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David Heeney EMAIL
Hello, 
My name is David Heeney, I am in England,
I am looking for information regarding two airmen based at laon AFB in the fifties. Any details would be appreciated.
They are......
Percy Perry Brown and Robert Lee Smith,
Thanking you in anticipation.
Best regards,
David.
- Friday August 26, 2011
Laetitia Lobjeois EMAIL

Je viens de prendre connaissance de votre site qui m'a fait chaud au cœur car je suis de Laon !!
Voici ce qui m'amène, je recherche depuis très longtemps un américain qui a été militaire à la base de Couvron dans les années 50, en effet cet homme est mon grand-père, et le père de ma mère, qui, cette dernière n'a pas eu la chance de le connaitre! A travers ma grand -mère nous avons quelques informations( date de naissance, lieu de naissance, et même activités à son retour aux Etats-unis...) mais cela n'a jamais abouti.
Son nom est Larry Coza né le 4 avril 1932 à Cleveland dans l'Ohio.
L'avez vous connu ? Avez vous des photos ou des souvenirs à me communiquer ? des anecdotes ?
J'ai vu que certains anciens habitants de la base se côtoyaient et faisaient des pèlerinages sur la région, alors j'ai l'espoir d'une certaine façon, que vous puissiez me renseigner, même si nous n'aurons pas la chance de le rencontrer, d'avoir de petites informations sur lui me donnerait beaucoup de joie.
Est ce que certaines personnes qui sont toujours en contact avec vous, auraient le souvenir ou quoi que se soit sur Larry Coza ??
Cela me tient à cœur!
Désormais, je regarderai très souvent votre site car je suis de Laon et j'adore la culture américaine ainsi que les souvenirs passés des autres comme des miens !!

- Monday July 25, 2011

Hélène Landry EMAIL
Je suis à la recherche de Ronald Smith, né en avril 1942 en Ohio et stationné sur la base aérienne de Laon de 1960 à 1963. 
J'aimerais le mettre en contact avec Maryvonne qu'il a bien connue là-bas.
Looking for Ronald Smith, born in April 1942 in Ohio, stationed in Laon, France, from 1960 to 1963 in Air Force, probably with 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. I would like to get him in touch with Maryvonne whom he knew well there.
Merci!
- Sunday March 27, 2011
Yvette Finkele EMAIL
Hello---My name is Yvette Finkele-- nee Gresillon...My husband Bill and I are delighted to have found this wonderful tool to try to reconnect with people we have known and worked with.
I am from Crecy-sur-Serre, Aisne, France....My parents owned the Hardware store Rue du Grand Four....I worked at Laon Air Force Base first as a typist at the Air Installation Office (AIO) for Mr. Lefevre under Major Downing....then was the secretary to Msg Garland and Warrant Officer Gerald Porter under Major Perigo, in the vehicle maintenance office located near the rear gate... My husband of 50 yrs was airman 2nd class William Finkele, stationed there from Nov 56-Nov 60...We were married in the Hotel de Ville in Laon first, then at the catholic chapel on the Base...We have two married daughters Caroline and Suzanne, also military wives....Air Force noneless, whose husbands retired as Lt Colonel and Major.
We now live in Wellsboro, PA in the Summer and Naples, FL in the winter.
I saw that Suzanne Garland asked if someone remembered her dad and had info about her home in La-Fere.....we were there last year and I made a point to take a picture of the house she lived in back then....Bill and I visited her Mom and Dad (my boss) as newlyweds and ate with them....If Suzanne reads this please give me your address so I can send you the picture....
Our email is: billyvette39@gmail.com and we hope some of you will remember us and contact us.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Jim Toland, McDade, David Z Caissie, John Mott, Charlie Plum, Skinner...all airmen at the time in the 66th Transportation Squadron.....Also, Jacques Lesage, Vassaux, Leveque, Mr.Balitou....all civilians working in the Vehicle Maintenance shop.
We will be looking forward to any reply....thanks....Yvette and Bill Finkele.
- Monday October 18, 2010
Judith Jackson EMAIL

Je sais que c'est improbable mais j'ai l'espoir d'entrer en contact avec quelqu'un de la région de Laon qui pourrait m'aider.
Mon père était pilote de B-17 pilot au 388th durant la 2ème Guerre Mondiale. Lui et son équipage ont sauté en parachute dans la région de Laon après qu'un de leurs moteur ait pris feu. Tous ont survécu. Nous voulons visiter la région l'année prochaine et j'aimerais trouver quelqu'un qui se souvienne du crash. Un fermier et une famille ont pris en charge mon père, lui ont offert à boire et fait un pansement à la tête. On lui a raconté qu'une bombe était tombée dans la chambre à coucher d'une maison près de Laon. La jeune fille dont c'était la chambre était à Paris ce jour-là et personne n'avait été blessé.
J'espère trouver un historien local qui aurait entendu parler de ce crash. Mon père avait ensuite été emmené jusqu'à un poste Américain proche.
J'apprécierai beaucoup si vous aviez quelque renseignement.
Judy
- Saturday October 9, 2010

Yvonne Griffin EMAIL

My Father Verdain Griffin ( known as Billy ) was stationed at Laon USAF base in the 1960s. He was in the 66th Squadron.
Unfortunately he was killed out there in a car crash in May 1966, before we could join him, as we were in England.
I would like to get in touch with anyone who knew him.
Im sure he had lots of friends out there as he was a fun, friendly guy.
He was also African American.
Thank you so much.
Yvonne

- Saturday September 25, 2010

Cindy Brissaud (France) EMAIL

Bonjour, je m'appelle Cindy et je suis à la recherche de quelqu'un qui aurait connu ma grand-mère, en 1963-1964. Elle s'appelle Thérèse Pêcheux et habitait à Laon à cette époque. Elle avait 26 ans. Si vous connaissez des personnes ayant habité la ville à cette époque et qui auraient été susceptibles de la connaitre, s'il vous plait contactez moi. Merci d'avance.
Cindy
- Sunday February 21, 2010

Carole Bernard (France) EMAIL

My name is Carole, born in 1959. My dad is Daniel J PLUMMER. he was based in Laon Couvron and left in 1958. He passed away a few years ago and I don't know much about his life in Couvron. we  had planned to visit the base together unfortunately we couldn't make it because he felt ill.  My dad was always talking about going back to Laon, I know it was important to him and I feel so sorry he didn't make it. Does somebody remember him ? I would be happy to receive your testimony
- Thursday January 7, 2010

Lynne Ehre (East Amherst, NY, USA) EMAIL

My name is Lynne Ehre. But, when my  step-Dad (Capt.Donald Felltham) was stationed in Laon AFB - he was in the supply dept area - , I was Ida (Lynne) Stewart. Was in 5 -7th grades on base. We were there from 1957-1961 and this past April  our son who is a pro figure skater was doing the High School Musical show in Paris and we went to see the show and took a side trip to Laon.... It was one of the most wonderful days of my life and very emotional as well. I only wish that I had known about this web site  sooner.... we tried to get on the bas and they would not allow us on and that was sad too. But, I went to the top of Laon and my family got to see where I lived and toured all around the area. My Dad was a golfer and I used to caddy for him all over France  and he won many tournaments. Mostly he played in Reims. I would love to touch base with anyone that was there when I was there. I used to go to the Teen club and we lived in the Trailer park. near the playground. Our neighbors that I remember were Col Fletcher White - (DR) he was head of the hospital, and next door the Solberg's... and I remember the Tolsteads. My step Dad is now in the VA hospital in Milledgeville GA. He has Alzheimer's.  My Mother lives in Marietta GA. Her name is Anne Felltham and her address is : 820 Richmond Hill Dr - Marietta,Ga 30068. She would love to hear from anyone who knew her or my Step Dad.... Regards . Lynne Ehre
- Saturday September 5, 2009

Bob Price (Houston, TX, USA) EMAIL

I was born at Laon AFB in 1956.  My father was then 1LT Bobby J. Price and my mother is Donna J. Price.  She would like to contact some old Laon friends.  Reach me at bprice@strategic.us
- Saturday April 11, 2009

Richard Sinclair (Lancaster, CA, USA) EMAIL

Laon AB Feb. 1955 to Jul. 1958. I was assigned to the 38th FMS aero repair section & Base Flt. Maint. In Jul. 55 tdy to the 405th on gunnery as an assistant crew chief in Wheelus Field Libya. Married to a young lady from Crecy Sur Serre in Feb. 57 & still going strong. We are going to Guise in Oct. of this year & plan on visiting the Base. Had a wonderful time while stationed at Laon & still keep in touch with a couple of my old friends.
- Sunday September 7, 2008

Elise Vanderschelden EMAIL

I'm Elise Vanderschelden, my nickname was LISETTE I was illustrator at the recreation center in Laon air base in 1960. If you remember me please give me a message at daphne-vds@hotmail.fr .
- Sunday August 24, 2008

James T. Gallogly EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon from January 1961 to July 1964. I was assigned to the Intell shop (PI) in the 18th and then at Wing.  Enjoyed the time and miss many of the "OLD" friends.  Dr. Jim Gallogly
- Thursday March 27, 2008

Mark L. Moore (Maxwell AFB, AL, USA) EMAIL

ARRW info for Laon and Etain.
I am trying to find out the detachment number for Air Rescue/Recovery unit that was assigned to Laon in 1959-61.  Does anyone happen to know this info?  Also, if anyone knows the same info for the unit assigned to Etain AB 1958-9, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Mark
- Monday February 25, 2008

Charles "Rocky" HILL (Temecula, CA & Molokai, HI, USA) EMAIL

My father (Col. Chuck Hill) was stationed at Laon from 1959 to 1962, I think. I clearly remember lots of little league and babe ruth baseball, school at the dependents school and great visits into local villages. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who remembers these times including "wild times" at the teen club and theatre.
- Sunday February 17, 2008

 Nick CZIFRIK (Salem, NH, USA) EMAIL

Was at Laon from Dec 65 to Sept 66 - left on one of the last "gooney birds" to Upper Heyford.  Good times at Laon.  Worked in Personnel for Lt. Col Deutsch & Sgt Hodakoski.  Names I remember:  Herman Mappus, Longnecker, "Paley", Bill Buda, Bill Wilder, Casterline (AP), Tsgt Hutchinson & SMSgt Matalunis.  Trips to Oostand.  Good memories - would do it again!  Nick Czifrik
- Wednesday February 6, 2008

 Françoise O'KEEFE (Lake Worth, FL, USA) EMAIL

Hello to all GIs who served in Laon... I had fun with you guys. I was 20 and full of life!!!!! now I am in the USA 47 years married to Jerry O'keefe we live in Palm Beach Florida even since 1 son 3 daughters 8 grand kids and me going in my 70 boy where are the good old days on the base ? worked the snack bar serving ice cream soda etc... going home every year I miss my home very much!!!!!!!!! happy new year 2008
- Thursday January 17, 2008

 Michèle CASSATA (Arles, France) EMAIL

When I was ten years old and later on, all my parent's friends were American. What a new world and new way of life! my parents had a laundry at Tergnier. I would be so glad to have news about Captain Bittinger and his family, specially Billy, Meg and Laury. Then, my father worked at air base hospital and my mother at education center . Our family name is SIS.
- Tuesday November 13, 2007

 John HELMES (Cincinnati, OH, USA) EMAIL

Stationed at Bordeaux/Laon - 1951 to 1955 - with 126th /38th bomb wing - fire rescue.  Visited the area twice with wife and son born in Weisbaden.  Daniel Buret and Bernard Croza ensured our stays were memorable!
- Tuesday November 6, 2007

 Don FIDDELMAN (Boca Raton, FL 33428, USA) EMAIL

I was stationed at his Air force Base from 1954-1956 and my responsibilities included Food Service, Base supple, and other services.  My recollection is that the aircraft on the base was an A26--with two tandem seats--one behind the other.  I would like to find a picture of the bomber--a different version the B26 is all I've been able to find.  I am retired and now live in Boca Raton, Florida
- Sunday November 4, 2007

 Raymonde ROACH (02270 Remies, France) EMAIL

Très beaux souvenirs. Je suis toujours à la recherche de la famille Batger, années 1951-1953
- Saturday November 3, 2007

 Joseph WILLIAMS (Queensbury, NY 12804, USA) EMAIL

I am searching for any information about Operation Snowbound which occurred around 1956-1960. The USAF in Europe was alerted to drop supplies to small Italian village and I was a crew member on a C-119 from the  10th ACC a squadron of 60th ABW. We received a Citation from the Italian Government, presented by the then  U.S. American Ambassador to Italy, Clare Boothe Luce. We were presented with a white ribbon at the ceremony as there was no official ribbon authorized by Congress at that time. The ribbon was available later on but I was not able to obtain the original orders for the mission to receive the Citation.
- Sunday October 28, 2007

 Laurence G WEBER (Hyde Park, NY, USA) EMAIL

I was in the 60th tac wing (m) at Rhein Main Germany 1955 then we moved to Dreux France. We had three sq. the 10th & 11th & 12th sq I was there until Feb. 1958. Looking for any one who was there at the same time. I was crew chief on c119g a/c 53-7854 in the 11th sq. Also trying to find what ever happen to that bird and others like twin fan span can. forgot the a/c # it was in the 12th sq. Hope to hear from other 119 members.
- Tuesday October 9, 2007

 Jack (Mac) McCLUSKEY (Mountain Home, AR, USA) EMAIL

I WAS IN THE 405th BOMB SQUADRON FROM NOVEMBER 1952 UNTIL NOVEMBER 1955. MY JOB WAS SHORAN SYSTEMS MECHANIC, A BOMBING SYSTEM. I HAD A FEW RACKETS GOING ON. I HAD A 1947 FRAZER MANHATTEN THAT I DROVE TO PARIS EVERY WEEKEND I COULD AND TOOK FOUR OR FIVE PASSENGERS FOR A FEE OF $10.00 ROUND TRIP. I HAD THE BARRACKS LAUNDRY BUSINESS. FOR A $1.00 FEE PER MAN, I WOULD COLLECT THEIR LAUNDRY BAG WITH THEIR NAME ON A PIECE OF PAPER. I WOULD GIVE THE BAGS TO A FRENCH AND HIS WIFE TO LAUNDER AND REPAIR AND BRING BACK TO THE BARRACKS WITH A LIST OF THEIR NAMES AND HOW MANY FRENCH FRANKS THEY OWED. I SAT IN THE PAY LINE AND COLLECTED THE AMOUNT THEY OWED PLUS ONE DOLL IN SCRIPT. I TOOK THE NECESSARY AMOUNT OF SCRIPT TO AMERICAN EXPRESS AND PURCHASED ENOUGH FRENCH FRANKS TO PAY THE FRENCHMAN AND HIS WIFE. I RAN THE DAYROOM .THAT IS, I KEPT A SUPPLY OF BEER, CRACKERS, & SARDINES AND OCCASIONLY A BEER RUN TO GERMANY FOR A COUPLE OF BARRELS OF GERMAN BEER. I PROBABLY AVERAGED ABOUT $120.00 FOR MY PARIS TAXI SERVICE, $12O,OO FOR THE LAUNDRY BUSINESS AND $90,00 FOR THE DAYROOM. MY HIGHEST MONTHLY MILITARY PAY WAS $135. WHEN IT WAS TIME TO RETURN TO THE STATES, I HAD TO SEND HOME FOR MONEY. PARIS SURE WAS FUN! I LEFT THE SERVICE AS A S/SGT. I AM IN TOUCH WITH BURT COLLETTE AND CHARLES (MOOSE) BREVING. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND TOM SINGLETON FROM THE 405th. I MET A LOT OF FINE PEOPLE DURING MY TIME AT LAON INCLUDING THE TOWNSPEOPLE. I HAD A GOOD JOB AT THE AIR BASE AND ALTHOUGH I WOULD NOT WANT TO DO IT AGAIN, I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MICHIGAN BUT I AM NOW LIVING IN MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS. IF ANY OF YOU WANT TO CONTACT ME, MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS: <Jmccluskey001@centurytel.NET>. THIS IS SOME WEBSITE, ISN'T IT?  JACK
- Monday October 8, 2007

 Virginia Diane SONTCHI-SHULZE-PIELOW-WISE (Hillsboro, OR, USA) EMAIL

Debbie Mayfield-- Do you remember me, Diane Sontchi?  I was there from 1960-63.  We used to walk together to the base library and wait for our fathers to pick us up after school.  I remember your dad's baby-blue Cadillac.  I remember you telling me you wanted to be a dermatologist, and I told you I wanted to be a singer.  I did sing, in the college choir, and studied voice professionally and performed in some musical theater productions.  Loved it!  I have three sons, and five grandchildren.  I currently live with my fiance' in Hillsboro, Oregon USA.
When I first found this website, I looked for you.  I downloaded our ninth-grade class pictures, and I must say I was overcome with many great memories.  I have often wondered where our other classmates are.  I know from Tom Laseter, that Dana Bloodworth died of cancer.  I really liked her, and was surprised to hear of her death.  She dated Billy Jim Dotson - my secret major crush.  Billy Jim worked for my dad in the Hydraulics shop.  What a hottie !  I must confess some jealousy...  I spoke on the phone to Dean Brown, our biology teacher, who is a professor at University of Colorado in Fort Collins.  Lo and behold, he remembered me!  Remember the parties at his house?  I don't know if you remember my brother Larry or not.  We were in the same grade together.  Au revoir!

