Monday, February 17, 2014

My Father's Army Pictures Part Six -- Berlin, 1951 -- McNair's Starlight Grove Club

 My father, Louis Santoro, is at the left.
 Pictures of the club above and below, are from The Berlin Brigade site.

My Father's Army Pictures Part Five -- Berlin, 1951 -- Off the base

Officers of the RHO including 1st Sgt Evans and Capt. Barton

 The Brandenburg Gate can be seen to the right of this photo.
 My father, Louis Santoro.

 My father's pal Bill Ramson, above and below.

Frank Harvey and Bill Ramson.  Frank is either holding my father's Kodak Retina 35 or one exactly like it.
Bill Ramson.
 If anyone can identify this location, please let me know.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Father's Army Pictures Part Four -- Berlin, 1951 -- McNair barracks -- Goerzallee

Reinhard von Bronewski, who has this extensive and informative site about the Berlin Brigade, identified this street as Goerzallee for me.  I suspect these were taken from my father's window, in which case he was housed near the main gate.  For a guy from a sleepy little town like Arnold, PA, this must have been pretty exciting. 

Reinhard told me this was a view of the street '4 Ring', later renamed Strasse des 4th of July because of the big parades held here by the American military.

A latter day picture of the McNair barracks, it is now being converted to luxury housing, and named after Marilyn Monroe!  Many more pictures are here of its recent history.  

My Father's Army Pictures Part Three -- Berlin, 1951 -- McNair barracks exterior and grounds

 My father, Louis Santoro.
 Officers of the RHO including 1st Sgt. Evans and Capt. Barton
 My father wrote: "Sgt. Brown and Frank Harvey with sound locating set."
 John Sewell.
My father wrote: "Bill, Meek and John McDement playing ball inside the fence."

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Father's Army Pictures Part Two -- Berlin, 1951 -- McNair Barracks

The clipping above was probably in the New Kensington (PA) Dispatch.
My father didn't identify very many of these photos.  He may also have misspelled some of the names.  By searching the internet, I've determined he was housed in the McNair barracks. Prior to the war, they had been the giant Telefunken factory, located in the Berlin district of Lichterfelde. Read more about it here.
 John McDement, or perhaps it's McDermont?

 My dad's pal Bill Ramson shows up in several pictures.

Above and below, my father, Louis Santoro.  In 1951 he was 23.

 Looks like a poker game.
 I like this shot.

My father is on the left with the cigar.
 The shirtless lad on the left is my father.
 My father.