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RE: Tool Box Protection

To: "Albaugh, Neil" <>,
Subject: RE: Tool Box Protection
From: "Russel Mack" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2003 02:20:46 -0500
INCREDIBLE! Yes, it is a very small world, for military brats.

Dad was NCOIC of the pharmacy in that hospital.  We were there from Dec.,
1952 until March, 1955.  I went to Heidelberg Elementary School-- last half
of second through most of the fourth grade.  We lived in Heidelberg, itself,
but I had several friends in Mannheim.  There was a nice park near there--
west, I think-- in the hills-- with excellent trails.  For me, it's one of
those places you never forget.

The Germans  (even in those bad economy post-war days) made the most
excellent "motor" toys-- cars, motorcycles, and military equipment.  I had a
(German) toy motorcycle with an articulated rider, and he would execute the
"bump-start"/ remount that was standard for roadracers of that era. No toys
so mechanically impressive, today.

And I got to see a real "Atomic Cannon" (with the tractor and driver on each

I think my experiences there helped make me a motorhead for life!
Russ, #1226B

-----Original Message-----
From: Albaugh, Neil []
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2003 12:10 PM
To: 'Russel Mack'; 'W S Potter'; 'Phillip Landry';
Subject: RE: Tool Box Protection

Hey, Russ;

Small world-- I spent my sophomore year in Heidelberg High School. My
Grandmother died in that same Heidelberg hospital you mentioned in about
1955. We lived in Mannheim-Feudenheim, not far from the Kaefertal Kaserne
where Patton had his accident.

Regards, Neil     Tucson, AZ

-----Original Message-----
From: Russel Mack []
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 9:02 AM
To: W S Potter; Albaugh, Neil; 'Phillip Landry';
Subject: RE: Tool Box Protection

Bro, you are OLD!
If I'm remembering correctly, "the brown-shoe army" (as the old soldiers
used to call it) changed-over (to the black "Corcorans") while we were in
Germany (Dad was assigned to the army Hospital in Heidelberg, where Patton
had died).  Must have been about 1953--??  I (and a lot of other 8 year-old
"army brats", I guess) had my own little pair of those brown boots with the
straps and buckles, and I was miffed that nobody "issued" me any of the new
black Corcorans!! Russ, #1226B

p.s.-- in my own army days, we "undercoated" our (black) boots by slathering
them heavily with Shinola-- then LIGHTING the wax and melting it into the
leather.  You wanted to be sure it all melted, but you had to be careful not
to burn the wax completely off anywhere.

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