- Sunday October 7, 2007

 John NORTHCUT (Montréal, Québec, CANADA)

I have fond memories of my service at the LAON AB from 1964-1965.  I enjoyed my time so much there, I had applied to have my tour extended but the 'higher ups' in the USAF turned down my application.
A few years ago, I visited la Ville de Laon and much enjoyed seeing all the old places and some new ones.  The local residents were very helpful in pointing out things that I had forgotten.
If there is a reunion of LAON AB devotees, I would be much interested to attend.

- Saturday September 22, 2007

 Jaky FATOUX  EMAIL

Bonjour, je suis actuellement militaire à Couvron. Je suis originaire de Monceau-les-Leups. Ma grand-mère gardait les enfant d'un officier US, elle s'appelait Micheline Duchene et s'est mariée avec Monsieur Hervieux Jean. Celui-ci était employé sur le camp. Je suis à la recherche de sa soeur Mauricette qui est partie aux USA avec un militaire US dans les années 1950. Elles habitaient à Crepy avec leur troisième soeur, Christine. Je suis donc à la recherche de ma grand-tante Mauricette! Je vous remercie
- Thursday August 9, 2007

 James FARRELL  EMAIL

Hi, I am Jim Farrell (Major then), stationed at Laon from '53 to 1956,  Transportation Officer plus Pilot with both the 71st and 822nd Bomb Sqdn.
Anyone remember the restaurant "Urcel" ? My wife Dee and 3 kids initially lived at the Hotel Ecu de France--later in Soissons -later in Couvron, and finally on base in a government trailer.

- Tuesday July 24, 2007

 Quentin "Roger" DEPUY (Encinitas, CA, USA)  EMAIL

I was stationed at Merignac Air base in the Air Police squadron from January 1955 to August 1958. Any news from fellow Air Police guys, would be welcome, Thanks.
- Friday June 29, 2007

 Molly HEENEY  EMAIL

I am trying to trace Robert Lee Smith (major) who was stationed at Laon Couvron airbase previously Merignac air base Bordeaux.  He was in Laon from 1951 until 1953 when he returned to America. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, I would be very grateful. Thanks
- Monday June 25, 2007

 Charles E Carpenter (Austin, TX, USA)  EMAIL

My husband, Charles E. Carpenter and I will be visiting Laon in October 2007. Charles was stationed there with his first wife, Mary Lou 1958-March 1960.  We would like to hear from anyone in the base civil engineers unit.  Please contact us if you were part of that group, or remember my husband.
Email is slc_ssa@yahoo.com.

- Tuesday April 21, 2007

 Ed Morley (Tewksbury, MA, USA)  EMAIL

I am trying to locate anyone who might have known a s/sgt. Paul B. Morley that was stationed in Laon from 1955 to 1958. Paul is my brother and he passed away 2 years ago september. He was part of the 822nd Bomb Squadron, some sort of maint. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who might have known him. THANKS.
- Saturday April 21, 2007

 Bill OBrien (New York, NY, USA)  EMAIL

Bill OBrien, I was in the PE section from May 61 to August 65. A great experience and I met some of the best that America has to offer, Tarnished Angels to be Sure but Great people. Also most of the French people from the Cine Club de Laon to the Police and the women.  I have made memories that I cherish. Today I am a Tour Guide in NYC a great job, I can continue to drive people crazy.
- Tuesday April 17, 2007

 Larry E. Baxter (Dade City, FL, USA)  EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon from 1964-1966.  Assigned to the 66th Medical group (Veterinary).  Looking for anyone assigned to the Hospital, Dental clinic or Veterinary clinic.
Larry E. Baxter

- Monday March 26, 2007

  Ontario Colette Hosea  EMAIL

Hi
I was born to James l. Hosea September 22,1955. My parents were from Montgomery, Alabama. My father has passed away in Holland in 1971. If any one out there knows my father please email me.

- Saturday March 24, 2007

  Herbert (Tom) MORGAN (Homosassa, FL, USA) EMAIL  URL

To : All Laon, France, AFB folks
If you were assigned or worked at Laon AFB please reply to the 405th Bomb Sqdn Blog . Thanks.
Tom Morgan
http://405thbombsqdn.blogspot.com/
- Tuesday March 13, 2007

  Helen T. NEWELL (TEXAS 75080, USA) EMAIL  

I am searching for Lt. Bill Woods, Jr. We were engaged in 1955-56. He was stationed at Dreux, France. Bill was involved in Operation Snowbound flying supplies from Dreux, France to Landstuhl, Germany.  When they were in Rome they had an audience with Pope Pius XII on Feb. 17, 1958. U.S. Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce attended ceremonies and they marked the end of the largest mercy airlift since the Berlin Blocade. Bill was from Decatur, Alabama and was b Dec 7, 1930. He was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TEX. in 1955.    Helen T. Newell  Richardson, TX. 75080.
- Saturday March 10, 2007

  Georges RENVERSEZ (CANADA) EMAIL  

Peut-être ne le savez vous pas mais il y a quelques Renversez ici en Ontario, Canada. Je suis né à Fitz-james (Oise) en 1927. Une de mes soeur est née à Tergnier (Aisne) en 1930. Une autre soeur, née en Belgique a aussi le nom de Madeleine.(Coincidence ?). Emigré au Canada en 1957.
- Tuesday January 30, 2007

  Alain VALISSANT (Villiers-sur-Marne, FRANCE) EMAIL  

Bonjour,
J'ai habité 35 ans à Laon, votre site est très bien stucturé. C'est avec émotion que j'ai regardé les photos de la base américaine où j'allais m'entrainer en athlétisme. En 1965 au cours de la fête de la base j'avais gagné la finale du tournoi militaire en tennis de table (je voudrais retrouver des photos). De plus j'ai fabriqué la clef symbolique de la fermeture de la base.
je reviendrai volontiers sur votre site.
Bien amicalement,
Alain Valissant

- Tuesday December 19, 2006

  Herbert (Tom) MORGAN (Homosassa, FL, USA) EMAIL  

I was with the 405th Bomb Sqdn Aircraft Line Maint . from 1955 until Feb 1957 . Was two great years, went to Pigalle every weekend. Had a yellow Olds Conv and thought I was cool. If anyone was in the 405th at that time send me an email .
- Wednesday November 15, 2006

  Kenneth and Rolande ANDERSON (Isanti, MN, USA) EMAIL  

My husband and I have fond memories of Laon and surroundings. My husband was stationned in Laon Air Base from nov 1963 to jan 1967. We were the last families left when the base was closed. We lived in a small village called Eppes-par-Coucy les- Eppes and met wonderful people who became our friends. Later we went back with our children a couple times to visit them.
- Tuesday November 14, 2006

  Milburn KING aka MILLE (Englewood, FL, USA) EMAIL  

HI GUYS THIS IS REALLY A GREAT PLACE TO READ ALL ABOUT LAON. I WAS STATIONED THERE FROM 1955 TO 1957 THEN HAD A BAD AUTO ACCIDENT IN AUG.1957 BUT DO NOT REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT THE ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED FROM LAON TO THE BASE  AND WAS SENT BACK TO ZI. THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO BUT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD AT THE BASE AND IN THE AREA, PARIS, LAON, ETC. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
- Sunday October 22, 2006

  Gene & Claudine SMITH (Leoma, TN, USA) EMAIL  

My wife Claudine Marie SMITH (DUPRE) was born and raised in Chivy-les- Etouvelles ; we were married June 29th 1960 at Laon FRANCE then later married on base. She has me double married so we have been married for 46 years and live in Leoma TN. 
Jean OUVRARD has helped us find lots of her relativeness and even her sister in Laon. I have found many of the guys that I was stationed with from your website. Mr. Bernard CROZA has been so helpful. You guys are the greatest. Thank you so much.
We have received some pictures of Chivy but we would like to have one of the house Claudine lived in just west of the monument on the right hand side of the road. Claudine is also looking for a friend she grew up with and went to school with. Her name is Gisele LANGLET before she married she lived up at the monument. 
We would like any picture and information on Chivy-les-Etouvelles. We would like to make contact with any one in Chivy that has a computer and is on line.
Thank you so much for every thing. Gene and Claudine SMITH
P.S. We can read and write French but it is easier for me to type English.

- Monday September 25, 2006

  Wayne BEST (Hickory, NC 28602, USA) EMAIL  

I enjoyed my time in Etain and Laon finding them both charming and the people very nice and interesting. I love the way the town of Laon was laid out with the down town being down and uptown being up; sort of being a split level city. I remember the restaurant with the open hearth for cooking pizzas. I can't remember their names but remember the lady that own the place had white hair and her son in law had been station at Laon and return after being discharged from the service. I can remember only a few people that I was stationned with such as the First Sargent Plourdy ; Idon't know if that name is spelled correctly or not; also chuck, Romero that married the First Sargent's daughter. they pulled town patrol a lot, and main gate. Their was a young man I remember that slept with his uniform on most the time even he to shower with it on. I don't know if their is anyone out that remembers me but I would sure like to hear from the ones that was stationed at Laon or Etain during 1957,58,59,60. My name is Wayne Best and I live in Hickory N.C.28602 address 1180 Courtney dr. ph#828-294-2708 e-mail atlantiscalabash@yahoo.com. I will being looking forwarded to hearing from you all. Wayne
- Wednesday September 21, 2006

  Gauthier (Vorges, France) EMAIL   URL

Bien sûr qu'on l'apprécie ce site ! Il est formidable et c'est une excellente initiative avec tout l'esprit qu'il y faut... et ça va tellement mieux en le disant ! Bravo ! Surtout continuez et un grand bonjour à nos amis américains.
- Friday July 28, 2006

  Richard WENDT (Palestine, TX, USA) EMAIL

Just became aware of this site and I thought I would check in.  I was stationed at the air base from May 1962 to May 1965.  That seems several lifetimes ago. Hello to everyone who has taken the time to post here and to the folks who set up this site.  My French is no better today than it was then so I hope I'm doing this right.  Take care.
- Sunday July 23, 2006

  Genevieve REDFIELD (P.O. Box 682 Sundance, WY 82729, USA) EMAIL

Joyeux 14 Juillet a tous, I wish I was there  to celebrate with you all.
Genevieve Redfield

- Friday July 14, 2006

  Cathy WOODALL (USA) EMAIL

My Dad James Andrew Woodall (Jim Woodall) and family..., was stationed in Laon from 1961-June 1964. My Dad was in the Army. Unfortunately, my Dad passed away several years ago. I am a little confused why he was was stationed at the Air-Force base in Laon, but yet in the Army). Maybe someone can clear that up for me... can't remember what my parents said about that...My sister and I were both born in Laon-Aisne, France Couvron Air Base Hospital {if that is indeed the name of the hospital there on base) in 1962 and 1964. We left when I was just 6 months old, so I did not get to experience much. My birthplace is a place that I long to go see, and experience. Strangely, I feel so very connected to it and to the Veterans who served there. My Dad was a wonderful man, with a great sense of humor if anyone remembers him, please e-mail me, as our family would love to hear from you!
- Monday June 26, 2006

  Larry PARSLEY, HQ 38th BG (Eustis, Florida, USA) EMAIL

What memories I have of my 3 years at Laon, the many trips to Paris by train. sitting in Suzies bar waiting for the base shuttle bus. Visiting the cathedral on top of the hill.  Remember those killer steps up the hill.  If any French citizen sees this, thank you for a pleasant and wonderful 3 years in your country. Laon was a great jumping off point to visit Belgium, and Netherlands. I tried everything I could to to get another tour in France but never had the chance again.
- Thursday May 18, 2006

  Claude MORIN (Laon, France) EMAIL

Great site,
I'm an aging French man who would like to renew with an old American friend of mine who was stationed at the Laon Couvron air base in the late fifties. His name is Raymond Self and he was in the air police. He was in his early fourties at the time.
Any information on his whereabouts or even pictures you would agree to copy for me would be appreciated.
Claude

- Sunday April 30, 2006

  JIMENEZ EMAIL

JE RECHERCHE DES TEMOIGNAGES SUR LES PRISONNIERS ESPAGNOLS DANS LA CASERNE NIEL A BORDEAUX 1940 A 1944 ET NOTAMMENT LA PRESENCE D'UNE STELE QUI COMMEMORAIT LA MEMOIRE DES DISPARUS DURANT LA CONSTRUCTION DE LA BASE SOUS MARINE DE BACALAN .
IL Y A EGALEMENT LA POSSIBILITE QUE CETTE STELE AIT ETE ENSEVELIE LORS DE LA TOMBEE D'UNE BOMBE DANS LA COUR DE LA CASERNE.
MERCI DE ME DONNER DES INFORMATIONS
- Monday April 24, 2006

  Robert C. PARKER, (Archer, FL, USA) EMAIL

Glad to find this. I was at LAON 1955 1958 , Boy I had good times. I was with the 12 Air Postal Sqd. and also tended bar at the Airman's Club. I have not been back but have thought about good old APO 17 and all the friends I had. I can say that I had the best times of my life those 3 years. Hope someone finds this and can remember me. If so, let me hear from you. I live in Gainesville FLA. rccparker@bellsouth.net 
- Monday April 17, 2006

  Tom MAGEE, (San Antonio, TX, USA) EMAIL

My father Thomas E. Magee was stationed at Laon AFB from 52-55. We lived in Laon then moved to a village that I do not remember the name of. Went to school in a rented French school off base, then a barracks bldg. on base. Quansot bldg. theater/chapel, lots of mud, tents for barracks when we first arrived. It was a wonderful part of my life.
- Thursday April 13, 2006

  Jack JENKINS, 66th Supply Sq. 1959-1962 (Saddle Brooke, AZ, USA) EMAIL

Wonderful Site.  I never thought I would ever be able to re-live my days when stationed at LAB.  This site has taken care of that.  My wife and I will be visiting Laon for the first time in 44 years on 13 June 06.  Thanks to Mr Croza our visit will be outstanding.  Am looking forward to hearing from anyone stationed at Laon back then. Laon was my first Air Force assignment. Retired in Aug of 81. You can reach me by e-mail jabberjj@wbhsi.net, snail mail at 37215 S. Terrace Park Dr. Saddle Brooke, Az or 520-818-2385.
- Monday April 10, 2006

  Charles STRUBLE (11911 66th st n #652, Largo, FL 33773, USA) EMAIL

In 1955to1958 I was at Laon afb in the 405th bomb sqd jet engine shop. Would like to hear from someone from there.
- Saturday March 11, 2006

  Xavier BRAND (France) EMAIL

Bonjour, je recherche des soldats du 4eme régiment de Crepy Couvron de l'incorporation 06 79,   service b s t n de juin 1979 à juin 1980. Je recherche des gars de la region de Lille. Merci.
- Friday February 17, 2006

  Robert BOUDREAU (Florida Keys - USA) EMAIL

Hi: I served as emergency room medic at laon AFB Hosp from 1957-61. Went with Josie from "Le Sully Bar" and had the best years of my life. Anyone remember Bob Boudreau??
- Friday February 3, 2006

  Diane VAN DAELE (Antwerpen - Belgium) EMAIL

Hello, my name is Diane, from Belgium, my brother-in-law, Donald Jones, married to my sister Jenny Van Daele, was stationed in Laon, I was only 9 years old, but stayed at their house every weekend and holidays, Don took me to the base every time he could and I knew there lots of his friends, I was a little girl but still remember a lot. In 1960 the left France to go to Buffalo and the still live there, and every 2 years they go to the reunion to meet the friends from the base. Well I just wanted to tell this and never forget the good time I had then, Diane.
- Thursday January 26, 2006

  Michel VERDIN (36210 Poulaines - France) EMAIL

I just remember the good times at Laon Air Force Base where I acted as a liaison officer at the French Liaison Office. We had jolly nice evenings at the NCO or the Officers Club. Sometimes some dramas after the crash of a F 101 Voodoo but all in all a fantastic atmosphere with our fellows Americans.
- Sunday January 15, 2006

