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Old 08-19-2006, 12:50 AM   #29
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Hi Bob,
actually my Dad is "Joe", maybe you heard about him,if not your Dad must remember. "Joe From Maine" was the first hamburger fast food in France in 1952, it drained a lot of GI's from the base until 1967. Dad paid tuition so I could go to school on the base, first Touvent then La Martinerie until 1966 before the base closed. After that I went back to the States to finish High School, took a crack at college then joined the Air Force in 1969. Vietnam as a French-English interpreter with the FAC and then Athens for the rest of my time (1973), went back to Maine for a few years then came back to Chateauroux to run my dad's place. Am now pre-retired, 3 kids & 3 grandchildren.My airstream is just for family and hosting, the French love it and I rent it out just about all summer. At first I had some plumbing and air-contioning problems but got those worked out, the hardest thing was to find a 220v to 120v transformer big enough to run the air-conditioner and gas heater blower at a good speed.I go past Touvent quite often, they renovated the housing area but the elementary shool is still at the same place, have you had a look at this site?

If you want a good shot of Chateauroux try this link,

it's in French but easy to use.

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Old 08-19-2006, 07:10 AM   #30
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I hate to get into a hijacked thread, but this is too good.

I too have a Chateauroux connection. My Dad was a pilot instructor at Laon/Couvron where we lived on the economy. We would go visit that Base for resupply. The pictures on the linked site bring back the same "U.S. Go Home" memories. Later on, I was Co-pilot on the last C-130 to fly out of Chateauroux....the exodus when we did in fact "Go Home."....cargo was 16,000 pounds of U.S. currency. My planned trip to visit the old homes in Braine and Berthincourt this Sept. have been put on hold becuase of the turmoil in flying. I have a Caravel based plan "B".

By the way...if your interested in old C-119 aluminum for sale...

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Old 06-29-2007, 01:11 AM   #31
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US Commemoration in Chateauroux

There will be a" 40th commemoration of the presence of US troops" weekend at Chateauroux the 29/30 september 2007.

It's not too late to sign up!
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