Dreux Blog

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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”

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.
    A VERSE FROM THE RIGGERS PLEDGE
    I will Constantly keep in mind that until men grow wings their parachutes must be dependable.
    God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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?
    best,
    Al Foti
    A/1c

    • 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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:
    Headquarters
    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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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

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

  32. 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?

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

      • 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

      • 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.

  39. 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

    PCallac

      • 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

        PC

  40. 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

  41. 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.
    PC

    • 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

  42. 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/

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. 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
    PCallac

    • 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 ?
            Photos.
            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

  46. 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.

  47. 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?

  48. 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.

  49. 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:
      http://www.archives.gov\veterans\military-service-records
      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

  50. 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!

  51. 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

  52. 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:
    A/2CSibert

    • 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

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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!

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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

  69. 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

  70. 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!

  71. 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.

  72. 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

  73. 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

  74. 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.

  75. 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

  76. 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
    .

  77. 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
    .

  78. 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?

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

  80. 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.

  81. 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

  82. 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

  83. 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

  84. 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

  85. 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
    can.
    Name: Leon White Coles.
    Service No: AF 32 089 629
    Rank: Technical Sergeant

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

  86. 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
    pkeyrt@yahoo.com

  87. 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

  88. 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

  89. 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.

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

  91. 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

  92. 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.
      Ken

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

          Ken

      • 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.

        Ken

    • 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.
        Ken

  98. 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.

  99. 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

  100. 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.
        https://www.google.com/maps/search/21+Place+Dupont+de+l'Eure,+%C3%89vreux,+France/@49.022139,1.230984,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1s38264447!2e1!3e10!6s%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fproxy%2FnS4CWOJEK261DL83hORkzg_2f4XAasV7NoMTpMypxdFR0ykyblK323YOyxHwy8B0GI_yaTja8eoRdFcTp_TqT8pnI-pCJw%3Dw203-h137!7i1818!8i1228

        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

  101. 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.

  102. 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
          E-3.
          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

  103. 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”

  104. 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

  105. 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

  106. 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.

  107. 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

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. NOTICE – NOTICE-NOTICE
    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

  111. 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

  112. 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

  113. 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

  114. 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

  115. 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

  116. 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

  117. 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

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

  119. 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”.

      Sincerely,

      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).

  120. 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.

  121. 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

  122. 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

  123. 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

  124. 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

  125. 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

  126. 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

  127. 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.

  128. 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

  129. 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.

  130. 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

  131. 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.

  132. 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

  133. 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

  134. 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

  135. 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

  136. 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

  137. 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!

  138. 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

  139. 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.

  140. 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

  141. 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:
    http://images-02.delcampe-static.net/img_large/auction/000/281/498/758_001.jpg?v=1

    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.

  142. 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.

  143. 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

  144. 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.

  145. 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
    AF14392989
    7305th Air Police Sqdn
    With Alabama Guard and remained on active duty when it deactivated. Thank you

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-BULOVA-ACCUTRON-214-RAILROAD-APPROVED-WATCH-DIAL-/201343658577

  146. 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:
    http://www.survoldefrance.fr/affichage2.php?&lieu=Senonches&f=0&img=39000&prev_suiv_link=1

    http://www.survoldefrance.fr/affichage2.php?&lieu=Senonches&f=0&img=39000&prev_suiv_link=1

    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
    friendly
    patrick

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

  147. 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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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 :
      http://www.survoldefrance.fr/affichage2.php?&lieu=Senonches&f=0&img=39000&prev_suiv_link=1

      http://www.survoldefrance.fr/affichage2.php?&lieu=Senonches&f=0&img=39000&prev_suiv_link=1

      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
      amicalement
      patrick

  150. 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.

    Bill

    • 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.

  151. 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 .

  152. 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?

  153. 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

  154. 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

  155. 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

  156. 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

      Phone# 04.67.22.33.97

      • 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.

  157. 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.

  158. 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

    • 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?
      Doug

      • 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

  159. 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

  160. 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

  161. 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

  162. 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.

  163. 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.

  164. 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

  165. 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

  166. 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

  167. 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

  168. 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

  169. 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

  170. 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

  171. 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

    frea

    • 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

  172. 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

  173. 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.

  174. 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

    • 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

  175. 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

  176. 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

  177. 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.

  178. 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.

    Cheers
    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.

  179. 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

  180. 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

  181. 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

  182. 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

  183. Dreux Folks,
    I enjoy the videos found on the Dreux web-site. Now take the video titled
    BASE MILITAIRE (DREUX- SENONCHES) BY KTADONF
    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 . . .

      Doug

    • 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

  184. 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

  185. 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

  186. 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.

  187. 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. .

  188. 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

  189. 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.

  190. 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

  191. 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!

  192. 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

  193. 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.

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

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

    When where you there?
    1956-1959

    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
    can.
    Elton M. Britton, I’m gathering the info requested.

  195. 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.

  196. 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

  197. 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

  198. 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!

  199. 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!

  200. 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

  201. 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

  202. 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

        • 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.

            Ron

  203. 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

  204. We have a new contact:
    Name:
    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?
    1965-1966

    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
    can.
    My father was the dietician at Evereaux AFB hospital. Tsgt Henry
    Anderson, Jr., he passed in 1968

  205. 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.

  206. 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.

  207. 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

  208. 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

  209. 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.

  210. 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.

  211. 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

  212. 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

  213. 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?

  214. 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!

  215. 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

  216. 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

  217. 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.

  218. 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

  219. 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.

  220. 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…

  221. 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

  222. 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

  223. 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

  224. 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

  225. 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

  226. 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,
    Vance

    • 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

  227. 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.

    Thanks,
    Vance

    • 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

  228. 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.

    Thanks,
    Vance

    • 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.
      Ron

  229. We have another new member from the unit pages.
    Name:
    PHILLIP E. WALLACE

    Email:
    mymdixie@gmail.com

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

    When where you there?
    1954-1956

    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
    can.
    A2C PHILLIP E. WALLACE AF 11239145 10TH TCS A43151A FLIGHT MECH R/M
    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

  230. 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

  231. 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.

  232. 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

  233. 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

  234. 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.

    Name:
    Thomas Tucker

    Email:
    tommy38242@aol.com

    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
    can.
    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.

  235. 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

  236. 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

  237. 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

  238. 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.

  239. 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.

  240. 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

    • 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

  241. 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

  242. 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.
    Bill

  243. 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

  244. 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.

  245. 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.

    Thanks,

    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

  246. 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

  247. 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

  248. 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

  249. 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!

  250. 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

  251. 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

  252. 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.

  253. 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

  254. 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

  255. 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

  256. 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

  257. 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

  258. 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

  259. 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

        • Charles,

          Just a few more things to add to the trailer conversation. Even though I worked in housing and billeting and spent a lot of time in the warehouses I do not remember ever seeing the metal wheels and rubber tires stored in any of the warehouses. The other thing i am almost sure of no trailers were removed from the base before the middle of Feb 67. I left Dreux the first week of March and i am almost positive the trailers were still there. Another thing I remember, the trailers with the larger lean-twos were always assigned to the larger families with 3 or 4 kids. Those trailers were a very hot commodity during my time working in the Base Housing Office. I had to keep a daily updated list of all personnel being assigned to Dreux and how many in each family. It’s to bad I am the only active duty one from the final group stationed at Dreux that contributes to the blog. I would like to hear from some of the GI’s that were part of the last group stationed at Dreux.

          • Tom,
            I believe you are correct on the date. When we went back to Dreux in August 1996, we learned that the trailers were removed from the base in 1967. While we were denied access, I was able to get this information from the man at the guard shack. I drew a picture with the trailer number, and pointed in the direction of the trailer park. I wrote 19?? on a paper, and he filled in 67. Also, you are right on about the larger lean-tos going to bigger families. We had 4 kids in the family at that time, and were “lucky” enough to have one of the few. Also, my sister reminded me that the gas tank was paid in francs as Mom kept a special envelope marked for that purpose: 500 francs. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Chuck-
      Man, does this bring back memories! Doug is absolutely right: everyone would place a block of wood on the empty tank to alert the crew that it was empty. I don’t know where the gas tanks were stored or came from, but I do know with absolute certainty that the fellows on the delivery truck only spoke French! I believe they came from off-base somewhere, and didn’t come through that often. Once we needed a tank and didn’t have the block of wood out, so Mom sent me frantically running after the truck which had moved on to the third loop by that stage. When I said “364”, it was clear that we weren’t communicating! So the driver handed me a paper and pencil and I wrote it down. Our gas tank was cheerfully replaced.
      You are so right about the lean-to being cold – it was freezing! And very damp…even in the summer. Most folks just used them for storage or for drying clothes on racks or lines strung from one corner to another. I, too, enjoyed seeing the latest pictures showing the huts in the trailer park. Many times I have wondered why the “Washing Machines” Trailer in the center of each loop was where it was???? Now I know.

