could that be sand in the two 55 gallon barrels ? Reder tells us more pictures are coming, he just has to locate them. He tells us the Air Police Office was located in the confinement building where his & James Potter’s pictures were taken looking northward toward the motor pool.
    A/2C Sibert

    • Well, Floyd, that certainly qualifies you as a valued member of our group! (Of course, anyone who happens upon this website is a valued member of the group). Do you happen to have any photos of the base that your parents might have taken? Would love to see them. Best wishes, Doug

      • At the moment no. I did have an album of my grandmother’s. She won a trip there with the nco cllub. . In 1961 i think. The mayor took her around Paris then a surprise meeting at the club.

  70. The day JFK was murdered we had worked swing shift the night before. I awoke and eventually made my way to the snack bar for a cup of coffee. As I was paying the cashier said “Kennedy c’est mort”. Took a minute for that to sink in. That’s how I got the breaking news on that day.

    • I remember that day too. We were at the officers’ club with my parents. The radio was playing over the intercom, and all of a sudden it stopped and the news started playing informing us of his assassination. Then all the other kids started streaming in the club from the theater. They had stopped the movie to make the announcement and then closed the theater. After the announcement, it was very still in the club, some people didn’t say anything and some were crying. I’ll never forget that day.

      • I was at the bowling alley. Everything stopped. It was a league night and everybody packed up and the bowling alley closed. Went home to Chateauneuf, Dad an AP, put on a uniform and went back to the base. Remember the feel? Nobody was sure what would happen.

  71. Hello, there is Alain Dubois who is looking for his friend
    GARY CRISFIELD, he was a transcoder at the base of Dreux. When he returned to the USA he was in California between 67/68 last postcard sent from Chasword LA …
    If anyone has any information about Gary, please give it to me: wojcikalain@sfr,fr

    • I remember Gary.We were in the 2172 Communications Sq,Det 1 togather.I was sent to Spain when the base closed and he went back to the states.I never heard from him.

  72. For your information, a stage of the Tour de France 2018 will arrive July 13 in Chartres and will leave the next day, our national day, Dreux!

  73. Just put up Pictures from Ron Teigen who was in the fire department from 1962 to 1965.They are also in New pictures folder. His story is now in memories and New Articles.
    Put up new story on AFEX snack bar from Chuck in Memories and New articles.

  74. I would love to hear from anyone who knew me from Dreux Air Base during 1956 to 1958, especially James Holtz or others in the Radio/Radar Communications. Anyone from the Ardmore Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Does anyone remember the old C-122 for-runner of the C-123 aircraft? Anyone who served on Temp. Duty to Rome Italy, Athens Greece, or Tripoli Libya during 1956-1958?

  75. I was a radar/navigation repairman who served in the 376th Troop Carrier Group stationed at Ardmore Air force Base in 1955-1956. We flew from Ardmore Oklahoma to Dreux AFB in 1956. Most of the personnel went by ship to France. I was assigned to fly aboard one of our C-123 aircraft to keep our communication gear working. We flew the North Atlantic route through Maine, Goose-bay Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, & Scotland to Dreux France. It took us about 24 days to get to France because of weather and the need to refuel. Our aircraft was short range aircraft even with added pylon tanks. The 377th & 378th followed us a day apart sometimes. A short time later all squadron maintenance personal was assigned to the 60th Field Maintenance Squadron. We also had a squadron of C-119 to keep up also. I also did Temp duty at another airbase in France twice, Once to Tripoli Libya & Once in Greece where I met my future wife. I was released from active duty and returned to Oklahoma in Feb. 1958. Dreux AFB was located 60 miles west of Paris France. I left service and returned to Oklahoma in Feb. 1958.

  76. Hey Dreux Folks, Do any of you recall any of the Frenchmen that worked
    with the Dreux Airmen at the base fire department ? 1962-1965 are the years we have now with some names of Frenchmen who worked for the base fire department. It would be just wonderful to be able to touch base again with these former French firefighters who worked along side our Dreux Airmen & NCO’s at the Dreux Air Base. We are hoping someone will speak out about this request. The names we have run across are as follows: Muton–Peppy–Corramenus–Glouvard–Michel–& Massy. Massy we have heard, spoke good English.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  77. Dear Alain Wojcik, Thank you very much for the Afex cafeteria photo from 1959.
    We thank you again for this photo. You make us very happy to send to us photos.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Thank you Charles. Above all, thank my friend Eric Sandoz who gave me this picture from his aunt Nadine Sebille who worked at the snack bar

  78. I have a new photo from Alain. It is a picture of the staff at the AFEX cafeteria in 1959. It is in new pictures and Alain’s folder. Although I was not on base a lot I have fond memories of the snack bar as we called it. Many a time I came in late late (I was a flight engineer) and slept in the morning. When I got up I went to the snack bar for breakfast. When I was feeling down I often went to the snack bar for a half gallon of ice cream. Always made me feel better. Take a look at the picture and see if you can identify anyone. Bill

  79. I was stationed at Dreux from Feb 1961 – Feb 1965 as part of the Air Police detachment of the 7305th Support Squadron. I knew James Potter, listed as deceased in that thread, but not well. He was in a different flight. Good memories of Dreux and I would love to go back there and see what the base and surrounding area are like today.

    • Hey Joe Reder, So good to hear from you. I’ll send to you an
      e-mail and get more info from you. I sure hope you will send to us some photos of your time spent at our old Dreux Air Base.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert “Nabb, Indiana”

    • Joe Reder,
      You were assigned to be my mentor when I arrived at Dreux, February 1964!

      I just discovered this site and will be sending photos!

      Ron Maroney 7305th Air Police, 1964-1967

  80. To begin with I would like to thank you for having this this log. I was stationed at Dreux from 1958 until 1961 when they kicked us out. I was NCOIC of the base telephone section and would love to hear any one station there and also like to hear from any of the telephone operators who worked there during the dates mention. Thank You.

  81. My late husband – M/sgt Thomas Wm Rupar was stationed at Dreux from 1956 to 1959. We first lived over a cafe in Verneuil as base housing was still,bing built. Finally moved into a nice new military house on a hill just outside Dreux. Have happy memories of me and the kids enjoying the PX and attending social evenings at the club. My son, Thomas Wn junior would love to see some photos of the base. I do have some but they are locked into my old iMac, as soon as I can have data transferred to my new iMac will post some pics.
    Babs Rupar-McInnis

    • Hello Babs –
      Thanks for stopping by the blog. We’d love to hear any stories you’d like to share and look forward to the pictures. Bill has posted some info on getting your pictures on the site – just check out the “pictures” page. Also, your son should enjoy scrolling through the ones that are already posted – there are hundreds of photos that people have sent in.
      – Doug

  82. For Chuck Siebert—
    You have a Colonel Barr listed in the Memories section with an unknown organization. He was in Headquarters Squadron Section, 60th Troop Carrier Wing. I knew him as a Captain. He signed my rotation orders, and was Base Administrative Officer when I knew him.

  83. Hi Everyone!…..Looking for information on BSA Troop 374…Evreux Fauville AFB…my Dad…S/Sgt Russell Nutter was st ationed there with the 5th Aerial Port Squadron…he was a loadmaster on C-119’s, C-47’s and A model C130’s…..I joined the Boy Scouts there when I was 10 years old….lived there from 1957-1960….wondering if anyone was in the Troop back then……Regards…Paul Nutter….

    • Hi Paul – Welcome to the blog. I was in the Boy Scout troop at Dreux and put some stories and pictures in the “Memories of Dreux” part of the website (look under my name for “Boy Scouts at Dreux”. If you were in the troop at Evreux, I’m wondering if you went to summer camp at Cazaux – there are some pictures of summer camp on the website as well. – Doug

    • There were two boy scout troops at Evreux-Fauville AB; 274 and 404. I was originally in Troop 404 in 1966. When French President Charles DeGaulle pulled France out of NATO and forced the American military to leave my Dad, at the time Commander of the base Weather Detachment, was one of the last to leave and since I was the last Senior Patrol Leader of the combined BSA troops which at the end became Troop 27404, I was given the troop flags of both Troop 274 and Troop 404 with their guidon streamers dating back to the ’50s, which I still have.

      • I also meant to add that my two older sisters attended the American High (boarding) School at Dreux AB. I attended the junior high at Evreaux.

  84. Al Bond has up on the site two pictures, one shows him at the base standing at the drivers side of his car. I have tried for some days to figure out what type of car he had. I believed it to be a Peugeot. Well I asked Nicolas about this and he said it was a Fiat 1100 sedan 1953-1959. I then looked up the Fiat 1100 and sure enough he was right on about the car. Thank you Nicolas for your information.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  85. Dear Sherry, Bill has put up your school pictures on the Dreux site.
    He has cleaned them up as best as he could. Hope you are doing well in Ireland.
    You sure are missed.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

      • Sherry, I think I have my report card from that same year, too! However, after seeing yours there’s no way I’m having mine posted! It’s clear that you have been in the right profession!

        • Glenn,
          Why not post your report card? Go ahead! We would love to see it. Miss Waris was such an inspiration to all of us kids…she made learning so much fun.

  86. I worked in Project Seaweed,which was a classified Project at the time,We took care of all the WRM(War Readiness Matertial),The Project Head was Master Sgt Thompson, and A1C George B Murphy Jr.The base Commander was Col.Knudsen.During my tenure,We Airlitted to several trouble Spots,The Belgian Congo.,to India when the Chi-Coms came across and during The Cuban Missle Crisis when President Kennedy called up The reserves and we hosted The 117th from Birmingham Alabama.We were awarded The AFOUA)Air Force Outstanding Unit Award)with 2 oakleaf clusters.,the Base subsequently went DOB.

    • Bonjour Michelle –
      When did you work at the base? We would be very happy to see any pictures you might have or stories about your time there.

    • Hi..What years did you work at the switchboard. I was NCOC of the switchboard from 1958-1961 and would to hear how the operators did after the base closed. Thanks

  87. I was at Dreux from 1960 to 1963,worked in Project Seaweed,WRM(War Readiness Materials.At the time it was a classified Operation.headed by Airmen Ist Class George Murphy Jr.our head NCO was Master Sgt Thompson,of The 7305th Combat Support Group,the base commander was Colonel Knudson.we participated in The Airlifts to The Congo,The Airlift to India,when Chicoms came across the Himalayas in to India,and othe humanitarian Airliffts.for which the 322nd Air Division was awred The AFOUA) Air Force Outstanding Unit Medal &Citation with 2 oak leaf clusters.Preident Kennedy had called up The 317th from Bermingham Alabama.The base subsquentltly went DOB

  88. I have added pictures from Stacy Turnage to the pictures page. I thought that I had done this last year but they were not there. Stacy’s family lived in Dreux from 52-54. She would like to find the house they lived in. Look at her pictures and if you have any idea of where it was located let us know. Bill

  89. Looking for photos of “Dietz Plaza” in Dreux France. My friend’s father was stationed there during the war and has no pictures of his childhood home. The home was outside of Paris and had a tunnel that led to a bakery.

    • Hi Anna – Thank you for stopping by the blog. Do you have any further information? Dreux is about 60 miles from Paris. If it was in or near Dreux perhaps one of our French colleagues that visit the website may be able to help.

      • Hello everyone,
        I am the Frenchman who lives in the area of ​​the former base of Crucey and who sent the photos of the folder “Our friends”. Chuck told me about Captain Dietz’s house in Dreux, but with such low information it is very difficult to find her if she is still there. I started research with people who know the city of Dreux well. I am waiting for news to find out if they have an early track to follow …
        Best regards

        • Nicolas,
          Thanks for you looking for the house in question. I know you will find the place. We will wait and be grateful when you locate the house and the area where it can be found in Dreux City.
          God Bless:
          A/2C Sibert

  90. Bill put up a story today 7-3-17 by A/2C Sibert about Dreux Air Base Basketball in the years of 1960-1961. You can find it in the memories section & also new articles.
    Hope someone recalls this team.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  91. Hey Dreux Folks, Dreux Air Base had a parachute shop and we have heard nothing about the riggers or anything from any riggers. Can anyone tell us about the Dreux parachute shop or recall airmen who were there as riggers ?
    We surely don’t want to leave them out of the Dreux Air Base stories. Please send to us some info about the riggers at Dreux.
    I will Constantly keep in mind that until men grow wings their parachutes must be dependable.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Hi I hung around with Ray Burns, he was a rigger at Dreux
      when one of our C-119s went down in Italy, a couple of airmen
      used his parachute or should I say it was packed by hime, and he won an award it was called the “Catepillar ‘club.
      I was with the 12 troop carrier in Supply

  92. Hey Dreux Folks, We are waiting for some pictures from Rose Gifford, the daughter of Joseph and Rose Vide who’s picture is on the home page of this site.
    The lady in the red dress and the man in the short sleeved shirt are her parents.
    That photo was taken in 1959 and her parents were stationed at Dreux Air Base from 1957-1960. Some of you may recall the Vide’s so please blog us and tell us what you know about them. Thank you very much. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  93. Hey Dreux Folks, I got an e-mail from Ronald Teigen who was in the fire dept at Dreux Air Base in 1964 when the Officers club was destroyed by fire. He tells about that fire and when we get some pictures from him we’ll put up his story in the memories section. Just maybe someone else recalls that Officers club fire.
    We would like to hear your story about that fire if possible. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  94. I was an instructor at the 8th Radio Relay Microwave school in 1957-58. I was one of the group who moved the school up from Bordeaux.
    Anybody out there remember a young skinny A/1c instructor who tried his best to teach all who they sent up for a few weeks to learn the equipment.

    We had a great softball team in Bordeaux and Dreux and won lots of games.
    Remember the day they changed US script to US dollars?
    Al Foti

    • Hey Al, Welcome to the Dreux web-site. Try to see all there is located on this site. Pictures alone are found in the hundreds. We would like to get some pictures from you with captions & a short story or two about your days at our old air base. This site was put on line April 15th 2013 and just keeps growing a little at a time.
      Hope to hear from you ASAP. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  95. Hi guys,
    as MP I was working with the APs (still in contact with two of them) at Dreux from/to 1964/66. As most of us I had a good time making the towns around base like Brezolles, Senonches, Chartres, etc. Not to forget Gay Paris. I live in Frankfurt/Germany. Would appreciate hearing from you.

    • Hey Klaus, Welcome to the Dreux web-site. What did you find in Brezolles like maybe a bar ? When I was at Dreux Air Base I didn’t visit Brezolles. Places in Maillebois, Chateauneuf & Dampierre were OK for me. Did you know any firemen at the base ? Were you there when the Officers club burnt down ? Did you recall a James Potter an AP at the base ? His obit is posted on this web-site. We would like to get maybe a short story about your days at our old air base for the web-site & hopefully with some photos.
      Last time I was in Frankfurt was Jan 11th 1960 on my way to Paris from Istanbul, Turkey. Have you read some of my stories found on the web-site ? Hope to hear from you ASAP.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • Klaus,I think you taught me how to play on the Foosball machine at Micky,s in Dampierre-sur-Blevy.I was in USAF Communications detachment from ’65 to ’67.If you are from Berlin,it was you.

  96. Hey Dreux Folks, Just sent to Bill a story about my return to Dreux Air Base after it had been closed for 20 years. He probably will have it up on the web-site in a few days. I hope all of you will enjoy it . Just maybe some of you will send to him a story about your days at the old base. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Great story Charles, Even though I was posted to Evreux, I enjoy looking in on this blog. Things didn’t seem to change as much where I was as they did at Dreux. Don’t know if that was due to the fact that Dreux was built up from the farm field while Evreux was an old airfield restored?? A lot of the same construction though.
      We revisited France in 1995, 2008, 2011 and 2014. Mostly around Paris and eastern France, where we have friends. We didn’t get an on base visit at Evreux as it’s an active French AF Base. Regards, Tom

      • Hey Tom, Great to hear from you, don’t wait so long next time. Had prostrate surgery on an old 82 year old prostrate the 18th “Roto Rooter” is what they did. Soon I’ll be able to take the bark off a tree. (Smile) No problems as of yet.
        Thanks for the kind words about the story. Lots of rain here in Nabb, Indiana. God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

  97. The second picture of A/2C Al Bond shows him in the base microwave center.
    The sign on the wall to the left says “Personnel Information”. Next to that sign on the small table one can see a double burner hot plate. To the right of the hot plate one can see a coffee mug and I believe jars of instant coffee and creamer.
    A/2C Sibert

  98. Now in the new pictures album we have A/2C Al Bond’s two pictures. In the one where he is sitting on his car you can see at the far left building # 143. This building was used by DACCC-EUR. To the right of this building is building # 63 which housed the emergency generators for DACCC-EUR. This building has a slanted roof and some four or five large doors on the east side.
    A/2C Sibert

  99. Just added some pictures from Al Bond. He sent them to me in December of last year and I lost track of them. I’m sending him an email apologizing.

    Here is what he said in his email
    Been monitoring your Dreux Air Base website and truly appreciate your efforts to bring back fond memories.

    After completing Crypto training, my first assignment was Dreux in 1966. Met some great people and mentors that have had an impact on me to this day.

    Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of them to share.

    Here are a couple of me at Dreux in 1966. One is with a car I purchased from Staff Sergent Joseph Galvin at Dreux. The second picture is of me in the Dreux communications micro-wave station.

    Thanks for your efforts and published memories

  100. Hey Dreux Folks, Can anyone recall a Jewish woman by the name of Youget Sommers, working at the Dreux Air Base library ? This could have been
    1961-1962. Buddy Love believes she was there in 1962. She might have lived in La Harve. Maybe someone remembers her.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  101. Hey Dreux Folks, Just looked at the photo of headquarters, do you recall just what the sign above the porch said ? Well it was lettered like this:
    7305th Air Base Group
    Of course this was in the 1959 photo. When the base first opened in 1955 I’m almost sure it said 60th Air Base Wing. When one looked at the front gate sign you could see where the 60th Air Base Wing sign had been covered over with the 7305th Air Base Group sign over lay. Recall how that sign needed some paint work touch up ?
    Look on the roof of headquarters, see the two speakers for the flag ceremony. I stood close to here many times saluting, as the flag was lowered. It was beautiful. Just a tidbit about our old air base.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  102. Pierre has given us more detail on the tar fire. I still think we have a translation problem with the dry ice. He has included links to three videos of Maillebois. I added this to the bottom of the Farm story.

  103. Hey Dreux Folks, When one looks at the old Bois de Claireau farm pictures, & Google shot, you can see that the farm buildings sat where the base snack bar, library, service club building was to be located.
    Just another tidbit about our old Dreux air base.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  104. Hey Dreux folks, Something very interesting to look at when one looks at the Amis # 2 pictures album found in the new pictures. Find the picture captioned
    “Base Solar Panel Front Gate Signs” look at the center lower area. Here you’ll see the old Dreux Air Base front gate sign foundation. Not only do we still have the front gate guard shack standing, as a reminder of Dreux Air Base, we can still see the old front gate sign foundation in this picture. I thought you folks would like to see this reminder of our old air base. Evidently a 60 year old concrete block sign foundation did not hamper the solar panel construction project in 2012-2013.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  105. Pierre Callac sent us more information as to where the water came from on the base and where the farm was located before the base. I have added it to the bottom of the farm article. See the story for a bigger picture.

  106. A hearty welcome for Bobby Parker who was with the Alabama Air Guard’s
    7117th Recon Wing at Dreux Air Base in 1961-1962.
    Bob touched base with us via the unit pages. An e-mail has been sent to him welcoming him to the web-site. We hope stories & photos will follow from him very soon. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Bobby, I was with the 117th ANG in 1961 and was in Air Police. I retired from the 117 as a part timer. My full time job was with the Jefferson Country Sheriffs Department. I retired from both in 1998. I live in The Villages, Florida.
      Telephone 352.750.6615
      Email. SunFla1998@comcast.net

      Charlie Brooks

  107. Fantastic new story and pictures of the farm before Dreux ever existed! Thank you so much for sharing, Pierre!

  108. Well Dreux Folks, The latest photos & stories are now up on the web-site.
    The farm picture on the web-site now, was situated, we believe (Bill & I), in the center most area of the base. This area would be where the main hanger was located. Who took down the old farm buildings to make way for the new base we are doing our best to find out. We have some fellas we’ll call about this. Most are in their upper 80’s so we must hurry along. The base entrance road once ran thru the area of the hanger and across near marguerite # 5 and on northward. Hopefully we’ll find out more info soon. Don’t hold your breath just yet. Stay tuned. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • This is a very informative story. Thanks Pierre, for sharing. Since I was a kid there in the early 60’s, I tend to not give consideration to the history before the base was built. It makes all the sense in the world that there would have been a farm located there!

      The recently added pictures are great too! The interior shots of the NCO club brought back memories of the slots machines I got to play, and the pig I won playing Bingo. Seriously, a live pig! Of course I spent untold hours at the theater and I was in the choir at the chapel. Sad it’s all gone…but the pictures provide a bridge back to those days!

      Thanks to all!

    • Great story and pictures. Thank goodness for our virtual historians…keeping it all alive Great memories.

    • Great story and pictures. I had no idea that the farmhouse was there before the base. Any idea as to where it was located?

  109. Pierre (Cowboy) Thank you very much for sending your story about the farm and farm family displaced, when the new Dreux Air Base was constructed in the early 1950’s. Thank you for the wonderful pictures you sent along with your story.
    Bill is now working on your story and very soon it will be on the Dreux web-site located in the memories section. We are hoping someone else will come forward now with more information and pictures about our old Dreux Air Base.
    Again, thank you very much. God Bess:
    A/2C Sibert

  110. Hey Dreux folks, When I was back to Dreux Air Base for a look see in
    Aug 1987 & Dec 1990 I had no trouble driving along the French roads.
    I picked up a rental car in Dreux City & away I went toward Brezolles.
    From Brezolles on over to the base was uneventful. I visited all the villages
    surrounding our old base with no problems. Why do I bring this up now ?
    The road to Brezolles had a high speed limit & I went right on. I realize here in
    the USA things are different. Example: drivers seem to want to cut it close when turning left toward you when you’ve stopped at a light. Instead of making a nice turn they cut you off with a straight line turn sometimes letting you know you are really number one. Do you folks have the same type of drivers where you live, as I find here around my hometown ?
    A/2C Sibert

    • Hey Mike, When were you at Dreux Air Base ?
      Were you there when it was about to close ?
      Please don’t leave us hanging. You will surely fit in with other stories about our old Dreux Air Base. We are waiting to hear more from you, thanks for your tidbit today.
      A/2C Sibert

  111. Hey Dreux Folks, Now found in the new pictures section are 76 new pictures.
    They are listed under Nos Amis. These are also found in the pictures album under the came caption.
    Some of the captions may have to be changed, let us know what you think.
    Bill & I used all our recall plus the phone book & other photos to make these captions. We hope you love these photos. We are not done trying to make this web-site special for all of the viewers. Thank you Very much. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Nice pictures. My first look is that you guys got the captions right, although I’ll go back through them in detail. Appreciate the effort. As always, stokes some memories. Always a little sad to see the effects of the years, but it’s still easy to imagine how it was. – Doug

      • Doug, What can you tell me about the parachute shop?
        How long (tall) was the tower, width, & depth ? What was left inside when the para shop became the wood hobby shop ? Were the cables & motors to host up the chutes still there or was it done by hand ? Were there any of the 43 foot chute packing tables left behind ? Bill & I are correcting some of the latest picture captions. We hope to have it all finished next week. We are getting a few more photos to put up.
        God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

        • Hi Chuck – I’m afraid I can’t help you with this one. I don’t recall that I ever went into the wood hobby shop, so don’t know what it was like on the inside. I just remember the exterior view – looked especially tall to a kid, but, other than that, I can’t really add anything. – Doug

  112. Hey Dreux Folks, Could any of you recall a Francis Dube who says he lived in base housing. What town he does not say. He says he was there from
    1963-1966. Could he be a real person ?
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  113. Just put up a picture of Buddy Love and his wife Zoopie. We have received some new pictures from “nos amis” that were taken on the base in 2010. We will be working on them and get them up soon. Bill

  114. I hope everyone is enjoying a fantastic Holiday Season!
    This time of year makes me think about the three Christmases we spent on Dreux from ’59–’62. It was amazing what the Dreux AB leadership did to help us enjoy the Holidays while we were far from home. I particularly remember the communal feasts we had (at Thanksgiving, too!). Separately Santa came and gave the kids presents. I still recall the water-propelled rocket that I got!

    Of course the school kids did Christmas plays. The green leotards (dyed long johns) the boys had to wear as we danced in a circle singing ‘Deck the Halls’ is seared in my memory!

    I hope each of you has a Blessed New Year! And…keep posting!

    • Hi Glenn and everybody else on the site –

      I’d like to join Glenn in wishing everyone a happy new year. I, too, have great memories of the Christmas holidays at Dreux. We had our Christmas tree in the trailer’s lean-to which meant a quick dash to light the Aladdin heater so it would be warm enough to “do Christmas morning”. Those who lived in a trailer will relate.

      And, yes, the communal feasts were fantastic!

      Best wishes to all,


      • Doug, You really brought back some great memories for me
        when you mentioned the Trailer Lean To. I was working in Housing & Billeting from Jan 65 to Mar 67 and it was my responsibility to assign the trailers to the incoming families. The add on Lean-to was a prized commodity back then.
        I always had to know how many were in the family and then I would find a trailer with a big enough lean-to that would fit the family. The lean to came in all different sizes, some small and some large. So depending on how many children and their ages I would decide which trailer was best for them. I tried my best to keep everyone happy but I am sure there was some families that were not happy with my decisions.
        I really loved meeting all the new incoming families to Dreux during my stay.

        • Tom, we were lucky with the trailer. When we arrived in the summer of 61 most of the officers’ trailer park was empty and they just gave a bunch of keys to my dad and told him to pick one. You can see from some of the pictures that I posted that the lean to was bigger than most. Also, since my dad was required to live on base, somebody came up with some funds to build a room at the back of the lean to that extended beyond the trailer. It was a great addition – took the better part of a year to build – but it added quite a bit of room. Of course, DCA moved to Paris a short while later so whoever came after us got the main benefit of the extra room. Also, they made a second “double trailer” for the DCA commander (O-6 position) at the opposite end of the housing area from the base commander’s double trailer. I remember going over to watch the crane pick one trailer up and put it in position next to the other. That was big excitement at Dreux. Don’t know if that was still there when you arrived, but would be surprised if it wasn’t. – Doug

          • When I was there with my dad from ’63 – ’65, the double trailer for the commander was still there. We lived on the corner across the street from it. Lt. Col Stern lived there with his family. His daughter was in my class at the elementary school.

      • You are so right about the lean-to. They sure made living in the trailers bearable. I’m not sure where we would have put a tree, if not there; certainly not a full-size one. It’s funny…I don’t remember it ever being hot in there; but it certainly got chilly.

          • Penny – I can assure you that it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The only way it was usable in the winter was to run an Aladdin heater in it full time. – Doug

  115. Pierre Callac (Cowboy) has sent a picture of his school’s visit to the Dreux school in 1959. It is in new pictures and Pictures from Pierre Callac. Bill

    text from Pierre’s message:
    A photo when my communal school was invited by the air Base High school.
    Each french student was choosen by an american girl. I was selected by a pretty
    young girl.
    Unfortunately I could not communicate, I didn’t speak english.

