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Hi you al Hope al have a New Year full of health. I been in the Rock from 1968thru 1970 almost My days were in the Border and It was from 10 to 15 degrees below zero . 6 or 7 feet of snow. Danm I live in a tropical Island name Puerto Rico ts a paradise right now we have 85 degres a full sun and beautiful beachs.

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OUCH!! If it wasn't for lack of snow, being up here in Washington would be just like being on the border again. Today was the first morning everything wasn't frozen white!!
The coldest day of my life was experienced on Oct 31, 1973. At Graf at tank gunnery range# 51. Howling winds with bitter cold. Flaps of the tent was straight out. Will never forget that Halloween night, I don't care how many years it has been!!!!
I was there for that Graf too. Back at the main base camp all of the Troops were quartered in those large 12 man tents on concrete pads with two diesel fuel stoves for heat. Man, sleeping in your fart-sack on a folding cot in a drafty cold tent for a month, you can't buy that experience anymore. I remember at nite the stoves woould get turned up as hot as possible and some guys would move their cots right up to them. Result, smoldering sleeping bags.
No matter how you looked at it, the field was one cold place in the winter. I remember being stuck in an armored personal carrier on a field training exercise with Dave Laster. We were forced to stay inside this thing as the war game raged on. Our heater was broken and we just about froze in that thing; it was like a huge metal ice box. On one of the nights in the field the road was so slick that one of the APC's was hit from the rear so hard that the back hatch was majorly bent. Man, what a place. . .
yo sonny- those medic 113's never had the diesel heaters working- me and a young brother were stuck with the same gig- we went to the chow tent, but some strack officer type tells us 'no shave, no food'- so on the way out of the tent we spot the c rat stash and eased over and slid out a case- all we did was stay huddled up in the sacks , put the cans down in the bags with us to warm em up, and sleep and eat- they knocked on the hatch 2 days later and we rolled on home.
I remember being snowed in at op site 51 no one coming, in and no one leaving.....so cold you could'nt stand it...seems like the snow was around 3 or 4 foot deep in most places...the little op shack wasn't very big, but I remember it being pretty warm considering the cold temps....something you don't forget... also remember the BGS patrols and there dogs up and down the border, I remember one  night coming out of the op shack, I heard a growl and seen a bunch of white teeth, it was one of the BGS Border dogs, I thought the son of bitch had already got me...wow...One thing about those dogs they were very discipline, and I'm greatful for that.......
I got to Germany in Nov. '68, was immediatly assigned to operate the 578 VTR, it seemed like I was always at the border or Graf.  Your right, no heaters, the hawk was biting like a bitch.

I was at the Rock during the winters of 62 and 63. Cold was a warm word . Don't know a word to describe how bad it was. We just sucked it up and kept going. Think all that German beer kept me from freezing. Acted like anti-freeze in my body. lol.

Good to remember and look back at those years. Wouldn't want to do them over though.

I remember going to the field in late 1961 and sleeping in pup tents. When I woke up the next morning the tent was covered with snow. I slept the next night in my truck. Was freezing the whole time. 62 & 63 didn't get any warmer.

I remember it being very cold but I was a kid and loved the snow
Sledding and skieing was fun
I was never more cold in my whole life as I was during my time in Germany..If hell was cold,it would be in Germany..

Did winters of 64 fand 65.  Worked in the office and didn't like going on alerts.  Had to drive the Post Commanders command track, at the time an XM577 which was only personnel carrier extended on top for the radios.  When we got to the field I left a tent out on the back of it for his office and then all I had to do was moniter the radios and take reports from the line troops and forward them.  Still frooze to death even though the radios were tube type and warm.  Don't like cold to this day.  It's 55 degrees in Louisiana right now and too cold.

I had a '55 VW bug with an engine so small if I had 4 GI's in it I had to back up the hills on the autobahn as the forward gears weren't low enough to pull.   It would make it up the hill from the bar at the bottom just outside the main gate at times though.  Had to push the last steep part.  And be very full of boiler makers.

 

 

 

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