Camp King Oberursel in June 2018

On one of my daily strolls going past Camp King, I took a few photos the other day. Summer has come early this year (we had temps near 30°C in April), and with the higher than normal humidity, nature is green and luscious.

The building wall on the left is one of the two remaining buildings. Its original color went from sandy orange to grey about 10 years ago.

The yard used to stretch past the point of my photo taking. I remember joining a BBQ under the trees where you can see the asphalt and the car (part of a small parking lot) now. This part of the yard was taken away when the new housing was built in 2001/2002.

The picnic/playground area seen from a different angle.

This special tree seems to have kissed the earth, and its lowest branches have taken roots and formed a hedge. In the back, you see parts of ‘Im Rosengärtchen’ housing area, which was built in 1972. From these high-rises, you have a grand view over the Feldberg mountain range.

For those of you who knew Camp King Oberursel until 1992, I hope you enjoyed this little reminiscent walk with me.

TRANSCOM at Camp King, Oberursel in the 1970s

Mr. David Strain contacted me via e-mail and offered to share some memories from his time in Oberursel, as well as these newspaper clippings for the Camp King Oberursel archives, of which I am a member. He then gave me permission to publish them here.

This is what David had to say about his time with Transcom in Oberursel, Germany:

I joined the HQ US Transportation Command, Europe (USTRANSCOMEUR) in December of 1970.  I was assigned to the Office of the Comptroller directed by Mr. Howard South.  In our group, there was an interesting mix of military personnel, U.S. civilians (DAC), and local nationals.  The local nationals were not always so “local” as I believe we had more folks from the UK than West Germany.  We traveled a lot throughout Europe as the scope of the TRANSCOM mission was wide.  I was later assigned within the Headquarters to the ACofS (Office) for Security, Plans and Operations.  In this position, I was a part of another team that was essentially military staff.  Our chief was Colonel Whitaker.  While assigned to TRANSCOM my wife and I lived in Friedrichsdorf.  My son was born at the Wiesbaden Air Base Hospital in 1971. I left TRANSCOM and Oberursel upon release from active duty in May 1972.  My assignment to TRANSCOM was a great one for a brand new Second Lieutenant (later First Lieutenant) looking to learn, explore and grow.  My time in Oberursel was quite a ride!

David, thanks for sharing your story with us.

Early Years at the Motor Pool in Oberursel (1945-1956)

After having worked for Rolls-Royce for more than fifty years, Mr. Helmut Hujer then spent the next ten years working on this book – a huge compilation of stories and photos. This was his Lebenswerk (the work of a lifetime).

The book has almost 800 pages, weighs close to 11 lbs, and spans the 125-year history of the Motor Pool from 1892 – 2017.

To see a list of the people’s names having contributed to the book, visit this Personenregister or List of contributors.

I’ve purchased a copy myself, and THIS is the work of a lifetime. If you’d like to contact the author, send him a message: hujer.helmut@t-online.de

The Mountain Lodge in January 2018

This photo of the Mountain Lodge, Camp King in Oberursel, was taken on a late afternoon in early January 2018.

The photo below is from March 2013. Within five years, much has happened to this building.

Snow over Camp King Oberursel, Germany

Our first snowfall has arrived early this morning, and these are the views from our kitchen window.

This view is in the direction of the Mountain Lodge.

This is the view in the direction of Hohemarkstrasse and the main gate.

These rows of townhouses all look the same when covered in snow.

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