    Best regards


      • hi !
        We were about ten or eleven years old. I was proud to be selected by the prettiest girl of the assembly.
        The binome American French was soon abandonned I think we were too shy , too crazy, too wild …
        …(.Our school master was not able to help us ? he had psychological problems . He was very shy, brutal. He struk the pupil every day. At this time I hated the school )
        But for the first time I was somebody for the US world
        when I pushed the cows on the road you saw me but you did not look at me, I was nobody only as a part of the landscape..
        I stop the feel storming
        Best regards
        I wish you and your family a merry Christmas


  116. Does anyone know who is the couple on the front page of the Memory Page site? They look so much like my parents, Joseph and Rose Vide, who were stationed at Dreux AFB from 1957 to 1960.

    • Dear Rose, We here at the web-site have been asking this question for some two years. You are the first person who has ventured an answer to this mystery. We sure hope you are correct in your analysis. This photo was taken by M/sgt Daniel Watson in 1959 who worked at base headquarters & also the NCO club.
      He was the father of Sherry ( Watson ) Nelson who has pictures, stories, & blogs on this web-site. Would you have any other photos that you or us could try to match up with what we have now on the home page ?
      Could you provide us with information about your parents while stationed at Dreux Air Base ? This could very well bring about others who knew your parents & provide more photos so we can finally resolve this long, long question. We here at the web-site hope that the picture found on the home page is truly your parents. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • I will see if I can get some pictures of them sent to you. I’m afraid I don’t know much about my Dad’s time there but I will send you what I can. I know that someone named Thomas, who was stationed with him, recently reached out to him. My father has been ill so it will be difficult to get any information and my mother passed away a few years ago. I think it would be wonderful if we could help solve this “mystery”. Though the picture is very small, I know my reaction when I opened the page was “OMG, that’s Mom and Dad.

      • Rose, Your reaction pretty well tells me it surely must be your parents. I had a tear in my eyes when you said “OMG” that’s Mom and Dad. I await your pictures so we can see more clearly but I bet that’s them.
        How wonderful we can now after these years, talk with you about this. This is really the way we want this blog to function but needless to say some folks just say hello & never do we hear from them again. Merry Christmas.
        God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

    • Hello Rose Gifford,
      We too believe the couple on the home page to be your parents. Here’s what we at the web-site would like to do. Please send to us pictures of your parents & others of your family. We’ll need to have their names. We’ll make up a picture album of these photos for the web-site including the picture from the home page, showing your parents in front of headquarters, with a caption letting all know these folks are your parents.
      Photos made at Dreux Air Base of your mom & dad will be in the first rows of the album followed by what else you send to us. Now is your chance to have your mom & dad’s own picture album for all to view on the web-site. I’ll also be sending to you an e-mail about this exiting plan. As soon as we receive your photos it wouldn’t take long to have them up on the web-site.
      Thank you Rose, we’ll be looking for your photos.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  117. Hi sir Doug Donnell
    When I was guest of the hunting where I met the air base colonel, I was on leave. The event happened in 1964. The lieutenant colonel was probably Jack Moffat.
    As a lonesome cowboy I was a lonesome hunter with an old gun and a black dog.My hunting strategy was to run very often the fields and woods as a trapper..
    I killed between sixty and one hundred animals a year.
    I stopped hunting in 1989 there was no more game.
    Many air base colonels lived not far from the family Boulguy’s house.
    A day my cows ate the clothes which were dried on the fence of the meadow bordering the colonel’s house. The wife was furious , she wanted to shoot my cows.
    Best regards.

    • Thanks for the reply. A funny story! I will see if I can find some pictures of the hunting group from the base.

      Doug Donnell

    • Cher Cowboy, Can you find a photo showing the WWII German headquarters building that was located in Dreux city ? We have now a photo of that building & need to know if it is for real.
      Please let us know where in Dreux city the building is located & please give to us the address. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  118. Hi !
    AIr meeting 1957
    In this year 1957, sometimes planes passed the wall of the sound, there are no restriction a this tme..
    All of a sudden; an enormous noise burst open the air, surprised everyone, opened windows. My two pigeons flied away the cell door was opened….
    A few days before the air meeting, after the school time,we saw the various air patrols from many countries training in the sky of the air base.We tried to identify
    the country of the engines.
    On the D.Day meeting I went to the base with my parents with a gang car.
    Still wondered by all these planes, transport , fighter planes by all the craft of the US Army I remember to be sitted at the cockpit of a starfigter and to have visited a C119.
    Many planes were exposed, in particular French planes like Griffon, Mystere IV,
    Vautour and many others.
    The Army parade was successfull.
    Many paratoopers were dropped and one of then landed in the crowd. Ten years later I could see the difficulty to drive the sail of the parachute…
    After this episode , it was the air meeting, the planes made the fixed point
    the crowd felts the hot air of the engines, the hat flew….
    The show was stunning, the planes picked on crowd, rectified the flight to made
    barrels, loops, and various figures….
    In short a wonderful an extraordinary air show with those which I could see later/

    • I remember the loud boom from breaking the sound barrier! It was the first time I ever heard the sound or even knew about breaking the sound barrier.

  119. Found this site today 11/22/16. I arrived at dear old Druex in the early summer of 1955. I was one of the first 50 or so to arrive on base. There wasn’t any clubs, px, commissary ect. Strangely they did have a class 6. I was assigned immediately to a support sqdn(7305th support). My name is john c brown and being that the “Charley’s Brown” comic strip was very popular at the time, the troops soon hung that monicker on me. After about a month on base I was assigned to the 60th Fld Maint Sqd. It was at this time that troops stationed at Rhine Main begain being re-assigned to Druex. I pulled couple of “prime” TDY’s in Athens(project Athenia) and Rome(project Spiggetti Drop ) during my first tour overseas.

  120. Hi Chuck,
    I enjoyed meeting you yesterday and chatting. I visited your Dreux website and enjoyed the material too.
    Best, John

    • John, Thank you for the kind words. Was a pleasure to meet you & your wife at the Waffle House in Scottsburg, Indiana on your way to Alabama. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2017.
      Look for an e-mail from me.
      God bless;
      A/2C Sibert

  121. hi !
    I am a french native of Dampierre sur Blevy village. During your duty; you saw me.
    When I was a kid seven years old , I was a lonesome cowboy on foot with the cows and a dog, I blocked the road to Chennevieres. At this time I was not quiet because of Blue dodge car and GMC trucks.
    My family was living in the aera base , my uncle and my grand father were farmer. They were staying in the center of the base in ‘Bois Claireau’ farm. They left their fields. From 1952 to 1964 I lived with the base, Often I worked in the field in a space set between the base road and Chennevieres road.
    I had a friend a US soldier : Bobbie R Neal support sgt . He disappeared in 1964.
    Many remenbrances in my mind when I read the blogs. I can tell many stories about US and french people. ( Open Gate, Michy’s Bar, Chez Olga…)
    Sorry for my bad english…
    Best regards

    • P Callac, Thank you cowboy for your blog talk about the old base.
      You are from Dampierre sur Blevy so just maybe you recall Raymond Boulguy who was with me in August 1987 when I visited the old base. I believe his sister is still living, maybe in Loans.
      My wife & I visited his parents in December 1990 at their house in Dampierre. We enjoyed the visit very much. I sent to them many letters. The father Raymond & son Raymond both died the same year 2009 ? Raymond, the son, lived in Maillebois with Patricia Mogis. She is on facebook. Olga was the owner of Auberge de Maillebois. Do you recall Suzie’s bar in Chateauneuf ? Look to my pictures album. Talk to me again soon.
      A/2C Sibert

      • Thanks for your answer. Family Boulguy was. friends. I always knew them. Raymond son and Nicole were school friends .R.B was a bosom friend when we were children.
        The ended school we played together with other boys of the village. It was a very good time as much more were curious about all the events concerning the base. Unfortunately R.B father and the son died the same year of 2009. A part of the story of the village disappeared with them.I don’t recall suzie’s bar of Chateauneuf. I was too young. My living space limited itself to the village and its close neighborhood.
        To study and to work , as many young people ,I have to go away. R.B stayed, it was an exception…
        At once by the lock of the air base the french workers left toward cities , they were repaced by new generations.
        Now the spirit of this time has disappeared. Although
        became a old villager; I feel a foreigner, peaple stay at home. Their life is somewhere else can be near their workplace.
        I do’nt know…;
        I have no account in facebook.
        Can be that the house of the Boulguy family is now occupied by a heir. ??? I am going to inquire.

        • Hey Cowboy, Good to hear that you and Raymond were very good friends. I enjoyed meeting his mother and father in December 1990 at their home. I will look for photos of that meeting and get them up on the web-site for you to see.
          Raymond and I visited the old air base in August 1987 for about two to three hours. He knew the two gate keepers and we had a very good talk with them and had some red wine with them. My French was not the best but it worked well for us all. I met Raymond that day in front of his house when he was talking to the post man. We talked and he said he worked at the base when it was open. I drove him to the base and we took the pick-up truck of the gate keepers to visit the old base. Look to my pictures album for some of the photos. Talk to me soon.

          A/2C Sibert

          • Hl !
            When we came to visit the base,a former NCO relay station was still living in Brezolles.He stayed here because of his French wife.
            In 1964 he invited me to a hunting party in Crucey ( Hamel) where I met the colonel
            commanding the base. I was a good hunter
            my private hunting ground extended from the fence in front of high school to Dampierre…
            This veteran would have been an excellent guide…
            I think they come back to USA around 2005
            because his sons have been promoted officers in the 101th Airborne.
            Like this family french women married soldier and in most cases disappeared without giving any news. Do you know sone of these mixed family ?
            Four photos were given to us by the AIr Base.
            Three photos concerned the ‘Bois Claireau’ farm fefore its destruction and the last one concerned a visit of may communal school to your High School.
            I can’t add the photos to the blog.
            Another day, I would tell about experienced events during this period.
            Best regards.

          • Bonjour PC (cowboy) –
            Thank you for your comments on the blog. I hope to see more of your stories here. My father was stationed at the base from 1961-1963 and hunted frequently. Did you ever shoot on the base? My father helped build a skeet and trap range on the base and there were many days when the local French hunters and shooters came to the base for an afternoon of shooting. There are a few pictures on this site of the skeet range. As I remember, the president of the “Rod and Gun Club,” which was the organization that made the arrangements with the local French hunters was a Lieutenant Colonel named Jack Moffatt. Perhaps he is the one that you remember as he was there at the same time that we were (1961-64). – Doug Donnell

  122. Stationed at Dreux with the 8th Radio Relay Squadron providing communication with radio relay sites throughout France, England and Germany. Spent some time in Verneuil-sur-Havre and L’Aiglon. Last visited France in 1999 and made re-acquaintance with Hotel Littre at Montparnasse and Orly Airport (Field) where I was stationed for a while.

  123. I could use your help please. I have an gentleman that served in Dreux France in 1961-62. He is needing his patch 7117. Can anyone point me in the direction on where I can get this for him?

  124. My brother and I lived in Dreux, France, from 1952 to 1956. We are the children of Captain John H. Dietz, III, who was stationed there. We would love to connect with people who could help us with our childhood memories. We grew up in a house that had been occupied by the Germans and was used as their headquarters in the area during the war. We have a lot of photos.

    • Stacy – Bill McLeod here. We have at least one kid who was there in 1953., Paula Wadsworth Hansinger. She has not been on lately but she corresponds with Sherry Nelson so maybe Sherry can get her back on. If you can scan your pictures and email them to webmaster@dreuxairbasefrancememories.org. We would love to see them. Bill

      • Stacy –

        I’ll try my best! In the meantime, we would love to see your photos! Thank you in advance for sharing.

  125. Somehow one of Ron Britton’s comments did not get approved. Once you have been approved all new comments should go directly to the blog. I don’t know what happened. I am repeating it here. Maybe Doug will be able to answer it.

    Hi All, I have recently been trying to track down my Dad, Elton Britton’s service records. I was hoping to up date his info on this site but the only service records returned from the request were stateside assignments. Is there a different request site/process for overseas records? Perhaps the Cold War nature of the service affects them? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. RonB

    • Hey Dreux Folks, Got a phone call from Buddy Love tonight.
      Buddy lives in Charolett, North Carolina. He says he, his wife & family are OK & well even tho the city is having great problems.
      Thank you Buddy, you’re in my prayers & lets hope many others on this blog are praying that the trouble will soon be resolved where you reside.
      A/2C Sibert

    • Military records are archived and are available from the National Archives. Instructions can be found on this site:
      Note that there was a big fire at the records repository in St Louis many years ago and it destroyed many records. Records for discharges before 1954 are public and can be requested online. For post 1954 discharges (over 62 years after the discharge), only direct relatives can request, which, I’m sure is the case for Ron. It’s not a problem – the request has to be submitted by paper and the form (SF 180) can be downloaded from the Archives website. I hope that helps. – Doug

      • Thank you Doug. This was the avenue I went for my original request but the returned records were only stateside. I’ve been thinking I may try one more time mentioning I am looking for his overseas records as well but perhaps those were some of those lost in the fire…. Thank you very much for your response. Ron

        • Ron—
          I knew your Dad. He was the organist/pianist for our chapel choir under MSGT Levau, who was also the wing SGT Major. Your Dad’s greatest achievement when I knew him was playing the organ at the Chartres Cathedral when we gave a recital there.

    • Billy Mac Thank you very much for keeping an eye out for me here. I hadn’t had a chance to check back but appreciate the re-post and response from Doug. Cheers All, Ron

  126. I glad that the Dreux close ups are of some use. I made them thinking that eventually google would update their sat view of the base and we would lose them.

    • The close-ups are very useful as well as interesting, Bill. Thank you for making and sharing them with this group. Per Glenn’s suggestion, I have taken another look at Close-up 1D and it does indeed show the ballfield that I have been talking about! There were only simple benches there (no bleachers), and the backstop. I remember watching the airmen, as well as other kids, play there many times. Glenn’s observation about the cement rink in the close-up shot brought back so many memories…I, too, spent many hours roller-skating there as it was a perfect spot. The skates were the clip-on kind then…nothing fancy! Next to the rink was a large field of red poppies where we played until dark. Glenn is so right: this site is a gift that keeps on giving!

  127. Hi All, I have recently been trying to track down my Dad, Elton Britton’s service records. I was hoping to up date his info on this site but the only service records returned from the request were stateside assignments. Is there a different request site/process for overseas records? Perhaps the Cold War nature of the service affects them? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. RonB

  128. Hey Dreux Folks, I wonder, wonder who,—might have had something to do with the B-36 bomber before they came to Dreux Air Base ?
    I’m to give a presentation about this bomber at our WW-II round table meeting
    the 26th of August held at the Clarksville, Indiana library.
    It would be a nice tidbit to let the ones there at this meeting, hear about someones B-36 story from long days ago. I may have known an Airman at Dreux but was unaware of their connection to this bomber. I hope to hear back about this request. God Bless:

    • Hi Chuck – Well, I obviously never worked on one, much less saw one actually flying. I’m sure you’ll check out the fairly thorough article on Wikipedia. Since design started in WWII, it had reciprocating engines and ended up being underpowered, hence the addition of the jet engines. I got a kick out of the maintenance expression, “six turnin’ and four burnin'” to describe normal operations. With 56 spark plugs per engine, I’m sure that maintenance was a challenge – especially since most were assigned to northern tier bases to be close to the Soviet Union. Loring AFB, where I was stationed from 88-91 was originally built for the B-36. Being at the northern tip of Maine, it was close to the Soviet Union over the great circle route. The largest building on base (and I think the largest in the state of Maine, at least at the time it was built) was the Arch Hanger – which was specifically constructed to be large enough to hold the B-36. There’s a restored B-36 at the SAC museum between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska if anyone wants to see one. – Doug

      • Hey Doug, Thanks for your input about the USAF B-36 Peacemaker. I gave this presentation at the WW-II round table back in 2010. Some of the same old veterans are still coming to the meetings. Bill Martin who heads it up is 93 & Col Humbert is 91. I will have a door prize as well, a 12 package of DvD’s about WW-I & WW-II. I have a lot more material this time around. More hand outs to discuss & 30 pictures on 11×17″ poster board that has been laminated as well as a video & some sound effects I recorded & enhanced plus Kate Smith singing God Bless America at the close. I try to make all the meetings but some I failed to attend. We have close to 30 now each month. Someone has a presentation each month & November is our show & tell month. December is the off month as our meeting date falls on the last Friday of each month.
        God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

  129. Buddy Love sent us a gas coupon. I have added it to his story. He was in charge of issuing them while he was at Dreux. For those of us who may not know what they were I have added Doug Donnell’s explanation to the story.

  130. I was wrong on the video. You can’t see the area of the front gate and the school. I added links to two videos on Philippe’s website to our video page to make it easy to access them. You should still go take a look at his website. It’s worth it.

  131. Just put up a new story from Chuck. Also check out the website of Phillipe. There are some things there that we don’t have. If you click on the solar panel picture you get a video where you can see the whole base from the air. On the main base the roads are still there but all the buildings and foundations are gone. On margaritte six the buildings are still there. Further down the page you will find a referral to our website. The speckled picture just before our picture of the last C-119 is actually a video taken at the open house in 1956.

  132. I could not help but notice in some of the pictures that Dreux evidently continued on long after I left in June of 1961 on reassignment to Evreux to cross train on C-130’s. Within a couple of months at Evreux, was transferred to Athens, where I stayed until 64. Got to Dreux May 13th 1960 to work on C-119’s. I can’t recall the squadron, but I recall my barracks was located kitty corner from the airmen’s club, and the squadron airplanes I worked on was not not far from there as well, because it was a fairly easy walk to get around. my squad of airplanes was Most likely somewhere on the west end of the base. I was under the wrong impression the base closed up in 61, but judging from the pictures it lived on for a time. After Athens, was assigned to Otis AFB Cape Cod, and from there to Viet Nam to work on C123s. Got honorably discharged in 68: Went to college and later taught aviation maintenance and ground school for pilots in San Mateo California Community College.
    there’s more, but for now this is probably TMI. In any case I thought I’d share this with you. I’m ok if anyone cares to write to me at my home email. But not sure if you folks out there allow that, so will leave it out for now.
    Cheers and be safe and healthy everyone.

    • Hey Jim, From what you say your barracks was # S-163 at the corner of California Ave & Florida Ave. Same one as for Bill McLeod. The Airmen’s club was located on California Ave at North Carolina Street. It shows up in capture # 26 in the Dreux closeup picture album looking like a black 90 degree angel type building.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

      • Chuck
        thanks for responding so quickly and for giving me the exact location of the barracks and airmen’s club, and by street name no less. What more could I ask for. Funny story. When I was first assigned to France just out of tech school, I left the U.S. kicking and screaming. Yelling to my friends something like….how can I leave our great country and go to some backward place like France. Well it wasn’t long before I was introduced to a whole new world that opened my eyes to such a wonderful place…..and only a few kilometerss from Paris. I soon got to love the place before I was shipped out to new places, as previously mentioned.

        • Hey Jim, I am very glad to help you with anything about our old air base.
          I was in Turkey at Incirlik Air Base Adana, Turkey before I came to Dreux Air Base. When I arrived in Turkey hardly any Turks I came into contact with spoke any English. You can check this out in my stories. There was very little to do for us off base in 1958 because we had to learn some Turkish first. No so in France. I liked Turkey & France. God Bless:
          A/2C Sibert

  133. Hey Bob, Thanks for what you said. The unfinished main mess hall for the base in your photo, allows me to see just where you fellas were camped.
    Were you in on the assembly process of erecting the Belgian quonset huts for your living quarters ? When you left the base for good were all the trailers installed in the Officers park ? The Officers park had metal light poles with shaded lamps at the top on the streets and underground wiring. You can see them in one of your photos. It would be great if we could get more photos of your time at the new air base.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  134. Hi Ckuck I read your comment Re” the thrift store & it brought some memories to me If you refer to my picture album you will notice one pic with no trailers & one with trailers which was the officers park There was a hut about 3-4 rows over from my street & on the north end which was the 821st EAB PX. Also if you look at another of my pics taken on xmas day 54 You can see the AF mess hall in the distance which was not fully completed yet. Our mess hall was at the end of the muddy street in the pic. Just thought I would mentione it for what its worth But it did ring a bell with me Thanks & Requards Spc4 Bob Keller

  135. Dreux Air Base did have a thrift shop it was quonset hut T-1115 at the north end of the officers trailers court. See officers trailer area found in Dreux base maps.
    You get there by going to Dreux information first. Sherry tells us her mom would bring home used comic books she bought there for 12 cents & after she & others read them they would pass them on to other kids.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  136. Hey Dreux Folks, was there a softball field in the vicinity of Idaho Ave & North Carolina Street across from the NCO trailers first loop ? Sherry told me she recalls a field where the Airmen played that had benches for the players & a backstop. The children from the NCO trailer park often played near that ball field in the grassy area.
    A/2C Sibert

    • The only ball fields I remember were the ones over by the high school and the ones behind the NCO club. Both are visible in some of the pictures that we have posted on the site. The fields by the NCO Club may be the ones Sherry was thinking of.

      They had benches, and backstops. It’s quite possible that there was another set of fields closer to the NCO trailers – I just don’t remember. Everything at Dreux was so close, so anywhere on base was a short walk. – Doug

      • Hey Doug, The softball field behind the NCO club near to the football field was right next to the electrical substation for that area. You put up a picture of your dad playing in a game there with his co-workers & some Army fellas.
        There may have been a players bench but I never saw any spectator seating. I was able to look out on that field from my barracks S-168 overlooking the south goal post of the football field.
        Sherry played in the field next to Idaho Ave across from the NCO trailers first loop. Going east walking you left the NCO trailers first loop, crossed over Idaho Ave & then you were into the grassy playground area that Sherry talks about. She says there was a softball field there as you walked north toward North Carolina Street.
        This grassy area ran north from the perimeter road to somewhere close to North Carolina Street. I do not know how far it went eastward. God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

        • You’re right on all counts Chuck. I remember watching quite a few softball games at the field next to the electrical substation, and I don’t recall any spectator seating. In my picture you can clearly see that there wasn’t any seating on the 1st base side – don’t remember if there was any on the other side. I’m sure Sherry is right about the playground area by the NCO trailers – I just don’t remember it. I know for sure that all of the baseball and softball games we played for little league were at the fields over by the high school.

          • Sherry is indeed correct. I spent many hours learning to pitch with my dad, against the backstop at that field. I don’t think it was used for any games. Out what would have been the left field line, there was a oval cement ‘track’ where I learned to roller skate. I think I could see the outline of both spots on an aerial picture once. I will try to look for it.

          • I think Glenn replied the the wrong thread so I am repeating it here —
            from Glenn
            I found the picture. It’s 1d in the Dreux close ups. Look at the far right of the frame and you will see the oval. Go due south of that and you will see a v-shape tree/shrub line. That’s the area Sherry is talking about and where the backstop was. This site is a gift that keeps on giving!

  137. Hey folks, Here’s what we are up against. Talking to Sherry Nelson just a few minutes ago we were discussing the snack bar Juke box. She tells me her & her sister Debbie would go there for coca-colas & sit near the Juke box for sometime to listen to the stateside music. She said the GI’s would play many songs. She tells the songs were maybe only five cents per song. What I need to know is, was there also a Juke box found in the service club ? Bill Kaufmann’s service club sketch shows a Juke box located in the service club but I don’t see one located in the snack bar ? Could be he left that out of his sketch ? I hope someone will enlighten us about this.
    A/2C Sibert

  138. Even more on the NCO trailer park. I combined the two diagrams into one to make it easier to compare. Sherry is coming up with more information on what was in the opern areas. Everyone is invited to contribute. Bill

  139. More on trailer numbering in the NCO trailer park. I have added the diagrams for the park from the 1960 phone book and the one that we got from the AFCVM which was later then 1960, if you look at them the trailer numbers are the same except some of the trailers are gone and they have a 2 in front of the original trailer number. For example Sherry trailer was 364 in 1960 and 2364 in the later diagram. The diagrams are in Dreux Information- Maps and Sketchs. Bill

    • Thanks you, Bill, for sorting this dilemna out! The two additions – side by side – show interesting comparisons.

  140. Does anybody know the pharmacist or pharmacist assistant that was there in jan 1961..he helped birth me in the back of a staff car. My folks hv died and i hv some questions about location of my birth.

  141. This is a test on my part to see if this goes through been having some problems with my computer Have a nice day Bob Keller 821st EAB

  142. Don’t know which picture you are talking about with four digits but the officer’s trailer park was all four digits in the 1960 phone book.

  143. The AFCVM pictures are great and bring back so many memories. Thank you so much, Bill, for a job well done. Regarding the trailer numbering question that Glenn has raised, I would agree with him. Our number on South Dakota Avenue, for example, was T364. Perhaps some of the trailers were numbered differently. In any event, I have studied the new Trailer Park map here tonight with the street names identified, and so many memories have flooded back of the families we shared our lives with all those years ago.

  144. The home page picture of Headquarters & the main Hanger was taken by Sherry Nelson’s father Daniel Watson, in 1959. The 60th Troop Carrier Group with its three squadrons 10th, 11th, & 12th started to arrive at the new base beginning in Sept 1955. If that hanger was completed in 1954 or early 1955 it was only 4 or 5 years old when the photo was taken. Since all the hangers were demolished in 2007-2008 for scrap they only stood for 53-54 years & were really only used by the USAF for 6 or 7 years. When I was living at the base, 1960-1961, that hanger looked exactly like the main page photo. When I came back for a base look-see in Aug 1987 it looked as tho that hanger had been painted a rust color. When I walked inside that hanger it looked similar to my last days at the base but the outside made me almost shed a tear, for it wasn’t paint, just rust on rust. The Vietnam war was going on when U.S. troops left France for good, so we didn’t hear too much about the bases closing in France. I just had to talk a little bit about all the treasure Uncle Sam spent on Dreux Air Base. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  145. When you look in the picture folders for AFCVM, under control tower, there is a picture showing three men working in the tower. This picture was posted in the Dreux Review on page three. We do not know the year as of yet. My guess is the early years of the base. When did the Dreux Review begin to be printed ? Again my guess is in 1956. We are hoping someone will recall the three men in this picture. Left to right they are A/3C Glenn W. Simonds, Mr Michel Leveillard (no doubt French) , & S/sgt Daymond G. Maddox. Again we would like to find out if anyone out there can help with these questions. It could be someone will recall, after some 50 years, some information concerning these folks. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  146. Hey folks, Bill has put up pictures in the AFCVM folder that are different than what he had there at first. Some could be the same but better, so take a look. I am putting comments these pictures as of now. Bill had had these pictures for a while, just takes some time to get it all together. My hat’s off to him !!!
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Wow, these are really great and should dust off a few memories for the folks on this blog. I was amazed that there was a trailer left on the base. As bad a shape as the pictures show it to be in, those that lived in them will certainly be able to recognize the general layout. I still remember that little bathtub that you would sit in. Great job Bill.
      – Doug

      • Hey Doug, The trailer shown in the latest pictures was not on the base when the photo was taken. The AFCVM folks told us that this trailer was found by their folks to be in a factory enclosure somewhere near to the base. If you look close one can see metal fence posts & woven wire fencing near to the trailer. I will continue to search my e-mails to find just where we were told to find this trailer. We may have info on where one can find another trailer from AFCVM e-mails. For some reason Bill & I can not reach these folks again ? Thank you & all you do to keep this blog moving forward !! God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

        • These AFCVM pictures are great. I don’t remember the trailers having 4 numbers. For instance, ours was T218; in the non-comm section right on Perimeter Rd. I have posted a picture with that number. The one picture with T227 seems more like what I remember. I guess we were in another area of the base.

