Life in Hanau

by Patricia
(Little Rock, AR)

Bürgerfest 2010 at Schloss Philippsruhe

Bürgerfest 2010 at Schloss Philippsruhe

Bürgerfest 2010 at Schloss Philippsruhe Altstädter Markt Marienkirche

I lived in Hanau from 1972 until 1995. I still go home to visit my mother but it isn't the same anymore since the bases closed. All my friends are long gone, my school has been torn down among other things.

I was born in Munich but my heart is in Hanau and always will be. My daughter was born in the hospital downtown Hanau and went to german school in Ravolzhausen before we moved back to the states. It was a hard decision but as a single mother it was very hard working 6-7 days a week and raising her. My mother helped but it was still hard to pay the bills.

I left my heart in Hanau............

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Oct 13, 2017
589th Engineers members NEW
by: John Perez

Hi, I am looking for members that served with the 589th Engineers Supply Co in 1956-1959 in Hanau,Germany.My MOS was a truck driver,I drove a 5 ton tractor,Jeeps,3/4 Ton. I am looking Lowell Jackson,Han P Moy,Joe Gonzales,Thomas L Bryant,Wilber Keith,others member who's names I can not remember because of yrs since I was discharged in August of 1959. I've been looking for many yrs. My email address is or through this site. Thanks John Perez Spring Arbor,Mi

Oct 13, 2017
56th rpc NEW
by: spc4 lawson

Anyone served with 56 rpsc pioneer kasern 1986 to 1990? CO. was capt. herman frazier. best time of my life!

Aug 22, 2017
26th S&S 75-77 NEW
by: Phyllis

I was stationed with 26th S&S co Pioneer Kaserne 1975-1977. if anyone sees this and they were there at that time I would love to hear from you. I recently found out our unit was deactivated.

Mar 15, 2017
was in orphanage in 1961
by: erika hettrich


Mar 07, 2017
James Dunham
by: Nelson

Yeah man when I read that you left there I couldn't understand why you moved. but you hung out with me the night before I rotated back to the world , I wanted to stay up all night so I could sleep the long ride home, you fell asleep around 3am. I was too jacked to sleep,when I was heading out the drive with the duty driver you yelled from the 3rd floor. See ya Brother or something like that.. E-mail me your # I'll send you some photos from over there, if I can find them. Where are you living now? I'm just over the state line work in Danville Ill , still a

Mar 06, 2017
by: James dunham

Yea Joe Foderers room was across from me. Cant remember when they did it but they moved me to Butzbach. Schloss Kaserne but i came back to hutier on some weekends. Thats where my true friends were. On hutier. Feel bad because i cant out your face to the name. As soon as i do, i'm gonna omg. Lol

Mar 06, 2017
James Dunham
by: nelson

Yeah man I get your e mail address i'll send photos from over there or address I'll send you copys... Yeah man I've been looking for you !!! don't know what happened to Wild Bill Pritchard he got a job @ Ft.Knox he won't reply to calls or e-mails .He's a little weird worst than when we we're over you can't believe anything he says. Just like over there he said he was from Kentucky when he was from Indiana close to me like the next town over.but yeah call me anytime brother. I have dark hair mustache 5'8 Kriegers roommate man you see the pictures you'll remember. tried to trace you from ill address but you was long gone phone # was no good. Have you seen anyone else? okay later man

Mar 06, 2017
by: James dunham

Hell yea. Omg dude. I dont think i got to sit with you all at the Tull concert because i got my ticket there or something. I remember the ponds. Everything. I will call you as soon as i can. I work Sunday thru Thursday out of town. I get back home about 4pm. I know your name but cant place the face. Thanks so much man. Means alot

Mar 06, 2017
James Dunham

I can't believe you don't remember me man we went to the Jethro Tull Under Wraps concert with Joe Foderer & the tall blonde haired dude that lived below Kreiger & I on the 2nd flr. after the concert we were running through the train station past a photo booth ran back took a photo. I'd drawn the picture from the photo, the flash put stars in our eyes! you came to our room every day after work to do a bowl or two. We smoked enough Hash to kill a small horse.... or how about the ponds not far from our unit? 3 ponds you had that Asian girlfriend? any of this ringing a bell, used to go to Kerry's to party her husband was a prior service civilian they got divorced she hooked up with Mullens big white dude from Indiana. We all lived over at Bruno's especially on sundays with Marchello and Luigi in the kitchen. okay well get back with me if you remember.