      • Sherry,
        Thanks for your take on the trailer gas tanks at the base. Tom tells us the gas was supplied from an off base French outlet. You say the gas crews only spoke French, so it does seem gas came from off base. That’s one less thing that Dreux AB had to attend to, just pay the French to do it.
        Hope you get a bargain on your lap top in october. God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

  260. Tomorrow (26 Jun) is the 51st anniversary of President Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. That came during our time at Dreux and my mother and several of her friends drove to Berlin to see the speech. I’ll have to find some of her pictures from the trip and post them — she was quite a distance from the podium, but I was able to enlarge one of pix enough to at least recognize Kennedy. I remember her telling me how excited the crowd was — it was a pretty electric atmosphere. She said the the crowd really went wild when he ended his speech with the famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” phrase. Mom said that she (and thousands of others, of course) had little American flags that they were waving. Unfortunately she dropped hers and said it was so crowded that there was no way to bend over and pick it up. It was a historic moment in the Cold War, as much to show the Soviets our resolve as to reassure the Germans that we were committed to the defense of their country as well as other NATO members. – Doug

  261. Sherry,
    In your last e-mail you said your computer had expired and you had to go to the library to use the one there. Please let us hear from you as you are dearly missed.
    A/2C Sibert

    • Thank you so much for thinking of me! Yes, I am still alive and kickin’ over here. We have decided to stick it out with the library use plan until we go back to the states for a visit in October. We’ll buy a laptop there (for about 1/3 the cost here) and bring it back over. In the meantime we’ll use the local library computers here several times each week to keep in touch.
      Chuck – we were thinking of you this week when we saw the BBC weather report for the tornadoes in your area. Hope you and your family are ok.

  262. Hey Folks,
    Here is a question for all former Dreuxites. I saw many automobiles while at the Dreux base that were brought over by GI’s from the states. I can say I never saw a pick-up truck among these cars. Was there something to forbid a pick-up truck from being sent to a GI stationed in France? I’m sure many GI’s had pick-up trucks back in the states, why not bring them to Dreux Air Base for their use?
    A/2C Sibert

  263. Hi Tom Joyner I was stationed in Dreux from oct 54 to jan 56 H&S Co 821 EAB Was in the mtr pool operated 5 ton wrecker If sounds familiar pls respond Thanks & Re: Bob Keller

    • Hey Bob – I talked to Tom and he replied to your Jan post instead of your new one. Here is what he said:

      Hey Bob. ICan’t Remember You But Your Name Rings A Bell. You Are Right Capt. Russo Was Our Co. Cammander BUt, When I arrived AT Dreux There Was A Capt. Bucko Do you Remember Him? Bob Have You Sent Any Pictures Yet I Sure Would Like To See You I Think I Might Remember You If I Could See Your Picyure. I Live I n North Carolina Now. Retired From The Postal Service. Don’t Do anything Have A Bad Heart Can,t even ifI wanted To. Sure Hope I Can Find A picture Of You I Do Remember That Wrecker It Was Air Force Blue Right. Bob Where Do You Live Now And How Is Your Health. It Been A Heck Of A Long Since We Were At Dreux. Take Care Of Yourself And Send Me An Email. Good To Hear From You Take Care Thomas Joyner

      • Bob replied to Ton via email.
        Hi Tom ! Was great to hear from you. Yes Capt Bucko was co When I arrived at Dreux. & yes the wrecker that I operated was airforce blue . Some of the names I remember Jeeter Shea , Jim Bateman , Don Church, G B McIntyre , Gardova bros. You remember the Capts name who was in chrg. of the motor pool who drove a red 54 Pontiac convertible . Was you with me the night we pulled him out of a bar in Paris as he was to drunk to walk straight & put him in his hotel room. Never had any problems in the mtr pool after that . Matter of fact he wanted me to go to CID school & he would help get me there I was thinking you was the other one that helped that night. I have a number of pictures but I don,t havea scanner. One of my kids do so will try & get them done if not I,ll mail them to you & you can mail them back . As far as health is concerned I have had an anyursyn surgery prostrate cancer . & colon surgery great to get old huh? I retired from Hastings mfg co maker of piston rings I was Export sales mgr & for 30 yrs traveled around the world calling on customers in the 35-40 different countries retired in 1997 . Then my wife & I travelled around the usa for 10 yrs before health problems came along . We have been married 60 yrs come july have 5 kids & a whole bunch of great kids & 5 great grand kids , So I can,t complain about my life but it is sure nice to hear from the past If I don,t get my pictures scanned I,ll mail them to you , Again thanks for brightening up my day Best Re: Bob Keller

  264. I have had some questions about whether recent discussions of D-Day were appropriate because they didn’t pertain to Dreux Air Base. I have edited the blog description to highlight the sections that says “come to think about it, anything that would interest any of us that were there. ” I better say this – no one was complaining they just wanted to be sure the what they were talking was ok. I personally have enjoyed everyones comments and was especially touched by Terry’s story of the Tanks and Truck parked on the side of the road ready to be loaded and sent to Normandy. Bill

  265. Doug – your questions about the sketch are the reason I asked Bill to make it. Bill worked at the service club when the flying squadrons were there. It seem from various things people have said that there must have been more than one service club because they didn’t sound the same. In Bill’s Dreux American High School folder is a program from a play that the teen drama club put on at the service club but this would have been probably 1960. Maybe you and your age group could come with a sketch of what it was when you were there. Bill

    • OK, Bill and Bill. I’m going to have to say that I really don’t remember the layout and certainly nothing close to the level of detail that Bill’s sketch shows. I do vaguely remember a large arts and crafts center which I think was toward the front side of the building. So, here’s a bit of guesswork, and I’ll see if I can find out more from other sources. If you look at Bill’s sketch it looks a little different than the building on Google Earth. So my thought is that an extra room (the Arts and Crafts center) was added on when the school was moved to Dreux. That would be about the time that the flying mission went away. I remember reading somewhere that there was quite a bit of money spent to bring the high school on board — renovating the barracks and turning them into dorms, upgrading the dining hall, repurposing the old elementary school to make it a HS, etc. If that were so, maybe the community center was expanded with some of that funding. If you look at the picture in the “Pat and Charlie Hernandez” file, there a shot of Pat walking toward the entrance of the building and clearly the face of the building not indented back from the entrance (as in the sketch), but is rather an extension of the entrance (if that makes sense). Anyway, that’s my initial guess. I’m hoping that I can find some more info as I rummange through unit histories in the upcoming weeks. I realize that this doesn’t add much, but would account for the differences in our memories. – Doug

  266. Added ten new pictures from Glenn. He is doing a good job for everyone.

    Rearranged the Home Page Links. Now you need to click on Click here to go to Dreux Air Base Maps, Facts, Etc to go to the maps, history and pdf documents. When you get there you now have choices. Maps and documents, history, facts about Dreux, and A sketch of the Service Club. I ask Bill Kaufmann to make the sketch since I remember almost nothing about it. Take a look and suggest changes or additions. Bill has found his Base Telephone Book and he will scan it and sent for the site. We will have a NCO trailer park map like the one he sent of the Officer’s trailer park and more. Billl

    • This is good news! I’ll update the NCO Trailer Park Google Earth map when I get the info. Also, I’ve been back in touch with the Air Force History Office at Bolling and they’re going to let me review the unit histories for units that were at Dreux. I went through their online database and there are quite a few on file that might give us some good info. All in good time. Doug