  Patrick SERAYET (Paris - France) EMAIL

My grandmother was a native of the Laon area (exactly Anizy-le-Château). Then she spent most of her life at Charmes a small town close to La Fère. As a young boy in my teens I visited very often my mom with my parents  who were living in the Paris suburbs. I have very fond memories of these visits which gave me the opportunity to see somptuous american cars like Chevys, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles and the likes of the american families working at Laon AFB : a dream for a young Frenchman in a country slowly recovering from the WWII debacle. My father was also an american admirer and all the modern civilisation they represented. By chance, my grand mother had an american family as her neighbours. I remember the name of the father : Tom Meyers who worked as a photo equipment  technician on the RF 101 Voodoos at the base.
He and his wife were very kind with my grandmother and even though they did not speak the other's language, they managed to understand each other. My grand-ma also served as a baby sitter from time to time for the three young kids of the family. I remember the profund kindness of these people, the Kennedy-like smile of Tom and the pleasure I had to meet them. Fortunately I learnt English at the High School and I acted as a translator on a number of occasions. These were very good times. Unfortuately the AFB closed and Tom's family moved to Mountain Home in Idaho where an F-111 squadron was based, I guess. No more news were exchanged as times went by. I deeply regret it but that's life.
Just to  add a footnote : When I was around 5 years old I remember to have been with my parents at an open day at Couvron AFB. It was the first time I saw jet aircraft so closely. I assume the famous Skyblazers presented their formidable aerobatic show. I fear that it is from this very date  that I am an an aviation craze and a whatever  is flying buff . To tell the truth my occupation is now aircraft financier thanks to the presence of this Couvron AFB and the friendly american people I had the chance to meet as a result.
- Friday December 30, 2005

  Kenneth M. LANGDALE (Waynesville - N.C. - USA) EMAIL

My name is Kenneth Langdale, USAF MSG retired.  I was stationed at Laon during the period of late 1956 to late 1960.  I was right out of intelligence tech school and was assigned as an analyst with a B-57 squadron.  I married a French girl who lived in Autremencourt but was working at the Paris/Bruxelles bar/restaurant in Semilly.  I drove a 1952 green Oldsmobile 88 and spend a lot of time at Semilly.  I have been married almost 47 years and have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.  If anybody remembers my old green bomb maybe they can give me a call or send an e-mail.   I currently reside in Waynesville, N.C. and my telephone number is 828-456-5553.
- Wednesday December 28, 2005

  Vincent R. GRAVER (Bella Vista AR - USA) EMAIL

It's nice to read through all the emails and thus reflect on the many memories I possess of my years at Laon AB and France. I was a young adventurous airman in the 60s and my tour there brought both joy and sadness. Laon and France will always be part of my life. I married a young French girl from Mons-en-Laonnois, named Monique Leczinski (Who I still deeply love after 41 years) and buried a son (8 months old) in its cemetery. Monique and I come back to France as often as we can, since I consider France as my second home. I thank everyone for their contributions and comments on this web site. Keep up with all your memories and stories.
- Wednesday December 21, 2005

  Micheline ROGERS (Dandridge TN - USA) EMAIL

It's wonderful to be able to read your site with small degree of nostalgy & also to reminiss about our years lived in Laon with many nice families.-1956 to 1960
Micheline & deceaded husband Albert Rogers
- Tuesday November 22, 2005

  BRUERE Alain (Tours - 37 - FR) EMAIL

Je suis tombé sur votre site par hazard et je le trouve nettement plus interessant que celui de la ville, bravo  pour ces photos d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, je suis né à Laon en 1968 et j'y suis resté jusqu'en 1978, j'étais à la Providence et ma grand mère habitait la maison que l'on voit en arrière plan sur toutes les photos et cartes postales de la porte d'Ardon (c'est ma fierté personnelle). C'est une bouffée d'air de ma région natale que de venir vous voir.
à bientot et bon courage....
- Saturday November 19, 2005

  André (Grenoble - FR) EMAIL

I lived in Laon from 1974 to 1980 as student in the lycée. I would very enjoy to communicate with ancient friend of this time. My internet address is julesmexico@aol.com
- Friday November 3, 2005

  Senechal Laurette (FR) EMAIL

Does anyone remember Galen Estep from Virginia who was stationned on the base Laon Couvron from 1964 to 1966 ? I will be very happy to hear from him. Thank you very much.
Congratulations to Mr Bernard Croza for his site.
- Monday October 24, 2005

  Al Hardison (USA) EMAIL

Was at Laon in 61 & 62 will never forget the good times spent in Paris, and Oostend Belgium in the summers, but most of all it was the people I met along the way that makes the time special.
- Friday October 14, 2005

  David Temples (USA) EMAIL

Thank you so much for your web site!  My family was at Laon A.B. from 1964 to 1966.  I really enjoy the messages and pictures that you have provided to a window to the past and present of beautiful Laon.
- Wednesday August 31, 2005

  Donald Summers (USA) EMAIL

Bernard: I still enjoy visiting your web site and viewing the photos Laon, Couvron and former air base posted there.
- Monday July 25, 2005

  Unknown sender

Does anyone remember Charles Martinez who served in Laon 1964 ?
- Saturday July 23, 2005
Without your name and e-mail address, nobody will be able to answer your question. You can contact the webmaster.

  John LITTLE (USA) EMAIL

A great website. I will visit Laon July 2005. I will be traveling with Glen Brady, Bill Mata and another Laon NATO airman June 29-July 7, 2005.  I was in MP company Chauny, France July 1945-January 1946.  We will also go to Metz area where I was in AAA Battalion with 95th ID, Third Army, Gen. Patton.
- Wednesday May 18, 2005

  Jerry & Judy Depew (USA, CA) EMAIL

We were stationed at Laon from 1955-1959; our first year were bussed to K-town and then later were bussed to PAHS; Jerry graduated in 1958. We lived off base and have many wonderful memories of Laon. Looking for friends who lived in the dorms.
- Wednesday April 27, 2005

  harold (usa) EMAIL
i was at laon 1955--1956 work on the engines in the b57s
- Tuesday April 19, 2005
  CAUBEL Pierre (Parmain - France) EMAIL

J'ai fait un stage de deux mois chez nos amis américains sur la base de Laon-Couvron en Février-Mars 1953, pour apprendre à piloter le bombardier Doublas B 26 "Invader"... J'en gardé un excellent souvenir malgré le temps écoulé, plus de cinquante ans !... Les américains nous avaient accueillis avec une extrême gentillesse. Je me souviens les avoir un peu scandalisé en amenant du vin pour boire à table au mess, à la place de l'eau javélisée dont ils se régalaient. J'avais été surpris par les conditions de vie très sommaires de l'américain moyen en campagne. En particulier les tentes "winterized" pleine de boue dès qu'il pleuvait (et il pleut beaucoup à Laon en hiver !). Mais le souvenir le plus pittoresque est celui des toilettes communautaires où tout le monde se retrouvait dans une grande salle avec quelques vingt-cinq sièges de W-C, sans porte ni cloison. . Je me souviens même un jour m'être retrouvé à côté du Commandant de Base qui faisait sa petite affaire sans se presser mais un peu bruyemment, avec un gros cigare au bec et en lisant le New-York Herald... Très convivial en quelque sorte ! Mais je me souviens surtout de ma transformation comme pilote sur B 26 Invader, un avion merveilleux dont j'ai pu faire par la suite près de 1000 heures de vol. Cela ne s'est pas toujours bien passé, puisque je me suis fait descendre par la DCA Vietminh au dessus de Dien Bien Phu et suis resté prisonnier pendant six mois dans des conditions dramatiques... Amical souvenir à nos amis américains s'ils tombent un jour sur ces lignes !
- Monday April 4, 2005

  Denis Dambrine (Lyon - France) EMAIL

Dear Sir, Having found your address on the Internet, I hope to write you in reference to the base de Couvron in France during the 1960’s of which you were based with the Military Police. I am looking for information for one of your colleagues named Charlie John Johnson who was a sergeant in the APS from 1961 to June 1964 at Couvron. He is from North Caroline and participated in D-Day in Normandy. This information may not be too accurate but if you know someone who may fit these details , would it possible to contact me ? I am including my address, my telephone number and Internet address in case you have some ideas which could help me find my father, or if you would find need to contact me. I thank you in advance for any help which you could give me. Sincerely, Denis Dambrine Dambrine Denis 38, rue d’Ypres 69004 LYON France tel : 0033 4 78 28 48 33 e-mail : denisdambrine@yahoo.fr P.S. : I am looking for this man because he is my father ; I would like to know him or to know if I have sisters or brothers. Help me please ! Friday, the 11 February 2005
- Monday February 21, 2005

  James L. Harris (Houston - USA, Tx)   EMAIL

I give thanks to everyone who make this Phenomenon Site possible.I was station at Laon AB from 1955-1957,part of that time included about 1 year with DET.#1 38TH BOMB GP in Landstul AFB in Germany. In 1955 I was an A/2C right out of Tech School from Lowry AFB, in Denver,Colo. Fire Control System for the F-100. I was assigned to the Armament Shop in the 822nd BM SQD. At first there were the B-26 Bomber(Props) on Base. Later on the B-57 Jet Bomber arrived without the Electronic Fire Control Sytm in the Nose, which was never installed.At one time they took the Fire Control Personels and assigned us to Radio/Comm. Shop, I do remember the Germany Staff Car the Comm boys used.The Fire Cont personels were myself. Herman White,Rooney,Wilson,who made Tech/Sgt befor leaving France. While in Radio/Comm the Fire Control personels were to Learn the SHORAN NAV SYSTEM. That did not last long, because they started to assimilate us into the SPECIAL WEAPONS LOADING CREW PROGRAM, which eventually having some of us permently assigned TDY to DET # 1 38TH BM GP at Landstul AB. Some remembrance while at Loan AB; the fly over of all the B-26 aircraft on Base before being Phase Out.(2)Capt. Smith the Operation Officer for 822nd BM SQD.Was well thought of by the personels.(3)I rembered on one of the new B-57 coming from the state, when the crew opened the revolving Bomb Door a bottle of Whiskey fell out onto the cement in fron of the Hanger and burst. I was on Guard Duty to supplement the Air Police at the time. (4)At the Commander Call we would have Ice Cold Beer Keg that would been flown in one of the Bomber Bomb Bay for 2 hours or more.(5)When ever the Base Bus broke down, we would have to ride on a 6x6 Truck to and from Town.(6)Open Base when we invited the French community on Base was always a big turn out. (7)Would like to know if any one from DET # 1 around. (8)I do have a few snapshot and a group picture of DET # 1 that I will try to send to the site.For Reference: I was from North Carolina when I first went into the AF. I have only been living in Houston, Tx for 20 years. 02/12/2005
- Sunday February 13, 2005

  Genevieve Redfield (Sundance - USA, Wy) EMAIL

Bernard, your site is getting better all the time,didn,t get a chance to wish you and every one a very good new year Maybe this year I will have a chance and the time to stop in Laon, last year my trip was just too short. Gen
- Monday February 7, 2005

  FRANCOISE (PALM BEACH - USA, FLA) EMAIL

AVEC LA NOUVELLE ANNEE QUI APPROCHE.. JE VIENS SOUHAITEZ A TOUT LES LAONNOIS,, LAONNOISES MES MEILLEURS VOEUX POUR LA NOUVELLE ANNEE 2005
- Tuesday December 28, 2004

  Dick Rusciolelli (Apple Valley - USA, Ca.) EMAIL

I was privileaged to be stationed at Laon AFB between 1952 and 1954..I was assigned to the Weather Detachment...We lived in winterized tents and our fellow comrades and friends were all in AACS and tower operators...I eventually flew home to get married and subsequently, for the rest of my tour, lived at the top of the steps at 3 rue le Nain.. Our CO Major Hostetler, passed away in 1995..We were both from Springfield, Ill.. I have contacted his son thru this web site...Would really like to hear from any of you, who are still alive and kicking...That was 50 years ago..!!!  Our first child was concieved at 3 rue le Nain....She was born at Chanute AFB in Illinois in Nov. 1955. Bon Chance and I hope you enjoyed your stay in the region as much as I and later my wife also...!! shotgun4@charter.net 
- Thursday December 9, 2004

  FRANCOISE O'KEEFE (WEST PALM BEACH - USA, FLA) EMAIL
JE VIENS SOUHAITEZ A TOUS LES LAONNOIS.ES UN JOYEUX ET ENSOLEILLER NOEL......UNE LAONNOISE
- Saturday December 4, 2004
  sherman c. seither (kawkawlin - usa, mi) EMAIL

arrived laon afb 1952 after being at burtonwood afb-england for a year-assigned to 180 bmsq later changed to 822nd bmsq.i was a armorer and/or tsm gunner on b26.
- Thursday November 25, 2004

  Maga Julius EMAIL
I love your Site so much. keep it up. Regards, Julius.
- Tuesday November 9, 2004
  Chuck Jonasson (Winnipeg - Canada, MB) EMAIL

Hello ... I came across this site while searching out information on my Uncle Leonard Norman Jonasson, an air gunner (Rear) Sgt RCAF with the RAF who, at the young age of only 17 (Falsified his birth certificate) was shot down and killed just NE of Laon somewhere around Pierrepont. I've seen the crash site as being at either several kms south of Marle or at Pierrepont Meuse or Bucy-les-Pierrepont. The mission was to bomb the Skoda Armaments Factory at Pilsen Czech. on the night of 16/17 1943. Sgt Jonasson and fellow crewmen were onboard a Halifax II bomber serial number DT575 MP-Y, 76th Squadron, and may have been shot down by Uffz Alfred P. Thiele. He is buried at Leisse and I have pictures of this site that a gentleman from the area was kind enough to send me. I know this is a longshot but as this is one of the few websites from the Laon area that is in English I was hoping that someone may be able to either help me in obtaining any little piece of information or at least point me to a possible source that could help. I'm looking for any newspaper reports, local histories, or personal stories handed down from this time ... pictures, while unexpected, would be welcome ... any eyewitness reports. First hand reports would be best but if anyone has heard any family or local stories passed down from this incident I would like to hear them. If anyone can help in any way please contact me at cjonasson@shaw.ca. Regards, Chuck Jonasson
- Monday October 25, 2004

  harlon gene smith (leoma - lawrence, tn) EMAIL

I WAS STATIONED AT LAON AB FRANCE FROM 1958 TO FEB 1962 I MARRIED A FRENCH GIRL FROM CHIVY-LES-ETOUVELLES WE ARE STEEL MARRIED AND HAPPY. I FOUND MY OLD FRIEND ERNIE MARTIN LAST NIGHT HE LIVES IN CAL. IF I COULD FIND JERRY AND RONNIE SCHULTZ I WOULD BE HAPPY. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR JIM HAMMONS FROM LORETTO TN . I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY ONE THAT WAS STATIONED THERE AT THAT TIME . I WAS A/1ST CLASS HARLON GENE SMITH I WORKED IN THE EGRESS SHOP AT THAT TIME EVERONE CALLED ME SMITTY.
- Tuesday October 5, 2004

  robert g dense (horseheads - usa, ny) EMAIL
I was stationed at laon from 1961...1963 in the 66th civil eng sqdn. electrician , anybody remember me?
- Saturday October 2, 2004
  Monjean Donald (Laon - France) EMAIL

Je cherche des personnes ayant connu mon père biologique. Il s'appelait Donald Paul Wood et il est décédé dans un accident de voiture en juin 1965. Il était à la base de Couvron et travaillait à la laverie. Son année de naissance est 1936.
I'm looking for people who knew my biological father. His name was Donald Paul Wood and he died in a car crash on june 1965. He was stationed at the Couvron base and worked in the laundry. He was born in 1936.