Mar 06, 2017
by: James dunham

Nelson my friend. You have made my day man. I am so excited. I live in Decatur Illinois. Ever since i found your comment i have been checking to see if you posted something. Omg. Dude i have been trying to find you or anybody. My # is 217-775-8629. E-mail is

Mar 06, 2017
James Dunham
by: Nelson

Dunham give me a call man 765-585-9303 where are you located now dude? I was Krieger's roommate. left Germany and went to Ft. Sill Oklahoma so did Krieger & Sgt Brenda German & her old man. Krieger and I hung out a bit but my ex wife put and end to that, she ran him off by being herself. I asked him what the problem was he said you won't like it. I said what he said I don't like her & she don't like me so I lost touch with him. I have photos from over there contact me ! Even the fire down on the end remember that?

Mar 06, 2017
James Dunham
by: Nelson

Hey man it's Nelson contact me man been looking for you for years. I ran into another 503rd Spearhead a couple of years back, I was at the laundry mat in small town Indiana. Seen this old dude long gray beard Army Vet hat,so I ask where was you located, did you go over seas? he said yeah Germany in 87. I said I was there 83-85 3rd Armored Div he said I was 3rd Armored div. I then said I lived @ Hutier Kaserne but spent most of my time across the street. Then the same time we both said Bruno's. I said you look like this dude that was in my unit Bill Pritchard he says that's me....we both lived in the same sm twn hung out re lived the glory days then he moved to Kentucky. contact me man..

Mar 04, 2017
by: James dunham

To E-4 N. Nelson. I was in A co.I used to party with some guys you mentioned. Rick Krieger, Eddie Davis,a guy named Joe F. He was from syracuse. My roomates name was Joe Garcia. I know Bruno and Marcello. I'm from Illinois and wore a fighting Illini jacket

Oct 28, 2016
Was at 26S&s from 1976 til 1978
by: Paul Roache

I joined the army straight out of High School. I went to fort Jackson for basic and then on to Fort Lee.
I started my tour in 26S&S. I didnt like it. I was transfered to run the Five Phenig Playhouse. Where I acted in plays and volunteered work at Hanau Elementary. I am still an Actor. Living in Hollywood of course.

Sep 05, 2016
Hanau October 2016
by: Tracy

What events are coming this October? Looking forward to our visit. Where are the best places to eat?

Feb 28, 2016
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by: Rita

Hello Allen,

Due to the amount of really negative spam that was published on my website, comments will go online after my approval.
This might take a few hours, or a few days, because I am not always on my computer.

Thanks for contributing to the discussion.


Feb 28, 2016
by: Allen

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Feb 28, 2016
by: Allen

Hello my name is Allen Kirkpatrick and I worked at the Pioneer club from 1984 to 1988 I am looking for anyone who was there at that time who remembers me. I came back in the Army and retired a 1SG.

719 661-2155

Feb 22, 2016
To Michael Rouch
by: Karel Rudas

Hi Michael Roche, E mail me

Feb 19, 2016

I can close my eyes & be there,just in side the gate turn rt up the stairs around & around stop on 3 down to the end next to the lady's shower.My roomate Rick Krieger & I laughed partied fought cried spit shined pressed & starched. I turned 21 there, across the street we lived @ Bruno's. Him & Marcello they always called me Nelslow. I need to locate either of those gentlemen. In that resturant was the SALAMI pizza.....I must taste this pizza again.ALSO If you know any of these people let me know Mike Ford the little trinking man from Michigan ,Eddie(Bob)Davis from Cal,my sponsor D.Holtrom. SSG ASHWORTH Female .Sherry Knobel had a baby there, she help me when I needed help owe her some money& a big thanks.

