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.

Bike Race through Oberursel on 1 May 2018

The bike race ‘Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt’ came through Oberursel on Tuesday, 1 May, 2018. Therefore, a number of roads were closed, while buses and U-Bahn had no service between 8:30am – 2:30pm.

We walked to have lunch at my favorite Korean Restaurant ‘Seoul’, and ended up seeing the race on the way back at Hohemarkstrasse. I had not watched it for a number of years, so I was surprised to see them now heading the other way – towards the Feldberg Mountain.

A bystander informed me they had decided to change the route, and he thought this one was better as they are not coming down from the Feldberg at high speed anymore. They used to race by in a flash, but not so anymore.

There is a difference of almost 800 meters between the starting point, Frankfurt (elevation: 88 meters) and the Feldberg Mountain (elevation: 880 meters).

The most infamous bike race was the one in 2015, which was cancelled due to a planned terror attack. More here from CNN: German police thwart Boston-style plot to bomb cycle race, source says

St. Ursula Church Tower Museum in Oberursel

The St. Ursula Church tower museum presents a collection of sacral Art, spanning over 500 years of parish history.

In addition, the museum visitor gets to enjoy a splendid view not only across the Altstadt, but the whole town, and all the way to the Taunus (to the west), Odenwald (to the south), Spessart (to the east), and Vogelsberg (to the north).

Museum visiting hours:

From May – September: every first Saturday 15:00 – 17:00

Entrance fee: 1,50 € for adults, 1,00 € for children.

For arranging a tour on Mondays or Fridays, please send an inquiry to Mr.Abt.

Address: St. Ursula-Gasse in 61440 Oberursel (Taunus)
You can contact Mr. Wilfried Abt for more information
Telephone: (0 61 71) 55 05 0
e-mail: henrich@table-individuelle.de
http://www.kath-oberursel.de

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.

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