    • What year was the sketch of the service club from? As I recall, Bill left about the time I arrived in 1961, but I remember some different things about the service club. The teen club was there and the arts and crafts center. I don’t recall the stage and sort of remember the library being in a different part of the building. I’m wondering if perhaps there was a major renovation that took place at the time the base went from having an active flying mission to a dispersed operating base. It seems like lots of things were changing about that time. The high school was activated; my dad’s unit (DACCC/EUR) moved in; the elementary school moved from Marguerite 6 to the main base; and lots of the buildings seemed to have been renovated for new purposes. With the high school came the need for a teen center, so maybe there was a big change in the building as well. Thanks to Bill for the sketch. – Doug

  267. Thanks to Doug I have added La Loupe to the housing maps. He also sent me some general notes he had started on Dreux. I am going to post them and ask for comments additions corrections etc.
    Glenn Just sent us pictures from France. Normandy beaches, celebrations, etc. Take a look. Bill

  268. Since we have been talking about the off base housing I have just added Maps of Chateauneuf, Dreux, Senonches Housing to the Maps Page. If anyone knows of any areas we missed please me know. Bill

  269. Hi Dave, You saw much more than we did.. we decided not to go down to the beach as we had been told that there were dreadful reminders in the sand. I guess to this day they still find personal items dog tags and such. It makes you wonder why they never cleaned the area, perhaps it was considered a sacred place, for the ocean created another burial ground. never did see the movie.
    Take care Dave, Terry

  270. We were in France at Dreux / Senonches in ’63’-64 and saw the movie The Longest Day at the post theater right after it came out. It was only a short time later that we visited Normandy, saw the grave yard, and the museum and props from the movie the film crews left to the museum. What struck me most was the beaches were still littered with rifle shell casings in the surf that were very easy to find, the wrecked barges just offshore, the cement harbor blocks, and German machine gun turrets all still there. Very spooky and memorable visit.

  271. It must be awesome to be in Normandy on the anniversary of the DDay invasion.
    we did get to go there back in1959. I recall how eerie it was to see all those white crosses that overlooked the beach where it all happened. It was very still and quiet, the occasional sounds of the breezes and surf gripped ones heart.
    I was 14 years old and in England in June 1954. we lived close to the motorway and on the morning of June 4th we were shocked to see hundreds of tanks, armored trucks aa guns lined up on both sides of the road, camalflouged, we were still getting bombed at that time. Then as suddenly as they had appeared they disappeared on late evening of the 5th. we had total black out so would have been hard to detect the movement, those living close by would surely have heard the noise of the engines. My dad said over and over my God if the Germans had seen all that they would destroyed it all. England became very spooky,quiet, very scary. the bombing seemed to have stopped. It seemed as though we were all alone, for the thousands of allied forces that had amassed in England were all gone. They gave their precious lives and I thank them all. What a price to pay! I pray that we shall always remember, we must never ever forget. It has been on my heart I needed to vent. Thank you friends. Terry

    • Terry,
      Thanks for your story about Normandy, 1944 was a special year for a lot of folks. My sister Martha and I were living on a dairy farm with our grand parents Van and Addie Reed near Louisville, Ky. I was nine years old and can just recall grandma and grandpa talking about the radio broadcast telling about the invasion in France.
      I was at these beaches in Aug 1987 and again in Jan 1991. I was in almost all of the concrete bunkers on and around the beaches. I’ll locate my pictures and get some of them put up on the site. Again thanks for all you do on this blog.
      A/2C Sibert

  272. It’s been about a week since we’ve had reliable internet, so sorry for going dark. Still in France…just got to Paris. We spent four days in the Loire Valley, went to Mont St Michel, and then three days around Caen. I’ll give everyone a full update after we return, but the whole region around the D-Day landing sites was insane! Because of the dignitaries many of the key sites form Arromanches west were inaccessible; so we went on the 5th. There were hundreds of vintage military vehicles everywhere, as well as folks dressed up in period uniforms and clothing. Apparently they do this every year but raise things up a notch every 5 years.

    We went to St Mere Eglise on the 6th as it was accessible, but still hard to get to. There were over 50k people in that small village…but it was great.

    So proud to be there!

    More later with some pics.

    Glenn

  273. Chuck-

    All is well on this side of the pond tonight. The BBC as well as the other channels have been full of stories and news coverage leading up to the 70th D-Day Anniversary tomorrow. The human-interest stories from the ones who were there are so interesting and so very moving… Thank you so much for letting me know about Wanda’s group’s cancellation. I, too, enjoyed Terry’s photos on the site so much! They are so clear and bring back so many memories. Keep them coming, Terry – and a big thank you!

  274. Hello again,
    I had fully intended to explain the contents of the pictures, we were short on time and I was anxious to see if we could post them.
    I am having a memory lapse regarding the name of the street we lived on at dreux housing I believe it was Rue General Pershing. the house no was 251. We learned to garden there, my husband had a nice vegetable patch in the back. life was good
    Abe sprabarry, his wife Frankie along with their two teen children are shown in the snow picture. he was in charge of the commissary. very active in the chapel and I think she sang in the choir. the group sitting on the ground are at a chapel sponsored picnic. The old farmhouse was so much nicer inside than out. Elton had to get up early every morning and stoke the furnace, the first time he tried to light it it took his eyebrows off, ugh! we were happy there, there were sheep and chickens, fresh eggs. the children loved it.

  275. Sherry,
    Thought you would like to know that Wanda Martin and her “Ladies for Liberty”
    singing gals, from Louisville, were scheduled to perform at the 70th Normandy WWII program this Friday but had to cancel. Her husband, Hardy had to have heart surgery on the 2nd. Hope all is well over the pond. Check out Terry’s pictures. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  276. Hello all,
    I’m hoping to get some more info from Grady Gibbons who was at Dreux AB with the Alabama Air Guard in 1961-1962. He was in the Airpolice unit.
    Talked with Buddy Love yesterday and he knew Grady as both were in the same guard outfit from Alabama. He tells me he’s looking forward to the Grady story. Hey, Grady send to me your story!!
    A/2C Sibert

    • the guard shack was heated by steam which came from the building to the right as you came on base.The base commander issued an order that only blue was to be on the main gate . No army. I do remember Gen. Le May going thru the gate on his way to a SHAPE metting

      • Grady,
        Thanks for your info about the heating of the guard shack. By the way, when can I expect your short story about your stay at Dreux Air Base ? I’m still holding on ready to post it in the memories section. We’re both advancing in age.
        God Bless:
        A/2C Sibert

  277. Hello Terry,
    I sure like your pictures that Bill has put up on the site. The photo where you are standing with your family in front of # 251, was this your doorway? Could you recall what street you lived on in Dreux housing?
    It will surely be super when your other pictures make it to the Dreux site. Just wanted to thank you so very much for sharing your time at Dreux Air Base with us. Talk at you later.
    A/2C Sibert

  278. Terry has sent us some pictures she already had in her computer. More will be coming after her daughter returns from France. I hope to add more info to the captions later. Thanks Terry. The mayor of Chateau de la Barre, Roger Acord has been heard from(see Larry Freimuth’s pictures). I forwarded his email to Larry and Jim O’brien per his request.

  279. New New New New

    Glenn has sent us the first pictures he has taken. For now I putting them in a folder labeled “New From Glenn” in the new pictures album. He’s doing a great job.

  280. Just added a picture from Michel Guilmain forwarded from Ron.

    edited picture info to have larger pictures.

  281. Terrry – We would like to put your pictures on the site. Send me an email to brmcleod@little-to-no.org. I have revised the pictures setup to first go to a page which has a link to the Albums. New is instructions for submitting pictures. There is no such thing as a bad picture of Dreux or people at Dreux. I have included examples of pictures that need work. We don’t mind. I also talk about scanning the pictures. Take a look at that. Bill McLeod

  282. I have six really good pictures in my computer but I don’t know how to send them to you all. I await further instruction. I am still a novice and in the learning stage re the computer. many of you may recall the slide camera was the thing in those days so most of our pictures are on slides. my daughter is a whiz and has already got most of these slides on her computer. when she returns from her trip in about three weeks she is going to devote some time to getting these pictures out to you. her home is in Cheyenne wyo, I live in Denver Colorado. my husband at the time Sgt Elton Benton retired and makes his home in Cheyenne. we are very good friends and see each other two or three times a year. bless his heart, he had a stroke about 4years ago and has difficulty communicating. we are so excited about this dreux website and hope that it will restore some of his ability to understand and remember those days. he worked in the base ground safety office for five years. we have pictures of him to send you and hopefully someone will remember him. I shall be seeing him today as we are going to Cheyenne for my great granddaughter’s graduation. he was very active on the computer until his stroke, hopefully today we will show him the website and all those great pictures and he will remember and enjoy.
    It is sad to learn of the razing of the base, but they were just buildings where the memories were made. they can’t erase those memories.It is the people who were stationed there that we hold dear in our hearts. how nice it is that we have all the pictures of the base to enhance our memories.
    take care and God bless you all. Terry

  283. Thanks for the sad news regarding Dreux Air Force Base being completely gone. Makes me sorry I have not been back before when we were free to roam around at our leasure. 🙁 That’s why this website is so important to us all. Dreux Air Force Base will NOT be forgotten in our memories. Thanks so much for the update and the photo’s that you will share. Marty

  284. Let me share an update on our visit to the site of the old Dreux Air Base. I’ll add some more details when we get back in mid-June; along with some photos. I did get some pics of Ron’s old home just outside the base on D146. I got a shot of what I think was the old farmer’s building for Sherry, and a couple of shots of the housing in Senonches. I got to La Barre but security would not let me get in to take photos, although I did take one from the side in the back of the property.