          • I found the picture. It’s 1d in the Dreux close ups. Look at the far right of the frame and you will see the oval. Go due south of that and you will see a v-shape tree/shrub line. That’s the area Sherry is talking about and where the backstop was. This site is a gift that keeps on giving!

  147. My family was at Dreux AFB from 1957 to 1958 with Sgt Glenn Fugitt and Connie Fugitt. I was born there and the next year in 1959 moved to off base housing known as the French Economy, just outside the city of Dreux, France, right across from an abandoned factory (which I would also like more information on). If anyone has any information they can share regarding the trailers on-base housing or about SSgt Glenn Fugitt who worked at the Motor Pool, please contact me. I am looking for the nice gentleman with reddish hair, an officer, who helped my mom often with rides to the hospital or the NCO club. Thank you.

  148. First of all I really enjoy reading about Dreux from all. I was stationed there from 1958 to 1961. During my stay I was assigned NCOIC of Base Telephone Office also worked at the Officers Club tending Bar.We lived in Dreux housing at first then moved to the trailers which made it nice. The only people that I can remember was Msgt Steeves, Tsgt Leroy Mullins and Tsgt Gauthers. Thanks for letting us keep up with the base.

    • Hi George – Welcome to the blog. Could you tell me something about the telephone system at Dreux? When I lived there I was a young guy, but went on to a career as a comm officer in the AF and worked a lot with phone systems. I’m curious to know anything you might remember about the inside and outside plant at Dreux.

      Thanks, Doug

      • Hi Doug. First of all I ran the base telephone operations section and also worked in the Teletype section much different then todays Comm. We had the old teletype equipment and received the old card system. My back ground in comm extends to Korea, Vietnam, Clark Ab PI, and Greenland. I retired after 21 years in 1972. Sorry I’m able to help on inside and outside plants. Take care and thanks for your blog.

        • Hello again George. I had to chuckle a bit when I read your post about “old” teletype. We were still using teletype machines to punch paper tape when I came on active duty in 1972. Then, when I was in tactical comm in the late 70’s the AF was still using teletype machines in their comm vans. Thought I had seen my last teletype machine until I showed up for a NATO assignment in 1991 and went into the comm center only to see banks of teletypes. So, I suppose “old teletype equipment” is a relative term. Those machines were reliable, but incredibly slow by today’s standards. During exercises I would sometimes put a courier in a staff car and have him hand carry the Air Tasking Order to the ATOC, as it was faster than sending it by teletype.

    • Hi George…I remember you and Sgt. Bojako arrived at Dreux at the same time – he took over teletype and you took over switchboard. I worked for TSGT Steves and Lt. Waple. I didn’t realize Sgt. Steves had made MSGT, but he was very sharp and deserved MSGT. I made SSGT in four after I rotated back to the states to Westover in Jan. of 1960. Spent a total of 8 years, and got out to go back to college. After an MBA I went with the railroads and the Fed. RR. Admin. Thanks to my 8 year in the Air Force I retired from Gu’mint with 38 years. I’m now retired and living in Tennessee, half-way between Nashville and Knoxville.

      • Hey Chris, Do you still have the same phone number ? If so I’ll call you. I have your last four as 6820.
        God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

  149. Hi Chuck ! I will try to answer your question again Guess I didn’t do it right the 1st time Re: location of E M club Late 55 it was moved from the Q- Huts in the 821st area .same time they moved us into the barracks etc. If my memory serves me correct the AF EM club was close to the new warehouses I don’t recall any street names . I think there was at least 2-4 warehouses in a line the club was across the street or not to far also I think construction was under way for another mobile park in the area. this would be in addition to the park that was built in the Q – hut area almost across the street from the hut that was my home. Hope this goes through I will keep trying if it doesn’t Bob Keller

    • Hey Bob, You are right on about the EM club. That’s where it was when Bill & I were at the base. The trailer park you mentioned being built, was to be for the NCO’s. I was dating a girl who lived in one of the trailers in 1960. The trailer park across from your Quonset hut was for the officers.
      Anything more you can recall please get it to me.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  150. I was at Dreux in 1955 having transferred from St Nazaire with a SCARWAF (probably mis-spelled) unit. Drove a Mack quarry truck and ran to Paris on every weekend opportunity in my 1955 MG1500 ($1300+, brand new) as well as attending two LeMans races- 54/55.
    Look back at that time of my life as a grand adventure and still keep in touch with Dick Etchinson a friend for life that I served with.
    Great time to be in France and have been back to the bases and France in general several times.

  151. Re: Saul Musikant remarks june 14th I was stationed at Dreaux with the 821st EAB From Oct 54 TO Jan 56 During that time period we lived in Quonset huts & the streets were just plain ole dirt refer to my picture album Late 1955 they did move us into one of the new Air Force Barracks & used one of the new chow halls. & the E M club down by the warehouses . Just thought I would mention this for what its worth Have a nice day Bob Keller Spc 4th 821 EAB

    • Hey Bob, Just where was that EM club ? Could it have been near the corner of California Ave & North Carolina St ? That would have been very near to the warehouses. If so that EM club would become the Airmens club that Bill & I knew in 1959-1961.
      A/2C Sibert

  152. In December 2015 or maybe January 2016 we had a comment from Saul Musikant. Saul was a radio repairman CPU with the US Army 821st engineer battalion. He made a remark about one of Doug Donnell’s pictures from 1978 he took of the base. He tells that the airport part of the new base was finished but troops still lived in tents & small quonset huts in 1953. He tells that the base roads were unfinished and very muddy. As we all know, barracks were to be constructed about the new base. This was 1953 & the base opened beginning in Sept 1955.
    I just found his comment in the new pictures album. Could be he will read this blog & get back with us via the blog. Saul, we sure hope to hear from you.
    A/2C Sibert

  153. We have a fella by the name of Mitch Clark who signed in on the unit page.
    Says he worked in the TTY maint shop ? That’s about all he’s told us for now.
    I sent to him an e-mail & hope to hear back from soon.
    Maybe someone can recall this Airman.
    A/2C Sibert

  154. I have wonderful memories of this base! I was really young, but remember Trailer City and our little duplex we lived in with my parents and 3 of my siblings.
    Was anyone friends with The Bennetts. My father was Major Chester Bennett. My mother was Julia Bennett.
    Siblings were; Sherry Bennett, Beau Bennett, Christopher Bennett and myself, Becky Bennett. We were there from approximately 1961-1964?
    Then we moved stateside to Lockbourne AFB until 1969.
    Thanks for this blog!!
    Becky Bennett-Armstrong

    • Hi Becky. Welcome to the blog. You were there at the same time we were. There are several members of the group that were at Dreux at that time. What were the ages of you and your siblings at the time? Did you live off base or in a trailer? Hopefully, we’ll be able to match up some info for you. – Doug

    • Joe

      My name is Tom Fitzgerald I was at Dreux from Jan 65 til Mar 67, I worked in Housing and Billeting and was one of the last to leave. Was your squadron commander a Captain with the nickname Buzz?

  155. My name is Joe Campisi, I was a TSGT with the Security Police. 1963 until all troops left. We really enjoyed our time there.

  156. I was a small child living in the Trailer City from about 1956-1960. My Dad, Frank Overcast was int he Air force and worked in the hospital. We loved it there because everyone lived like family. I remember our neighbors Chuck and Faye and we remained friends for years. I also remember going to the Riviera and driving through the countryside. Visiting Paris was so much fun for us. My Dad used to take my sister and I to the country to have shoes made for us which we thought we were so special. My Mom Hazel Overcast and I were in a fashion show at the club on base. I’m sure I have an 8mm film somewhere of our trailer and neighbors.

    • Welcome, Yvonne! Please share your film of the trailer and your neighbors with this group when you locate it. We would truly appreciate it! Many thanks.

  157. Hi ! I’m french and I’m a Brezolles’ chlid who is, now, 50 years old. My father was a garage manager and he was talking a lot about Crucey base’s people. And to me those pictures are very interesting and poignantes. I would say thank you to the people who manage this web site and thanks to the americans which alowed my country to be free. Merci !

    • Bruno – Welcome! Merci d’avoir visité notre blog. Tout le monde ici a de très bons souvenirs de la base et nos amis français dans les communautés environnantes. – Doug

  158. The Moped I owned at Dreux Air Base was not the Moped listed in the for sale section of the base paper. (Dreux Review) That Moped was listed for sale by Jack Bernklow. His daughter Nancy Bernklow had asked about this some months ago & I am now replying for her. Sorry Nancy it got lost in the shuffle.
    A/2C Sibert

  159. Hey Dreux folks,
    Bill just received three DVD copies of movies taken of Dreux Air Base years ago.
    They are somewhat rough and Bill will try to clean them up and put them on the web-site as soon as possible.
    Bill wants to know if there is a former Dreux person that can help with this task of cleaning the DVD’s up.
    Could be someone could point Bill to some software that can help with this project ? Let us know.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  160. What a good day to say hello to all Dreux Air Base folks. I’m looking for more photos to put up on the web-site. Just about exhausted my supply but could be some in this next box ? I hope you folks will be looking in your spots for more pictures also. I understand we’re all getting older but who’ll do it if we don’t ?
    Have a great day and a wonderful 2016. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  161. We have a contact lately via unit rosters. I am repeating it here.

    What where you doing a Dreux?
    My father (Leon White Coles) was stationed here until his death in
    1958 (13th Jan 1958). I believe he was there between 1949 and 1958.
    I am trying to locate a photograph of him.

    When where you there?
    Not applicable

    Please include name, rank. serial number, job, and unit either yours
    or of your parent. If you were a civilian employee send what infor you
    Name: Leon White Coles.
    Service No: AF 32 089 629
    Rank: Technical Sergeant

    I have emailed Jim Bandy who I hope knew Sgt Coles.

  162. 4/6/16
    Thanks for sharing this site. My father Jack Fohey and family was stationed at Dreux AB I believe 1966. he was Army supply sergeant. If anyone remembers him, would love to hear from you.
    His daughter,
    Patty Fohey Key

  163. My husband was in the Alabama Air National Guard which was activated in October 1961 and sent to Dreux. He was a JAG officer, William C. Howton, Jr.
    Since it was supposed to be a 10 month activation no dependents were provided for but some of us came anyway. There were a few trailers on the base and Bill managed to talk an officer who was living in one of them to give it up so I could come with our infant daughter. There were few families there and not even that many military personnel. The planes were all sent to another base so it was really quiet. The most exciting thing that happened was when a young French soldier was killed in some kind of accident and three members of the Alabama Guard were accused in his death. It was hard for the Americans to grasp that the French judicial system is so different from ours. Most of the Alabamians were experiencing their first trip out of the country and could not believe that the men would be charged according the the French system even though the incident occurred outside the base.
    We lived in our cosy trailer till sometime in the Summer. By then there were more families at Dreux and a group got together and chartered a plane to take us back to the U.S. We went via Amsterdam to New York. There were many children on the flight, including 11 tiny babies, many of them born over there.

    • Hannah, Buddy Love had told me about the French soldiers death.
      He said the Guard’s supply sergeant Garrison was held in the base stockade until the guard rotated back to the states. What month in 1962 did this happen ?
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • Hello Hannah – Welcome to the blog. I was there at the same time that you were, although as a young dependent, not an adult. When we arrived, the base had already been put into a caretaker status so things were pretty slow and it was pretty exciting when the Alabama ANG showed up. I remember the planes arriving . . . then leaving for Chaumont AB. I hope you can provide us with some stories and pictures from your time at the base. Again, welcome to the blog. – Doug

  164. I’m looking for some more photos of Dreux Air Base here at home. I hope to find some to get up on the pictures album. It would be very nice if some others would search their secret places and come up with more photos for the web-site.
    More to follow about this endeavor, stay tuned.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  165. I was there… I was an instructor at the 8th Radio Relay Microwave School at Dreux.
    Col. Thomas, Capt. Williams, and we Instructors. Anyone out there remember the good old days, drop me some email.

  166. Just put a welcome to France booklet from 1960. Booklet was for families being sent to France. Thanks to Doug Donnell for the book.

  167. Hello Jim
    Hay are you Jim and Ronnie The family From England, would love to correspond with you, please Email us bjfaase@charter.net, we jest looked up the blog and saw your reply– then we said hay that’s Jim and Ronnie–we will wait for your reply—————Bert / Jimmy

  168. Hello Ken, Very sorry about the sad loss of your mom, our condolences to you all. Wish we had this wonderful Blog years ago. We were in Fairfax, VA for about 16 yrs before moving to Colorado. I would have enjoyed meeting up with your dad, he’s a good guy & I liked him. You are right about the chateau. We lived there from early 1956 to late 1960. It was a wonderful place for families & we have many fond memories of living there & France in general.

    • Yes it would have been nice to connect earlier with former Dreux residents. We lived in Fairfax for 10 years before moving to Arlington in 1988. Mom and dad visited often, so we could have hooked up. I just got back from skiing at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Such a small world.

  169. Myra – check our dreux information link for maps then Chatteauneuf housing . There is a map showing the city location and a bigger map showing houses. These were made from google maps. You can go to google maps and then use the google street view to look at individual houses.

  170. Calling out to those that were in Dreux later as in April 1963-May 1966. My Dad then Tech Sargent Jame E. Looney was station at Dreux Air Base for those years. We started our residence there in a silver trailer with a lean to built on for only about 3 months but not sure. Then we moved to Chateauneuf. My brother thinks our neighborhood or village was called Leon which does not show up on the maps. We were very fortunate as we lived on the edge of the off base housing right across from French residents. We played with these kids and learned somethings from them including eating chocolate with bread.

    Our next door neighbors were the Parkers. Any Parker family members on this blog? My sister was born at the airbase hospital in Evreux in July of 1963. We loved this area and our sweet ironing lady Madame Leon. There was a little stream with a bridge that my brother fished from.

    The French were going socialist and even as a child I read the “Yankee Go Home” painted on a 2,000 year old Roman wall with sadness. We were soon moved back on base into a silver trailer with a little built on lean to. Pretty tight for a family of five. The fun of living on base was walking to the movies every Saturday morning and sneaking into the fighter planes that were stored on the back of the base. We got run out by the MPs more than once.

    So us three siblings are planning on going back this spring maybe end of May to first of June if I can get my brother to commit. It looks like there are several on here planning spring trips. Does anyone have any advice?

    We are thinking after arriving in Paris Friday, May 20th we will immediately go to Chateauneuf to explore for several days. Will we be okay to visit that area over a weekend or will everything be closed up? In this area we will look for our old house, what’s left of the air base, go the Chartres on day (a perennial field trip location). Then we will head north through Evreux (my sister’s birthplace) and on to Normandy for a couple of days. Then back to Paris. I really want to run a race in Paris and there is a 5 K Saturday May 28th. Of course we will do many other fun things in Paris and then fly home.

    All advice is welcome as this will be the first time back for us in 50 years. God bless you all

    BTW I think I also had Miss Waris she was an amazing teacher. She got married the year I was there and became Mrs. Pamy.

  171. HELLO we were the first to occupy the Chateau de la Barre, after the army left– still looking for Arthur A Terry— I am Bert Faase, just talking to Bob Lanahm- who was with operations—we were with the 60th field radio operations—- with Raymond Stakley— we returned home in Feb of 1957

    • Hello Bert, Glad to know you are well. One of the pictures was from a postcard we bought at the village shop in Les Chatelets, the other was a picture we took on our last visit in 1990. We stopped by the farmers house & spent a nice time with him & his wife, enjoying coffee, goodies & drinks. They made us most welcome & he gave us a tour of the chateau. They told us how nice it was for them when the ex American residents stopped by for a visit & that it was like family coming home. They did mention that Roger Acord had recently visited. We corresponded with them for some years until we got a short note saying they had both passed away. Ask Stakley does he still have the Ford with trumpets on the fenders that played Rock & Roll. Tell Lanahm I said Hi, that’s if he remembers me.

  172. Returning to France this summer. I was going to stop by Dreux. I am hoping to find “Billy Goat Hill” hill and take my red wagon down the hill for old time sake. I was cruising thru the internet and came across the blog about the Dreux school. So much fun.

    It has brought back so many great memories. We were stationed at Dreux for 3 years (1958 to 1961) . I was in grade school, 3rd to 5th grade. Great teachers, my favorites Ms. Stevens and Estabrook. I remember two classmates Sonny and Doug. Anyone out there in the same class. We may have been square dancing partners.
    We spent 1 year in Dreux than moved to Chateauneuf.

  173. I am planing my first trip back to France this May since my family transferred back to the States in July 1960. We lived in Dreux while my dad (George Vranich) was stationed at Dreux Air Force Base from 1956 to 1960. Although I have inherited a very poor long-term memory in general, I did want to try and visit where we lived at that time to see what memories it might jog. I was quite surprised to come across this web site while searching for information on Dreux. I was even more surprised when I read the article posted by Sherry Watson Nelson about “A Very Special Teacher” — we must have been in the same 1959/1960 3rd grade class with Miss Waris. After living in the new housing area just up the hill in town of Dreux for 3 years, we moved to the same trailer park as Sherry for our last year. Although I don’t recall any of our classmates, we must have know each other at the time.

    One thing that I was trying to find before our trip (May 2016) is where we actually lived for the first 3 months of our tour. We arrived in October 1956 and the Druex housing was not yet ready so we were assigned to an old hotel somewhere in the surrounding area. I believe we stayed there until January 1957 when the housing was completed. There were other families at the hotel also, but as it was quite full, we (mom, dad and my brother) were in one room with two double beds in the attic. There was a sink in the room, but the bathroom was elsewhere…believe it might have been on the floor below. Don’t know which town it was in, but looking out the dormer windows we could see a square with a WWI memorial for which there was a ceremony on November 11. I know a bus picked up my brother and the other kids staying at the hotel for transport to the school on base (I hadn’t started yet). Thought it might be Nonacourt, but searching Google Earth did not give me any clues. Does anyone have any idea where this hotel might have been?

    Would love to hear from Sherry. Seeing the details in her posting she may remember me even if I don’t remember her.

    • Hi Ken!

      First of all, a big welcome is sent your way! I have enjoyed reading your post and will look forward to more contributions from you in the future: memories, photos, etc. While I cannot put a face to your name, I do know that there was a Ken in our class as I drew his name for the Christmas gift exchange! I remember this distinctly as my grandfather shared the same first name and I thought that was neat at the time. Do you have a photo of yourself from that time? Perhaps we were square dance partners in class! While I can’t help you with your search for the hotel information, I suspect that someone in this group can and will help you soon. I wish you the very best of luck with your trip back to Dreux. Thanks for sharing.

      • Hi Ken,
        I’m glad you found the site. I’m sure it will whet your appetite for your upcoming trip. My dad was stationed at Dreux from 59-62, and I also had Ms Waris, with Sherry; so we were very likely classmates for 3rd grade, too.
        I made a trip back in 2012 and again in 2014. Structures were being torn down in the first trip and ther was nothing but a bit of rubble in the second trip. That’s progress for you!

        I think the third picture in my album may be the War Memorial in Maillebois that you described. I don’t know if the building behind it is the ‘hotel’. It sits at one end of a town square, so when you go you may want to check it out. I have to imagine the structure is still standing.

        Enjoy your trip, and please share a report when you return. I hope by now there is some access allowed to the solar farm facility that’s on the site. At least you might be able to travel some of the old streets.

        • Glenn,
          Good to hear from another classmate even if it has been 56 years and we don’t remember each other. To bad they didn’t do group class photos back then. I do have my 3rd grade photo, but will have to look through old slides my folks took to see if there are any from school. I know we had some from when we went to the Paris zoo at year end, but don’t remember if it was after 2nd or 3rd grade.

          Chuck sent some info on Maillebois and I did see the hotel on Google Earth. It is the place I remember. Just thought it was bigger than it looks now. But then again, seems like every place we lived growing up looks much smaller now than back then.

          Will follow up with info when we come back from our trip in the Spring.


      • Sherry,
        Thanks for responding so quickly, but as you can see I am not as diligent. I do have a 3rd grade photo which I suppose I should not be to embarrassed to post once I get a some time to figure out how to do it. I do remember the square dancing especially since my folks were in a square dance club in Dreux. They would rotate having the dances in different homes in our housing area. Had to make their own entertainment back then with no TV and the movies didn’t change that often. Oh the good old days!

        As you can see below some of the others have responded to my first post and I will make an effort to reply to them also. Until next time…

        • Dear Ken,
          I’m the historian of EAASDC (European Assoc. of American Square Dance Clubs, see eaasdc.eu). The club that you report about was a member of this association. I’m on the search for information about the club, through rotation a lot got lost. Could you be of any help and provide me with pictures, badge or other information? Originals or scans everything is welcome. Many thanks in advance.

    • Hey Ken, I believe you were housed at the Auberge de Maillebois in Maillebois some 5 miles from the Dreux Air Base. Maillebois is found on road D-939 to the left going south just off Road D-20 coming from Dreux. See road sign photo where you turn off to go down slight hill into Maillebois in my pictures album.
      You could have seen the WW-I memorial standing at the front of the square from your attic room dormer. The Auberge de Maillebois (hotel/Inn) building still stands on your right heading toward Chateauneuf but maybe not used as a hotel/Inn now? I was there in Aug 1987 and the sign still said
      Auberge de Maillebois. Directly across from this building is the Auberge des Trois Epis, a Hotel, Restaurant, Tabac, & bar which is still in business.
      Look in my picture album for photos of this area 18th row 2nd photo- 37th row 5th photo- 49th row 1st photo- 60th row 5th photo. The old Open Gate Restaurant Bar building still stands on the left side of road D-20 just before you make a right turn onto the base entrance road D-315.1. See 18th row 1st photo. The 18th row 2nd photo shows how the Open Gate used to look in 1960.
      I hope this will help you when you return to the area where our Dreux Air base once stood, just a beautiful Avion Base.
      The families I knew from 1987 that lived very close to the old base have all passed away but I will try very hard to get to you the e-mail addresses of people Bill & I have been in contact with the last two years. I believe someone will be glad to meet up with you and help you locate what you want to see.
      The mayor of Maillebois may be of some help for you.
      In the Dreux web-site you will find the locations of all the off base housing areas along with their photos.
      Bill and I will help you all we can as you will surely need all the help you can get on your trip to France.
      More to come ASAP. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • Hey Ken, I am sending to you a picture of the old hotel where you lived near the WW-I monument as it looks now in Maillebois. I know this will help you a lot when you get to Maillebois. The old hotel is just behind the blue car looking north past the monument.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

      • Chuck,
        Thanks for the information and Maillebois must indeed be the place where we stayed in the hotel. Could not see where you sent me a photo, but I did see it in the ones you posted on the Pictures page. Once I saw that, went to Google Earth and was able to see how it currently looks. Not as big as I expected, but the location was on the mark…even down to the river/creek that ran through the town. Will try to get by there when we visit in the spring. Also will go by our house in the subdivision up the hill from the St. Louis Chapel in Dreux itself.

        For now, this has been a big help as it was driving me crazy trying to figure out where that hotel was. If I have more questions when the trip gets nearer, I will let you know.


    • Hey Ken,
      I knew your dad quite well, being my flight chief in the 11th Sq. He was a TSgt at that time & a great NCO. Fair & honest in his dealings with us young GIs, speaking in his very impressive deep voice. I also met your mother. They were visiting a friend at the chateau where we lived & stopped by our apartment for a look see. Your mom was a lovely lady & very pleasant, they made a handsome couple.
      Hope you enjoy your trip, we love France. Remember though, take twice the money & half the clothes.

      • Jim,
        It was very good to hear that someone remembered some nice things about my folks. I wish that I had been older when we were there so that I would have more memories of the place.

        My mom passed away in 2007 and is Arlington National Cemetery. Dad turned 90 last year, but his memory and cognitive abilities are dwindling very fast. Thus, he cannot help with any questions I have about Dreux. After spending many years retired in Florida, he is now in the assisted living section at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC. It works out well since my brother and I both live in the DC suburbs and can visit him frequently.

        I do remember visiting a chateaux where some of the families lived and saw some photos of it on the Pictures page. I would assume that is the one you mentioned. The only specific memory I have of it was that there was a room where the chateaux owners had apparently stored all their crystal when the place was turned over to the Americans. Much of the crystal was untouched, but there were a lot of broken pieces all over the floor. Is this the same Chateaux?

        Thanks again for the good words.

  174. Just got this from Jim O’brien. You can see his stories in the memories section and his pictures in the picture section.

    Thanks to all of you on the team for all the of your work & time spent working this BLOG for our benefit, enjoyment & fond memories. For you Bill, a special thanks for getting me in touch with our mutual friend Don Leslie. It was great reminiscing with him about our days at Dreux. We discussed working on the on C-119s & the various NCOs we worked for. He & I were both fresh out of Tech School at that time, & impressed with the aircraft & in awe of NCOs and their rank. That, inevitably rolled into our experience being on flying status & the responsibility for the care & maintenance of the planes while alone at different air bases on cross country trips. We also chatted about the various aircraft commanders we crewed with. All in all we both enjoyed every aspect of the 11thSq. & agreed that Dreux & France was a great overseas assignment.

    On another note, I stayed with the Air Force as a career, & on flying status for about 18 yrs, with most of my time in the Pacific area. I crossed paths with several people from Dreux during my travels. TSgt Joe Hammond & I served in the same AC-47, Spooky Gunship Sq. in Viet Nam. TSgt Bob Larrick & I shared a house for awhile in Saigon. Again in Viet Nam I met up with SSgt Bodo Wiesner, A2C Tom Green, & an old buddy from Food Service A1C Paul Marsh. In the Philippines, MSgt Harold Wilkerson. he was the 1stSgt. of the 11thSq. when I got to Dreux & without a doubt the finest NCO I ever knew. Other people I met: 1Lt Jim Moore, at Clark AB, then a Captain for Branif. TSgt Pete Cooley, Hickam. I keep in touch with a good friend SSgt Vince Snipas, he was a Radio Operator in the 10th. Also, my wife Ronne, met A1C Roger Acord, in Honolulu, he was also an airline Captain but for, PANAM. While at Dreux he was in Avionics with the 60th FMS. He & his family also lived in the Chateau de La Barre, the same time we were there.

    I had hoped that my two articles in Memories of Dreux would garner some interest on the BLOG from the children who might have seen their fathers’ names mentioned, but alas, there was no joy. I hope this note generates some interest from them. I am sure that many of our WW11 & Korean serving airmen that we knew at Dreux have now moved on to that big base in the sky. May God bless them all.