- Monday September 20, 2004

  Peggy (McCurdy) Meeter (Belton - USA, MO) EMAIL

My late husband, Richard McCurdy, myself and our son, Rusty came to Laon AFB, July 1964. We stayed had to stay in a hotel in Laon until September when we finally found a place to live in Mayot. My husband was a an airman so we had very little money but we managed to see the countryside around Laon and the villages we lived in. Our 2nd child was born at Evreaux, France. Times were hard for us but have always been thankful I had the opportunity to live in France. The French people we knew were great to us. Thank you for the memories. Sincerely, Peggy (McCurdy) Meeter
- Wednesday August 11, 2004

  Dutch Kemeling (N.Charleston - USA, SC) URL  EMAIL

I have completed a 414 page book called Keepers of "Freedom" from Before, During, After WWI and WWII that includes the 126th, 38th, 66th with many pictures, stories, maps with hundreds of names and faces you may recognize. etc.etc. It will bring memories back to all of you. It also has stories about the author as a boy during Hitler's occupation in Holland.The cost is $18.99 plus $3.00 S&H and can be seen on the web at www.laonab.com The book even has 2004 pictures from Laon Air Base with large trees that were planted during our time. I was stationed there from 1955-1958. To buy the printed 414 page book: send $21.99 to CHER Publishing, PO Box 60009, North Charleston, South Carolina 29419. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery.
- Wednesday August 4, 2004

  Larry (Elyria - usa, ohio) EMAIL

in the early 50tys as a member of the 850th engineer aviation btn.. I spent almost 2 yrs at Merignac air base outside of bordeaux..Pouring yrds upon yrds of concrete ..Building air strips..we also lived in the canvas wood huts.. what a treat when we we able to eat in the air force mess hall at times..thanks...Larry
- Saturday July 24, 2004

  Genevieve Redfield (Sundance - USA, Wy) EMAIL

Hello Bernard and all of you , My husband Paul Redfield was in radar from 1952-1955 played on the volleyball team and they won the Europe Championship in 1954 and 55,does anyone remember any of the team players??there was an officer by the name of Bill King, loved to play tennis,was with the team,my husband died 10 years ago,does anyone remember us?, before moving on base to one of the trailers we lived a La Fere.and at the time I did not speak one word of English. If anyone ever visit Wyoming stop bye, coffee is always on. Genevieve Redfield, Sundance, Wyo. genred@vcn.com 
- Tuesday July 6, 2004 

  Bill McManus (Manchester - USA, NH) EMAIL

At Laon AFB 58,59,60 My E=Mail address is (jmjwilliam@comcast.net) My name is already on the list but my E-Mail address has changed. I was a mucician on Base played the Piano and Organ in Chapel for Fr O'Niel
- Monday July 5, 2004

  Tom Dixon (Buffalo - USA, NY) EMAIL
I arrived at Loan in 1965 and worked in Communication Center and Base Switchboard. Roomate at the end was Bob (the "rabbit". Watched a Voodoo land without wheels down. Went to Rod and Gun Club, worked as a waiter when I needed money. But really loved Laon - the city. Left December 1966. Had another roomate who worked as a Controller in the control tower. His name was "Guy' and was American but French-Canadian background.
- Monday July 5, 2004
  Colonel Thomas J. Price, USAF, Ret. (Pineville, - USA, LA) EMAIL
This is my thrird visit to this site. Bernard, you are doing a great job maintaining the site. I really enjoy the pictures of the citiss, the old Air Base and maps of the area. July 5, 2004. I was stationed at Loan from July 1955 to July 1958. Was Commander of the 822nd Squadron of the 38th Bomb Wing flying the B-57 for the first two years and then Commander of the Air Base Group. My wife and two children really enjoy living among the French people and we will forever remember you and wish you well.
- Monday July 5, 2004
  krissie EMAIL

Did you know a Patrick (Pat Gillen) who taught at Laon AFB around 1965-67'ish? I believe he taught in either the Elementary or High school. I was wondering if you knew him or knew any who did know him? Sadly, my father passed away in 2001 but I am urgently trying to trace the girl whom he dated. She was a teacher and I believe she taught at the same school. Her name was Rebecca (Becky) but I do not know her last name. I believe she was from Texas. Did you know her or think you know anyone who knew her? If you think you can help or point me in the right direction I would be most grateful. I can best be contacted at krissiex@hotmail.com. Please feel free to forward this e-mail onto others who you think may be able to help. Many thanks, Krissie
- Thursday July 1st, 2004

  Gary (Chris) Christensen (Panama - USA, NY) EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon from mid-'61 to mid '64. I worked in the maintenance shop in the motorpool. My years, experiences, and friends are often remembered. As a young man from rural NY, I was learning alot in my exposure to the world. Laon is a beautiful area. I would like to visit the area again. Best regards Gary
- Sunday June 27, 2004

  Alvin J. Arst (Los Angeles - USA, CA) EMAIL

Great site..I was stationed at Laon France 1954 and 1955..Was a communications Officer in the 822nd.. First with the B-26's and then the B-57..I went back in the 1980's where I found the French Army on the base..I told them about my history in Laon and they gave me the royal treatment and a quided tour of the base. Very fond memories of the French. Thanks for this great site..Al Arst
- Sunday June 27, 2004

  Howard Austin (Valdosta - USA, GA) EMAIL

I flew the RF-101 with the 18th Sq. at Laon from 1963 to 1966. Lived near Couvron. Learned to speak French and eat snails, loved both. Have nothing but fond memories of my stay there.
- Wednesday June 23, 2004

  Harlan (Bud) Mills (Lookout Mt. - USA, Ga) EMAIL

Jusr got word of this link today from my barber (Windy)who was stationed in Laon..Was attached to the Chicago Ntl. Guard in 51 and went to Bordeaux as a radar mechanic in Nov.to open that base and yes, I know all about the Dingbat and all the fires it caused. Then it was to Laon in 52 where I was trained to be a tail gunner with 108th and then the 71st Bm Sq. Sure do remember the R&R in Cannes.One of my highlights in the four years of service.Great memories I have of the two tent cities.
- Saturday June 5, 2004

  Frank McClung (Weirton - USA, WV) EMAIL

Worked in the Egress Shop from February 1966 until we moved to Upper Heyford in September 1966. A great time there and an even greater time in England. What ever happened to Ginger Turner?????
- Wednesday May 19, 2004

  James Ralph Lane (SMSgt retired) (Draper - USA, Va) EMAIL

Tres bon site, merci. I just found out about this site at the 38th BW reunion at Huntsville, Ala. Great reunion, looking forward to the next one in 2006. I was at Laon from Feb 1955 to Jun 1958 in the 38th ABGroup. Worked at Base Operations. Had a great time there and really had wonderful times at ALICES BAR in Soisson. Would like to locate friends from that time, Like Karl Hoff, Fox, Drysdale,Bolden or anyone from Base Ops in that time period. Thanks to Clyne & Helena Bates for info on this site. Merci mon ami. Ralph
- Tuesday May 18, 2004

  Claudine Marie Dremont EMAIL

I am looking for my sister's biological father or any information that would help us locate him. His Name was William Thompson. We have two pictures signed by him that he signed as William Tomas. All we know about him, is that he was stationed in Laon in 1962. He shipped out a few days before my sister Nadine Claire was born. Nadine was born on 9/18/1964. Our mother's name was Jaqueline Odet Dremont. If anyone has any information regarding my sister's father please email me, so I can pass the information along to her. Thank you
- Wednesday April 21, 2004

  Arnold Schapiro (Walnut Creek - USA, CA) EMAIL

A great site, thanks for creating it, I was stationed at Laon AFB from 1952 until 1954. I was a Staff Sergeant Headquarters Squadron assigned to the Staff Judge Advocates office working for Major Ralph K. Roberson and Lt Stanley Mestel.. When we arrived at Laon AFB in 1952 every enlisted man spent one half day on constructing base facilities and one half day performing our specialities. We lived in tents, but weekends in Paris made up for lousy living conditions. In 1953 a French lawyer (Henri Crepin - later Mayor of Coucy le Chateau), who worked in our office, and I flew to Cannes to rent a villa for the base. Every week 35 men were flown down to Cannes on a C47 for 7 days TDY R&R or $35 room and board. This was in response to the deal the GI's had in Germany for 7 days TDY R and R at Garmisch. This also made up for living in tents in a wheat field. In 1953 I bought a litle French Simca and drove all over Europe every chance I could get. Great memories. Hello to anyone who may remember me. Arnie Schapiro.
- Sunday April 4, 2004

  barbara and lou skibo (reno - usa, nv) EMAIL

hello , just found this web site . we were in laon from 55'-58' and in the 405th bomb sq . lou and i were married in the laon afb chapel sept. 8th , 1955 .bob beatty and nurse eisley stood up for us . at first we lived in chavignon and then in pinon in the home of ms. and mme pistelle . our daughter , karen ,was born there . we ended up living in the houses built called , marquette sous laon .. we have kept up with several laonites , namely jim flynn , bob kinne and marilyn oliver . have not heard from maryilyn in quite a while .anyone know of carlos giron ? we were good friends with the picklers and kivistos and dunns ... there were many good friends and many good times . fortunately we were young . could not have survived the cold weather and lack of many comforts that we have become accustomed to over the years . have many , many happy memories of laon and would love to hear from anyone that sees this email .. lou retired from the air force and then from the DOD . we have four children and eleven grandchildren . we have been blessed ... hopefully will hear from someone ... barbskibo@aol.com
- Wednesday February 11, 2004

  Mike Renwick (Boulder Creek - USA, CA) EMAIL
I was a student 1963-1965. Grades 8/9th. Lived off base in Faucoucourt. Visited a few years ago. Not much has changed. It was wonderful. Thanks
- Monday February 9, 2004
  athiessouslaon.com (Athies-sous-Laon - France) URL 

Nous apprécions votre site, c'est pourquoi nous l'avons inséré dans notre page des liens. Nous vous saluons et vous souhaitons bon courage. L’équipe d’Athiessouslaon.com.
- Tuesday January 28, 2004

  Gene Westerman (S.Elgin - U.S.A., IL.) EMAIL

Was stationed at Bordeaux & Laon. 1951-53. Member of the 168th Bomb Sq. Later became the 405th. Would like to hear from any member of the 126th Bomb Wing, as I am working on a 126th Roster. Reading all about the swimming pool and bowling alleys at Laon. All those that remember those, don't have a clue on what a " Ding Bat " was. Your lose & our gain. I suppose you folks had " Maid Service " also. Just kidding, lots of good memorie, lots of good friends.Lot of my comrades have gone to that " Big Hanger" in the Sky, God Bless them all.
- Sunday January 4, 2004

  Helen Adams Taini (Tucson - USA, AZ) EMAIL

What a thrill to find this website! Lots of memories have come flooding back as I read all the letters. My husband (Kenton) and I lived in St. Gobain from 54 to 57--a wonderful experience. We lived in a large old house at #8 Rue de Lancival (I think that was the street name). M. & Mme Varlet owned the house and restaurant (downstairs) and what wonderful meals we had occasionally with them. Do any of you natives know the history of that house--it was supposed to have some interesting history connected with it. The street went down to the glass factory--I wonder if it is still in business? I was lucky enough to return to Laon in 1987 and the present owners (M. & Mme.Eck) very graciously took me upstairs so that I could see my former living quarters. They had purchased the house about 1956 and they remembered me--it was such a thrill! Thank you for letting me relive some wonderful memories--a wonderful website. I would love to hear from anyone that remembers us.
- Saturday January 3, 2004

  Bill McManus (Manchester - USA, NH) EMAIL

I was at Laon AFB France 58,59,60 Left in 61. Young at the time just joined the Air Force ended up in Laon France. I enjoyed my stay Laon AFB. I am a musician play the piano and had a Music Group on Base. Played in the Service Club and Officers Club. In competition with 15 Music Groups in Germany and took 1st Place. I want to say hello to all my friends. My rank at the time was A/2C. Good Luck to everybody and send my an E-Mail if you remember me. I was a skinny Red Head and liked going to Paris when I could. Looking forward to hearing from anybody that was there when I was there. God Bless Bill McManus
- Saturday November 29, 2003

  Bobby E. Lee (Arcola - USA, IL) EMAIL

A great sight. It brings back a lot of memories. Enjoyed the week-end trips to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and surrounding areas. I had an uncle killed in France in August 1944. A pilot in the 18th flew over the cemetery and took pictures for me to send to mt mom. I was as a crew on the RF-101C # 131. Had a son born at Chatteauroux in Nov 1959. I was stationed at Laon May 1959 - April 1962 in the 18TH TRS. Would like to hear from anyone during that time that remembers me.
- Friday November 28, 2003

  LILIANE BENNETT (SEBRING - FRANCE, FL) EMAIL

HERE I AM AGAIN I WAS SO HAPPY TO COMMENT ABOUT MY COUNTRY THAT I FORGOT THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN THAT SHARE MY LIFE FOR 24 YEARS THAT WAS THE STAFF SERGEANT HOWARD BENNETT AND THE FATHER OF 5 DAUGHTERS 45 44 39 34 30 YEARS OLD SINCERLY LILIANE BENNETT
- Monday October 6, 2003

  LILIANE BENNET (SEBRING - FRANCE, FL) EMAIL

my late husband was at the 71 sqadron at couvron air base in france for 4 years then we came to N Y for 20 years and then moved to florida after 4 years in florida my husband passed on that was in july 1981 i was so happy toread about the old time in france and the beautifull country sincerly L B
- Monday October 6, 2003

  Michel EMAIL
Un site superbe qui nous fait découvrir la beauté de cette région et qui renforce l'amitié franco-américaine. Bravo
- Wednesday August 27, 2003
  ROCCASALVA (mesbrecourt - france, 02) EMAIL

Bonjour je tiens à vous féliciter pour votre site très bien construit je suis à la recherche d'un militaire américain qui a du quitter la base en 1965 pour repartir aux Etats-Unis. Son nom est Gary FISK (il venait du Michigan)Si vous avez des informations sur cette personne ou sur le moyen de la retrouver merci de m'envoyer un mel !
- Sunday August 10, 2003

  Dambrine Denis (Lyon - France, 69) EMAIL

Hello! We are surching some informations about Charle(s) John Johnson, who belongs to the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing as sergent, from 1961 to 08/1963. He was about 39 years old at this time. Can you help us? Or can you give us more informations about a internet page from the officers in Couvron, or something like that? Thanks a lot. Denis.
- Thursday August 7, 2003

  de Malglaive (Kourou - Guyane Française, 97) EMAIL

Trés bien fait, cela me rappel beaucoup de souvenir, j'ai vécu dans la région de 1956 à 1965.J'ai un très bon souvenir de l'école des fréres en haut de Laon ou j'avais beaucoup d'amis puis le college de Ribemont (salut Jacques). Depuis 11 ans je vis en Amérique du Sud avec une courte escale de trois ans en métropole à Toulouse. Je viens souvent à Paris et à Toulouse mais pour ainsi dire rarement dans la région de Laon, mes soeurs habitent toujours Chevresis-Monceau. Je voudrais réponre à M. Jack W.Jones (Arlington - USA,TX) qui à bien connu mon pére à Laon Couvront, Jack my father is dead and august 1992, my mother and sisters live always in Chevresis-Monceau.Best wishes from Bernard.(my mails - bernard.de.malglaive@wanadoo.fr ). Bernard de Malglaive
- Thursday July 24, 2003

  Christophe Moalic (Paris - France) URL  EMAIL

En 1991 une catastrophe me tombe dessus; apte pour le service à Laon Couvron au 4éme Régiment d'artillerie stationné sur l'ancienne base aérienne américaine. Bon on à pas rigolé tout le temps mais ça été l’occasion de se faire de bons copains . Quelques images à http://christophe.moalic.free.fr/4rar.html
Sunday July 20, 2003

  andree strobel (sotteville les rouen - france, normandie) EMAIL

mr .B.CROZA, merci d'avoir apprécier, je regrette de ne pas maîtriser l'anglais pour confirmer nos sentiments, Je suis arrière grand-mère et j'ai donc vécu comme beaucoup de personnes, l'humiliation, les privations, l'absence de LIBERTE, nous avons subi les bombardements qui ont fait de nombreuses victimes ici à Rouen et dans les communes voisines, c'était le prix à payer. Malgré tout cela, nous remercions tous ceux qui ont fait le sacrifice de leur vie et leurs familles de nous avoir aider à chasser l'occupant, nous n'oublierons jamais!...nous transmettons à nos enfants, qui sont curieux de connaître mieux notre histoire commune. quelquefois, nous pouvons avoir des divergences d'opinions, c'est la liberté d'expression et aussi la démocratie, aussi entre vrais amis, on doit pouvoir discuter sans se fâcher! n'est ce pas votre avis? très cordialement, andrée PW P.S Je correspond depuis 1946 avec l'épouse d'un GI mort en I988 et je cherche depuis que j'ai Internet, un autre ami texan, reçu dans notre famille en 1945
- Thursday July 10, 2003
As she doesn't speak english, I am pleased to translate Andree's message :
I am a grand-grand-mother and therefore have lived, as many others, humiliation, deprivations, lack of freedom ; we suffered bombings that made many victims here in Rouen and cities around ; it was the cost. But we are thankful to all those who gave their life, and to their families,for having helped us to get rid of the occupant ; we will never forget !... We let our children know, they are interested to better know our common history. Sometimes, we may have different opinions, that is the freedom of expression and the democracy ; between true friends, one must be able to argue without getting angry. Don't you agree ? yours ever, Andree PW.
P.S. : I'm corresponding since 1946 with a GI widow who died in 1988, and since having an Internet access I'm seeking for another Texas friend we received in our family in 1945.

  andree strobel (sotteville-- les -rouen - france, normandie) EMAIL
félicitations pour votre site, heureuse que des amis puissent se retrouver apres tant d'années ! we never forget you.friendship. P.W
- Tuesday July 8, 2003
  Russ Hood EMAIL

Having lived on Laon AB as a dependent of my father, Col. Hood (deceased), who was Hospital Commander from '59-'61, I was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the French people, esp. Monsieur Bernard Croza, recently as we toured the base and the beautiful village of Laon. I had forgotten how truly unique the area around Laon is, and with Bernard's help I was able to see it with fresh eyes.
- Sunday July 6, 2003

  Al ( Denny ) Dennington (Festus - USA, MO) EMAIL
I was stationed at Laon from 9/62 thru 10/65. Assigned to the 66th. Air Police K-9 Section.
- Friday July 4, 2003
  FELIPE ALMODOVAR (BRONX - USA, NY) EMAIL

