BAR43 Directions from Kerry

September 26, 2013
Hi All,
Directions below are from the Philadelphia International Airport:
These directions—-(Rand-McNally Maps)—and the easiest way to go. The only exception to these directions is that after you turn right on Melrose Avenue (#11), you must turn left onto N. Maine Avenue and then to 408 N. Maine Avenue. Should you miss Melrose, the next three right turns will also get you onto N. Maine.
Your GPS may take you on an alternate route to the above and is harder to follow—lots of slight turns bear in this direction or that. etc.

Favor from Mike Hannan

August 9, 2013

I would love to know if anyone in our group or otherwise has a recording of Carl Baer and Dan Fridena together that they would make a copy of for me –


2013 Balta Reunion Deposit and Reservations Request

April 13, 2013

This is information from Kerry that he asked me to send to you.  Please respond to Kerry with questions or concerns at

The 2013 Balta reunion will be held in Atlantic City, NJ.  from October 15-21st,, although as always, the official dates will be Thursday night through Saturday night (October 17-19).  Since the houses will be available for that week, any of you who want to come for longer will have to indicate so to Kerry.

These are the two houses reserved for us so far.

House #1 for BAR43 House #2 for BAR43

Here are the web sites for the houses, so you can see for yourselves what the layouts are and where they are located in relation to the ocean, etc.


The deposit is $100 each and is due by May 15, although sending it as soon as possible would be greatly appreciated.  Here’s where to send your money:


Kerry Vandegrift

2505 Woodlawn Drive

Bristol, Pa. 19007


Final money as figured by Kerry will be due by August 15th.  That figure will be sent to you at a later date, once Kerry has an idea of how many will be attending, so he can figure expenses.

So get your plans made and send your deposit, so Kerry can go forward with planning.




BAR43 Note from Kerry

April 6, 2013

By popular demand, 2013 BALTA reunion cost will not exceed $300. Open dates for 23 properties reviewed are good for October 15-21, but I will ask for thoughts on that—maybe a Sunday to Sunday venue, which will eliminate several properties from consideration though. I am meeting agents and looking at 3-5 homes on Tuesday morning. I’m trying to make sure that accommodations are somewhat equal in quality as has not always been the case.

Much has been said about the late date, but back last year when I volunteered, The Heid said that I could just sit for nine months and then get busy—of course that was on the bus on the way back from beer and wine at wherever it was that we did the Octoberfest thing so she might not remember—or my ears heard something different–whatever…

I reviewed several reunion year announcements on the blog and did note on one that reservations/sites were not finalized until June, so I think I might be OK here.Additionally, for this particular reunion, deposits were due and were paid by 40 or so people well before the accommodations were selected and there didn’t seem to be any criticism. Soooooo–stop the ragging on not paying up before site selection!! Besides, the NJ shore is empty in October, and as Dee has said, we’re the only people on the planet that want do vacation in October……..

I’ve received 22 comments on here from people who it sees will attend and I’d like to hear from you now-officially—that you will attend—–reunion central will be as before, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There will be leeway several days and after for people to stay longer if they wish, as a week will be paid up.

More later.

The actual closing of the 18th USASA Field Station, Bad Aibling

July 8, 2012
Though narrated as the closing of the Indian / Pakistani border, this short video actually shows the decommissioning of BA as an American Spy Station and being returned to the Germans.  Interesting.

BJ and Joy’s Wedding, 6/10/12

June 11, 2012

Congrats and much love!

Bad Aibling 2012

May 29, 2012
Jerry Herbert was stationed at BA with me in the late ’60’s.  He just got back from Germany and took the attached pictures.  Looks like BA is now a Soccer Headquarters.  You might recognize some of these pictures from the past. Please share.
Ken Gay

Hog’s Itinerary for BAR42

May 28, 2012
I ARRIVE in Seattle (SEA)
THR, Oct 4th @12:30pm (United 331)
I LEAVE Seattle (SEA)
MON, Oct 8th @11:35am (What do you care what flight?)
I’m seeking rides to/from BAR42@Index, WA whenever possible; would b happy to share rental fees n@ if necessary.
Best wishes for a safe and solumn memorial day,

2012 Balta Reunion Attendees List

March 25, 2012

My man says:

“My BAR42 children:  Behave now, Daddy Caver rules.”

Dan and Kristi Hayden

Mike Rodgers (n@)

John Smoller

Mike and Elizabeth Hannan

Bill Shea

Sam Flippo and Janelle Davis

Brian Pfeiffer

Larry Wilhelm and Jennie McElroy

Curt and Barb Simonson

Woody and Shirley Dieckman

Don Pier

Heidi Cotler

Lonny and Sandi Gervais

Wally Knox and Beth Garfield

Doug Gitt

Tom and Davelyn Forrest

Jim and Mimi Crandall

Pat and Dee Carroll

Kerry and Partner Vandegrift

Vincent A Berardini

Fur shirt sizes, please!


Yea, Elizabeth!

February 29, 2012


After 50+ years of pledging her allegiance to America as a British Citizen, last Friday Elizabeth made it official when she raise her right hand and took the oath to become a U.S. citizen.  There were 162 others from 67 countries who were sworn in at the same ceremony with her.   The air was filled with emotion and pride from those becoming American Citizens and from those of us witnessing it.  The photo I have attached shows the emotion that Elizabeth was feeling as she pledged her allegiance to her new homeland.  Yesterday she registered to vote and today we will renew my passport and apply for her first U.S. passport.  We are pleased and excited about her chance to vote for the first time in her life.
Hope you are all well-