    Now the sad news…brace yourself! The structures on the base are all gone, except for the guardhouse as you enter the base. I had read that they were going to raze the buildings this year; and they have. You case see some piles of rubble, but that’s it. About the only landmark remaining that’s visible from a distance is the large tree that was next to the chapel! We tried to get closer from every imaginable way but all the roads are blocked off and the vegetation has grown so much that you really can’t see though the fence. We even drove through a farmer’s field off D11.1 and got up to the fence on the NE side, but it only got us a look at the solar panels. The electric company that owns most of the property refuses to let anyone on base.

    When we were arriving, driving south on D11.1, I new exactly where I should have begun to see it and there was nothing to see. That’s progress for you. It was a sad and sobering experience. Thank goodness for this site! Hang on to your memories as long as you can.

    By the way we drove by Evreux and it seems to be very active with the French military.

    More later…

    • Very sad to hear about the buildings on the Base. Must of really been hard to look at. Hope you are having a great time, and do not gain to much weight on the French Bread. Looking forward to your pictures.

      • Ron, it was just a realization that part of my life was gone. It was made worse because we had been by in Oct 2012 and for the most part it was still standing. Starches everywhere!

    • Glenn –
      This is such sad news for all of us. Still, we look forward to hearing more from you as you are able. Like you said – hold on to those memories! Enjoy your trip.

    • Wow, how sad. I’m sure the electric company only saw it as a bunch of delapidated old buildings that were standing in the way of progress, but, of course, those buildings were full of memories for all of us. Sad that the little connection to our past is gone. But, as you say Glenn, we still have this site and it has been a special experience to get together with everyone on the internet to share stories, pictures, and memories. We’ll always have the memories, even if the buildings are gone. Thanks for taking the time to visit the base and report back to us. Looking forward to your further update and pictures. – Doug

    • Glenn, Thanks for the pictures you sent, we all appreciate you taking the time. Looks like the old house is run down, but great to see it. Thanks again

  285. Have a safe trip, Glenn! We’ll be thinking of you folks, and will look forward to hearing back from you.

  286. My wife and I are leaving for our trip tomorrow. We’ll try to visit the area around what’s left of the base and get pictures for the folks who had requests. I probably won’t have consistent access to the internet, so let me apologize in advance for not responding to other blog entries!

  287. I was just looking at the pictures that glenn burchard posted. there is one there of a crashed aircraft bird. I gave birth to my youngest child in the dreux base hospital and my room mate was the wife of a doctor. super nice young fellow, he came into the room and took pictures of his new baby. the next day he was due to put in his flight time and apparently had a problem with the aircraft and as I understood it at the time one of the wing tips touched the runway on take off and the craft was doomed, guess he had no choice and ejected himself . of course we all know how fatal that can be so close to the ground. It was such a sad sad time. that happened on April,6th 1960. I wondered if that could have been his aircraft. to knowledge that was the only aircraft crash during the time we were there. rotated in 1963.

  288. Hi all you wonderful people.
    My daughter is taking my granddaughter to Europe for her high school graduation gift. they will be visiting Paris for a few days and would loved to have visited Dreux but their trip was already planned and time ill not permit a visit. we have every intention of sending you all some pictures that hopefully can spark some memories. Since discovering this web site time has not allowed us to “dig” them out. I don’t know how to send pictures via the computer and will have to wait until Collete gets back from Europe. she is a whiz at that sort of thing and I am still trying to find my way around this wonderful electronic world. give me a break guys I am 84 years of age! haha. my mind is still keen as is my memory.
    to Michel Guilman, how great it is that you are interested in the history/people that resided in dreux housing. we lived in corner house, 251 rue general rose. across the street was a apple etc orchard owned by a very nice kindly Frenchman who used to add a little calvados to the coffee in my husband’s car pool. what fun that was for them and made that long ride to the base more relaxing. haha yes Elton, my husband worked in the base safety office. I can tell that little story now and not be concerned about anyone getting in trouble.
    I treasure those days of time spent living in dreux housing.
    I especially liked the location of the housing area. so convenient to run into dreux and buy the wonderful French bread, croissants, pomme de terre and the big juicy tomatoes, oh my goodness my mouth is watering.
    Michel, take care and enjoy life, for it really is good.
    sincerely Terry

  289. Just put up some pictures from Sherry. Taken in Nashville. I don’t know who the old people in the pictures are. Can’t be any of us. We are always young.

    Put up pictures from James Potter that Chuck had. He was in the Air Police at Dreux from 63 to 66. I have more to do. There are in bad shape. Bill

  290. I have just read Chuck’s latest story – it’s really good and will bring a smile to your faces!

  291. I live in Dreux, in Dreux housing avenue de Nieuport. I try to write a little history of this housing. I’m happy to know that Ron Holland and Terry benton lived there. I would like to make contact with them. I hope it’s possible by email. Can you help me ?
    Thanks

    • Michel – Bienvenue sur le site. Si vous envoyez votre adresse e-mail pour moi à nebraska72@yahoo.com je vais l’envoyer à Ron et Terry. Nous nous réjouissons de votre histoire sur le “housing area” de l’ancienne base aérienne. Nous avons tous des souvenirs merveilleux de notre époque en France.

      • Doug, I also sent Michel a email this morning. It would really be great to get some in site of Dreux and what has happen after all these years.

  292. there was very little difference in the nco trailers and theofficers trailers. the base commander had adouble wide.i rember one night we got a call about a little had gotten her daddy, gun . we asked how old the little girl was?25 was the answer. needless to say that changed thins very fast. i forgot to mention i was an AP.

  293. Terry-
    Welcome to Our Gang here at this wonderful site. I agree with Ron – there are many of us who would love to see any photos you might have or read stories you may have to share. I was at Dreux from 1959-1961, and was in the 3rd and 4th grades. Your children may have been in our classes!
    Thanks for joining with us.

  294. My then husband, Elton E. Benton, NCO, ground safety office, and I were stationed at Dreux in 1957 to 1962. How wonderful to look at these pictures and go back in memory to a time that was very special. My youngest daughter, Leslie Benton, was born at Dreux Hospital in April 1960. We lived in Dreux housing. We were one of the first families to move in there and stayed for four years. The last year we were in France we lived in a little village of Anet on a farm that was owned by an American. We have many fond memories of backyard BBQ’s and 4th of July picnics and holidays spent with many military families. My two older children attended elementary school on base. We were very active in the base chapel activities and also attended the little protestant church in Dreux.

    • Welcome to the site Terry, I was in grade school there from 59-62, also lived in Dreux Housing. We finally found Dreux Housing on Google Earth. I was in 4th thru 6th grade at Dreux as many others on here attended school at Dreux AFB. I would think some of us may have known your children. If you have some pictures we would all love to see them.

  295. Chuck and Lisa met with Don, Sherry, and Irish friends in Nashville on Mother’s Day.I just put up the picture. At Chuck’s request I also added it to Sherry’s pictures. Bill

  296. Chuck…Send me a message with your email address. I lost yours when my computer crashed, and I can’t send you the info I promised.

  297. Added new pictures from Doug Donnell and uploaded his revised officer trailer park map.

    Added a couple of old pictures of the Chateau de la Barre I got off the web.

