Die Schwarze Katze

D. E. Larsen, DVM “I think we should caravan out to Bad Helmstedt,” Ed announced. It was getting late, and the snow has been falling all evening. There was still a sizable group at the club but the reality of the evening coming to a close was upon us. I looked at the label onContinue reading “Die Schwarze Katze”

Christmases in the Army

D. E. Larsen, DVM “Company D, Private Drake speaking, can I help you,” Bill answered the phone on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1965. Bill and I were pulling CQ duty for Company D, a duty company for troops waiting for school at Fort Devens. We were a couple of lucky ones; we were permanentContinue reading “Christmases in the Army”

Just Don’t Eat the Apple Pie

D. E. Larsen, DVM There were a bunch of guys milling around outside of the barracks waiting for the Company Clerk to call the company to the formation. This was G Company of the Second Battalion at Fort Devens, US Army Security Agency Training School. I had been at Fort Devens for over eight monthsContinue reading “Just Don’t Eat the Apple Pie”

Fort Dix Transfer Company, December 1967

D. E. Larsen, DVM I set my B-4 bag down on the walkway while I adjusted my collar and straightened my tie. I buttoned my coat. My uniform didn’t fit well after gaining 15 pounds on my 45 day leave at home following Korea. With a deep breath, I climbed the steps and entered theContinue reading “Fort Dix Transfer Company, December 1967”

Events of August 20 – 23, 1968

D. E. Larsen, DVM August 20th was an unusually warm day for Northern West Germany. Our operations building and the attached maintenance shop had our small air conditioners running full blast. They were only needed on rare occasions here. Still, some of the equipment was temperature-sensitive, and on these rare hot days we needed someContinue reading “Events of August 20 – 23, 1968”