    A1C Jim O’Brien

    • Jim, We read your article about working at NCO club. My friend was born at Dreux in 1959. His older sister (9 at the time) remembers MSgt. XXXXXX too, who was good friends with their parents Glenn and Connie Fugitt. Her memories are exactly as you described him, very dapper and genteel. Do those names ring a bell? Also, do you remember MSgt. XXXXXXX’S first name and/or the name of his wife? Thanks,

      • pHi Sandy, my heart almost stopped when I read your post. That 9-year old is me! My name is Evelina Dunn, married name, but back then I was Vangy Fugitt and was living in the trailers on base before moving off base. Glenn was my step dad and Connie was my mother. Both have since passed away. I sure would love more information from anyone about the French Economy housing as it was called, specifically the house across from the abandoned factory next to a small stream going through the forest. I remember the school and some friends like Mary Beth and my boyfriend at the time in 7th grade, a Ron and a cool guy known as Julius who wore black leather and put mirrors on top of his shoes, bad boy! But especially Mr. Chrome Dome, our French teacher we dubbed by that name. He was a great teacher. I remember seeing movies in those Quonset huts. I loved living in France and always hoped to return, but it wasn’t to be. I do have some old photos of the housing, and the trailers, not sure where to post them.

  175. Hey Dreux Folks, When you scroll to the very bottom of the home page you need to click on the web site there. Some may not even know about this web-site because they’ve never looked at the bottom of the home page. I’ve talked to some folks that never have looked at the bottom of the home page. When I ask “did you see the wonderful pictures from AFCVM” many tell me no.
    Association Francaise des Collectioneurs Vechicules Militaires is the site. Don’t pass this up for you might just see Dreux Air Base scenes you haven’t seen for many years. Let me hear back about this from folks who never saw this. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  176. was there a hospital there, or, if you were at Evereux, would one have been born there? My sister’s 1959 French birth certificate says only she was born ” a’ l’hopital de la base ame’ricaine”. Our dad T O was flight line 317th at EAFB…

    • Hello R Bond, There was a hospital at Dreux air Base. Sometime in the year 1961 it was downsized to a clinic. There was a hospital also at Evreux that stayed open as such, till that base closed for good in early 1961. Would you tell us more about your father ?What do the letters T O stand for ? Thanks for you blog note. We look forward to hearing from you soon. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

      • R Bond – I have contacted some of our Erveux readers and their answers are here:

        Thomas Sparr says:
        Yes, there was a hospital in/at Evreux. It was/is located on the west-north-west side of town as the terrain starts to rise up from a small river that runs through that side of Evreux. I say “is” as the buildings remain, although few are occupied and most are in disrepair. I visited the sight in 2011 and took a number of photos. There was also an officer’s housing area a few blocks south of the hospital.

        The MF Smith listed in the CC address was stationed at the hospital and may comment. That is if he didn’t mind me including him in this email. Also, in it’s a small world, my mother was a McLeod, from north-east Ohio. Regards, Thomas, 39th TCSq, 1960-64, Evreux.

        MF Smith says:
        Yes, the 317th Tactical Hospital was on the hill above Evreux, which was referred to as St. Michel. I was occupied in mid-1960. I arrived late December 1960 and one of my first projects was the formal dedication and opening ceremonies. Thanks to friends in other units, we pulled it off!

        With the birth certificate dated 1959, that would have been at the hospital on the main base. I believe it was in the building that later became the BOQ across the street from the O Club. Not really sure, but I think that officially to the French would have been Fauville which had a small city hall just outside of the back gate.

        I have included Laurent Loizy, who lives in Evreux, on the distribution of the message. He is much more versed in the history of EFAB than I am and may be able to amplify.

        This is a link to a photo of the outside of the building. Photo was supposedly taken in 2010 but unusual that the “Bus Stop” sign is in English.

        I believe the GPS is 49.022517, 1.230927

        Wouldn’t bet my next pay on it, but I believe this is the location.

      • Chuck, Evreux-Fauville AB didn’t close until 1967, the deadline for NATO to leave France. Our C-130 Sqdns went TDY there till at least 66. Was your 1 a typo? I don’t know for sure how long l’Hopital au Evreux stayed open. Regards, Thomas

      • Evreux did close in April 1967 not 1961. Thanks Tommy for
        seeing this & letting me know about it. Yes, I did make a type-o. God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

        • R Bond, Your post of yesterday is interesting, with a TO from St. Louis. I say I’m near STL because most don’t know St. Peters, 25 miles west. Are there two Toms in/near to STL?
          I’ll be with you and your sister in spirit during your travels to France this year, am planning on 2017or 18. There is a chap on facebook, Evreux Alumni, who lives near & works on the Evreux AB. He may like to meet you as he is interested in the history of the bases in that area. His name is Laurent. Did you get some photos of l’Hopital Evreux? Thomas

      • Your statement about the Evreux Hospital closing in 1961. I don’t think that date is correct. My brother was born at Evreux on August 4, 1964.

        • The Dreux hospital was downgraded to a clinic in 1961 when the operational aircraft left. The Evreux hospital remained open after that, until the phase down to close the NATO military presence.

  177. Coming up on the new year . . . have many great memories of Christmas at Dreux. As so many of us have said, our time there was so special in so many ways, and the Christmas season is just another set of great memories. My very best wishes to all of my Dreux friends. Wishing you the very best in 2016. – Doug

    • As usual, Doug expressed himself very well, and captured the sentiments most of us have. I was 8 to 11 while I was there, but my memories of Dreux still remain vivid over 50 years later. Special times; special people. This site, and this community have helped me to re-live those times again. Thanks to you all…and have a wonderful 2016.

  178. I was stationed at Dreux AFB France from May of 1960 until it closed in 1961. I was subsequently reassigned to Evreux, AFB France. At Dreux, I was an E-1 and worked as a general aircraft mechanic. Crossed trained to C-130’s at Evreux. While at Evreux, within four months I was reassigned to Athens, Greece.

    • Hello Jim, You tell that you arrived at Dreux Air Base in May 1960. The base did not close in 1961, the flying squadrons were inactivated. The aircraft personnel were sent to other bases or separated from the USAF. What month did you transfer to Evreux? Bill & myself left the USAF in April that year at Mcguire AFB. You say you were an E-1, just what is this ? Hope to hear more from you soon. Bill’s barracks was located on the corner of California Ave & Florida Ave & I was in the barracks on California Ave at the south end of the football field. God Bless;
      A/2C Sibert

      • I stand corrected on the bases’ actual closure. As mentioned, I transferred out on those dates. An E-1 is a one stripe enlisted airman. Eventually I ended up as a staff sgt., (4 stripes) leaving the Air Force (1959-1968) after 8 years and after one stint in Viet Nam.

        • Hey Jim, An E-1 is really an Airmen basic.
          An Airmen 3rd class (one stripe) is a E-2.
          An Airmen 2nd class (two stripes) is a E-3.
          An Airman 1st class (three stripes) is a E-4.
          Bill & I wore two stripes & our pay grade was
          You were a staff sergeant with 4 stripes an E-5 so just count backward & you’ll see what I’m saying. This was the way it was in the 60’s.
          God Bless:
          A/2C Sibert

  179. Dear Dreux folks, Today is Christmas day 2015. Jesus is the reason for the season. I wish to all a very Merry Christmas & the about to be here year 2016 to be very good to all of you !!!!!!
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert “Nabb, Indiana”

  180. I found this blog while I was trying to locate French nationals for my mom. My parents met while my father was stationed at Dreux. My mother was a French National. They were married for 30+ years and had five children before he passed away. She is currently living in the Scott AFB area. I am sending her this link so she can post some of her memories and get in touch with others. I know this will be a wonderful experience for her!

    • Bonjour Elena, I am not a French national but I do live near St. Louis, MO and know Scott AFB, Il. I was not posted to Dreux, but was assigned to the 39th TCSq from 1960 to 1964 at Evreux-Fauville AB, a few kilometers north of Dreux. We have some friends who came from Dreux and joined our squadron when the C-119s departed Dreux. We also have a few French friends from the Evreux to Mantes les Jolie area along route N-13 to Paris. I have spoken to a couple of French speaking people at Lambert St. Louis Airport, but unfortunately never learned their names. We are friends on Facebook with a French couple who work in Ohio and try to retain and use what French we do know. If your Mom does choose to post on this blog, I can respond if she wishes. What unit was your Father assign to at Dreux and during what time period? Regards, Thomas & Nancy

  181. In keeping the reorganization of the site I have linked all the new articles to both the their group, such as Memories, and the New Articles page. The New Articles page will work the same as the new pictures folder. that is, all new articles whether information, obituary, memories, etc will be linked to both places. After awhile (not determined yet) I’ll drop them off the New Articles page. Bill

  182. I was at Dreux with my father from 1959 to 1962. My older sister graduated from the high school, went to her prom at the Eiffel tower — loved the video of that event! My father was attached to the 8th Radio Relay station

    • Welcome,Mary. For everyone else, Mary and I have been exchanging emails and we were in the same 6th grade class. Ron Holland was in it too — now three of us on the website from the same 6th grade class in 1961/2. How about that.

  183. The ship Corky Dault went to France on was the U.S.S. General W. G. Haan.
    She was launched 20 Mar 45 & at the end of her life scraped in Taiwan in 1987.
    Just a tidbit some might want to look up.
    A/2C Sibert

  184. I have just finished reading with interest Grady Gibbons’ memories article (thanks to Chuck Silbert). My sister, Debbie, was one of those kindergardeners in the margarite 6 building that he described. She was there during the 1960-61 school year, so that would fit.

  185. I have put some new obituraries. Of note is Reverend Hofstad, he was mentioned by Chris Crissifulli, and Joe Upton who has pictures on the site. I also put up some information on Grady Gibbons in Memories of Dreux.

    I am going to be adding some security features to the site and while I expect no trouble, it could happen. I will do the update on Saturday. If the site disappears don’t worry. I have it backed up and we can restore it . Bill

  187. Dreux Folks,
    Bill has some new to us, obits up on the site. Maybe you can recall these former Dreux Air Base USAF folks. Bill has been working very hard to get the site updated. Give him a hand !!!!
    A/2C Sibert

  188. Dreux Folks, Sherry made it home to Natchez, Ms safe and sound & exhausted.
    Glad she is well & recovering. Washing & ironing she was when I talked to her Saturday.
    A/2C Sibert

  189. While I was working on our new video I discovered another Dreux video on You Tube. It is from the high school. I added a link to it on the video page titled Dreux high school. Bill

  190. Just added and new heading to match the reorganization – New Articles. To initiate it I have added a new article from Alain Wojcik on his tour of the base. It includes all the pictures taken the day the video was taken. Eventually I will get the pictures into new pictures and Alain’s folder. Bill

  191. I have put up a video from Alain in You Tube. It is of the tour on October 7. Go to video page and click on Dreux Air Base Tour. I am still working on the pictures. Bill

  192. Dreux Folks,
    Sherry should return from her New England vacation to Natchez, Ms this week-end. Lets all that will pray for a safe return for Sherry. I’m hoping that her house in Ireland will be sold in a few short weeks. She needs to have that behind her very soon.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  193. Just got a bunch of pictures from Alain Wojcik. He went on a tour of the solar farm on October 7. There are more than we got from Patrick Rouby but are identical. He also sent a video shot from the viewing stand. I wiil have to ask him if I can put on youtube. Will get the pictures up as soon as I can. Bill

  194. Good job, Bill. Your reorg of the site will be particularly helpful to anyone dropping by for the first time. – Doug

  195. Just reorganized the website. We have essentially two types of accounts, stories like sherry’s riding the school and chuck’s getting caught in a rainstorm; and information on Dreux like maps, booklets. sketches of things at Dreux, History etc. I have created a new page titled Dreux Information. it appears in the header. Clinking on this will take you to an index for these types of information. If you find anything missing let me know. Bill

    • Dearest:

      “If you can dive, swim, and Jump then you were allowed to “FLY”.

      Sincerely, searching for those who knew:
      An American stationed @: Dreux, area (1957ish):

      (?) (?) Fogg has a child with: Jean Carroll and the male child is born:
      14 November 1958: Stephen James Fogg @ Dreux A.F.B., France.

      He’s my neighbor and we want to help him locate his “Roots”.


      Betsi Anne McNeill Sukoenig Nagasawa
      Santa Monica, CA
      dtr. of: Ralph Kenneth McNeill (Laurel, MS)
      m. Kathryn Shanteau Louise White (Ocean Springs, MS) (1st. m. to: James Hampton White, Jr. of Clinton, LA) and searching for those on Base 1957/1958 RE: Fogg and jean Carroll’s child: Stephen, my neighbor born to them).

  196. Chuck/Bill…I saw comments from George Tyndall and Ron Britton (dependent of TSGT Elton Britton) as I surfed the site for the first time in a couple of years. I knew both fairly well. George and I were in the Communications Squadron together. I remember when he arrived. I know Elton Britton from the Protestant chapel choir. He was our organist/pianist under MSGT Edward LeVau who was the director and the base sergeant major. One of the highlights for Brit was playing the organ at the Chartres Cathedral where the choir did a recital. The picture I had of that day (Sunday) is now in the possession of the Air Force Historical Office in Montgomery, AL. In addition, the Protestant chapel choir came in second in the USAF chapel choir contest. That drew a lot of notoriety with Colonel Churchill presenting the award to Chaplain (Captain) Dean C. Hofstad and MSGT LeVau. I don’t know where LeVau and Britton rotated to, but Chaplain Hofstad went to Hanscom AFB, in MA.

    • HI Chuck/Bill and Dick, I just read Dick’s note from October 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed hearing some of the events that happened back then. My Dad, TSGT Elton Britton rotated to Malmstrom, MT and stayed with choral music throughout his career. One of his most memorable moments he would share with all was playing the organ at the Chartres Cathedral and the choir. Elton and my Mom stayed close friends with Dean Hofstad and his family. Dean and Elton served at Cam Rahn Bay, Viet Nam where Dad formed the Cam Rahn Bay Choraleers who were taped and performed on Ed Sullivan Show 1965. I’ve tried to find the tapes which were probably Air Force tapes but haven’t had any luck yet. Since the tape was provided to the Ed Sullivan show, they weren’t recorded into available historical footage from the network. I’m going to try to view the picture you provided to the Air Force Historical Office in Alabama some day too… Thanks so much for your recollections.

  197. Sherry has made her way to the Boston, Mass area getting there around 5:30 PM
    today. She’ll now meet up with her husband & Irish folks tomorrow. She still needs all our prayers for a safe return trip later this month.
    A/2C Sibert

  198. Sherry has made her trip from Natchez, Ms to Knoxville, Tn and last night she was residing in Carlisle, Pa. Today she heads out for Boston, Ma & tomorrow to meet up with her husband & friends from Ireland. Don’t forget your prayers for her to have a safe trip.
    A/2C Sibert

    • Hey Bob, I just wanted to thank you for taking my place at Drew. I left in March 1954. I had arrived in April 1953 with the original 821 EABs landing. It was a great cow pasture.
      I was in the 1st platoon, Co. C. I was TDYed to Chaterue and Leon most of the time and didn’t get to build any of the luxurious quarters you moved into.
      My MOS was Heavy Carpenter and every thing I worked was steel, a theater and service club at Chaterue and a 10,000 gal. fuel tank at Leon.

      John Daut

  199. Hey Dreux Folks, Sherry is going to meet up with her husband and three of their neighbors from Ireland this week in New England. Let’s all pray for a safe round trip journey for her.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  200. William,
    Tell your father that I’m waiting to hear from him about Dreux Air Base.
    Surely he can let us know things about the old base we never even thought about when we were there. I’m moving on up to 81 years, so tell him to get a move on.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  201. I still havnt gotten my father to look at the blog. he is a tough old E-9. still a hard worker. William McKinley Jordan Jr. ” Bill

  202. Sherry’s house in Ireland still has not been sold. Her & her husband have purchased a house in Natchez, Ms & would love to see their former home in Ireland sold. Let’s all who will pray do so, about the sale of the house in Ireland.
    Thank’s to all the folks who read this blog.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  203. Bill Deegan– Sorry your comment didn’t show up immediately on the blog. It got caught up in the spam filter and I missed it. You were at Dreux from the time of mud till it started to be a real base. I was there right after you, from 59-61 when the flying squadrons left. I was a flight engineer in the 11th and apparently the goto guy when no one else wanted to go. I doubt that my time on base was over a couple of months. Welcome to the site. I am also going to post this on the blog so people will see it. Regards Bill site manager

    • Bill, Did you come to Evreux with some other flight deck crew members? We gained a couple pilots but FEs, LMs and Navs don’t remain in my weak memory bank. Tom, 39th TCS 1960-64.

  204. I was born in the base hospital, I think, 10/04/56. My father is William McKinley Jordan Jr. he was stationed there for 4Years, 9 months, We were then transferred back to the States, to Turner AFB,, in Albany GA. My father is still living in Anderson S.C.I would like to know if anyone out there remembers him, and/or was stationed there in that time period? Also, if there are any children that would be about my age (58), that would be willing to get in touch with me? Dependent chidren, that is…..

    • William, What a good blog story for all Dreux folks to read.
      We need some more info about your father, what did he do at Dreux Air Base, his rank, where did he live on or off base.
      What was his unit & what hanger if any, did he perform his duties in ?+
      Just maybe we could talk with him in South Carolina ?
      Could he have some photos of his time at the base we could add to the picture album ? That would be just heart warming.
      I will see who I can touch base with when I find out what he did at the base. Surely there are airmen alive that knew your dad.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  205. I was stationed at Dreux from 1955-1959. I was a Parachute Rigger and Survival Equipment Specialist assigned in the maintenance squadron. I remember going to the recreation center to watch a movie and the reel would be changed every 20 minutes. Not much to do being a young airman until things started to improve about a year after I arrived. I have fond memories of Dreux and we made the best of it, all things considered.

  206. Just added five pictures He took from outside the base in 1978, Remember if you click on the big picture it open in a new window where you can scroll around to look at it closely. Bill

  207. Hey Doug,
    Behind your trailer’s heating oil barrel’s on the right there seems to be a vehicle of some nature. Whatever it is seems to have a very large windshield. Can you recall if this vehicle was a Dreux Air Base bus ? It seems to be parked near one of the trailers. Maybe a bus driver lived in the trailer ? I’m sure you would have scoped this out like you and your buddies did all other aspects of the base.
    Waiting to hear back as to what it really was. Thanks a bunch.
    A/2C Sibert

    • Chuck – Don’t see a vehicle — right behind the oil tanks is the storage shed — each trailer had one. As I looked at the pix there were a couple other things to note. Each trailer had a clothesline, which you can see in the pictures. Also in one of the pictures you can see that the trailer had no propane bottles, which obviously meant it was unoccupied. Following the departure of the aircraft in early 61, there were lots of empty trailers. They essentially gave my dad the keys to a bunch of them and told him to pick whichever one he liked. You can see that the lean-to on our trailer was larger, which is why we selected that one.

    • That winter was cold. And in those trailers made it seem so much worse. I was so glad when we finally got into offbase housing and a warm duplex.

      • Yes, a nice reminder for me. Dad had put a kerosene heater in the lean-to but it was still quite cold. Even though I was only 7 I remember Christmas Eve with my little sister huddled in a quilt blanket with Mom in a rocking chair watching the Christmas tree twinkle.

        Thank You to all the Servicemen who have contributed to this page. For a lot of us here Dreux was a different special place of our youth, and your pics and stories have sparked many a memory tucked away in our minds.

  208. When I got to Dreux in Feb 1966, I was looking forward to a 3 year tour in that beautiful country, but it got cut short when Mr DeGaulle asked us all to leave. So I got only one year there before we moved to Moron AB in southern Spain, which was, fortunately, another enjoyable place to spend the other 2 years. I bought a small motorcycle from another airman at Dreux and got off base as often as possible to practice my French. Loved it.

    • Hey Jim,
      Wonderful to hear about your one year stay at Dreux Air Base.
      I’m looking forward to hearing from you about what really happened in 1966 as the base was packed up and moved out.
      Did you know Lt Davis the last base commander ? Would you have any photos to send to us about the base closure ? We really don’t have a photo album with photos taken about that very large move. It will be nice to come up with some photos from your last days depicting the base closing.
      I’ll e-mail you at length asking about some of the things you might recall regarding your section. By the way, just what did you do at Dreux Air Base ?
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • I was at Dreux from 60-63 with my Dad Jim, we were in Wiesbaden when DeGaulle extended his boot and remember my Dad being sent back to help dismantle the Base. When he got back he said what they didn’t take got left in poor condition.

    • Hey Ronald, Thanks for letting us know about you being at Dreux Air Base 1962-1965. Have you looked at the photos we have on the site that shows some of the ups & downs of the Dreux fire station ? I believe that the building to the rear of the fire station was a storage area for the station. Could you let me know about this & what did you guys keep inside ? I was never inside the fire station although I had my transient alert office on the side of the main hanger looking toward the fire station. I always waved to the firemen when passing close by in my yellow follow -me VW pick up truck. I wonder if the yellow
      follow -me VW pick up trucks were still around when you came to Dreux base in 1962 ? By the way what state are you in ? I’m in Indiana. Where was your barracks located on base ? We need any info we can get about the base fire department as we have very little up to this point. Were the French still working as firemen ? Hope to hear back from you soon. I hope you can get us some of your pictures for the site. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  209. Chuck – as usual is half right. I was returning from Arizona but was in New Mexico when he called. I don’t know about any great upcoming changes. With the amount of traffic we have on the blog it sometimes seems that we are wasting our time. Bill

    • NOT SO!. The blog may not be super active but you all have preserved a bit of history and a wonderful time and place that can never be recreated. I have immensely enjoyed the effort you have put into this and the reconnection of many memories I lost because I was so young.

      • Hey John, You are so right about this web-site. There is so much info about Dreux Air Base found here and still more to come. Where else can one find what we have uncovered about our old NATO Air Base ? Just look at my picture album alone. There have been over 12,000 views on this one album. One must realize that most of the former Dreux Airmen & families are up in age now. Just take me, I’m now going on 81 years. Things come more slowly with older age but we’re still moving along.
        I have found some more photos to get to bill to put up in my picture album. I’m working on a story about another Airman at Dreux in 1961-1962 for the memories page. I hope to have all the info I need by the middle of September. Things are moving but not at warp speed due to the age factor. Just wanted to let you know more stuff is coming down the pike !! God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

  210. Hey Folks, Just talked with Bill on his cell phone. He’s on I-25 headed home from New Mexico where he visited with his sister & brother-in-law for a week. He says he feels rested and ready to do more work on the Dreux web-site. So hold on folks, something is gonna happen.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  211. Nancy, I didn’t buy my moped from Jack, your father. My moped was purchased from A/3C Kenneth Priddy, an airman from West Virginia, in June 1960. He bought it new from a moped dealer in Dreux city. I believe he only had the moped about 2 months. Thanks & I hope to hear from you soon.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  212. Hi. I just wanted to say that the ‘moped for sale’ posted in Memories of Dreux was my father’s (Jack Bernklow). He was there from 1956 until early 60s I think. My Mum, brother and I lived there and were joined by my younger sister when she was born in 1958 (at Dreux). The three of us were baptized there and I still have my baptismal certificate. My Mum was (is) Scottish and my Dad had requested a posting at Dreux so she could be near home and indeed we made several trips to Edinburgh and my Grandmother came to visit us in Dreux. I was very young and so have only vague memories of our time there although I might be able to fish out some photos.

    • Nancy, Thanks for the heads up about Jack’s moped for sale.
      We just love to hear back about things posted on the Dreux web-site. I know that was long ago but recalls are special for you & us.
      Please send the photos to Bill so he can get them up in the pictures album. Hoping to hear back from you very soon.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • Nancy, Thanks for the heads up about Jack’s moped for sale.
      We just love to hear back about things posted on the Dreux web-site. I know that was long ago but recalls are special for you & us.
      Please send the photos to Bill so he can get them up in the pictures album. Hoping to hear back from you very soon.
      God Bless: 7-15-15
      A/2C Sibert

  213. Hi Dennis!

    Many, many thanks for sharing your very interesting story with our group. We look forward to more memories, pictures, etc. from you. When you mentioned about going to the movies, I had to think that we were probably all sitting there together at the Saturday Kiddy Matinees, where my Dad, Daniel Watson, ran the projector as a part-time job. What job did your dad do on the base? Thanks again for sharing your story!

  214. Some thoughts on Patrick’s pictures. If you watch the inauguration video you will see that the solar company made a raised platform for the ceremony. Best view is at 2.20 minutes. Most of Patrick’s pictures were taken from this platform. Note the access ramp runs down to California ave. Look at picture 3, we are looking down California toward where the Golf Club used to be The gate to the left is Colorado. the bare area to your left was where base ops used to be. You will also notice the the solar panels have been fenced off from where the buildings used to be and that access to the platform is also fenced off from the solar panels. Pictures 1,5,6, and 10 were taken from the platform. 10 is a composite of three pictures. The first one taken toward the farm on the north road, the second taken toward Chennevieres and the third taken toward the chapel and movie theater. Picture 2 was taken on the ramp between base ops and hanger 1 looking toward Chennevieres. The other pictures I would be guessing at locations. Bill

  215. Great to hear your recollections of your time there Dennis. I was there from ’60-63 a year older than you. My Dad was in the Motor Pool at Dreux. I forgot all about the gypsies. They must have made their rounds to the offbase housings, we had them stop in at Senoches as well from time to time.

  216. Hello Dennis, Thanks for a wonderful life story about your days at Dreux Air Base. Bill & I were at the base when you were there. We may have crossed path’s with your dad about the base. Just what did Sandy do at the Dreux Air Base? Bill & I would like to locate the white house near the big old church in Blevy. Could you possibly get a Google shot of it and sorta hone us in on it? Maybe you could send to Bill some photos of your days at the base. Let him know & he’ll get his address to you. It is so wonderful to hear from you about Dreux Air Base 1958-1960. Hoping to hear more from you soon.
    God Bless: A/2C Sibert

  217. Hello Everyone ! It is so nice to find people with something in common with my family. My father was Sandy Angelo and we were stationed at Drew from 1958 until the end of 1960. (Before and after that, we were stationed at Scott AFB in southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO.) I was only a kid at the time; was 3 when we arrived in France and went to kindergarten fall of 1960 on Dreux AFB, then moved back to O’Fallon, Illinois (near Scott AFB) for the second half of kindergarten in the spring of 1961. I remember going to the movies on the base and an airplane that they called the “Boxcar”. We lived in Blevy, France; first in a cold old house, then in a beautiful white house along a small creek near a huge old church. The nice house is located down the alley on the left side of this church; down a driveway to the left hand side at the rear of the church. I remember gypsies coming to that house begging for handouts on one occasion. You may need to cut & paste this link below:

    Dad enlisted into the Army-Air Corps in 1936. He was originally from Dudley, Pennsylvania, where the family operated a shoe repair shop, among other things. Dad was good working with his hands, and found his way onto Charles Lindbergh’s ground crew. Dad told this story about a time when Lindbergh was in a hurry to fly off to somewhere and in the rush to get his plane out onto the runway, they clipped the wingtip on the hangar door that had not been completely opened. Lindbergh read the crew the riot act and Dad spent the weekend doing sheet metal repair work on the plane. Dad worked his way up to Warant Officer and during WWII, got a field commission to Officer while fighting the Japanese in the Pacific; probably around 1943. Dad retired in 1965 – he was about to be promoted to Lt. Col. and transferred to California, but contracted tuberculosis from a co-worker (who died of the disease) on Scott AFB. They retired Dad immediately after he recovered from the disease and we moved to Oakfield, NY. After living in upstate NY for 2 years (think tons of snow) , we moved back to O’Fallon and Dad worked Civil Service; Disaster Preparedness at Scott AFB for 12 years.