  298. Glenn-
    If you should be anywhere near the Perimeter Road opposite the NCO trailer park from off-base, would you see if you could get a photo of the old French farm? A tall grove of trees surrounds it now – but, oh, what memories it holds for many of us kids who lived there at the time. From the Perimeter Road we looked directly into the farmer’s garden from the perimeter fence. It is the only farm there as there are no other buildings around it at all. Many, many thanks – and we wish you the very best for a safe and enjoyable trip to our beloved base!

    • Sherry,
      I will do my best. I suspect that the closest I’ll be able to get to Perimeter Rd will be the main gate. I’ll get the best shot that I can. When I was there a year and a half ago I snuck on the base and went down that road. Unfortunately all of the pictures I took were facing the base. I didn’t think to look in the other direction. Then security got us!

      • Many thanks, Glenn…and safe trip! We’ll be looking forward to seeing whatever photos you are able to get and share with this group.

  299. For Bill Kaufmann – Thanks for all of the great pictures. It’s really great for those of us who were there as kids to see more picutures and hear more stories from those that were stationed at Dreux. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    Also, I read your story about the Airmen’s Club and was trying to figure out where it was, so I can add it to the map. Even though you listed it as a temporary building my assumption is that some of it must have still been standing when the Google Map imagery was taken. It looks like there was an L-shaped building across California Ave from the gas station — very hard to make it out, but that’s the only thing that I could find that fit your description. That would put it across the street from the warehouses also.

    Again, thanks for all of the pix. – Doug

  300. HEY! Whoever is going to France, can you bring back 36 loaves of French bread, and 64 croissants? And a nice bottle of vino to wash it down? They sure know good food in la belle France 😉

  301. Ron – I don’t think my message was too clear. If I google street view the area the third house is what used to be the Open Gate Bar.

  302. Glenn: If you happen to go to the old Senonches housing area I would like a photo of the quarters I lived in. I’ve tried to see it on the satelite map but these is a big evergreen tree blocking my view. My unit was at the far end of the housing area on the left corner of Rue due Moulin de la Fosse and Route de Belle Salle (facing the farmers field). The unit I lived in was on the right side right on the corner. I would be so excited to see what it looks like today and to share the photo with my brother Mark. Thanks, Marty

    • Marty – Are you familiar with Google Earth, street view? You can “drive” down that street on the computer and look directly at your house. I’ll be glad to give further directions if you’re not familiar with the process. It’s very easy.
      -Doug

    • There seems to be two untis on Rue due Moulin de la Fosse, north of Route de Belle Salle and one south of Route de Belle Salle. Is it one of those three units? If so, which one? Thanks

  303. Doug -No NCO trailer park map yet. We are still hoping Bill Kaufmann will find his phone book

    Larry – Does Glenn know how to find the Chateau La Barre?

    Ron – Have you look at Google for you house?

    .

    • Bill, yes I have seen on google earth. I just thought a photo of actual time would be great, even if he could get in and walk down to the river in back yard and take a picture. Spent a lot of time on a raft made out of Jerry Cans on it.

  304. Just wanted everyone to know that my wife and I will be traveling to France and are planning to spend good portion of a day in the area of the base and surrounding towns. I’m sure I’ll take a bunch of pictures. If you can give me specific locations outside of the base, please give me specifics and I’ll try to go by and take some pics. I don’t think there will be much left of the base buildings themselves. I understand they are being torn down rather rapidly. I asked permission of the electric company that owns the land the base was on, and they turned down my request to get on base.

      • I’m not sure who posted this, but the Chateau de la Barre is not in the vicinity of Dreux but appears to be east and a bit south of LeMans. Is that where you believe it to be? It’s not really near our planned route. Is there another one you might be thinking about or is that the one?

    • Glenn, I lived 3 houses before you turned right on the road that led to the main gate on the left. I was wondering if you might get pictures of it. I can give more details if you thing it might be some thing you could do.

      Also we left in July 62, the same time I think you did. As I remember in the trailers are last 30 days are so, there was only other guy around to play with and no girls left. Seems like it could of been you since very few people left at that time. I do not remember are trailer # but I think it was in the last row inside around the middle. We must of knowing each other, spent about the same 3 years,, 59-62

      • Ron, I’ll do my best. Please share more details. It can’t be hard to find.
        We lived in the NCO trailers, T218, on Perimeter Rd, facing the farmer’s field.

        • Glenn, thanks for looking this up if you have a chance. If you google earth Dreux AFB then come out the road from the main gate. Go to street view when you take a left back toward Dreux. The house will be the fourth place on your right. Less than a couple hundred yards. It has a rusty looking white fence and the #9 on the brick pillar. If you hit the crossroad Le Bourg on one side and the other side is named lmp de la plaine you have gone to far. The house is on Rue de la Chapellerie. Going back toward the base from cross road it will be the first place on left.
          The trees are really blocking the house. Have a better picture last year from google. Also have a short video of it if I can get your email. If it is alright I will ask Bill for it. This is not that big of a deal to me, just thought it would be nice to see. No need to go out of your way for this.

          Thanks, Ron

          • Ron, not a problem at all. I’m going up to the main gate, so I’ll drive right by it. Feel free to get my email from Bill.

  305. Hello Jimmie Register,
    Thank you very much for your comments about the 7305th CAMS pictures from Bill Kaufmann which were just put up on the web site. There will be some 100 more coming to the site very soon from Bill Kaufmann. By the way, we really do need any pictures you have about Dreux AB. Also your story about your time at our old base will be very good reading. We will soon have captions from Bill to add to his pictures. Send to me or Bill McLeod your e-mail address, ours are found on the web site.
    How wonderful to hear from you about knowing the Airmen in the photos just put up. Every airman who was a part of CAMS and other squadrons at Dreux AB, has some photos I believe will help the web-site to grow by leaps and bounds.
    We hope to hear back from you in a short. God Bless:
    A/2C Sibert

  306. Bill Kaufmann sent us a layout for the officer’s trailer park. I have added it to the maps page. Remember you can click on the picture to enlarge it. Bill

  307. Marty – I don’t know if you got your question answered fully. When the US started the buildup in late forties and early fifties conditions for families we terrible. Some of the people started buying small british built trailers. The English call them Caravans. Needless to say trailer parks were hard to find. When someone had put together the land for a park they were nothing like what we had on base. It was more like camping out. Many had no sewer hookups, laundry facilities, etc. It was not a healthy situation. The first phase was for trailer facilities for personally owned trailers to built on the bases. The next was for the US to buy trailers and install them in the parks. (Project Caravan) In addition to the off base trailer problems, the Air Force was having trouble getting personnel to stay long enough. If you brought your family the duty tour was three years, an unaccompanied tour was only eighteen months. The trailer parks were designed to ease this problem. Here is a website for Toul that talks about the transition. The airman involved bought one of the 21ft trailers in a French trailer park, moved it on base, and I think eventually got one of the Air Force owned trailers. http://trab.packwebs.net/area/richardburton/default.asp Bill

  308. All cool stuff. OK, here’s a totally weird question, but I’ve always wondered about this one for years. In ’63 I was out playing in the fields out back of the Senonches housing units, we lived on the upper end on the right side. It was night time, it was dinner time, no one else was outside except me. Suddenly the whole landscape outside lit up exactly like it was day light. Literally it was like it was suddenly day time, then blinked back to night. I immediately looked up and saw……nothing, no aircraft, no noise, a totally clear night, no lightning no storm. For years I thought it might have been some meteor, but nothing like that puts out such a powerful light and I would have seen it if it was a meteor. Years later, I heard people who had UFO sighting describe the same incredibly powerful light, sometimes so bright they couldn’t see through the glare, and often described as like “daylight.” Years later too, I had a girlfriend over to my parent’s house and we were talking about paranormal stuff and Dad suddenly tells me that he was driving into Dreux AFB at 3AM and saw a red orb light fly into the large hangar there, came out the other side and shot straight up into the sky at incredible speed. Recently I sent him a YouTube link of a UFO red orb light doing the same thing and Dad wrote back and said “THATS WHAT I SAW.” I listened to an officer stationed in Europe during that cold war time say that there were so many UFO sightings that the US military and the Russians were secretly phoning eachother asking “are those YOURS?” So I wonder if any of the Dreux kids witnesses anything like what I did or what Dad saw……

  309. Ok, we’re on a roll with the housing areas. Since I had heard that there were two additional housing areas for Dreux AB (one in La Loupe and one in Chateauneuf), I went searching. The buildings are very distinctive, so they were not hard to find. The La Loupe housing was on the south side of town on a road called “Cité Lafayette”. The one in Chateauneuf was just east of Boulevard Président John F. Kennedy on a circular street named “Cité du Chêne de Lorette”. Both are available in Google street view, so if you happened to live there you can pay a virtual visit to your old house. While I was playing with Googel Earth, I also followed the old train line from the base to La Loupe. As I’ve mentioned before, the right of way is still there, but I was surprised to find that the bridges and in some areas, the tracks themselves, are still there.