I WAS STATIONED AT LAON FROM FEB.65 TO SEPT.66 WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 18th TRS AS A MECHANIC ON THE RF101C. HAVE VERY FOND AND VIVID MEMORIES OF MY TIME IN FRANCE MADE MANY TRIPS TO PARIS ON WEEKENDS.REMEMBER THE FETES IN LAON AND THE WAITING FOR THE BLUEBIRD SPECIAL TO GO BACK TO THE BASE FROM TOWN.GREAT WEB SITE HOPE SOMEDAY TO REVISIT LAON.
- Tuesday April 22, 2003

  MARTIN HALL (mooresville - USA, NC) EMAIL

HAVE JUST DISCOVERED THIS WONDERFUL WEB SITE. SERVED IN THE 66 TAC HOSPITAL, 1962-1965. WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL YEARS OF MY LIFE. I HAVE SAID THAT IF THERE WAS A TIME I COULD RE-LIVE THIS WOULD BE IT. THE FOOD, THE CLIMATE, THE PEOPLE -- ALL WONDERFUL. UNTIL MY DEPARTURE FLIGHT WAS AIRBORN I HONESTLY HAD THE FEELING THAT AT ANY MOMENT I MIGHT BOLT OFF THE PLANE AND REMAIN THERE. SUCH ARE THE MEMORIES.
- Saturday April 5, 2003

  Muriel FUCHS (Alsace - FRANCE) EMAIL

Un petit message d'Alsace où je vis depuis quelques années. Je m'appelle Muriel et suis née à Laon en 70. J'y ai vécu par intermittence et la ville me manque. Bravo pour votre site ! Je souhaite avoir quelques nouvelles d'une personne qui a fait partie de mon enfance et adolescence, Grenier Hugues. Si quelqu'un le connait, contactez moi, s'il vous plait ! PASCAL.FUCHS3@wanadoo.fr Merci d'avance et à bientôt
- Wednesday March 26, 2003

  leduc (laon - france, 02) EMAIL
bonjour,un site tres interessant,je voudrais savoir si vous aviez pas de maison a louer f5 merci d'avance.
- Wednesday March 26, 2003
  Chris Check (Burien - USA, Wa) EMAIL

My father was stationed at Loan from 1965 to the end in 1967. We lived in Quessy Centre during this time and I have very fond memoires of my time in France. Fun to read through the site and all of the memories..... cc
- Tuesday March 18, 2003

  Marcia (Walden - USA, NY)  EMAIL
Great site! Very well done indeed~
- Tuesday March 11, 2003
  Carmen Bernal "Lege" (Glide - United States, OR) EMAIL

It has been wonderful to hear of all the comments regarding Laon. I was born in Laon to Jeannine Lege and Jose "Chuy" Landeros. My father was in the air force 1954. I have never been able to visit my home town. Would anyone know of my aunt Mary Lou Lege? Any comments would be appreciated. Thank You
- Saturday March 8, 2003

  Don Shumate (Las Vegas - USA, NV) EMAIL

It has been nearly a half century since I was stationed at Laon Air Force Base, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. I loved the town and people I met there and the motocycle races on the hillside. I hope we are friends always.
- Wednesday February 26, 2003

  SYLVIE (BOURGES - FRANCE, 18) EMAIL

Je cherche des personnes habitant CREPY EN LAONNOIS ou les environs car j'y fais des recherches généalogiques. Je cherche une famille GEORGES qui y étaient agriculteurs dans les années 1950-1965. Merci J'ai trouvé ce site très bien documenté et avec de magnifiques photos qui donnent envie de visiter cette région. Sylvie
- Saturday February 8, 2003

  Charles F. Cowell, Jr. (Washington - Etats Unis, NC) URL  EMAIL

Thanks very much for your website. Was at Laon in 1952-54 with 180th and 822d. Glad to swap stories with other Laon "rangers".
- Friday January 24, 2003

  PETIT Christine EMAIL

I'm very glad, I've found ,or an american family has found mine,and it's very fine, Steve Darnell did it , and I am grateful! His parents arrived in Laon in 1963 and they lived "rue Victor Faglain" in front our Home, We arrived from Cambrai and we knew anyone, they were our best neighbouring! I was 9 years old, and I'll never forget them!!
- Wednesday January 15, 2003

  Richard Bolduc (Houston - USA, Tx.) EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon AB from April 1962 until May 1964, assigned to the 66 CAMRON (Communications and Electronics). I have many nice memories of Laon. Especially the French and American friends I met while stationed there. Unfortunately, I've lost contact with all of them. My e-mail address is delatex@yahoo.com Looking forward to hearing from any old friends.
- Sunday January 12, 2003

  Robert J. (Bob) Norris (Washington - USA, IN) EMAIL

Bon Jour, I was stationed in the 66th Air Police K-9 Sectionat Laon AFB, France, from July 1958 to August 1961. A truly great, enjoyable, and most certainly the best assignment of my 24 year career in the USAF. I can most assurredly tell you that I vividly remember those terrible steps up the hill. However that cold beer at Susies by the Cathedral was well worth the effort. Had loads of fun at the Beet Factory Swimming pool as well. The Pizza place had the best escargots I have ever eaten there or any where else. What a GREAT Site. Sure enjoyed seeing Ray Mory at our LAPA reunion in Las Vegas Oct 2001. Sure hope to return one day to see Laon and surrounding area again. Keep up the good work. Bob Norris
- Sunday December 8, 2002

  Susan Beery Buck (Colorado Springs - USA, CO) EMAIL

My parents were stationed at Laon AFB in the late 1950s. I was born on May 5, 1959 in Laon. I made one return visit in 1976. I would love to visit again. It is great to read about Laon/Couvron on this web-site. And to see that there are so many others who have enjoyed their time in Laon. Thank you. Susan
- Thursday November 28, 2002

  Tom Saunders (Lutz - USA, FL) EMAIL

Was a brat at Laon 62-65 with my parents; Dad was in the 18TRS. We initially lived in Nancy, then moved into GRH. Have very fond memories of growing up those years in France, going to fetes, bumper cars, delivering Stars and Stripes. Even brought home a Flandria moped (racing style). Still remember the city on the hill and the cathedral and the rounded off corners in the square that the tanks damaged in WWII. Made it to Verdun while stationed in Germany 88-91, passed Laon, didn't stop. Wish we had. Enjoy the site; I'll be back. Merci beaucoup! A bien tot mes amis!!
- Thursday November 28, 2002

  Wendi Black (Lutz - USA, Fla) EMAIL

I'm the daughter of Jerrold W. Black I've met so many wonderful people from the reunions and donating trips back to France for those who come to the reunion ( and of course get that lucky ticket drawen). I love to hear all the funny stories and pranks they played on the base and see my great DAD in a new light, I'm proud of him and all of you who served and the wonderful people of France who became not only friends to my father but like family! Love the picture of the memorial dedication wish we could have attended, God Bless
- Wednesday November 27, 2002

  Duke Cummings (U.S.A.) EMAIL

I was at Laon from December 55 to Dec 58 with the 38th Air Police Sqdn. I was one of the original airman to attend K-9 School in Germany and return to Laon with the first K-9 unit under the command of Sgt. Chang, Sqdn commander was Locke.Would like to hear from any members who were there at that time and would be interested in getting together for our 3rd reunion planned for 2004 in San Antonio Texas. We hold our reunions under the 38 th A.P. Sqdn. My e-mail is DJRAEGS@cs.com
- Wednesday November 27, 2002

  Robert K.(Hoppy) Hoppes (Bloomsburg - U. S.A., Pa.) EMAIL

Went to Laon,straight out of teck school.At first not to impressed with France, but kinda grewinto it was in pol, served with great buch of guys,Don Racine, Elmer Pearce to name a couple, made a lot of friends! Arrived Laon 1964, helped closebase went pcs to RAFUpper Heyford, helped reopen it. left there in 1967. Have many fond memories,learned i could not drink all the wine they have in the country. Just want to say HI to everyone,GOD BLESS
- Wednesday November 27, 2002

  Bill Parker (Bristol - USA, TN) URL  EMAIL

I was at Laon in the 32TRS Jan thru July 1962 serving previously at Toul for 16 momths and Phalsbourg for 14 months. We have been having a reunion of some 32TRS and 38TRS personnel since 1999. Enjoy he website. Good work.
- Tuesday November 26, 2002

  Gary P. Baber (San Antonio - USA, TX) EMAIL

I came to Laon AB in 1956 when I was a junior in high school. My father was flying B-57s. I attended high schoo at Kaiserslauter and Paris.
- Tuesday November 26, 2002

  Roger B Peacock (Canal Winchester - USA, OH) EMAIL

I was a SSgt in the Orderly Room of the 66th CE Squadron from 1961 to 1964. Thanks for developing the site. Brings back a lot of good memories. I also visited the other Laon AFB web site. Retired from 20 years active duty in 1975. P.S. If anyone has contact with Robert and Francoise Lebeau who live in Laon and they have an email, please let me know. My wife, Barbara, and I visited with them often when we were at Laon AFB. Lived in Francoise's parents chateau for a while before we moved into the trailers on base. Thanks.
- Tuesday November 26, 2002

  Col. Thom Price (Pineville, - USA, LA) EMAIL

Hi Bernard, Visited again on 11/25/02. Very good pictures of reunion and your Thanksgiving Dinner at Laon. We are very honored that you observe this American tredition. Sorry I could not make the Loan Alumni Survivors Reunion to meet you. Tom Price
- Tuesday November 26, 2002

  Bob Maiden (Huntsville - USA, AL) EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon from the fall of 1954 thru the summer of 1958.I served as a pilot in the 822 Bomb Squadron. I had a great time , Married a Laonite (Nelly RUET), and we lived very happily for another 38 years, until she was killed by a drug crazed robber. Life goes on -- I have remarried and am still living in Huntsville AL.
- Sunday November 24, 2002

  Charles Sigg (Ambler - USA, Pa) EMAIL

I was with the Air Police in Laon from 1955 to 1958 I celebrated my 21st birthday in Susies Bar.I have nothing but fond memories Of Laon and the people. Ithink i came of age while stationed in Laon. If anyone is interested i have a small treasure trove of pictures etc.
- Wednesday November 20, 2002

  Jeff McLaughlin (San Francisco - USA, CA) EMAIL

What a wonderful site to discover! I was an AF brat at Laon AB from September 1954 to June 1958. My father was a Captain on the base, Jean W McLaughlin, initially attached to the 405th Bomb Squadron, but throughout our stay did much of the liasion work with the local Laon government and citizens because of his ability to speak French fluently and because he grew up in Paris. We lived at first in an old chateau in Autremoncourt, then moved into Laon, first at 12 Rue Paul Vivien, then 1 Rue Paul Vivien. I attended school both on the base, and also at a French Jesuit boarding school in Paris named "L'Ecole de Notre Dame". I have been back to Laon twice, once in 1987 and most recently October 2002. Each time I am amazed to see how much is the same, and yet there are definite changes. How old I felt during my recent visit to see the tram car that my sister and I rode up the hill to "Upper Laon" everyday now situated as a monument in front of the train station...retired to make way for the new monorail. And, during my most recent trip I found that old chateau in Autremoncourt that we lived in our first winter in France, 1954...still there exactly as I remember it. And as a 9 year old then, I recall how surprised I was to see the water in my glass next to my bed frozen solid in the morning during that first cold, cold winter! And, the long trips to school on the base at Couvron from Autremoncourt. When I think of my childhood in Laon I have nothing but positive thoughts and realize how fortunate I was to have had those experiences. My thanks and appreciation again to those who made this site possible. Vive La France!! Jeff McLaughlin
- Sunday November 3, 2002

  walter gallop (harbinger - usa, nc) EMAIL

Enjoyed reading the comments from Laon air base, and the people who were associated the ancient air base. I was assigned to Loan 1962-1965. I was a chaplain assigned to the HQ 66TRW. I lived in the village of Travecy[near La Fere]. I have visited Laon several times during the 1990's, and found the changes rewarding--especially the housing. Housing for families was very limited when I was assigned to Laon. Last week I visited with Chaplain Charles Byrd [Laon, 1960-63]. He is 93 yrs old and living in a nursing home. Would love to correspond with any 'old Laon' folk!
- Monday October 28, 2002

  Catherine Dupre (North Kingstown - USA, Ri) EMAIL

This is a great site ,thanks to Bernard Croza. I would like to know what was the name of the hospital or clinic that was on the Laon-Couvron Air Base at that time. I am originally from Laon, France. I now lived in the states. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone who has information to contact me. Thank you very much for your time
- Friday October 4, 2002

  John Mitchell Mannin (Greenacres - 33463, FL) EMAIL

My dad was T/Sgt D.L. Mannin and we were stationed at Laon from 1955 to 1959. We lived for the first two years in St. Gobain and then moved to "trailer city" on the base for the next two years. Our next door neighbor was Doug and Wanda Bennett (he was in GCS - Ground Approach). He and my mother (Lois) have both passed away. Wanda Bennett and I are still in touch with each other and she lives in Mid West City, OK. My fater is in a Veterans faciltiy in Norman, OK (he has just turned 85). I have many great memories of Laon and was sorry that I couldn't go back with the Verdun High School group on their reunion this Sept. I would like to hear from anybody that remembers me. I remember good times at the base and surrounding area.
- Monday September 30, 2002

  John Blair (Greencastle - usa, pa) EMAIL

Served in Laon 1955-1958 with 38th Bomber Wing. Would enjoy hearing from pals serving with me. Great site, reading all the notes really brings back memories. Thanks John
- Monday September 16, 2002

  Barbara McDonald Burt "Bubbles" (Lake Dallas - USA, Tx) EMAIL

I recently went to France and thanks to Bernard Croza, myself and seven other former military brats were given a most gracious welcome and tour of the old base. It was wonderful and exciting just to be there where we had been 41 years ago. Our many many thanks to Bernard for helping to arrange this visit for us and for the most gracious and kind lunch at his home with his family. How wonderful for all of us to have been able to go back in time. Thanks again Bernard you are a most gracious host. Bubbles
- Monday September 16, 2002

  nathalie (Laon/Couvron - France) EMAIL

My name is Nathalie Renversez, I am 38 years old and I am financial in a bank. I am living in Laon a little city in France and I need your help to find my grandfather. My grandfather was an American officer during the World War II in France. He was in the base of Couvron near Laon in 1944/1945 (probably in the 366th Fighter Group or in the 409th Bomb Group). He was fair-haired, had blue eyes, his first name or nickname was Patrick, he came from a city near the Michigan’s Lake. I don’t know a lot of things about him. He met my grandmother Bernadette Mabilotte nicknamed Dedette in a ball in Remies – a little village near the base of Couvron. At the end of the war, he wanted to marry her but she refused and I don’t know why ! He came back in USA in spring or summer 1945. He was still in France in march 1945 because my mother was born the 27th of December 1945. When he leaved France, he didn’t know that my grandmother was pregnant. My grandmother died in 1988 and she always refused to tell us more about him. So, if he is still alive, he don’t know that he have a daughter in France. My mother is now 56 years old and he is dreaming to find her father soon. It’s terrible for a woman, mother of 5 children to ignore all about her real father. I am hopeful for the future because I saw this summer on French television “Band of Brothers” and the WWII’s veterans seem to be very well and cool. That’s why I make this quest only now and because I am only on the net since a few months. With the web it’s easier. Since the beginning of my quest, I receive a lot of mail of supports from the WWII’s veterans. There are all praying for my family and me, and it’s very important for us. I hope can you can help me to find him ! Thank you very much by advance. Best regards. Nathalie
- Tuesday September 10th, 2002

  Pascal COMBE (France) EMAIL

J'ai connu un Friedman, de nationalité américaine, qui habitait à Royaucourt-Chailvet, près de Laon. C'était en 1963 et il devait avoir environ 7 ans. Nous avons été à l'école ensemble. Savez-vous ce qu'est devenu sa famille ? pour me contacter : pacombe@wanadoo.fr
- Sunday September 8th, 2002

  jerry morgan (ARDMORE OKLA - USA) EMAIL

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- Sunday September 1st, 2002

  Ouvrard (Verdun - France, Lorraine) EMAIL

My name is Jean Ouvrard. I am French and I was the Guarantee Rental Housing Manager at Verdun, Etain and Bar le Duc. M. Michel CAZIN was the GRH Manager at Cité Marquette Laon and he died in a car accident on January 23th, 1967. From this date up to 1981, I took care ol the Cité Marquette at Laon, but unfortunately I did not meet any of the US Citizens, as they all had already left France. However I was very happy to visit you web site and it is very pleasant to see that you still get together to remind the old good souvenirs from our country. God bless you all.
- Thursday August 1st, 2002

  Boris URL  EMAIL
Nice Site!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Monday July 29, 2002
  Jack W. Jones (Arlington - USA, TX) EMAIL

