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The US Army Intelligence Center and the US Army Intelligence School occupied Fort Holabird, on Baltimore's Holabird Ave.  Holabird seemed --at least to us-- like a mid-sized college campus. The least collegiate aspect was the surrounding fence and pedestrian walk-way coming and going  through the oversized guard shack.  But, at that time, Dundalk was a pleasant part of Baltimore.  And Holabird was always better than where we'd been.
 

 CIC people attended either the "A" course or the "B" course.  Except for the subject matter of individual courses,  the college campus metaphor held "most" of the time.  ( Some courses even used texts that many had seen before.) We sometimes marched from place to place. And, while Gen. Prather commanded, we had a short, pass-in-review parade every Friday afternoon --- to the tune of "I Love a Parade." 

 Many of us remember the statue --The Bronze Sphinx--- in front of the Administration Building.    Tradition   required that anyone with confidence in the future finish off the night of graduation by decorating the sphinx.   Some simply attached a bra or put horse manure at her rear.  Some celebrated by painting the sphinx's nipples.  

The cleaning fell to the  Saturday morning police detail, which included anyone caught the night before.   For me, I can remember that it took one can of Brasso to restore the sphinx's breasts after they'd been tipped with red fingernail polish. ---THZ--  

 

The Golden Sphinx.

Our brass sphinx is currently sitting in front of a building at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

 Fort Holabird is currently best known as the detention center where several of the Watergate convicts spent their confinement.

 

Photo is courtesy of the Fort Huachuca web site. 

 

Near the end of the course, with graduation in view, everyone completed their personal assignment preferences. (The form included a conspicuous spot for class ranking -- offering the illusion that class ranking would play a role in receiving assignments related to assignment preference.) Domestic assignments usually required civilian clothes --- and that meant a fairly generous clothing allotment and allowance for living quarters. The most popular foreign requests seemed to be London, Paris and Munich.
Of course, some entered requests for additional schools --- most particularly the Army Language School at Monterey, California. Many of us had not heard the phrase "according to the needs of the service."

At the time, leaving the US generally meant going to Europe. The 66th CIC Group was then the umbrella unit for Germany. The Headquarters of the 66th CIC Group was in the Stuttgart suburb of Bad Cannstatt. Bad Cannstatt was and is still best known as the Corporate headquarters of Daimler-Benz.
From Stuttgart we were allocated to one of eight regional field offices in Germany, or sent somewhere to assignments between Turkey and Norway. Most remained in the Headquarters of the 66th CIC Group pictured above. Most enlisted personnel worked in the left half of the building and lived in the right half of the building. The US Army termed the entire complex Wallace Barracks. An old Geman military installation, it was named Grossereiter Kaserne in German. The immediate neighborhood was named Hallschlag. To many of us, the installation was Hallschlag University.

Hallschlag University included comparatively few military support enlisted people. We had one armorer, a few people to take care of the vehicles and some crypto people. Civilians --American and German-- made up the rest of the support labor force. We employed a lot of American secretaries and clerks -- mostly wives of other Hallschlagers. The most cherished German employee was probably the pastry chef. The majority of us ---especially new people--- came directly from the US Army Intelligence School -- Fort Holabird.

Newcomers to Hallschlag University were often treated like new college students. "Here, try this beer." We quickly learned that German beer usually had an alcohol content in excess of 13%. And that beer was cheaper than Coca-Cola. Even those who did not drink at all found the local breweries contained restaurants specializing in Schwabish foods.

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This page still under construction....

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A brief list of selected Hallschlag alumni is below. No, there's not a great deal of rhyme or reason for the selection. But the list is far from its intended length. We have data for a group of additional people. Yes, we'd welcome additional information to enable a longer list of names and pages.

To view the page for any person -- whose name is underlined-- click on the name.

  • William P. Yarborough (then Colonel, now Lt. General, Ret.).
  • William A. Berry (then PFC, now retired Chrm, Art Dept, Univ of Missouri).
  • Larry Devine (then Sp-4, now retired Entertainment Editor, Detroit Free Press)
  • E. Willis Brooks (then Sgt, now Professor at Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC).
  • Bruce Lundvall (then Pfc, now President of Blue Note Records).
  • Richard H. Spicka (then Sp-4, now retired CFO, Kuhlman Corp & photo hobbiest).
  • Kenton Mirth Young (then Sp-5, now tree farmer and retired Amer History teacher).
  • J. Peter Zwick (then Sp-4, now deceased)

 

 Our weapons
 Our training - Fort Holabird, Baltimore, Maryland --not active yet.
 
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