Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
I remember in 68 or 69 when the howitzer blew up at Pond Barracks motor pool. As a Hawk Missile Crewman, we pulled 24 hours on and 24 off. I was resting in my bunk when a tremendous explosion took place and when we looked out the window, we saw a huge smoke ring going up into the air. Later, we found out that there had been an explosion in the motor pool that shattered a lot of windows on the base including the ones at the American school. Heard that no one was hurt and it was due to an electrical short that caused a full load of ammo to explode.
I believe the Hawk Missile unit barracks was on the top floor of the building to the left of the Cav unit. I remember we had to walk over to that building to take a shower since we did not have a shower of our own. Also, our site was where the training area was outside of Amberg. Not really sure where it was, but have been trying to find it on Google Earth. Remember the jets flying in and they were lower than our site, an exciting cite to see.
I also remember when the helicopter tried to land at Pond Barracks and was ordered away.