A German Ice Storm

D. E. Larsen, DVM The winter of nineteen sixty-eight and sixty-nine in Northern Germany was throwing everything it could at us. I had been maintenance NCOIC since the middle of the summer. This site had been a madhouse following the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia.  Snow and ice seem to be coming every week. If itContinue reading “A German Ice Storm”

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”

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”