  310. Many thanks to Tom Fitzgerald and Doug Donnell on answering my question about the reasons behind having the trailers as base housing. Times sure have changed. I can’t believe that my family survived in those trailers but, looking back I know those were some of the best years of my life. Just wish my dad were still around to enjoy this fantastic website. Keep up the good work everybody. I go on this site many tiimes every single day. Marty

  311. Doug, I think I finally found Dreux Housing. Looks like N12 and Rue de Billiy
    Lat 48 degree 44′ 39.06 N
    long 1 degree 22′ 21.57E
    Sure looks like them. Sitting on a bluff over looking Dreux. I would have lived on Av deieuport. If you look at the video walking on stilts you can see open fields behind our house and like some what now. Units are offset like in video and at same angles on the other side of street. Open ground on the bluff overlooking Dreux, we played a lot on that hill. Had tile roofs back then also.
    Let me know what you think.

    • Sure enough Ron. I think you found it. I was looking in the wrong place. I read some of the road names and there are too many with an American connection for it to be mere coincidence: Av du General Pershing, Rue LaFayette, Rue du President Wilson, Av Wright, etc. I hope someone else can confirm it, but I’d say almost with certainly that you’ve got it right. Mystery solved. I think the name of the street is Nieuport, by the way. Red tile roofs are distinctive. Great job!

      • I looked at google earth also. No doubt. The windows are the same and everything matches videos. I looked from the back side from the field and you can see the utility sheds connected to the unit as shown in video also. I was wondering how to find M/Sgt Baty family. I have tried but with no luck. On the rotation order posted in my pic’s it has the whole family, DOB’s passport #’s. His wife was French, maybe they moved back to France later on in life. Also in the Dreux Housing you can see different type of housing, wondering do you think some was tore down and new ones or maybe those were Officers Housing. Makes since that they would of had Officers Housing and they would of been different.

  312. AHA! I found the Senonches housing unit, follow D20 sort of northeast out of Senonches, and you’ll see the brick tiles and the full housing units. The street is Rue due Moulin de la Fosse, which in French means “Dave Stephens lived here.” OK, I’m lying 😉 But thats where it is. You can go to street level and you’ll see its been well taken care of and upgraded, nice hedges and picket fences etc. Pretty freaking cool to see that again! Use Google Earth app of course. I wish Apple would hurry up with their iBeamMeUp transporter so we could instantly beam ourselves to these places and have lunch in Senonches, born too late I guess……

    • Great job of finding Senonches housing, now apply those talents to finding Druex Housing in Dreux. A lot of us have been trying with no luck. Please let us know if you find something.

  313. Does anyone know the story behind using trailers for base housing? Was there ever other bases that used trailers? That would be interesting to know.

    • Hi Marty – After the Berlin Airlift, the cold war “heated” up and the US secured permission from France to build new bases or rehab existing bases. Part of the deal was that construction would be contracted out to local French businesses. The problem was that the French economy was still in pretty tough shape from WWII and there was a shortage of materiel and equipment to make this happen. Housing was not at the top of the list when it came to building bases, so the idea of buy trailers to use as a quick solution for base housing was proposed. Under a program called “Project Caravan” the AF bought a bunch of trailers to fill the bill. I think the Dreux trailers came from a Belgian company. Anyway, that’s how we ended up with them. Hope that answers the question.

      Doug

    • Marty This is some more info to add to the reply you received from Doug. This is a paragraph in a book titled The USAF in France 1950 – 1967. The book was written by Col Jerry McAuliffe.
      “By the end of 1955, after overcoming the survival mode, the tactical wings in France settled into their operational missions with good facilities. All bases had identical standard NATO structures to reduce design costs. Three or four large hangars were constructed at every base finally eliminating outdoor winter maintenance. “Project Caravan” provided trailers for on-base family housing. Trailer camp sites were constructed by SCARWAF (Special Category Army Personnel with Air Force) troops. Commodity credit housing and guaranteed rental incme housing units, consisting of single and duplex family homes, were built near every main air base. Chateauroux Air Depot had a 410 unit apartment complex.” I was assigned to the Base Housing Office from Jan 65 – Mar 67, I was responsible for assigning the trailers to incoming personnel. I had always been told the trailers were used because the French would not allow us to built permanent base housing. Tom

  314. I had an email customer from France and I seemed to recall he said those buildings were torn down, wouldn’t surprise me since they were really cheaply built. I’ll ask my Dad if knows of a physical address, and yes I looked for them too. All I remember is the housing units were on the way to Senonches so they were a bit outside of town.

    • Dave – I’m 99% sure that the street I listed yesterday is Senonches housing. Can’t find Dreux housing, though. Also several on this site have mentioned housing at Chateauneuf and La Loupe and I don’t have a clue about those. I hope someone out there knows and will forward to us.

      Quality building materials were hard to come by in France in the early 50s so lots of the facilities built for American forces were hit and miss as far as quality was concerned. Interestingly enough, most of my reading indicated that Dreux AB stood out as one of the best that was built. At least one other base needed a complete redo of the runway because of shoddy construction. The Dreux runway is in surprisingly good shape after all these years. – Doug

  315. Doug, I have tried to find Dreux Housing many times on google with no luck. I do have a Elec. Gas bill from there. Can’t make out the address plus it is in French. Maybe they tore it down.

    • Well, I’m glad it’s not just me. I hate to think of the time I’ve wasted looking for it. Nothing seems to match up. Still hoping that someone will chime it. Even if they tore the houses down, I’m sure they built new ones on the same lots.

  316. Does anybody have the street address of the Senonches housing? I would LOVE to go on Google Earth and see my old house.

    • Hi Marty –
      Follow D20 into Senonches and you’ll see it coming into town. The street is Rue du Moulin de la Fosse.

      I’m not sure where the Dreux housing area was, so I’d appreciate it if anybody could point me to it.
      Doug

      • Hello,
        My name is Alain and I’m from Wojcik Saint Rémy sur Avre.
        Type in Goolge Earth, Dreux. North you RN12. Below, a little to the left you will find your city.
        friendly

        Google translation

  317. Doug, I forgot to give you a bill for the handbook art work, I still have it here and with interest it comes to $7500 over 50 years 😉 Hope you can find one of those handbooks, would be a real kick to see it. I don’t remember a single Cat Club rule! My love for cats has been eternal throughout my life, we have 2 cats (MINE!) and 3 shelties who keep us laughing at dog and cat politics. My two cats are ones we rescued off the street, unfortunately they don’t like each other, so my little girl cat Lexy owns the top floor and Zoom Zoom owns the garage and 1st floor and gets to go outside while she prefers not to get beat up by the big tom cats who used to harass her when she was wild.

    I had some fun over on the Dreux American High School Facebook page, Vicki is great, though some off topic political posts there I could do without, oh well its Facebook 😉 I found 2 girls who were in my class, one I have no memory of, and the other the official class beauty who still looks great. The guys I all knew are absent except for Doug.

    I wonder if anyone remembers when the U2 spy plane landed on base? It was a big event and everyone on bass at the time went out to see, what a beautiful plane that thing was, I wonder if it was in service at the time because there wasn’t really any security around.

    • Darn, I thought I paid that bill. Actually, I thought you were supposed to get a cut of the profits from sales. With a production run of about 5 handbooks, that comes to about 25 cents and, allowing for inflation, should just about come to the cost of a cup of coffee which I’ll gladly buy if we ever get together.

      I’ll rummage around through some old papers tonight and see if I can find any more old Dreux items.