I was stationeded twice at Laon AB, October 2,1957 to June 10,`1960, and again from Jan 12, 1965 to base closure in 1966. I worked in the Wing Information Office with both the 38th Bomb Wing and the 66th Recon Wing. I was tasked with writing the closeout history of the base so was one of the last to leave for reassignment to the 3rd Air Force inSouth Ruislip, England. There was only a second lieutenant and an admin clerk remaining when I left. I sent the last US flag to fly over the base to the 66th Wing at Upper Heyford. I don't know what became of it. As editor of the base newspaper, the Laon Sentinel and also the Laon TacRecon, and lastly, the Laon Sentinel again, I travelled extensively with the base teams through France and Germany and Wheelus AB, Libya (Usafe tournament). As editor, I worked at a printshop in Laon printing the paper. This is where I met and married Simone Pollet, who was working at Imprimere Brunteaux (La Depeche). Later on, we printed the paper at L'Aisne Novelle in San Quentin. I have many fond memories of Laon and surrounding villages. In 1998. my wife and I along with daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters visited France and really enjoyed the trip. We are planning another trip soon. I wonder if Rolande P. deMalglaive, the community relations advisor, is still around. He lived in Chevresis-Monceau. Would love to hear from anyone who was stationed there at the time I was. Finding this page was an exhilerating experience for both Simone and me.
- Monday July 22, 2002

  Catherine (La Mesa - US, Ca)  

Greetings to you and your guests. Love what you’ve done with your site. As an educator I can say you have great communication skills.teeth whitening
- Tuesday July 16, 2002

  Gordon D. Clark (Clinton - U.S.A. 08809, NJ) EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon in the 66th. A&E squadron from June 1965 to August 1966 then moved with the 66th. TRW to Upper Heyford. I simply loved Laon and the surrounding area. The people were friendly and the atmosphere was very pleasent. I also enjoyed my tour of duty with the guys of the 66th. and often wish we could get together again. I have recently found your web site and may try to attend a reunion of the Laon AB in the future. Please add me to your distribution list for information in the future. With kind regards, Gordon Clark
- Sunday July 14, 2002

  Cynthia (San Diego - US, Ca)  

Wow! You’ve found yourself a great franchise opportunity. Good luck! And great site by the way!
- Friday July 12, 2002

  JO (TINY) ORY KAUFMAN EMAIL

My Dad Gilbert Ory was stationed @ Laon AFB 1955-58. He worked in the Jet Engine Shop. He, my mother Charle', my brother "Bubby" and I ("Tiny") lived outside the small village Crepy-en-Laonnois in a chateau owned by a Dutch Baron & Baronness, Colotte D'Escury. It was on the side of a mountain with apple & pear orchards in the valley below. We went to Laon Elementary School and my teacher was Hollie Stotter. My brother & I have such fond memories of our time in Laon. Mother & Dad have both passed away; but I would love to hear from anyone who knew them. I can only remember a few names: "Franshier"; Ralph Stonebreaker; a man named Don (?) who we called "Fredickie Don." Jo (Tiny) Ory Kaufman jkaufman@jam.rr.com  
- Friday July 5, 2002

  EINHEBER (PARIS - FRANCE) EMAIL

My name is Jean EINHEBER. I'm the son of Jack EINHEBER. I was born in 1946 in LAON where my parents had a fashion shop. My father was the President of the Jewish Community of the Department and in the years 60-70 he was doing every year a religious office on July 4 in one of the American Cimitary around Laon. Between the years 60-70 we had many American friends and we were often invited at Laon Air Force Base. I also went quite often to Colligis where there was a radio relay. One of the boys over there (first name Sam) did even sold me his car : a fabulous 1959 XK 150 Jaguar. I would very much appreciate to find again and may be be in contact with some of the people we knew. Here are some family and bachelors names I remember : Bitman, Jerry Fischer (an Air Force Colonel who had a girl and twins, Joel and Jay), Christensen (he had a TR4 or 5 and was at Colligis), Captain Perline (he had 2 soons, Richard and ??), Troutman, Carr, Caroll Nash...and many others whose name I forgot. This web site is plenty of souvenirs for me as the corner of my hous appears on a picture (See in English version, then click on Ancient NATO Air Force Base, then Pictures, and click on LAON then and now : line 21, right picture : the Chatelaine street is always decorated for Christmas). Many thanks to Bernard Croza for this wonderful job
- Friday July 5, 2002

  Isabelle Frame (Paulin) (Phoenix - USA, AZ) EMAIL

J'apprecie bien votre site que je visite de temps en temps, quand la nostalgie du pays est la! Tres bien fait. J'ai grandi a Laon. Je suis alle a l'ecole primaire de Vaux, et a la Providence, de la 6eme jusqu'au Bac (1987). J'ai vu que vous avez des aquarelles de Pascal Mondon sur votre site. J'ai travaille avec lui a la Caisse d'Epargne de Laon en 1991. Dites lui bonjour de ma part. Je n'ais pas trouve son adresse email. Je serai a Laon en Septembre avec mon mari et mes enfants, a visiter ma famille. J'ai hate de montrer a mes garcons,la ville ou j'ai grandi. Je veux qu'ils s'apercoivent que Laon est une belle ville medievale. Merci pour le website!
- Thursday July 4, 2002

  Barbara McDonald Burt (Lake Dallas - USA, TX ) EMAIL

Dear Bernard, it is wonderful to see this website. It was wonderful to meet you at the first annual Laon Alumni Survivors Reunion in June in Irving, Texas. Thank you so much for all the memories you helped re-establish and for bringing France a little closer to us. We were in Laon from 1958 til 1961, I attended Verdun HS for two of those years. Many many fond memories. Will see you again in September when we come for the Verdun High School Reunion and a side trip to see Laon once again. Bubbles
- Monday July 1st, 2002

  Virginia Diane Sontchi (Portland - USA, OR) EMAIL

I was at Laon AFB 1960 - 1963. Attended VHS my Junior year, which would have been 62-63. I went back to Laon in the mid-8o's. It was so great to see where I lived with my family in government housing and the town of Laon. My brother Danny Sontchi preceded me and my brother Larry Sontchi at Verdun. We rotated back to the states in Sept. 63 to Richards Gebaur AFB in Kansas City, Mo. My father ws NCOIC of the Hydraulic Shop at Laon AFB (Richard H. Sontchi). He died December, 1999 and my mother followed In JUly, 2000. I loved my time there and soaked up the local French culture like a sponge. This website and Tom Laseter's website are bringing back a lot of memories for me. Very nostalgic I must say. It is great to see the pictures and faces of classmates and dormmates that I remember. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
- Friday June 7, 2002

  Edmund (London - England, Kent)  

My name is Edmund Marco and it's a pleasure to sign your guest book. I work for an advertising agency in London. Our agency represents direct marketing companies that are involved in the marketing of products as seen on TV in England. Most of the infomercial products come from the U.S. but then again we export our talents as well. My brother has appeared in infomercials in the U.S. advertising various products. I think it's hilarious that English people respond so well to American products while Americans tend to respond well to sales people who have an English accent!
- Saturday June 1st, 2002

  KENNETH J BURTON (POESTENSKILL - USA, NY) EMAIL

I WAS AT LAON AB FROM JAN 57 DEC 59. 822ND BOMB SQDR. AIRCRAFT ELECTRICIAN. WHEN I FIRST GOT THERE WE HAD TO PULL AIR POLICE DUTY ( NIGHT SHIFT OF COURSE). BUT HAD A GOOD TIME. THEN WENT TO 822 TO WORK ON THE PLANES. ALSO SPENT QUITE A BIT OF TIME IN AFRICA TRIPOLI & MOROCO. KEPT TELLING FIRST SARGENT IN MOROCO I HAD TO GET BACK TO LOAN TO GO BACK TO THE STATES, FINALLY GOT A TWICKS TO GA BACK TO FRANCE AND HAD TO GO LIKE HELL TO CLEAR THE BASE TO GO BACK TO THE ZI. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF THE TOUR IN FRANCE HAD A GREAT TIME THANKS GOING TO THE REUNION OK CITY SEE YOU THERE. KEN BURTON ( LIPPY)
- Wednesday May 15, 2002

  John D.Crowder (Mt.Prospect - USA, ill.)

This message is for Bernard Croza. I would like to have your phone number if possible. My E-Mail is getting goofy so I thoutht I would try this route thanks a lot. John D. Crowder 
- Monday May 13, 2002

  Reynold Roberts, Jr. (New York - U.S.A., NY) EMAIL

Member of the 38th Bomb Wing, 71st Bomb Sqn. Crew Chief of a B-26 Invader from 1953-56. Seeking information about the Memorial in Laon in June. Please send any details you have. -Many Thanks, Reynold Roberts,Jr.
- Monday May 6, 2002

  John D. Crowder (A/1C) 1960-1963, 18TRS (66thTRW) (Mt.Prospect - USA, Ill.)

I was stationed at Laon AB from Nov. 1960 to Nov. 1963 with the 18TRS (66thTRW) in Intel Ops Unit. The OIC was a Lt. Paul S. Israel, TSGT Page, NCOIC, John Pius, Bob Holfield, Carlton Peoples and a whole lot more but my memory is not that good anymore, so if you know any of these people please let me know. My phone is 847-577-8843. Just talked to a Billy Payne that was there about the same time I was. He brought up some names from a bar in Brussels that we both know how strange.
- Tuesday April 23, 2002

  Nancy Brooks (Danville - United States, CA) EMAIL

Thank you very much for this site. My husband Wes and I were in Laon from 1960 to 1963. He was a pilot with the 18th until his flying accident in 1963. I have wonderful memories of living there and all of the wonderful friends we had. Hope I hear from some of them from this site. Nancy Brooks
- Thursday March 28, 2002

  George S Williams, AKA ,tony (Garden Grove - USA, CA) EMAIL

I was at Laon AB from Oct,1956 to Jun, 1958 with the 822nd BS. I worked in the Comm-NAv shop with Dick Cummins. I can't remember any more names and I lost all my souvenirs and my jacket with the map of France and all the airbases on it. We had a 6 wheel Mercedes Benz Luffwaffe staff car we drove all over the ramp surrounding the hanger. If anybody remembers this, send me an email. Does everyone know that the 38th BW was resurrected as the 38th TMW in Sembach AB in Germany? I was there from 61 - 64.
- Wednesday March 27, 2002

  Danse Francois EMAIL

Merci d'avoir intégré si vite le renseignements sur les déchetteries. J'ai signalé ce manque à la personne qui présentait le nouveau site de Laon au forum des associations la semaine dernière. J'espére que ce sera fait . F.Danse
- Sunday March 24, 2002

  Don Sullin (Garfield Heights - U.S.A, Ohio) EMAIL

I was stationed at the Air Force Base from 1958 to 1960 and worked on T-33 aircraft in the Base Flight Squadron. I enjoyed many good times in the town of Laon. I am sorry that I was not doing genealogy at that time or I would have been able to visit Bapaume, the town that my 6th great grandfather, Martin De Levacque came from. I will always remember the many wonderful people that I met in the town of Laon.
- Friday March 22, 2002

  Phyllis Sawyers (Bedford - Tarrant, TX) EMAIL

My father was stationed at Laon AFB 1960-1963, William Bert "Bill" Potter. He worked part time as a bartender while my mother and we, the children were "waiting for housing". We lived at 57 GRH and loved the city of Laon. From our dining room table we could see the sun come up through the cathedral on the hill. We loved to sled down the hills of GRH in the winter. Great memories and great site! Thank you for putting it together.
- Wednesday March 6, 2002

  william L Mickey Jr. (ridgeley w.v. - U.S.A., wv.) EMAIL

This is a wonderfull way to get back to old friends, I was at Laon Ab. 1962 to 1965, 66 tac . Ground Power. Listed my e-mail wrong in first entry in guest book. Thanks Bernard Croza for this great site. Keep up the great work! Any old pals out there? Drop me a e-mail! would love to hear from you. It's been a long time, but never too late to get reaquainted. I remember the Rod and Gun Club, It was a great place to spend time, also the hunting and fishing was great fun. Anyone remember this? Let's hear from you!
- Wednesday March 6, 2002

  eric favre (clermont fr - france) EMAIL

enfin un site digne d'une ville comme LAON. RIEN A VOIR AVEC LE SITE OFFICIEL(RIRE) j'ai habité la caserne des douanes de 1965 a1972 (mon pere etait brigadier:favre georges) si des personnes qui me reconnaissent et lisent ce message quelles me donnent de leurs nouvelles. jai bien apprécie les photos. bravo et merci. eric favre
- Saturday March 2, 2002

  COMBE Pascal (Le Mée sur Seine - France, 77550) EMAIL

Je suis un ancien de Chailvet, près de laon (j'y ai vécu entre 1957 et 1969 et suis né en 1957).J'ai fait l'école de Chailvet, et l'église de Chaillevois. Je connaissais, les GUARDIA, DUTRIEUX, SERRATO, BOYER, LETENDARD, BAUDET, PHILIPPOT, DAINAUT, CAUDRON, AUFFREY, entre autres. J'aurais bien envie de faire un site internet sur Chailvet, ses anciens et ses nouveaux, et ses environs, qui sont magnifiques. Je m'appelle Pascal COMBE et vivait dans la maison de briques en face de la ferme, dans le rue principale. J'habite maintenant en Seine et Marne. Pour me joindre : pacombe@wanadoo.fr
- Sunday February 17, 2002

  Catherine Lake (Los Angeles - USA, CA) URL 
Good graphics. Wish I did your work !
- Monday February 11, 2002
  Jean-Baptiste HEBERT ((itinérant) - France et autres.) EMAIL

Je suis surpris mais néanmoins très heureux de découvrir qu'un site sur Laon et le Laonnois existe. Originaire de COLLIGIS-CRANDELAIN (au sud de Laon),je suis cependant un peu déçu de ne pas avoir trouvé de photo ou de commentaire sur la vallée de l'Ailette et les beaux villages qui la composent. Il y a pourtant de très belles choses à voir , des endrois insolites dans les collines à découvrir, des gens acceuillants, des élevages à visiter(chèvres,abeilles,...), et bien d'autres choses.Mais je ne perd pas espoir et compte bien trouver des nouveautés lors de ma prochaine visite sur le site. Merci et bravo! Et Adé!! comme on dit chez nous.
- Sunday February 10, 2002

  Francoise (Lake Worth - USA, FL) EMAIL

was born in laon and work on the base 6 years mass hall 123 and the old snack bar next to the bowling alley we move across the street attached to the airmans club was at the soda fountain work there 4 years and 59 60 work at the airmans club with Paula ! We had fun wish we could go back Mr Jensen manager of the snack bar passed on many years ago he got married to Milou who was the tall brunette she also going the other cashier was Therese she died of cancer a few years ago my brother has buy a Marquette house on route de Besny the village look nice very different I will be there in April to visit my Mom who is 90 and still sad that I came to the states we are married 42 years 4 children 8 grand children my husband work then at the service club Jerry  O'KEEFE Thank you for the site good to go back in memory lane sorry about my english.
- Monday January 28, 2002

  Alan Steves (Augusta - USA, GA) EMAIL

First and foremost: Great site et Merci infinement.... Feel like a dinosaur...Arrived via Bordeaux, 126th, then on to Laon, 1952 - 1955. Assigned as NCOIC Base CommCenter,with 38th Comm Sq. Ran Teletype Section and Base Telephone Swbd. Favorite hangout was Palais d'Ete and La Chaumiere in Saint Quentin. Married Micheline Massez in 1954. Have returned to France numerous times, including tour at Dreux AB, and have visited Laon on several occasions. On one visit I was stopped by the Police Militaire and escorted to meet the Commandant! His main concern was the location of the Base swimming pool, which he suspected had been filled in, upon the departure of the American Forces! Those of us that can remember living in "tent city" can recall the only swimming we did was in the ditches out front! So many memories, and so many friendships, both American and French. Thanks for a job well done.
- Sunday January 13, 2002

  Thomas M Mercadante (Wallingford - USA, CT 06492) EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon AFB from 1957 until 1960 I worked in the base flite section, was a crew chief on the t-33 aircraft. I came to Laon with the 38th bomb wing then went to the 66th recon wing. Left nov. 1960 to become a civilan. Spent some good times in Paris and also Antwerp some of the best times of my life. I came back 33 years later to visit Paris. Looking for any old friends from that era. My email address is Tmmjem@aol.com  looking forward to hearing from any old friends. Thanks for this new site. Thomas M Mercadante
- Tuesday January 8, 2002

  Phil Simpson (Evesham - England) EMAIL

I was a member of a country band that played at Laon in 1966 and would love to hear from anyone that remembers the "sanAntones" especially Sgt Ron Horton and his wife Donna. If you're out there please get in touch Cheers. Phil Simpson
- Monday January 7, 2002

  John D. Jones (Chugiak - USA, AK) EMAIL

I lived in Laon from 1963 to 1965 and loved every minute I spent there. Those are the best of my younger years. The friends I made there are the ones I've always remembered. This site brings back some remarkable memories. I regret I haven't returned to visit as yet, but I've promised my wife and myself to do so in the near future. I did fly over Laon in 1979 in a B-52 I was piloting at the time. I was on a non-stop, roundtrip flight from Loring AFB, Maine to Germany, when we overflew Laon on the return leg. From 30,000+ feet above, I could actually see the house I lived in from 63 to 65. Bernard, this is a wonderful website. My compliments and gratitude for the memories. Hope to see you at the 2002 reunion in Irving, Texas. To all who may know me, I now live outside Anchorage, Alaska and want to hear from my old freshman and sophomore classmates. I'm listed on the Laon.com website. Au revoir mes amies
- Monday January 7, 2002