Feb 19, 2016

Hello I'm trying to locate Bruno from across the street. His Salamee pizza was to die for I ate one every day. Marchello his right hand man can't remember the cooks name. I worked @ GroBauheim in cold storage. Supplied 32 chow halls w/meats & produce. the cantena there was german there I ate 1/2 chicken pomm fritz ein cola 2bucks the seasoning on the skin would dissolve w/ an explosion of me @

Jul 13, 2015
Looking for Sallie Marcello Bird
by: Irene Smith

I was stationed in Hanau from 1984-1986. I loved it and would love to visit again. Looking for a great friend of mine who I lost contact with. It has been over 30 years since I saw her. Happy Hanau is what we called it.

Feb 26, 2015
23rd Eng A co
by: Anonymous

was there 85-87, what a wonderful time I had, 19 yrs old and in a wonderful country. Made some great friends and the memories that I have from being there are some that I speak of very fondly. Would love to go back one day.

Feb 13, 2015
23rd engineer
by: Anonymous

I was stationed at Hessen Homburg Kaserne , b company , 1985- 1988 . I was there and loved every minute. the people were great and when I let it was a very large part of my life was closing and I would love to go back some day. I know that the changes are many and that the tears would be flowing for it is not as I remember and it would take me a few days to adjust. yet I am still hopeful that I am able to make it.

Apr 10, 2014
Spearhead (Still Leading)
by: Melvin Bazile

April 10, 2014- Hi I was stationed at Hessen Homburg Kaserne,Alpha Company, 23RD Engineer, from Dec. 1973 to July 1977. Living in Hanau, at that time was my home away from home,and the guys were like my brother. Capt. Charle Cox, was the commander, and let me say again sir thank you for everything. Feel free to email me my brothers

P.S. Let's not forget our brother pvt, William O'Donnell, Keep him in our prays.

Jul 25, 2013
26 S&S Co.
by: Dave Barron

I was with the 26 S & S Co. From 85-89 looking for Sallie Ann Marcello from E . Nassau, NY. Email me

Jul 19, 2013
26S&S co Pioneer Kasern 1972-1974
by: Chapa Edward

I also served there made lots of friends lost touch with all of them Frank Castillo. Gilbert Delay. Ray Cavelarie. Ivan be reached at 361-8165874

Apr 18, 2013
My time in Hanau
by: John Perez

Hi,I was in Hanau,at the Pioneer Kaserne in 1957-1959 with the 589th Engineer Supply Co. I really enjoyed my time there,and miss it very much. I have seen some pictures of what Hanau looks like now,but it still would be nice to see the city now.
John P

Mar 20, 2013
26th S&S Co
by: karel rudas

I was there between 1973 to 1974 had a great time
Hi,to all my friends. My e-mail

Feb 12, 2013
Looking for a photo
by: Randy Eller

I was with 26th S&S company Hanau, West Germany. Located on Pioneer Kaserne form 88'-89'. I am lookinf for the company photo and list of names of those in the company. I've been trying for some time by have come up with nothing. Can anyone on help help with that?

Feb 11, 2013
Quartermaster Unit
by: Anonymous


Dec 31, 2012
Hanau Germany
by: Deanne Stark

I was also with 26th S&S company from 1986-1989 77F POL. Can anyone remember what quartermaster unit that was. Patricia do you remember Kathy Plaisted. I have been trying to find her. We were both married in Hanau. Call me 970-520-6482.


Dec 14, 2012
Old Hanau
by: Jolene

I have a mother in law that was raised in hanau in 1965 and I'm trying to put together a collage of wonderful landmarks for Christmas. So if anyone has any pictures it would be greatly appreciated. Can also be reached on facebook Thanks

Oct 15, 2012
by: Jim

I was stationed in Hanau at Pioneer Kaserne with the 26th S&S Co from Jan 1972 until July 1974. Many great memories of Hanau. I wish I could go back but it appears that it has changed so much that I wouldn't recognize it.

Jun 23, 2012
Life in Hanau
by: Rita

Hi Patricia,

Thank you for sharing your memories.

Hanau has been changing a lot, and the changes continue.
There is that huge building project on Freiheitsplatz, you won't recognise the place anymore. You can follow what is happening on my Facebook page where I publish new pictures in the album Hanau baut um.

But, there will be always corners that will remain the same. Keep the memories, and find those places when you come back.

All the best,

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