      Dave, what years were you at Dreux? As I recall, you arrived in ’62? When did you leave? I don’t remember the U-2, so I’m guessing that was after I left in 63. I remember the parachute drops that occurred from time to time, but not the guy that had the tangled chute. Guess you would have been over at the high school as the north side faced the flight line. The grade/middle school buildings didn’t have windows facing that way. The memories do get a bit murky. By the way, you can visit the Senonches housing area on Google Earth — “drive” right down your old street. I’m not on Facebook, so have missed out on that connection — maybe someday when I have a little more time.

  318. Thanks Bill, I also joined the Dreux American High School Facebook page and met one lady there who was in my class, tho don’t remember her, Vicki sent me Doug’s email address so hopefully we’ll connect!

    • I’m back from Nebraska and starting to catch up. Reading Dave’s posting was a real memory jogger. I thought I was the only person left on earth who remembered the Cat Club. We appropriated a storage shed in the trailer park to serve as the official clubhouse. I have a picture of it somewhere and will post it once I find it. We had a handbook (can’t have a club without rules and a handbook) and I remember Dave turning it from my hen scratchings into something that looked pretty darn professional. At least that’s the way I remember it. Great to reconnect! More to follow. – Doug

  319. Just put up some more pictures from Ron Holland. Good stuff. He also sent some scans of a Dreux Review Newspaper which has good articles about what was happening on the base. I plan on revising the format to have a section for this type of information. Bill

    Dave – Left a voice mail for Doug to get in touch with you. Bill

  320. I’ve been browsing the Dreux website, I lived there in ’63, the photo albums are such a beautiful trip back to France for me. My Dad was an Army officer and we lived in those trailers for awhile, then we lucked out and got housing in Senonches, a sweet little French town where the military had built some housing units, duplexes actually. Dreux AFB was amazing, I’d be in school and they would have giant paratroop drops hundreds of yards away from the C140’s, I’d be glued to the windows and would shout out when some unfortunate soldier’s parachute got tangled and his reserve chute tangled as well, even the teacher would rush over to watch the drama. One weekend a U2 spy plane landed at the base and was a big event for all of us who were there, what an amazing plane that thing was. Our teachers were all very good, we had the usual bully in class who’s Dad was base Commander, ha ha. Life in France was something I fondly remember, we all loved the people, and the FOOD, the French bread and croissants. I wish I had been older to enjoy the sassy French teenage girls but I was only 13 and very shy. My older brother though, really went “native” and hung out with French teens, somehow acquired a Moped and was out int town most of the time. Browsing the, photo albums I was overjoyed to run across the first friend I had at Dreux, Douglass Donnell, I never forgot Doug; he formed the Cat Club and wrote a hand written Cat Club Newspaper, I became the official Cat Club Artist and was emplyed to hand copy his text and draw my Sylvester cat cartoon figures to fill it out. If anyone knows Doug’s email address please email it to me, would be fun to reconnect and see if he needs anymore cat artwork, LOL 😉 Those early art yearnings were supported by my art teacher at school in Dreux’s base elementary school, and he sat me down one day and told me, I had a special talent and that I should take art classes in every school and every grade from then on, which I did, and later became a professional graphic designer. I was also exposed to my first electric guitar one night when us kids were at the Teen Center, which adjoined the NCO bar and JERRY LEE LEWIS, no less, did a show there. He was just amazing, but his guitar player held a big Gibson archtop electric which just fascinated me the sounds it could make. Guitars and music became a huge part of my life and I now make a living making tone-snob guitar pickups here in my “declining” years, LOL 😉 Dreux AFB was one of the more memorable duty stations we went to school, previously we were at Bushey Park in England and lived in a thatched roof English house for our tour there, we really loved the English kids and their candy too; we just missed the Beatles phenonmenom when we left for France. Dad stayed in until he retired when we lived in Arlington, Virginia, and we moved back to Arizona, (we had lived in Tombstone when he was stationed at Fort Huachuca). My “Army Brat” existence is full of fond memories, I lost track of all the friends I made since we moved so often, that part I didn’t enjoy, I’d just be starting to make real friendships and then we’d move again, but I wouldn’t trade those years for anything, military brat life gave me such a broad experience of cultures, religions, and ethnicities, that gave me a priceless world view.
    Dave Stephens

  321. Just put up some new items from Ron Holland. Christmas menus, Scout stuff, etc. It be of interest to everyone dependent or airman.
    Cris Crisafulli has sent us his building assignments from when he was at Dreux. I forwarded them to Doug Donnell and he is going to make another map. Cris also sent us some information on pictures he sent to the Air Force Historical section at Maxwell. I wish we had someone from Alabama that we could send there and find out what they have and how we could get it. Bill
    Mel Brown 1272 AACS is sending us a picture of the Dreux Football team when he was there and a Picture of a picnic where he can identify all the people.
    Bill Kaufmann is sending me his pictures by mail as there are too many to email. \
    It looks like we are still growing. Keep Up the good work and get on the blog often even if its only to let us know you are still interested. Bill

  322. Hey Folks,
    My wife & I are going to meet up with Sherry (Watson) Nelson, her husband Don and three Irish friends of their’s in Nashville, Tn on Mother’s day May 10th
    Sherry was in the states last March with the same folks and my wife and I met up with them in Lexington, Ky. So here we go again. Monday the 11th they’ll fly out of Nashville and return to Ireland.
    A/2C Sibert

  323. Just added the pictures from Jim O’Brien’s story to his folder and new pictures. Added a new picture from James Potter that Chuck had from before he passed away to his folder and new pictures folder.

    Note: We prerfer to have our stories in some form of word processing file. Usually this is Word or Open Office Writer. We prefer our pictures to be jpeg, tif, pnc format. Note: This is a preference. We will work with whatever you have to submit. Bill

  324. Assigned to Dreux Communications in January 1966. Arrived at Orly Field and only saw snow and cold weather! Thought, for sure, someone would be at the arriving gate to welcome me! No such event!!!

    I do not recall all the particulars as to my “panic” experience at Orly; but the bottom line is that I called a number on my Air Force transfer documents and was told by someone that my transportation from Orly to Dreux was delayed due to the weather conditions.

    I can go on … and on …. with recollections of my Dreux Air Base assignment. But, most of all, there are some airmen I encountered at Dreux that I would like to make contact with, and thank them for the favorable impact they had on my life ever since. Perhaps, some subsequent experiences that they may want to hear about, if not already known! Just looking to say a “thank you”!

    So, if it is okay, here are the names of some of them, as I can recall, that were stationed at Dreux in 1966:

    Willie Minchew (sp?)
    Sgt. Galvin (cannot recall first name … maybe “Joseph”???)

  325. Just put up a story about Dreux from Jim O’brien. Jim came to us from England to Canada to United States and then the Air Force. I have asked him to write this story for the site. Jim was a career airman and went on to serve in C-47 gunships in Viet Nam. Currently his is retired and living in Colorado Springs.

  326. Hey Dreuxites,
    Here is a list of the top 10 most wanted.
    1. Just where was momma’s bar in a wooded area near Senonches ?
    2. Directions to swim lake on road D-20 toward Senonches.
    3. Who knew the Juli of Juli’s bar ?
    4. When did Susie’s bar close in Chateauneuf ?
    5. Did the Open Gate Bar & Restaurant change its name before the base closed ?
    6. Just when did the base hospital become a clinic ?
    7. Was there an aircraft washing area between the main hanger & the fire dept ?
    8. Were there two quonset huts behind the PE docks ?
    9. How many underground fuel tanks were there at the POL storage area ?
    10. How many Ford E-con-o-line pick-up trucks were on the base ?
    A/2C Sibert

    • Chuck – only one I can comment on is your hospital question. When we arrived in Aug 61 the hospital was already a clinic. Given that the aircraft left earlier that year, my guess would be early 1961. I remember the doctor (our neighbor in housing) telling me that all of the hospital were still there in the back. The clinic used only a few rooms in the front. Doug

  327. Just put some more pictures from Bill Kaufmann. Most of a map of the base. It was taken from a phonebook which Bill is looking for. A picture of the base showing where the solar panels are. Three pictures of a local bar. Bill’s is Jim’s bar. Chuck’s is Juli’s bar. They look a lot alike.

