Not all our friends were "soldiers"!
Just found your site on the web and hey, it's amazing. I am a Berliner who was hanging around in Bischofsgruen from '81 till today. In the earlier days I was driving to Bisch regularly with my band the Mountaineers for the party.
There are several vets I can remember who became good friends but are out of sight now. and I haven't found them on your site.
One is James D. Mcintosh, who was originally from Florence, Alabama and stationed on the hill around 83-84 or something. He married a girl named Angelika and moved back to the states.
Here's a picture of us and him (on the right, me in the middle, left: our singer Matty Reif), in his apartment in Birnstengel:
Another one was a black guy named Gregory Hughes. A guy named Steve (last name is gone), he wore a cowboy hat all day and had his apartment at the Hauptstrasse right over that crystal shop. One guy, I forgot the name totally, because we called him Jerry Lewis, since he just looked like him. big, round glasses, lived in Birnstengel. I have a photo.
I can send some more photos if you like to. need to get them scanned. Since my wife is originally from Bischofsgruen, I am there from time to time. I see Ty Pinney sometimes.
We never played at Reissmanns. Actually I never saw a live band during the times we were there but we did a lot of acoustic sets in almost every gasthaus from Pilsbrunnen to Stress-Wirt, since we always had guitars in the trunk.
Thanx again for your great website
Best regards and wishes