Archive for February, 2009

Looking for Lost Baltans

February 28, 2009

To all possible Baltans,

The Maddog (John Freyermuth) and The Fool (Kerry Vandegrift) are much in need of finding Lost Baltans. Said Lost Baltans are not necessarily lost unto themselves, as they may know where they are, or possibly who they are, contrary to popular belief.

There are several websites that cater to ASA folk and Bad Aibling in particular. Both Maddog and I have perused those sites and found several people who we seem to recognize, either in fact or fiction. Others are listed. We strive to take them back into the Balta fold.

I have tried to contact several and am waiting for replies. Maddog has heard from Gerry Crow and is awaiting for others to contact him.I list the following names with their respective e-mail addresses, and also the websites from which these were taken.

There is one other called and
I am investigating it. Feel free to contact whomever and try to reconnect, not only with the people listed, but also people that they may be in contact with (Winston Churchill, when admonished by a female member of Parliament for ending his sentences in prepositions, said–“Madame, this is the sort of rudimentary impediment, up with which I shall not put!).

Folks not already on the Balta list–you know who you are or aren’t–feel free to contact me and I will announce your presence.

Fool (Kerry Vandegrift


People not in alphabetical order–so you must think!!!

Gerry Crow—-
Jim Christman–
Charlie Moore-
Russ Haddad–
Phil Swank—-
Roger Lefever- –this guy mentions Balta and wants to contact anyone in Balta.
Denis Byrne— -he mentions that he was a Brit Sgt. at Southgate and looking for Sgt. Mike Lee or Lea.
W. Thomas Moore– –he says he was post translator (German) and before that worked in the mailroom.
Robert Harkness—- —–3/69-10/69.
Michael Fuller——– –65-68 mentions living by Rosie’s at the canal.

No e-mails for the following:

Art Fanning——Schubert Ave. in Chicago 1-773-929-4316
Jeff Wilkerson—-6372 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Ralph Myers—–says he knew Col. Chester Cromwell and wife Georgia, says he took over as commandant and mentions a SP4 Hickey.
David O’Connell–70-72–mentions Maddog’s site and “Chance–his e-mail came back.
David Bishop——67-69

Other names from these sites:

Lanning Hochauser
Maynard Peterie
James Roten
Ken Rhyne–brings back a memory–he mentions the bumper cars at the fests and how the Germans would ride around in a circle, trying to avoid being bumped.
Glen Smith
Thomas Snead
Grady O’ Conner
Jim Christie
John Wilman
David Woods–mentions that he as the target of an IG investigation I think in 67.
Dale Larkin

Other names I do know not mentioned on these sites:

Sabine Gross
Tom Trent
Steve Trask
Art Ehrenberg
? first name, last name Esten, -wife Annie
Tom McKenna
Hugh Crohn
Rick Troyer
Chris Blum
PJ McCormack–last but most certainly least

Additional names and contact info most welcome.


The Auction Rebel

February 20, 2009

Thanks to the Fool, who actually is no fool when it comes to searching for ‘lost’ Baltans, we have some great headshots of some of you from yesteryear. I love it! Thanks Kerry and ultimately, Gary!

Here’s a sample:



As Kerry already emailed us, this is the work of The Auction Rebel who is our own Gary Hendrickson. And he has a lucrative eBay business and a very helpful blog called…what else….The Auction Rebel.

Clicking on the photo will take you directly to other headshots like this one…well, maybe not quite like this one!