    Dad passed away in 2005; 17 days shy of 90 years of age. Mom & Dad also adopted a baby French girl while stationed at Drew in September 1958. The father was an American serviceman and her mother was a French woman. I had also been adopted out of East St. Louis in August of 1955.

    Many thanks ti the Air Force community that I was raised in and the wonderful parents that adopted my sister and I.

  218. Glenn – I hate to disgree with you but if you look at picture 6 it was taken where the taxiway to base ops hits the south taxiway. The building on the right is the farmer’s barn just in margarite 6.

    • Bill, I don’t disagree with that. That new northern access was made primarily for the electric company. There are a number of points where you can get good vantage points of the northern perimeter of the base. With a little creativity and a bit of trespassing you can get to the east and west sides, too. What I was talking about, and should have been clearer, is that you can’t get on the base property where all the buildings were.

    • It’s nice to see these pictures. I will have to say, however, that I don’t think he’s actually on the base property in them. When I was there last year I pretty much got on the same roads that are in his pictures; but they only take you up to the perimeter fences. I actually asked the electric company to let me on the base, before my trip and when I was at the base, and the security was very tight…as you can imagine with a field of solar panels. And the farmers may let you get up to the fences, but can’t get you on the base property; legally anyway. There is also a lot of soil remediation being done on the base now that the buildings are gone. I hope I’m wrong because it would be great to see some actual pictures of the base property; but I don’t see it here.

  219. Hey Folks, we have some photos today from Patrick Rouby who lives next to our old Air Base. We want him to tell us what part of the South base section the photos are from. When we get this info we’ll be putting the photos up on the picture album under his name.
    P. S. Sherry Nelson is now living in Natches, Mississippi waiting for their house to sell in Ireland. When its sold, her husband Don & his mom, will join Sherry.
    A/2C Sibert

  220. Sent Ira two emails to try to get him in touch with our 821` people. One Bob Keller does not recognize the name but maybe a picture would jog his memory. here is what I sent.

    Ira – I tried emailing you before but I was using a new program and don’t know if it really was sent. Here is what I said:

    Ira – We have two bloggers who were in the 821st during that time. I don’t know how often they read the blog. If you will send me you phone number. I will call you and try to put you in touch with them. I have found that most of us don’t answer phone numbers we don’t recognize. My number is 303-287-4736. Bill McLeod

    Since that time I have heard from one of the 821st guys.

    Hi Bill Sorry I missed you this morning I have tried calling you But just get busy signal so I will give you the message I was trying to post on the blog to Ira Goldenberg re: his dad who was stationed at Drerux same time as myself 821st EAB H&S co. The nameI did not recognize But if he had picture that he could post it might ring my memory Also Tom Joyner who was there at the same time might be able to help . Both Tom & my picture album under the Dreux picture album. This is more or less what I tried to post on the blog but for some reason wouldn’t take Again sorry I missed your call Have a nice day Bob Keller

    Look at the pictures from Bob Keller from Bob Keller, Tom Joyner, and is this dreux. We have had people find their parents from other people’s pictures. Waiting to hear from you. Bill McLeod Site Manager.

  221. Glenn, I will stand corrected with you. Hard to see the runway area even from the back side. I did meet the farmer, he watched me very closely when I drove toward the military entrance. When I came back we talked for a few minutes, sign language mostly. A horizontal wave of the hand with palm down when I asked about the buildings on the base. Flat in any language.
    The military entrance is a sturdy fence with the same signage as on an American base, enough of a threat to ward off anyone but a criminal.
    While I may have a post at the top will a moderator please add my father to the list.
    A1C Will T. Hurst
    7305th Air Police Sqdn
    With Alabama Guard and remained on active duty when it deactivated. Thank you


  222. Here is a internet translation of patrick’s messages:

    If you have pictures i would be interrested to see. if you can send me i you would send mine thank you.

    Hello I am french and I do not live very far from the base, following your answer I can confirm that the track is still used, aircraft of the French army is regularly poses after noon around 16:00 pm and in the evening sees the end of pisteils make “touch and go” Attached is a link that shows you that the track does not have solar panels:


    Indeed the main entrance is the property of the electric conpagnie “EDF” and access banned the only access can be between 5 and 6 magueritte by a road past a farm, except the farmer stands in the way and we can not enter and this one does not want one returns by.
    I have not been able to return on the basis for 2 years because Vegetatio around is dense and we do not see much damage …
    If I manage to make pictures I would put them on your site

    • I stand corrected; although I will note that these photos were from 2012 and the buildings are no longer standing.

  223. Hey Chuck,I just went to personal lists and saw a few names I recognized, did they come from rosters or were they placed there by themselves?I entered mine just for the record.Hope you are faring better than me,getting old is just not what it’s cooked up to be,certianly not for the faint of heart.I can remember the first few days after I arrived at Dreux,S/sgt.Buckanan asked Gerry Goodall and myself if we wanted to go to Paris with him and two other guys,one of which was rotating back state side.After accepting,we soon found that all three knew most every one in every village all the way to Paris,and that each one wanted to buy each of us a glass of wine.Both Gerry and myself were the same age which kept us from drinking back state side,by the time we got to Paris,neither of us could find our butts sitting on our hands.I do remember being down on Pig Alle,and just bits and pieces after that,one thing I will not forget is the next day at work,I have been hungover many times since then but that will always stand out.

  224. Would like to know anything about my father’s service or the conditions @ Dreux, 821st EAB, H & S Co., from March 1954 to Septmber 1955.Thank you,

    • Ira, We need to have more info about your father. What was his Name, Army or Air Force, His rank, Serial # & mos. Where was he from, what did he do with the 821st ? We want to help you all we can & we will. Thank you for your interest in the unit that started the building of Dreux Air Base in 1952.
      A/2C Sibert

      • My father’s full name was, Harvey Daniel Goldenberg. His service # was: U8 51 262 221. His DOB was June 7 1929. His rank was private first class – SP-3, to which he was appointed on Dec 1 1954. He was discharged from active duty on Sep 1 1955 @ Ft Hamilton NY. He had 1 yr., 6 months & 4 days of foreign service, from which I infer that he was @ Dreux from approximately Feb 1954 to Aug 1955. According to his discharge record his most significant assignment was “H & S Co, 821st EAB APO 84.”
        I was born in France during his assignment there. This summer my wife & I will visit France and we would like to see what remains of the base. In addition, I’m trying to locate the house where he & my mother resided off-base in Saint Remy sur Avre.
        Any information about my father’s life at that time would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

        • Gary – added your dad to the 7305th air police. need to do an overall update the the unit pages. Bill

        • Ira,
          Been awhile since I’ve been on the Dreux blog. You have probably already taken your trip to France, but in case you haven’t, I lived in the housing site in St Remy from 1958-61. If you need directions, would be happy to help. Haven’t been there for a decade,so if you have pictures would be nice to see them.

  225. Hi Bill
    If that was a reply to my post, I think the area that was the base is a combination of private property and a French military area. When I was there on Sunday a light single did what I thought was a low approach to the place the runway was, I don’t think he touched down. The front gate seemed to be controlled by the electric company. There is a side gate that is near the west end of the runway off of D30 and that has signs indicating that it is French armed forces property. Unfortunately, if she wants pictures of the ” ancien Americain air base” there is nothing left.
    I think her best bet is to try to talk to someone from the solar panel company.
    I tried to send you some pictures, unfortunately I didn’t get your email until after I got back so the few of Chateauneuf were the housing area and the intersection of D939 and the Dreux road D928. I think I remember Shirlene and have a couple for her. All the best, g

    • Bonjour je suis francais et j’habite pas tres loin de la base,suite a votre reponse je vous confirme que la piste est toujours utilisée, des avions de l’armee francaise se pose regulierement l’apres midi vers 16h00 pm et le soir on les voit en bout de pisteils font des “touch and go” ci joint un lien qui vous montre que la piste n’a pas de panneaux solaire :


      Effectivement l’entree principale est la propriete de la conpagnie electrique “edf” et l’acces interdit le seul acces peut se faire entre la magueritte 5 et 6 par une route qui passe devant une ferme, sauf que le fermier a barre la route et on ne peut pas acceder et celui ci ne veut pas que l’on rentre par la.
      je n’ai pas pu rentrer sur la base depuis 2 ans car la vegetatio autour est dense et on ne voit plus grand chose… dommage
      Si j’arrive a faire des photos je les mettrais sur votre site

  226. More – I have attempted to translate patsi’s message using google translator and some common sense. Here it is:

    I saw your message. I live near the base and for the last three days there have been doing touch and go’s on the runway by aircraft so I don’t know if you will be able to get on the base. I also am interested in taking photos if you have permission. I have been unable to enter the base since the mayor refused to give permission. But if you have the permission I would like to get together and go there.

    Chuck has sent Patsi a email requesting more information. If nothing else this message implies that the mayor can give permission. All we have to find is which mayor.


    • From my visit a year ago, I doubt seriously that there were any touch-and-go’s being done. Solar panels occupy the vast majority runways & taxiways. If there is any bare runway surface, I don’t think any pattern work would be safe, or permitted.

      • Yes, I was standing at the main gate and the light single approached from the west did the rectangular pattern and low approach and left the way he came. I was surprised even at a low approach because you’re right, no concrete left.
        I have pictures of the Chateuaneuf housing area from last week if anyone wants them let me know. I don’t think they are really the type stuff to post in the picture section.

  227. Gary Hurst repled to an old post with the following post. It is probably too late to contact him but you can try. Bill

    Geary Hurst on May 16, 2015 at 2:15 pm said:

    Hi everyone, I am in Paris on a 48 hour layover, will try to get a car tomorrow and get out to Dreux and Chateauneuf if I can. Anybody have any requests for photos or updates. I am at the Pont Bercy on the south side near the perifique so should be an ok drive on Sunday. Email me if you have requests I usually do Chateauneuf to Mallebois by the base and to Senoches, that was my family’s Sunday drive route. My email is
    Bonavista1953@gmail.com all the best g

    • Bonjour suite a votre message j’habite a cote de la base et depuis 3 jours il y a des essais de touch and go sur la piste par des avions donc je ne sais pas si vous pourrez vous approcher et rentrer sur le site , par contre je suis egalement intéressé pour prendre des photos si vous arrivez a avoir des autorisations pour rentrer sur le terrain, car je n’aijamaispu rentrer sur la piste et depuis lamairie refuse de donner l’autorisation. Mais si on peut se mettre ensemble pour y aller et avoir le droit .

  228. My father Theodore Kaster was stationed there from 1964-1967. He is trying to find his old friend Charles Delagarzo. Can anyone point us in the right direction?

  229. Chuck,you nailed that one right on the nose.I had just gotten it back,I found out latter we had never lost them,two other guys and I were horse playing in the barracks and knocked a hole the size of my butt in a wall,we were brought up before the first sgt and he told us to remove our stripes,as we had only been in the air force about 8 weeks,we thought we had been given an art.15,only when we were shipping out did we find out we pulled extra detail with no art 15.I have a picture some where with one of the other guys pointing to his stripe and laughing.He and another airman named Dale R.Friend went through Lackland,Amarillo,and ended up at Dreux,all three of us Airframe repairmen,I don’t remember where they went to from there.Fred

  230. Hey Fred Fore,
    The photo of you standing on a wooden barracks porch with your A/3C stripe on your fatigues and a name tag buttoned to your right fatigue shirt pocket looks like
    Amarillo, Texas. Are we correct about this ?
    A/2C Sibert

  231. Just put up pictures and combat cargo newspaper from Fred Fore. I am going to be rearranging things on the site and there will be a heading for newspapers, but for now they are in new pictures. Remember you can make them bigger by clicking on the lower center of the picture. You can click once more and it will get very big. Fred included some info on people and places so I will be adding captions to the pictures but I wanted to get them up as quick as I could. Bill

  232. Good Morning to one & all.
    A fascinating story has come my way & I need your help to uncover the whole story. Dreux Air Base 1959 is the setting. Seems there is an Airman stationed at the base who’s lady gives birth to a baby girl on July 11 1959.
    Was the baby girl born in the base hospital, I would think not. The mother’.s name was Mireille Marie Slezak and she was living in Nancey France at this time. The baby girl was named Francoise Slezak at birth.
    The birth mother found she was unable to care for the child, why I don’t know. The Dreux Air Base Airman has a meeting with his Msgt first shirt and spills his heart out about his plight. The Msgt first shirt after hearing the Airman’s heart breaking story, steps up and say’s to the Airman “My wife & I will adopt the baby girl”. Joy surely abounded in this Airman’s heart & the needed paper work was taken care of. The first shirt & his wife, Clifford E. Moore & Elly Gertrude Moore now had this baby and changed the baby’s name to
    Karen Ann Moore. Clifford’s DOB is 26 Jan 1929 & has since passed away.
    Elly Gurtrude’s DOB is 17 March 1925.
    There is no record found as of yet, of her real father’s name. Karen Ann Moore lives in Falmouth, Mass and suffers from cancer of the liver. She stands 4′ 11″ and has a nick name of “Angel” from birth. She was told her real father gave her the nick name of “Angel”. Karen was raised by her adoptive parents and now would love to see if she can somehow, find her mother & real father.
    Her 56th birthday is fast approaching and her health is a question mark.
    My prayer is, someone soon will have more information for Karen Moore.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • I love to ferret out things on the internet…
      Slezak is not a common surname in France, it is from Czechoslovakia. Only 54 people found with that name in France.
      I found a listing for a Mireille Slezak with an address and phone number. Several different sites give same info. Could just be a shot in the dark….

      Mireille Slezak
      410 Avenue des Etats du Languedoc
      Résidence Languedoc Bâtiment A4
      34000 Montpellier


      • Hey John,
        Thanks for the info. I have sent this on to the parties involved. I’ll let you know what happens very soon. Stay tuned in.
        God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

      • I found an Obituary Index for France online that lists the following:

        Mireille M. Slezak (Salter) “Mimi” – died in Dombasle, France on 1/06/1998 at the age of 58.

        On this site, there is no actual obit, just the index listing. She would have been born in 1940 or so.

        • I also found a naturalization record for Mireille Marie Salter from 1964. I would think Salter is her married name. The record indicates she was born October 31, 1939 and was living in Lynn, Mass at the time the certificate was issued.

          By the way, Dombasle, which I mentioned in my prior post, is very close to Nancy, France.

        • Sorry, she was born in Dombasle, France, which is close to Nancy, France. She actually died in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

  233. I was just checking in and want to thank everyone here who have helped keep our wonderful memories of Dreux AFB alive. Especially Bill McLeod and Chuck Silbert who are a couple great guys. It made me kind of sad to read one comment That stated he didn’t come here much because the site just has kids that grew up there…. As one of those kids, I am extremely grateful for the joy you have given many of us Bill and Chuck, where Dreux was a magical place to grow up. Many of us (including me) had never been out of the States before Dreux.

    I came to Dreux in 1960 @ 6 years old and left in 1964 @ 10. The trip there was quite a journey on it’s own with parts of it still in my head. We left McGuire AFB in a plane I can’t remember it’s designation, maybe someone can help. I remember being told it was a transport plane converted to carry passengers. Some rough weather and we stopped in Nova Scotia? or Greenland? and then on the Scotland, and ended up at Orly Field.

    We lived in the first row of trailers facing south I believe. We spent our first summer through winter there. Just before school started the following year my father came home to tell us we had secured a “real house” on Rue de Moulin Foss in Senonches. Dad was in the Motor Pool at Dreux. Airman 1st John E Frederick. My Mom (Beth) worked at the Base Bowling Alley. My memories on the Base are scant. Playing in the Ditches that seemed far bigger than they were, the little playgrounds scattered through the trailer court. Tiny school rooms packed like sardines. Going to see my Mom at the Bowling alley after school before heading to the Base Gym and bugging the Sergeant there for work for spare change. He was a saint in my eyes, put up with me well, and usually put a broom in my hands or had me cleaning locker rooms. He took money out of his own pocket to keep me in goodies from the PX.

    The memories become more clear as we moved off base and the walks in the countryside and bike trips into town by myself. Often with my little sister Robin in tow. My folks were pretty loose and trusting back then, I guess it was a different world where you could do so. My Mom was amazed at how well I had learned basic French and the people I knew, when she would take us into the town to pick up a few things. I loved to go into the Cathedral there. Even though I wasn’t Catholic the place marveled me and I would usually put a 5 centimes coin in a box and light a candle and place it was the very many others there that seemed to be always burning.

    A Sergeant across the street and up from us always had parachutes stacked out in his backyard for us to play in on weekends and for a nickel we would go into his house and watch 8mm movies he shot in the air. His wife would serve us popcorn and kool-aid. I wonder if anyone here remembered that or knew his name.

    I love the walks in the little dirt trails leading out of the housing area to the north and east with the little wooden signs on them telling you where they went and Kilkometers. One trail had several benches to sit on along the way, one of them was under a large tree. On that trail was a large stone Crucifix that succinctly remains in my memory. That such a statue existed way out in the middle of fields on a trail. I used to fantasied there that perhaps there was a town there at that intersection long ago.

    Other than the bus rides to school on Base that seemed to take forever that is about it for me, but they firmly remain with me and I am so grateful for a period not many kids got to exist in and also to the people here who help keep those memories so special.

    Thanks! John.

    • Hey John,
      What memories you and others have of Dreux Air Base, a special place lodged in your memory for all your life.
      I know some didn’t recall the base as special but we still love these folks. As long as this site is up, more recall trips will be the norm for quite a few of us. Keep up the good work. My eyes were leaking just reading about your encounters, a special base for me also. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • Hi John!

      First of all, I would like to compliment you on a beautifully-written story that I know, MANY of us kids will identify with right alongside you. Please consider including piece in the MEMORIES section of this site as well.
      You wrote something that sparked a memory with me…something that I hadn’t thought about in a long, longtime. Where we lived on the base NCO trailer park (#364) from 1959-1961, there was a family who lived in the trailer directly behind ours. There were 2 kids, a bit younger than myself at the time (maybe 6 & 8 or so). Their Dad was the most popular man around! During that hot summer of 1960 he got hold of an old parachute and created a big tent between the rows of trailers. ALL of the neighborhood kids would play out there for hours on end…it was great! My Mom would make jugs and jugs of Kool Aid to serve, while I can remember other Moms baking cookies, etc. This famous Dad also got an old ,yellow rubber raft and put it in the back yard…complete with paddles…and filled it with ice cold water for swimming! All the kids around ditched running through the hose sprinklers for swimming in the raft! What fun we all had those summers at Dreux. It is these types of recollections, sometimes needing just a prod to bring them to the surface once more, that make our collective childhood stories of that special place called Dreux enhance our very precious childhood memories.

  234. I worked at the ” Community Center” in the years 1962/63/64 . My boss then was Mrs Horne…I was in my 20th then & don’t remember many people …Lieutenant ERSKINE was often in the office …….I remember the secretary Evelyne SMITH….But I made friends with Naomie HERBERT…Her husband was a school teacher & a painter as well….I lost touch & I’m trying to trace them…Naomie had 2 boys from a previous marriage : Bruce & Kenny …If you know how I could contact them, please let me know….


    • Sylvie –
      Do you remember the gentleman that ran the crafts shop in the Community Center. As I remember, his name was Lee Burkett. Have great memories of hours spent there. Also, do you remember the librarian, Madame Hoquetis?

      • Hey Doug,
        Silvie is in Amsterdam, Holland with her husband for at least a week. They’re there to visit her brother-in-laws.
        Check out her web-site http://www.tour-de-belfort.com
        She asked me about the librarian saying she knew her when she worked in the community center but didn’t know her assistant if she had one. I had asked her to identify the woman who’s photo I had taken posed in the library window. This photo is found in my photo album.
        I would say Silvie will have the names of many Dreux people that you knew from your days at the base.
        I just hope we can help her find her friends from long ago. God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

    • Regarding “Naomi Herbert”, I have found information that confirms the last name was Herberg, not Herbert. He was an elementary teacher at Dreux. First name was Gary. Wife was Naomi Lucille. They were divorced in 1971. Looks like Naomi married a fellow named William Rosenberg in 1973. Gary Herberg died in 2004 and Naomi died in 2005; both lived in California

  235. Hey Chuck,I can only say for sure I was dropped off on a perimeter rd.I think it only happened twice in the 10 mo.I was there,as for the carbine,I think we drew them from sq.supply.Did you ever remember the guy with the Metropolitan,I think he was in alert also.I was in Tripoli,Lybia(Wheelis AFB) TDY one time and ran into a guy,I think was in alert,He was in crash and rescue down there,I only saw him once but we knew each other.I hope you can spot some one you knew in the pics. fred

  236. Bill,I have a few pics.from my time at Dreux pus a copy of the combat cargo newsletter,I haven’t been able to copy and send them on my computer.I would mail them to you if you could put them up,if you would like,I can put names on the back and maybe there would be some one that would recognise them,just send your mailing address to my e-mail and I will send them to you.Fred

  237. Hey Fred,
    Hate to hear about your hand. I had the same thing back in 2012 for the right one. Until the numbness wore off it felt like I was carrying a sack of taters.
    Looking ahead to your photos, glad you’re getting them to Bill.
    Just where did you get dropped off that 6×6 for OSAF duty ? I was stationed around the marguerite # 2 area. Where was the building located where you drew your Carbine ? Do we have it listed and numbered on the maps ?
    Hang in and be cool with that hand !!
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  238. Bill,I have no problem with memory from things long past,it is what happens last week that I can not remember.I was just showing my wfe the map and perimenter road,I waas on the OSAF team and showing her where I would be droped off when we went on alert,I remember one night we had just made a pot of coffee when the siren went off,I filled my canteen with coffee and grabed my gear,drew my weapon annd loaded up on a duce and a half,t droped me off and first thind was going to get a slug of hot coffee,wrong,it was stone cold.I remember stories of guys filling thier canteens up with wine only to get sick because wine andaluminum react very badly.I am going to try sending some pics let me know if they get through.

  239. Hey Chuck,Bill, Ihope you two are taking old age better than me,seems like scince I hit 70,everything just started falling apart,now I have had carpal tunnel surgery.I feel like an old car someone is trying to re-store.Do either 0f you remember the little red hesded Frenchman that used to dish out salad in the chow hall?He saw my nametag one time ans told me Fore was his last name also,if yocu do remember him you will remember,he had some kind of quirky thing that he would make a face and jerk his head over his shoulder,my Grandfather,who raised me,told me before I shipped out that we had French blood in us.I never told Him about that little man until I came home. Bill,I will try to get that stuff together and send it to ydou,scince I can’t use my rt.hand for six weeks I should be able to.Hope you all are fairing better than me(if I had only known) really applies now .Fred

    • Sorry to hear about your carpal problem. With all the mouse work I’m doing to clean up pictures and maps I may wind up with it. I don’t remember your red headed frenchman. Your memory seems to be a lot better than mine. Hang in there and keep getting up in the morning.

  240. A big “HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY” is sent today to our own Chuck Silbert. His vision is what created this website several years ago now, and for that we are all truly thankful. Many of us Dreuxites have been reunited with each other through pictures, stories, and memories on this site. Enjoy your day, Chuck, and may you have many more!

    • Sherry, You bring a tear to the eyes of this older fella. I just want to thank you for all you do. I’m looking forward to meeting up with you and Don later this year in Mississippi.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

      • You only beat me by a year Chuck. I’ll join the 80s group next year. I was posted to the 39th TCS at Evreux in 1960 and had four great years in France & Europe. Several guys came to our Sqdn when the 119s departed Dreux. Came across this site and have enjoyed all the similar experiences we enjoyed while stationed in France.

        • Hey Tom,
          You say the 39th at Evreux. How many C-119’s were still left over at Evreux when you were
          there ?
          Didn’t the 39th fly the C-130A’s ?
          Where did you go after Everux ? Thanks for your blog, we really like folks to get back with us.
          Would you know anything about the house trailers on the NATO bases ? We have found three former Dreux Air Base trailers near to the old base. We have a contact who lives near to the old base and he’s our eyes and ears. Locals must have purchased these trailers after GI’s left the base and the French took it over in 1967. Hoping to get more info from you and again thanks for your blog. God Bless
          A/2C Sibert

          • Chuck, The C-119s were phased out at Evreux in 57-58, I believe. When I arrived at LFOE in early 1960, no 119s remained at the base. All three squadrons at Evreux did fly the A model. I was able to fly the A for nine years, till 69.
            I have heard that the trailers at Evreux were sold to a Frenchman who was going to start a camping sight somewhere in the south of France, but I can’t prove that to be true. Tom

  241. I landed in La Pallice France via the troop ship General Haan in April, 28 1953 came off the ship down the ladder nets to waiting Dukws and brought to shore went on to Druex to start building an airfield our unit was the 821st EAB and we first had to set up tents for our living quarters while we constructed the pre fab buildings that would be the final living quarters its been a long time and a lot of my army buddies are not around any longer I would like to link up with a few of them before I go any information would be appreciated..
    D. Rosa
    Fairfield Va

    • Dominick, Welcome aboard the Dreux Air Base Memories site.
      If you will look on the memories section of the site you will find two of your fellow members of your old unit, that have stories here.
      William J. Auell & Joseph Ashton have put up interesting stories.
      I will try to send to you their e-mail addresses.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • Corky Sent this email to administrator. I forwarded it to Dominick.