  Jim J Withrow (Granville - USA, Oh) EMAIL

Arrived in Laon 1956 Coldest Year in a Hundred years, as I remember.Was assigned to 71st Comm. Col Shubin was CO. Do Remember Sgt Strickland and his wife. Very good to me.I served 24 months there. Was trsfd to Shaw Field. Arrived there the day Sputnik went up. Have never been able to get good french bread since.
- Sunday January 6, 2002

  Johnny Mack Rawls (PORTSMOUTH - USA, VA) EMAIL

What a fantastic way to communicate and many, many thanks for making this possible. I was stationed at Laon with the 38th & 66th Air Policed Squadron (Security Police, Law Enforcement & Sentry Dog Handler) from April 57 until April 60. My experiences at Laon were the most important in shaping my life. I have since retired from the Air Force and I've traveled far and wide but my most fond memories are of Laon. I met and married a very beautiful French girl from Laon. Someone out there must know her? Her name is Mauricette Jeanine Mereaux. She worked in the Base Snack Bar and the Base Delicatessen. Her Mother, Mathilde Cotte, also worked at the Base Snack Bar. She's been a wonderful, caring wife for 43 years. While dating her I remember catching the bus into Laon and walking up those long steep steps and then walking all the way to the back side of the hill to her mother's house. I did this many, many times but it was well worth it. Thanks a million for for this web site and the work that you're doing.
- Thursday January 3, 2002

  Garland Flowers (Rockwall - USA, Tx) EMAIL

Arrived at Laon in 1962 left 1965. Enjoyed my time there in 32ndTRS "A" Flt.Was back in 1999,but not allowed on base.Would like to hear from anyone there at this time.Wonderful Web site.
- Monday December 31, 2001

  Phyllis Smith Pemberton (FOND DU LAC - USA, WI) EMAIL

What a wonderful site, and so well done. Thank you for doing this and maintaining it. I arrived in Laon the summer of 55 and stayed at M. Bob's hotel, where my brother and I located (by accident) an inside passageway in the wall-playing hide and seek. Mike was 7 and I was 14-a redhead with great curiosity. Mike hid, and in trying to find him, I almost fell down the inside stairway. There were over 300 steps from the 'city' to the 'new section' below. We counted them. My dad was a Capt., maybe Ops or something to do with flying. Later he was transfered to Landstuhl with B57's. I went to school in Kaiserslautern 9-11, then to Sumter, SC. My brother graduated from Dreaux, as our dad was then at NATO/SHAPE in Fountainbleu. We loved France, and loved Laon, and Vaille Sur Aisne where we lived, and where a fire was a major town event to be celebrated by all (when successfully -always- controlled).
- Monday December 31, 2001

  van Schaik (Kampen - Pays-Bas) EMAIL

Il faudrait ajouter une carte de la région avec la situation des villages comme Nouvion Catillon; je n'arrive pas à les trouver! Veuillez me les indiquer. On va y aller en vélo cet été! Merci.
- Thursday December 27, 2001
 Vous n'avez pas bien cherché ! A partir de la page "Cartes et plans", cliquez sur la région de Laon puis, pour zoomer, sur la partie A1 du quadrillage. Nouvion et Catillon est là. D'avance, nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue dans le Laonnois.

  Duane Park (Plano - USA, TX) URL  EMAIL

Great web site! I was researching the history of the 66th Supply Squadron and found this site. I really enjoyed seeing the "then" and "now" photos of Laon.... very nicely done! I will refer former base personnel to your web site.
- Sunday December 23, 2001

  Marcus and Jeannine Gutterson (Bordentown - USA, NJ) EMAIL

Was part of the 1st contiginent to arrived in Laon in 1952. B26's came short time later. Married Jeannine Hediert in 1954 in Laon and now live in NJ
- Saturday November 24, 2001

  Gerald R. "Jerry" Flintrop (Oceanside - USA, CA) EMAIL

We lived in GRH from Dec 61 thru Apr 64. Our son Brian was the first US kid born in the Base Hospital (1 Oct 62), or so we were told. I was one of those few US Army soldiers working on the NATO Microwave station at St. Erme, down the road toward Reims. Margot and I lived in duplex next to Ted & Laurie Gish and across the lawn from John and Mary Stoudt, whose daughter Karen was an award winning shot at the R&G club. I can spot our house and theirs on your aerial fotos. Across the street were Paul Israel, Joe and Bert Kreutzer (with whom we're still in contact), Jim and Sandy Holland (ditto). Norm and Sally Rushton were friends farther down that side of the street near the "triangle". Michel Cazin was the GRH manager (died in a car wreck in 67). His widow Madeline, and their daughther, exchanged visits with us when we were stationed in Heidelberg in the early 70s. Robert Leon (wife Jackie) delivered the Shell furnace oil to us. He had a bad ticker and pbly didn't see the 1980s. We were friends with SMsgt Bill (wife Jean) Lamb who lived in base mobile homes. They bought the Chapel's Hammond Organ at auction and their son Billy went on to fly B-52s (I think). Msgt Joe Devine taught me how to fly the RF101 simulator and I still use some of the 12AT7 tubes in my stereo that were plucked on his 90 day maint. cycles from its computers. We'd be happy to hear from others of our vintage. TTYL, Jerry
- Saturday November 24, 2001

  Bob True (Warren - USA, OH) EMAIL

Was there from Jan., 1963 to Jan., 1965. Was with the 66th Air Police K-9. Played on the base football team in 1964. My wife Linda was with me and we lived in Laon. Our neighbors were Paulie and Chris (can't remember the last name). My wife and I have been back twice. Wish I had seen this site before the trips. Laon was a great place to be stationed.
- Friday, November 23, 2001

  Jan Duquette Thompson (Encinitas - USA, CA) EMAIL

I found this website on a whim, looking for pictures of Laon. What a surprise to find names I remember! My father Norman Duquette was stationed at Laon from 1959-1962. He flew the F-101 "Voodoo" with the 17th Squadron. I remember many names from our years in France: Cole, Coryell, Corey, Holland, Laseter, Taylor, etc. My brother Jay was on the baseball team (Little League) on the base. Seems I remember he was a Yankee (all the teams were named for big league teams). I'd love to hear from anyone who went to the base school, or lived in Couvron, Vailley or Barisis-au-Bois during that time. jantal1@home.com
- Friday, November 9, 2001

  Col Bill "Goldie" Goldfein (Las Vegas - USA, NV) EMAIL

I was stationed with the 18th TRS from '59-'61 but remained associated with the base until mid-1963. Two of my sons were born while we were at Laon (Dave and Mike). We lived in the first privately-owned trailer installed on the base. Our family memories of the area, the people and the base are as vivid today as they were then. It was a great experience and an important time in our lives. And the French people with whom we came in daily contact were a joy to know and remain friends even after these many years. This web site keeps bringing back the wonderful memories of that era in our lives. Keep up the good work so that this web site will continue to bring those wonderful memories back to mind. Bonne chance!!
- October 22, 2001

  william mickey (Ridgeley - U.S.A., wv) EMAIL

What a great site! I was stationed at Laon from 1962 to 1965 and have nothing but great memories. I was in Groundpower in the 66th. I have fond memories of the Rod and Gun club and all the great gang that hunted and fished on their leased facilities. It was a great pleasure to be visited in my home, by my best french friend Mr. Andre Sizarols and his wife Renee Sizarols in may 1999, I returned to France with my wife Mary Jane in May 2001 and stayed with the Sizarols family in Vailly s/Aisne, It was a treat of a lifetime to return to the country that recieved my so lovingly as a young man. The people are as lovely as ever and the fond memories of my stay in France will remain in my heart forever. Mr Sizarols worked on the base and was manager of the Beauty Shop and Barber Shop. Thanks for this opertunity to express my thoughts, and remainis about my experiences on laon A.B. BY the way I revisited the base and surrounding area and enjoyed it very much. It has changed though. I would recomend a return visit to anyone that served there. Do it now and don't wait till it is too late!
- October 4, 2001

  VIDONI Eric

votre site est bien réalisé. j'y allais pour trouver la date exacte du village du livre à Merlieux (fin septembre). mais pas trouvée. mais vous ne pouvez parler de toutes les manifestations il est vrai. vous pouvez cependant le compléter au fur et à mesure. merci d'avance.
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  Eric Martin

Je passais quelques fois sur votre site. Si je peux apporter mon avis sur votre nouvelle présentation : l'ancienne était mieux, les couleurs bleu et jaune ne s'accordent pas avec le reste. Le restyling ressemble plutôt à du maquillage. Copie à revoir ! J'espère que vous me pardonnerez cet avis.
- En laissant votre adresse e-mail, vous nous auriez permis une réponse personnelle. Bien que votre message ne reflète pas l'opinion générale qui apprécie l'intégration des couleurs de la ville sur le site, nous vous en remercions.

  Ken Hostetler (Aurora - USA, CO) EMAIL

My Dad was stationed there from 1954-1957. JC Hostetler was my Dad and Doris my mom. Dad passed away in 1995 and Mom is leaving near us. It was a great time and we had many great memories living in Mesbrecourt and a few months living in Laon.
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  Bob Goode (Huntsville - US, AL) EMAIL

I was at LAON AFB from 1953-56 in the Installation Squadron. I would like to locate Joseph Sobota, a French Civilian working in the refrigeration shop. He may have moved to the US.
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  Colonl Thomas J. Price, USAF, Ret. (Pineville, - USA, LA) EMAIL

What a delight to see Loan and the Air Base again. My wife, two children and I really enjoyed our time there from July 1955 To June 1958. The 38th has a Reunion every two years and what a thrill to have two natives of Loan to attend our last Reunion in 2000. I was Commander of the 822nd for two years then moved to Commander of the Air Base Group. Thanks very much to you who worked so hard to get this web site togeter.
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  Daniel Hoon (Carlsbad - USA, California)  
Just stopped by!
- Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 13:27:10 (EST)
  brusselle (reims - France, 51) EMAIL
Trop fort votre site
- Monday, March 12, 2001 at 11:05:18 (EST)
  fonts (USA)   EMAIL
Nice site...
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  Edmund Spicer (Chichester - Angleterre, Sussex) URL  EMAIL

Rebonjour! Ca me fait toujours plaisir de visiter le site. J'ai un nouveau adresse e-mail ainsi qu'un nouveau job, alors je suis encore une fois connecte sur internet. Mon adressse e-mail, c'est : edmund.spicer@talk21.com. Si quelqu'un voudrait me parler de Laon, je serai heureux de lui parler! D'ailleurs, a-t-on des nouvelles de "L'autre radio", RFL? Que sont-ils devenus, les animateurs, les programmes, etc. J'adorerais le savoir, car moi, j'etais animateur hebdo entre septembre 1998 et juin 1999, avant mon retour en GB. A tres bientot! Edmund Spicer.
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  faustin EMAIL

je tiens a vous dire que ce site me donne une petite bouffer d'air sur ma region car je vie actuellement a la reunion. je suis de sissonne et j'ai fais toute ma scolarite au claudel. merci grace a vous je retrouve la grisaille qui me manque
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  Jeff Maddox (Potomac Falls - USA, VA) EMAIL

You have done a superb job with this web site!!! My father was stationed at Laon AFB from 1962 - 1965, and we have VERY FOND momories of Laon and the surrounding communities! My father, brother and I visited in June 2000, and am planning a return trip in August 2001 (can't wait). I highly recommend a visit to any formers of Laon--you will find yourself stepping back in time as you revisit terrific memories. Thanks for a wonderful web site...I'll be sure to e-mail some 1960s Laon pictures to you. Maj. Jeff Maddox, USAF (Ret.)
- Monday, March 05, 2001 at 12:36:30 (EST)

  Robert Hulse (Fort Worth - USA, Tx) EMAIL

I was stationed at the base, from 1955 to 1959. I came to the base when the B26 was there. And switched over to the B57 which was my main plane. Then saw the F84 and last the F101. I worked in the Jet Engine Shop of the 7lst squadron. My high school sweetheart joined me in l956 and we were married at the City Hall in Laon and then at the base chapel on 3 September 1956. We lived in the village of Laon,near the railroad tracks, I dont remember the address. My wife worked for the base exchange, checking I.D. cards and later in the exchange office. We have fond memories of Laon, the people and the area. We visited in the 60's and would love to return again. The 38th wing has its reunion every 2 years, the next one in 2002 in Oklahoma City, Ok. Hope more of you will come. Thanks Laon for creating this site and a chance to share with all of you.
- Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at 15:48:54 (EST)

  Don Hendrix (Pittsburgh - USA, PA) EMAIL

My name is Don Hendrix. I was tipped to this site by Glenn Grady and found it most interesting. I ran the Pass & ID/Vehicle Registration for quite some time and in this capacity, met many people. If you had a car, weapon, family, needed finger printed, etc., one was obliged to "drop by the office"/ I was stationed at Laon AB from 1953-1957 and went to Aviano, Italy for 3 years after leaving Laon. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since those days, University, OCS, Law School, etc. Still, some of my fondest memories are from those days. I would like to hear from any one who was there during those days.
- Monday, February 26, 2001 at 16:09:54 (EST)

  Keith Denny Olmsted (Ft. Worth - Tarrant, Tx) EMAIL

Thank you for the memories! Our family went to Laon in 1960 and when I left in 1963, needless to say, I did not want to leave. Laon will always be a special place for many of the lucky folks who experienced this special setting after WW2. Keep up the good work and I would love to hear from any 60 thru 63 Laon Rangers.
- Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 11:35:39 (EST)

  Yannick Diot (Sains-Richaumont - France, 02) URL  EMAIL

Un grand merci de nous avoir fait figurer sur la page d'accueil. Le site est vraiment bien fait et rapide d'utilisation. Merci aussi de me signaler les coquilles de mon propre site.
- Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 17:14:30 (EST)

  Reinier "Dutch" Kemeling (N.Charleston - USA, SC) EMAIL

Served on Laon Air Base from 1955-1958 in the 38th Air PoliceSquadron with Maj.Locke and guys. The greatest family away from home. Laon and France was a great experience and since I was born in Holland, I got to go home a lot. Many times, I took my friends along and they felt at home as well. Some of them even went to my Fathers house when I did not go with them. The 38th Air Police had a great first time reunion in Wichita last September 2000. We are to do this every 2nd year. I like to get in contact with my Soccer friends from the Base Team "Laon Rangers". Currently I am writing and have almost completed a series of Books and booklets on Training and Coaching Soccer. Also have written a 60 page book on Laon Air Base, mostly from a personal point of view with various pictures of the Base. I like to hear from anyone interested in taking about Laon. My email is: rkemeling2@comcast.net. Sincerely "Dutch".
- Monday, January 29, 2001 at 20:24:25 (EST)

  Donald Summers (Statesville - USA, NC) EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon Air Base from September 1958 till October 1961. Enjoyed the 37 months I was there. Would love to hear from some of the airmen that was stationed a Laon Air Base. Adr. 114 Toria Drive, Statesville, NC 28625 e-mail: w4don@adelphia.net Thank you, Donald Summers
- Monday, January 29, 2001 at 01:20:24 (EST)

  Lora Bilton Englehart (West Chester - USA, PA) EMAIL

What an incredible feeling to read about people and places dear to my heart. My dad was stationed at Laon 1960-1963. My husband and I were visiting France with another couple in 1984. We rented a car in Paris and drove to our old house outside St.Gobain. I was amazed I could remember the way once we got to St.Gobain. The current woman of the house didn't invite me in so all I got to see was the outside of the house. Still, it was exciting. I have great memories of Laon and everyone there. I majored in French in college and taught for awhile after I graduated. Now I just order wine with a really good accent! I'll be going to France in April with my daughter on a school trip. Maybe we can sneak off to Laon!
- Friday, January 19, 2001 at 19:54:55 (EST)

  William M. (Bill) Poe, CMSgt (Ret) 66th AP Sqdn 1959-1961 (Niceville - USA, FL) EMAIL

Bernard just keeps making this web site better & better. The new pics that Elmer Pearce sent are great & makes this an even better place to visit. We are looking forward to our 2nd Annual 66th Air Police Squadron Reunion, in Jacksonville, FL, on March 7-11, 2001. Every 38/66th Alumni is invited. For additional info, please contact me at: McPoes@Aol.com. Many thanks. Au Revoir, Bill.
- Friday, January 05, 2001 at 14:59:26 (EST)