  328. Corrected mistake in Doug’s Christmas story. Cut and paste saves lots of typing but it will bite you if your are not careful. Bill

  329. Listen up Dreuxites,
    I have been talking by phone to Bill Kaufmann an airman who was at the base 1959-1961. Bill was in 7305th CAMS and tells me he had a desk job in the main hanger before he left Dreux AIr Base. Bill has some pictures up in the pictures album on the site with more to follow. Bill tells me he is gathering his photos and whatever else he can locate about his time at the base. He says he just may have a base phone book. Soon we hope more of his photos will be sent to us (Bill McLeod & me) for the site. Surely there are many airmen who recall Bill Kaufmann for he worked in the service club also. I know there are many who would like to talk to Bill, so just e-mail me and I’ll get his e-mail address back to you.
    A/2C Sibert

  330. Apparently, I forgot to update after I added the Christmas. It is now up. Take a look. Don’t forget – you can enlarge any picture that has a blue outline. Bill

    • These pics pretty much confirm that most of the buildings are gone. That’s unfortunate. I wonder if the whole area that used to have buildings will also be covered over? At least the vegetation in the NCO trailer area hasn’t been leveled…yet.

      • I had the very same thought, Glenn…
        What a sad situation. I so hope that you are able to get on our old base and get whatever pictures you can, regardless. We’ll be looking forward to them.

  331. New pictures from Doug. Christmas 61 and 62. Looks like a lot of fun.

    Glenn and Doug – The booklet has a contact for EDF. You could try calling it.

    Doug- Put up your pictures. Looking forward to Christmas story.

    • I was there in the Army, 1962-1964 can you or anyone put me in touch with some one who was there. I would be so thankfull
      Dave

  332. Just had a close look at the brochure, Bill. The photo of the field of solar panels showing the outlines of where the planes once stood (underneath them) is eerie … So many changes have taken place to our special base.

  333. Just added a brochure for Crucey Solar Farm to the map page. This shows the installation of the solar panels and other changes to Dreux Air Base.

    • From what I read in the brochure, there may not be much of the old base left when I visit there in late May. I’ll take pics of whatever is left.

      • Unfortunately, I think you’re right Glenn. If they’re tearing down 80 buildings, that pretty much accounts for it all. I do sort of resent them calling it a “military wasteland”. Doug

        • I had thought about contacting the owners to see if they might allow me on the property (I may still do that), but there might not be much left except rubble. I’ll try to take some pics to compare with the ones I took in 2012. At that time it only appeared that about 1/3 to 1/2 of the runway and taxiways were covered by solar panels. It appears completely covered now. That’s progress for you!

          • Glenn – In the booklet it says only the south part of the airfield was purchased for the solar farm. I have not seen any pictures which show solar panels north of the south side taxi way. The total base was about 1100 acres. The solar farm only bought 600 acres. How ever this happens to the whole of the south side. Magaritte 4 (north west corner) had already been cleared for the over the horizon radar site. It would be interesting to see if anything is happening at margaritte 6. Bill

          • I was thinking about trying to contact them as well as I may be in Europe in the summer of 2015 and thought I might try to visit. Also, they might have some pictures of their “progress” toward demolition of the “military wasteland”.

          • Glen, When you are there, can you get some pictures and info on the Chateau De La Barre? A lot of us airmen lived there. Look at Pictures under my name, there is an article from the Dreux Review.

  334. Just put up some pictures from a new friend Alain Wojcik from Saint Remy. Alain father rented a house to Alvin Sander back in the 60’s. Alvin went back last year and Alain drove him around. He was trying to contact him to sent him some pictures. We have emailed Alvin at the address we have for him but so far no reply.

  335. I was a dependent and lived in the Air Force Housing in Dreux. I attended school in the 7th grade at the base in 1962-64. It was a magical time in my life. Now grateful, at the time I resented spending every weekend exploring France. I love it. My brother and sister and I all have good memories of our time there. One memory stands out, singing songs on the hour long bus trip from Dreux to the base (I was one of the first on, last off. Trip was not that long in a car) we sang “500 Miles”, “Michael Rowed the Boat…”and many pop folk songs of the time.

    • Hi Sherry –
      You were one year behind me in school at Dreux so we overlapped for part of our time there (I was there for the 61/62 and 62/63 school years. Your picture is in the high school yearbook on the Dreux HS Alumni website in the 1964 annual, by the way. Great to have you on the blog. Doug

    • Hello Sherry,
      So good to hear from you and about your Dreux AB times. Just where was the USAF housing located in Dreux city ? We need to hear about your family and what they did at the base. We’ll be glad to get some pictures from you soon. What state are you in now ? I’m in Nabb, Indiana. Bill lives in Denver.
      I hope you’ll write a story and get it to us for the site. God Bless:
      A/2C Sibert

  336. Nancy – Just posted a new picture to your folder, new pictures and James Potter’s folder. It is a picture of you dad and Lt Coles Air Police officer and some unidentified young men. Don’t what they are looking at. The picture came from James Potter who passed away. Bill

  337. I enjoy Looking At The Pictures And Reading About People Stationed At Dreux.I was There From 1953-1955 With H&S Co.821 EAB Bn. Like Some Say The Place Was A Mud Hole When I Got There. There Were 3 Of Us In A Group The Next Day We Were Called To The Orderly Room Where We Met Capt. Bucko For Our Assignments. He Gave Me The Vehicle Dispatchers Job. That’s Where I Stayed For My Tour. ANY H&S Co. Guys Out There I Hope You Will Send Your Pictures And Anything Else You Have To Bill So He Can Put Up On This Blog. Thomas Joyner

  338. Just put up Bill Kaufman’s Pictures. He says he has many more. I will trim the white border off later. Wanted to get them up and am real busy now. Take a look Bill.

  339. Hey Dreux folks,
    Got a call from Buddy Love yesterday. He was at his home in Charlotte, NC.
    His story is posted in the Dreux memories. He was at Dreux AB 1961-1962 with the Alabama Air Guard. We talked for about 45 minutes and he told me when he came to the base there were USAFE C-130’s being updated by technicians from the Marietta, GA USA factory. He thinks they were being updated in the hanger at margarette # 4 ? He also stated that the USAF had many German trucks at bases in Germany that needed service and repair. He stated that these trucks were sent to Dreux AB for repairs, painting and service. He said the base motor pool had been over stocked with too many mechanics, so they got this work to have something to do ? I hope to hear from someone who can comment on these stories.
    A/2C Sibert

  340. When my Dad was stationed at Dreux he became a member of the Masons, Britannic Lodge No.9. I found the meeting agenda when he was initiated and on it found the two men who sponsored him; Leroy Mullins and John J. Jaeger. I assumed they were also stationed at Dreux. I was wondering if anybody on this site new anything about the Masons on Dreux or in the area? His initiation was in Paris and a lot of folks signed the menu from the Pavilion Dauphine on May 5, 1962. They all appear to be English names. I’ll scan it and send it to Bill. Thanks!

    • John J. Jaeger was my Dad’s best friend at Dreux. (John E. Frederick) Both were Masons. One his daughters (5 kids) June, was my first girlfriend. I was very young but I believe they had regular meeting there locally and went to Paris for bigger events. Both were very high in the Order. I wonder if my Dads signature was on it?

  341. Glenn – Added your dad to both 2AACS and Combined Lists. Added The pictures of Normandy American Cemetery to your folder and the new pictures folder.

  342. First of all let me say that I love love love this site. I go onto it at least once a day and have spent many hours reliving warm memories. In response to Sherry Watson Nelsons questions, I lived part of the time in the off base housing and part of the time in the NCO trailers. I went to school in the old barracks that were located near the library. I remember that when we became 7th graders we thought we were hot stuff because we got to take some classes at the high school. One of my very warmest memories was when my 6th grade class got to spend two weeks in the French Alps sking. That was truly the chance of a lifetime. 🙂 Lucky for me my parents likes to travel and we would jump in our VW Bug almost every weekend and travel thru Europe. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.

  343. Welcome, Marty! You arrived at Dreux just after our family had left. Did you live on base? Did you go to school on the main part of the base or on the other side (crossing the runway to get to it)? We would love to hear any special memories you might have!

  344. My dad was stationed at Dreux from 1962 to 1965 and knew Nat Stern well. My dad’s name was Robert E. Hill and he worked in the motor pool. In my dad’s spare time he bought and fixed up french clocks. If my memory serves me Col Stern bought a few from him. I attended school on base for 5th, 6th and 7th grades and have many fond memories and living there. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for starting this wonderful web