      From: “John \”Corky\” Daut”
      To: “admin”

      Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:30:29 PM
      Subject: Re: There is a new comment to Dreux Blog
      Hello brother Rosa. You and I weren’t really that close because the Texans pretty well stuck together as did the men from the deep south and the men from New Jersey and New York and my platoon was TDYed to Leon and Chateroux a large part of the time,, But I do remember you well. I was John Daut, in the first squad of the first platoon. And you were in the first squad of the second Platoon as I remember.
      One of my best memories of Dreux was our first payday on that God forsaken prairie. Our tent decided to have a party that night. Almost everyone of us went to the eighteen wheeler trailer that was the PX and bought some goodies and a case of beer. The next morning every one but me was moaning and groaning. I was feeling great and laughing when we went to work that morning, but when we came in for lunch I told my buddies to go to hell, I was heading for the tent and the cot. I was still asleep when everyone came in that evening. I still never have figured out how I got away with it
      The second best memory was when the Battalion office burned down with all our records were lost just weeks before shipping out for home.
      Glad to see you are still around. Not many left. By the way, I just turned 87 Tuesday.
      John W. Daut
      Hempstead, Texas

  242. Grady Gibbons, Hope you are well, long time no blogs from you ?
    Grady, Please tell me everything you can recall about the Dreux Air Base Confinement Center. The Air Police lock up or prison as the French called it.
    I want to write something about this place. You being in the Air Police at Dreux I hope you’ll know much about it. If you recall it was located on the left past the front gate guard shack and was building # 91 on the way coming up to the motor pool. It was across the street from barracks # 87.
    How many cells did it have, were there toilets in each cell, how were the detainees fed, were there work details, how many AP’s on each shift, what about showers? How large was the building can you tell? Was there a fence around the building ? The cells look like they had brick walls and metal doors ? What about heating and lighting & water fountains, radio, & phones ? I hope you will add the answers to these questions plus many more you recall.
    God Bless.
    A/2C Sibert

  243. Dreux Folks, Who can recall the street name that ran in front of the POL storage area ? This is the street that comes north from the perimeter road between the NCO trailer park and POL. This street goes northward past the POL gate, crosses North Carolina Ave & on up to marguerite # 2 and beyond.
    Oklahoma Ave in the NCO trailer park might parallel this street.
    A/2C Sibert

  244. Dreux Folks, I would like to make your day somewhat more enjoyable.
    Just type in www,afcvm.com when this comes up you can click on the boxes found on your left. The box that says Dreux Air Base will be a special look see for all of you. I’m looking for some more of the same type info so I’ll let you know when I find any more. Let me hear from you folks about this find.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Hey Chris, Thanks for the heads up about you being born at Dreux Air Base. Like Sherry said, what year? The hospital was scaled down to a clinic in 1961 because there weren’t enough Airmen and dependents as the flying squadrons were sent home. Just a small tidbit for you.
      Bill and I were talking today by phone and both of us said we hope you could provide us with pictures that you father took while stationed at Dreux Air Base. As we get more photos for the albums we sometimes find that many photos overlap the ones already up on the site. This helps us to get a better view of our old air base. Bill tells me quite often to look at certain photos and I find things I’ve overlooked before. Every day both of us are reviewing the base maps & pictures to see just what we may have missed.
      Again, what ever you can come up with please send it to Bill for the site. I want to thank you now for all your help and let you know we’re very glad to know you and you father. What work did your dad do on the base?
      Hoping to hear from you ASAP. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  245. Dreux Folks, Just got an invite for the 60th Troop Carrier Group reunion in Pigeon Forge, Tn Sept 21st thru 24th 2015. The 60th TCG was the group that first opened Dreux Air Base in late 1955. They moved from Rhine Main AFB, Germany in late 1955 and opened Dreux Air Base, France. What a sight it must have been for the locals seeing all of the C-119G’s landing at the new NATO base that year in 1955.
    The 60th TCG became the 7305th TCG later on at Dreux Air Base. It is good that these folks get together every year to recall their younger Air Force days. I was told that some of the group never made the move to Dreux as their time was up to rotate back to the states. I bet they did not miss the mud hole called Dreux Air Base, Senonches.
    To get all the info e-mail Paul Baldwin dbaldwin@hillsboro.net
    God Bless;
    A/2C Sibert

  246. Hey Folks, Lots of rain here in Nabb, Indiana today. Looks like all of our 10 ” of snow from last week has headed for the Ohio river as water runoff. I say
    “very good.”
    I know Bill and I have talked with a lot of former Dreux folks and many have said they are searching for pictures and want to send to us their stories along with the pictures. I can hardly wait to read the stories about their days at our old NATO Air Base. Bill and I have joked about this, hoping we’ll still be around to read them. Bill being 75 and me turning 80 next month. Hurry up folks with your pictures. We’ll go ahead and create an album for your photos to get you started on the Dreux web-site with your stories to follow a short time later.
    Just blog us and let us know you haven’t forgotten about this. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  247. I just took a long walk down memory lane,through the foot locker i built in the sheet metal shop,I found my orders sending me to France,I was wrong ,I got there may 21,1960,left apr 1 1961,1 day travel to Bitburg afb.I also found a lot of other stuff,several Combat Cargo news letters with news of C119s being phased out.I also found membership cards to the airmans club and the pavillion club,I also have an ash tray that says “stolen from dreux n.c.o.club.I found lots of papers bringing back so many stories and memories,I was alone in my shop and I was transported back 55 years ago.I never did find my old dog tags,I had promised them to my youngest granddaughter,but it was worth it. If any of this will help out,tell me nd will try to get it to you.Fred


    • Fred, I’m very glad to get your blog about our old base. You left Dreux Air Base 1 April 61 for Bitburg in your Ford auto. WOW
      I say WOW because I left Paris France on that same day for the states. I went to Paris with my friend Birdsong also from Kentucky, as I was and four of his friends from the Air Police Squadron at the base.
      We were in Paris 31 March 61 and stayed at the Hotel Littre which the USA rented as an transient hotel for all US service men. I stayed there when I first arrived in France 11 Jan 60 on my way to Dreux. The six of us did the Paris last night thing and Birdsong’s buddies took him and me to Orly Airport on 1 Apr 61 to get our flight to the USA.
      If you read my stories you will find all about this. I’m glad you are finding your old USAF things. This is just what I did and this led to the Dreux web-site being born.
      What ever you find please get it to Bill McLoud in Denver so he can post it on the Dreux Site ASAP. Hopefully others will follow suit when they see what you have done.
      Bill tells me you two have talked by land line and he can get to you his mailing address. He’ll scan and copy what you send and very soon he’ll have it posted on the site for all us Airmen to recall. See what a small e-mail posting has brought to life for you about our old base. I hope you will be able to look at everything we have put up on the Dreux Air Base site. I still go over everything and find much I have overlooked. Most of the early Airmen 1955 thru 1958 are older folks now but we have a lot of stuff they have sent to us for the site.
      Fred, please call Bill and you two get your heads together ASAP about what you can get mailed to him. The base newspapers will have a wealth of info for the site as well as what else you can send to bill. He’ll be able to get all your stuff back to you ASAP. This is exciting stuff and will surely bring others to search and get stuff forwarded to us.
      Talk at you ASAP. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  248. I was one of the lucky ones who flew for 1249 hrs in the old C119G and a couple of HRS in a C47 assigned to the 10th TCS. One of fellow buddies was an guy named Jimmy Hoover. Like I said before I spent as much time flying away form Dreux as I could. I happened to be in ATHENS at the time of the middle east crisis and we flew into the middle east to get our people out of there. Got a nice letter of appreciation from Col. Churchill.

    • Fred Loofs,
      You say the old C-119G’s, really when they arrived at Dreux Air Base, France as1953 models in 1955 they were only two years old. When you rotated in 1958 the planes were only going on their fifth year. When they were recalled back to the states in 1961 they were going on their sixth year.
      Bill McLoud tells me he had no trouble with his C-119G and I also made a number of flights aboard the C-119G’s with no problems at all. I know they seem old to us now after some 50 years. Some are still flying today. Had the turbo-prop engines, which were tried out worked, they could have lasted longer at Dreux Air Base, France. How much longer I can not say because of the C-130A’s at Evreux outclassing the Fairchild
      C-119G. Do you recall any of the tail numbers of the 10th TCS
      C-119G’s you flew on?
      Could you maybe send to Bill a story about your days at our old base? Talk at you ASAP God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

    • Fred Loofs,
      Just where in the middle east did you go to get our people out?
      What year was this? You say Col Churchill. He was the base commander and left Dreux Air Base in 1958 maybe in June.
      Thanks for your recall about this. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  249. I was stationed at Druex from 1955 to 1958 in the 10th as a airborne radio man.
    Spent a lot of time TDY to Athens . We were moved from Rine Main AB to Druex
    what a let down.

  250. And a great day to all from the great northwest(Washington). Just a little history to start. I arrived at Dreux in 1958 and remained there until 1961 when they started downsizing. I was in charge of the Base Telephone section and worked part time in the Officers Club as a bar tender.
    Being assigned to Dreux wasn’t the best assignment I had while in the Air Force but it was one i’ll always remember. The best part I can remember was the great people that were there both military and civilian.
    When my family arrived we lived in the city of Dreux, assigned military housing and later moved on base in the trailer section, all kinds of room for 5 people. It was a blast.
    That’s about it for now, take care and to all of the great people I met there it was my pleasure to know all of you.
    By the way I retired at McChord AFB in 1972.
    Luck to all.

    • George, Thanks for the heads up about your time at the Dreux Air Base family farm.
      I agree with your assessment of the great folks on the base and around the base. Do you recall your trailer home number?
      There is now so much information about the old base on the site that one can really make our old days come alive again. Building numbers and photos that overlap one and another plus all the great Google shots keep me glued to my screen for hours. Take the Solar Panel videos, slow them down and you can see all the small details. The video about the old Airmens Club and the Base Ops, Fire Station, and Control Tower when slowed down shows a wealth of info.
      Could you send to Bill a short story to put up on the memories section about your days at the base?
      Let me hear more from you ASAP. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  251. Hello Chuck,I’m sure we crossed paths while at Dreux,I was on the bottom floor,if you remember,the bays were devided by wall lockers,mine was next to last,across from the day room.I had two friends going to Frankfurt and we shared the expenses,best I can remember,we made Frankfurt on one tank of gas,we stoped in Paris to say our good byes and picked up two German girls going to a village just outside of Frankfurt,they plus a map,got me eventually to Bitburg.We started out in the morning I think the third of march,we arrived in Frankfurt the next morning,no one else had a license,so I did all the driving. My old 50 ford was hard to miss,the grille was missing,the radio antenna pointed to the outside,my buddy and room-mate worked in the paint shop and we mixed insignea blue and white ,which came out an awful blue.One of my other roomates ,Pete Pendergraph,was friends with another guy,I think he was in alert also,he drove a Metroplitan,four of us went to Paris and back in that little car,my buddy,from the paint shop,and me rode in the back seat.I was,and still am,6ft.2 in,but thinking back,very flexable.Do you remember the guy in the orderly room that drove a 52 chevy?He ran with a s/sgt from the sheet metal shop,I can’t remember either of thier names but they were in the black market with cigaretts,the s/sgt was a good enough talker that he didn’t buy them to smoke,but instead bummed them.Sometime in feb.I had a hernia surgery and was on light duty working in sq.supply,you probably saw me there.As soon as I can figure out how,I will post some pics,my kids and grand kids gave me a laptop for Christmas and I haven’t learned how yet.I will try to look at your postings.As for trouble going to germany,I got a parking ticket while in Paris for parking in a blue zone,I think I still have it.Did you also get the presidental unit citation? When I got to Bitburg,they had goltten one also,that wound up being the only ribbon I had to wear,not even good conduct,I made A/2nd,kept it 3 mo.and was busted back to A/B,stayed that for 18 mo.before getting A/3rd,I got an attitude before I left Dreux.Did you ever ride the train to Paris?We would go most every payday.Also,were you a particepant in the great “dirty boot” incedent? I only heard about it as it happened just before I got there.You mentioned Bill was re-called during the Berlin crisis,we stayed on red alert,working 12-7 for like two weeks,then found out about the Cuban crisis,that was a scarey time for us.We had just gotten F105s and also had FIS102s,the planes lacked only the war heads ,being loaded with every thing they could carry.Enough,more later.Fred

    • Fred, I’ll write more to you later but for now here is something for you to do. Type in Bitburg Air Base, Germany. When this comes up look for A Ride Thru Former Bitburg Air Base 2012 on U-tube.
      Click here and enjoy to the fullest. While you are at this web-site you will be able to click on and view more about your old German Air Base. Let me know how this unfolds for you.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

      • Chuck,I did find the utube visit,even 2 more.I didn’t recognize,much,I think I did see the bunkers where ,what we called the zulu,area was,they kept I think 12 planes and crews ready for take off,that was where you had txo have at least secret classification to even pull KP,lucky me I got to do it.I did not see for sure,my old barracks,they were the second row from the front gate.I didn’t see the old fox holes and bunkers that Gen.Pattons’ men dug when they passed through,.I looked at some pics.of Dreux but they were covered with what looked like solar panels,my wife stays on me for looking at any of this,she just don’t understand.Her half brother was in the army but she don’t remember much about where he was.I probably saw more of germany because of my cr,I had just got it in feb.before I left in march.Looking forward to hearing more from you and others.Fred

  252. I arrived at dreux may 23,1960,fresh ouit of airframe repair tech school at amarillo,tx.Iwas 17 yrs old and fresh off the farm.I was assigned to 7305 c.a.m.s and spnt 10 months there until the base was closed then was transfered to Bitburg afb germany to serve out the remaining 26 mo.I traveled to Paris almost every 2 weeks until I bought my first car,a 50 ford,from then on I didn’t have enough money to go.I did make it bac to Everux in 62 when a buddy and myself went to Le Mans race,we caught a hop back to germany.I would love to hear from any one who was there,or knew soms one who was.

    • Hey Fred, Thanks for your blog about Dreux Air Base in 1960.
      Bill and I were both at the base when you arrived in May. Bill was flying with the 11th TCS and I was working in transient alert. Alert was located on the west side of the main hanger somewhat toward the front. The alert office window had a good view of the fire station and the control tower.
      You say you worked on the air frames of the C-119G’s. Were you doing this in the main hanger only? By the way, what barracks were you living in at the base? I was in 168 & Bill was in 163. I could look out over the south goal post of the football field. Bill was on the corner of California Ave & Florida Ave, across from the gas station. The Airmans Club was across California Ave from the gas station. You say the base closed and you went to Bitburg, Germany. The base really didn’t close until April 1967 when the French took over. All the flying squadrons and the planes plus their support folks left in early 1961. It really closed for us then. What month did you leave in 1961? Bill and I left in April that year & returned to the states for separation from the USAF. Bill was recalled later for duty during the Berlin crisis.
      I hope you have some pictures of your time at the base that we can put up on the Dreux site. Bill and I would like to hear anything you can recall about how you got to Dreux Air Base from the states, etc. Surely we crossed paths in our travels about the base. I had a blue Moblylette mo-ped and parked it under the outside upstairs steps of my barracks #168 across from the NCO Club rear.
      Bill is in Denver, Colorado & I’m in Nabb, Indiana. Where might you be living?
      We all just might have some of the same stories about the snack bar, service club, library and other areas around the base or out in the local towns near the base. That sure would be great. I hope to hear from you ASAP. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

      • My bay in the barracks looked out over the goal post of the football field I was on the ground floor,I can’t recall the number of the barracks,I worked in the sheet metal shop and the flight line.I boarded a converted c-118 in trenton nj. went to tule greenland,fueld and landed in orly in paris,was picked up by a s/sgt.who was also picking up his wife,there was three of us that went through lackland,amarillo,then to france,all three of us in sheet metal shop.They gave the old c-119s to ang and shipped us out to different places,I had bought an old 50 model ford that was assembled over there,that was how i got to bitberg.I was there during the congo crisisand recieved the presidental unit citation.I have some photos,mainly from the windo of my barracks which was the last buildingx before the football field I have a lot of memories of dreux as I was growing into an adult there.I enlisted as soon as I turned 17,8 days later I was in Lackland,4 weeks later I was in Amarillo for 16 weeks training,30 day leave,then to France,I’m pretty sure it was the 28 of may when we arrived,I can remember asking the sgt. what time the sun set because it was aroiund 8 o’clock and the sun was in our eyes.I was told that the base was an old german airfield,but after reading some of the comments I’m wondering.If I can figure out this laptop,I’ll try to send some of the photes,I also have at least one of the base news letter,I think it may have been for the congo thing,I’ll have to dig it out and see.I’m glad you responded to my coment,I was begining to think it was only the people who were dps.I am living in Nacogdoches,Texas,on the land I bought through the vetrans land board,in 1969.Going to sign off for now,good to hear from you,Fred.

        • Fred, We were in the same barracks # 168 and we both saw the south football field goal post. I was upstairs in the first bay on your right after coming up the outside stairs on the NCO club end. You would have had to see my blue mo-ped parked under the outside stairs if you came in or out the 1st floor doors looking toward the NCO club rear. Have you looked at all my pictures in my photo album on the Dreux site? Now, about the old German airfield you spoke about in your blog. This was not the Dreux Air Base airfield but the Dreux City airfield in Dreux 27 K’s from our old air base. Dreux NATO air base was begun in 1951-1952 from scratch. So you drove your 1950 Ford auto from Dreux Air Base to Bitburg, Germany? Just how did you prepare for this long trip? I’m sure you were given travel pay for your journey? How did you get (find) road directions to Bitburg Air Base, Germany? How long did it take you to make the trip? Did you have a co-driver? What, if any, problems were there along the way? I went as far as some 50 miles away from our old air base on my mo-ped at times. My 24 on and 48 hours off schedule helped me to get away many week-ends. No, I never rode it to Paris. Once I went to Evreux. I hope you get back to me with some facts about your time at our old base. Thanks very much. We surely crossed paths living in the same barracks in 1960 and 1961.
          God Bless:
          A/2C Sibert

  253. I don’t think I have big memories like everyone else so I am going to start with small ones.

    Early on before I got into the routine of running around the air bases I flew local around Dreux. One of the good ones is flying down to St. Michel and rolling the pilot’s window back all the way. With the window all the way back you didn’t get any wind in the cockpit. As the window went back it was a hurricane inside. The copilot flew the airplane in slow circles arount St. Michel while the pilot took pictures out his window. After that we flew down the beach low and slow, looking at sunbathers.

  254. We have a new member- Cynthia Rawls Sternberg. She was in kindergarden when she was at Dreux. Her was Provost Marshall Capt Perry (PJ) Rawls. Time frame was 59-60. I received an email from her which follows:

    I will start digging. I was very young, in kindergarten, but my dad was Provost Marshall. He may have more photos and memories.

    Cynthia Rawls Sternberg

    • Welcome, Cynthia! I am wondering if my sister, Debbie Watson, was in your kindergarten class? We all look forward to your contributions on the blog in whatever form they might take – pictures, memories, etc.

  255. Dreux Folks, I was looking at the video showing the inside of the Dreux Air Base control tower. It looks like there are four air outlets around the lower inside walls. Could someone comment about this? I would think it would be quite hot in the base Control Tower during the summer months and air outlets would be needed. The Control Tower equipment could give off added heat thus a need for the cool air units. Remember too, the tinted windows did not open and could fog up making it hard to see out. Maybe the air unit openings provided hot and cold air? I’m sure it was somewhat cold during the winter and heat was needed.
    Take a look see and let us know about this. Just another tidbit about our old air base. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  256. Dreux Folks, In the two videos Le 28.TV parc photovoltaique a’ CRUCEY (28)
    and Base Militaire (Dreux-Senonches) By KTADONF
    You can see a warehouse type building setting just off the south parking spaces of the fire department. This building is more to the left and not centered up on the parking lot. Some may recall there was an aircraft wash area between this building and the main hanger on the aircraft parking apron. I have looked very closely in both videos at this building. There are two large entrance doors that seem to me to be covered in metal. Surely they would have rotted away by now if they were painted wood only. This building roof is an example of rotting away. Two small windows, one on each side of the entrance doors, are on the front and are found more to the top of the front side. There seems to be three lights found on the front, one at the center top and one on each side at the roof edge. Two small windows are located on the south west side, one at each end of this building. My thinking is, this building was used by the fire department to store their needed supplies. Fire retardant and ect.
    Could someone clear up this mystery? Hopefully the answer will come from one of the Dreux Air Base firemen. I don’t think we have heard from any of the base firemen on this blog. Anyone who can recall what this building was used for please let us know. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Hey Dreux Folks, Nothing yet about the building’s use, maybe for the fire dept? I found out the building’s number from Bill McLeod who is making a larger map of the base. The building’s number was 147. Hope to have more later. Stay tuned in.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  257. I spent 3years as a Fllight Mechanic Aircraft Mechanic and.
    30 Days in the Stockdale. Got out in 15 days Good Behavior.

    • Ian, Glad to hear from you about your time at Dreux Air Base.
      Where was the stockade located when you were put in there?
      I heard of the place but did not know where it was. Someone told me it was across from the snack bar/service club. What squadron were you working in for the three years you lived at the base.
      Bill and I would like some stories and pictures from you about your days in France. What years were you there? We are getting older, Bill nearing 75 and me to be 80 in April. So please get them to us ASAP. Thank you in advance. Hoping to hear from you very soon. God Bless.
      A/2C Sibert

  258. Hey Folks, Go to the picture albums and click on Dreux close ups.
    Number 26 will show you just where the Airmans club was located. Look at the bottom left for the L shaped building and that’s it. California Ave ran in front of the club. Some couldn’t recall just where it was on the base.
    A/2C Sibert

  259. Dreux Folks,
    I enjoy the videos found on the Dreux web-site. Now take the video titled
    When you take this video down to its slowest speed to watch, it really becomes fascinating to see the details one misses at the faster speed.
    I see my old barracks on California Ave located at the south end of the base football field. (Where the field used to be) Don’t forget you can pause the video and take your time looking and enjoy what you see from every angle. Take a close look from where the Frenchman is standing atop the platform on top of the control tower. Do you recall the rotating beacon that used to be there?
    When the video is slowed down you get a better look at the base ops rooms as well as the fire station living quarters and the square openings where the four slide down poles were located above the fire trucks. The area where the fire trucks and fire fighting equipment were kept becomes much more clear.
    There were really 14 tall overhead doors installed on the fire station. I believe they all had automatic openers. Who can recall this fact ?
    Shower room, wash areas, and latrines were handy for the firemen as seen in the video. You know, I passed by the fire station many times while on duty but never did I stop in. I would just wave at anyone who was there.
    I have viewed all the videos, slowing them down, and I must say there is so much more to see. If you have not done this give it a shot. Don’t forget to use pause and take your time. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Chuck – You’re right. I poured over that video (and all of the pix on the website many times). I noticed the coverings for the slide poles in the fire house. The firemen let us kids slide down from time to time. What a thrill.
      I still have some boxes of old pictures and slides to go through and may discover a few from the Dreux days. Most of our photos from those days were put into picture albums and I’ve extracted quite a few from those to send previously. But, there’s always the hope that there’s more good stuff yet to be uncovered.
      Haven’t contributed much lately, but I’m working on some odds and ends to send to Bill to post. I’ll update the map of the NCO Trailer Park with the street names. Also have some pictures and materials of the AFRC in Garmisch that may prove interesting as they were taken in the 62/63 time frame. Also, several people had mentioned coming back from France on the SS United States. I finally found some interesting stuff from that trip (1964) that I’ll scan and send.
      Finally, I plan on going over to the AF History Office at Bolling and getting some unit histories to scan and send for posting.
      Slowly getting there . . .


    • Dreux Folks, After further review of the 14 fire house over head doors at Dreux Air Base, I can now tell you that the doors were manually opened and closed. By looking very close at the videos I was able to see the pull chains that were used to operate the doors. The doors would roll up at the top of the opening something like the old roll top desk’s. Remember, you pull down on one side of the circle chain until the door was up and then you pull down on the other side of the circle chain to close the door? Now that takes care of the fire house doors. Let us see what more tidbits I can find out about our old Air Base.
      A/2C Sibert

  260. Hey Dreux Folks,
    Today I was looking at the old closed USAF bases that are found in Germany. These can be found on U-Tube. As was the case in France they’re just rotting away, although some of the buildings are used for something. Many runways are no more but some are still used. The cold war brought about the building of many of these air bases just like our old Dreux Air Base. I began to reflect about how important these bases were in that time period. The red army could have entered Germany and pushed us into another war. Our time at Dreux Air Base was really dangerous but we just pushed that aside and kept that thought on the back burner of our minds. Many to this day do not really know just what our air crews at Dreux Air Base hauled aboard their C-119G’s as they moved around from base to base. As Airmen and families far from home we stood very tall and were ready and on call to do our duty as needed. I am so very proud to read about the duties of all who were stationed at Dreux Air Base found on this web-site. I wish there could be much more along these lines put up here. I know many have passed away that were stationed before me and after me at Dreux Air Base. We have many readers of this blog that have much more info and pictures that could be put up on the Dreux web-site. Many have said they’re looking for just these but Bill has not got them as of yet? I am still searching for any more pictures to send to Bill. Folks, it does not matter if you just have one or two found, just do not wait, hurry them on to Bill.
    Bill and I are getting older and we need your help with this. Yes we do.
    God Bless and I hope to get your blog about this.
    A/2C Sibert

  261. Some things I hope us older people have learned.

    “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but about learning to dance in the rain.”

    “Love does not make the world go around, it’s what makes the trip worthwhile.”

    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

    merry christmas and happy new year. Bill

  262. Who remembers .50 cent steak night at the N.C.O club and 10.cent beer night.The airmans club was closed when I was there in 61 and 62, so there was always a good crowd. T he nickle slot in the bar paid just enough to call statside.

  263. I arrived at Dreux Air Force base in the first week of April 1953, as a member of C Company of the 821 EAB. Our advanced party had assembled our quarters which consisted of about sixteen squad tents, a mess hall tent, headquarters tent, and a large 18 wheeler box trailer for a PX and a very large open prairie. Our first job was to start building roads and the Swiss Quonset huts that were to be our new homes, offices and mess halls.
    I was lucky, after the first few weeks most of my platoon went on TDY to construct a service club building and movie theater building at the Leon Air force base. No guard duty or KP, just work 5 and 1/2 days a week.and explore France on weekends. .

  264. Merry Christmas to all. We were talking at the dinner table tonight about special Christmas memories and I told everyone about the two Christmases at Dreux. They just seemed special to me because they were peaceful. We were thousands of miles from our extended families so the friends and neighbors at Dreux actually felt like our families. It was indeed a special time. It has been wonderful for me to connect or reconnect with those on the site as we all shared some special moments together at a little base in France many years ago. Merry Christmas. – Doug

  265. My Memories of Dreux
    After basic training in the 821 EAB at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri from April to November 1952 we were moved to Wolters Air Force Base in Mineral Wells, Texas advanced engineer training until March 1953. We finished our advanced engineer training at Wolters Air Force Base.
    Some great genius in the Military Air Sea Transport department realized they hadn’t shipped any troops out of Galveston since the end of W.W. II. So in late March of 1953, our battalion was loaded onto chartered busses and driven to Galveston, Texas and onto a pier where they boarded a troop ship named the USS General Hann.
    The ship made one stop at San Juan, Puerto Rico, where a group of Puerto Rican troops bound for Germany were loaded onto the ship. The ship sailed across the south Atlantic stopping first at France to let us off. The rest of that trip was very frustrating for an old southerner like me. Most of the Puerto Rican troops were black. For the next couple of weeks every time I said something to a black guy, expecting a soft southern drawl, I was inundated by a flood of Spanish.
    When we got within sight of land near France, the sailors began shutting the waterproof doors below decks. When ask why, we were told it was because there were still a lot of mines in the harbor and sometime one floated free and was a hazard. As the ship approached France, that same Army genius decided that no soldiers had “went over the side” in France since World War II. After the ship anchored in the harbor at La Rochelle (near La Harve), the entire ship load of soldiers climbed down the landing nets hanging over the side of the ship. We stepped off the nets into “Ducks”(Landing craft) and were driven across the beach to a railroad siding where they were loaded into some French passenger train cars.
    The train dumped us in the little town of Dreux (pronounced Drew, about 40 miles north of Paris) in the cold April wind at the (already closed for the night) depot about 11:00 PM. After a phone call and an hour or so wait we were picked up in some open top, cattle type, trailers pulled by 18 wheel truck rigs and driven through the cold night to the new air force base that consisted of about sixteen squad tents, a mess hall tent, headquarters tent and a very large open prairie.
    The official objective of our SCARWAF unit was to assist in building a NATO Air Force base in France. Our first and only job assignment there however, was to build permanent living quarters along with mess halls, supply rooms and offices for ourselves. The French civilian contractors had the airport construction sewed up and no American troops worked on it.
    My platoon was sent to Leon (lay-on) after the first few weeks, where we constructed a service club building and movie theater building at the Leon Air force base. Our next assignment was at Chateroux where we assembled a prefab 10,000 barrel oil storage tank for the Chateroux Air Force Base in the fall and winter of 1953. It was often 10 or 12 degrees F. at noon that winter. The tank was built of steel plates bolted together with three rows of bolts at each seam. There was a neoprene gasket between the plates to seal the seams. We would carry brooms to the work site every morning to sweep the snow off of the material. We had to work wearing gloves to keep the wrenches, washers, nuts and bolts from freezing to our fingers when we picked them up.
    Back at Dreux the prefab buildings, that made up our quarters at the Dreux base were finished and heated by two fuel oil burning heaters. There was one heater near each end of the building sitting in a wooden box about 3 feet square and 6 inches deep. The box was full of sand and the heater sat on the sand. Outside each building near each end, there was a 55 gallon barrel of fuel oil on a high stand. A small rubber hose running from the drum, through the wall and across the floor brought the oil to the heater.
    During the winter, in early 1954 it was getting almost time for us to get discharged and we were all getting anxious to go. It was freezing cold that night when the fuel oil started a tiny drip in one of the sand boxes in the headquarters building. Somehow the little puddle of fuel oil in the sand caught fire from the heater about 1:00 O’clock in the morning. The night CQ got a little bumfuzzled when he saw the little blaze. Instead of going outside and turning the oil off at the drum, he jerked the hose off the heater and started running for the door with the end of the hose in his hand. He reached the end of the hose before he reached the door. Then he decided he had run the wrong way, so he started toward the door at the other end of the building. He didn’t reach that door but running back and forth with the hose squirting a big stream of fuel oil had pretty well covered the whole floor. The water was frozen in the fire truck, so everyone stood around and watched while the building burned to the ground along with every man’s personnel record for the whole battalion.
    In March of 1954, the men were trucked to Paris and loaded into a train to be taken to Bremmerhaven, Germany. Of course, when we got to Germany, no one knew we were coming and we had no personnel records, so they didn’t know exactly what to do with 400 men. After a day or two they started dividing us up to fill empty space on departing troop ships. I was in a group that was loaded on the USS General Patch and sailed back across the north Atlantic to New York. After landing at New York City in the last part of March, the men were loaded directly into busses on the pier and taken to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. At Camp Kilmer, it took about three hours for the personnel department to issue all of us from the south our travel pay and orders to report to Camp Chaffie in Fort Smith, Arkansas within three days. The trip looked like fun when he boarded the beautiful shiny streamline train. After about an hours ride westward he had to change trains in Pennsylvania and get on an old ordinary looking, but still comfortable train. Once again, in St. Louis, he had to change trains for Arkansas. If you remember any movies about the old west, we were there. The passenger cars were lined with painted center match lumber with coal burning heaters sitting in the middle of the aisles broke the spell. After three last days at Camp Chaffie in Ft. Smith, I was given an Honorable Discharge on my birthday, March 31, 1954.