  Nick Czifrik (Salem - USA, NH) EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon AB from Dec. '65 to Sept 67; one of the last to leave on a "Gooney Bird" to Upper Heyford, England where the 66TRW went. Worked in personnel - with Lt. Col. Edward N. Deutsch, Sgt. Klem Hadokoski, SMSgt Matulonis, and TSgt Hutchinson (he had a SSgt wife). Also worked part-time at the base gym. Enjoyed Laon, had good times, grew up a bit there. Would like to hear from anyone that has any connectections to the olg 66th. Nick Czifrik.
- Thursday, January 04, 2001 at 20:34:33 (EST)

  Tom Laseter (Irving - USA, Tx) EMAIL

Bernard, Each time I revisit your web site it keeps getting better and better. The new additions of pictures are a blessing, especially since someone has added an aerial of the air base. I continue to add new members, from Laon AFB, and now have listed about 375 people and in addition have also listed about 57 teachers, as well. I would love to contact some of your guest, ex-military service personell to try and locate more pictures of the base. If you can provide address and emails, I would appreciate it. Again thank-you so much for continuing to enhance your web site. Tom Laseter - Texas USA
- Saturday, December 02, 2000 at 22:31:18 (EST)

  3D Spain (Spain) URL 

Salut a tous les visiteurs de ce site magnifique et merci pour ce beau moment passé sur vos pages. Bonne continuation pour le beau travail. J'attends un message de vous sur mon guest Book à mon site www.altogallego.com . Cést mon pages sur les Pirynées à Espagne. Salut
- Saturday, December 02, 2000 at 10:45:58 (EST)

  DeAmOn un laonnois (LAON - France) URL  EMAIL
Très bon site. J'aprécis la rapidité et la clarté. Continuer comme ça !
- Monday, November 06, 2000 at 15:16:48 (EST)
  Henry L. Gaidis (Olney - USA, Md) URL  EMAIL

Served as a Lieutenant with the 66th Air Police Squadron from 1963 to 1965. Reviewing this websight really brought back great memories of old comrads and great host. God willing I'll see the old base again some day
- Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 15:33:03 (EDT)

  Denise Perigo (Laguna Niguel - USA, CA) EMAIL

I offer my deep appreciation for the creation of Laonnois.com by Bernard Croza. He brings Americans another means of reconnecting with the enriching experiences while in France. Through the photos in and around Laon, links to military reunion groups, comments from former military personnel and classmates from the base, renewal of friendships are strengthened. A part of what was the best years of our growing up is accessible via this bridge and touchstone. Thank you for being pilot, co-pilot, and navigator in more ways than one. When the classmates' group trip finally reaches French soil, you will be see many adult Americans rejuvenated to teenage years during the visit. Denise Perigo
- Friday, September 29, 2000 at 04:06:54 (EDT)

  LAVIGNE (laon - France, 02) EMAIL

Bravo pour le site. Nous étions ravis de découvrir l'ancienne base américaine, moi et mon fils. Nous sommes à la recherche de Larry Edward JETT né à atlanta en Georgie (Etat d'Amérique), qui faisait parti de l'armée de l'air (base américaine)près d'Evreux. Il était plombier dans l'armée dans les années 64 -66 ou plus. Amis américains, si vous aviez quelques informations sur cette personne (qui doit être retourné au Etats-Unis depuis) contactez-moi. Un grand merci. Et encore bravo pour le site!
- Wednesday, July 12, 2000 at 15:08:26 (EDT)

  Claude P. Phipps LCOL USAF (Ret) (Columbia - USA, SC) EMAIL

Many very fond memories - I was stationed at Loan AB 1953 - 1956. Accomodations initially were primitive - Tents, coal stoves etc, but soon improved. I regret that as a young 1st LT, batchlor, I wasn't permited to reside off base and become more familiar with the culture and enjoy the hospitality that was so freely offered by the community. I was assigned to the 405th Sqd., 38th Bomb Wing and one of the highlights of the tour was our association with the French AF in training their B26 pilots for service in Indo China. An experience I'll never forget. For over 40 years I've wanted to revisit Laon and still hope to but in the meantime this Web Site will have to suffice.
- Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at 04:36:56 (EDT)

  Nico (France, Rp) EMAIL

Bonjour a tous, la fete de la musique a laon c'est le pied total. Encore merci a toute la famille Develle pour leur accueuil chaleureu.Kwamis vous adore,j'espere a très bientot. Le petit gueulard de kwamis
- Thursday, June 22, 2000 at 17:25:21 (EDT)

  Teresa Barnes (Altus - Etats-Unis, OK) URL  EMAIL

J'aime votre site. Bravo! Tres bien.... J'ai vu les photos de Laon et Laonnois. C'est interressant pour moi, parce-que mon pere, Terry Parnell, m'a dit beaucoup de la France, et il m'a inspire d'etudier le Francais....
- Monday, June 12, 2000 at 23:22:17 (EDT)

  Terry Parnell (Navarre - USA, Fla) URL  EMAIL

I was stationed at Laon 1958 to 1961, assigned to 66th Supply Squadron in POL. I have established a web page to get old friends together. Please visit my site and check out the pictures. I would love to have pictures of the base from 40 or so years ago to go on the web site.
- Monday, June 12, 2000 at 07:02:53 (EDT)

  Donald H. Racine (North Dartmouth - USA, Massachusetts)
(From the webmaster : Donald passed away on Nov. 25, 2001. Our condolences to his family and friends)

This has been a very enjoyable experience to return to Loan through the internet. I was stationed at Loan Air Force Base from 1965 to 1966 in POL and was one of the last to leave the American base when France left NATO. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had in my life. I have returned to Loan with my wife in 1971 and again with my son in 1995. The French soldiers were extremely hospitable in both visits and were proud to allow me to take my family on the base and reminiss some. It surely has changed from the 1960's and I am pleased to say that the French have changed and maintained a base that they should be proud of. I certainly was. Although the flight lines were not buzzing with RF101's and the runways were a bit overgrown with weeds, the place is still magnificent. The city of Loan, although still full of it's antiquities and marvelous cathedral and winding roads to the mount, has become a wonderful vacation land filled with shops, Antiques, fine art and flourishes with the pride that only the Loannois can share. I have noticed the cleanliness that has surrounded the city and the surrounding communities. Couvron and all the hamlets are still there. I even had the chance to visit the "Snake Pit" and eat escargo and pizza that only the restaurant "La Pizza" could provide. If you truly want to reminiss and share with your families the romance of yourselves in your youth, go back to Loan, for old times sake. You will be glad you did! There is someone who used to teach the French Language on the base that was called Mme. Grimieux; she was married to a soldier in the French army in 1966. If anyone knows Mme. Grimieux, please extend a bonjour pour moi! Anyone wishing to contact me from the past, feel free to email me at Rdonny@aol.com. Would enjoy hearing from you. It would be wonderful to get together for a reunion of our days at Loan Air Base. And to all the people that created this enchanting website of la ville de Loan, France, merci!
- Friday, June 09, 2000 at 00:18:41 (EDT)

  Elmer R. Pearce (Houma - USA, La) EMAIL

Was great to read over the notes others have left here. I have fond memories of my stay in Laon 1963-1966. Was able to return in 1969. Want to cry looking at the base. A frien returned last year and sayes that the French Army is really taking care of the base. I hope to return there one day. Would love getting pictures of the base in the early 60's
- Wednesday, June 07, 2000 at 23:58:54 (EDT)

  Debbie Mayfield Harbison (Charlotte - USA, NC) EMAIL

I lived in Laon from 1960-1964, my father was USAF stationed at Laon. I loved living there. We had a big house up on the hill that was near a large cemetary and a park. 14 Rue Mil..? de Martigny I think was the address. Would love to see a picture of that house today. Many of us that were teenagers then are now locating each other again and it is wonderful. Will visit this site often. Thank you.
- Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 10:09:35 (EDT)

  moltchanoff jean marc URL  EMAIL

tres bonne idee pour laon et ses alentours! a bientot sur le site que je cree avec un ami
- Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 18:51:15 (EST)

  Rapee ( Phai ) (Samutsakhon - Thailande) EMAIL

Bonjour monsieur j'ai une chance de visiter votre site. je voudrais faire la connaissace de votre ancienne ville et maintenant je la connais meme si c'est pas beaucoup. j'espere qu'un jour j'aurai une opportunite d'aller votre ville . merci pour me laisser vous donner mon information:) Au revoir Phai..(une fille thailandaise )
- Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 16:15:51 (EST)

  Cecelia Warner (Greenville - USA, SC) EMAIL

Would love to come back one day. My first child was born there, so it will always be very special to me! Loved living in St.Gobain while my husband was stationed in Laon from 1963-1965. Bernard has done a fantastic job with the site.Many thanks for the memories.
- Monday, February 28, 2000 at 19:29:00 (EST)

  DELANNOY Albert (LAON - FRANCE, 02) EMAIL

Toutes mes félicitations pour ce site et vous n'oubliez personne sauf celles et ceux qui n'ont pas encore eu la chance de découvrir vos pages. Personnellement, je pense que vous avez réalisé un site qui répond à l'attente de beaucoup de personnes qui, comme moi, font partie d'une association vivante dans son domaine et pas toujours reconnue à sa juste valeur par les gestionnaires de la ville de Laon ou disons plutôt qu'ils n'ont pas encore compris que chaque club ou association de collectionneurs (puisqu'il s'agit de cet environnement qu'il ne faut pas hésiter à citer) a un potentiel énorme pour faire déplacer des foules vers notre belle région. Je suis membre de l'Association des Collectionneurs de Laon et Environs (A.C.L.E.) et j'ai apprécié les pages développées dans votre rubrique "Vie Associative". Continuez comme cela et vous aurez de + en + de visiteurs. Une question ? Envisagez-vous une rubrique "Forum" pour nous permettre de tchatter sur votre site ? Une autre question, participez-vous à la grande fête des internautes prévue les 17, 18 et 19 mars 2000 ? Dans l'Aisne, 2 villes seulement y contribuent, Chauny et Vailly. Encore bravo et à bientôt !
- Sunday, February 20, 2000 at 00:47:49 (EST)

  Bob Richmond (Knoxville - USA, Tennessee) URL  EMAIL

My father commanded the 242nd General Hospital at Sissonne near the end of World War II. I have some Web pages about it - the link is on the Laonnois.com Web site's links page. I graduated from the American military dependent high school at Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1955. Laonnois.com certainly makes me want to visit Laon!
- Friday, February 18, 2000 at 21:51:33 (EST)

  DEMANCHE JLUC (mons en laonnois - france) EMAIL

bravo pour la conception du site il est simple, rapide c'est aussi un peu de chez nous à travers le monde du digit Félicitations
- Monday, December 06, 1999 at 14:41:50 (EST)

  Paul Rene Edmond Dupre (Norton - USA, MA) EMAIL

Hello My Name is Paul , was Born in Laon where most of my family lives. I hope that all people involved here appreciated the time and efforts which Mr.Croza has dedicated to this site. I plan on travelling back and forth from Laon, France and Norton,USA after looking for employment that will allow me to do so. If you know of any French companies that are seeking a French American business, computer person, then please email me At DuprePaul@aol.com or Dupre Services@aol.com. If you wish to chat about Laon, then pease Email me too. Thank You
- Monday, November 29, 1999 at 20:48:08 (EST)

  Annie (Tananarive - Madagascar)

C'est vraiment une belle initiative de présenter votre ville sur internet.C'est un beau site.Ca nous laisse l'impression de visiter vraiment la ville comme si on y est vraiment.Merci d'avoir offert ce moment de plaisir.
- Monday, November 29, 1999 at 04:49:51 (EST)

  William M. (Bill) Poe (Niceville - USA, FL) EMAIL

What a very nice surprise to find this Wed Site. Many thanks to D.J. for letting us know about it. For all Laon personnel,the 38th/66th Air Police Sqdn is having it's 1st reunion in San Antonio, Tx, from Oct 27th-30th, 1999, based at the La Quinta Motel, on Loop 410. We so far have about 30 Alumni who will be attending. Contact me or Bob Shook at: Shookbob@Aol.com for add. informaition. We hope to continue to add to these remarks and get a lot of Alumni involved here. Thanks again for a nice site. Bill
- Sunday, October 17, 1999 at 13:16:51 (EDT)

  Glen Brady (Oklahoma City - USA, OK) EMAIL

Hi, I love the City of Laon. And it is nice that you have information about it on the web. I was stationed there in 1952 to 1954 with the 38th Bomb Wing. I plan to visit Laon and its villages in the next year or so.
- Saturday, October 09, 1999 at 23:55:23 (EDT)

  Howard M Dees USAF (Ret) (Glenwood - USA, IA ) EMAIL

I was at Laon from early 1952 untill late 1954, with the 126th and then with the 38th Bomb Wing (USAF)Assigned to Hq Sq as vehicle operator, then transferred to the 38th Hospital as Supervisor of Transportation. Would like to hear from any old friends, or new ones.
- Friday, October 08, 1999 at 16:29:16 (EDT)

  Cathy (USA, PA) EMAIL

My dad (Lt.Tom Mix) and our family were stationed at LaonAFB around 1966-1967. We rented a large house on Rue Grand in Versigny of which I have enchanted memories....Anyway I am going to Paris Nov. 1999 and want to do a side trip to my old house but have no idea where to look. Can anyone offer advice on the location and transportation from Paris other than the SNCF train from Gare du Nord? E-mail me at CampArtCat@aol.com Merci!
- Tuesday, October 05, 1999 at 17:43:24 (EDT)

  Charles H. "Chuck" Cole (Poteau - USA, OK) EMAIL

My father was stationed at Laon AFB near Couvron from the summer of 1959 through the summer of 1962. I attended Laon AFB Dependents Schools 7th through 9th grades. My family first lived at Marcy sous Marle for about a year before moving to Couvron. Some of us from that period are working on finding other Laon-ers. We would be glad to hear from others. E-mail me or Tom Laseter at slaseter@wt.net.
- Tuesday, October 05, 1999 at 11:09:00 (EDT)

  ronan (athies - france, 02)

site pas mal mais un peu trop sobre et triste (mettez un peu plus de couleurs), à croire que vous faites ressortir l'ambiance de Laon par votre site
- Saturday, September 11, 1999 at 16:36:33 (EDT)

  Philippe Lefevre URL  EMAIL

Bravo ! J'aime beaucoup ce site, il n'y manque qu'une petite chose : une page de liens, mais je suis sur que ca ne va pas tarder :)) Bravo, bravo, et ... bravo !!!
- Monday, August 16, 1999 at 06:07:22 (EDT)

  Jan Minnaard (Goes - Pays-Bas) EMAIL

We're planning on driving off late tonight to visit Laon, and hopefully enjoy a cloudless total eclips... I'll come back and tell you all how it all went!
- Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 16:04:12 (EDT)

  Damien EMAIL

Enfin!!!!! IL était vraiment temps de faire quelque chose et de se mettre au gout du jour par le biais de l'internet. La ville de Laon a un potentiel terrible mais elle n'
- Wednesday, July 21, 1999 at 16:23:33 (EDT)

  Jerry Black (Tampa - USA, FL) EMAIL

Was assigned to Laon AB from 1955 to 1958 with the 38th Bomb Wing. returned with wife and daughters in 1994 and again in 1997. Spent several days around the city of Laon and it brought back a lot of good memories. The people of Laon are just as nice as they were in the fifties. I was able to celebrate my 60th birthday in Laon too. this is a wonderful internet site and thanks for making it avaialable.
- Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 12:30:01 (EDT)

  D.J. Tollstrup (Dallas - USA, TX) URL  EMAIL

This is a wonderful web site. It brought back many fond memories of time I spent at Laon Air Base from 1962 to 1965. After seeing the photos of Laon displayed on this site, I hope to return for another visit to the beautiful villages of that region of France.
- Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 18:35:50 (EDT)

  Stephen (Etienne) vonBonin (Hartly - USA (LEU), DE) EMAIL
I was at Laon Air Base 1960-1962. Loved every day.
- Friday, June 11, 1999 at 13:03:31 (EDT)
  SPICER Edmund (Egham - ANGLETERRE) URL  EMAIL

Un grand coucou a tous mes amis laonnois, votre site internet est formidable, j'espere que tout se passe bien a Laon, vous me manquez tous et toutes! J'espere revenir l'annee prochaine pour les Euromedievales 2000! Dites un grand "bonjour" a tout le monde qui travaille dans l'office de tourisme a Laon, ainsi qu'a la radio, RFL!! A tres bientot. Amicalement, Edmund Spicer (Assistant anglais aux colleges le Nain & Charlemagne 1998/99)
- Thursday, June 10, 1999 at 09:50:36 (EDT)

  Ed Joubert (Florence - USA, AL) EMAIL

Our visit to Laon was a high point of our trip to France in March this year. A great train ride on the SNCF from Gare du Nord; and a treat for the eyes to see Laon! I heartily recommend visiting Laon to all who go to France. Elle es tres jolie!
- Friday, May 28, 1999 at 15:09:00 (EDT)

  Harold E. Bailey (Augusta - USA, Ga) EMAIL
We love the city and plan to return soon.....
- Friday, May 14, 1999 at 18:31:39 (EDT)

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