  266. Here it is Christmas Eve 2014. I would like to wish all of my Dreuxite friends a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year from this side of the pond. Dreux holds so many special memories for so many of us, and this website has helped to keep those memories alive.
    When I think about the two Christmases my family spent there, 1960 and1961, the first thought I have is those red and blue banded air mail envelopes arriving with precious letters from the states. Mom would gather us all together and read them aloud- over and over again. I think about a big canned Polish ham from the commissary for Christmas Eve, dinner at the mess hall on Christmas Day, the wonderful NCO Christmas Parties for the kids, seeing Babes in Toyland and Toby Tyler at the little Quonset hut theater, Miss Waris’ Christmas Pageant held at the “big” base theater with all us kids dressed in red and green tights, the dog-eared Sears “Wish Book” that was passed from trailer to trailer after countless lists had been made for Santa, a box of Tinkertoys won at Brownies, and a bar of homemade still-warm chocolate from the French farm couple passed over the perimeter fence to my sister and I. We all have our special Dreux memories…hold on to yours!

    • Sherry,
      You say Christmas in 1960 & 1961. Well, it was really in 1959 & 1960 remember ? Thinking of you this Christmas here in Indiana.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  267. Hey Dreux folks,
    Christmas is upon us for 2014. When I recall Chrismas in 1960 it was my only one spent at Dreux Air Base. Mess hall food was just great and cards and letters from home meant a lot to me. I knew that I would not spend Christmas 1961 at the base because I would rotate before then. What I did not know was the fact that I would opt out of the USAF in April and be home for Christmas 1961. I was told by my first shirt that I could go to England if I extended my enlistment for 17 months. Had I got that third stripe at Dreux I may have done this. I really didn’t want to visit England some 53 years ago anyway and I still haven’t got there yet.
    Merry Christmas and happy 2015 to all you folks.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Happy Holidays to all my Dreux friends. I feel like I have found long-lost and almost-forgotten family members this year, thanks to this site. You all have helped me to dust off old childhood memories of the three years that I spent at Dreux with my parents; who have been gone for a while now. When I think of my trip there this year, I can’t help but get a bit melancholy about seeing it all gone! But we have our memories and thanks to Chuck and others we can hang on to them a bit longer. Joyeux Noel!

  268. We have another contact, John Fredrick but since he comes through the picture comments we don’t have a way to contact him. I hope he reads the blog. He was there from 60-64 when he was 6-10 years old. Lived in trailers on base then to Senonches housing some ofthe kids should remember him. He was wishing for more detail on the pictures from Pat Hernandez showing summer kids walking along the street. Unfortunely those pictures were obtained from Pat’s album on Picasa. I have been unable to find her so we could get originals, maybe. Just as a point of information if anyone sees a picture that they would like I could email the best copy we have to you. Bill

  269. I do not remember who the N C O MANAGER WAS but I remember 25.cent steak night and 5 cent beer night. The nickle slot in the bar paid off just enough to call stateside.On occasions we had some good U S O shows at the club.Since the airmans club was closed when I was there 61-62 there was always o good crowd.

  270. We have a new contact. Any of our ‘kids’ out there know him.
    Ron Britton

    What where you doing a Dreux?
    Dependent of Elton M. Britton. Started first grade on base.

    When where you there?

    Please include name, rank. serial number, job, and unit either yours
    or of your parent. If you were a civilian employee send what infor you
    Elton M. Britton, I’m gathering the info requested.

  271. Hey guys – as you can see Shirlene is back. She also replied to Frank Ingram’s post in July. I recopied it here so you won’t have to look for it.

    Shirlene from the 1965 Dreux High School Yearbook.

    Frank Ingram on July 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm said: Edit

    I was a young airman stationed at the Dreux AB dispensary from 1963 to 1967. Are there any dispensary personnel out there who would like to stroll down memory lane?

    Shirlene Payne Brock on December 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm said:

    I remember you Frank. My dad was Charlie Payne. He was night manager at the NCO club. My sister (Daisy) and I would go there with my parents. I remember dancing with you at the NCO club. I also remember Jack Wilson that worked with you.

  272. My dad (Charles C. Payne) was stationed at Dreux in 1963-1965. We lived off base in Chateaneuf for the first year we were there then we moved to the trailers on base. I’d like to know if there is anyone that remembers my family. Looking forward to hearing from someone.

    • Hi everyone, I am in Paris on a 48 hour layover, will try to get a car tomorrow and get out to Dreux and Chateauneuf if I can. Anybody have any requests for photos or updates. I am at the Pont Bercy on the south side near the perifique so should be an ok drive on Sunday. Email me if you have requests I usually do Chateauneuf to Mallebois by the base and to Senoches, that was my family’s Sunday drive route. My email is
      Bonavista1953@gmail.com all the best g

  273. Dreux Folks,
    I got e-mails yesterday from two of Hoppy Birdsongs kids. Mike was just 16 when Hoppy died at age 59 and Marie was just a little girl. This was all made possible because of my Turkey and Dreux web-site that told of Hoppy. They found them and replied to me. Hoppy and I left the Dreux base and the USAF at the same time in April 1961. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  274. Grady,
    I had a talk with Bill and he believes you meant FRY boots. He explained that some jump boots were made by a company called FRY.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Chuck,you are right about the boots. I wore those boots for years. After I was released from the Air Guard, I joined a air vac. unit and was put on flight status. It was areserve unit and I stayed with it for 4 years. I got out about 6 months before the unit began sending airmen to Nam.Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

    • Bill –
      A huge “Thank You” to both you and Chuck for all of your efforts with this site. Each new addition brings back more memories for us Dreuxites everywhere. So come on, folks, please send your own special stories and pictures to this site to add to our collective memories of Dreux!

  275. As I prepare the Thanksgiving meal, my mind goes back to those Dreux mess hall Thanksgivings of 1959 and 1960. Those guys did such a great job! We give thanks for our country, our family and friends – both near and for away.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Dreuxites around the world!

    • Those were indeed special events! Between Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts at the Mess Hall I think all of our waists stretched a bit! We’re so fortunate to have so much: family, friends, freedom, country. Our parents, and many of the folks who are on this site, gave a lot of themselves so that we can enjoy those blessings! Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving!

  276. Do we have anybody on this blog who was there at Dreux Air Base when the flag ceremony took place in April 1967? You know when the base was turned over to the French. I have found a few photos of Evreux Air Base showing the flag ceremony. Surely there must be someone who can tell us just what and how this took place and how many Air Force personnel took place in it. Maybe even a photo for the site.
    A/2C Sibert

  277. With our higher speed internet now at home I can see the videos on the site.
    In the video LE-28.TV- Parc Photovoltaique a’ CRUCEY (28) The barracks picture seen here was taken looking over the power substation, near where the softball field once was located. That is my old barracks # S-168. Part of California Ave can be seen on your right near the end of the barracks. Remember California Ave went down the outside of the football field and then on around to base ops. The golf clubhouse was found near the street turn going toward base ops.
    That’s marguerite # 2 seen over the top of my barracks. Holes have been drilled thru the concrete for the solar panel posts. Just thought you folks would like to know this tidbit of info about this video. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  278. Just put up Baseball Rosters from Ron Holland. Messed up the caption on page 2 will fix it next time. Ron found three of our active members on the roster. I found five who we have pictures of on the site. Ron Holland, Glenn Buchard, Doug Donnell, Vance Kendrick, and Buddy Walters. Bill

    Also put a french rail pass for Charles Sibert.

      • Doug, going by the grades we are in that had to be the 62-63 school year. So I think we would of played ball in the spring of 63

        • That sounds right and tracks with the time the baseball pictures showed up in my mom’s photo album. Thanks for posting, Ron.

          My last day of work here at the Pentagon is on Monday, so I should have a little more time to look for some old Dreux pictures and info.

    • The roster really takes me back. If I was 10 as indicated, it would have to be from the spring of ’62. I turned 11 in July, and we rotated back stateside that summer.

      • Glenn, After thinking about what you said, I am going to have to agree with you. We arrived in 59 so we would have left in 62 sometime in the summer as you. In 63 Dad was at Minot then retired and we moved to Anchorage. Was there for the 64 earthquake.


        • Ron, we went to Minot from Dreux also, in 63. There for about a year and a half and the went to Glasgow, where my Dad retired in 66, and we moved to San Antonio.

          • Glenn, Wow it is a small world. I played baseball there also. Also had a horse at the base stables. I did not like it to much there, to cold and windy. Missed Dreux bad at that time. I have some movies and lot pictures from there. Maybe we could get together on email and exchange some. Also enetered the soap box derby in Minot.


  279. Larry = hate to disagree with you but the reason the site has more about kids and less about airman is that the airman are not sending in any stories. I was not at Dreux much while I was there I was flying. My friend Barry checked his flying records an found that he was only at Dreux about 30 days a year so that was probably true for me also. Why don’t you send us some stories. If you need help editing them we give it a try. Get you friends to do it also. Maybe the site will become more then Sibert and the kids. Bill

  280. We have a new contact:
    Sheryl (Anderson)-Sommons

    What where you doing a Dreux?
    I was in school at Dreux from 1965-1966 (Freshmen,Sophomore years). We
    were bussed every Monday morning from Evereaux AFB to the dorms at
    Dreux for the week. My 1st introduction to college life..lol

    When where you there?

    Please include name, rank. serial number, job, and unit either yours
    or of your parent. If you were a civilian employee send what infor you
    My father was the dietician at Evereaux AFB hospital. Tsgt Henry
    Anderson, Jr., he passed in 1968

  281. George Nelson Bentley: I just read your blog of October 3rd. I too took piano lessons from Marie Huvey and knew Robert. She was such a lovely person. She look a liking to my parents so we actually were invited to her home on many occasions to eat with her. I still have the old 45 records that were made at the two piano concerts I participated in while I was a student of hers. Really fond memories. Thanks for sharing. Marty

    • Marty,
      Just noticed your post of months ago. My sister and I also have our records of our performances at her concerts for all her students from about 1960, Last saw Mlle Huvey about 10 years ago. She died a little over 5 years ago and Robert Orsolle passed last year. The circle of friends from that era continues to be getting smaller. Did visit this year with Mary Young of St Remy and her mother Matilda Young to reminisce. I suspect there was a time that I must have known you at the base or perhaps at the music conservatory on Rue Du Drague(sp) in the old city of Dreux.

  282. What a pleasant surprise to pull up the ski trip group photo that Tom Tucker posted and see me in the group. I’m right in the middle of the photo with the silly white hat on. My mother is standing to the right next to the teacher. She went along as the girls sponsor. That trip was one of the best experiences of my life and one that I will never every forget. Thanks Tom bot bring back such fond memories. It’s exciting to have someone in the group who was at Dreux when I was. Marty

    • Marty –
      And it’s nearly as exciting for the rest of us on this blog as well! Isn’t this website fantastic? It has brought so much joy to so many of us Dreuxites now spread throughout this world.

  283. Hello Dreux Folks,
    I was just looking at the headquarters building on the home page. Do you know there are 28 windows showing on the front side of the building ?
    How many were showing on the back side ? Who will be the person to have the correct answer ? Just a tidbit to ponder over.
    A/2C Sibert

  284. hello all, I was wondering if you got the disc I sent? It had group pic of skiers in alps and class pic from one the 6th grade classes. please give marty my e mail address. I am looking for more pictures. all this is bringing back great memories thank you, tom tucker

  285. Nicolas – No one currently on the blog was at Dreux when the base was closed so we don ‘t know what they did.

    If you want to send your pictures for the site small numbers can be scanned and attached to emails to br.mcleod@comcast.net. For a lot of pictures you can put them on a CD and mail to Bill McLeod, 9181 Race St, Thornton, C0 80229.

    • Ok. I think it’s just à “legend” but i don’t know… All is possible.

      I have 250 photos, so i spend it by letter. 😉

      You will recognize some building i think 🙂

      I visited the base with my friend in January 2010 and in April 2011, just before the construction of solar panels.

  286. I received two pictures from Tom Tucker. One of his sixth grade class and one of a group shot of the ski trip. I will try to have them up soon.

  287. I have any questions about urban legend in France, near Crucey air base:

    Someone here say when the Americains was go in their home in USA, they dig a big hole in the base and they buried a lot of equipment because they don’t need to take it with them in USA.

    Many cars amongst others…

    It’s right?

    • Bonjour Nicolas. Welcome to the blog. I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures. I was at Dreux (Crucey) Air Base from 1961-64 as a young guy.

      The urban legend about burying equipment is probably true — but just a little tiny bit true. When I was stationed in Germany in 1991/2, the Americans were closing a lot of bases and what would typically happen is that most equipment would be transferred to other bases, sold, or given away. The few things that were leftover generally went in the trash. So my guess is that there was probably some equipment from bases in France that were buried as trash, but there was probably not very much of it and whatever was left was probably not very useful. That’s just a guess, but I know how urban legends tend to become wilder and wilder as the years go by. – Doug

  288. Charles,
    You asked why more airmen from the 12th don’t contribute to this site. The reason is simple, lack of interest. This site could better be named The Dreux School Site.
    I was in the 60th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Mar ’56 to Sept ’58. I worked in the maintenance shop and on the flight line. I worked at Marguerite 4 just before I left.
    I had no interest in schools and had no knowledge of them. My main interests were my job and visiting Paris and later the Chateau de La Barre.
    I think its wonderful that the school kids have a site, but it isn’t of much interest to me.
    A/1C Larry Freimuth

  289. Nicolas,
    Merci for your talk about the old OTAN Dreux Air Base. Where can we find your home, Crecy Couve, Treon, Blevy, Chennevieres, Crucey Village, Brezolles, Dampierre sur Blevy, Maillebois, Senonches, Chateauneuf, Biegeonnette ?
    We will like to have your photos of the old Air Base. Please contact
    Bill McLeod on the blog and send to him your photos. He will tell how to send them.
    We are very happy to know you. Please write to us about your photos and stories very soon.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Hello!

      Ok, no problem! (Sorry for my English…) 🙂
      It’s not easy for me with my bad english language to say what i think but I do what I can…

      My home was in Senonches since 1999 but now i live in Nogent le Rotrou (Between Chartres and Le Mans).

      I will to contact Mr McLeod to send my photos very soon!

      See you!

      • Sorry but i don’t understand how to contact Mr Mcleod.
        I already post a thing after his message in this blog.

        So i think i must waiting his answer simply?

  290. Hello!

    I’m French, 28 years old.
    The Crucey USAF is near my home.

    I’am very interested about this Air Force Base and i want to say Thank you for this very beautiful document!

  291. Dreux Folks,
    I was wondering the other night about things at our old Dreux Air Base. Seeing how the 60th TCW moved down from Germany bringing with them their C-119G models and everything they would need, and setting up in late 1955 in the mud hole as many have said about the new base. I was thinking, did the local towns have their bars and dance halls open for the new GI’s right off the bat? I would like to hear what some of the old timers from that period can tell us about this. How did the local people know just when the new GI’s would come from the base to visit the local bars? Could it be that the GI base builders spread the word?
    Maybe locals were being hired before the base opened and spread the news around. For sure it was a new experience for all the airmen to have to leave their German ladies and meet new French ladies. Maybe flyers were handed out to the GI’s as where to go and meet the locals?
    A/2C Sibert

  292. Dreux Folks,.
    Did the R & B singing group the “Del-Vikings” ever perform at the Dreux Air Base service club? From 1957 to say 1965 this could have happened. Please let us know about this here on the blog.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  293. Dreux Folks,
    Look in Glenn Burchard’s picture album for the photo of Tommy McDonald who landed on Omaha beach June 6 1944 as a PFC with the Army’s 1st infantry division.
    In the picture taken by Glenn in June this year at the 70th anniversary of the
    D-Day Landings Tommy has on his WW-II Army uniform and is wearing a blue overseas cap. He is 91 years old in Glenn’s photo.
    Tommy is from the Ozarks and was a machine gunner on a half-track when landing at Omaha beach. His landing craft hit a teller mine on approach and began to sink. The ramp was lowered and he made his way forward firing off some 2,600 rounds from his half-track machine gun. Out of ammo he and his sergeant headed for cover. Tommy was hit in a hip by flying metal but made it to a rock wall for cover. As the only sharpshooter out of three still able to fire on the Germans he looked for a target. In a bunker 150 yards away he spotted the Germans using a binocular scope to find American targets to fire on.
    Sighting in he fired and took out the German scope.
    Tommy went on to finish out the war’s end and returnred home.
    He went to medical school and became a very successful Obstetrician. He say’s he delivered over 5,000 babies during his career.
    This is a short story about the Tommy McDonald that Glenn Buchard photographed this June 2014 while he was at the Normandy beaches.
    Tommy sure is one of our American hero’s for all of us to be so proud of.
    Thank you so much Glenn for your pictures.
    You know, our web-site photos really tell a great story and I hope we soon get many more. How wonderful it will be as others of the Dreux folks add their comments along with their pictures.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Chuck, I appreciate you sharing all of those details about Tommy McDonald, and I am glad the subject of my picture has such a great life story to tell. The few vets that were there were a bit overwhelmed with the attention, especially from the media. There was no way for a regular visitor to get any closer than I did. I’m happy to read that he had a wonderful life after the war.

  294. Hey Folks,
    Does anyone on this blog ever wonder why we hear very, very, little from the 12th TCS? Could it be that those Airmen have forgotten how it was to be stationed at Dreux Air Base 1955-1960? I know many are in their 80’s by now.
    We sure would love to hear about their old days in the mud hole as many have called it. It is a shame to die off and take so much Dreux Air Base history with them that we’ll never hear about. Old folks can have some of the younger folks send their information to this blog. We sure are waiting.
    A.2C Sibert

  295. George – As you may have noted from Sherry’s posts she is currently without a computer and has to go to the library to use one so her replies may not be quick. If you go to http://dreuxairbasefrancememories.org/ (which I assume you are) and look in the black bar at the top you will find pictures. First it will take you to a page with instructions on submitting pictures with a new link to go directly to pictures. Hope this Helps. Bill
    PS Who did you fly for. I spent 15 years with United as an electrical engineer.

  296. Chuck-
    Thanks for thinking of us! The new laptop is ready and waiting for us on the other side of the big pond. We will pick it up the first morning -after sinking out teeth into American donuts and enjoying cups of real Joe! We’ll be in touch.
    In the meantime, we’ve been talking here about how Halloween was celebrated at Dreux all those years ago. Does anyone else out there remember the doubled-up paper bags from the commissary to hold all of that loot? The people in both trailer parks were very generous with all of us kids. But the BEST treasure was when someone ran out of candy and threw a penny into our bags instead 🙂 Remember the little white paper bags that were individually filled with penny candy? Those were special, too…

  297. Sherry,
    It won’t be long till you and Don hop that big bird for the USA. Don’t forget that new computer. If you think about it, give me a call while you are stateside.
    Just wanted to say hello, things here are pretty good.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  298. Dreux Folks,
    I’m just sitting here wondering when someone out there will send to the site the info we have been asking for, about the last week that Dreux Air Base was USAF. What services were still turned on to be used by the French when that last blue USAF motorcade left the base for Paris in March 1967? We know that 1st Lt Davis was the last base commander and presided at the base closing ceremony. Surely there were other Airmen present at that time and know just what we need for this site with pictures. Come on Airmen and don’t leave us in the dark. Bill and I are moving on up to old age, HELP.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Charles,with Thanksgiving coming up I remember my first one at dreux.I WAS STANDING GUARDon aC124 and the fog was so thick I could not see the plane. The cooks in the messhall prepared one of the best Thanksgiving ever. Some asked about a baseball team,I do not remember a baseball team but there was afootball team. they were one of the best in Europe.They had several players from the 1958 Auburn team which had been number 1 in the nation.

      • Grady, Thanks for the info about the football team and June Carter. You are talking about 1961 aren’t you about these happenings ? I’m still waiting for your complete Dreux story to arrive.
        That C-124 you were on guard with—-just where was it parked ? Did you hide behind the main landing gear wheels ? Did it ever rain frogs while you were at Dreux ? What did you have on that night for rain gear. you know a fog is pretty wet.
        Have you looked at all the videos on the site ? Get back to me ASAP, I’m growing older Airman.
        Happy Thanksgiving day to you and yours.
        God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

        • Chuck,you are noting getting older,just better.The124 was parked in front of the ops. building and the fire station.I landed at Dreux with 3 pairs of o.d. s,aset of blues,and 3 sets of 505and a rain coat that was good for nothing. We did not get field jackets untial Dec.Our barracks were on mgt.6 in front of the p.o.l. The building had been a kindergarden and all of the bathroom fixtures were for little children.,but we adapted.Igot my wife to send me some money and Ipurchased a pair of Fry boots from the px.About jan. of 62 all the F84 s were sent to Chamount, France.At that time 2 sq.s were sent to Ramstien ,Germany. A small group stayed behind which included the Air Police. I stood post in my rain coat.I do have to tell you the weather was horrible.A about the first of Feb,it started to snow and stayed on the ground until the middle of March 62. This was not what a boy from Ala. was used to. Take care of yourself. Grady

          • Grady,
            Thanks for your info. I guess you stayed under the C-124s wings like a mother hen when you were on guard duty. Ha, Ha. What are fry boots, maybe I know them by another name ?
            You say your barracks was at marguerite 6 in front of POL. Was the POL housed in the hanger there at the time you were at Dreux?
            The POL I recall when I was there, was found in the warehouse area near the NCO trailer park. That’s where the underground fuel tanks were located. Fuel was brought in by rail cars and off loaded here. Maybe you are talking about the location of the POL trucks? I’m glad I never had a snow like you had when I was at Dreux. I would have had to put snow chains on my moped. Ha,Ha.
            About that rain coat, in March 1958 in Rome, I was soaked to the bone while out in a heavy rain with that coat on. The hat cover was just fine, hat not wet at all. You can read about this at
            Turkey-US Military. com You’ll find my story there while I was at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Let me know about this. I’m glad we both had great meals while at Dreux Air Base. I am looking for more photos to put up on the site. What about you sending your photos to Bill to put up on the site? I hope you and yours are well and looking forward to Christmas and a family gathering. God Bless:
            A/2C Sibert

          • Grady,
            I now believe you meant DRY BOOTS instead of FRY BOOTS coming from the PX. F is next to D on the keyboard.
            A/2C Sibert

  299. Vance – I noticed no one replied about inactive base question. There is a lot of information on the internet but some of it is wrong. This is one of them. I was there from apr 59 to apr 61. We had three squadrons of C-119Gs. I was a flight mechanic and flew out of Dreux. (somewhere on the internet it says all flying during this time was done out of Evreux) In early 61 the squadrons were deactivated and the planes sent back to the states. The base then became what was called a dispersed operating base. Home to many non flying units and the Dreux American High School. This continued till 1967 when France withdrew from NATO and all NATO bases were closed. Bill

  300. We had some comments on pictures that were not from Chuck! Vance commented on two of Doug’s and a new member commented on his picture of a backyard pool. She said “That was my pool:) I am Kim Byrd, front right corner and of course Mom on the opposite side. ” I hope she finds the blog so we can talk to her. Bill

  301. Welcome, Vance!

    We are so glad to have you join this group and are looking forward to your own stories, pictures, etc. of your time at Dreux. My family was at Dreux from 59-61, and I was in the 3-4th grades…so our paths could very well have crossed in school. Your post brought a few smiles to my face when I read about Ben-Hur at the movies and the poppy field! Us kids were sitting in the little theater watching the movie, too. And you are right – the cost was 25 cents. Since Daddy had a part-time job working in the projection booth, we were able to get in for free 🙂 The Saturday morning kiddie matinee was a highlight of our week. Us kids DID cross that barbed wire once and played in the forbidden poppy field for hours – until the air police discovered us and gave a stern warning. There was a larger poppy field at the very beginning of the NCO trailer park that was our special territory. We would create little places to call our own with the crushed poppy plants underfoot, then make paths between so that we eventually had a whole village. You mentioned that you attended 3 different schools. Do you remember where they were? Do you remember your teachers? Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    • Hi Sherry, happened across this blog which is certainly interesting. From 1958-61 I went to school at Dreux for 1st through 3rd grade. Undoubtably our paths crossed there. At first we lived in a trailer onbase, but then spent 3 years in housing in the nearby village of St Remy. The first two years were in the school across from the hospital, and the third year in a school on the far side of the base. Two of my teachers were Pat Stafferton and I believe a Ms Parker. The School bus ride of about 30 minutes was always fun with stops in Nonancourt and house to pick up some french girls.

      My father at the time was a supply officer in the 5th Aerial Port Squadron. Still have family friends from Dreux although many have passed on as have most of our French friends. Perhaps though you may remember the Youngs or Walkers and Schafers to name a few.

      Regarding the movie theatre, I too spent quite a bit of time there and of course the Library and baseball field.

      • Welcome, George!
        It is so good to hear from you – and your memories. That is what this website is all about. We certainly were there at the same time and attended school in the same buildings. It sounds as though you were 1 grade behind me as I was in 4th on the far side of the base school. I do remember both of those teachers, however! You mentioned your bus picking up some French girls on the route. By any chance were they a set of twin girls with long brown braids about a year older? Also, have you ever been back to Dreux? Welcome to our gang here 🙂 We look forward to hearing your stories and seeing pictures, etc. that you might have.

        • Sherrry,
          Regarding the two French girls, our school bus from St Remy would pick up a couple kids in Nonancourt and then proceed through Laons and pick them up I believe at a big house at the intersection of D939 and D11.1 I do not remember their names but recall that they were usually heavily perfumed, which we boys would joke about.

          From 1964 to 1968 my father was working in the Spanish Air Ministry in Madrid and I went to Torrejon JR an SR High schools which was where all the Dreux HS Dormies were transferred in 1967. We visited Dreux the summer of 1967. As my parents had quite a few French friends in the area and I was in the airline business as well as 20 years flying C-141s out of Mc Guire AFB, our family visited the area quite often in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. My parents went at least every other year and I would often join them. The people we visited the most were the Orsolle family of Nonancourt and Marie Huvey of Dreux. Robert Orsolle was a teacher and later headmaster of French schools who gave many Americans French lessons on the side, He died at 92 just last year, but am still in touch with his children. Ms Huvey ran a piano school in the city of Dreux and was the organist at the cathedral there. As my mother was also an organist we took a lot of lessons there in addition to French lessons. Up until my last visit 10 years ago, remarkably little had changed in the immediate area. Not true though with bigger cities. It was a good time to live there as an American when we did, as few people had cars and we were very well to do compared to the locals.

          My mother, still going strong at 89, was the organist at the base chapel working with Chaplain Hofstead (sp?) We traveled extensively throughout Europe and spent a lot of time at the military hotel Princess Caroline in Paris. Still remember our class trips to Paris and may have a few pictures. Speaking of which, where are the photos on the blog? Just started looking at it, and haven’t seen any.

          Happy travels and perhaps we will bump into each other someday.

          • Welcome George! Glad to have you on board. I’m sure you’ll enjoy looking through the hundreds of pictures that have already been posted and we’re hoping that you can add some pictures and stories of your own. – Doug

  302. Doug, thanks so much for the info – I have many memories as a kid on Dreux, but very few regarding what Dad actually did – when we rotated back to the States in ’62 he became part of the Titan II missile program and finished out his service as a Titan II crew commander in Tucson.

    So good to hear from you – I’ll try to put my recollections into some comprehensible fashion and add them to the site, as well as seeing what pictures I can dig up.

    Take care and thanks again,

    • Great to hear from you Vance. One of the pictures that I posted was taken at your trailer and looks out exactly as you described it — across the ball field looking toward the high school. There’s also a picture of your family standing on the street in front of our trailer which I believe was taken on Easter Sunday, 1962 — must have been ’62 if that’s the year you left Dreux. I seem to recall you sister’s name was Kimmie. I can’t remember if it was before or after you left that a bunch of us appropriated a shed from an unoccupied trailer and turned it into our clubhouse (The Cat Club). Anyway, great memories. Looking forward to hearing some of yours. Doug

  303. Thanks Bill. I looked through the pictures after I posted last night and yes, quite a few memories.

    We were at Dreux from Aug ’59 – July ’62 and I’m reading that part of that time the base was “inactive.” I’m curious what was going on at the time on base and what my dad might have been doing. I don’t know specifically what unit he was a part of, just that he flew transports – if anyone has memories of that time, I’d love to hear about it.


    • Hi Vance – Welcome to the blog. You should see yourself and your family in quite a few pictures. Your dad was in the 7305th Support Squadron when we were there (we arrived in Aug 1961). My guess is that he was given a non-flying job to complete his overseas tour without having to move. Since the base was a C-119 base when you arrived, that’s probably what your dad flew. Since pilots had to get a certain number of flying hours in each month in those days to receive flight pay, he may have flown something else the last year. I don’t remember if there were any assigned aircraft for that or the pilots went to Evreux to get in their hours. Your mom and mine were big friends and did a lot together (hence all of the pictures). Your trailer (T1211) is in several of the pictures that I posted — sure you’ve seen them at this point. Great to have you on board the Dreux blog — I’m sure as you read through it, a bunch more memories will come back. Looking forward to hearing more and seeing some of your pictures. – Doug

  304. This site is great! Just happened to stumble across it when I was trying to verify what planes my dad flew when we were living at Dreux 1960-62. Pretty sure he flew C119s and C130s, as part of the airlift to the Congo, if I remember correctly.
    My dad, Charles M. Kendrick, was a Major/Lt.Col. during our stay at the base.

    I was just a kid, but so many memories. We lived in three different trailers, ending up in T-11, looking out over a field with the high school (built while we were there) in the distance. And beside the trailer park, across a barbed wire fence (off the base) was a huge poppy field, “don’t go in there or you’ll fall asleep and die.”

    The picnic area on the back side of the base, the weather station about halfway there where a really great guy spent a few hours explaining what he did, the three different places on the base I was in for grades 2,3, and 4, the movie Ben-Hur, which was a huge deal because it was 25 cents for kids and lasted four hours, the base library, because there wasn’t a whole lot of entertainment, the crazy drive in the middle of the night to the hospital at Evereux (sp?) to have my appendix taken out.. So many memories.

    I seem to remember a fellow by the name of Doug Donnell, and think we kinda hung out together for a while. I’m glad to hear things turned out pretty well for him.

    I got a lot of pictures buried somewhere, I’ll see if I can dig them out.

    I appreciate you guys putting this site together. Dreux was a special place.


    • Vance – Welcome to the site. Doug must be busy or he would have checked the site by now. If you look at his pictures – the Kendrick family shows up often. Bill

    • Vance, welcome , we are all looking forward to your pictures and stories. I also was at Dreux 59-62. I was in 4-6th grades and was in Doug’s 6th grade class. Also went to Ben-Hur at the theater. If I recall I think the intermission was at least a half hour long.

  305. We have another new member from the unit pages.


    What where you doing a Dreux?
    a43151a flight mech in the 10thTCS

    When where you there?

    Please include name, rank. serial number, job, and unit either yours
    or of your parent. If you were a civilian employee send what infor you
    AND DREUX 1954-1956 RETIRED MSGT 1973

    I sent Phil and email welcoming him to the site.
    Phil – welcome to our website. Like you I was a flight mechanic only in the 11TCS. I was there april 59 to apr 61 when the flying squadrons were deactivated. We have a diverse group – dependents, airman, army etc. There was a lot going on that I was unaware of when I was there. I don’t know how much of the site you looked at but the main sections are the blog and the pictures. Emails are fine but only two people get to see them. Anyone can see the blog and the pictues. I am going to put your information on the blog. Maybe some old 10th squadron guy will see it and join in. We would be interested in any pictures and any stories you have. You were there when the base was a mudhole and before all the buildings were finished. We have very few pictures of that time. Also I think you were there when the C119’s were flying to the mid east and north africa. By the time I got there the c130’s had taken over all the long routes. We would like to hear about your flying experience . Bill

  306. Joe Bower
    Sorry Joe I got your name spelled wrong. Joe Bower is what I ment to type instead of Joe Bowen.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  307. Tommy Tucker, not sure why that name sounds so familiar, I was in 7th grade. I think my sister Diana went on that alps trip to ski so you might have met her.

  308. We have a new member-Joe Bower. Joe was an A/2c in 2nd MOB at Dreux from 66 to 67. Maybe he can answer Chuck questions about closing the base. I hope he has pictures to share. Bill

    • Hey Joe Bowen,
      Thanks so much for contacting us on the unit page about your time at Dreux Air Base. The 2nd Mob must have been a choice job. We look forward to reading your story about when you were at the base 1966-1967. You can tell us just what went on as the base was closing and how this went about. We will be looking forward to seeing your pictures as well as your story.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  309. I think I might have been on the same ski trip as Thomas Tucker. Tommy, do you remember who your 6th grade teacher was? I have photo’s somewhere of that trip. Getting to go on that trip was one of the thrills of my life. Thinking back I did not realize how lucky I was to have spent those three years in France. 🙂

    • hello Marty, My teacher was a male with big muscles. Sometimes we had Mrs. Hart at a sub. Also mr. Vicci for French class.It was I think February 1964 when we went on the trip. I remember names like Cathy Mills and Judy Drew. We rode train from Paris to alps. I didn’t write to my mom so when I got home she made me write her a letter everyday for two weeks. I cant believe it has been 50 years

      • hello Marty, Today I found two pictures. First was my class picture of 6th grade of 63-64. My teacher was Mr. Herberg. Two more the other was the group/class picture outside the hotel in the Alps where we stayed. My memory brought back two more things from the alps trip. First was seeing Liston- Cacius Clay (Ali) fight on tv via telstar. The other was finding chocolate candy bars with liquiour in them. If anyone has those pictures I am on bottome right on both

  310. We have a new member by way of our youtube videos. Tommy Tucker. Tommy was there May 63 to June 64. He was on the ski trip and I know someone was there too because they talked about it.

    Thomas Tucker


    What where you doing a Dreux?
    I was dependent 6th grader. My dad was SMsgt George Tucker. He was at
    Dreux for 3 months then went to be NCOIC of aerospace ground equipment
    at Evreux

    When where you there?
    may 63 to june 64

    Please include name, rank. serial number, job, and unit either yours
    or of your parent. If you were a civilian employee send what infor you
    SMsgt George Tucker ncoic base housing then over to Eveux. brother is
    terry then first grade’

    I also was in grade school. I was in 6th grade at Dreux elementary. I remember them stopping at the base housing at the edge of the town of Dreux. There was about 3 or 4 busses as I remember. We lived in number50. My dad was a senior master sgt. the first a Dreux. He then transferred to Everux air base near there but we still went to Dreux for school till we went to Germany. The prom was spring 1964. We were there for right about one year including JFK getting shot. Which grade were you in? My brother Terry was in the second grade. I still have school pics from there Mr. Graves was principle. I was with group that went to French alps for 2 weeks during school year too.’This was a thrill when I found it thanks for making it, Thomas Tucker. ps I live in Phoenix, Arizona.

  311. Dreux Folks,
    I’ve been in touch with S/sgt Rodrique A. Houde who was at Dreux Air Base 1956-1959.He was with the 8th radio relay sqd and worked in admistration. He resides now in Tewksbury, Mass some 30 miles N/W of Boston. He told me he was 81 years of age. We are hoping to get his stories and his photos of his time at the base for the site. I hope some of you will recall him and if you would like his e-mail address just send me an e-mail.
    A/2C Sibert

  312. Dreux Folks,
    There was a radar site on road D-11 as you were going N/E toward Chennevieres on the right side of the road. This site was not too far from the runway 24 end. What was it used for? I looked it over in Aug 1987 but did not take a photo. I goofed.There was a small wooden building and a chain-link fence and concrete supports for the antennas, fuel tank and engine that powered this system. Also conduits that had been stripped of their copper wiring. A large part of the chain-link fence had been taken down to remove the USAF equipment when the base closed. I would say the site was some 500 yards east from D-11 along a narrow gravel road. All around the site were trees and farm fields. It would be nice to find out about this place that no one has mentioned knowing about.
    A/2C Sibert

    • Chuck –
      Doesn’t ring a bell — certainly don’t remember it, but it sounds like the “middle marker” which was a radio beacon to give pilots a visual indication in the cockpit when they were about 1 km from the end of the runway. The base radar was located near the runway roughly opposite the base ops building. You can see it in a few of the pictures posted on the website. As for any off base facility, the only thing I can think of is the inner or outer markers. Outer marker (if there was one) would have been about 5 miles or so from the end of the runway, which seems too far to match up with your description. Anyway, that’s my guess. – Doug

      • Doug,
        Thanks for your take on the old abandoned radar/radio site east of the base off road D-11. A farm field was plowed right up next to the gravel road to the site causing me a tight turn around when leaving in August 1987. My wife and I revisited that old site around Christmas week of 1990 and it looked to be the same as it was when I saw it 1987. The small building’s roof had water leaks and the weeds and grass were very tall. Anything metal was of course now very rusted. Some French words were spray painted on the inside of the building where this had only been hand written words in 1987. I wish I had taken some photos when I was there. If I took any photos of that site in 1990 I haven’t located them at this time. I wish I had asked Glenn to take a look at the old site when he was there some weeks ago. Who would own that location now? We may never know. The old entrance gravel road had settled and weeds were rubbing the under side of our car. We felt like Bonnie and Clyde. Maybe we’ll hear more from others about this site. There is a long range photo in my picture album that could be this site? God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

  313. Grady Gibbons,
    How was the main gate guard shack heated? Did it have sliding doors on each side? Let me hear from you Grady.
    A/2C Sibert

  314. Jimmy Register,
    You and Billy Andrews went to the same tech school you said. What was the school for? Did Billy work with you at Dreux Air Base? Did you and Billy have the same barracks # 165 ?
    A/2C Sibert

    • Billy andrews and I went to APG school Sheppard AFB Texas. He was on the Afternoon class and I was on the morning class. He was in the Squadron barracks next to the service station with all the flying squadron guys. I was in the one next to the ordely room. I was assigned to the 7305th Cams squadron and worked in the dock area.

  315. Added some misc pictures about Charles Sibert’s 1987 trip to Dreux.
    Added obituary for Major Weldon K Groves who commanded the Weather group at Dreux in the late fifties and early sixties.

  316. I was stationed at Dreux from 1960 to 1963,the, then Base Commander was Col Knudsen,I was with the 7305th Combat Support Sq,322nd Air Division(CC).I worked in Project Seaweed(War Readiness Material)with A/IC George B Murphy Junior,The NCOIC was M/Sgt Thompson.Love the pic of the Main Gate,how many times ,I walked that road to the little village of Dom-Pierre sur Blevy.Unfortunately all the pics I had from back then, that I sent home to my family were lost.If you have any questions or memories to share,please contact me at eddie7792@gmail.com,would love to hear from you.

    • Eddie,
      Just one question for you now. When you went to Dampierre sur Blevy was the Open Gate Bar/Restaurant still doing buisness? Some said maybe the name had been changed to Micky’s?
      If not, just where was the Micky’s bar located?
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  317. Hey Folks,
    Am I the only one that comments on the photo album ????
    Where are all your comments? It is so easy to make comments on the albums. Bill and I woud like to hear from other folks——–HELP.
    A/2C Sibert

  318. Just put up a new our gang story by Larry Freimuth. These stories are intended to give everyone a better idea who is talking on the blog. I wish more people would submit stories. I am going to add more pictures later.

  319. Dreux Folks,
    In my pictures album I have a travel agency card from the service club. I had put a base phone number on that card. The number is 6403 and I probally would have never found out where that phone number went on the base. I want to thank Bill Kaufmann for getting us a base phone book for the site. It was just an easy task to look up that base phone number in the book, that went to building # 142 and turned out to be the Airmens barber shop.
    I recall now after thinking about it I sometimes tried to call ahead to see how busy they were. Now all you Dreux Folks that have old base phone numbers can find out just where they went using the phone book printed as of 1 May 1960. This could have been the last phone book printed for the Dreux Air Base, France.
    When was the last Dreux Air Base phone book published, who knows?
    A/2C Sibert

  320. I was a young airman stationed at the Dreux AB dispensary from 1963 to 1967. Are there any dispensary personnel out there who would like to stroll down memory lane?

    • I remember you Frank. My dad was Charlie Payne. He was night manager at the NCO club. My sister (Daisy) and I would go there with my parents. I remember dancing with you at the NCO club. I also remember Jack Wilson that worked with you.

  321. Hi Everyone,
    Does anyone have any pictures of the base’s golf course? It’s were I learned to play golf as a 10 or 11 year old. And, it’s where I had my first job; picking up range balls with a 3 ft long plastic tube and dumping them in an empty golf bag. No pay, just burgers and free golf. Not a bad deal in my youthful eyes! My Dad also won a golf tournament there.

    I can see the outline of some of the greens in some older aerial/satellite pictures, but of course it’s all covered up by the solar panels now. It was adjacent to the southwest sections of the runway and taxiways. In fact on some holes you teed off over the taxiways. There were a few holes running north and south along the western portion of Perimeter Rd.


    Glenn Burchard

    • Glenn,
      The base phone book says golf course and driving range bldg # T-537 phone # 7636. That’s all I know about the golf at Dreux AB.
      God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  322. Hey Dreux Folks,
    I really care about the old Dreux Air Base and It’s a shame none of the former residents went back to visit it while it was in USAF hands. Many of us were turned away later when the French watched over the old base. We all have memories of that time and just what we did there. I know I do at almost 80 years of age.
    What I’m trying to get across is this—-why don’t more of the picture album viewers take advantage of the opportunity to post comments about what they see? Let us hear from you as it is very easy to post comments on each and every picture. You surely could have something to say about each photo you look at. Come on, let us hear more from all of you while we still can.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  323. Just put up a few miscellaneous pictures from Chuck. A couple of boarding passes from MATS, a current 2013 view of the open gate bar, and a picture of the hotel he stayed at in 1987.Bill

  324. Dreux Folks,
    I recall clearing the Dreux AB on foot because I sold my Moped to another Airman for $100.00 in March 1961. I just may have the check list from that time to put up on the site. I’ll look for it. I took my discharge physical at the base hospital along with many others in March 1961.
    You know the Airman who bought my moped just might see this blog and get back to me?
    A/2C Sibert

  325. Hey Glenn,
    In the Dreux Air Base picture albums on site, we have a few photos of the new Dreux Air Base being built from the ground up circa 1951-1952.
    You contacted the French Electric Company about entering the old base before you actually went to see the old base last month and was told non !!
    Could you please contact them again and explain to them that all we have now are our memories and some pictures from former Airmen and others of the base. Pictures of the base being built on our web-site show its birth and we would like to have some pictures of the old Dreux Air Base’s demise and reuse to go along with those.
    You know, before and after pictures could really make the old base come alive for us all. Hopefully many could recall just what buildings stood where now there are only piles of dirt and rubble.
    My prayers are with you in this endeaver. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

    • Nice idea, but I’m back home now..and most of your argument/reasoning was the basis for my last attempt to gain access. I’ll let somebody else tilt at that windmill. Give it a shot!

  326. Just added Bill Kaufmann’s Dreux Phone Book to the Maps Page. May have to do some reorganizing since we are getting bigger. I know Sherry will be pleased to find her Dad’s unit, trailer number, and phone number. Have fun. Bill

    • Bill-
      This is amazing! I can’t believe this! MANY thanks to Bill Kaufmann for sharing this phone book, and to you for putting it up on the site. My memory serves me correctly – ours was trailer number T-364, and it was located just where I thought. What I didn’t have was our base phone number and Daddy’s section where he worked. Can someone tell me what HEDRONSEC stands for? Many thanks.

    • I have just finished reading Glenn’s beautifully-written account of his recent trip to Dreux and the surrounding areas. Thank you, Glenn, for sharing.

      • Bill, thanks for your efforts to prepare and post my story on the site. I know inserting the pics is not an easy task.

        Sherry, I’m glad you enjoyed it; and I hope others do, too. I wish there had been more to see at the base; c’est la vie!

    • Enjoyed the story, Glenn. Must have been a great trip. Sort of sad about the old base structures, but not surprising. And, you’re right, we have this website to keep the memories alive. – Doug

  327. Just put up something for everyone who fondly remembers the holiday dinners at the mess halls. Bob Keller sent us one from 1954. Note the engineer logo and the 12 th air force emblem. Bill

  328. After much struggle I finally got Doug’s new story and pictures up in Memories of Dreux. People who had transportation and could get out around the base may recognize some of it. Most of the people like me found it easier to go the train station and then to Paris then to go to Malebois.

  329. Tom,
    You tell me you saw no trailer wheels and tires stored at the base wharehouses. You know, all the wheels and tires could have been left in place as the trailers were raised and leveled and underpinning placed around them from the get-go.
    I purchased a new mobile home in 1962 and sold it in 1975. The wheels and tires were left on the home while jacked up and leveled for 13 years and when I sold it they were just pumped up. The home was trucked some 60 miles to the new owner’s place at a lake, without a tire problem.
    This can happen then and just may be the answer about the Dreux Air Base trailer wheels and tires.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  330. Hey Dreux Folks,
    Tom tells us he believes no trailers were removed from the Dreux Air Base in 1966, the year the French gave us to remove all USAF assets. He also states he belives the trailers were at the base when he rotated in early March 1967. He worked in base housing and had a great handle on things like this. Sherry tells us about the man at the old base gate in 1996 writing down the year the trailers were removed as 1967.
    Now, were the trailers turned over to the French as were the buildings at the base? The trailers were listed as trailers by the “T” printed before their number, I was told.
    When the USA flag came down in March 1967 and no doubt papers were signed, was it at that moment in time everything left on the Dreux Air Base belonged to the French?
    If this is true then the French removed all their trailers and not ours then? Some time ago Bill and I read that some of the trailers in France ended up at the USAF Base, Wheelus Air Base, Lybia. If the trailers then belonged to France how did this happen?
    Surely someone will come along and tell us the rest of the story.
    A/2C Sibert

  331. Hey Dreux Folks,
    Just getting to have hamburgers and all the trimings cooked at home and corn on the cobb plus some other goodies. I have wondered for some time if we have on the blog folks that ate their meals at the Marguerite # 4 mess hall? We don’t hear a lot about Marguerite # 4 do we? If you’re out there let us hear from you please.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  332. When I read the stories and comments on our site I am reminded of the six blind men who went to see an elephant Their comments I recap here:
    “Hey, the elephant is a pillar,” said the first man who touched his leg.
    “Oh, no! it is like a rope,” said the second man who touched the tail.
    “Oh, no! it is like a thick branch of a tree,” said the third man who touched the trunk of the elephant.
    “It is like a big hand fan” said the fourth man who touched the ear of the elephant.
    “It is like a huge wall,” said the fifth man who touched the belly of the elephant.
    “It is like a solid pipe,” Said the sixth man who touched the tusk of the elephant.
    The site is a little over a year old and we are slowly beginning to see the elephant. We still need input from the other organizations that were at Dreux. Hopefully like the input from Bob Keller and Tom Joyner we recently received someone from those groups will find the site and join us. Keep talking on the blog. What you say may be just the key that triggers someone’s memories. Bill

    • Hi Bill ! Wanted to thank you for getting my pictures posted in the picture folder files of Dreaux air base. . Even though the life span of the base was somewhat short Thanks to DeGaulle [sp] it still effected a lot of American service members lives but thanks to your good work we will have our memories both good & bad which no one can take away from us . again many thanks Bob Keller

  333. Really enjoyed the pictures from Bill Keller. Since I didn’t experience Dreux until later (1962-1965) it’s interesting to see how it all began. When I lived in the NCO trailers with my parents and brother I always wondered what those huts that were scatted throughout the park (like in Bill’s photo) were used for. Can anybody enlighten me regarding those? Marty

    • Hi Marty! The Huts that you are referring to Was the 8211st EAB living qtrs. & incl. each company C O office , supply room. mail room, chow hall & later EM club . Also incl latrine & showers huts PX & a barber shop on our street operated by a Frenchman. when I first arrived our electric was provided by a lg diesel powered generator. No paved streets lots of mud. Started shapeing up to look like a base mid 55. Hope this answers some of your questions RE: Bob Keller

    • I, too, really enjoyed the pictures — fascinating to see how the base took shape. It looks like one of the shots was taken fairly close to where our trailer eventually ended up.

      When we were there 61-63, I think most of the old Quonset huts (what I called them) were being used for storage. Also, if you look at early and later aerial photos of the base you can see that many of them had been removed as the permanent facilities opened up. When I lived at Dreux there were still some that were in regular use. The ones I remember: laundromat, Boy Scout hut, Bank of America, Thrift Shop, and Rod & Gun Club. Also, the bowling alley was in one of the larger Quonset huts. Next to the bowling alley was one that had been used as the original theater. It closed after the planes left in 61, as there weren’t enough customers to support two theaters.

      Interestingly enough, when I was on active duty in the AF and showed up at my new assignement in Ruppertsweiler, Germany in 1991 there was a Quonset hut that looked just like those at Dreux at one of our sites. When I asked about it, I was told that they had scrounged it from France when NATO forces left in ’67. Who knows, maybe it was the last remnant of Dreux left in NATO (but I seriously doubt it!). – Doug

  334. Just put up new pictures from Bob Keller. 821EAB.

    Put up six more from Glenn Burchard of the D Day celebrations.

    • Great Pix, Glenn. Must have been wonderful to have the opportunity to rub elbows with the vets — genuine heros. Thanks for sharing. – Doug

  335. Hey Dreux People,
    When I read Doug’s account of trailer life, I began to visualize some 350 plus trailers hooked up to sewers, water, electricial, bottle gas, and telephone lines in the Officers and NCO trailer parks at the Dreux Air Base. When the base was at full tilt and all the trailers were in use some say they had to wait to get a trailer on base.
    To what outfit on Dreux Air base did trailer repairs, broken water lines, faulty electricial outlets, stopped up water drains ect. fall? I wondered about this when I spent some nights in the NCO trailer park at Sue Browns trailer home. Yes, the lean to was cold at night.
    Can one imagine 350 plus trailers, each with two 25 lbs gas tanks strapped to their front? That’s 700 plus tanks of bottled gas. WOW. Doug tells us that a square of wood was placed on the empty tank to alert the gas crews to replace it with a full tank. Just who made up the gas crews?
    There must have been an area on the base where the extra tanks were repaired, repainted, and refilled? Can anyone recall just where it was located? Just where was a large bottle gas holding tank located. Could it have been very near the rail lines, as probally the bottle gas was brought into the base by rail.
    I must say the bottle gas outlets near my home are very easy to spot. They handle small and large tanks, plus what we call gas bombs. No retail there just repair and refilling. I say this because where ever such a place was located on Dreux Air Base it must have been easy site to see.
    I hope someone will recall and tell us a lot about the gas being used in the Dreux Air Base trailer parks and how it was handled.
    When the trailers were moved out in 1966, what happened to the 700 plus gas tanks? Surely many still held some gas that needed to be recovered?
    A/2C Sibert

    • Charles

      During my time at Dreux (65-67) the trailers were maintained by the 7305th Civil Engineering Sq. The propane gas for the trailers was provided by a French company outside the base.

      • Tom,
        All one has to do is ask a former Dreux airman who was there and bingo we have a special answer. Thanks so very much for your speedy reply. I’ll be asking more questions about those trailers soon.
        A/2C Sibert

      • Tom,
        When the trailers came to Dreux Air Base and were put into their respective spots and blocked up and hooked up were the metal wheels and rubber tires removed and stored in the wharehouse area? In 1966 when the trailers were shipped out some of the tires would have been going on 11 years old. Without proper storage many would have been dry-rotted and of no use on trailers being pulled out and hauled away. ???
        By the way, how did the trailers leave the base, were they flown out on C-124’s and C-130’s or did they go out by rail or by convoy? I hope you have knowledge about this and I look forward to your answers. God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert